Chapter Events

We host several events throughout the year for members and non-members.

Upcoming Events

Edmonton Winter Lunch and Learn | January 28, 2019 | 11:45 am - 2:00 pm | Oxford Tower - 11th Floor

Happy New Year! In lieu of an Edmonton Christmas get together, the CES AB/NWT Board is hosting a Winter Lunch and Learn session. Please join us for lunch, a discussion about the new CE Designation requirements, and networking time on January 28th, 2019. We have two wonderful guest speakers- Gail Vallance Barrington and Stephanie Gazzola- who will be talking about the new CE designation requirements and their experience of going through the process. Come get to know our two speakers and your fellow CES members as we get 2019 off to a good start.


The deadline to register is NOON on Thursday, January 24, 2019. If our minimum registration number (15) is not reached, this event will be cancelled.

  • 11:45am: people arrive and grab lunch
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm: Gail Vallance Barrington
  • 12:30pm-12:40pm- Q&A
  • 12:40pm-12:50pm- Stephanie Gazzola
  • 12:50pm-1:00pm: Q&A
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm Network and socialize.
Speaker Bios

Gail Vallance Barrington is a graduate of McGill University (BA), Carleton University (MA) and the University of Alberta (PhD in Educational Administration). Since starting her consulting practice in 1985, she has conducted over 130 program evaluation studies in education, health, and research. Her top-rated book, Consulting Start-up and Management: A Guide for Evaluators and Applied Researchers (SAGE, 2012) continues to be popular. Awards include the Canadian Evaluation Society Contribution to Evaluation in Canada Award (2008) and the American Evaluation Association Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award for Evaluation Practice (2016). She was made a Fellow of the Certified Management Consultants of Canada in 2014 and a Fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society in 2018. Gail was recently Vice President of the Canadian Evaluation Society and led the review and update of the CES Evaluator Competencies. She teaches evaluation topics to Masters’ students at several universities and offers webinars and workshops on consulting skills. Her latest research topic relates to exploring the needs of mature professionals who begin consulting after the age of 50.

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Stephanie Gazzola, MA, CE, obtained the Credentialed Evaluator designation in February 2018. She currently works for the Government of Alberta as a policy analyst and internal evaluator. Prior to joining the Government of Alberta, she was an evaluation consultant. Stephanie graduated from the University of Saskatchewan’s Applied Social Psychology program.

Annual General Meeting 

The 2017/2018 AGM took place on Friday, September 21 in Edmonton, AB.

Evaluation Cafe

Evaluation cafe is a chapter-supported networking and learning forum for evaluators in Alberta and Northwest Territories. Members and non-members with similar interests meet to share their passion for the profession, aspirations for future development broadly or around a specific topic in a casual, conversational setting. Typically, evaluation cafes are held in two major cities – Edmonton and Calgary. Members expressed their interests in hosting cafes in other cities and rural areas at the 2018 AGM. In line with this, the CES AB/NWT Board is pleased to extend eval cafes beyond Edmonton and Calgary and encourages non-board members to host cafes within their respective professional community to strengthen connectivity among evaluators.

If you are interested to organize a cafe, please contact CES AB/NWT at [email protected] for further details and obtaining a confirmation on the budget

Annual Christmas Luncheons

Annual Christmas Luncheons are usually held in December or January in both Edmonton and Calgary.

Annual National Conference

Each year, the Canadian Evaluation Society presents a National Conference. The 2017 conference was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the 2018 conference took place in Calgary. Further details can be found here.

Essential Skills Series

See our Professional Development page for more information on the Essential Skills Series.

Past Events

The Naked Truth: The State of Evaluation in Alberta, April 10, 2015

The Alberta & NWT Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society and its partners were pleased to host this one day evaluation forum. The forum was designed by the Chapter to engage participants in provocative discussions and the sharing of information about:

  • What is happening in evaluation in Alberta and what evaluators are working on
  • The value of evaluation from the perspective of evaluators and those who use evaluations
  • An action plan for advancing the profession of evaluation in the province

The objective of the forum was to provide a gathering place for evaluators to connect with each other and also with the users of evaluation. Presenters Included Gail Barrington, Benoit Gauthier, Rebecca Mellett, Crystal Corrigan and Cheryl Poth.

The final report of proceedings is available for download here and can be viewed in online magazine format on the AIHS website. Photos are posted here.