Each Associate brings with her/him a track record of experience in a particular field which is designed to complement the capacity of other members of the project team. Associates may be based near the Ottawa headquarters of the firm, although often they are located elsewhere in Canada and bring to bear their regional perspectives. Throughout its fifteen years of operations, New Economy Development Group has created joint national-regional teams to tackle national program or project evaluations, reviews and research. More recently, its Associates have acted as technical assistance providers to community-based groups wishing to plan, revitalize or to innovate to create sustainable and healthy livelihoods. Our Associates bring with them a variety of cultural and linguistic skills and interests, as well as specialized skills and knowledge.
Ginny Gonneau is an Associate with the New Economy Development Group. She is an experienced project coordinator/manager who has worked extensively in the non-profit sector for the past 10 years. She has worked in British Columbia as the Director of Youth for Métis Nation BC, Project Manager for the Society of Children and Youth of BC, and Provincial Youth Coordinator for the Métis Nation of Ontario. For the past 7 years she has been self-employed as an independent contractor with various consultants and organizations, this has included 6 years with the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) assisting the Director of Knowledge Translation on various projects related to women, girls, substance use, trauma and mental health. She has also worked with Sue Howard Inc. Consulting based in Surrey, BC on developing a provincial First Nations specific prescription drug use community awareness curriculum for the Alberta First Nations. Most recently, she has completed a program evaluation for the Métis Nation of Ontario’s province-wide Métis -specific post-secondary student network.
Guylaine Leclerc is an enthusiastic translator who has worked in this field for over seventeen years. She is a certified translator and member of Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec. Her experience in domains such as community economic development, business administration, finance, women’s health and violence against women are very useful to help her understand and render accurate t translations for a wide variety of clients.
She has offered translation services to New Economic Development Group, besides being involved with a couple of research teams.
Guylaine has been the Executive Director of the largest Francophone rural women’s group in Ontario for over 20 years.
Dr. Sonal D. Zaveri
Sonal Zaveri is an independent consultant with 25 years experience in strategic planning, capacity building and evaluation. She has worked in Asia, East and West Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central Asia, Middle East and Eastern Europe. Sonal’s interests relate to how rights, participation and gender intersect. She has various publications and webinars to her credit. She has evaluated UNICEF’s Summer Internship Program in India and is currently a team member evaluating a global feminist consortium. She is a gender expert and an advisor to the IDRC and Ford Foundation supported feminist evaluation network in India
, gender expert, convener of the first gender and evaluation
course in India and core member of the S2SE – the Global South to South Evaluation initiative. She is a founder member and Vice-President of the South Asia Evaluation Society
, represents South Asia in the EvalGender+ Management Group globally and is the Convener of GENSA, Gender and Equity Network South Asia. She is an expert in Utilization
focused evaluation, Outcome
Mapping, participatory and feminist
approaches to evaluation. She is fluent in English and three Indian languages. She has been a member/mentor with the DECI 1, 2 and 3 projects.
Dr. Sonal Zaveri is a Fleishman Fellow with Duke University, USA and has a PhD in Social Work from the University of Pune, India
She has a Master of Arts in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai India and is the Recipient of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Award for academic excellence.
Julius Nyabuto Nyangaga
Julius Nyangaga is a consultant with Right Track Africa, a Nairobi-based consortium of professionals that supports clients in strategy development, system characterizations (baseline studies), facilitating forums for innovative decision-making, and monitoring and evaluation. He is especially trained and experienced in integrating and learning from outcome-oriented thinking and evidence-based approaches (Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting) in all aspects of project management. He has developed knowledge and skills in utilization-focused evaluation, applying the approach to several IDRC’s Information and Networks (I&N) projects in Africa. He has applied the same expertise to several project assessments in East Africa, the most notable being MasterCard Foundation-funded CAP YEI youth development program in Kenya. Julius has been a member/mentor of the DECI 2 and 3 projects.
Joaquin Navas is an independent evaluation consultant with 8 years of experience in Utilization-Focused Evaluation and Developmental Evaluation in international development projects. He holds a M.Sc. in Capacity Development and is based in Montreal. As part of the DECI Team, in recent years (2012-2017), he has acted as an evaluation mentor, contributing to capacity development in projects that have been hosted by institutions such as the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and the Avina Foundation (Brazil). Joaquin has extensive experience in Latin America and is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Joaquin and Dal recently completed a mission to Burkina Faso to meet with Open Burkina, an open data IDRC project.