C2021 Values


Canada is a country with two official languages, English and French, and the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) itself is an officially bilingual organization. In keeping with the CES commitment with bilingualism, we will ensure that English and French are promoted and valued in all possible aspects of our Conference planning, delivery and reporting.

We will live this value by:

  • adhering to the requirements of the CES policy on official languages
  • giving French and English equal status in all public written communications
  • requesting that representatives of the conference organizing committee use both official languages in public communications to the extent possible
  • reflecting both official languages in our Co-Chairs
  • inviting CES volunteers to participate in meetings in the official language of their choice, and
  • contributing to improved bilingualism at future CES conferences through our reflections and learnings.  

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Diversity is the presence of difference within a given setting, such as a diversity of identities including gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability and other identities that are marginalized or at risk of marginalization. Inclusion is about people with different identities feeling and/or being valued and welcomed within all aspects of our conference. We will achieve our diversity and inclusion outcomes through our equity approach; we recognize that not everyone starts from the same place and that advantages and barriers exist. Our aim is to correct and address these imbalances wherever we can so that all identities have the opportunity to grow, contribute and develop through their participation in any aspect of our conference.

To assist us actively living this value of diversity and inclusion is Joanna Kocsis, the co-chair of the CES Diversity Working Group as our Diversity Lead, a new position on the Management Committee.

We will live this value by:

  • actively seeking to make our volunteer team a safe and welcoming environment in which barriers to participation are reduced and opportunities for engagement are enhanced for all individuals
  • seeking out the voices of marginalized identities to better understand the imbalances and ways to overcome
  • using inclusive language, including preferred gender pronouns, in our communications
  • providing diverse presenters in our pre-conference workshops and our program, and
  • contributing to improved equity in future CES conferences through our reflections and learnings.  

Active Reconciliation

Our commitment to this value will allow us to actively acknowledge and support the self-determination of Indigenous people and take further steps to explore what meaningful reconciliation will look like and how C2021 can contribute to this.

To assist us actively living this value is Hillory Tenute who is an Anishinaabekwe from the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation and is a member of our Program Committee.

We will live this value by:

  • going beyond continuous acknowledgement of the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation, on which many of us live and on whose lands the conference will be held
  • working with the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation leadership and community to determine how the conference can contribute meaningfully to active reconciliation
  • educating our volunteers on the continued and harmful impacts of colonization on Indigenous peoples in Canada and how they can contribute to meaningful change
  • actively seeking out evaluators who identify as Indigenous to encourage submissions to the conference program (workshops, sessions and thematic breakfasts), and
  • contributing to the active reconciliation of future CES conferences through our reflections and learnings.

Environmental Sustainability

We are committed to sustainable practices that will minimize the environmental footprint of our conference. Our objective is to run a carbon-neutral conference and also to support the sustainability of the community in which the conference is taking place.

To assist with living our sustainability values, Andrealisa Belzer, CES Sustainability Working Group Chair, is our Sustainability Lead, a new position on the Management Committee.

We will live this value by:

  • including the communal purchase of carbon credits in the conference registration fees
  • defaulting to vegetarian food
  • implementing actions in each organizing committee and working group along the criteria stated in the Conference Greening Rubric initiated by C2019
  • reporting on the results obtained against the Conference Greening Rubric in the conference report, and
  • contributing to improved sustainability of future CES conferences through our reflections and learnings, including enhancements to the CES Conference Greening Rubric.