Lisa Lachance – Wisdom2Action

Lisa Lachance, President, Wisdom2Action Consulting Limited

Lisa has been Executive Director of the W2A Network, the foundation for the new social enterprise, W2A Consulting Limited, since April 2013. Lisa uses her strong cultural competence and collaborative leadership skills to connect people in meaningful ways, so they can solve problems and move forward in their work. Lisa also loves to create positive change within organizations, her own and others. At the W2A Network, Lisa led the creation of W2A’s community engagement series also called Wisdom2Action. These participatory, youth-led and youth-engaged, Art of Hosting events have been held in communities across the country and internationally.

Lisa started her career in the public sector, working first with the federal government in Ottawa, primarily at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) where she led the implementation of Canada’s Action Plan on Child Protection that had a particular focus on child participation. Lisa was the inaugural Director of Policy at the Nova Scotia Department of Finance, where she led initiatives to inspire innovation in the provincial government.

Lisa has consulted for Canadian, international, and United Nations organizations on knowledge translation/mobilization, children’s rights, youth and community engagement, and gender equality. Her areas of expertise include policy development and practical policy implementation strategies, facilitation, performance measurement and  evaluation, and knowledge translation, particularly engaging knowledge producers and users in innovative processes.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced Major) in International Development Studies and a Masters in Public Administration, both from Dalhousie University. She has completed graduate-level studies in evaluation methods, and has completed professional development in evaluation methods and issues at the Canada School of Public Service and with EvalPartners/UNICEF.

Lisa is a passionate advocate for improving access to the supports needed for young people’s well-being and mental health. In her national work in youth mental health, Lisa became aware of the development of Integrated Youth Services models. Knowing from W2A work how critical CBOs are for supporting the mental health and well-being of young people, she was particularly intrigued at the emphasis on better integration with CBOs. She started her Doctoral studies in Health at Dalhousie University in 2017 to examine how CBOs can be better integrated into mental health treatment planning for youth and what systems and approaches are needed to support this.

Lisa has presented nationally and internationally on knowledge translation and youth engagement, and supporting to support youth mental health. Lisa is bilingual and provides services in English and French.

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