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Stephanie Garrow and
Lara Evoy

Stephanie Garrow

Stephanie Garrow has fifteen years of experience working as a project manager, researcher and consultant in the social service sector. She has collaborated both internationally and locally with government agencies, private foundations, NGOs, non-profit organizations and research institutions in the area of organizational development, performance review, strategic planning and program monitoring and evaluation. Stephanie began her career in the NGO sector managing programs in the areas of gender and development, girls education and youth engagement in Africa and Asia. She then became an evaluation and gender specialist with Universalia Management Group where she conducted performance reviews for organizations such as CIDA, HRDC, DFAIT, and the Aga Khan Foundation.

Consulting in both French and English, Stephanie’s more recent practice focuses on weaving her research and analysis skills into designing developmental evaluation and strategic change processes that are adaptable, learning-focused and data driven. She has worked with organizations that range from the One Drop Foundation and Centraide du Grand Montreal, to Public Security Canada, the Canadian Women’s Foundation and Le Phare Enfants et Familles. Stephanie is currently partnered with Lara Evoy to support larger-scale, system focused mandates that bridge different sectors and networks and that focus on new forms of leadership and action. They recently developed a Learning Framework and Action Plan for Culture Days, a pan-Canadian volunteer movement in the arts and cultural sector.

Stephanie holds a PhD in Education Policy Studies from McGill University.

To contact Stephanie, please e-mail sgarrow@videotron.ca.

Lara Evoy

For the past 15 years, working in the cultural and community sector in both French and English, Lara Evoy has a broad range of experience from front line to senior management, project development, community engagement, teaching and group facilitation, and as owner of a small business. In 2011, she co-founded a consulting partnership with Stephanie Garrow that supports on-going innovation in the cultural, non-profit and business sectors by working with complex adaptive systems that take into consideration the scale and capability of organizations, external forces and changing social, economic, political and environmental conditions. Adaptability, integrity, creativity and trust are the key of values at the heart of Lara’s relationship to her clients and partners.

Lara founded Productions Matière Grise in 2003, an independent cultural organization that builds bridges between local artists, cultural leaders and citizens that wish to support and participate in the artistic vibrancy of their communities. She co-produces workshops, on-line contentAnchor and arts events in partnership with leading contemporary artists, galleries and cultural institutions across Canada, providing a forum for public discussion, arts participation, and the sharing of practices. She was also involved in developing the Art & Business program at Compagnie F, where she worked as facilitator and coach, providing training and concrete tools for women artists working towards financial independence and creative autonomy. She was a long-standing Board member for Santropol roulant an award-winning intergenerational Meals-on-Wheels organization. She holds a Master’s degree in Art History, from Concordia University, Montréal.

To contact Lara, visit Productions Matiere Grise on Facebook or e-mail lara@laraevoy.com.

Current and previous Impact and Strategic Clarity Clients for Stephanie and Lara include: