Principal Consultant Patricia Evans has assembled a team of experienced professionals with the skills and knowledge required to meet your unique needs. Patricia is proud and fortunate to include Lisa May and Aynsley Wong Meldrum as her consulting associates. More recently, we welcomed Ripan Gill to the team.
Patricia and Lisa have collaborated on a wide range of projects since 2008; we’ve had the privilege of working with all of BC’s health authorities, the Ministry of Health, the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and a range of community-based non-profit and non-governmental organizations. Aynsley joined Patricia Evans and Associates in the spring of 2015 to add administrative and project management capacity for our more complex assignments. She also contributes to stakeholder surveys and workshop activities.
Since 2018, Ripan Gill has proven to be a welcome addition to this group, providing project administration and operational planning services. She also supports stakeholder surveys, reporting and workshop activities.
Together, our collective knowledge and experience informs our work in executing projects that build your success.
Patricia Evans is a facilitator and consultant with more than 35 years of experience in health care, communications, and the social profit sector. Prior to launching her practice as a consultant, Pat was Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) in Vancouver. As a founding staff member of MSFHR in 2001, she played a key role in planning and executing a wide range of consultative and organizational development initiatives. She joined MSFHR after working for more than 10 years at Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia as a Project Director and Director of Public Affairs & Communications.
She holds a Master of Continuing Education in Workplace Learning from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sciences and Certificate in Liberal Arts from Simon Fraser University. Her professional affiliations include memberships in the Canadian Evaluation Society and the American Evaluation Association. In 2014, she completed the BoardSource Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education program.
Pat is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and an alumna of the ICD Governance Essentials Program for Directors of Not for Profit Organizations. She is also a graduate of the Foundation Program in Management for Women at Simon Fraser University, and a past participant in the Governor General’s Canadian Study Conference and Leadership Vancouver programs.
Pat has served on the boards of Vantage Point, the Leon & Thea Koerner Foundation, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Information Services Vancouver, and the BC Health Education Foundation. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and a growing collection of antique corkscrews.
Lisa May is a seasoned Communications Consultant with more than 30 years of experience developing strategic communication materials for non-profit, public and private sector clients and First Nations agencies. Her specialty is researching and synthesizing complex information in accessible forms to create meaning for audiences. Her areas of expertise include health care, health research, health system improvement, affordable housing, and capacity building within Indigenous communities and organizations.
Lisa provides strategic communications support and collaborates with clients to tailor communication plans and materials. She has extensive experience liaising with project leaders, conducting stakeholder interviews, sourcing and reviewing data, analyzing findings, writing and editing content, and overseeing design and production processes. She produces website copy, e-newsletters, planning, conference and annual reports, briefing notes, news releases, manuals and more.
Before her consulting career, Lisa was Acting Manager of Communications at BC Housing, responsible for communications planning, writing and editing publications, handling media relations, and organizing special events and media conferences. She also worked as a journalist for several CBC radio programs, where she researched current affairs stories and produced documentaries.
Lisa has a Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from the BC Institute of Technology.
Aynsley Wong Meldrum is a business administration specialist with deep roots in the community. She holds a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development from Simon Fraser University and a B.A. in Economics. She has more than 15 years of experience in small and medium business operations enterprise management.
Aynsley’s quantitative skill set includes economic modelling, econometrics, cost benefit and feasibility analysis within a “triple bottom-line” framework, including evaluation of social return on investment. She has a solid background in accounting, budget and cash flow management, job costing, technical research, internal and external communications, as well as client management.
Aynsley also has an extensive non-profit background as a 10-year volunteer with Scouts Canada, including roles in event planning and management, communications, grants and proposals, project management, training, volunteer retention, and fundraising.
Over the past 12 years Ripan Gill has worked to build, strategize and grow a range of organizations, including start-ups, not-for-profits, established small and medium sized businesses and social profit sector organizations. She joined Patricia Evans & Associates in 2018 to broaden the team’s capacity and scope of services.
Ripan has a strong background in operations planning and business administration, including research & analysis, data visualization, budgeting, human resources management and program implementation. She understands stakeholder needs and applies these insights when running risk-benefit analyses of employing new programs and policies, making changes to existing systems and projecting future needs.
Ripan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria, with a specialization in International Business Management. She has volunteered her time to fundraise, plan events and champion the cause for organizations that focus on women’s rights and girls’ education.