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  • Monitor and evaluate SHIFT’s current governance structure, taking into account questions of accountability, distribution of power in decision-making, engagement of community- and university-based stakeholders, financial sustainability for participants and alignment with SHIFT’s values and ways of working.
  • Consider alternative governance models that may be appropriate for SHIFT, including the cluster model of governance developed by SHIFT’s Interim Leadership Team.
  • Provide recommendations to the SHIFT Steering Committee for a revised governance model, including an implementation plan, for 2020 and beyond.



Fabiola Mizero Ngirabatware is our Governance Advisor and is leading the Governance working group.

Fabiola works as a consultant at the Center for Community Organizations. In her work, she has supported non-for-profits, municipalities, and academic structures to address structural challenges. She is passionate about human systems and anything that can shape organizational behaviors and learning. Fabiola's mandate is to monitor and evaluate the existing SHIFT Governance model in order to improve information flow and decision-making processes with the aim of developing a more fair, inclusive and experimental governance model.

For more details, you can review the job description that outlines Fabiola's responsibilities and mandate.



Jessica Cabana is deeply committed to reducing social inequities by building a more just and regenerative economy. Co-founder of the Hive Cafe Co-op and the Concordia Food Coalition, she brings a profound understanding of the Concordia student organizing and student politics landscape, as well as experience with a variety of alternative governance structures. In addition to these perspectives, she brings her experience as a member of the SHIFT Steering Committee to the working group.

Ernenek Duran is the Director of Programs at ONE DROP foundation. His extensive experience in local and international development projects has given him experience with a wide range of governance models and systems. He is eager to contribute these perspectives to SHIFT and connect with other governance practitioners through the working group.

Cheryl Gladu is wrapping up an interdisciplinary Ph.D. at Concordia University (Design & Management). Her main field of interest is designs that facilitate collective behavior change. This includes the design of democratic organizations and effective collaborative processes. Her studies in design for sustainable behavior change and knowledge of alternative governance models are great assets for the working group.

Jon Mcphedran Waitzer is passionate about collaborative and inclusive decision-making. They believe that the best way to make our diverse societies more inclusive is to increase the opportunity for every person and community to participate in the decisions by which they are affected. Their extensive work in bringing an anti-oppression lens to governance structures and the philanthropy sector are very valuable for the working group.

Eric Thananayagam is currently a student at Concordia University. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Arts & Science and is interested in organizational development. He has previous experience sitting on a board of directors at Champlain College. He is part of the working group because of his interest in SHIFT and his desire to learn more about governance

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