Who We Are


  • Manuel Riemer, PhD
  • Co-Founder

Meet Manuel

  

  • Felix Munger, PhD
  • Co-Founder & Principal Consultant

Meet Felix

  

  • Elin Moorlag-Silk, MA
  • Senior Research & Evaluation Consultant

Meet Elin

  

  • Jackson Smith, MA
  • Health Systems & Knowledge Mobilization Consultant

Meet Jackson

  

  • Devon Fernandes
  • Environmental Sustainability Research Intern

Meet Devon

  

  • Darren Thomas, MA
  • Indigenous Advisor

Meet Darren

  


Manuel Riemer, PhD


Co-Founder

  

Manuel is stirred by the values of social justice and community well-being. In fact, his dedication to participatory and developmental evaluation drives him to partner with clients to create programs that build organizational capacity while providing meaningful evaluation. Co-founding SSCG is a catalyst for Manuel to combine his expertise and experience to partner with organizations, deliver innovative programs, and foster sustainable societies together.

Manuel is an internationally renowned expert in community-based change for sustainability. He is committed to combining his scientific expertise with skills in facilitation, analysis and evaluation to innovate solutions in his academic and professional work. Manuel is known for building relationships with clients to help them meet and exceed their goals. He also shares his knowledge and research in his academic work as an Associate Professor of community pyschology and sustinability science at Wilfrid Laurier University.

With a PhD in psychology from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, the top ranked educational school in the USA, Manuel’s specialization in program evaluation and social science research methods has brought great value to the integrity of SSCG’s offerings to clients. He has significant experience in developing state-of-the art evaluation frameworks ranging from small-scale local programs to large-scale national and international multi-site projects. This diverse collection of projects allow him to adapt his skill set to any of SSCG’s client needs.

Manuel’s expertise emphasizes sustainability, global climate change mitigation and adaptation, survey development, mixed method designs, advanced quantitative analyses, mental health services research, organizational learning and related areas within program development and evaluation.


Elin Moorlag-Silk, MA


Research + Evaluation Lead

  

Elin is a natural at using analytical thinking to unpack patterns and problem solve with a strong theoretical background in conflict theory, anti-racist feminist perspectives and queer theory. Grounded in the theoretical foundations of multi-perspectival realities, Elin’s epistemological focus highlights her ability to draw conclusions from complex research. Her dedication and capacity in creating a more sustainable and equitable planet is apparent in every aspect of her work with SSCG clients.

Elin is an accomplished researcher and analyst with expertise in Multiculturalism, Immigration, Inequality, Health Care Policy/Delivery, and Gender Equity. She rounds the SSCG team with 15 years of experience on a range of projects within grassroots, local, provincial and national organizations on collaborative, participatory-action oriented projects focused on community empowerment, strategic planning, needs assessment, program evaluation, and policy development/review.

Elin holds significant expertise in project design, survey/tool development, data collection strategies, data analysis, and report delivery. A mixed-methods researcher, she is a skilled analyst with both qualitative and quantitative data. In other words, Elin knows how to combine performance and outcomes when developing complex recommendations for clients.


Jackson Smith, MA


Knowledge Mobilization Lead

  

Jackson brings with him a critical mind, thoughtfulness, and passion for working towards positive social change through collaboration and relationship building and technology. Jackson has experience in human rights research and evaluation—domestically (Canada) and internationally (Ghana, West Africa)—intercultural dialogue, critical engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people for productive and ethical collaboration and relationships, mental health and addictions research and evaluation. Jackson holds a Master’s degree in Community Psychology and his interdisciplinary background is underpinned by a foundation of critical theory, social and environmental justice, and anti-colonialism. His academic work includes an evaluation of the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, a culturally competent community-based program evaluation of the Laurier Aboriginal Student Support Centre, and research on Indigenous allyship.

To supplement his interests in social and environmental justice and anti-colonialism, wholistic wellness and optimizing the impacts of programs, Jackson has developed skill and experience as a web designer and developer. He has integrated his website development business, Bridge and Bond Communications, with SSCG to provide tech and web platform services to organizations focused on community and environmental wellbeing.

Additionally, Jackson has developed skill in writing, qualitative and mixed-methods research, program evaluation, facilitation, problem solving, and intercultural communication. He is an avid learner and has an insatiable appetite for gaining new experiences, building new skills, and refining existing ones in order to contribute to the betterment of society and environmental sustainability.

Quotes that guide and motivate Jackson:

A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Righteousness means that almost all of us agree that some things are right, correct, and positive. The list that we all agree on might not be long, but those are the things to build on.
– John Mohawk


Darren Thomas, MA


Indigenous Advisor

  

Darren is a member of the Seneca Nation. He is Bear Clan and currently resides at the Grand River Territory of the Haudenosaunee. He is currently a doctoral candidate in community psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. Darren’s research focuses on First Nations community development through Indigenous rights and resource governance.

Through his work as a consultant, Darren works with the private and public sectors to learn how to better serve Indigenous peoples. He specializes in working with First Nations peoples, helping to design and implement programs and initiatives that inspire Indigenous youth to be proud of their heritage and take a powerful place in modern society.

 
 
 

Jackson Smith, MA

Role: Health Systems & Knowledge Mobilization Consultant

Jackson brings with him a critical mind, thoughtfulness, and passion for working towards positive social change through collaboration and relationship building and technology. Jackson has experience in research and evaluation, critical engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people for productive and ethical collaboration and relationships. Jackson holds a Master’s degree in Community Psychology and his interdisciplinary background is underpinned by a foundation of critical theory, social and environmental justice, and anti-colonialism.

For the last six years Jackson’s work has focused on intercultural communication, Indigenous-non-Indigenous collaboration and partnership building, and evaluating compliance to human rights standards. Since joining Sustainable Societies Consulting Group as a health systems consultant since 2015, Jackson has worked with Indigenous and non-Indigenous systems and organizations to understand and meet the social, physiological, and mental health needs of the communities they serve.

Jackson’s passion is understanding and improving user/client experience, and therefore, the ability for systems and organization to address their clients’ needs. Jackson has built upon this focus as a web designer and developer by supporting organizations in developing online communication and knowledge sharing platforms. Jackson officially integrated his website development business, Bridge and Bond Communications, with SSCG in 2016 to provide tech and web platform services to organizations focused on community and environmental wellbeing.

Devon Fernandes

Devon brings a strong work ethic and a passion for working collaboratively. He embraces complex problems as opportunities for both personal and professional growth.

Devon has expertise in Organizational Development, Environmental Sustainability, and Diversity.
He is currently pursuing a master’s in Community Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University and his academic research falls in the intersection of sustainability and business. Specifically, Devon is helping build the case for organizations to become tenants of green buildings.

Devon has an appreciation for creative economies and is leading the creation of a Library of Things – think of it like any other library except, instead of borrowing your favorite book you can borrow tools, camping equipment, and other items you use infrequently.

Darren Thomas, MA

Darren is a member of the Seneca Nation, Bear Clan, and currently reside at the Grand River Territory of the Haudenosaunee. He is currently a doctoral candidate in community psychology and full time Lecturer in the Indigenous Studies program at Wilfrid Laurier University. Darren’s research focuses on First Nations community development through Indigenous rights and resource governance. Through his work as a consultant, Darren works with the private and public sectors to learn how to better serve Indigenous peoples. He specialize in working with First Nations peoples, helping to design and implement programs and initiatives that inspire Indigenous youth to be proud of their heritage and take a powerful place in modern society.