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
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.
Sarah Brown, MPL
Role: Senior Consultant
Sarah is a relationship builder with a knack for asking the right questions and connecting the dots between people and ideas.
Sarah specializes in managing projects and facilitating collaborations that empower teams and organizations to tackle complex issues and achieve meaningful outcomes. Her areas of knowledge and impact span across climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy systems, sustainability planning, governance, and policy development.
Having joined SSCG in 2018, Sarah brings over 7 years of experience in project management, community engagement, strategic planning, and knowledge mobilization in the municipal government, non-profit, and academic sectors. Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Environment & Business, a graduate degree in Urban & Regional Planning, and is a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
Role: Environmental Sustainability Research Intern
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.
Jeyagobi (Gobi) Jeyaratnam, MPH
Role: Health Equity Consultant
Jeyagobi (Gobi) Jeyaratnam is a senior project consultant at SSCG with expertise in health promotion and qualitative research methods. He specializes in conducting equity-based assessments and program evaluations. Gobi is developing a growing portfolio of individuals and organizations with which he has worked on equity-related projects. He views every project as an opportunity to engage, collaborate, and do good work.
Role: Crime Prevention Consultant
Human rights and social justice activist, Audrey is rooted in a philosophy of equity and empowerment of marginalized populations. By combining a feminist approach to her theoretical knowledge, Audrey advocates to end violence against women and girls, and to improve victims’ and prisoners’ rights. Since 2016, Audrey has extended her advocacy by giving presentations on the need for victim legislation reforms during conferences organized by the World Society of Victimology in Croatia and India.
Audrey is a professional consultant, research assistant, and criminology master’s candidate at the University of Ottawa. Her current research focuses on the paradox between human rights issues and lengthy prison sentences. She aims to understand, based on the modern penal rationality theory, the legal grounds mobilized by judges who impose intermittent prison sentences. Audrey’s work is based on the idea that no one is disposable and that the way we do justice should never deny humanity. She therefore calls for a greater investment in people and communities rather than in punitive downstream responses that do not prevent crime and victimization from occurring.
Since joining Sustainable Societies Consultant Group as a consultant for the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention, Audrey has been involved in the development of strategies aiming to build capacity and mobilize Canadian municipalities to prevent and reduce crime and foster community safety and well-being.
Rooted in a philosophy of equity and social justice that empowers and includes the end user, Felix regularly challenges the status quo in his areas of specialization – health equity, leadership, evaluation, policy and collaboration. He extends his skills as a social entrepreneur beyond SSCG into the local community as a friend and member of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council and as the former co-chair of the Solar City Cooperative Inc. and as an active member of the local environmental network. In 2015 Felix, together with Tricia Dumais, were nominated by Extend-A-Family for their annual Inclusion Award.
Felix is a professional consultant, expert facilitator and academic who empowers client success by aligning strategy, partners and innovation to achieve meaningful impact. Currently, Felix works as an adjunct professor in Community Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University.
With a PhD in community psychology, a Masters in environmental studies and a mental health nursing diploma, Felix combines his academic and research abilities with significant experience in community health and environmental sustainability. His work has contributed to the redefinition of the evaluation of equity in health care, facilitated strategic project development among diverse partners with multi-level leadership and conflicting goals, and inspired the ongoing collaboration of an entire network of organizations.
Needless to say, for Felix, being a founding partner of a group where consultants and clients can collaborate and share their expertise to achieve innovative and meaningful success was a natural next step.
Darren Thomas, MA
Role: Indigenous Advisor
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.
Manuel Riemer, PhD
Role: Co-Founder and Scientific Advisor
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.