Lisa Lalande is the Executive Lead for Mowat NFP within The Mowat Centre. Lisa brings almost 20 years experience in the not-for-profit (NFP) and for profit sectors and several award-winning innovations to her roles. Most recently, she was Chief Development Officer at Lift Philanthropy Partners, a venture philanthropy organization focused on helping organizations in the social sector increase their accountability, establish performance metrics, and improve their overall capacity to deliver social impact. Prior to that, Lisa spent almost a decade with Habitat for Humanity in senior management roles, including vice president of national partnerships and giving programs for Habitat for Humanity Canada. There, she led a cross-functional team in expanding the association’s domestic and international homebuilding activities, diversifying funding models and partnerships, establishing impact measurement approaches, and strengthening the Canadian association’s infrastructure.
Lisa spent the first half of her career in financial services working in change management, mergers & acquisitions, and supporting communications and human resource planning initiatives. Lisa originally pursued a career as a professional musician studying at that the prestigious Glenn Gould Professional School of Music, but transitioned to the finance and NFP sectors to expand her knowledge base and make a difference in the world. She also holds post-graduate certificates from Rotman and Schulich.
Fostering an enabling environment for measurement in Canada
There is growing recognition that the social and economic challenges affecting individuals and communities are highly interconnected. Measuring Outcomes in Practice, a new report from Mowat NFP’s Enabling Environment series, argues that to address the root causes of these challenges in a systematic way, the charitable sector must shift from measuring outputs to measuring outcomes. More
As demand for evidence-based policymaking increases at all orders of government, Canada must build capacity to generate and mobilize evidence. This paper explores the concept of What Works Centres, independent and non-partisan organizations structured to create, collect and curate evidence on public policy challenges and the success - and failure - of government and community-based interventions.More
Strengthening and Enabling the Charitable Sector in Canada
Charitable and nonprofit sector modernization has been the subject of much recent debate and discussion in Canada. The federal government has signalled significant interest in renewing its relationship with the sector.More
Exploring Impact Measurement for Social Enterprises in Ontario
With support from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG), Mowat NFP developed this report to examine the concept of common impact measurement frameworks and standardization globally, and identify specific opportunities to strengthen impact measurement practices for the social enterprise ecosystem in Ontario. More
Moving Decent Work Forward in the Not-for-Profit Sector
This report is a summary of the Change Work report that was published in November 2015 and includes six promising practices that NFPs can draw on when considering how to implement or advocate for decent work in their places of employment.More
Putting the Spark Back in the Government-Charitable Sector Relationship
The recent concerns over the “advocacy chill” highlighted systemic problems in the relationship between the government and sector. The newly elected federal government has given the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Department of Finance the mandate to clarify the rules governing political activity and develop a new legislative framework to “strengthen the sector”.More