Mark is an Associate of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement and Vibrant Communities Canada. Mark is also the President of the company From Here to There.
A ‘thought leader’ focusing on community and complexity, social innovation, and strategic learning and evaluation, Mark’s current focus is on developing practical ways to assist groups understand, plan and evaluate policies, programs and initiatives that address complex issues.
These include challenges such as neighbourhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health. He is particularly focused on expanding the ideas and practice of developmental evaluation – a new approach to evaluation which emphasises learning and design thinking in emerging and sometimes fast-moving environments.
Mark brings experience from a variety of sectors. In the 1990s, he served as the Foreign Assistance Coordinator for Grants in Poland’s Ministry of Privatization, was the Mission Coordinator for the United Nations Development Program’s first regional economic development initiative in Eastern Europe, and worked with International Privatization Group-Price Waterhouse. In Canada, he was the Coordinator of the Waterloo Region’s Opportunities 2000 project – an initiative that won provincial, national and international awards for its multi-sectoral approach to poverty reduction – and served briefly as the Executive Director of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet). From 2002-2010, he was the Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Canada and a Director at Tamarack.