We are building a team of highly skilled professionals
SEASONOVA was founded in 2019 by Jhoanna Gonzales Miners. SEASONOVA is a federally-registered small business based in Ottawa, Ontario. Prior to launching SEASONOVA, our primary consultants were project and policy managers and analysts in the public service, with a combined experience of 60+ years in the Canadian Public Sector. We have worked in all levels of government including: municipal, provincial, and federal. The team also has extensive international experiences such as having worked at an international governmental organization, participated in leadership exchanges with the U.S. State Department, attended international meetings at the United Nations, and developed and implemented international development community projects both in Asia and in Europe.
We are a growing team, with research and consulting affiliates in the areas of social services; equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI); monitoring & evaluation (M&E); adult education; human resources (HR); and addressing gender-based violence and workplace harassment.
Jhoanna Gonzales Miners, BA (Hons), MA
CEO and Principal Consultant
Jhoanna Gonzales Miners is SEASONOVA’s founding CEO and Principal Consultant. She began her public service career in 1999, and have since worked in all levels of government across Canada. She has a Master of Arts from the University of Ottawa in Public and International Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba. Jhoanna was the Manager of Research and Analysis at the Corporate Policy branch at the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. She is a gender and diversity specialist and practitioner, a well-rounded policy analyst and researcher, and engaged in instructional design and adult learning facilitation. She is a military spouse, an IVLP alumni with the U.S. State Department, the Creative Director at Novadei, and the Social Enterprise Business Manager (part-time) for Ottawa’s City for All Women Initiative (CAWI).
Nodumo Nyathi LL.B
Director of Research & Legal Studies Specialist
After completing her Bachelor of Laws from the University of London in 2014, Dumo volunteered with the Women’s Aid Organisation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, supporting women and children fleeing from domestic violence. She was also the project coordinator for a British-registered NGO called Life Project in Zimbabwe which provided maternal health supports to women. In this role, she was involved with fund development with local, regional and international donours, which led to the purchasing of equipment for the largest maternal hospital ward in the City of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
In 2016, Dumo co-founded a local not-for-profit called Bulawayo Angels that provided health services including counseling in the areas of sexual health and gender-based violence, as well as food security to inner-city youth and women who live in the outskirts of a municipal dumpsite. Dumo was involved in facilitating direct programming, adult education on best practices for hygiene in a challenging context, as well as legal processes required by the organization.
She is a registered legal practitioner in Zimbabwe, and was a corporate lawyer prior to moving to Ottawa in 2018. She is currently specializing in research in the areas of addressing anti-black racism and gender-based violence; and exploring the efficacy of restorative practices in the Canadian context.
Virginia Gonzales, BA, MPA
Senior Consultant and HR Specialist
Virginia Gonzales has more than 20+ years of experience in management roles in human resources and administration in the health and environmental sectors. She has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Manitoba, and a Masters in Health Systems Leadership from Royal Roads University. She has worked with different stakeholders from government to not-for-profit agencies both in Canada and overseas in the areas of program development, monitoring & evaluation, and fundraising. She has worked with the UN, including UNDP, and CIDA prior to its amalgamation with Global Affairs Canada. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Virginia is also engaged locally in coaching and mentoring community leaders, with a focus on welcoming immigrants as well as spiritual growth. She was a Board Member of the City of Winnipeg’s Citizens Equity Committee and was the Membership & Diversity Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Manitoba Chapter.
Our Research Affiliates
Mai Ngo, BA (Hons), B.Ed, MA
Research Affiliate & Gender, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist
Mai has extensive experience in applying gender-based intersectional analytical frameworks to improve programs, policies, and procedures. She has 21+ years experience managing national projects and advising on innovative and diverse programs, ranging from $250,000 to $10 million in budget, and advocating for gender transformative programming and policy in issues of poverty, politics, and sexual and reproductive health rights. She is also a professional gender, equity, diversity, and inclusion adult learning facilitator (100+ workshops, with knowledge in Results-based Management (RBM). She is currently a full-time gender consultant at Global Affairs Canada (GAC).
She has shared her technical expertise with the City for All Women Initiative (CAWI), the City of Ottawa, OCTEVAW, OPS, Canada World Youth, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, YMCA of Greater Toronto, The Gender Equality Fund (Community Foundations of Canada), and several federal departments including the Canadian Border Services Agency, the Canada School of Public Service, and Indigenous Crown Affairs. Her international experience includes working with street-based sex workers in Bangladesh, youth in Kenya, and street-involved young women in Vietnam.
As part of her passion for gender equality, she hosts and produces The Birth Talks, a Femmy Award winning podcast on intersectional feminism in sexual and reproductive health rights.
Philip Leech-Ngo, BA (Hons), MA, PhD
Research Affiliate & International Relations Specialist
Dr. Philip Leech-Ngo is the Editor of the prestigious Center for International Policy Studies’ Blog and a senior fellow at the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa. He was the Gordon F. Henderson Post-doctoral Fellow (2016-2017) at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of The State of Palestine: A Critical Analysis (Routledge, 2016) the co-editor of Political Identities and Popular Uprisings in the Middle East (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016) and several peer reviewed journal articles.