We are building a team of highly skilled professionals
SEASONOVA was founded in 2019 by Jhoanna Gonzales Miners. SEASONOVA is a federally-registered social enterprise based in Ottawa, Ontario. We are expert practitioners in applying, teaching and coaching in intersectional analysis, specifically Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA Plus) since 2010/11.
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; Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA Plus) equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA); monitoring & evaluation (M&E); adult education; human resources (HR); and addressing gender-based violence and workplace harassment.
Jhoanna Gonzales Miners, BA (Hons), MA
CEO & Principal Consultant
Jhoanna Gonzales Miners (she/her/we) 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 was part of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial network of Status of Women Ministers and Senior Officials who helped pivot GBA to GBA Plus in 2010/11 and helped launch the first online GBA Plus training in May 2012.
She is a gender and diversity specialist and practitioner, an evaluator, a researcher, and a well-rounded policy analyst. She is a learning & development professional, engaged in instructional design and adult learning facilitation. She is a military spouse, an IVLP alumni with the U.S. State Department, and was the Social Enterprise Business Manager for Ottawa’s City for All Women Initiative (CAWI).
Ashley Landers, BA (Hons), MA
Researcher & Gender Specialist
Ashley Landers (she/they) is a Researcher and Gender Specialist at SEASONOVA. She was a SEASONOVA intern in the Summer of 2022 through the Canada Summer Jobs Program (CSJP) and has continued full-time. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Regina. Her areas of research include gender-based violence, social movements, and masculinities.
Since joining SEASONOVA, Ashley has conducted numerous research to conduct intersectional analysis on policies and programs including the labour integration of immigrant and racialized women in Canada, accessibility promising practices including in procurement, workplace sexual harassment in male-dominated sectors, and the impact of COVID-19 on marginalized populations. She has co-facilitated numerous focus groups and contributed to the development of several courses focusing on GBA Plus and EDI.
Gabriela López, MBA
Facilitator & EDI Specialist
Gabriela López (she/her/ella) An experienced manager, trainer, communicator and language interpreter with a MBA from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and a Mass Media and Communications Sciences Degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
During her 15 years working for the Mexican Construction Association (CMIC), she served as Director General of the Association’s Training Institute before becoming Director General of the Association. From 2002 to 2003, Gabriela served as the Press Liaison between the Presidency of Mexico Press Office and the Communications Offices of the 12 departments of the Human and Social Cabinet of the Government of Mexico.
After relocating to Canada, she became a facilitator and workshop designer with the City for All Women Initiative (CAWI), where she has designed and facilitated workshops on equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
In 2010, Gabriela was certified by the Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO) as a Community Language Interpreter in accordance with the Justice Strategy Language Interpreter Services of the Government of Ontario.
Her focus has been to support immigrants, women, and initiatives that contribute to make Ottawa a more inclusive city. This includes serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Multicultural Arts in School and Communities (MASC), the Board of the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CIC), and as a Stakeholder Specialist for Leveraging Immigrant Talent to Strengthen Canadian Business (LIT).
Euphrasie Emedi, BA, B.Ed., MA, PhD
Researcher, Community Developer & Facilitator
Dr. Emedi (she/her/elle) is a community developer in Ottawa with a local Community Health Centre. Euphrasie is fully bilingual in French and English and has six years of post-secondary teaching experience, three years in teaching in elementary education and 10 years of experience in community service. She is an EDI specialist and facilitator with the City for All Women Initiative, a leading grassroots organization in Ottawa focused on EDI and gender equity.
Abigail Isaac, B.A. (Hons.)
Researcher & Facilitator
Abigail (she/her) is a Rhodes Scholar-Elect 2023 at the University of Oxford. She was a SEASONOVA intern in the Summer of 2022 through the Canada Summer Jobs Program (CSJP) and has continued as a research affiliate since then. She is currently a Research Assistant at the Network of Ethiopian Women’s Association in Addis Ababa. She completed Political Science and Economics at the University of Alberta, where she conducted research at the nexus of gender justice, migration justice, and climate justice. This experience set the foundation for her professional aspirations, which are rooted in a commitment to reimagining the protections afforded to those most marginalized in the international state system through policy change and political advocacy.
In her time as a community activist, student representative, and writer, her advocacy experience has taken many forms. From her role as President of the Political Science Undergraduate Association at the University of Alberta, to organizing the Black Lives Matter YEG and creating policy on various municipal political campaigns, to engaging in advocacy at the federal level with the National Collective of Women in Business and other teams, Abby takes seriously the urgency of centering marginalized communities in leadership spaces.
Virginia Gonzales, BA, MPA
HR & Change Management Specialist
Virginia Gonzales (she/her) 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.
Lyndi Woo, BPE, M.Ed
Gender, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist & Facilitator
Lyndi Woo (she/they) has been an educator and facilitator for over 20 years, dedicating her career to creating spaces for transformative change that are grounded in experiential learning, unlearning, reflection, relationship, and dialogue. She specializes in adult education, program development, curriculum design, youth mentorship, and project management. She offers expertise in the development and delivery of trauma informed trainings in equity, diversity, inclusion, justice, violence prevention, and consent education. She has provided training and education to support asset based community development in urban Indigenous communities, Indigenous youth leadership, and reconciliation education work with private, nonprofit and public sector organizations, including school boards, social service and healthcare providers.
Her international experience in Ghana, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Cambodia included the development and delivery of solidarity focused education and supporting community driven initiatives in sustainable economic development, community based tourism, youth rights through arts based education, and environmental education.
She has a Masters of Education in Adult Education and Community Development from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, with a focus on the sociocultural factors that contribute to the prevalence and normalization of gender based violence. She also holds a Bachelor of Physical Education in Sports Performance from the University of Alberta. Lyndi currently works as a freelance consultant and facilitator with clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
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