About Us



peirewalkANSER-ARES is a Canadian association for those who have an interest in research that pertains broadly to nonprofit organizations and the social economy.

ANSER-ARES is working to:

  • foster a collaborative community of scholars and researchers; and
  • develop a Canadian body of knowledge that encompasses such fields as community economic development, philanthropy, nonprofit management, volunteering, social and environmental accounting, government/voluntary sector relationships, social movements, citizen engagement, and civil society.

Our interests range from the theoretical to the applied. We have come together to promote the development and application of our knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and others in collaboration with those working in the nonprofit sector and the social economy.

Our vision for membership embraces a variety of scholarly fields including economics, history, law, business and management, education, psychology, political science, public administration and sociology.

ANSER-ARES is working to provide opportunities for members to share their knowledge and expertise, including an annual conference normally held with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our vision is to work collaboratively with other associations with complementary interests and goals.

The ANSER-ARES Board of Directors elected at the 2018 Annual General Meeting

Cliff Spyker Mount Royal University (Treasurer)
Shirley Thompson University of Manitoba
Paloma Raggo Carleton University
Cathy Barr Imagine Canada (Secretary)
Sonia Tello-Rozas Université du Québec à Montréal  (ex-officio)
Jorge Sousa University of Alberta  (ex-officio)
Rachel Laforest Queen’s University
Sébastien Savard University of Ottawa
Laurie Mook Arizona State University (Vice-President)
Olakunle Akingbola Lakehead University
Marcelo Vieta University of Toronto
Ushnish Sengupta University of Toronto
Micheal Shier University of Toronto
Yvonne Harrison University of Regina
Gloria DeSantis University of Regina  (President)

Members of ANSER-ARES approved the following Bylaws amended & updated as of 2017 AGM

ANSER-ARES Strategic Plan

The ANSER-ARES Board of Directors has developed an on-going Strategic Plan to reflect current and future priorities and activities.

Strat Plan redraft May2015 provides a comprehensive overview of ANSER-ARES activities and finances.

Executive Committee 2018-2019

Gloria De Santis, President

Laurie Mook, Vice-President

Cliff Spyker, Treasurer

Cathy Barr, Secretary

Kunle Akingbola, nominations

Paloma Raggo, fundraising lead

Conference committee 2017-2018

Micheal Shier (Lead)

Gloria De Santis, local events coordinator

Lynne Siemens

Sébastien Savard

Jack Quarter

Laurie Mook

Jack Quarter

Ushnish Sengupta

Yvonne Harrison

Alexandra Gardner (Imagine Canada)



Luc Thériault (Lead)

Rachel Laforest

Kunle Akingbola

Marcelo Vieta

Micheal Shier



Communications and Outreach

Rachel Laforest, Lead

Lynne Siemens, membership and listserv

Shirley Thompson


J.J. McMurtry/Denyse Côté (Leads)

Marcelo Vieta (English Reviews)

Martine Vézina (French Reviews)

Luc Thériault

Micheal Shier