Maija Tiesmaki

Senior Evaluator

As Senior Evaluator, Maija plays an integral role in evaluation at the Foundation. Her work includes supporting the monitoring and evaluation of MSFHR research programs, projects and partnerships, as well as measuring the impact of MSFHR’s performance overall. She is also engaged in implementation, monitoring and reporting on MSFHR’s organizational evaluation strategy.

Prior to MSFHR, Maija was at Community Action Initiative (CAI) and the Centre for Applied Research on Mental Health & Addiction (CARMHA). As research lead at CAI, Maija enhanced evaluation and impact analysis practices for CAI’s grant funding, training and capacity building portfolios, and led the 2016 BC Community Mental Health & Substance Use Sector Survey, a provincial research project focused on generating new knowledge of the not-for-profit mental health and substance use sector in BC. While at CARMHA, her research associate role supported the successful implementation of the organization’s provincial and international research programs by synthesizing research literature, developing and managing project databases, and contributing to peer-reviewed journal articles and commissioned reports.

Maija holds a Master of Science from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University.