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Lisa Lachance

Executive Director and President/PhD Student (Health), Wisdom2Action, Dalhousie University

Children's rights, child and youth mental health, non-profit management, knowledge mobilization, public policy


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Lisa Lachance has been Executive Director of Wisdom2Action since April 2013. She uses her strong cultural competence and collaborative leadership skills to connect people in meaningful ways – so they can solve problems and move forward. She has facilitated participatory community-building and knowledge-sharing workshops for thousands of people. In 2018, Lachance started the process of transitioning Wisdom2Action from government support to a social enterprise. She started in the public sector, working at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) where she promoted children’s rights and participation worldwide. She returned to Halifax in 2008, as the inaugural Director of Policy for the Nova Scotia Department of Finance. Lachance has consulted for Canadian, international, and United Nations organizations on children’s rights and gender equality projects. Her areas of expertise include knowledge mobilization, public policy, strategic planning and community engagement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies and a Masters in Public Administration, both from Dalhousie University, and has started her PhD in Health. Lachance has also been recognized as an effective non-profit leader as past president and board member of a range of national Canadian non-profit organizations. She remains active in many community organizations in Halifax.


  • Children's rights
  • Child and youth mental health
  • Non-profit management
  • Knowledge mobilization
  • Public policy


  • Dalhousie University
    International Development Studies
    Bachelor of Arts, Advanced Major, 1996
  • Dalhousie University
    Public Administration
    Masters, 2000

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