Production Team

Track Changes is produced by an interdepartmental team of public servants, with the support of the PCO Innovation Hub.

Susan Johnston - Co-host/co-producer

Susan is passionate about creating new spaces for engagement and collaboration on complex issues. She joined the public service in 2001, and is currently working with the Consultations and Public Engagement team at the Privy Council Office. Her previous roles have been in the areas of communications policy and international collaboration at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Susan is involved in outreach and partnership development work for Community Mediation Ottawa, and serves on the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution Board of Directors. In 2014, she co-founded Ottawa (de)tours, a social enterprise with a mandate to help people explore and discuss contemporary issues. You can find her on CKCU FM most Friday mornings, where she co-hosts a program about the local arts scene. Susan received an M.A. in International Affairs and a Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution from Carleton University.

Kaili Levesque - Executive Producer

Kaili is passionate about finding ways to make the public service more open, collaborative and innovative, and hustles every day to help be part of this change. Kaili is currently responsible for the implementation and delivery of Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s Strategic Investment Fund. Prior to this role, Kaili was the Director of Digital Policy, where she was responsible for Canada’s Digital Economy Strategy as well programming related to increasing digital access and skills. Before joining ISED, Kaili spent four years with TBS’ Economic Sector, delivering on several horizontal initiatives. Kaili made two stops at the Policy Research Initiative, where she had the opportunity to work with senior officials to develop innovative approaches to policy research and policy-making, including the development and successful delivery of the canada@150 project. Kaili has also worked on files such as small business growth, regulatory cooperation, as well as policy research on regulatory, economic and social issues, including several publications. Kaili has a MA in Public Administration from Carleton University and has been heavily involved in IPAC over the years. Her hobbies are mostly work-related: policy innovation, collaboration, open government, digital issues and engagement of all kinds. When not working, she has adventures with her husband, their two active children, and their surly cat.

Nisa Malli - Co-Producer

Nisa Malli is part of the team that started the Privy Council Office's Innovation Hub, a policy lab at the heart of the federal government, and is a former member of the Deputy Ministers' Committee on Policy Innovation. She joined the public service from the community non-profit sector where she ran digital literacy and social inclusion programming for seniors and new immigrants and worked as a journalist, editor, and poet. She holds an MA in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa where she researched how open government is redefining and digitizing civic virtue and citizen engagement. She has lived and worked in five Canadian cities and is adding a sixth as a 2016-2017 Urban Fellow with the City of Toronto.

Dan Monafu - Co-host/co-producer

Dan Monafu is an Ottawa-based serial entrepreneur, community builder, and federal public servant. In 2013, Dan founded Soup Ottawa, a participatory micro-grant event held seasonally, which has raised over $10,000 for various community benefit projects. In 2014, he co-founded Ottawa (de)tours, which employs the walking tour model to invite Canadians to critically think about complex issues shaping Canada. In the federal government, Dan currently works for Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), where he uses policy innovation tools and methodologies (e.g. design thinking) to help Canadian seniors age well. An active speaker on the new philanthropy, failing forward, and the use of prizes and challenges to incentivize innovation, he is also engaged in SMS-based interventions, journalism, and civic innovation. Dan holds a Master of Arts degree from Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA). For more information, check out danmonafu.com.

Francis Nolan-Poupart - Co-host/co-producer

Francis is a social policy wonk. He was hired into the public service through the Accelerated Economist Training Program (AETP), a two-year recruitment program which has its participants complete six month assignments in the central agencies of government. While at the Privy Council Office, he got roped into being part of the secretariat team for the Deputy Ministers’ Committee on Policy Innovation, where he developed an obsession for all things evidence-based policy (he also eventually became a member of that committee). After completing the AETP, Francis moved on to Employment and Social Development Canada, where he has been working for over two years on the development of strategic policy around social innovation, social finance and social enterprise (he swears those aren’t just buzzwords) -- his pet issues are outcomes-based funding and the use of evidence to improve social programs. Francis also volunteers with a local social and community services non-profit, trying to assist them in measuring and communicating the impact of their programming. Francis holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University (where he published research on policy innovation in climate change policy) and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and International Relations from Laval University.

Anatole Papadopoulos - Executive Producer

Anatole has spent much of his Public Service career working on change and transformation initiatives. He is currently playing the secretariat role for the Deputy Ministers’ Committee on Policy Innovation, while serving as Executive Director, Policy Innovation at Canadian Heritage. Previously, at Health Canada, Anatole played a key role in food regulatory modernization and represented the federal government domestically and internationally. Before joining Health Canada, Anatole was a Senior Analyst in the Priorities and Planning secretariat at the Privy Council Office (PCO), where he also spent time on the core team for the innovative canada@150 project and as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Public Service Renewal. Before PCO, Anatole spent three years at Environment Canada. He led the team that managed a new multi-stakeholder initiative focused on solutions that integrated environmental and economic considerations. Anatole holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a Bachelor's in Cognitive Science from Queen's. Anatole has been told he’s not allowed to have any more new ideas.

Additional Support

Thank you to Mark Matz (aka Ephemeral Echo) for our theme song and Policy Horizons Canada for our visual identity.