Our Team

To get in touch with us, email info@ivydeanconsulting.ca and we’ll make sure it gets to the right person.

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Portrait of Jacq Brasseur, a non-binary white person with long blonde hair and dark rimmed glasses. They are looking out of frame, to the left, with a small smile on their lips.

JACQ BRASSEUR (they/them)

Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Principal Consultant

Based in: Sǫ̀mba K’è, Denendeh on Treaty 11 Territory
(Yellowknife, NWT) & oskana kâ-asastêki on Treaty 4 Territory
(Regina, SK)
Languages: English & Français

Portrait of Jacq Brasseur, a non-binary white person with long blonde hair and dark rimmed glasses. They are looking out of frame, to the left, with a small smile on their lips.

RISA PAYANT (she/her)

Chief Operations Officer & Principal Consultant

Based in: oskana kâ-asastêki on Treaty 4 Territory
(Regina, SK)
Languages: English

 

Portrait of Jacq Brasseur, a non-binary white person with long blonde hair and dark rimmed glasses. They are looking out of frame, to the left, with a small smile on their lips.

JACQ BRASSEUR (they/them)

Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Principal Consultant

Based in: Sǫ̀mba K’è, Denendeh on Treaty 11 Territory
(Yellowknife, NWT) & oskana kâ-asastêki on Treaty 4 Territory
(Regina, SK)
Languages: English & Français

In 2021, Jacq founded Ivy + Dean Consulting after experiencing a decade of difficulties finding consultants who shared their values and approach to non-profit leadership, and who understood local realities in the Prairies and Northern Canada. As Chief Executive Officer, Jacq acts as the principal visionary and strategic leader of the company and is the driving force behind our mission to bring equity, social justice, and anti-oppression into the non-profit boardroom. They appreciate being able to share their time between Yellowknife, NWT and Regina, SK  and work with a wide range of clients throughout the country as a Principal Consultant and “jacq-of-all-trades”.

Originally from Yellowknife, Jacq has over a decade of experience leading non-profit organizations. They co-founded what is now known as the Northern Mosaic Network, the only 2SLGBTQ+ human service agency in the Northwest Territories, and proudly served as its first Executive Director from 2011 to 2017. They simultaneously served as the Executive & Administrative Coordinator for the United Way Northwest Territories from 2015 to 2017. 

With parents originally from North Battleford and Outlook, SK, Jacq was particularly excited to move to the province in 2017. Upon moving south, they became actively involved in the non-profit sector in the Prairies working as Executive Director of UR Pride Centre, and serving on the boards of Briarpatch Magazine and TransSask Support Services. Jacq is a registered social worker in Saskatchewan, and holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction.

Over the past decade, you may have seen Jacq being involved in a wide range of organizations including Saskatchewan Queer Entrepreneurs & Professionals, Fora: Network for Change, University of Regina Alumni Association, The Enchanté Network, Fierté Canada Pride, la Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française, SpeakNorth (previously Spoken Word Canada), and Northwords NWT.

When they aren’t busy working or volunteering, you can find them drinking too much Diet Pepsi, reliving their childhood on Neopets.com, and spending time with friends and family.

Portrait of Jacq Brasseur, a non-binary white person with long blonde hair and dark rimmed glasses. They are looking out of frame, to the left, with a small smile on their lips.

RISA PAYANT (she/her)

Chief Operations Officer & Principal Consultant

Based in: oskana kâ-asastêki on Treaty 4 Territory
(Regina, SK)
Languages: English

As Chief Operations Officer, Risa is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of Ivy + Dean Consulting. She’s also a Principal Consultant, serving diverse non-profit clients with a focus on facilitation and training, good governance, public and private fund development strategies (including writing kick-ass grants), human resource planning and guidance, and supporting the development of confident and effective non-profit leadership through mentorship and coaching. She is passionate about supporting non-profit staff and board members in developing strategic, sustainable, and just approaches to their work that contribute to strengthening organizations and the communities they serve. While Risa can (and does) work with diverse non-profits, her background in multidisciplinary arts organizations makes her an especially great fit for clients in the creative sector. 

Born and raised in rural Saskatchewan, Risa is passionate about increasing capacity for oft-overlooked and misunderstood communities across Canada. Risa came to Ivy + Dean in 2023 with over two decades’ experience in the non-profit sector, 15 years of which saw her in senior leadership roles. Her career began as a student at the University of British Columbia where she immersed herself in roles at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and ArtsStarts in Schools. Upon returning to Treaty 4 territory after completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History and Visual Art, Risa contributed to Saskatchewan’s vibrant arts scene through positions at SK Arts, the Regina Folk Festival, and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. From 2015 to 2022, she served as Executive Director of Common Weal Community Arts, a provincial organization dedicated to socially-engaged practice. In 2022, Risa took on a new challenge in the public health sector, seeing Planned Parenthood Regina through a period of rebuilding as their Executive Director. 

Risa is an active volunteer and oft sought-after board member who has served in executive roles on the Board of Directors of Briarpatch Magazine, Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, Lumsden Beach Camp, and Queen City Hub. She is the current Regina Folk Festival President.

When she’s not working, Risa is a travel-loving, adventure-seeking bibliophile who finds joy in live music, bold colours, and the expansive prairie landscape. She lives in Regina’s Heritage neighbourhood with her wife and children.

Photo by Lindsay Debassige

LINDSAY DEBASSIGE (she/they)

Consultant

Based in: Sǫ̀mba K’è, Denendeh on Treaty 11 Territory
(Yellowknife, NWT)
Languages: English

Portrait of Jacq Brasseur, a non-binary white person with long blonde hair and dark rimmed glasses. They are looking out of frame, to the left, with a small smile on their lips.

ZACKARY DERRICK (they/them)

Consultant

Based in: Unceded lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation
(Montréal, QB)
Languages: English & Français

Photo by Evie Ruddy

HARMONY GRASSING (she/they)

Administrative Coordinator & Junior Consultant

Based in: oskana kâ-asastêki on Treaty 4 Territory
(Regina, SK)
Languages: English

Photo by Lindsay Debassige

LINDSAY DEBASSIGE (she/they)

Consultant

Based in: Sǫ̀mba K’è, Denendeh on Treaty 11 Territory
(Yellowknife, NWT)
Languages: English

 

As a Consultant at Ivy + Dean, Lindsay is focused on providing Northern-informed broad support to meet the unique needs of organizations in the NWT. They are a Two-Spirit M’Chigeeng, Anishinabek born and raised in Sǫ̀mba K’è, Denendeh, and multidisciplinary artist, educator, and facilitator for many Northern Initiatives. 

She is the current Camp Director for Qmunity Camp NWT, a non-profit providing on the land culturally based programming to 2SLGBTQIPA+ youth throughout the North. In addition to coordinating and delivering accessible on the land programs, Lindsay enjoys supporting non-profits through meeting facilitation, strategic planning and project management. They hope one day to become a Registered Psychologist to bring more gender and sexually diverse Indigenous representation into mental health spaces in the NWT.

Lindsay is passionate about building ethical, anti-racist, decolonial spaces and empowering First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples of Denendeh to reclaim their culture, traditions, language, and identity. #LANDBACK

Portrait of Jacq Brasseur, a non-binary white person with long blonde hair and dark rimmed glasses. They are looking out of frame, to the left, with a small smile on their lips.

ZACKARY DERRICK (they/them)

Consultant

Based in: Unceded lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation
(Montréal, QB)
Languages: English & Français

As a Consultant at Ivy + Dean, Zack is focused on broad governance support including policy development, data analysis, evaluation, and meeting facilitation. With over a half decade of experience in the non-profit sector, Zackary is a dedicated community organizer committed to building an intersectional world. Their past work includes implementing inclusive DEI strategies with the Canadian Red Cross Society, coordinating trans-centered programming for the Union for Gender Empowerment, and developing internal policy for organizations such as Fierté Canada Pride. They currently sit on the Council of the Society for Students with a Disability at the University of Victoria. 

In their spare time, Zackary is working towards a Master of Public Health with a specialization in Social Policy at the University of Victoria. They hold a Bachelor of Arts in First Peoples Studies from Concordia University in so-called “Montreal,” traditional unceded  Kanien’kehá:ka territory.

When Zackary isn’t brainstorming innovative solutions for community organizations or learning more about health policy, they enjoy the three Bs: Baking, Board Games and Books. 

Photo by Evie Ruddy

HARMONY GRASSING (she/they)

Administrative Coordinator & Junior Consultant

Based in: oskana kâ-asastêki on Treaty 4 Territory
(Regina, SK)
Languages: English

With a robust background encompassing front-line service delivery, education development and facilitation, program coordination, advocacy, and research, Harmony brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to Ivy + Dean. They are the Administrative Coordinator, working “behind the scenes” to ensure client projects are running smoothly and providing assistance to colleagues, and Junior Consultant, providing broad support to non-profit clients across the country.

Harmony currently calls Treaty 4 home, but has experienced life in both rural and urban parts of Saskatchewan. She is an avid continuous learner with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology and certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Innovation from the University of Regina. Their lived experiences and formal background have led them to embody a passionate commitment to social justice, with a dedicated focus on amplifying rural queer voices and advocating for disabled 2SLGBTQIA+ people. 

When Harmony is not working, you can find them crocheting, watching reality TV, taking naps, and spending time with loved ones.

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AMANDA GUTHRIE (she/her)

Senior Consultant

Based in: misâskwatômina on Treaty 6 Territory
(Saskatoon, SK)
Languages: English

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NOVA LATHAM (she/her)

Technology Coordinator

Based in: oskana kâ-asastêki on Treaty 4 Territory
(Regina, SK)
Languages: English

Photo by Evie Ruddy

AMINA SALAH (she/her)

Junior Consultant

Based in: oskana kâ-asastêki on Treaty 4 Territory
(Regina, SK)
Languages: English & Somali

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AMANDA GUTHRIE (she/her)

Senior Consultant

Based in: misâskwatômina on Treaty 6 Territory
(Saskatoon, SK)
Languages: English

As Senior Consultant, Amanda provides queer-informed and equity focused support to non-profit clients across the country with a focus on designing and delivering comprehensive queer and trans education programs and training, skilled facilitation for consultations, events, conferences, and meetings, policy development, and strategic planning. She is an experienced leader, educator, and facilitator who is passionate about building sustainable, supportive, and just environments.

Amanda’s experience includes working within the private and public sector, including serving as Interim Executive Director at OUTSaskatoon, Saskatoon’s primary 2SLGBTQ+ organization. Outside of her professional work, Amanda volunteers as a board member for Quint Development Corporation, is the Committee Chair for the City of Saskatoon’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee, and actively participates in community events and advocacy work.

When she isn’t working or volunteering her time, you can find her travelling or camping with her partner, laughing with her friends, or concocting schemes to create a better world.

Portrait of Jacq Brasseur, a non-binary white person with long blonde hair and dark rimmed glasses. They are looking out of frame, to the left, with a small smile on their lips.

NOVA LATHAM (she/her)

Technology Coordinator

Based in: oskana kâ-asastêki on Treaty 4 Territory
(Regina, SK)
Languages: English

As Technology Coordinator, Nova is our in-house tech support wizard, supporting the team and clients by providing administrative and technical support. She is an administrator, tech consultant, and website designer with a passion for making technology more accessible to individuals without an IT background. Whether it’s live technical support for large meetings, website design, or easy to understand documentation and training for new tools, Nova is dedicated to ensuring that behind the scenes technical issues and worries are minimized or eliminated so that projects can focus on what’s really important: the people.

Nova studied computer science at the University of Regina while also working there as an audio visual technician and producing live televised classes to students across Saskatchewan before it was commonplace. She has a special interest in cyber security, as well as reading, music, and videogames. She’s gone from designing rudimentary HTML websites in elementary school to the page you’re reading this on.

 

Photo by Evie Ruddy

AMINA SALAH (she/her)

Junior Consultant

Based in: oskana kâ-asastêki on Treaty 4 Territory
(Regina, SK)
Languages: English & Somali

As a Junior Consultant, Amina provides broad support to non-profit clients in the areas of project management, evaluation, program development, content creation, policy review, surveying, and data analysis. Her life tells a captivating tale woven across Somalia, Tanzania, Kenya, Hong Kong, and Canada, revealing a rich tapestry of experiences that profoundly shaped her dedication to community-driven impact. Her journey through diverse cultures, culminating in a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Regina in 2023, reflects a passionate commitment to the intricate web of global relations and diplomacy.

Amina’s experience includes a role as a Junior Professional Consultant for the Global Early Childhood Education initiative at UNICEF Education HQ in New York. She is an ardent advocate, armed with a linguistic repertoire encompassing English, German, Swahili, and Somali. These linguistic skills serve as bridges across cultural divides, amplifying her capacity to foster mutual understanding amid diverse contexts. Amina is passionate about building bridges, empowering communities, and championing change on a global scale.

Want to join us?

We often get more requests than we can handle to work with non-profits in Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. If you have non-profit related skills and expertise that you want to share, and our values and vision resonate with you, connect with us to inquire about joining our team.

What we’re looking for

  • Passionate about equity and social justice
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Extensive experience in the non-profit sector
  • Loves their community

Regina, SK & Yellowknife, NT

With our team splitting their time between Regina & Yellowknife, we focus on underserved communities. You won’t catch us searching for clients in urban, metropolitan parts of the country. We’re proud to have roots in Prairie & Northern Canada.

Get In Touch

Feel free to reach out to us here, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.