Nellie Mayshak is the founder, president and principal consultant of Canaf Consulting Associates, a firm that has deep experience in the area of public administration and civil nnservice reform, experience that includes designing executive and cabinet decision-making processes, government planning and policy development processes, and institutional capacity building.Canaf Consultingâ€™s Nellie Mayshak has over 30 years of experience in public service reform and change management.
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Nellie Mayshak is the founder, president and principal
consultant of Canaf Consulting Associates, a firm that
has deep experience in the area of public
administration and civil service reform, experience
that includes designing executive and cabinet
decision-making processes, government planning and
policy development processes, and institutional
More than 30 years in public service
reform and change management
Nellie Mayshak began her career in the public sector
by working for the Ontario Government in Canada,
where she served as a Senior Manager at different
departments for ten years. Nellie also worked for the Institute of Public Administration of
Canada, Ontario. Both of these positions gave her a firm grounding in public service reform and
an understanding of how to work with various international organizations interested in public
administration and management.
A trusted adviser, Nellie has held high profile, government-appointed positions such as Senior
Policy Advisor for the Ontario Cabinet Office, Canada, and Policy Advisor to the Solicitor
General and Minister of Correctional Services.
At the International level, some of her accomplishments include assisting with the development
of Lithuania’s strategic planning policy following processes dictated by the Organisation for
Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). This precision groundwork allowed Lithuania
to gain entrance into the European Union (EU).
In Liberia, Nellie led a team of international experts to facilitate the reconstruction of the public
service in the country under a comprehensive Civil Services Reform Strategy. She also had the
privilege of consulting with the first elected female President in Africa, Madam Ellen Johnson
Nellie Mayshak has also worked extensively in Ghana, assisting the government as they
streamlined the decision-making process for the Cabinet. Her advisory skills were called upon
by senior officials as they improved the efficiency of their administration. As part of a high level
team of experts, she also provided advisory services to the new Prime Minister in Kenya.
Nellie Mayshak earned her B.A. degree from the University of Ife in History and Education, her
M.A. degree from The University of British Columbia in Sociology, and her Ph.D. (dissertation
pending) from the University of Toronto in Sociology/Criminology.
She received the Solicitor General of Canada Award for Advanced Criminological Research.
Additionally, she is an active member of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and
the Canadian Association of International Development Consultants.