Lisa Lachance

Lisa is a passionate advocate for improving access to the supports needed for young people’s well-being and mental health. As the child, grandchild and parent of loved ones with complex mental health needs, and seeing how systems have failed, she is committed to making a difference.


Lisa became Executive Director of the W2A Network, the foundation for the new social enterprise, W2A Consulting Limited, since April 2013. Prior to this, Lisa worked in the federal government on international children’s rights and participation and Indigenous issues. Lisa has consulted for Canadian, international, and United Nations organizations on knowledge translation/mobilization, children’s rights, youth and community engagement, and gender equality. Her areas of expertise include policy development and practical policy implementation strategies, facilitation, performance measurement and evaluation, and knowledge translation, particularly engaging knowledge producers and users in innovative processes.


Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced Major) in International Development Studies and a Masters in Public Administration, both from Dalhousie University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Health where she is examining Integrated Youth Services.