Our Team

We are here to complement you and your team’s expertise. We bring skills, tools and a dedicated team of support to your work so you can focus on your most pressing tasks.

About Roots & Rivers

Roots & Rivers Consulting is a social innovation consultancy based in Vancouver, BC. Founded in 2018 by Annelies Tjebbes and built on deep experience in strategic planning, facilitation, and evaluation. We have led and supported initiatives locally, nationally and globally. Projects are taken on by a range of core members, partners and subcontractors brought together to ensure we have the best team in place to serve and support you.

We have worked with over 30 clients in the social purpose space including non-profits, social enterprises, governments, foundations and co-ops and have been recognised for the impact and growth we’ve been able to bring to organizations and teams. We have deep values alignment with the projects we take on and work tirelessly to support and help enact visions for change for our clients.

Annelies Tjebbes


Annelies Tjebbes is a systems change leader with a background in social innovation, community development, and social enterprise. Originally trained as a Biomedical Engineer she has experience managing complex social and technical projects and leverages a strong skillset in problem-solving, design thinking and project management. She has also launched two companies and has provided comprehensive training and coaching to over 20 social enterprises.

Annelies is passionate about community and has worked in rural, remote and urban regions to support change initiatives. She dives into projects with a curious mindset, building connections to learn from and with community members. She has experience navigating complex social, political, cultural, and historical community dynamics. Annelies has championed social causes throughout her life and is proud to align her consultancy with her deep-rooted values around social justice.

Sonia Bianchi

Evaluation Expert

Sonia has been working in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors serving communities for over 13 years. With experience advising organizations big and small, and tackling issues in healthcare, social innovation, conservation, social justice and corporate social responsibility. She’s developed expertise in the areas of program development, strategic planning, evaluation, funding models and social impact measurement.

She’s advised organization's such as Mountain Equipment Co-op, Vancouver Division of Family Practice, Ashoka Changemakers and LIFT Philanthropy Partners. Sonia has a masters degree in International Political Economy and a certificate in Evaluation for Social Change and Transformative Learning from SFU.


The following key experiences bring a unique element to Rivers & Roots’ approach:

Banff Social Innovation Residency

  • Toolkit & framework development

  • Cross-Canada social innovation network

UBC  Bachelor’s of Applied Sciences

  • Design thinking & problem solving

  • Systems thinking & Root cause analysis

Evaluation Training

  • Evidence-based decision making

  • Reflective & curious practice

EWB Canada Leadership Team

  • Systems change leadership training design & delivery

  • Reconciliation action plan development