Ontario Testimonial

I just wanted to write and say congrats on putting together such an interesting Forum. I really enjoyed my time there. There was lots to learn, lots of “ah-ha!” moments, and a few “oh no!” moments when I’m realizing we might need to go about things a bit differently.

I’m sure you’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback so far, but I just wanted to add my two cents, and let you know how valuable it was to my (and our) work

All the best,

Jeff Sweeting, Research Analyst, Knowledge Management Unit, Research and Outcome Measurement Branch, Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Newfoundland Testimonial

The inaugural Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum 2012 was very engaging, with some fantastic speakers. I have been involved in knowledge mobilization for nearly a decade, yet I found the conversations fresh, and the enthusiasm high. I look forward to being there next year.

David Yetman, CEO, ItSticks


Saskatchewan Testimonial

Thank you again for organizing and hosting an amazing knowledge mobilization forum in Ottawa last week. It was a real blessing to be a part of this pioneer group and I appreciated all of the experience and wisdom that was shared by my colleagues.

I look forward to the next event.

Sarah Savage, PMP | Research Facilitator, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Another Testimonial

Congratulations on the exciting KmB Forum! Thank you once again for inviting me to take part. It’s been awhile since I came away from an event with such a strong sense of hope for the future. Discussion with knowledge brokers from a wide swath of various sectors demonstrated for me the power of better connections. Indeed, sharing is power, as you say.

Give my best to Knowmo!

Kind regards,

Janice Hall
Strategic Communications Consultant

Final Program

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DAY 1: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast Buffet
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome to the Forum Peter Levesque, CEO,Knowledge Mobilization Works
9:15 – 9:30 Welcome from Dignitaries Welcome – Province of Ontario, MPP Phil McNeely Welcome – City of Ottawa, Katherine Hobbs
9:30 – 10:30 Inspiration Keynote Graeme Barlow, CEO,RocketOwl Inc.

Greenspace and Facebook: learning to protect the planet through play

10:30 – 11:00 Wellness Break, Networking The Research Impact Morning Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 Practice BreakoutsStream 1, Ballroom 1: Education
Session 1: (15-20 min) Julia Lalande, Linda NicolsonMinistry of Education, Government of Ontario

Knowledge Mobilization as part of a ministry research strategy

Session 2: (15-20 min) Bronwynne WiltonUniversity of Guelph

From extension to knowledge translation and transfer (KTT): the University of Guelph partners with the Ontario agrifood sector

Session 3: (15-20 min) Fiona Deller, Susan Bloch-NevitteHigher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO)

Putting HEQCO on the map: How a policy wonk and a communications expert teamed up to raise the profile of a research organization

Session 4: (15-20min) Kiran KapoorWorkplace Safety and Prevention Services

Education in workplace health and safety: professional development and the challenge of Ontario’s diverse workforce

11:00 – 12:30 Practice BreakoutsStream 2, Ballroom 2: Health
Session 1: (15-20 min) Maureen DobbinsNational Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools

The role of the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools in supporting evidence-informed public health decision making

Session 2: (15-20 min) Raywat DeonandanUniversity of Ottawa

The politicization of science and the unexamined morality of Public Health

Session 3: (15-20 min) Nadia MinianEcho: Improving Women’s Health in Ontario

Designing evidence-based, community-driven, smoking cessation program for pregnant women

Session 4: (15-20min) Jennifer Hunter, Amanda KhanOntario Neurotrauma Foundation

The most difficult part of communication is to ensure that it happens!

11:00 – 12:30 Practice BreakoutsStream 3, Ballroom 3: Public PolicyCommunity Partnerships
Session 1: (15-20 min) Michael Johnny, Jane WedlockYork University, United Way of York Region

Community-based knowledge brokering

Session 2: (15-20 min) Jerome Elissalde, Luc DancauseUniversité du Québec à Montréal, Soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances

Collaborative Knowledge Mobilization

Session 3: (15-20 min) Laura Mumme, Anna Kras DupuisGlenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Parkwood Hospital

Evaluating best practice implementation within a network of 6 SCI rehabilitation centres across Canada

Session 4: (15-20min) Elizabeth ShantzCanadian Water Network

Connecting water researchers and end users: building knowledge mobilization capacity and awareness through a consortium approach

12:30 – 13:00 Special Connection to the NHS Confederation Video conversation – linking efforts on knowledge mobilization. Manchester, United Kingdom, HSRN Symposium- Delivering better health services
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch The Workplace Safety and Prevention Services Lunch
14:00 – 14:45 Master Networker Keynote Dr. David Phipps, Director, Office of Research Services, York University2017: What will knowledge mobilization look like when Canada is 150?
14:45 – 15:30 Knowledge Café(Based on the well-known World Café method) Round 1: What have been your best results with knowledge mobilization practice? Round 2: What supports do you need for knowledge mobilization? Round 3: What are the three actions you can take right now to improve knowledge mobilization in your organization?
15:30 – 15:45 Wellness Break, Networking Afternoon Break
15:45– 16:45 Research Breakouts Session 1, Ballroom 1
Session 1: (15-20 min) Albert SimardDefence R&D Canada

A knowledge services architecture for mobilizing knowledge to support decision making.

Session 2: (15-20 min) Sandra Miller, Kiran KapoorWorkplace Safety and Prevention Services

Linking knowledge mobilization and innovation in healthy and safety in Ontario

Session 3: (15-20 min) Charles GagnéInstitut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST)

Establish drivers to facilitate Knowledge translation in the OHS research environment

15:45– 16:45 Research Breakouts  Panel 1, Ballroom 2
Panel (60 minutes) David Phipps, Michael Hynie, Steven Gaetz, Michael Johnny, Raymond HymaYork University, CERIS

Do we need a big bridge to cover a small gap since we’re all on campus or do we need a small bridge to cover a large gap between research and practice?

15:45– 16:45 Research Breakouts  Panel 2, Ballroom 3
Panel (60 minutes) Maureen DobbinsHealth Evidence (McMaster University)

A tailored, collaborative strategy to develop capacity and facilitate evidence-informed public health decision-making: A case study of three Ontario health departments

16:45 – 17:15 Roundup and Closing Thoughts of Day 1 Group Discussion with Facilitator, Mitchell Kutney
17:45 – 20:00 Wine and Cheese The Knowledge Mobilization Works ReceptionWarm and cold hors d’oeuvres

Two drinks included + Cash Bar

Live Musical Trio

 Day 2: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast The Canadian Water Network Buffet Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome Peter Levesque, President & CEO, Knowledge Mobilization Works
9:15 – 9:45 What did we learn yesterday? Facilitated Roundtable Forum
9:45 – 10:30 Visionary Keynote Linda Hawkins, Director, Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship, University of GuelphStart where you are.

Transforming knowledge partnerships through engagement & social innovation

10:30– 10:45 Wellness Break, Networking Morning Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:15 Product and Application BreakoutsStream 1, Ballroom 1: Changing how we connect
Session 1: (25-30 min) Ingo PetersDomingo Informatics

Alfresco Share: connecting minds for measurable results

Session 2: (25-30 min) David YetmanItSticks

The Ease of Sharing Academic Knowledge in a Business to Business (B2B) Model: How do we Package this for Public Institutions?

Session 3: (25-30 min) Julie CookUniversalia Management Group

From Dependence to Empowerment: Using Human Rights-Based Approaches to Programming in Service Delivery

10:45 – 12:15 Product and Application BreakoutsStream 2, Ballroom 2: Health and Well-being
Session 1: (25-30 min) Novella LuiCanadian Diabetes Association

Transforming materials for people living with daibetes

Session 2: (25-30 min) Rachel Benoît, Ginette Lévesque, Julie DutilCentre de liaison sur l’intervention et la prévention psychosociales (CLIPP)

Exploring the process that led to the adaptation and promotion of an evidence-based tool for healthcare professionals: ÉMAF

Session 3: (25-30 min) Dalton WolfeParkwood Hospital – Lawson Health Research Institute

TEAM-beta:  Treatment and Evidence Algorithmic Mapping – a platform for an efficient decision support tool for clinicians, researchers and funders

10:45 – 12:15 Product and Application / Leadership and Management BreakoutsStream 3, Ballroom 3: Global Issues
Session 1: (25-30 min) Christian DagenaisUniversité de Montréal

Evidence-based policy making and practices to improve access to care in Burkina Faso: a knowledge brokering initiative

Session 2: (25-30 min) Laura Watts, Lynn MacDonaldNational Initiative for Care of the Elderly (NICE Network)

Evaluation of the effectiveness and knowledge mobilization pocket tools

Session 3: (25-30 min) Howard SchachterConsultant

The peril of leaving “knowledge whatever” (KW) exclusively to those who practice nothing but modern-day versions of science

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch Buffet
13:15 – 14:00 Future Shaping Keynote Michael Tamblyn, EVP Content, Sales & Merchandising at Kobo Inc
14:00– 14:45 Knowledge Mobilization SpringboardBuilding on the Green Paper produced by the K* Conference

Introduction by Furqan Asif, United Nations University, Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH)

Round 1:Resources

What do we need to pool our resources together and to attract new resources?

Round 2:People & Partners

How do we attract, train, and retain the best people to support our activities?

Round 3:Growth

How do we measure growth and success?

14:45 – 15:30 Springboard Room Rounds Collaborative Statement on moving Knowledge Mobilization forward
15:30 – 16:00 Wellness Break, Networking Afternoon Break
16:00 – 16:45 Action Keynote Daryl Rock, Chair, World Accessibility Enterprises, Past Chair, Rick Hansen Institute
16:45 – 17:00 Closing Remarks and Thank you Peter Levesque, President & CEO, Knowledge Mobilization Works



New Partners

The Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum is pleased to have partners such as the K* Conference convened by UNU-INWEH with advice and support of members from the International Advisory Committee and other organizations.  Dr. Alex Bielak has done some heavy lifting to bring this together.

We are also fortunate to be linked to the Health Services Research Network annual Symposium to be held in Manchester, United Kingdom at the same time as the CKMb Forum.

We are planning a live video feed between the two events.

The conversations from both venues will feed the Ottawa event with great ideas and help us move forward with a more collective agenda on how to best support knowledge mobilization practice and efforts.


Canadian Water Network

The Canadian Water Network is the sponsor of the June 20, 2012 breakfast of the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum.  We are so proud to be associated with this extraordinary network.

The Canadian Water Network plays a vital role in ensuring that Canada benefits from its investments in research to manage our water resources more effectively and becomes a world leader in water management.

Established in 2001 and headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, CWN was created by the Networks of Centres of Excellence Program to connect Canadian and international water researchers with decision-makers engaged in priority water management issues.

The CWN is the national conduit that brings together researchers, engineers and their students, along with practitioners and implementers, pooling their resources and uniting expertise to respond to water challenges and ensure a prosperous and healthy future for generations of Canadians.

Please visit them at their booth during to the Forum to learn more about their work.


First Round of Presentations Accepted

It is with great pleasure that I announce that first round of proposals to the four streams of breakouts at the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum were accepted.

The four streams are: Practice; Research; Products and Applications; and Leadership and Management.  In total 28 proposals were accepted.  We unfortunately rejected 13 that were of insufficient quality or relevance to knowledge mobilization.

More details about each of the proposals will be forthcoming after each of the presenters confirms their participation at the Forum.

However, I can tell you – very cool!

Peter Levesque

Extended deadline for Call for Presentations

Based on strong demand, we are extending the deadline for the Call for Presentations to April 15, 2012.

Proposals already submitted (thank you), will be assessed next week and announcements made before March 30, 2012.

The blend of disciplines and sectors is very encouraging – We are going to have some great conversations across our normal practice areas.

The details of the Call for presentations remains here: http://www.kmbforum2012.org/submissions/


Linda Hawkins will be Visionary Keynote speaker at the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum 2012

It is with great pleasure that I announce that Linda Hawkins – co-founder of the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship at the University of Guelph, which builds capacity for engagement among community, faculty and students – will be our Visionary Keynote speaker at the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum 2012.

Linda is known for creating deep linkages between the academy and community benefit organizations through the Research Shop – an innovative interdisciplinary response that operates around and between university and community silos.

Her knowledge brokering fits in the context of designing and facilitating community-university partnerships around the complex issues of civil society.

Linda was previously executive director of the Centre for Families, Work and Well-being, a highly successful centre attracting 2 community-university research alliances focusing on issues around gender work and care (father involvement and rural women’s livelihoods).

She currently serves as part of the national team for a collaboration of 8 Canadian universities and Community Campus Partnerships for Health focusing on building rewards and development opportunities for engaged scholars.

Coordinator and Forum Report Lead – Sue Cragg

It is with pleasure that I announce that Sue Cragg has joined the planning team of the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum 2012 as a coordinator and Forum Report Lead.

Her contact details will be posted on the contact tab of the Forum website.

Please join me in welcoming her to the exciting but difficult process of creating this ground breaking event.

Peter Levesque


Call for presentations date set to March 15, 2012

We have been receiving some very interesting proposals for presentations at the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum 2012.  In order to give people enough time to create their full presentations, we have set the date to March 15, 2012 for the submission of the abstract.  The turn around for acceptance is two weeks – you will be notified on March 30, 2012.

The details are found at this link: http://www.kmbforum2012.org/submissions/

There are 2 methods of sending you abstract in:

Look forward to participating in your presentations.


Forum website launched

The website for the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum 2012 was launched today.


The home page will deliver up-to-date news of the event. Stay tuned for the latest news.

Consult the website for the following information:

  • Call for Presentations details and forms
  • Contact information including addresses and phone numbers
  • Important dates and deadlines
  • The Forum program with speakers and session information
  • Registration details and costs
  • Biographies of speakers
  • Sponsors and partners – who are working hard to make the Forum a reality
  • Details of the venue
  • Opportunities to volunteer.