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Jennifer BarrigarDr. Jennifer Barrigar is a scholar and writer on privacy, with a particular focus on reputation as a means of surveilling and shaping people’s identities online and off. She has lectured and written on these issues for more than a decade, throughout the rapid evolution of social media and increasing online surveillance. For several years she served as Legal Counsel at Canada’s Privacy Commission where she participated in the initial application and interpretation of Canada’s 2001 private sector privacy act (PIPEDA) and worked with international standards for privacy and data protection. She has also taught law courses at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. She holds an from the University of Ottawa where she examined Canada’s federal private sector privacy law and its potential as a transformative instrument of change; an LL.B. from Dalhousie University; and an Honours B.A. from Carleton University.

What if that wasn’t meant to mobilized?

anne.bergenDr. Anne Bergen is the Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator at the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship and the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, University of Guelph. Anne uses her graduate training in applied social psychology and background in community based research and evaluation to help build pathways and platforms that connect people and information. Twitter: @Anne_Bergen

Twitter chats as a knowledge mobilization tool

Health Jam 2014: Lessons Learned for Knowledge Mobilization 


Geri BriggsGeri Briggs, B.Ed., Masters in Continuing Education: Learning in the Workplace. Geri is theoretically retired which means she is currently the Director of the Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning, Co-manager of a SSHRC funded research project “Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement“, contract instructor of a Knowledge Mobilization course, and part-time organic farmer.  During her career she worked in the private, not for profit, and government sectors with the last 20 years spent in analysing, creating, disseminating, and evaluating labour market information. She worked locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally in career development and labour market information related work, collaborated with community groups, and volunteered on community boards. Knowledge mobilization nicely encapsulates the divergent aspects of her eclectic career providing a focus to her third stage career. (Photo credit: Tamaya Garner)


Pic_Shasta Carrr-HarrisShasta Carr Harris is a knowledge mobilization (KMb) professional and doctoral student at the University of Toronto focusing on knowledge mobilization and systems. Shasta has five years of experience leading and managing KMb projects, contributing to KMb strategic planning, and providing training to researchers and practitioners on the systematic use of KMb strategies. Most recently, Shasta has led the Ontario Education Research Exchange (OERE) which has published over 200 research summaries for Ontario educators, and has contributed to research, strategic planning and management of the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER) which is an Ontario Ministry of Education initiative to mobilize research knowledge across the Ontario education system. Prior to her work in knowledge mobilization, Shasta completed training in broadcast journalism and worked at news agencies and NGO’s in Karachi and New Delhi, where she lived for two years.  Connect with Shasta on LinkedIn and Twitter (@ShastaCH)!


CFD Logo - Color - SmallCentre for Faculty Development (CFD) is a partnership between St Michael’s Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (UofT). Faculty development is defined as a broad range of activities to renew or assist faculty, supervisors, preceptors, field instructors, and clinical educators in their roles. Specifically, faculty development helps these individuals grow their knowledge and skills in areas considered essential to their performance as teachers, educators, administrators, leaders, and researchers. Internationally, the CFD is known for the strength and relevance of its faculty development programming, which is informed by empirical and practical knowledge, delivered to multi-professional audiences, and applicable to workplace contexts. The CFD is committed to high quality scholarship and has a team devoted to advancing faculty development research and evaluation, with the goals of continuously improving CFD programming as well as contributing to the global faculty development knowledge community through influential publications, presentations, and workshops. As knowledge creators and mobilizers, the CFD derives inspiration for knowledge creation from faculty development practices, and in turn informs such practices through the mobilization of knowledge derived from rigorous and relevant research. Representing the CFD on the KMb blog will be an interdisciplinary team of faculty developers and education researchers, sharing this opportunity to write about faculty development and knowledge mobilization. To learn more about CFD, visit the website here:

What does faculty development have to do with knowledge mobilization?

Creating Knowledge outside the Centre Cycle: Where Evaluation & Knowledge Translation Meet

LDancauseLuc Dancause est docteur en études urbaines (Université du Québec à Montréal — UQAM) et détenteur d’une maîtrise en sociologie de l’Université McGill. Depuis dix ans, par ses activités d’enseignement, de recherche et de consultation, il travaille à faciliter la circulation des savoirs entre le milieu académique et les organisations oeuvrant sur le terrain. À titre de consultant en mobilisation des connaissances et en recherche appliquée, il agit comme intermédiaire afin que s’opère une rencontre fructueuse entre les savoirs théoriques et pratiques au bénéfice des individus, des organisations et des collectivités. Dans ce cadre, Luc a effectué divers mandats, notamment auprès du Réseau québécois en innovation sociale et de la Conférence régionale des élus de l’Estrie. De 2010 à 2013, il a été celui qui a instauré les activités de soutien à la mobilisation des connaissances au sein du Service des partenariats et du soutien à l’innovation de l’UQAM. Vous pouvez suivre Luc sur Twitter à @eldancos

Étendre ses horizons

Le rôle d’intermédiaire : victime de son succès? 

Picture of Julia GrayJulia Gray is an artist, scholar and educator whose work focuses on how the arts can provide the possibility for more engaged, imaginative, creative people and communities.  Currently pursuing a PhD at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Julia’s research explores research-informed theatre as a health-based knowledge translation strategy, specifically looking at the dynamic between the aesthetic dimensions and the pedagogical objectives of this work.   Julia wrote and directed After the Crash: a play about brain injury (Toronto Rehabilitation Institute / Ruckus Ensemble) and co-wrote with Dr. Gail Mitchell Seeing the Forest (York University), a play about patient safety culture, among other research-informed theatre projects.  She is currently working on a new project about dementia, embodied self-hood and relationality.  Julia’s site is and you can follow her on twitter at @PossibleArts

Let’s Play! Considering the arts as ways of mobilizing knowledge

Cathy CLAHRC2Cathy Howe is a UK NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Fellow researching organisational systems and networks for knowledge mobilisation for healthcare quality improvement, working in partnership with Imperial College Business School, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care for Northwest London (CLAHRC NWL).  Cathy is also a Programme Lead at the CLAHRC NWL brokering knowledge for improvement between healthcare professionals and academics, and researching the theory, teaching and utilisation of quality improvement tools and methods in practice.  Cathy has worked in healthcare management since 2000 in acute, community and mental health services in England and Wales.  She has a background in manufacturing sciences, and has led improvements in production and service industries in the private, voluntary and public sectors.  Cathy’s Blog is

Lost in the mist?: Focus for knowledge mobilisation

Sarah_2Sarah Munro is a PhD student in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia, supervised by Dr. Patti Janssen (School of Population and Public Health) and Dr. Jude Kornelsen (Department of Family Practice). Her research intersects maternity care, health services, and knowledge translation (KT) research. From 2007-2012, she coordinated KT activities at the Centre for Rural Health Research, where she also supported qualitative studies and program evaluations in the areas of rural maternity care, interprofessional collaboration, and midwifery. Currently, she leads KT for Optimal Birth BC, a research program aimed at mobilizing best evidence among consumers, care providers, and policy makers to optimize use of interventions in childbirth. Her PhD research explores KT methods to enhance decision-making for vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC).

Getting Crafty: Learning to Mobilize Knowledge by “Quilting”

Lata headshotDr. Lata Narayanaswamy is an Honourary Research Fellow at the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) and has over ten years of experience as a researcher, practitioner and consultant in gender, knowledge management and development. Her own research focuses on interrogating how power functions in development knowledge systems. She is currently working on a book entitled Gender, Power and Knowledge-for-Development, to be published by Routledge.

Knowledge mobilization versus KM in development: Like ships passing in the night? 




Cameron Norman brings together systems thinking, design and behavioral science with the tools of critical education, communications and evaluation. What that produces are new ways to inspire people to envision new possibilities in their work, design more resilient and effective programs and services and build resilient strategies to navigate complex change.

Cameron is the Principal of CENSE Research + Design, a social innovation consultancy studio focused on strengthening clients’ skills in designing innovations and understanding their impact on the world.  He is an adjunct professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and has published widely on the application of systems thinking to knowledge translation and health promotion. He can be followed on Twitter @cdnorman or at his blog:

201603 IMG_9473_1 (2)Jonathan Eric Provost is the CEO of Pro Motion Knowledge Consulting Inc., a knowledge and innovation brokering firm specialising in small business growth and potential. Jonathan has over 5 years of professional experience in facilitating large and small events; mediating relationships with stakeholders and partners; implementing innovative communication tools, practices and cultures within the Public Service of Canada. His studies have focused on biophysical chemistry, leadership, media relations, business process, social psychology, information management systems, and knowledge management. Jonathan is passionate about leveraging connections, and promoting the exchange and fluency of the innovations that shape our world. Jonathan’s excitement for life extends beyond work hours, devoting himself to his family, obstacle course racing, coaching and community.


Dr RiopelleR.J. Riopelle, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS is Chief Research Officer, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. In this role Rick oversees ONF’s Implementation Science Research, Development and Operations Unit directed to stewardship, executive direction, and coordination/facilitation of participatory research portfolios informing innovation emerging from practical need. Currently activities are directed towards support of the Spinal Cord Injury Knowledge Mobilization Network supported by federal and provincial funding. SCI KMN is a learning and innovation collaborative of ~100 individuals on six sites in three provinces directed to enhancing the quality of the lived experience of persons with spinal cord injury, and the professional development of their care providers.

The Sandbox is a Wonderful Place (for innovation)

Towards the “Science of I” (improvement, implementation, innovation)

292d69eAshleigh Townley is an upbeat city girl who sees the world through vibrant glasses! She is passionate about community-based health, social innovation, engagement and person-centered care. As a Knowledge Broker with Evidence to Care (EtC) at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, she promotes and implements the best available research evidence to inform care in childhood disability. Find EtC on the web at: or connect with Ashleigh on Twitter: @AshleighTownley

How can you quantify a conference experience?


John VerdonJohn Verdon is a multi-disciplinary researcher with a rich background in theoretical and applied social science research. His education includes a Honours B.A. in Psychology, M.A. Anthropology, and graduate studies in Sociology and Philosophy. He has been employed in the Federal government in the field of program evaluation and as a strategic and foresight human resource researcher. As an intellectual hunter and gatherer he has acquired extensive expertise in foresight research, social science research, complexity sciences, knowledge management, and co-operative & collaborative communities. He also forages in the domains of philosophical economics, the digital environment (social media and related technologies) and emerging cognitive, biological and nano-technologies and their potential for disruptive impact on human and social performance.

Are we ready for the coming Apocalypse?

Warm Bodies – Alive, Unique, Embodied Knowledge & Motivation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABonnie Zink, professional member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (, has worked in the communications, editorial, knowledge mobilization, and research industries for nearly twenty years. Prior to becoming a knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) specialist, she worked as a freelance writer and editor, communications strategist, policy writer / analyst, as well as a research assistant, and speech writer. She currently specializes in knowledge mobilization and social media strategy.

Since 2004, Bonnie has worked to further develop expertise in the creation of knowledge, the mobilization of knowledge, and the transfer of knowledge into the hands of those who can best affect policy and create positive community-level social change. She currently works as a freelance professional who helps academics, government representatives, and community-based organizations create the connections that matter while helping researchers tell their stories through the innovative use of both traditional print and social forms of media. For further detail on Bonnie Zink’s expertise and background, please visit She can be contacted directly via email ( and on Twitter (@bonniezink).


PNL_BT_HeadshotPeter Norman Levesque is President of the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, a non-profit think tank based in Ottawa.  Peter has over 20 years of professional experience bridging research knowledge and practice situations. He has studies in Biochemistry, Sociology, Economics, Finance, Insurance, Public Administration, Population Health, Evidence-based Medicine, and Volunteer Administration.  His passions are family, community, travel, photography, motorcycles, graphic arts, and teaching.