Knowledge Mobilization Within Large Scale Science Projects – January 23, 2018 – Waterloo, ON

This event is being hosted by the Guelph/Kitchener Waterloo Knowledge Translation and Transfer Community of Practice. For more information, please visit their website at guelphkttcommunity.ca
Description
This moderated panel discussion will draw on the experiences of the panel, with discussion questions raised with the audience to identify the practices and challenges to knowledge mobilization within large scale, multi-stakeholder projects. Please bring your questions and success stories involving large scale projects.
This moderated panel discussion will draw on the experiences of the panel, with discussion questions raised with the audience to identify the practices and challenges to knowledge mobilization within large scale, multi-stakeholder projects. Please bring your questions and success stories involving large scale projects.
Date: Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
Time: 5:30-8:00 PM
Location: One King North, Waterloo ON

Agenda
5:30pm networking
6pm panel presentation
7pm Q&A
Panelists
Kara Hearne, Knowledge Mobilizer, Global Water Futures, University of Waterloo

Kara is a Knowledge Mobilization Specialist with the University of Waterloo’s Water Institute. She supports the Global Water Futures program as part of the Knowledge Mobilization core team, working with project teams to plan and implement knowledge co-production and collaboration activities with research partners.
Kara comes to the Global Water Futures team with a background in environmental consulting, where she worked as a project manager and environmental planner. With a focus on leading large-scale environmental assessments, she specialized in building, managing, and coordinating large multidisciplinary teams for projects in various sectors, and regularly functioned as the primary liaison with private industry, government agencies, the public, and Indigenous communities.
Comfortable with the dynamic of working as part of a large team on complex projects with significant stakeholder interest, Kara has extensive experience in working with subject matter experts to tailor project plans and deliverables to meet the needs of end users; identifying the right people and bringing them together to solve multidisciplinary problems; and in the synthesis and summary of technical information for the purpose of supporting decision-making.
Simon Landry, Knowledge Mobilization Officer, Vision: Science to Application (VISTA), York University
Stephanie Merrill, Knowledge Mobilizer, Global Water Futures, University of Saskatchewan
Stephanie joins the Global Water Futures Program from the east coast where she was the communications coordinator for the Canadian Rivers Institute (University of New Brunswick). Previously, she was the director of the freshwater protection program for the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. Stephanie graduated from University of New Brunswick in 2009 with a MSc. in Forestry and Environmental Management and in 2004 with a BSc. in Biology (Aquatic Ecology).
She has extensive experience in knowledge mobilization and water policy while working alongside rural and urban watershed groups, indigenous and settler community organizations, academic scientists and government departments. She is currently an appointed member of the minister’s working group on watershed management in New Brunswick.
Elizabeth Shantz, Knowledge Mobilization Manager, Food from Thought, University of Guelph
As Knowledge Mobilization Manager in the University of Guelph’s Research Innovation Office, Elizabeth facilitates the two-way exchange of information between researchers and end users on the Food from Thought program. She focuses on developing and implementing effective knowledge mobilization strategies, facilitating strong partnerships, clearly communicating knowledge, and demonstrating the impact of research.
Elizabeth Shantz has worked in the field of knowledge mobilization since 2010, most recently as the Knowledge Mobilization and Training Manager at Canadian Water Network. She has learned about knowledge mobilization best practices as a community engaged scholar and by working closely with researchers and stakeholders at all levels of government, industry and NGOs. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with an MASc in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (2011) and a BA in English and Psychology (2009).
Andrew Spring, Research Associate, Northern Canada Knowledge Networks, Northern Water Futures, Wilfrid Laurier University
As part of the Northern Water Futures project, a major multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research project led by Wilfrid Laurier University and funded by the Global Water Futures program, Andrew Spring liaises between researchers, northern communities and organizations to build broad networks of researchers, communities, and decision-makers to help facilitate knowledge transfer and communication between all parties.
He is currently completing his PhD at Wilfrid Laurier University where he conducts research focused on food security in Canada’s Northwest Territories. His work explores the challenges and opportunities at the intersection of food security and food sovereignty, climate change and pressures exerted on country food and traditional economic activity in Indigenous communities.
Andrew has a diverse background in sustainability and the environment. Trained as an environmental engineer (MASc Toronto), his expertise is creating innovative programs to engage communities in sustainable planning or environmental conservation. Working with a diverse group of stakeholders, he aims to expand Laurier’s capacity to conduct research that meets the needs of people in the North.
Moderator: Shawna Reibling, Knowledge Mobilizer, Wilfrid Laurier University
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