Post Cards from Congress – Day 5

Being Ubiquitous

adjective: ubiquitous

• present, appearing, or found everywhere.
• “his ubiquitous influence was felt by all the family”
synonyms: omnipresent, ever-present, everywhere, all over the place, pervasive, universal, worldwide, global; (source: Google)

I was struck by the words of our friend and partner in KMb at the United Way York Region, CEO, Daniele Zanotti. It was an evening community consultation many years ago now when I showed up and sat near the back of the room. His words resonate still as he noticed me after, and I’m paraphrasing here, “You guys in KMb are ubiquitous”.

Relationships take time and relationships matter in this work and our presence at Congress for 8 years now reflect our ongoing commitment to meet and interact with faculty from across Canada about how important knowledge mobilization is. Over the years, and these last five days, we have spoken with researchers from across the country – both within and outside of the ResearchImpact/ReseauImpactRecherche network. The discussions vary; some are introductory and some much deeper. All reflect the value we place on this work around making research relevant to society in Canada.

So if you’re around drop by. We’ll be here. We have been for 8 years and look forward to many more years of discussion and the exploration of collaborative opportunity in knowledge mobilization.

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