York University

York University is an award-winning leader in Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) in Canada and internationally.  KMb is a suite of activities that enhances the connection between researchers and end users: knowledge brokering & partnership support, training & capacity building, and supporting research grants and research event planning. York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit received the Knowledge Economy Network Best Practice Award from the European-based Knowledge Economy Network (KEN) in 2012.


Central to the work of the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University is brokering collaborative research projects and activity. We seek to connect York University researchers (faculty and graduate students) with community organizations, business and industry leaders, and policy professionals in all levels of government. Our knowledge brokers will help support researchers to build a mutually beneficial relationship with prospective non-academic partners.


We provide learning opportunities for York researchers, staff, graduate students and external partners to help make research relevant to professional practice and policy development. Also, we provide tailored support for researchers to develop KMb plans for grant applications. We can provide training and support, and in some cases in-kind service support for your project. We can review and provide feedback on all KMb plans prior to their submission. Along with our colleagues within Innovation York, we are seeking to facilitate and maximize the impacts of research and innovation.

Contact Info

Michael Johnny

Manager, Knowledge Mobilization


Krista Jensen

Knowledge Mobilization Officer


David Phipps

Executive Director, Research and Innovation Services