Call for Content: 2020 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum

This guest post was first published on the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization website and is reposted here with permission.

The PDF download of the CKF20 Call for Content Description

The WORD download of the CKF20 Call for Content FORM to send in your contributions.

Introduction to the Forum

The Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum was created in 2012 as a professional development forum for practitioners and professionals working in knowledge mobilization across fields and sectors.

It has become recognized as a premiere learning and networking event in Canada – friendly, open, limited in size, and creative.  Events have been held in Ottawa (2012), Mississauga (2013), Saskatoon (2014), Montréal (2015), Toronto (2016), Gatineau (2017), and Winnipeg (2018). We are scheduled for June 8-9, 2020 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier21.

The theme for 2020 is:

Welcoming New Talent, Skills, and Perspectives

The welcoming theme honours the history of Pier 21 and new talent, skills, and perspectives recognizes the growing diversity of knowledge mobilization scholars, students, and practitioners.  From the beginning of the knowledge mobilization conversation, people have been considered more important than things.  Tools are important but talent, skills, and perspectives is what makes a plan go from paper to influencing systems to improve.

The theme for 2020 focuses on how to continue our journey. We invite participation that will push thinking and engagement of the knowledge mobilization community further.  The Forum will be hosted at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

We are seeking presentations, posters, workshops, and open-space activities that facilitate active participation, networking, reflection and learning.

We are driven by an objective of allowing you to design your own conference experience that reflects your interests, experience, priorities and learning styles.  Drawing on the assets of the Greater Halifax Region, leaders in knowledge mobilization from all across Canada and beyond, it is our hope you will come away from CKF20 enriched, energized, and engaged in this field like never before.

Our objectives are:

  • Build on the past successes of CKF make this a preeminent event to learn and engage about knowledge mobilization in Canada
  • Build capacity for knowledge mobilization
  • Learn about work in other sectors to enable partnerships and collaboration
  • Engage with leaders to influence future directions
  • Meet the next generation of leaders and create opportunities to mentor and coach
  • Access the latest tools, techniques and opportunities.

Contribution Themes

The 2020 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum is seeking contributions for content, which addresses the overall theme of Welcoming New Talent, Skills and Perspectives, and links to the subthemes of:

Structures – What (for example: supports for training, recruiting and retention of knowledge mobilization specialists)
Processes – How (for example: toolboxes, networks, communities of practice, training)
Technology – Technology and Tools (for example: social media, apps, software, knowledge boards, database mining, CRM programs)

We are continuing to use the “The Knowmo Scale”.  Here, we’re seeking presenters to consider their audience.  Consider this our own unique variation of the Scoville Unit scale.

Is your presentation focused around skill development?  If so, please check off Knowmo 1.

Will you present on where we are in terms of KMb?  If so, please check off Knowmo 2.

Does your presentation focus on innovation in/for KMb?  If so, please check off Knowmo 3.

Knowmo 1 Skill Development (Where am I?)
Knowmo 2 Individual to International (Where are we?)
Knowmo 3 Innovation in KMb (Where are we going?)

Contribution Formats

We are seeking the following:

1) Catalyst Roundtable (10 minutes)

For each session, a small group of presenters will each engage the audience with a focused 10-minute presentation. Feel free to be provocative or pose questions. This will be followed by a 30-minute group discussion of the ideas presented, the connections that emerge, and implications for knowledge mobilization practice. People can apply individually or identify other presentation proposals they would like to be considered grouped with.

The value of these sessions emerges from the EXCHANGE of all participants. The presenters create a catalyst to conversation. Each session will be moderated by a session Chair.

2) Poster Presentations

Recommended max poster size is 36”/92cm high by 60”/152 cm wide. The posters will be juried by an expert panel of knowledge mobilization practitioners. Posters will be profiled at a specific event and you will have two minutes to share ‘what you need to know’ about your poster with all participants.

3) Professional Development Workshops (50 minutes)

Workshops are an opportunity to share methods and tools useful to the practice of knowledge mobilization professionals in an interactive and engaging format. The aim is to help participants to improve their skills and understanding of KMb and to become better mobilizers.

Alternatively, people are welcome to submit presentations which are less interactive and more informative. For both, participants are welcome to consider non-traditional approaches for this exchange process: Fireside Chat; Debate; Panel Presentations or others.

4) Open Space (45-60 minutes)

Open Space is the only process that focuses on expanding time and space for the force of self-organisation to do its thing. Although one can’t predict specific outcomes, it’s always highly productive for whatever issue people want to attend to. Some of the inspiring side effects that are regularly noted are laughter, hard work which feels like play, surprising results and fascinating new questions.

— Michael M Pannwitz, Open Space practitioner

Participants are encouraged to take a leadership role in prompting and facilitating open space mini-conferences within the more structured program.  In order to create appropriate spaces, we ask participants to indicate their intention and potential topic areas for discussion.

How to Apply

  1. Download and complete the Call for Content Form
  2. Send the completed Call for Content Form to Connie Tang at
    1. Please send the completed Call for Content Form as a Microsoft Word Document
    1. Please use subject line: CFK20 Content Contribution – [Name of the primary contributor or primary affiliation]

The deadline for contribution is March 15, 2020.

Note: Selected content must be presented by a registered participant at the 2020 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 8-9, 2020.

Further details will be posted on the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization’s website:


All contributions will be reviewed by an independent selection committee and judged for quality of content, the opportunity to advance our understanding of knowledge mobilization and relevance to the theme of the 2020 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum.