Connected Communities Speed Networking Event

Connect with professionals and experts in community-based research, community engagement, workforce development, and social innovation at our Connected Communities Speed Networking Event!

This June, Research Impact Canada will be hosting a free, in-person event during the Community-College-University Exposition (C2UExpo 2023) in Thunder Bay, Ontario. This event is hosted on behalf of the Future Skills Centre Community of Practice. Prepare to connect with experts and like-minded individuals who share your passion for building connected communities!


  • Tuesday, June 6, 2023
  • 7:00 – 8:30 PM Eastern Time
  • Free, In-person
About the event

This structured event is designed to provide a fast-paced environment for participants to exchange information and learn from each other’s areas of expertise, fostering dialogue and interactivity among community, post-secondary, and government stakeholders.

​During the event, you’ll also be able to enjoy complimentary appetizers and take advantage of our cash bar to network in a relaxed atmosphere.

Meet the experts

Our lineup of experts bring diverse specializations in research impact, partnerships, health sciences, positive psychology, community-based research, innovation development, and community engagement.

​Dr. David Phipps - Connected Communities Speed Networking Expert

David Phipps, Ph.D. is an Assistant Vice-President of Research Impact and Strategy at York University (Toronto, ON) in the Vice-President Research and Innovation division. He leads the research programs and their impacts on local and global communities at York. He has received honours and awards from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, International Network of Research Management Societies and the EU based Knowledge Economy Network. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in knowledge mobilization and was named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada. He sits on knowledge mobilization committees around the world and is Network Director for Research Impact Canada.

​Éric Bastien - Connected Communities Speed Networking Expert

Éric Bastien is the Director of the Research Partnerships Portfolio at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council since 2018 and has been working for SSHRC for 25 years. Éric’s main responsibilities have been the development and management of funding opportunities and joint initiatives that support partnerships between Canadian postsecondary institutions and organizations of our society, in Canada and abroad, such as all level of government, not-for-profit organizations, business in the private sector etc. 

Dr. Anna Kone - Connected Communities Speed Networking Expert

Dr Anna Koné is an associate professor in the Health Sciences Department, Lakehead University. She uses quantitative approaches and mixed methods to conduct research on health outcomes and services/interventions, focusing on social determinants and health inequities. She has led studies on multimorbidity, cancer, evaluation and is leveraging community collaborations in research.

Dr. Ed Rawana - Connected Communities Speed Networking Expert

Dr. Rawana’s career has focused on his passion: strengths and positive psychology. He is a clinical psychologist and professor at Lakehead University and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Through his deliberately inclusive and collaborative research approach, he has co-created a psychometric tool titled the Strengths Assessment Inventory (SAI).

Dr. Budd Hall - Connected Communities Speed Networking Expert

Budd is Co-chair of UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education and Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria. He is the co-facilitator of the Knowledge for Change Consortium for training in community-based research.

Ellen MacKay - Connected Communities Speed Networking Expert

Ellen MacKay is the Director of Innovation Development at Lakehead University, and has worked in technology transfer for 8 years. As a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP), Ellen works with faculty and students to identify, evaluate, and protect intellectual property developed at the University, as well as manages all commercialization and licensing activity. In addition, Ellen oversees the on-campus business incubator, Ingenuity, as well as all entrepreneurial activities on both the Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses. IPED is pleased to partner with local economic development, innovation, and entrepreneurship organizations, to support economic outreach within Thunder Bay, Simcoe Country and regions.

Dr. David Peacock - Connected Communities Speed Networking Expert

David Peacock, PhD, is the Director of Community Service-Learning in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.  His research interests are in community-university engagement policy and practice, institutional ethnography, discourses of Canadian experiential learning, and ‘first generation’ university student participation in community engaged learning. 

Maryann Kleynendorst - Connected Communities Speed Networking Expert

Maryann holds a Master of Science in Management (MSc(Mgmt)) and has 20 years experience as a consultant to or as a member of senior management teams within a variety of organizational milieus. Maryann is employed with the Lakehead University, Faculty of Business Administration where she manages the Work-Integrated Learning at Lakehead Program.

Dr. Kathy Sanderson - Connected Communities Speed Networking Expert

Dr. Kathy Sanderson is an Associate Professor of Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour in the Faculty of Business Administration. She is the Assistant Director and theme lead for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with EPID@Work Research Centre. Kathy’s research focuses on reducing pain at work, in the areas of emotional abuse, newcomer welcoming, mental health stigma and employee retention in Northwestern Ontario. She is a Registered Psychotherapist (Ontario) and provides employment-based crisis intervention services.

​Registration for this exclusive event is limited, so don’t miss your chance to expand your connections and build valuable relationships. We hope to see you there!
Register for the free event here