Webinar Description:
UBC recognizes its responsibility to facilitate the uptake and translation of research into policies, practices and public awareness. The university strives to be an engaged partner in collaborative research programs and in sharing research outputs to enrich local and global communities.

The UBC Knowledge Exchange (Kx) Unit was created a year ago to build capacity for engagement with non-academic partners throughout the research process and support effective dissemination. In this webinar, Karine Souffez will talk about developing an institutional capacity for Kx in an academic setting. She will reflect on the factors that lead the university to engage in such a path, and how this change can benefit communities.

Presenter Bio:

Karine Souffez, Associate Director, Knowledge Exchange
Karine Souffez has fifteen years of experience in knowledge translation and exchange (KT) in support of practice and policy. Passionate about KT, she moved to BC in 2018 to join UBC’s VPRI Office with a mandate to develop and implement a Knowledge Exchange Unit. From 2005-2018, she worked at the Quebec Public Health Institute, a center of reference and expertise in public health, where she was responsible for developing the KT sector. She assembled a team of KT counsellors and spearheaded more than 100 KT projects, emphasizing the importance of early and ongoing interactions with non-academic partners and the development of products that meet users’ needs. She has published and presented widely on KT, collaborating with KT research teams and experts across Canada.