Introducing Part 1: “The Canadian Perspective” of the three-part “Exploring why community-based research is an important mechanism for societal change” CBRC Webinar Series

Presented by Stephen Dooley (SFU and CBRC Board) and Martin Taylor (CBRC Board Chair)

Webinar Description 
A report released a few months ago, Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education Institutions to Build Social Infrastructure for Canadian Communities, highlights the role that our universities and other post-secondary institutions can, and should, play in addressing the challenges and uncertainties that threaten social cohesion and community well-being in Canada and beyond. The report points to existing institutional assets and capacities, which, when directed at building social infrastructure, can make a real positive difference for our communities and their citizens. In many respects, the report echoes the strategic priorities and operational plans of many of our universities and colleges. Yet the potential for collaborative initiatives and action still substantially exceed what has so far been realized.

This is the positive and evolving context and trajectory in which pan-Canadian organizations, like Community Based Research Canada (CBRC), see their mission and objectives. In this webinar, Stephen Dooley (SFU and CBRC Board) and Martin Taylor (CBRC Board Chair) describe the role that CBRC plays as an enabling platform and forum for sharing and disseminating best practices, supporting collaborative research initiatives, liaising with funding agencies, and promoting excellence in community based research. The discussion will draw on some specific place based examples of community based research projects.


Stephen Dooley
Stephen became the second Executive Director of the SFU Surrey campus on November 1st, 2013. As SFU Surrey campus director, Steve sits on a number of community partnership tables including the City of Surrey’s Social Policy Advisory Committee, The Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition (co‐chair), The Local Immigration Partnership, the planning secretariat of Innovation Boulevard and the Surrey Healthier Community Partnership. Steve is also vice‐chair, Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT). Steve remains active in community based research projects, and is the lead for a study of the refugee settlement and integration with the City of Surrey.


Martin Taylor
Martin is Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria in BC, Canada. He is also adjunct professor at McMaster University and at the University of Waterloo.  From 2007-2012, he served as Founding President of Ocean Networks Canada and from 1998-2007 he was the University of Victoria’s Vice-President Research. He holds a BA (Hons. Geography) from Bristol University and an MA and PhD in Geography from the University of British Columbia. He is the author of two books and over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the field of environmental and community health.


“Exploring why community-based research is an important mechanism for societal change” Webinar Series
This three-part CBRC webinar series takes a bird’s-eye view of the community-based research landscape and why it is a vital mechanism for societal change first across Canada, then internationally and finally as it supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals.