C2UExpo (Community-Campus-Exposition) is the bi-annual Canadian-led international conference providing leadership and space for both academics and communities to engage in showcasing community-campus partnerships that address local and global societal problems.

Theme: For the Common Good
Hosted by: Simon Fraser University
Conference Organizers: Stephen Dooley and Michelle Nielson.                                             

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Theme: Citizen Solutions, Better World
Hosted by: Carleton University and several community partners
Theme: Engaging Shared Worlds
Hosted by: City of Corner Brook, Grenfell Campus Memorial University of Newfoundland, and the provincial office of Public Engagement
Conference Organizers: Ken Carter and Bruce Gilbert
Theme: Bringing Global Perspectives to Local Action
Hosted by: Communities of Waterloo Region & the Centre for Community Based Research
Conference Organizers: Joanna Ochocka and Rich Janzen
Theme: Connecting for Change
Hosted by: Office for Community Based Research at the University of Victoria and the United Way of Greater Victoria
Conference Organizer: Budd Hall
Theme: Leaders in Urban Change
Hosted by: University of Winnipeg & Winnipeg Inter City Research Alliance


Theme: Partnerships, Policy and Progress
Hosted by: The University of Saskatchewan

CBRC has facilitated two Community-Based Research Excellence Tool (CBRET) workshops so far. Continue reading to learn about the past workshops. To learn more about booking a CBRET workshop near you, click here.

November 27, 2018


On November 27th in Hamilton, Ontario, researchers, practitioners, and others involved in community-based research gathered for the Community-Based Research Excellence Tool (CBRET) workshop. The event was hosted by McMaster University Center for Continuing Education and the Hamilton Community Foundation. Thanks to the hosts and the 30 people who participated in the workshop!

On the evaluation survey taken after the workshop, 78% of workshop participants reported that they were very satisfied with the quality of the presentation.  79% of survey respondents were very satisfied with how they had opportunity to gain from others and felt heard by others. A participant reported, “This had my brain going and I really appreciate the opportunity to think, discuss and be challenged. The facilitators were fantastic- great listeners and take criticism really well – they made it a safe, comfortable space for open discussion and learning. Thanks very much for inspiring me to be more thoughtful and to pursue/strive for more meaningful projects and research methods.”

Another workshop participant reflected that they valued learning “about community-based research, the CBRET tool, the thought-provoking discussions, [and] meeting others in the community.”

May 28, 2018


On May 28, a group of people gathered for the Launch of CBRET (Community-Based Research Excellence Tool).  The workshop was filled with excellent conversation and enthusiastic CBRET feedback and included a presentation from Jamie Shipley of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation about the research programs in the National Housing Strategy.

The workshop exceeded my expectations. I was anticipating some theoretical expose about CBR but boy! I had the pleasure to meet both academics and practitioners from government and non government circles, all engaged and interested in CBR in their respective capacities. Further, the tool presented is thoroughly designed and hands-on. I feel like I can immediately hit the ground running with it and I actually will. I intend to use it to craft my research proposal and my first steps in my partner community this summer. Awesome!  – Carelle Mang-Benza, workshop participant

This tool helps to balance power among people and describes how to work well with all. This is not a math formula, it is really a new mindset for designing and conducting community-based research” – Helen Song, workshop participant

I will use the CBRET in every community engaged learning course and every community engaged research project from now on! Specifically, I will use it as a way to encourage discussions with all partners at the entering phase of projects; as a training tool with undergraduate and graduate students to help operationalize and critically reflect on some of the indicators that fit with the principles and practices of community engaged scholarship; throughout and at the end of a community engaged project to reflect on the extent to which I and our partners are living up to our partnership goals; and finally, I will use it as a resource to help inform tenure and promotion committees about what it looks like to do community engaged scholarship. In other words, I see great benefit in this for every aspect of the work I do as a community engaged scholar! Thank you CCBR!

– Mavis Morton, Associate Professor, University of Guelph


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