Who We Are

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Who We Are


Community-Based Research Canada (CBRC) is a network of people and organizations engaged in Community-Based Research to meet the needs of people and communities. CBRC came into being through the Community University Expo Conference held in Victoria, BC in May of 2008.

Since that time many more universities and organizations have joined. 

The intent is to build an inclusive and open network, engaging already existing networks, to build support for community-university partnerships in community-based research and community engagement. We believe that the time has come for making higher education a resource and to partner with communities in addressing Canada's social, economic and environmental priorities.  

At the international level this effort is mirrored by the declaration of the Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research (GACER), which is influencing international discussions on the future role of higher education in meeting global needs for sustainable development.  

A Pan-Canadian Coalition on Community Based Research

The Pan-Canadian Coalition on Community Based Research, launched by a group of Canadian universities, research networks, and community organizations at CU Expo 2008 in Victoria, British Columbia, is intended to enable and empower citizens across Canada to access, produce, and put into action knowledge that will make their communities more sustainable, fairer, safer, healthier, and prosperous.

 Why now?

  • to increase the profile of community based research in Canada
  • to bring together work done by organizations, universities, individuals, and community, and to share its benefit
  • to recognize those who contribute to community based research 
  • to assemble and convene interested parties

Our focus is:

  • to build capacity for community-centered solutions
  • to collaborate on the creation, dissemination and use of knowledge
  • to uncover the root causes of complex issues facing communities
  • to improve the lives of individuals and their communities
  • to challenge our institutions to recognize and reward the value of community based research

Our goal is:

  • to increase community based research
  • to provide a voice for those working in community based research
  • to improve and expand the production and co-production of knowledge that will enhance democracy
  • to improve social conditions through the application of knowledge

We will:

  • share among individuals, organizations, and communities
  • ensure a diversity of perspectives from all sectors including civil society, higher education institutions, businesses and governments
  • promote public accessibility to knowledge
  • work in solidarity with others engaged in community based research in all parts of the world

May 7th, 2008, Victoria, BC, Canada


What is CBR?

Community-based research is creating and mobilizing knowledge for action by communities, civil society, policy makers, and stakeholders in all of the key areas affecting the future social, economic, and environmental sustainability of Canada. It engages communities and their citizens in the creation, design, implementation and use of research to meet their needs. 

Universities, colleges and other research institutions are focusing on community-based research to harness the knowledge and capacity of communities to use the resources and expertise of students, faculty and researchers for community benefit. Community-university partnerships in research and engagement are effective ways of harnessing the capacity of the post secondary sector to contribute to opportunities and needs of Canadian communities. These partnerships are also effective ways of harnessing the inherent knowledge and wisdom of communities and their citizens in shaping the way universities and colleges address their educational and knowledge-creation mandates. 

For a full list of documents and resources on community-based research see our "Resources" page.



CBRC Steering Comittee


Chair: Katherine Graham – Carleton U - Senior Advisor, Office of the Provost

Katherine Graham is Senior Advisor to the Provost (Student Learning and Engagement) and Co-ordinator of the Carleton-Batawa Initiative. She is also a Professor of Public Policy and Administration in Carleton’s internationally recognized School of Public Policy and Administration.

In her capacity as Senior Advisor, she is taking a leadership role in implementation of those parts of the Carleton Academic Plan related to critical and creative inquiry, the Carleton Innovation Forums and undergraduate research. Her responsibilities also include fostering Carleton’s engagement with the community and playing a central role in the university’s Aboriginal initiatives.

Katherine Graham has extensive experience as an academic administrator at Carleton. She has served as Director of the School of Public Policy and Administration, Associate Dean and, from 2003-2009, as Dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs. Throughout Professor Graham’s tenure as Dean, the Faculty of Public Affairs achieved prominence in Canada and abroad for its excellence in scholarship and community engagement. Upon completion of her term as Dean, the Katherine A. H. Graham Annual Lecture on Aboriginal Policy established by the Faculty of Public Affairs to honour her deep commitment to Aboriginal policy issues and the sustainability of Aboriginal communities.

Professor Graham’s research interests concern urban and local governance, Aboriginal and northern development policy and institutional reform in government. She is currently examining the federal role in urban policy. She also works internationally, with extensive experience in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia. She currently serves as Chair of Community-Based Research Canada.

Vice-Co-Chair: Sylvie De Gros Bois Ph.D - Directrice de Université du Québec à Montréal – UQAM, Service aux Collectivites 

Vice-Co-Chair: Joanna Ochocka Ph.D - Executive Director- Centre for Community Based Research, Kitchener

Joanna Ochocka is one of the leaders in the use of participatory action research approach and she practices community based research as a tool to mobilize people for social change. She has directed a number of large-scale research studies including multiple community-university partnerships. Her research and action has focused on community mental health for people with serious mental health issues, on cultural diversity and immigration, and on community supports for marginalized populations.
For the last 17 years, she has directed the Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) in Canada. CCBR is an independent, non-profit organization with vast of experience in community based research in Canada and internationally (over 350 projects in 30 years).

Joanna promotes community based research in both academia and community. She is an adjunct professor at Renison University College at University of Waterloo and is currently teaching PAR and Community Engagement courses. She was an organizer of CU Expo 2011, in Waterloo, Ontario that brought together about 550 scholars, practitioners and community members to showcase innovative, community-university research projects.

International Chair: Budd Hall University of Victoria - Global Alliance for Community-Engaged Research

Dr. Hall is Professor of Community Development in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria and Secretary of the Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research, Budd was the founding Director of the University of Victoria Office of Community-Based Research and Senior Fellow, Centre for Global Studies.  Former Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria, Budd Hall has served as the Chair of the Adult Education Department at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education or the University of Toronto from 1995-2001 and as the Secretary-General of the International Council for Adult Education from 1979-1991.  Budd has worked in Nigeria, Tanzania, Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Thailand, Yemen, Uganda, England, and the United States.  He has done both theoretical and practical work for almost 40 years in various aspects of community-based adult education and learning and participatory research. He has served as President, Chair or Vice-President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, International Council for Adult Education, Canadian Network for Democratic Learning, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Coady International Institute Advisory Board. He is a member of the International Adult Education Hall of Fame and was selected for the 2005 Canadian Bureau of International Education Innovation in International Education Award.  He is the husband of Dr. Darlene Clover, father of Dana and Shawn Hall, grandfather of Quincy P Hall and he is also a poet.

Secretary- Maeve Lydon- Office of Community Based Research Assoc. Director-University of Victoria

Geri Briggs - Director, Career Development Initiative / Director, Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning

Geri Briggs has been an experiential learning aficionado since first encountering the concepts as part of her degree in education.  Her experiences in getting a Masters Degree in Continuing Education (Learning in the Workplace) strengthed her belief in the importance of critical reflection, dialogue and connecting theory to application to revised theory.  She has been the Director for the Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning since January 2010.

Linda Hawkins - Director, Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship/Research Shop.

Linda Hawkins is co-founder of the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship (ICES) and the Research Shop at the University of Guelph, which seeks to build capacity for engagement among community, faculty and students. She has extensive experience designing and facilitating community-university partnerships built around community research needs, and works to change processes within the academy for CES as well as support partnership with community, as part of the leadership team for a collaboration of 8 Canadian universities and CCPH on addressing CES reward and development within institutions, and as part of Research Impact. She was previously executive director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Families, Work and Well-being, a highly successful centre attracting partnership projects including 2 community-university research alliances focusing on issues around gender work and care (father involvement and rural women's livelihoods).

Paula Kirton - Associate Director, HIV/AIDS Research Initiative Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Paula Kirton works with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the federal granting agency for health research in Canada.  As the Associate Director for the HIV/AIDS Research Initiative, Paula manages the CIHR Community-based Research Program in HIV/AIDS which provides funding for projects of research and CBR capacity-building activities.  Community involvement has been a hallmark of health research and action on HIV/AIDS from the beginning of the epidemic and communities continue to play a central role in HIV/AIDS research, creating a model for communities taking action on other diseases and conditions. 

Jody Butler Walker - Executive Director, Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research

Jody Butler Walker is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (formerly Arctic Health Research Network – Yukon), a non-profit organization with a focus on Northern Health and Well-Being located in Whitehorse, Yukon.  

Jody has worked in all three territories, and has lived North of 60º for more than 25 years. Her involvement in varied research activities during this time, including contaminants and human health, indigenous health and biological oceanography, has highlighted the essential role of community-based research in Canada’s Arctic.

The current work of the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR), includes CBR capacity building, knowledge translation and ethics, particularly with Yukon First Nations communities. We also work in the areas of injury prevention, diabetes prevention, food security and climate change, youth engagement and literacy. Jody and her colleagues continue to seek research and funding partnerships within and outside the Yukon to strengthen community-based research opportunities in the North.
Jody has a M.Sc. in Community Health (University of Northern BC), a M.A.Sc. (Applied Science – Environmental/Civil Engineering) from UBC and a B.Sc. (U of Alberta).

Co-Secretariat - Coordination/Support: OCBR-UVic and CCBR Waterloo
Office of Community Based Research OCBR @ University of Victoria Contacts: Maeve Lydon, mlydon@uvic.ca Website (OCBR Administrator) cue@uvic.ca Role: Convene Steering Committee and Executive, Maintain membership and communications (website and CBRC quaterly news)

Centre for Community-Based Research CCBR - Contact: Joanna Ochocka  joanna@communitybasedresearch.ca Role: Convene Annual CBRC gatherings and support CUEXPO bi-annual gatherings


CBRC Steering Committee General Members

Sherry Ann Chapman- CBRE Certificate Coordinator and Assistant Director (Lifelong Learning) with the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families (CUP) & Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta.

Sherry Ann Chapman is the Assistant Director (Lifelong Learning) with the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families (CUP) and an Assistant Professor, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta, Edmonton. With a PhD in Human Ecology and a Master’s degree in Museum Studies, she has a well-developed understanding of the research world and also a practice background. Her research interests include the institutionalization of community-based research and evaluation (CBRE). At CUP, Sherry Ann is responsible for the CBRE Certificate Program, the CBRE Workshop Series, and for various customized learning opportunities.

Penny Gurstein– University of British Columbia –Professor and Director, School of Community & Regional Planning/Centre for Human Settlements

Penny Gurstein brings to this steering committee planning and community development expertise in working on critical development issues in communities both locally, nationally and internationally.  She has considerable experience working with community organizations in Vancouver and on participatory planning processes and engagement strategies.  She is currently co-chairing (with a community representative) a taskforce on Community-Based Research at the University of British Columbia and is also researching methodogical issues pertaining to CBR.

Tracey Herbert - Executive Director - First Peoples Heritage and Language Council of BC

Ted Jackson - Ph.D - School of Public Policy and Administration - Carleton University.  Senior Research Fellow, Carleton Centre for Community Innovation. 

Ted Jackson is a faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation.  His teaching and research interests include project management, program evaluation, social enterprise, local economic development, civil society financing, social finance/impact investing and community-university partnerships.   A founding member of CBRC and GACER, he is a frequent advisor to foundations, development agencies, governments and non-governmental organizations in North America, Africa and Asia.

Ann Macaulay – McGill U – Director of Participatory Research at McGill – PRAM

Ann C. Macaulay CM MD FCFP is a Professor of Family Medicine at McGill University and Inaugural Director of the center ‘Participatory Research at McGill’ whose mission is to undertake academic enquiry and build capacity in all forms of participatory research and knowledge translation. She has 20 years of experience in developing and maintaining participatory research partnerships with a wide variety of individuals, populations and organizations across N. America, including Aboriginal communities. She is widely published including the CIHR A Guide to Researcher and Knowledge-User Collaboration in Health Research, is a past advisory board member of CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, foreign member of Institute of Medicine USA (2005) and received the CCFP Researcher of the Year Award (2009) and Order of Canada in 2006.

Jennifer Mullett - Director - Community Based Health Research Centre - Vancouver Island University

David PhippsDirector, Research Services & Knowledge Exchange, York University - Research Impact Canada

Dr. Phipps received his Ph.D. in Immunology from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and undertook post-doctoral studies in HIV research at the University Health Network (Toronto).  After leaving the lab he built a career managing academic research holding successively senior positions at the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation (Manager of Biotechnology and Life Sciences), Canadian Arthritis Network (Director of Business Development) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Director of Partnerships).  In 2001 Dr. Phipps completed his MBA from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto).  Dr. Phipps is the Director, Research Services & Knowledge Exchange at York University where he manages all research grants and contracts including and knowledge and technology transfer.

Dr. Phipps authored the first grant offered by the tri-council Intellectual Property Mobilization program funding knowledge mobilization (KMb) in partnership with the University of Victoria to build the infrastructure for a KMb network that has grown to include Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Guelph and University of Saskatchewan.  Dr. Phipps is leading York’s KMb Unit that provides services to researchers, community organizations and government agencies who wish to use policy and practice related research to inform public policy and professional practice. 

Manuel Riemer Ph.D – Director, Centre for Community, Research, Learning and Action and the Community, Environment and Justice Research Group-Wilfred Laurier University

Dr. Riemer, is an assistant professor of community and environmental psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. He received his Master’s and Ph.D. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University. He is the director of the Centre for Community, Research, Learning and Action and the Community, Environment and Justice Research Group. His current research focuses on using community psychology principles, theories, and tools to address issues related to global climate change mitigation and adaptation. Dr. Riemer is the principal investigator of the international study Youth Leading Environmental Change, which tests an innovative youth engagement program in six countries. He works with local environmental organizations on issues related to collaboration, training development, and evaluation. Examples of current collaborations are a partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of the leadership training program Camp Suzuki and a collaboration with My Sustainable Canada to study the knowledge of sales representatives about the environmental aspects of their products. Dr. Riemer is also leading an international community-university partnership in effort to create a global vision for sustainability. Dr. Riemer is the co-editor of the book “International Community Psychology: History and Theories” and the action editor of the special issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology on Community Psychology and Global Climate Change. He is also the editor of the column “Environment & Justice” in The Community Psychologist.

Brenda Roche - Director of Research, Wellesley Institute

Cheryl Rose - University of Waterloo, Social Innovation Generation ( SIG)- Director of Partnerships and Projects

Pennelope Rowe - CEO, Community Sector Council, Newfoundland and Labrador

As a registered charitable organization, the Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador (CSC) is committed to citizen engagement, promoting the integration of social and economic development and providing leadership in shaping public policy. With a track record of incubating and pioneering programs and ideas CSC fosters voluntarism, social innovation, collaboration and foresight. CSC has just completed a pilot project exploring the Social Return on Investment methodology with 13 groups.

A tenacious advocate for the community sector and catalyst for change, Penelope forges connections between community-based knowledge and policy shapers. As researcher she is the author and co-author of numerous papers on the voluntary sector including the Atlantic Regional Report of the National Survey of Non Profit and Voluntary Organizations. She was the recipient and Director of the Values Added Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) and Co-director of the Atlantic Node of the Social Economy Research hosted by Mount Saint Vincent University.  Rowe served as Vice President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, a member of the National Executive Governor General’s Leadership Conference, and Chair of the Workers Compensation Commission NL.  She is currently on the Provincial Council of the NL Rural Secretariat; a Director of the Atlantic Council for Community and Social Enterprise; the Social Enterprise Council of Canada; a member of the Volunteer Centre Advisory Committee, Volunteer Canada, and the Standards Provisional Council, Imagine Canada. Rowe was named to the Order of Canada in 2002. 

Sarena Seifer – Executive Director of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Guelph.

Founded in 1996, CCPH promotes health in its broadest sense through partnerships between communities and academic institutions.  Sarena’s work focuses on leveraging the knowledge, wisdom and experience in communities and in institutions to solve pressing health, social, environmental and economic challenges. She has led a series of CCPH-sponsored initiatives that have incorporated service-learning into health professions education, developed community-based participatory research partnerships, convened community partners for peer support and advocacy, prepared faculty for community-engaged careers in the academy, aligned faculty promotion and tenure policies with community engagement, and created mechanisms for peer-reviewed publication of diverse products of community-engaged scholarship. Her current areas of focus include advancing community-engaged scholarship and community-academic partnerships in Canada, applying the knowledge generated through community-engaged scholarship, building community capacity for research, and strengthening ethics review of community-engaged research.

Julian Somers Ph.D- Associate Professor-Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Paul Watson- Canadian CED Network-CCEDNET / Research Director-Alberta Rural Development Network

The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) is a not-for-profit partnership of Alberta’s 21 public colleges, universities, and technical institutes. ARDN members work together to support and enhance the well-being of individuals and the vibrancy of communities. It draws on the strengths of rural communities, postsecondary institutions, and community based organizations to assist in the development of rural Alberta through education, research, collaboration and networking. The organization assists with the creation of community driven projects, provides opportunities to create new partnerships, collects and shares applied research and information, and works with rural communities to identify and address gaps in education training.


CBRC Special Advisor

Martin Taylor Ph.D - Martin Taylor is Professor of Geography at the University of Victoria, a position he has held since 1998. He is also adjunct professor in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University, and in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo.  He currently serves on the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the assessment of Canadian ocean science and the IOC-UNESCO Global Ocean Science assessment panel.  From 2007-2012, he served as President and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada, the not for profit agency responsible for the management and development of the VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada ocean observatory programs, and the Ocean Networks Centre for Enterprise and Engagement, a federal centre of excellence for commercialization and research. Before assuming this position, he was for nine years (1998-2007) the University of Victoria’s first Vice-President Research. He was directly accountable to the President and Board of Governors for the major research platforms established at the University, including the VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada ocean observatories, and the national proteomics centre supported by Genome Canada and Genome BC. He had executive responsibility for the University’s 15 interdisciplinary research centres. He has had extensive governance experience including as: a member of the federal Council of Science and Technology Advisors; a member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Board; a board member and chair of the finance committee of TRIUMF; a board member and chair of the Michael Smith Health Research Foundation; a board member and chair of the NSERC Canadian Healthy Ocean Strategic Network; and as board chair of the Innovation and Development Corporation, UVic’s IP management and technology transfer organization. Prior to his appointment at UVic, Martin Taylor served from 1974-98 on the faculty at McMaster University, where his responsibilities included: chair of Geography (1991-97); founding director of the Institute of Environment and Health (1990-96); and Acting VP Research (1994-95). He holds a BA (Hons Geography) from Bristol University and an MA and PhD in Geography from UBC. He is the author of two books and over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the field of environmental and community health.



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