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 four 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.

May 6, 2019 – Vancouver, BC

A Community-Based Research Excellence Tool (CBRET) workshop in British Columbia was put on to support Vancouver Foundation grantees and other PAR practitioners from across BC. This workshop was co-facilitated by Joanna Ochocka and Tanis Dagert. 23 people came to the workshop and became more equipped in community-based research excellence. 

On the evaluation form, 86% of people said that this workshop helped them a great deal to become better equipped to reach the next level of quality in community-based research. One participant wrote on the evaluation form that “The assessment tool is very applicable to my work.” Many people commented that the discussion was very beneficial to them. Another person reported that, “The discussion/comments from the other participants were fantastic. So much knowledge and experience in the room.” The workshop participants wished that the workshop could be longer, because they wanted to spend more time for discussion, case studies, and learning about the tool. 

April 25, 2019 – Ottawa, ON

Carleton University hosted a CBRET workshop in Ottawa and the day was a success! 16 people came to the workshop and shared their experiences and feedback on the tool. 

On the evaluation form, all participants reported that the workshop gave them the opportunity to gain from others (86% very satisfied and 14% reasonably satisfied). One person made the comment, “The openness of the facilitators allowed us to share our views, knowledge, and questions with them as well as among ourselves.” Another person commented that the tool was “very useful as a take home package.” In response to the question about how the workshop could have been better, some people wrote that they would have liked more examples, others wanted more time on the tool, and another person wished for more small group discussions. 

November 27, 2018 – Hamilton, ON


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 – Waterloo, ON


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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