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York leads pan-Canadian strategy roundtable on knowledge mobilization

York leads pan-Canadian strategy roundtable on knowledge mobilization

York University recently initiated a roundtable discussion on the development of a Pan-Canadian strategy to advance and support knowledge mobilization led by the ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR), Canada’s Knowledge Mobilization Network.  The discussion was held at the University on Oct.24 and 25.

During the roundtable, members of the York-led RIR Network, which included vice-presidents and research directors of the 10 member Universities across Canada, participated in discussion to support Pan-Canadian knowledge mobilization initiatives and campus-community collaborations that can maximize the economic, social and environmental impacts of research and scholarship.

“York was pleased to host this roundtable discussion for the ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR) network,” said Robert Haché, York’s vice-president research & innovation.  “The key outcomes of the discussion were a renewed commitment to RIR as Canada's Knowledge Mobilization network and support for the development of a Pan-Canadian strategy to advance Knowledge Mobilization initiatives and best practices across the country, as the RIR Network continues to grow its membership.”

The roundtable highlighted the history of the ResearchImpact network, a discussion of the models of knowledge mobilization and successes at RIR universities, a prioritization of the goals for the RIR network, a discussion of the rationale for a Pan-Canadian strategy to support knowledge mobilization and more.

Founded in 2006 by York University and the University of Victoria, RIR is committed to developing institutional capacities to support knowledge mobilization by developing and sharing knowledge mobilization best practices, services and tools. In 2010-2011 RIR expanded to include Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Guelph and University of Saskatchewan.  In 2013, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Wilfird Laurier University, Carleton University and l’Université du Montreal also joined.

For more information about the ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche network, visit the ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRechereche network website, or or e-mail