Kitchener-Waterloo May Update

BMRC-IRMU Partnership Updates

Monthly Report  (on the 17th of every month)

Do you have any update about meetings happening in your city network?


Our next KW City Network meeting is happening next May 31st. We will be discussing current efforts, the new research proposal and our newest member on the team.

Do you have any update about research activities in your city network?

Recruitment efforts are underway with the aim of having gathered sufficient people to schedule focus group sessions in June.  At the same time, we are working on the development of a guide for a longitudinal study.

We have been in talks with the Ottawa network (Luisa Veronis) and the KW city network (Jenna Hennebry, Margaret Walton-Roberts) to address potential replication of research efforts in KW with the aim of avoiding research fatigue in community partners. A plan has been put in place in it is being implemented.

Do you have any update on Knowledge mobilization activities(Publications, events) in your city network?

The KW City Network has been in talks with Naolo Charles, the Knowledge Mobilisation Officer for the partnership to develop a training session for the use of infographics for better knowledge mobilisation.

Do you have any external updates that you want to promote to the partnership(external events, call for proposals)

“Group of Five Refugee Sponsorship“ (May 26, 2.30-4.00pm) – Find out more about Group of Five refugee sponsorship at this free session at the Kitchener Public Library which will review the responsibilities and requirements of sponsors and provide guidance on the application process. It will also cover the new changes that came into effect May 2018. For more information and to register:

“Hacking Health Cafe“ (May 30, 6.30-8.30pm) – In collaboration with True North Waterloo, Hacking Health Waterloo Region and the Make it Kitchener, prepare for an evening of networking and local health industry innovators sharing their vision for the future of health. Hacking Health's mission is to improve and accelerate innovation and digital technology development in the healthcare sector. We believe this can happen by connecting healthcare professionals and patients with designers, developers, innovators and entrepreneurs to build realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line healthcare problems. For more information and to register:

“Waterloo Region provincial election forums” – A few additional all-candidates meetings for the upcoming Provincial Election have been included here:

Rental Housing Index – The Canadian Rental Housing Index (CRHI) is a comprehensive database of rental housing statistics, displaying information for more than 800 regions and municipalities across the country (including Waterloo Region). Released on May 8, 2018, the Index can be used to track and compare average rental costs, how rental housing spending compares with income, and the rate of overcrowding in municipalities, regions and provinces.

  1. A recent Record article highlights some local data from this index:


Speak and Savour – The Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support (MCRS) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation are partnering for a fundraiser evening with plenary guest speaker, Dr. Michael Stephenson, from Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre. The event includes an evening with refugee stories told through video vignettes, presentations by the award-winning Crossing Borders youth, a Q&A panel with some of our courageous clients/international friends and international desserts prepared by some of our clients. The event takes places at CIGI (67 Erb Street W, Waterloo), June 6th at 6:30pm


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