Resources & Publications

  1. The Future of Niagara’s Health: Using a Life-Course Approach to Improve Well-Being (Policy Brief #31)

    This policy brief is an attempt to enrich public discourse and advance novel approaches to designing and implementing Niagara’s public-health policy agenda. The discussion embraces a holistic life-course perspective that is strategic in its orientation, and comprehensive in its scope with respect to the planning, delivery, and monitoring of health...
  2. Pot + Driving

    Young Canadians have one of the highest rates of cannabis consumption in the world and many misperceive the risks associated with cannabis-impaired driving.  CPHA developed the Pot and Driving campaign, informed by youth focus groups and key informants, to facilitate conversations and raise awareness among young drivers and passengers on...
  3. Youth in Niagara: Highly Skilled, Highly Mobile (Policy Brief #32)

    With Niagara’s shift toward an aging population, our authors looked to the region’s youth to examine where Niagara’s workforce is headed, highlight potential future opportunities, and understand where Niagara’s youth fit within a broader provincial snapshot. This paper updates the Niagara Community Observatory’s policy brief #28 with research into the...

Community Calendar

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

CONNECT 2018 – Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference @ Scotiabank Convention Centre
Apr 25 – Apr 27 all-day

CONNECT 2018 is Canada’s national learning and technology conference.

CONNECT 2018 will create a unique opportunity for educators, administrators, and technology specialists to CONNECT and engage with peers from across Canada with the goal of exploring how technology can be used to enhance teaching and learning. With over 2000 educators and administrators, as well as technology industry leaders attending this year, you will have a unique and powerful opportunity to present your teaching methods and products; showcasing new, innovative, and critical thinking, teaching and learning.

This conference is hosted by the District School Board of Niagara.

Dirty Drop-off: Children’s Exposure to Air Pollutants at School @ Online
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The use of private vehicles for student drop-off can significantly increase local concentrations of air pollution at schools.

This webinar will feature a presentation by Dr Matthew Adams, followed by a Q&A.

Dr Matthew Adams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga. His research has found elevated levels of air pollution around designated pick-up zones from idling cars and also extending to nearby kindergarten and playground areas.

Attend this webinar to find out more about:

  • Impacts of vehicle emissions on children
  • Research methodolgy for assessing vehicle emissions and pollution concentration levels
  • How kiss’n’ride vehicle drop-off can affect air quality at schools
  • Potential mitigation measures, including school site design

This webinar is hosted by Green Communities Canada.

Evaluation 101: Learning How to Conduct Evaluation of Programs and Services @ Online
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health is co-hosting a webinar on evaluation with the Ontario Trillium Foundation as part of the Evaluation Capacity Project.

Presenter: Stacey McDonald

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Building Authentic Engagement: Leveraging the Wisdom of Content and Context Experts @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - Robertson Theatre
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join internationally recognized facilitator and community builder Sylvia Cheuy for a workshop exploring the authentic engagement of citizen leaders: how it is nurtured; and, why it is a strategy a growing number of organizations and municipalities are embracing.

Deepening the experience of community in our neighbourhoods and cities is THE opportunity of our time. Learn how and why engaging and reconnecting residents to each other and facilitating processes that transform isolated individuals into a group of powerfully connected neighbours is an essential foundation that must be cultivated before citizens, organizations and municipalities can actively co-create a positive future together. When local connections and relationships are nurtured, the community’s capacity to care for one another – its resilience – is restored.

Throughout the day, you will discover the key principles and practices needed to promote authentic engagement across sectors; cultivate citizen leadership; apply what you are learning; and, hear powerful stories that illustrate what is possible when citizens, organizations and municipalities, (both content AND context experts), discover how to work effectively together. This is a workshop that will fill your brain, reawaken your heart, and engage your hands in activities that explore both the challenge and inspiration of this work.

This event is hosted by Tamarack Institute in partnership with the City of St. Catharines.

Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshop: Sales ABC @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops are experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs. The workshops offer ventures tools, mentoring and peer feedback to solve specific problems and develop essential business components.

In each four-hour session you will generate a deliverable that you will use frequently in the business development process.

What will you get out of the Sales ABC workshop series?

Session 1 – The Sales Canvas Framework and the Sales Funnel // April 27, 2018 from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

This session will introduce the Sales Canvas Framework, which encompasses all aspects of inbound and outbound sales activities, and how these activities relate to moving customer prospects through the sales funnel.

You will get the opportunity to explore the “Leaky Sales Funnel,” learn about cold calling techniques and practice managing individual sales opportunities to turn leads into prospects.

Deliverable: Techniques to book, prepare for and conduct a sales call

Session 2 – The Customer Sales Meeting // May 4, 2018 from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

This session will focus on how to move customers’ leads through the sales funnel. In preparation for your customer sales meeting, you will get the opportunity to identify various customer stakeholders, learn new negotiation tactics and practice managing individual sales opportunities to successfully turn customer prospects into sales.

Deliverable: A Sales Process and Stakeholder Management Chart to prepare you to meet with your customers

Session 3 – Analyzing and Managing the Sales Process

The final session will focus on the technical aspects of measuring the sales process to improve the quality and quantity of sales activities and make changes to become more efficient in closing sales.

You will define the stages of the sales cycle for your customers and map out your sales pipeline with some sales cycle probabilities. You will learn about how to define, track, analyze and manage your sales process.

Deliverable: A spreadsheet approach to tracking sales with sales funnel data for a prospective customer

This workshop series is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Uncertain Jobs, Certain Impacts: Employment Precarity in Niagara @ Brock University - Sankey Chamber
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie as they present their findings from the first-ever in-depth examination of precarious employment in Niagara region.

Parking for this event is in Lot D. Please RSVP to by April 20.

This event is hosted by the United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie.

Eco Fashion Show Gala and Fundraiser @ St. Catharines Market Square
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Links for Greener Learning is hosting this Eco Fashion Show and Gala Fundraiser in support of aspiring entrepreneur women.

This event is a celebration of eco-artisans who strive to reduce and reuse waste by creating beautiful clothing and accessories from re-purposed materials. This will be an exhilarating fashion show and gala filled with performances from the renowned Niagara Dance Academyand the Laura Secord Junk Band. It will feature beautiful and creative fashions by local green artisans including LGL’s own Eco Chic, 3R’s Boutique, Plato’s Closet and much more.

This event is hosted by Links for Greener Learning.

Partners & Projects

  1. The Willow Community

    The Willow Community is a non-profit arts organization located in the Niagara region created with the purpose of integrating people who receive mental health and addiction services with professionals in the Ontario arts community. We promote, support, encourage, and train our members by providing artistic opportunities for those persons to...
  2. Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara (PEPiN)

    The Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara (PEPiN) project is a collaborative initiative of United Way Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie and Brock University’s Social Justice Research Institute. Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, our goal is to understand the state of precarious employment (PE) and the impact it...

Community Blog

  1. Let’s Work Together to Make a Smart Niagara!

    Smart Cities empower communities to address real issues through the use of data and connected technology. The Government of Canada has created the Smart City Challenge and is calling on communities across the country to bring forward their best ideas for improving the lives of their residents through innovation, data...
  2. Contributing Citizens, Workers, Volunteers, Innovators and Leaders: What We Know About Older People in Niagara

    Here in Niagara, we’ve heard about our aging population, and we know that more than one-third of our population is over 55 years of age. Data in the Living in Niagara-2017 report shows that it’s time for us to address ageism in our community. We can begin by shifting our...

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