About Us

The Niagara Knowledge Exchange (NKE) is a tool to support evidence-informed planning and Niagara-wide community innovations. Connect with the best and brightest people, ideas and resources to help you efficiently reach your goals.

The NKE provides relevant, reliable information and resources to support evidence-informed community action and is a trusted tool for:

  • Accessing trusted, comprehensive Niagara-wide knowledge
  • Being aware of the latest Niagara community news and information
  • Interacting with Niagara-wide peers
  • Contributing your expertise and perspective

The NKE is powered by Niagara Connects, a Niagara-wide network for collaboration, planning, learning, innovation and community action toward a stronger future for Niagara. Niagara Connects leads a culture of Niagara-focused evidence-informed planning that supports community action.

The goals of the NKE are to:

  • Support the learning needs of people seeking relevant, reliable Niagara-focused evidence and data to enable planning that drives community action;
  • Stimulate, support, and share innovations in Niagara; and,
  • Build and strengthen collaboration between diverse community partners and citizens of Niagara.

The NKE accomplishes this by:

Monitoring key research findings, government and other publications and policies, innovations and projects related to Niagara development, influential stakeholders and change-makers, and media coverage concerning the Niagara-wide community.

Informing the work of people living and working in Niagara with the latest information to improve services and influence policy and practice

Exchanging current information about the Niagara-wide community, to enable evidence-informed decision-making.

Networking people and building relationships by identifying like-minded stakeholders across a range of topics and organizations.

Supporting Niagara community partners seeking an ongoing way to build their own knowledge and communications systems.

We deliver on these goals by offering you:

  • A resource listing of Niagara-related publications
  • A calendar of events
  • A collection of Niagara-focused people and projects
  • A community news blog
  • The Niagara Connects newsletter
  • Knowledge Broker services
  • Online and in-person knowledge exchange events
  • And much more!

Click here to view a ‘Guided Tour’ of the NKE.

To learn more about Niagara Connects, visit our central website: www.niagaraconnects.ca or contact us by e-mail: info@niagaraconnects.ca or phone: 905-688-6236.

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Jan
24
Wed
Niagara Poverty Reduction Network Meeting @ Niagara Catholic District School Board
Jan 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) is a group of residents, businesses and organizations that works together to improve the quality of life in Niagara. NPRN speaks with a community voice that incorporates the multiple voices of Niagara and prioritizes the voice of those currently experiencing poverty.

Topics of this meeting include:

Contact Natalie Chaumont if you need transportation assistance to attend this meeting (contact information above).

This meeting is hosted by the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.

Brock VolunteerFEST @ Brock University - Guernsey Market Hall
Jan 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Brock University’s Student Life & Community Experience and Career Education is hosting VolunteerFEST on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 from 10:00am-2:00pm.

The VolunteerFest will be taking place in the Guernsey Market Hall. The Registration Fee is $15, which includes a four-foot table, two chairs, and a parking pass.

This event is hosted by Brock University.

Lunch & Learn: The Business Case for Creating Inclusive Workplaces @ Big Marco's Italian Restaurant
Jan 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Ontario’s Accessible Employment Standard requires you to make your employment practices accessible to meet the needs of employees and job applicants with disabilities. Learn how to meet the standard.

Learn about the business case for hiring people with disabilities and the requirements of the Employment Standard under the AODA. Having an inclusive workplace and an accessible organization makes good business sense.

You will learn:

  • How the Abilities Connect Fund can help you and employees needing accessible workplaces.
  • Ways to value ability employment, including the hiring and training of persons with a disability.
  • How to create ability workplace solutions, including assistive devices, training, and assessments.

This session is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

Public Forum: What is Dementia? @ Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library, Rotary Room
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm

All public forums are free to attend and suitable for family and friends of individuals living with dementia.

Registration is required. To register, call 905-687-3914.

In the event of inclement weather, please call the office for information about rescheduling.

This public forum is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

Jan
25
Thu
211: A Tool for Alleviating Poverty @ Online
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Reliable information is critical for solving problems and driving social innovation. By combining information about community services with cutting-edge technology, 211 is creating a powerful new form of social infrastructure. As a multi-channel information and navigation system, 211 is uniquely situated at the interface between the human needs associated with poverty and society’s policy and programmatic responses.

The support 211 provides is indispensable, particularly for people experiencing poverty and personal trauma who’s complex needs may pose barriers to obtaining help.

Now available to more than 20 million Canadians living in large cities, small towns, and rural and remote communities, 211 will expand to reach an additional 5 million people during the first half of 2018.

This webinar will explore how 211 is increasingly being leveraged by a wide range of stakeholders – people with lived experience, social service agencies, researchers and social planners, governments and other funders – to effectively address poverty.

This webinar is hosted by Tamarack.

Decoding the Gen Z Factor @ Online
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

For the first time, Gen Z students, the generation following Millennials, are looking for their first internships or co-op positions or will be graduating from university. Are you ready to welcome them into your organization?

Every year, TalentEgg conducts a nationwide survey of student opinions, goals and preferences for their future careers and employers of choice and presents the results in a published report to an audience of employers and career educators at the TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference.

Over the past year, TalentEgg has been conducting additional informal outreach via social media and online surveys to obtain detailed feedback specifically from the Gen Z cohort in our community of students in university and college, as well as high school. The results reveal a startling departure from the stereotypical “Millennial” that provides a new framework for attracting young talent.

Having grown up as the first native digital generation in history and in the shadow of a global recession, Gen Z young people demonstrate characteristics unique from their millennial predecessors that will influence the way employers attract, engage and recruit top young talent in 2018 and beyond.

Mary Barroll, president of TalentEgg, will provide insights that will help you decode and attract Gen Z and communicate your employer brand most effectively to build your talent pipeline for the future.

Key learning objectives for this webinar include:

  • Understand the characteristics of Gen Z and how they differ from Millennials
  • Discover what Gen Z are looking for in their careers and employers
  • Learn how Gen Z search for job opportunities in the digital landscape
  • Identify the optimum media platforms to attract and engage Gen Z candidates
  • Strategize how to build an effective and economical pipeline for young talent

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

The Cannabis Industry in Niagara: Economic and Academic Impacts @ Niagara College - NOTL Campus, Room W214
Jan 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join ncTakeOff on January 25th for a discussion on the Cannabis Industry in the Niagara Region.

The panel will give an inside look into Canada’s cannabis industry, from economic and business opportunities to a new program at Niagara College.

The panelists include: MP Vance Badawey, MP Christ Bittle, Niagara Region Economic Development department’s Blake Landry, and Niagara College’s Professor Bill MacDonald.

Students, staff, and community members are all welcome.

This event is hosted by ncTakeOff.

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Niagara Knowledge Exchange is powered by a Niagara-wide network of people for collaboration, planning, learning, innovation and community action toward a stronger future for Niagara. We work hard to help foster a culture of Niagara-focused research and evidence-informed planning to support your community development innovations. To learn more about Niagara Connects, please visit our central website: www.niagaraconnects.ca or contact us: Email: info@niagaraconnects.ca, Phone: 905-688-6236
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