How to Use This Platform

The Niagara Knowledge Exchange (NKE) is a tool to support evidence-informed planning, collective action and Niagara-wide community innovations. It is a populated by members of the Niagara-wide community in partnership with the Knowledge Brokers at Niagara Connects.

Using the NKE:

The following navigation strategies will help you find the information you are looking for:

  • Filtered access to the four NKE content areas from the top of your screen including the Community Calendar, Resources & Publications, Partners & Projects, and Community Blog.
  • Use of the site-wide search bar from the top-right of your screen enabling you to focus your content search.
  • Filtered access to content related to Niagara Sectors listed on the right side of your screen enabling you to find events, resources, projects and blogs linked to any of the 12 Niagara Sectors identified in the Living In Niagara Report (2011).
  • User generated Tags that add another dimension to the platform content using common topic words. Use the tag cloud on the right of your screen to select a topic of interest and find events, resources, projects and blogs related to that topic.
  • Related Content that is promoted once you select a specific event, resource, project or blog. This helps you see other content from each of the content areas that may be of interest based your current selection.
  • A sitemap providing you an at-a-glance view and access to all pages across the NKE.

Making best use of the Community Calendar: This area features community events that will accelerate change, build community capacity, facilitate collaboration, share and spread innovation and enable evidence-informed community planning.

Viewable in list or calendar format, the Community Calendar will help you to:

  • Know what is going on in the Niagara region
  • See the rhythm of activity in your community
  • Identify and register for events of interest
  • Plan your own organization and/ or network’s activities around previously scheduled events

Making best use of Resources & Publications: This area catalogues resources and publications that will support, guide and inform collaboration and decision-making in the Niagara region.

The Resources and Publications catalogue will help you to:

  • Understand the current trends, issues and data related to each of the 12 Niagara Sectors
  • Use this information to build business cases for future projects and work
  • Identify collaborative topics that cross multiple sectors
  • Consider how your work fits into the current context

Making best use of Partners & Projects: This area features projects, networks, councils and working groups in the Niagara region that are dedicated to fostering collaboration to accelerate positive change and collective impact within the Niagara region.

The Partners and Projects will help you link with others to:

  • Partner on common projects
  • Mobilize around common issues
  • Share resources
  • Explore collaborative opportunities
  • Replicate successes
  • Avoid duplicating what is already being done

Making best use of the Community Blog: This area features blogs written by our Niagara Connects Knowledge Brokers, as well as community partners. The Community Blog is an area for exchange within the Niagara community about new ideas, hot topics and upcoming opportunities for collaboration.

This area of the site will help you to:

  • Consider how new ideas, approaches and collaborative strategies can be applied within your own practice setting
  • Build capacity to better connect to and leverage the information and resources within your community

How to contribute

You are able to contribute to all four content areas of the Niagara Knowledge Exchange. Sharing content on the Niagara Knowledge Exchange will enable you to:

  • Keep the community abreast of the great work you are doing
  • Contribute to the knowledge base used to inform planning in the Niagara region
  • Engage others in your work, strengthening your own capacity for evidence-informed decision-making
  • Spread innovation and success to other organizations and sectors

To share an event, resource or project, simply click the “Submit” link located in the right-hand side navigation within each content section of this site and fill out the form. Or, since you’re here, you can do so by clicking one of the direct links below:

And, if you are interested in becoming a guest blogger, please email

Click here to view a ‘guided tour’ of the NKE

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Unified Mobility Summit @ Crowne Plaza Hotel Kitchener-Waterloo
Oct 20 – Oct 23 all-day

Canada’s Unified Mobility Summit will be held in Waterloo from October 20 to 23, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The Unified Mobility Summit brings together participants from across the country and internationally to address how communities are moving to smart, future-ready connected transportation. The Summit offers a productive environment to learn, network, collaborate, all while focused on improving transportation options for people living in Canadian communities.

Unified Mobility is sustainable, multimodal, integrated and connected. It is all about choice and how every individual should be able to choose the best way to get around through the unified delivery of all modes, services, tools and information. It is the foundation for an autonomous future, where ridesharing through carpooling, vanpooling and transit can be dynamically booked, scheduled and paid for all within this unified delivery concept. Further, it integrates and is the aggregator for carsharing, bike sharing, ride-hailing and supportive services like emergency ride home, parking and more.

This event is hosted by ACT Canada Sustainable Mobility Network.

Community Strategies to Support the Zero Suicide Initiative @ Carmen's Banquet Centre
Oct 22 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This event will highlight practical applications for preventing suicide in your community and improving collaboration with primary care, community care services and hospital transitions.

Target audience:

  • Health care providers
  • Public health representatives
  • Community agency staff
  • Mental health providers
  • University/college staff and learners
  • Counsellors
  • School and educational staff

Keynote speakers:

  • Implementing the Zero Initiative in London – Dr. Sandra Northcott, Chief, Mental Health Care, St. Joseph’s Health Care, London
  • Men’s Suicide: What’s Going on? – Dr. Raj Bhatla, Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Chief of Staff, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
  • WHO – Brief Intervention and Consult Program – Dr. Zena Samaan, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University

This event is hosted by the Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton.

Workshop for Educators: Tinkering With Wood @ ECCDC
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm

Have you been hearing about ‘Tinkering’, ‘Tinker Labs’, ‘Tinker schools’ and so on, and wondered what all this Tinkering is about? Well if so, this three-part ‘Tinkering Series’ is for you.

The series will provide opportunities for educators to explore what tinkering is (chances are that you are already doing it) and how educators can intentionally incorporate tinkering into your early learning and child care programs.

This session will focus on reviving the ‘lost art’ of utilizing wood and woodworking in early learning and child care programs, and how educators can ‘bring it back’ into their practice.

This session will take place off-site in a dedicated woodworking environment and will include using real tools and consider health and safety, and risk benefit analysis.

This event is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC).

Networking Event: Banter With Bigwigs @ Brock University
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join United Way on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 for the first Banter with Bigwigs in Niagara in the Goodman Atrium at Brock University.

Presented by the Verge Insurance Group, this event will bring young professionals together with c-suite executives, offering a unique opportunity to network and gain insight into various professional industries. Enjoy a fun evening of networking, food, drinks, prizes & more!

Tickets are free and come with:

  • An exclusive opportunity to sit down with high-caliber executives (network and receive essential career advice)
  • A professional LinkedIn headshot
  • Complimentary food with cash bar
  • A networking template with key questions
  • An opportunity to win prizes

This event is hosted by United Way Niagara.

Mental Health Speaker Series: Loneliness, Isolation and Associated Mental Health Disorders @ Peach King Centre
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

GBF Community Services presents a free Mental Health Speaker Series. Have your questions answered by leading health care professionals.

Topic: Loneliness, Isolation and Associated Mental Health Disorders

Presenter: Heather Gillespie, Director, Service Quality and Capacity, Canadian Mental Health Association

Light refreshments will be provided.

This event is hosted by GBF Community Services.

Niagara Food and Beverage Summit @ Niagara College - Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus
Oct 23 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Organized by the Niagara College Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre, this unique and intimate event provides a platform to explore current and future trends in the food and beverage industry while sharing key findings and learnings in a collaborative environment.

This event is an opportunity for thought leaders, experts, product developers, marketers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and ideators in the food and beverage space to learn from each other in a dynamic and comfortable setting.

This event also focuses on one of the hottest subjects in the food product development world at the moment – the integration of cannabis into the food chain in preparation for legal status in Canada. Experts will discuss Cannabis 101 and different views on how it will shape the future of what the cannabis edibles industry could look like in the not too distant future!

Who Should Attend:

  • Food and beverage innovators
  • Research and development teams
  • Marketing teams and trendologists
  • F&B strategy and consulting firms
  • Food and beverage industry
  • Cannabis industry and product developers
  • Growers/producers looking for new revenue streams

You will learn/grow/discuss:

  • Explore trendsetting concepts including past, current, and forecasted trends and fads from industry experts
  • Discuss the evolution of language, marketing, and environmental imperatives and their ties to food and innovation with marketing experts
  • Discuss the lasting impact of Gen Z and millennial generations, how they overlap, how they differ, and how to differentiate your market space appropriately
  • Explore barriers and potential solutions when infusing cannabis into edibles
  • Discuss and learn the regulatory difficulties from experts who helped the USA legalize edibles
  • Grow your product from idea, to concept, to marketing, to product development utilizing marketing experts and concept-shelf thinking
  • On-trend workshops in plant-based alternatives, de-risking product introductions, taste the modifications, and exploring cannabis

This event is hosted by the Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre.

Enhancing Team Dynamics Through Inspirational Leadership @ ECCDC
Oct 23 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

An invitation to those on a journey of Pedagogical Leadership to reflect on your experiences, share your thoughts, provoke thinking and expand practice. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in conversations, share experiences and enhance opportunities that support both the pedagogical leadership team and their practices.

This series will continue the conversation of how pedagogical leadership has impacted your staff team, reigniting the community of practice, empowering and enabling pedagogical leaders to move to the next step and provide opportunities for self care, mindfulness and team building.

This event is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC).


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