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

Joint Health and Safety Certification Level 1 @ St. John Ambulance
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – Jun 26 @ 5:00 pm

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires any employer with more than twenty regular employees to establish and maintain a health and safety program which includes a Joint Health and Safety Committee.

In 2019, St. John Ambulance is launching Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Training in Ontario. As a recognized leader in first aid training across Canada, this training is the perfect compliment to their commitment to health and safety overall.

What is covered in Join Health and Safety Committee Part 1:

  • Health and Safety and the law
  • Workplace Refusals
  • Duties and Obligations of a JHSC
  • Certifications
  • Hazard Management
  • Investigations
  • Critical injury accidents and deaths
  • Case Studies
  • When the Labour Board steps in
  • Resources for JHSCs

Call 905-685-8964 ext. 202 or register online.

This training is hosted by St. John Ambulance.

AGEWORKS – The Art of Ageing Forum @ Niagara College
Jun 26 @ 8:00 am – Jun 27 @ 5:00 pm

Are you a business professional who targets older people? Do you want to better understand them? Are you an academic who thirsts for more knowledge about this growing demographic? Or perhaps you’re a mindful consumer who cares about issues pertaining to ageing and longevity.

Hosted by Niagara College, AGEWORKS – The Art of Ageing Forum presents a varied assembly of thought leaders, organizations, and individuals who are striving to make a difference in terms of reducing ageist attitudes and reshaping what it means to age. Each of the 12 intriguing presentations will contain information and facts that will enlighten professionals, academics and inquiring consumers alike.

Business professionals can hear and discuss how global and local population trends and longevity issues can impact their business, and get an inside track on emotional triggers affecting their clients’ decisions as they age. They can also examine their own personal thought processes and behaviours about ageing issues to improve their professional perspective.

For academics and mindful consumers who are curious about positive ageing, the Forum provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in engaging presentations that will invoke new thoughts and motivations about ageing positively beyond just eating well and exercising.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Ageing is Changing: Global Trends in Ageing – Dr. Jane Barratt, International Federation on Ageing
  • Shaping our Local World – Sarah Webster, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health
  • Neuroplasticity: The Woman Who Changed Her Brain – Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, Author and Founder of Arrowsmith School
  • Intelligent Fear – Michael Clarkson, Author
  • Awaken Your Passion, Purpose and Potential – Grace Cirocco, Author
  • Laugh Yourself Silly – Sandra Summerhayes, Leadership Consultant
  • Making Sense of a Longevity Economy – Mark Venning, Change Rangers
  • Protirement: How to Make the Most of Life – Ellis Katsof, Author of Life 3.0
  • Your Future Reimagined – Michael Kennedy, Entrepreneur
  • Courage, Freedom, Happiness – Janet Rouss, Author
  • Creative Ageing & Connecting Generations – Pat Spadafora, Kaleidoscope Consulting
  • The Positive Effects of Mindfulness – Deidre Walsh, Integrative Health Coach

Networking events, art displays, and musical entertainment make this forum a must-attend if you plan on ageing anytime soon.

Information about discounted room rates and on-campus accommodation options is available on our website.

This event is hosted by Niagara College & AGEWORKS.

Niagara Falls Foreign Trade Zone Seminar @ Niagara Falls City Hall - Committee Room 2
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:15 pm

Niagara Foreign Trade Zone (NFTZ) Exporting Seminars will include speakers from government agencies, public-private institutions, as well as provide networking opportunities to exporting businesses in Niagara.

The purpose of these seminars is to create greater awareness opportunities and connect you to Federal/Provincial programs for your exports. Generate leads to your international supply chain, benefit from duties refund and tax relief programs, apply for market development assistance, and other resources for scaling your international presence. For businesses preparing to export, this is your ideal contact point for building up your resources. Last year, NFTZ seminars reached more than 150 businesses and serviced more than 75 companies.

Seminar Highlights

  • NFTZ introduction
  • International Market Insight
  • Key Exporting Programs
  • Incentives
  • Introduce Resource Institutions
  • Client Testimonials
  • Networking
  • Discussion

RSVP by email to or

Let’s Talk About… Human Trafficking @ Guild Hall
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The second session in the Port Colborne Public Library’s “Let’s Talk About..” series will focus on human trafficking. The event is to raise awareness about human trafficking and how it impacts the lives of people in the Niagara Region.

With presenters: Krystal Snider (Trainer-Intervention with Survivors of Human Trafficking, YWCA, Niagara Region), Skylar Burbidge (Survivor), Amanda Sanders (Detective Constable, Niagara Regional Police Service), and Wendy Sturgeon (Executive Director, Native Women Inc., Niagara Chapter).

This is a free event. Seating is limited. Pre-registration required.

This session is hosted by Port Colborne Public Library.

Brock University: Our Journey to the Cloud using SharePoint @ Online
Jun 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

We have all seen how SharePoint can inform and engage people across your organization and be a modern document management platform designed for collaboration. What’s the experience with an organization-wide deployment of SharePoint Online and how does this adapt to the requirements of Higher Education?

This session will dig into Brock University’s deployment of SharePoint from the perspective of both IT Pros and end-users, to get a full understanding of the value of SharePoint and what it took to deploy.

Speaker: Norman Young, Data Architect, Brock University

This webinar is hosted by Microsoft.

Tackling Homelessness Using Collaborative Outcome Planning @ Online
Jun 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

In order to address homelessness in a sustainable way, transformative change is needed. Join the Systems Planning Collective for a webinar where you’ll learn how a ‘Collective impact’ framework can be used to tackle transformative change within communities. The transformative work happening in Abbotsford, BC, will be used as a case study.

This webinar is hosted by the Systems Planning Collective.

The Roshni Project Webinar: Highlighting the Lived Experience of South Asian Women @ Online
Jun 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Presenter: Dr. Gursharan Virdee, psychologist and researcher at CAMH

Learn about:

  • The mental health realities of young South Asian women
  • The roles of family, faith communities, educators, and mental health service providers
  • The process and benefits of co-creation as a source of empowerment

About the Roshni Project

Following many years of hearing young South Asians in the Greater Toronto Area share challenges with accessing culturally-informed mental health supports and services, we came together to find a way to help. Young South Asian women in particular expressed a need to see a young South Asian mental health professional that ‘looked like’ them. Someone who understood what it was like to be a woman and straddle two completely different cultures — being Canadian and being South Asian. Through these dialogues emerged a number of gaps in the systems surrounding these young people, with the central and repeated theme being understood as a young South Asian and the role of gender in their experiences.

This webinar is hosted by the Evidence Exchange Network (CAMH).


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