Partner Voices: KM Stories and Skills for Successful Collaborations

The 2020 webinar series builds on the basic KM knowledge and skills introduced during the KM 101 Webinar Series (2018-2019). This year will feature invited special guests to join us for fast-paced, discussion-style webinars that will engage the voices of  partners, water practitioners, and KM experts to share a diversity of perspectives on how KM skills and engagements translate into successful collaborations with research impact.

Through story sharing and open and honest discussions, attendees will hear how contemporary approaches in knowledge mobilization can be directly applied to elevate their water research into impact spaces. You will take away a broader understanding of knowledge mobilization approaches, ideas, tips and strategies for moving forward, and examples of success from colleagues.

Who should participate in these webinars

Researchers (students, faculty and staff) who are both experienced and new to working with partners to co-create research projects. You should be curious to hear stories, ideas and tips from diverse voices who have previously worked with university researchers and other KM experts to create research with impact. You should be interested in building your KM skillset and beginning or expanding your own research partnerships. 

Please register for up for each webinar below.

2020 schedule

Date/Time Topic Description

January 31
-2pm CST
-3pm EST

Youth engagement

Youth are important stakeholders in the climate change and water research in Canada as they represent the scientists, decision-makers and leaders of tomorrow. GWF researchers have the opportunity to inspire the next generation to get involved in creating new and innovative solutions to current and future climate and water scenarios. However, creating programs and activities to engage youth through demonstrations, on-the-land camps, school visits and presentations isn’t easy. In this webinar a panel of youth education and engagement specialists will share their experiences in developing and delivering programming aimed at inspiring youth to become interested and involved in science and drive community action across Canada.


  • Olivia Allen, Project Lead for Youth Programs, Waterlution
  • Stephanie Yuill, Manager, Field Operations Unit and Public Education Coordinator, Government of Northwest Territories

February 28 1-2pm CST
2-3pm EST

Knowledge Mobilization Skills for your Career: Professional development opportunities from the perspective of knowledge brokers

In this webinar you will hear from a number of professionals on different career paths who play the role of “knowledge broker” to facilitate the connection of relationships and flow of information into impact spaces. They will share stories about how their KM skills have helped them in their career, what their day-to-day looks like and share tips and strategies for making change. This will be an opportunity to learn about the types of soft skills that employers are looking for and what you can do now to develop your experiences to ensure your career promotes impactful change.


  • Elizabeth Shantz, Knowledge Mobilization Manager, Food for Thought Program, University of Guelph
  • Lois Corbett, Executive Director, Conservation Council of New Brunswick
  • Travis Sztainert, Knowledge Broker, Gambling Research Exchange Ontario


March 27
12-1pm CST
2-3pm EDT

Successful science to government programming

This webinar has been cancelled

Infusing science to help solve environmental challenges is often the gold standard of our research, but bringing together the worlds of academia and government is not easy. In this joint researcher-practitioner discussion-style webinar, Tim Jardine and Ron Hlasny will tell their shared story of working together to have eDNA research inform the Province’s monitoring of invasive zebra mussels into Saskatchewan. Together they will talk openly about their successes and challenges in navigating their partnership and you will leave this webinar with a clear example of how KM processes have had direct water management impact and tangible tips for forging transdisciplinary relationships within your current and future research. 


  • Dr. Tim Jardine, Associate Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan
  • Ron Hlasny, Senior Aquatic Ecologist, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

April 17
12-1pm CST 2-3pm EDT

Indigenous Data Sovereignty

This webinar has been cancelled

Indigenous Peoples and communities around the world have been keepers of their own data since time immemorial. Current expansions within the age of digitization have resulted in the need to expand, manage, prioritize, and advance Indigenous data sovereignty and governance priorities. In Canada, while many Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations and individuals, are working towards the same priorities around Indigenous data sovereignty and governance, there are areas where major improvements are needed. This presentation will briefly discuss the history of colonialism, leading up to the present-need for Indigenous data sovereignty and governance, while discussing some of the key principles and protocols currently in place that can improve Indigenous research in practice.

Guest Presenter:

Robyn Rowe, Research Associate​, School of Rural and Northern Health​; Sessional Professor, School of Indigenous Relations; ​Ph.D. Student​, School of ​​Rural and Northern Health, Laurentian University

May 1
12-1pm CST 2-3pm EDT

How governments and organizations use academic science


As researchers, we hope that the work we are doing ultimately makes a difference to produce social, economic, environmental or health benefits for the public. For that to happen, research results need to be taken up by those in our partner organizations and implemented to inform policy or practice; support program funding; change programs; develop new products, and more. In this webinar, you will hear from various representatives from the government and non-government sectors about how they engage with university researchers and implement science and new knowledge to advance their mandates. They will share stories about how they gather, analyze, utilize and communicate research. This enhanced understanding will be valuable for researchers to understand what they can do to make it easier to support the research to impact process. 


  • Chris Parsons and Patricia Chambers, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Elizabeth Hendriks, Vice President of Freshwater, WWF-Canada
  • Gila Somers, Government of Northwest Territories

Past Webinars

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