In 2008, the Pan-Canadian Coalition on Community Based Research was launched by a group of Canadian universities, research networks, and community organizations at C2UExpo (Community-Campus Exposition) 2008 in Victoria, British Columbia. Fast forward to today, and CBR Canada is a national non-profit organization contributing to equitable, just, and sustainable communities within and beyond Canada. See CBR Canada's history below for more details.


  • New Website Launch 

  • Launched Live Online Discussions first on the theme of Exploring challenges in conducting community-based research at a distance and then on the theme of Community-Based Research with Racialized Communities, attended by a total of 200 people

  • Fall Webinar Series on Community-Based Research with Racialized Communities

  • Spring Webinar Series on Patient-Oriented Research

  • Winter Webinar Series on Institutional Structures for Community-Based Research 

  • New board member appointed, Charlotte Loppie, Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy and the Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Human & Social Development, University of Victoria

  • CBR Canada membership grows to 20 universities, 2 colleges, and 6 community organizations.

  • CBRC changed its acronym to CBR Canada to reflect a growing national network



  • Stephen Dooley becomes Board Co-Chair alongside Joanna Ochocka

  • CBRC appointed three new board members: Crystal Tremblay, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Victoria, Dave Heidebrecht, Manager, Office of Community Engagement, McMaster University and Steven Hermans, Partnership Development Officer to the Vice-President Research and Innovation, University of Toronto

  • Three CBRET workshops were held in Ottawa, Vancouver, and Toronto

  • Four sub-committees were created at the Annual Planning Meeting in Ottawa on April 26. The committees are: strategic planning, program, member recruitment and communication, and C2UExpo.

  • The Spring/Summer Webinar Series engaged the network on How CBR Theory is Put into Practice

  • CBRC membership grew to 17 universities, 3 colleges, 3 research institutes, and 3 community organizations



  • The CBRC launched two new programs: the CBR National Mapping initiative to map all community-based research leaders across Canada and a monthly CBRC webinar series

  • CBRC appointed 4 new board members: Michele Peterson-Badali at the University of Toronto, Catherine Graham at the National Association of Friendship Centres, Ken Carter at Memorial University, and Stephen Dooley at Simon Fraser University

  • The first Community-Based Research Excellence Tool (CBRET) workshop launched in Spring 2018 in Waterloo, Ontario. The second CBRET workshop took place in Fall 2019 in Hamilton, Ontario.  

  • In the fall, CBRC changed its governance structure from one board chair to two. Joanna Ochocka and Martin Taylor are the Co-Chairs.

  • Several CBRC Members attended Engage 2018, hosted by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) in Scotland.



  • C2UExpo2017: For the Common Good takes place at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and Surrey, British Columbia, gathering 500 people from Canada and across the globe

  • The inaugural Special Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Katherine Graham at C2UExpo17 in Vancouver

  • 4 new CBRC Board Members are appointed: Tanis Dagert at Vancouver Island University, Dr. Kathy Sanford at the University of Victoria, Dr. Monica Mulrennan at Concordia University, Dr. Karen Schwartz at Carleton University

  • The CBRC Program Development Report is released, based on a fall 2016 survey of CBRC members, stakeholders and key informants. The report identified three recommendations: 1) to develop a CBRC Capacity Building program, 2) to be a leader and convenor in the creation of a national community-campus engagement network and action plan with key partners, networks and funders, and 3) to develop a communications plan and strategy that includes social media functions and a simple searchable CBRC Directory and map

  • CBRC Board members, Martin Taylor, Joanna Ochocka, and Budd Hall attend the UNESCO Knowledge for Change Consortium in Ottawa

  • The Engaging Communities Through Research Capacity Building event was held on November 24-25, 2017 in Waterloo, Ontario, equipping faith-based campuses from across Canada and their constituent partners to collaborate on community-based research

  • CBRC Secretariat moves to the Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) in Waterloo, Ontario



  • CBRC became incorporated into a national non-profit organization with the Secretariat located at the Office of Community University Engagement at the University of Victoria.

  • CBRC’s inaugural Board Members were Martin Taylor (Chair) at the University of Victoria, Joanna Ochocka (Co Vice-Chair) at the Centre for Community Based Research, Marcel Simoneau (Co Vice-Chair) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Geri Briggs at Carleton University, Leslie Brown at the University of Victoria, Jody Butler Walker at the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR), Warren Dodd at the University of Guelph, Katherine Graham at Carleton University, Budd Hall the UNESCO Chair in CBR, Linda Hawkins at the University of Guelph

  • CBRC transitioned to a membership-based organization and started to generate funds from membership fees

  • CBRC hosted 5 webinars in a Winter Webinar Series on topics related to the theme of Mobilizing the Power of Community-Campus Engagement and Research Partnerships



  • CBRC Fall Survey Report released.

  • CUExpo 2015 took place in Ottawa at Carleton University. CBRC facilitated two preconference workshops and helped to organized the conference of around 300 people.

  • Submitted application for SSHRCC Partnership Grant, "Pursuing Excellence in Community-Based Research: National Partnership for Research and Action" to establish 6-8 regional hubs of Excellence across Canada, each pursuing cross-sectorial CBR projects to solve societal problems. The application was led by Joanna Ochocka with 105 partners from a variety of organizations, universities, local governments and businesses, 



  • Thirteen Canadian universities become CBRC Canada institutional members.

  • CBRC 2014-2017 Strategic Plan is completed and launched.

  • CBRC Sponsors CUVic Conference and Engaged Practice Day at the University of Victoria in May 2014.

  • CBRC supports a two-day National Summit titled, "Pursuing Excellence in Collaborative Community-Campus Research" on November 3-4, 2014. The Summit was led by Joanna Ochocka at the Centre for Community Based Research and sponsored by a SSHRC connection grant. 60 researchers and SHHRCC and university administrators participated in the summit.

  • CBRC conducts fall surveys to prioritize activities focused on member’s priorities for CBRC Communications and Services.

  • CBRC supports the Engaged Practice Learning Exchange and presents at the Engage Conference in Bristol in December 2014.



  • CBRC supports the launch of UNESCO’s Co-Chair for Higher Education and Social Responsibility for Community Based Research, which is shared between Canada and India from 2013 to 2018.

  • The United Kingdom’s National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement visits Canada. CBRC facilitates their meetings with key academic and voluntary sector funders, the development of a Global Collaboration Framework and the creation of a UK-Canada pilot project.

  • The Institute for Community University Engagement at UVic, which stemmed from the Office for Community-Based Research, becomes the new Secretariat for CBRCanada.

  • Global University Networks for Innovation (GUNI) develops a partnership with CBRC.

  • CBRC supported and helped to organize CUExpo 2013 in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland.

  • In a fall meeting in Montreal, CBRC creates their 2014-2017 Strategic Plan and Membership Outreach Plan focused on the Canadian Universities Plan.



  • A delegation from CBRC is represented at the Living Knowledge Network conference in Bonn, Germany.

  • CBRC’s Steering Committee engaged in strategic planning and organizational renewal.

  • CBRC’s membership reaches 300.

  • Submitted application for SSHRCC Partnership Grant, "Engaging Communities in Research: A Partnership to Strengthen the 'C' in C-U Research" led by Joanna Ochocka and 17 partners (all CBR Canada members)



  • CUExpo 2011 is held in Waterloo. The organizers were the Centre for Community Based Research along with University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.  Almost 600 people attended. The steering committee for the conference included 30+ representatives of organizations in Waterloo Region.

  • CBRC is invited to take part in the Campus Community Collaboration Initiative supported by the Governor General of Canada. Other organizations contributing to the initiative include CCPH, CACSL, Research Impact, United Way of Canada, Imagine Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and SSHRCC.



  • In June, CBRC partners with Community Campus Partnership for Health and the Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning to hold a National Knowledge Commons Summit in Montreal.

  • CBRC develops a grant submission to develop national centres for excellence. While the grant was denied, CBRC was proud to have 33 university and community bodies sign on to the application.

  • CBRC’s membership reaches 200.



  • The CBRC Symposium “From Recession to Renewal: The Vital Contribution of Community-Based Research” was held in May. The event featured a special keynote on Aboriginal CBR and Knowledge in Canada given by Lorna Williams, who was the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning.

  • CBRC-GACER produced a brief on CBR, Community Engaged Scholarship and Social Responsibility of Higher Education. The brief was presented in July at UNESCO’s World Conference on Higher Education in Paris.

  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funded Canadian and global best practice and funding model reports.



  • The Pan-Canadian Coalition for Community Based Research, the precursor to CBRC, was founded at CUExpo in 2008.

  • The Office of Community Based Research at the University of Victoria became the Pan-Canadian Coalition secretariat with Carleton University and the Université du Québec à Montréal as core partners.

  • Founding Steering Committee members and partners included Centre for Community Based Research, Community Campus Partnerships for Health, the United Way, the Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning, and the Canadian Community Economic Development Network.

  • A hundred people signed up to become CBRC’s first members.