Lakehead University will host the 2023 Community-Campus-Exposition (C2UExpo)

Updated: Oct 11


Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Ontario June 5-8, 2023


October 6, 2022 – Thunder Bay, Ont.


Lakehead University will host the in-person International 2023 C2UExpo (Community-Campus-Exposition) in Thunder Bay from June 5 to 8, 2023, bringing people from across Turtle Island and beyond.


Lakehead’s compelling proposal was chosen through a selection and review process by Community-Based Research Canada’s (CBRCanada) Board of Directors.


Lakehead University is ideally suited to host the C2UExpo in Thunder Bay, Ontario as evidenced by numerous examples of rich and authentic community-campus research initiatives.


Along with its community partners, Lakehead University researchers have demonstrated their leadership and commitment to collaboratively working to address societal challenges and achieve positive impacts for the benefit of people residing in our region and beyond.


The Expo was a response to the need for a platform to share experiences, strategies, and ideas about how communities and post-secondary institutions can champion social innovation and societal change.


C2UExpo also explores ways institutions of higher learning can examine their organizational structures and policies to foster the formation of authentic partnerships in support of community transformation. Each C2UExpo has been held in a different city, addressing unique objectives and themes through a variety of sessions and opportunities for dialogue.


“Over the years, the Expo has highlighted and explored creative strategies for strengthening communities and transforming institutions through community-based research, service-learning, knowledge mobilization, and other types of community-campus collaborations,” said Joanna Ochocka, CBRCanada Co-Chair.


“We are thrilled that Lakehead University will host the C2UExpo in 2023.”


C2UExpo will provide opportunities to strengthen community-campus research and learning partnerships to address critical and topical issues facing our communities in Northwestern Ontario and Simcoe County. Lakehead University is currently in the process of consulting with community partners to finalize the title and overarching themes for the Expo. An international call for presentations will be released in November 2022.


“Previous C2UExpos have created much-needed space to provide support like sharing tools for building more equitable relationships and highlighting examples of meaningful partnership projects,” said Dr. Charles Levkoe, Associate Professor, Lake Superior Living Labs Network Lead and Canada Research Chair in Equitable and Sustainable Food Systems at Lakehead University.


“With Northwestern Ontario hosting the 2023 C2UExpo, it will be a fantastic opportunity to build on our wonderful existing partnerships and enable Lakehead University to take a leadership role in the community.”


The event will bring together community-based organizations, Indigenous groups, researchers and students from academic institutions, grass-root organizations, policy-makers, and knowledge mobilization experts from the region and beyond, to engage in meaningful interactions while developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of community-engaged research approaches and models.


Through the C2UExpo we have a real opportunity to evoke core principles of Indigenous research, including relationality and transformation” said Dr. Lana Ray (Anishinaabe-kwe), Associate Professor, Indigenous Research Chair in Decolonial Futures and Director of the Anishinaabe Kendaasiwin Institute (AKI).


“C2U can be a space where researchers and administrators engage in personal growth and build their own capacities to engage in research and design structures that acknowledge Indigenous peoples right to self-determination and align with Indigenous ways of knowing and being,” Dr. Ray said.


“We are extremely excited to showcase the exemplary community engaged research that is underway at Lakehead’s campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead University’s Vice-President of Research and Innovation.


Lakehead University is anticipating 400 attendees, including community champions, practitioners, community-based researchers, and community engagement professionals, who will convene face-to-face and share best practices around community-based research and community-campus engagement.


Lakehead University faculty and staff look forward to welcoming delegates to Thunder Bay for an immersive dialogue exploring challenging questions about the future direction of community-campus partnerships.


Community organizations, researchers and students who are interested in learning more about C2UExpo or would like to contribute to this exciting event can contact Sheena Allard, C2UExpo Coordinator, Office of Research Services, Lakehead University, at c2uexpo@lakeheadu.ca.

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