Montréal 2013: SEPN’s Annual Meeting Focuses on Maximizing Impact



Each year, SEPN hosts an annual meeting with its academic co-applicants and collaborators, representatives from organizational partners and contributors, and students/post-doctoral fellows. The meetings focus on reviewing the previous year’s research and strategic planning around the direction of SEPN’s research. Annual meetings include Scientific Committee and Board of Director meetings to review budgets as well as to discuss the best ways to ensure research team member involvement and address challenges that may have arisen during the year.

The annual meeting agenda includes presentations, large group discussions, breakout brainstorming sessions, and team building exercises to allow SEPN members to collaborate on how to design and implement the research and provide feedback on work that is in progress. This approach allows SEPN to identify opportunities to respond to members’ interests and ensure the research results assist our members in supporting and furthering their mandates.

At the Meeting

SEPN’s annual meeting in 2013-2014 was hosted by the Maison du Développement Durable, a LEED® Platinum Certified building in the heart of Montréal that houses the David Suzuki Foundation’s Montréal offices. Team building activities included a tour of the Maison du Développement Durable and a trek through Mount Royal Park.

The theme of the annual meeting for this year was “Maximizing SEPN’s Impact” with a particular focus on knowledge mobilization. Presentations, led primarily by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, reviewed the main findings from Year 1 of the research. Discussions and breakout sessions focused on how to mobilize the research to increase the impact of the Network and its findings.