There’s nothing like a road trip to inspire one’s sense of adventure. At CAURA this past May, Sophie Theriault, Director of Technology Transfer and Commercialization Coordination for UPEI’s Three Oaks Innovations Centre found out Michael Johnny was travelling to PEI in August for a holiday and asked if he would be willing to make a brief presentation to ‘knowledge movers’ about York’s efforts in knowledge mobilization (including RI/RIR). The natural reaction to her invitation was a wholehearted yes!
So following 18 hours on the road from Mississauga to Charlottetown and an impromptu Ceiledh at friends’ in town, Michael and his daughter Meghan visited UPEI for the morning.
Along with other presenters from UPEI, their Centre for Education Research and ShapesYSS PEI, Michael shared a talk on York’s experiences developing and delivering institutional KMb services, including its leadership with ResearchImapct.
The presentations generated some lively conversation from the audience, which included VPR Dr. Katherine Schultz and VPA Dr. Jim Randall. The conversation encompassed the broad spectrum of engaged scholarship, KMb being an integral aspect.
It was exciting to hear senior administrators ask how UPEI could become a member within RI/RIR. Following a tour of the university, the balance of the week constituted of…well, you can see for yourself!
Personal thanks to Sophie and to Krista MacDonald for making Michael and Meghan feel at home during our visit!