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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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Researching with Communities — Maureen Fair: Getting credibility in community research

by CIFAR
Nov 26 / 15
On November 26th, 2015 CIFAR held a symposium to explore how we can better use research to improve the lives of individuals in our communities.

With the United Way Toronto & York Region, CIFAR’s newest Change Makers dialogue brought together service providers and researchers to share knowledge and experience of the research process in order to identify ways of improving the policies and programs that serve our communities.

Maureen Fair: “Getting ‘Cred’: Strengthening credibility of academics and community organizations.” Maureen is Executive Director of the West Neighbourhood House (formerly St. Christopher House), a multi-service neighbourhood centre working with diverse people of all ages in west Toronto. Her professional experience includes community development, public policy development and advocacy strategies on issues such as income security, income inequality and neighbourhood change.