Community-Defined Evidence. 2022 Symposium

Concordia University’s engAGE Living Lab and CREGES present

Community-Defined Evidence: Health, Creativity and the Power of the People

A symposium about transformative research practices supporting equity, diversity and inclusion.

Dear Community Member. We would be honored to welcome you to this symposium where community members, researchers, students, decision makers, and funding agencies will come together to share knowledge and lived experiences to expand what kind of evidence, such as evidence of what works for the community members in support of wellbeing and in building resilient and diverse neighbourhood environments for health. 

janis TIMM-BOTTOS, PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR. Creative engage living lab

Community-Defined Evidence seeks to develop an evidence base that uses cultural and/or community indices, to influence the research and evaluation agenda, as well as policymakers and funding agencies, to implement and use innovative community-based practices to reduce disparities and improve availability, quality, and outcomes of healthcare for all individuals and families.

Event Details

The Symposium will be held at Concordia University’s Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre

7141 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, H4B 1R6 (ROOM RF100) (Map here)

Thursday and Friday, September 22 & 23, 2022. 


Participation is free of charge and breakfast (Days 1 &2) and lunch (Day 1) are included. Click here to register



8:30-9 Breakfast and Registration

9-9:30 Opening Remarks by Mohawk Elder Tealey Ka’senni:saks Normandin

9:30-10:15 Morning Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Martinez, Psy. D.

10:15-10:45 Health Break

10:45-12:00 Morning Lightning Talks:

  1. The Necessity of Belonging and its Realization in Community Spaces, Dr. Darla Fortune, Concordia University’s engAGE Centre for Research on Aging
  2. How Open Science is Transforming Research, Dr. Krista Byers Heinlein, Concordia University & Open Science
  3. Art Therapy as a Medical Tool, Dr. Giuseppe Mazza, M.D., Artruisme, 
  4. Human Support Ecosystems and the Co-development of Smart Homes in Support of Fragile and Isolated Older Adults: A Living Lab in Côte St-Luc, Sandra Smele, PhD Candidate, CREGES, Inclusive Aging, Diversity, Health and Well-Being

12:00-1:00 Lunch (included)

1:00-1:45 Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Dr. Myrna Lashley, McGill

1:45-2:00 Health Break

2:00-3:15 Afternoon Participatory Lightning Workshop: Shopping Malls as Social Infrastructure for Creativity and Mental Health through a Community Defined Evidence Lens


  1. Dr. Janis Timm-Bottos, engAGE Living Lab
  2. Dr. Najmeh Khalili-Mahani, engAGE Living Lab’s Media Spa
  3. Yafa Goawily, Cornwall Art Hive
  4. Carmen Oprea, PhD Candidate, engAGE Living Lab Research

3:15-3:30 Closing Remarks

3:30-4:00 Closing Participatory Art Activity with Artist Arianna Garcia-Fialdini, PhD Candidate


8:30-9 Breakfast

9:00-9:45 Participatory Round Table: Where are we with promoting community defined evidence with funders and policy makers?

9:45-10:00 Health break

10:00-11:45 Creative World Cafe: Bring your own topics of interest and further your ideas informed by Community-Defined Evidence, using dialogue and creativity to generate action steps.

11:45-12:00 Launch of engAGE Living Lab’s Mini-Documentary with Film Director Yafa Goawily



Mohawk Elder Tealey Ka’senni:saks Normandin

Introductory remarks:

Mohawk Elder Tealey Ka’senni:saks Normandin

Tealey Ka’senni:saks Normandin is Kanien’kehá:ka from Kahnawake, adopted during the sixty scoop, Bear Clan. She has been working at the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal since 2007. Read entire Bio here

Morning Keynote Speaker: Kenneth J. Martínez, Psy.D.
Morning Keynote Speaker:
Kenneth J. Martínez, Psy.D.
“​​Community-Defined Evidence: Imagine the Possibilities”
Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Dr. Myrna Lashley
Afternoon Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Myrna Lashley
“Working with communities as partners in research – from inception to publication”
Dr. Darla-Fortune
“The Necessity of Belonging and its Realization in Community Spaces”
Dr. Krista Byers Heinlein
“How Open Science is Transforming Research”

Dr. Giuseppe (Joe) Mazza, MD
“Art Therapy as a Medical Tool”
Sandra Smele, PhD Candidate
“Human Support Ecosystems and the Co-development of Smart Homes”

Afternoon Participatory Lightning Workshop

Shopping Malls as Social Infrastructure for Creativity and Mental Health through a Community Defined Evidence Lens

Dr. Janis Timm-Bottos,
engAGE Living Lab
Dr. Najmeh Khalili-Mahani,
engAGE Living Lab’s Media Spa
Yafa Goawily,
Cornwall Art Hive
Carmen Oprea,
PhD Candidate,

engAGE Living Lab Research
Arianna Garcia-Fialdini
Participatory Art Invitation

Accessibility Information

This is an IN-PERSON event.

The symposium will take place at the Loyola Jesuit Hall & Conference Centre (RF building) on Loyola Campus of Concordia University. View Map here.

Accessible Directions

The accessible entrance is located at the 0 Level of the PY (Psychology) building. The PY building connects to the RF building where the symposium will take place. There is also a Transport adapté stop directly in front of this entrance.

The entrance here has a push button to open the door with an elevator located immediately to the right of the entrance. The elevator can be taken to the 1st floor and leads to a hallway with a ramp to access the symposium in the RF building.

Other hallways leading to the RF building have a stair lift with a push button located on the opposite side of the lift to call the lift down, and buttons to operate it on the lift platform.

Visual directions to the conference centre will be installed inside and outside the building, and greeters will be present on-site to help attendees find the venue.


The RF building has an accessible, gender-neutral washroom on the same level as the symposium venue.


Wearing a mask is no longer mandatory in most university settings. However, it remains an effective tool in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Procedure masks and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the symposium. Attendees will be invited to use a sticker system to indicate whether they prefer that others wear a mask or not while approaching them.


Please let us know if you have any access requests. Send us a message at:

Concordia University’s engAGE Living Lab Créatif offers opportunities for a fruitful exchange of ideas informed by a growing community of older adults, students, and university researchers, in its lab located within the Quartier Cavendish shopping centre in Cote Saint-Luc, Québec.

CREGÉS brings together the worlds of research, professional practice and citizen action around a common project, social gerontology. Social gerontology is a multidisciplinary field of study focused on the social aspects of aging.


  1. Margo

    Est-ce que ce serait pensable que ce soit en zoom aussi ?

    • Momo

      Hello, Margo.
      It’s a good question, I know there will be note-takers and we will have pictures. I am not sure it will be possible to stream, but I will ask.

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