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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.

Join us on Thursday, December 9 from 2:30-4:00 pm for the Creative Science Shop on The Meaning of Art-making in Relation to Others.

Come to this opportunity to learn and share on how art-making can be so meaningful when it is in relation to others.

To what extent art skill shares can make life worthwhile? What is the transformative power of art-making in relation to others? Two members from the Art Hive Network will share their stories with us. Join the discussion on how this resonates with you, your own life and your professional or academic interests!

Edna Katz-Silver is an artist, actress, sculptress, Judaica jewelry designer, and furniture maker in commercial and private spheres. As an art teacher, she believes that teaching is healing for both parties.

For the past 30 years, Sondra Goldman has been a practicing Montreal artist and art therapist, working for senior residents and inspiring them to expand their expressive capacity. She also created one of the first institutional Art Hives in Canada.

The Creative Science Shop is a semi-monthly studio hybrid, both online and in-person at the Cavendish Mall. It is an exchange of ideas, innovations, scientific and artistic projects. This intergenerational group brings together passion in the arts and sciences from older adults, students, and researchers.


Coming soon!

A Message from Families Canada.

The “Active Play” webinar, held in partnership with Active for Life, will highlight learning from a recent study in childcare centres on the benefits of physical literacy programming to children, their families and ECEs. Register to learn how you can enhance daily physical literacy and active play in childcare settings. When young children engage in physical literacy and active play every day, they are better able to cope with pandemic stresses, build resilience, and begin a pathway for a healthy and active life. Certificates of participation will be provided to those who complete the live webinar. 

Families Canada

Recommended Participants:
• Families and caregivers
• Family support practitioners
• Early Childhood Educators
• Child care centre administrators
• Licensing Officers
• After school program leaders and administrators
• Sport and recreation program leaders and administrators
• What physical literacy (PL) and active play looks like in the early years
• The benefits of PL and active play for children, educators, and families
• Suggestions to “infuse” PL into activities indoors and out
• How to get children moving again and active for life

Date: Thursday, April 22nd

Time: 1:00PM-2:15PM ET

Location: Online via Zoom (participants will be emailed the login details after registering through Eventbrite)

Cost: $10 CAD


Dawne Clark, PhD, Early Years Physical Literacy

Dawne is Professor Emerita in the Department of Child Studies and Social Work at Mount Royal University in Calgary. She has been teaching and researching in the early childhood field for over 45 years. To support ongoing research addressing child and family well-being, Dawne, along with former students, created the Early Years Physical Literacy Research Team (EYPLRT). The EYPLRT focuses on physical activity and literacy for young children and their educators. The Team develops and tests resources, offers workshops and presentations, and strives to impact policy. Dawne partnered with Active for Life to conduct a Physical Literacy Proof of Concept study to provide evidence that engaging in daily physical literacy programming can provide multiple benefits for young children, educators, and families. Dawne has three grown children and is thrilled when she can spend time with her three grandchildren!

Richard Monette B.Sc., B.Ed., M.A.  
In his 30-years career, Richard has demonstrated the ability to generate creative and applied solutions in education, athletics, and business. Richard is the managing director of Active for Life, a world-leading initiative dedicated to engaging the grassroots in developing physical literacy in children. Richard is also part of the leadership at B2ten; a privately funded organization that supports Canadian Olympic athletes in achieving success on the world stage.  As well, Richard is a sport psychology consultant to Olympic and professional athletes.

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