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Apply for SPARK today to learn about moving research more quickly into practice!

The SPARK Training Program is an initiative to help participants learn techniques for moving evidence-informed research and knowledge from the fields of mental health, substance use, and addictions more quickly into practice.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is now accepting applications for its fifth SPARK training workshop from now until Friday, March 4, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

We need your help. Please forward this email to your contacts in the mental health community across Canada who may be interested. This year’s workshop will also be celebrating 5 years of SPARK.

Innovation to Implementation
June 21-23, 2016
The Delta Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario

Keynote Speakers:
Internationally recognized knowledge translation experts and co-authors of the MHCC’s Innovation to Implementation (I2I) Guide will be returning:

Dr. Dan Bilsker
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University; Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Dr. Elliot Goldner
Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University (CARMHA)

Cost: $450 per participant, if your application is accepted. Some subsidies are available. The MHCC will cover travel and accommodations.

Applications are welcome from people across Canada, including:


People who have experienced a mental illness or mental health problem;


Family Caregivers;


Professionals working, or volunteering, in mental health and addictions, researchers and policy makers;


Aboriginal organizations; and


People who have an idea for knowledge translation, but need training and mentoring support to put it into action.

Applications will be considered partly on the strength of the description and explanation of how their plan will be implemented following the workshop. Please see the SPARK 2016 Application Guide for more detailed information. Spaces are limited.

This engaging and practical, hands-on workshop with high-profile speakers and experienced mentors will help you design and implement your Knowledge Translation plan.

For more information, please contact:
Liz Wigfull

Or visit the
MHCC website or join the conversation on Twitter: #mhccSPARK.