networkingThe Coalition is a network of people, institutions and ideas, essentially a dynamic “community of practice”. This network is both an end and a means, making it the primary vehicle driving the organization’s spirit of innovation and learning. The networking program aims to help the Coalition become an effective contributor to global health research in Canada and beyond.

The program’s objectives include:
  1. To provide a range of incentives to ensure dynamic participation of members. These are summarized in Coalition’s membership strategy.
  2. To create or identify innovative knowledge management practices, and adapt these for its members to use. This will include online social networking tools, adapted to the needs and interests of Coalition members.
  3. To facilitate opportunities for collaboration and partnership through the creation of emerging theme groups. Several theme groups have been identified and will soon be able to provide information and links on specific topics.

CURRENT MEMBER SERVICE: Connecting Maternal Newborn and Child Health Researchers

The Global Health Research Initiative recently announced a call for letters of intent for the selection of Implementation Research Teams.  Click here to learn more about the Coalition’s member service to connect researchers for this call (Deadline May 20).

Virtual Platform Laboratory

The most recent project of the Networking Program, the Virtual Platform Laboratory is an IDRC-funded project to study online engagement and knowledge-sharing.  Click here to learn more about the Virtual Platform Laboratory.


A “resource group” associated with the networking program contributes to the Coalition’s web-based resources under the headings of: partnership building and networking.

Institutional Membership

A relatively new addition to the work of the Coalition, Institutional Membership is an initiative to bring together representatives from Canadian universities engaged in global health research to discuss common interests, challenges, and future goals.  Please click here visit our Institutional Membership page to learn more about this exciting initiative.

Program Team

To explore how to become involved in the networking program, please contact the program team.

Shawna O’Hearn, Coordinator, Theme Groups:

Lisa Allen, Student representative on the Board of Directors:

Roberta Lloyd, Membership and Communication Officer:
Dave Heidebrecht, Research Officer and VPL Project Lead: