Supporting the Promotion of Activated Research and Knowledge (SPARK) Training Program

Did you know that it can take more than 10 years for evidence-based knowledge to be translated into best practice? Created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the SPARK Training Program helps participants apply techniques for moving evidence-informed research and knowledge in mental health, substance use, and addictions more quickly into practice.

SPARK brings together participants from across Canada for training with knowledge translation experts, followed by individual assignments and ongoing group mentoring.

This year’s SPARK Training Program, Innovation to Implementation, will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, from June 21-23, 2016. Dr. Dan Bilsker and Dr. Elliot Goldner, internationally recognized knowledge translation experts and co-authors of the Innovation to Implementation Guide, will return as this year’s keynote speakers.

We will also be marking SPARK’s 5 year anniversary. Join us for the celebration!

For more information, please contact:
Liz Wigfull, Knowledge Exchange Specialist

Join the conversation on Twitter: #mhccSPARK

Keynote Speakers

Dan Bilsker, PhD, is a psychologist who consults for a mental health services research group at Simon Fraser University. His academic appointments are Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. Co-author of Innovation to Implementation, a Knowledge Translation guide in healthcare developed for the MHCC, over the last 10 years, he has used knowledge translation principles to spread knowledge and encourage mood self-management via the Antidepressant Skills Workbook (

Dr. Elliot Goldner is a psychiatrist and Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, whose teaching activities have addressed a wide range of topics related to mental health and addiction. His research interests focus on the advancement of services at the population level and he has worked closely with government ministries to provide research information that can support evidence-based decision making and better service delivery. Dr. Goldner directed the national Research Training Program, Research in Addiction & Mental Health Policy & Services, which trains scientists on research methods that advance the healthcare system’s approach to mental illness and addiction. He is co-author of Innovation to Implementation, developed for the MHCC.

Frequently Asked Questions

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