by Isabelle Kim, CFICE CCEC working group member, and Director of the Centre for Community Partnerships at University of Toronto

Community-Campus Engage Canada (CCEC), the legacy of the CFICE project, is a national network of community engagement practitioners. CCEC works with CFICE to host national and regional roundtables to bring together a wide range of community-minded stakeholders, including grassroots partners, engagement practitioners, post-secondary institutions, policy makers, and funders, with the overarching goal to expand on community-campus engagement in Canada.

Toronto CCE regional roundtable participants deep in conversation.

CCEC’s first regional roundtable, co-hosted by the University of Toronto, was held at the university‘s Centre for Community Partnerships (CCP) on May 1, 2018.

The day started with a thought-provoking cross-sectoral panel on the community-campus engagement landscape in Ontario from policy, higher education, and community partner perspectives: Cecilia Brain, Economist and Senior Policy and Data Analyst, Council of Ontario Universities; Peter Andree, Principal Investigator, CFICE; and Sarah MacPherson, Director of Philanthropy and Communications, Oakville Community Foundation respectively.

Listening to a guided walking First Story Toronto tour led by Jill Carter at the Toronto CCE Regional Roundtable.

Lunch was followed by a powerful guided walking First Story Toronto tour led by Jill Carter, theatre practitioner and Assistant Professor with the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies; the Transitional Year Programme; and Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto.  (First Story Toronto provides public tours that build awareness and pride in Indigenous presence and contributions to the city

Over fifty participants representing diverse community, academic and policy stakeholder perspectives worked in groups to identify sector-specific needs and gaps; explore cross-sectoral opportunities and aspirations, and develop recommendations for advancing community-campus engagement in the region. Discussions were lively and fruitful and many connections were made.

The recommendations from this roundtable will be captured in a brief discussion paper and contribute to the national roundtable in Ottawa on June 20.

For more information regarding this event please contact the CCP Director, Isabelle Kim: For more information on the other regional and national roundtables to come, please contact CFICE at