On Thursday April 26, 2018 CFICE, the Trent Community Research Centre and McMaster University’s Office of Community Engagement co-presented Making Connections, Building Relationships: How community and campus-based brokers facilitate community-based research opportunities for students. Moderated by David Tough, the webinar had presenters John Marris and Dave Heidebrecht sharing their experiences of brokering community-based research opportunities through a community-based research broker versus a university-based research broker. The webinar touched on:

  • Being a community-based broker
    • Introducing the Trent Community Research Centre (TCRC) and how the TCRC brokers community-based research opportunities
  • Being a campus-based broker
    • Introducing the McMaster Office of Community Engagement and how McMaster brokers community-based research opportunities
  • Discussion: Reflecting on the similarities and differences between community and campus-based brokers

If you missed out on the day-of presentation, not to worry. We’ve made it accessible below.



Portrait of John Marris, Community Co-lead of the Community Environmental Sustainability (Peterborough/Haliburton) hub and the Community First Tools and Practices Working GroupJohn Marris completed his PhD in Canadian Studies at Trent University in 2013, and has been the executive director of the Trent Community Research Centre since October 2015 previously working for the TCRC as director of community-based research since September 2014. John brings a wealth of community research and teaching experience to the Centre, alongside his established relationships with Trent University faculty and students. John has a history of community development work both in Peterborough, Ontario and over a twenty-year period in the U.K. As part of his work at TCRC John is part of a number of collaboratives that address mental health, addictions, social justice and youth issues in the Peterborough community. He has a specific interest in youth engagement and the use of creative practices in community development.

David Tough has a double role at the Trent Community Research Centre, co-ordinating students’ work on the Centre’s research projects and conducting his own research on Community-Based Research. He brings to this work a lot of experience in teaching, research, scholarly writing, and journalism, and a deep familiarity with the social and cultural landscape of Peterborough. David is a scholar of inequality, taxation, and the welfare state who has a PhD in Canadian history from Carleton University and whose first book, The Terrific Engine: Income Taxation and the Modern Political Imaginary in Canada, 1910-1945, will be published by UBC Press in 2017.

Dave Heidebrecht Since graduating from McMaster’s Masters in Globalization Studies program in 2010, Dave has worked directly with academic, non-profit, and community organizations to help them work towards their goals. In this time, Dave has collaborated with local, national, and international groups to foster and support organizational strategies that produce positive, sustainable, and effective change. Especially interested in the intersections between environmental, political, and social issues facing our global society, Dave is very excited to be working with the Network for Community-Campus Partnerships to strengthen relationships amongst colleagues — both at McMaster and in the community — who are working to address these issues in our communities.