Joanna Ochocka, Executive Director, has led community-based research (CBR) and knowledge mobilization activities for almost 20 years. She has been a principle investigator in more than 60 research studies involving multiple partnerships. She sees research as a catalyst for social innovation, public policy improvements, and promoting knowledge democracy, in which local knowledge is valued in building local solutions. Internationally, Joanna is an active member of the Global Alliance on Community Based Research (GACER). She gave a plenary workshop at the 6th Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) Conference in Barcelona, Spain 2013 and presented at the Living Knowledge Conferences in Germany, UK and Northern Ireland. She led an evaluation of the Canadian Immigration Integration Project in China, India and the Philippines. Recently Joanna has provided CBR training and engagement to academics, government, public sector workers and community members in Ontario, Newfoundland and in Indonesia.