Our Events

The SMART Training Platform is designed to provide trainees with the knowledge and skills to tackle many of the challenges faced in urban environments, creating smart solutions to improve food access, mobility, and health in Canadian communities, including First Nations. Our efforts towards achieving the objectives of the SMART Training Platform come to life through our diverse event offerings. The SMART Training Platform is rooted in fostering meaningful collaboration, amplifying the impact of the platform and the Healthy Cities Research Training Initiative (HCRI), and cultivating an interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral community of practice in Canada where none currently exist.

Featured Event:

June 24th, 2024

Food, Housing, Mobility, and Longevity as Entry points for Accelerating Prosperous and Resilient Urban and Rural Circular Economies

The Healthy Cities conference aims to bring together researchers, trainees, practitioners, and knowledge users with an interest in building healthy cities to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange. By facilitating discussions on current issues, research findings, and potential solutions, the conference aims to identify emerging priorities for healthy cities and opportunities for further research and training.

The conference program will feature sessions and posters covering a wide range of topics related to healthy cities. These may include implementation science, convergence-by-design, food and health, Indigenous issues, equity, transportation, and housing, as well as training and policy.

Upcoming Events:

May, 2024

Details Coming Soon: Summer School

In May 2024, the SMART Training Platform is set to host its annual Summer School in Montreal. Having successfully concluded two prior sessions, the platform aims to expand the event nationwide, specifically focusing on the three founding institutions. Montreal has been chosen as the host city for this year’s program, concentrating on the themes of healthy cities and big data.

Archived Events

November 2023

The Second Annual Healthy Cities Conference: Imagining Healthy and Smart Cities of the Future – Building Towards Systemic and High Dimensional Change, a New Framework

As cities around the world continue to grow, new ways of thinking and the implementation of innovative solutions are required to solve the many complex problems that are being identified. Attend this conference to learn more about today’s challenges and potential solutions for healthy cities, where we can all live, work and play.

June 2023

The Implementation Science Summer School

The SMART Training Platform’s summer school is an opportunity to learn new concepts, methods, and perspectives in implementation science. This learning experience includes small and interactive sessions, round table discussion and activities, and a case study competitions where interdisciplinary groups formed to solve a real-world challenge from sector partners.

November 2022

First Annual Healthy Cities Conference

November 2022, we hosted the First Annual Healthy Cities conference in Ottawa, Ontario. Focusing on the central place of food in cities, we discussed key topics such as the use of ‘big data’ to create smart solutions for urban environments, relevant challenges Indigenous communities face, and the many facets of the circular economy in cities of the future. Our goal was to expand the understanding of implementation science and explore how to build and support healthy cities through research excellence, capacity building and knowledge mobilization.

June 2022

The Circular Economy Summer School

The program gave participants a deeper understanding of topics that are inherent to the development and maintenance of circular economies and approaches to solving these problems. This includes the opportunities and challenges that arise as part of the circular food and digital agri-food revolution, healthy cities, and the circular food systems. The learning experience will include small, interactive sessions and activities as well as case study competitions where interdisciplinary groups form to solve a “real-world” challenge from a partner in the sector.

May 2022


Understanding and engaging adolescents in improving the healthiness of their food choices with Dr. Ellen Van Kleef.

April 2022


Optimizing HIV-related implementation science with Dr. Stefan Baral.

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