Knowledge Broker

by Lisa Lueken on March 4, 2013

Reports To:                             Director, Knowledge Exchange Centre

Position Type:                        Full-Time

Location:                                 Ottawa

Application Deadline:         March 18, 2013



The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is a national non-profit organization created with funding assistance from the Government of Canada. The mission is to promote mental health in Canada, to change the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and mental illness and to work with stakeholders to improve mental health services and supports. The Commission is a multi-site, multi-initiative, multi-level organization that has operations across Canada.



The Commission’s Knowledge Exchange Centre (KEC) was established as a reliable and collaborative means for Canadians to access information, share their knowledge and exchange their ideas. The overall goal of the KEC is to help improve the lives of people living with mental illness by facilitating the mobilization of knowledge into action.


The MHCC is seeking a highly motivated individual to facilitate the dissemination, implementation and uptake of the organization’s initiatives and the Mental Health Strategy across Canada. The Knowledge Broker will work collaboratively across departments/initiatives to implement knowledge exchange strategies for the purpose of increasing the uptake of the Commission’s work.



  • Work with departments and key initiatives throughout the Commission to lead the development and implementation of knowledge exchange strategies for the purpose of dissemination, and increasing the uptake of the Commission’s work;
  • Work with the Commission’s key partners, subject-matter experts, practitioners and community representatives to share and increase the utilization of the work of the Commission, in order to improve the lives of those living with a mental health problem or illness, and their families;
  • Work with the project teams to summarize research findings to form the basis of appropriate knowledge exchange products, tools or activities to inform policy and program development
  • Identify and      bring together key partners, subject-matter experts, practitioners and community representatives to share evidence, knowledge and best practices to build the foundation for solutions in the mental health field



The Knowledge Broker should hold a Bachelors Degree in Commerce, Marketing, or Journalism/Communications, or a combination of similar experience in addition to an undergraduate degree. A minimum of four years experience (health preferred) in marketing, communications, stakeholder/government/media relations and/or experience working in health promotion. Bilingual preferred; other skills required for this position include:


  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders to develop relationships and achieve shared goals;
  • Demonstrated experience with presentation, group facilitation and team work/development, and a history of effective working relationships at multiple levels;
  • Strong organizational, project management and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience in developing and implementing knowledge exchange strategies;
  • Experience in meeting facilitation and conference planning;
  • Excellent planning and time management skills, with ability to multi‐task, produce and coordinate projects with tight deadlines;
  • Highly motivated by team work;
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new information quickly and ability and aptitude to stay current by upgrading skills;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing competing priorities in a complex environment;
  • Ability to work in an high-pressure environment with aggressive timelines;
  • Ability to interact professionally with internal and external contacts;
  • Ability to identify risk and propose risk mitigation strategies;
  • Personal integrity, sound judgment and an honest and ethical approach.




  • Apply online through our website:


The Mental Health Commission of Canada is committed to diversity in the workplace and workplace well-being. As such, applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds such as First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, members of a visible minority group and those with lived experience of mental health problems or illnesses are welcomed and encouraged.


While we appreciate all applications, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


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