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Past Events & Recordings

Co-Creation in the Mirror: Navigating the Emotional and Cognitive Labour associated with Disruptive Change
January 2024
In this virtual discussion with Dr. Javeed Sukhera (Chair/Chief of Psychiatry at the Institute of Living and Hartford Hospital), participants learned how to navigate our human side and situations in this process and work, as well as reacting to harm. Viewers can find the Zoom Recording above, as well as the slides/report attached.
Beyond Co-Design as a Tool: Mindsets for Co-Design in Organizational Contexts
December 2023
Led by the Project Heart team at Health Canada, participants explored building mindsets that support co-design as a form of engagement when designing policies or programs in bureaucratic / government contexts. Viewers can find the Zoom Recording above, as well as the slides/report attached.
Inspiring Social Movement Change in Palliative Care with Dr. Hsien Seow and Joanna Vautour
Nov 2023
Participants explored the process of inspiring and creating social movement in Palliative Care through EqCC in Indigenous communities.
Visualizing Equity-Based Co-Creation: Virtual Session
June 2023

Participants explored the illustrations of equity-based co-creation (EqCC) that were prototyped at the CoPro2022 Forum. The main EqCC tenants arising from the prototype analysis were shared and discussed. We explored visual prototypes of EqCC, and thematic analysis of the essential elements of this approach.

ExperioLab Seminar 
May 2023
In this seminar, participants learned about how Experio Lab Sweden engages people throughout the country to shape their local health systems from the ground up, while driving policy change. Attendees got a glimpse into a national project currently underway and insight into the theory behind Experio Lab’s work.
Equity-based Co-Creation Charter Workshop
April 2023
All attendees of CoPro2022 are invited to attend a follow-up workshop focusing on the next steps for our Equity-based Co-Creation Charter
You will have an opportunity to work in small groups to generate a toolkit of examples of how to apply the Charter tenets in co-creation work, and to suggest ways we can share the Charter with the broader community

Building Community Among Emerging Leaders in Equity-based Co-creationMarch 2023Zoom

Building Community Among Emerging Leaders in Equity-based Co-creation is a free workshop that is an opportunity for inspiration, networking, and dialogue with emerging leaders who are practicing equity-based co-creation. Dr. Wyndham-West, Graduate Program Director of the Design for Health & Inclusive Design programs at OCAD University will facilitate the event which will bring together students from OCADU’s Inclusive Design and Design for Health programs and students from McMaster University who are interested or engaged in equity-based co-creation initiatives. This event will be an opportunity for students to showcase their design projects as a springboard for discussion about current and future directions for co-design scholarship and practice.

Words Matter: Reflections on Language About Equity, Vulnerability, and Lived Experience
January 2023
Reflect with people with lived experience, clinicians, and researchers on the many terms used to describe equity, vulnerability, and lived experience. Come consider how terms such as marginalized, equity deserving, and vulnerable are problematic and how to move forward with deeper understanding and respect.
Co-Designing Health Services
February 2022
Co-Designing a Health Service Innovation to Prevent Chronic Pain in Youth
December 2021

Preventing chronic is the #1 priority for youth with chronic pain, their families, and healthcare professionals in Canada. Approximately 20% of youth who undergo major surgery will develop chronic pain. This project uses design thinking methods and engages with youth, parents, healthcare professionals, and healthcare administrators to co-design a new health service to prevent the development of chronic pain in youth after surgery.

Three phases of the project include: (1) A survey with health institutions across the country about current pediatric surgical pain management practices and readiness for health systems change (2) Interviews with youth with chronic postsurgical pain, parents/caregivers, and healthcare professionals about their experience (3) Two virtual design thinking workshops to develop patient-oriented design principles and a service blueprint for the new health service to prevent chronic pain after surgery for youth.

EMBOLDEN’s Community Co-Design Process to Support Older Adults’ Mobility
June 2021

Participants will learn about a community co-design process between researchers, health and social service providers and older adults to develop a health intervention including physical activity, socialization, healthy eating and system navigation support. Challenges and opportunities associated with co-designing during the COVID-19 pandemic will be outlined. Older adult research partners’ contributions to the design of the co-design evaluation study will be highlighted.

Developing a ‘Community University Policy Alliance’
May 2021
Developing a ‘Community University Policy Alliance’ as a Vehicle for Co-Designing Social Policy Advocacy & Social Policy Reform: This presentation will offer some of our key reflections from the first two years of engaging in collaborative policy work through the ‘CUPA’. We will reflect on what it means to intentionally engage a range of stakeholders (including senior leadership in community organizations, policy-makers, grass-roots organizations, social workers, front-line (health and social) service providers and people with lived experience) who each bring different perspectives to social policy and social change making. During this presentation, we intend to consider some of the ethical tensions and possibilities that arise when doing participatory social policy advocacy.
Co-Designing a Digital Health Technology with People Living with Parkinson
April 2021

Drs. Sylvie Grosjean and Tiago Mestre will present their co-design approach within a case study involving people living with Parkinson, caregivers and health care professionals in the design of a technology called eCARE-PD. They will highlight key phases in the digital development process, demonstrating how co-design creates conditions for the social acceptability of the technology to be negotiated and progressively defined. They will share critical reflections on the value and function of stakeholder engagement in the process, and conclude with key “lessons learned”.

Reflections and Future Directions with Co-Design
March 2021

How has the McMaster Co-Design Hub worked to advance co-design with structurally vulnerable communities? Where do we need to go from here? This speaker series event discusses the work of the Co-Design Hub over the past year and our emerging Theory of Change, as well as explore opportunities to engage, network, and share insights with our growing co-design community.

Recovery Colleges: Co-Producing Transformation in Mental Health Services
February 2021

Sheryl Giesbrecht, Manager of the CMHA Well-being Learning Centre in Manitoba, will be our guest facilitator to share her experiences in co-producing a Recovery College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Coproduction takes co-design to the next level by making it an ongoing way of doing business.
Recovery Colleges originated in the United Kingdom as an innovative educational approach in which
service users and service providers co-design and codeliver courses, and co-learn together to foster mental health recovery. Recovery Colleges empower
through education and build partnerships in the journey of recovery, thereby challenging the current
paradigm of mental health treatment in Canada.

Lived Experience Online: Learning For Co-Production
November 2020

Our guest speaker joined us from Scotland: Louise Christie is the acting Director of the Scottish Recovery Network, a unique non-profit initiative that was established in 2004 to promote and support mental
health recovery in Scotland and beyond. She discussed their “Making Recovery Real” initiative which involves partnership development to support local agencies, organisations, and people with lived experience to work together to identify ways to support mental health recovery and how to put this into action.

COVID-19 brought new challenges, not only to mental health, but also to traditional forms of engagement
and co-production that were core to the work of the Recovery Network. Ms. Christie shared some of the innovations that they have put in place (eg. online conversation cafés), and the opportunities and challenges that they have faced along the way.

Co-design with an Equity Lens: From Theory to Practice 
January 2019
In Person

Dr Wyndham-West presented at the first Co-Design Hub Speaker Series, discussing principles of inclusive design from a health equity lens, drawing upon theory, research, and practice. Dr. Wyndham-West is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University, is a critically applied medical anthropologist specializing in health equity, aging, housing, emerging technologies and public policy development.

To cite this resource, please use:
Wyndham-West, M. (2020). Co-Design with an Equity Lens: From Theory to Practice [Powerpoint slides]. Retrieved from: