Who we are

The Road to WE-SPARK

Our Mission, Vision, Values

Governance

Board of Trustees

Who We Are

WE-SPARK Health Institute is an innovative partnership between Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, University of Windsor and Windsor Regional Hospital that brings together health research strengths, expertise, and infrastructure from across the Windsor-Essex region of Ontario, Canada. We are establishing research pipelines to address pressing health issues, advancing discovery, innovation and technology, training and promoting excellence among our health professionals, and engaging our community. Click here to view our brochure.

Learn about our Strategic Priorities, and how we’re making an impact.

The Road to WE-SPARK

In March 2009, stakeholders from the Windsor-Essex region formed a steering committee to begin exploring opportunities for enhancing regional health research capacity.  A formal study concluded that there was a significant appetite for a collaborative and integrative health research enterprise. Following a series of regional visioning days and consultations spanning a decade, in the Fall of 2018 an Executive Committee was established and tasked with putting plans into action, including a proposal for a new health institute. 

WE-SPARK Health Institute received senate approval in May 2019 and chartered as an official institute under the University of Windsor.  After 11 years of planning, WE-SPARK celebrated our official launch in March 2020 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between our four partners.

 

"This is a very exciting time for our region. We are in a unique position to come together and raise the bar for innovation, training and healthcare delivery that direclty impacts the health of our community."

Dr. Lisa Porter, Executive Director

 

 

 


Our Mission, Vision, Values

Following extensive consultations with hundreds of individuals and community organizations, the WE-SPARK Health Institute Executive Committee developed our first Strategic Plan and our Mission, Vision and Values.

Our Mission

Enhance the health, well-being and care of people through transformative research and knowledge translation.

Our Vision

A thriving and engaged research community driving advancements in health.

Our Values

Accountability

We are committed to upholding responsible research in alignment with ethical practices and responsive to the needs of our stakeholders.

Excellence

We are dedicated to achieving world-class outcomes in all that we do.

Sustainability

We are committed to working together to ensure our long-term success.

Collaboration

We are a diverse and inclusive team committed to engaging the community and applying multi-disciplinary approaches to achieve our goals.

Innovation

We foster a culture of inquiry; champion and drive change, and seek creative solutions in all that we do.
 


Governance

WE-SPARK Governance Structure

Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

WE-SPARK’s Executive Director is supported by the Executive Committee consisting of two representatives from each of the WE-SPARK partners.The Executive Committee helps drive the institute’s strategic priorities forward.

 

Lisa Porter
Executive Director,
WE-SPARK

 

Karen Metcalfe
Assistant Director,
WE-SPARK

 

Chad Sutherland
University of Windsor

 

Caroline Hamm
Windsor Regional Hospital

 

Marla Jackson
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare

 

Terra Cadeau
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare

 

Heather Pratt
University of Windsor

 

Nicole Sbrocca
(Chair)

Windsor Regional Hospital

 

Peter Wawrow
St.Clair College

 
 

Governance Committee

WE-SPARK is committed to developing governance policies,a structure and membership criteria that ensure the Health Institute functions appropriately and efficiently.Driving this strategic priority forward is our Governance Committee.

 

Lisa Porter
(Chair)

Executive Director,
WE-SPARK

 

Karen Metcalfe
Assistant Director,
WE-SPARK

 

 

Monica Tighe
St.Clair College

 

Heather Pratt
University of Windsor

 

Nicole Sbrocca
Windsor Regional Hospital

 

Terra Cadeau
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare

 

 
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