Who we are

The Road to WE-SPARK

Our Mission, Vision, Values


Board of Trustees

Who We Are

WE-SPARK Health Institute is an innovative partnership between Erie Shores HealthCareHôtel-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.

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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 its four founding partner institutions Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, the University of Windsor, and Windsor Regional Hospital.  Erie Shores HealthCare joined WE-SPARK November 16, 2022 as an official partner.

"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, Founding Director (2019-2024)

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


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


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


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


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


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


WE-SPARK Governance Structure

Board of Trustees