Values and Principles

At the initial convening of the Canadian Pilot Cohort, a process was facilitated to create and articulate values and principles to guide the work of the CPC. In this context, values reflect shared social norms and principles provide guidance for behaviour – how the CPC will exhibit its values.

The cohort participated enthusiastically in the sessions, and while the dynamic conversation was short, there was an astonishing amount of consensus around the way the cohort wished to guide its work together, and how it wished that work to align with the community engagement work each institution is currently doing:


  • Grounded in respectful process of sharing and give and take without judgement.


  • Lean into and own the discomfort of colonialism and work towards a future of equal footing, shared power and partnership.


  • Celebrate each other’s successes
  • Find humour in challenges, failures or missteps
  • Take time to play


  • Ensure “brave” space to take risk/action
  • Follow through – commit to take action
  • Share power of convening with others
  • Commit to consistent values – micro (cohort) and macro (external)
  • Be advocates for institutional change


  • Walk the talk
  • Engage discomfort
  • Serve as champions and defend this to others
  • Agree on parameters


  • We will have an open communication process
  • We will develop mechanisms for building trust
  • We will be willing to identify and work through conflict
  • We will embrace ethics with respect to transparency & confidentiality
  • We will acknowledge and manage power and capacity imbalances
  • We will be reflective of and will have self-awareness on differences of context and be willing to share these with others
  • We will co-create shared goals, adopt a co-determination model, and will respect different pathways

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

  • We will question who is not here
  • EDI is an outcome not a starting point
  • No one speaks twice until everyone speaks
  • Everyone is valued and feels a sense of belonging
  • We will ensure all voices are heard and are transformative
  • We will create a process to monitor and hold group accountable
  • We will appreciate difference within and across institutions in terms of desired outcomes