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Praxis Institute

Regional Consumer Liaison

Network Development – Victoria, British Columbia
Department Network Development
Employment Type Part-Time


The Praxis Spinal Cord Institute (formerly Rick Hansen Institute) is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization that leads global collaboration in spinal cord injury research, innovation, and care. We advance ground-breaking ideas that can be put into practice, making lives better. We actively engage people with spinal cord injuries and other world-class experts to work together to identify and solve the most urgent challenges to make exceptional improvements in the health of people with spinal cord injuries.  The Praxis Spinal Cord Institute is proudly accredited by Imagine Canada and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Charities by Maclean’s and Money Sense magazines, achieving an A+ rating.

Consistent with the Praxis Spinal Cord Institute's vision, mission and strategic plan, and in accordance with RHIs’ Consumer Program Roadmap, the Regional Consumer Liaison is responsible for strengthening engagement among a wide variety of stakeholders in the SCI community. Internally, the Regional Consumer Liaison will work closely with Praxis staff located in Vancouver BC , including program directors, project leads, and research staff. This role will also work closely with two other regional positions, remotely.  

Externally this role will work with individuals from the SCI community, Canadian SCI networks, provincial, national and international SCI groups and associations, consumer-oriented research project teams, and key donors and funders. The successful candidate will be an effective relationship-builder with a track record in proactively identifying the challenges and opportunities in collaboratively moving projects forward with diverse stakeholders.  


The Regional Consumer Liaison is responsible for:

  • Identifying opportunities and initiatives to engage SCI consumers within BC in support of Praxis operational strategies and activities;
  • Representing Praxis when engaging with consumers, communities, and healthcare groups;
  • Increasing stakeholder awareness of the challenges of living with SCI and the role of research in addressing these challenges;
  • Engaging stakeholders to encourage inclusion of the SCI community perspective into Praxis initiatives and programs, and aid in developing successful partnerships and collaboration between Praxis, consumers, and stakeholder groups through meeting organization and facilitation; 
  • Assisting in identifying, planning, coordinating and delivering structured knowledge exchange opportunities such as Health Cafés, Lunch n’ Learns, in-services, and presentations; 
  • Participating in Praxis planning, priority setting, resource identification, strategy and policy development, and project management through providing feedback based on BC regional SCI community perspectives;
  • Contributing to the work of Cure, Care and Commercialization programs, including proposal review, consultation and representation by providing input based on regional SCI lens;
  • Providing input and advice to Praxis on the interests, needs, priorities and concerns of people living with spinal cord injuries;
  • Facilitating meetings and preparing and delivering presentations;
  • Travelling as required within BC and Canada; and
  • Providing other supporting duties as requested


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Post secondary education an asset
  • 1 to 2 years of experience in a comparable role, working  within the community (public, patient, consumer engagement)
  • Experience working with or in health research or the healthcare environment 
  • Lived experience of SCI
  • A strong connection to the SCI community, and knowledge of the issues, needs and priorities of individuals with SCI 
  • Experience setting goals and meeting objectives 
  • Hands-on experience planning and delivering social media supported communications will be considered an asset
  • Knowledge of the SCI health research environment an asset 
  • Knowledge of the British Columbia healthcare system an asset 
  • Knowledge of effective communication strategies with target audiences, including social media usage strategies
  • Communication skills, with a strong emphasis on public presentation skills
  • Relationship building skills
  • Creative problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Ability to facilitate meetings in an effective manner
  • Ability to build consensus and influence without direct authority
  • Ability to show initiative and exercise good judgment


Interested and qualified candidates can apply by November 25, 2019 . While we thank all applicants for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For more information on the Rick Hansen Institute, please visit our website at           

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  • Location
    Victoria, British Columbia
  • Department
    Network Development
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