Ambrose Institutes are dedicated to research that simultaneously contributes to current academic discussions and directly benefits external stakeholders, organizations, industries and communities that intersect with our scholarly work. The Institutes draw together internal and external scholars and practitioners with a view to strengthen and enhance teaching and research, while also extending the value and reach of Ambrose to communities and resources outside the university. Further, our Institutes are premised on providing students with first-hand research training and experience.
Ambrose’s three institutes are engaged in key functions of universities which include knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination in their particular area of excellence: the global mission of the church (Jaffray Centre), initiatives to address poverty (Canadian Poverty Institute), and factors encouraging parish life to thrive (Flourishing Congregations). All three Institutes attract notable funding dollars through grants and awards.
Canadian Poverty Institute
The Canadian Poverty Institute is an interdisciplinary Institute housed within Ambrose University that seeks to overcome poverty through research and teaching. Established in 2014, it is the only national academic institute dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada.
Derek Cook, Director
Flourishing Congregations Institute
The Institute sets out to define and understand what flourishing congregations look like in a uniquely Canadian context and how local congregations from various traditions may move towards and maintain a flourishing ethos. The Flourishing Congregations Institute was established in 2015.
Joel Thiessen, PhD
Director, Flourishing Congregations Institute
Professor of Sociology
Jaffray Centre for Global Initiatives
The Jaffray Centre is a collaborative project development, training and research centre at Ambrose University that seeks to develop new initiatives that support the mission and purpose of Ambrose as it seeks to make a difference in the lives of its students, its community, the church and its partners around the world.
Charles Cook, PhD
Executive Director of the Jaffray Centre for Global Initiatives
Professor of Global Studies and Mission at Ambrose University