As the Can-SOLVE CKD Network enters its fifth year of operations, we have begun to engage a wide range of stakeholders in developing a vision for the network’s future.

To advance this conversation, the Can-SOLVE CKD Sustainability Planning Committee came together virtually on June 26 for a half-day workshop. This exceptionally informative discussion reflected on the network’s structure, priorities, governance, partnerships, and other key factors.

We heard from participants a strong commitment to sustaining Can-SOLVE CKD beyond its initial phase, and a reminder that people living with and affected by kidney disease must remain our top priority. We heard emphasis on increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion across the network and ensuring the continued involvement of Indigenous scholars and patient partners in everything we do. We also heard strong interest in mentoring new leadership, seeking opportunities for targeted fundraising, and looking for ways to enhance and streamline communication within the network.

A detailed report highlighting the meeting’s outcomes was circulated to participants in July and is available for download.

The meeting brought together 47 participants representing a wide range of perspectives and experiences. Thirteen patient partners took part, in addition to academic researchers, clinician scientists, nephrologists, Indigenous Elders, policy-makers, and network staff. This strong base of knowledge will be invaluable as we work to shape the network’s next phase.

Over the summer, the Can-SOLVE CKD Operations Team is working to collate the ideas collected, review our current processes, and consult with our councils and committees. This information will be presented to the Sustainability Planning Committee at an upcoming fall workshop for further discussion.

All of us across the Can-SOLVE CKD Network are united by a passion and commitment to improving kidney health, and we look forward to continuing these conversations.

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