The Network of Networks (N2) is a not-for-profit incorporated organization and an alliance of Canadian research networks and organizations working to enhance national clinical research capability and capacity.

Bringing together trialists and clinical research professionals from across the country, N2 provides a common platform for sharing best practices, resources and research-related content to ensure efficient and high-quality research, integrity of clinical practices and accountability.

The organization is truly representative of clinical research in Canada and acts as a national voice and advocate on behalf of a broad range of partners that have an impact on the efficiency and quality of clinical trials conducted in Canada.

N2 has created a unique environment for clinical researchers to benefit from the sharing of “best in class” tools and the experience and expertise of others. Today, 160+ organizations representing over 3,000+ clinical research professionals, from 200+ sites and across numerous therapeutic disciplines have joined N2’s initiative. Members include organizations as varied as research networks, universities, hospitals, government entities and industry. The breadth of N2’s member organizations and the depth of their collective experience have enabled N2 to become an important voice in the national clinical research enterprise.

The two cornerstones of clinical research are the protection of human participants and the integrity of the data collected. Among N2′s activities are the creation and distribution of the training and quality assurance that will raise the national standard for the conduct of research.

These tools will support the investigators and research staff in their effort to demonstrate the accountability critical to clinical research. At the Clinical Trials Summit, held in Ottawa in September, 2011, the value of N2 was recognized by the attendees, representing the clinical trial community in Canada.

Currently N2 membership includes organizations that represent more than 200 clinical research sites across multiple therapeutic areas; institutions, universities, government and the private sector. Having one organization acting on behalf of all these groups and striving for operational and fiscal efficiencies will provide benefits that will ultimately reach Canadians.

N2’s four strategic initiatives are priorities for N2

National Voice

Position N2 as a National Voice for Clinical Research in Canada



Shepherd a National Clinical Research Alliance



Advocate for Peak Performance and Quality Outcomes in Clinical Research



Ensure sustainable infrastructure and capacity for N2


Guiding Principles

The following Guiding Principles were identified over the course of the development of this strategic plan.
They define what matters most to us as an organization and the values that will ground us as we implement this plan.

Serve Members

Deliver services and benefits with efficiency and sustainability

Advance equity, diversity and inclusion

Value respect and fairness for all people by incorporating equity, diversity and inclusion in all we do

Collaboration over competition

Value and invest in building positive and reciprocal relationships


Value and demonstrate integrity through transparency and accountability

Success through
results-oriented goals

Value excellence and focus on the impact of our outcomes