In January 2016, Dalhousie University provided financial support to bring together 24 members of the Coalition representing 11 of the U15 research intensive universities in Canada at a meeting in Ottawa. Our initial task was to develop a list of indicators of successful child migration and suggest research designs to track outcomes in language and learning, social integration, and wellbeing for Syrian refugee children, youth and families. The results of this workshop have become the basis for the Coalition’s work with IRCC and Statistics Canada and positioned the Coalition as a network capable of drawing together multidisciplinary expertise related to child refugees from across Canada. Coalition members met again in March 2016, at a knowledge mobilization workshop called Wisdom2Action where educators, service providers, government representatives and researchers from across Canada gathered in Toronto to identify and exchange promising practices for resettling child refugees. That meeting, hosted by the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (CYCC) Network, a Network of Centres of Excellence, and with support from Public Safety Canada, was the catalyst for a national community of practice developing an evidence base for which interventions and programs work best.