Vice-President Research

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Biography

Prof. Karen Chad began her appointment as Vice-President Research on January 1, 2010. She is also a professor in the College of Kinesiology. 

Karen Chad is the Vice-President Research at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and is also a faculty member in the U of S College of Kinesiology.

With a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland in Australia, Chad is a prolific researcher holding several research grants and contracts and has supervised numerous graduate students.  She received the YWCA Woman of Distinction (Health and Education) award and was awarded the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.  In addition, Karen has earned five teaching awards including the U of S Master Teacher Award.

Chad sits on a number of national boards and has chaired or overseen more than 100 key boards, committees, research programs, and teams.  Honors include an International Award for “Innovation in Research”, the National Leadership Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and in 2011 was identified as a “Woman of Influence” by Saskatchewan Business Magazine.

The University of Saskatchewan is committed to enhancing its capacity for research, scholarly and artistic work; strengthening its performance; and promoting the transfer of knowledge for the benefit of communities.  As the Vice-President Research, Chad plays a strategic leadership role in achieving these objectives within the context of the University’s key goals: to attract and retain outstanding faculty; to increase campus-wide commitment to research; to establish the University of Saskatchewan as a major presence in graduate education; and to recruit and retain a diverse and academically promising body of students.

Building on the University of Saskatchewan’s renowned history of discovery and innovation spanning more than a century, Chad, the University’s Vice-President Research, aims to enhance globally important research under the banner of “discovery with impact”; bringing its expertise on issues of importance to communities and to society.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Vice-President Research provides overall leadership in developing and promoting the University's research, scholarly and artistic work activities and increasing research intensiveness and performance. The Vice-President Research portfolio includes responsibility for:

Associate Vice-President Research

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Dr. Marciniuk is a Professor of Medicine in Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, and recognized internationally as an expert and leader in clinical exercise physiology, COPD, and pulmonary rehabilitation.  He has given 525 invited presentations, and published 197 peer-reviewed publications, chapters and reviews.  Dr. Marciniuk is a past-President of CHEST, served as a founding Steering Committee member of Canada’s National Lung Health Framework, Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Respirology Examination Board, and past-President of the Canadian Thoracic Society.  Dr. Marciniuk co-Chaired the 2016 CHEST World Congress in Shanghai, China, and also co-Chaired the China-CHEST Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) Steering Committee leading to the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission officially endorsing PCCM in 2016 as a pilot medical subspecialty in China. 

Dr. Marciniuk is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and has been bestowed with the Distinguished Scientist Honor Lecture (2011) and the Thomas L. Petty Master FCCP Memorial Honor Lecture (2015) by the American College of Chest Physicians, the Founder’s Award (2013) by the Canadian Lung Association, and the Christie Memorial Lecture and Award (2016) by the Canadian Thoracic Society.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Leadership for strategic initiatives to foster and enhance research success at the U of S, including its academic units, research centers and institutes;
  • Advancing international research activity and impact, and providing oversight of the International Research and Partnerships Office;
  • Defining and communicating priorities and outcomes for the health research portfolio, and building and promoting the health discovery agenda of the University through a variety of strategies and contacts;
Acting as the institution’s CIHR Tri-Council Leader, working closely with the institution’s other Tri-Agency Leaders and Associate Research Deans to build the innovation agenda within and across their units at an institutional level.

Associate Vice-President Research

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Dr. Irena Creed began her appointment as Associate Vice-President Research on July 1, 2019. She is also a Professor and former Executive Director in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan.

Irena earned her bachelors, masters and philosophical doctorate degrees at the University of Toronto, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta. As an ecosystem scientist, her wide-ranging research interests include planetary health, climate change, watershed sciences, biogeochemistry, terrestrial-aquatic linkages, sustainability, communities-at-risk, and the science-policy interface. She has had significant Canada Foundation for Innovation success and leads several major research grants including NSERC Discovery, Strategic Partnership, and CREATE grants. 

Prior to coming to USask in September of 2017, Irena held the Distinguished Research Professorship in Faculty of Science at Western (2013-2014) and was a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Watershed Sciences for 10 years at Western University. Irena currently holds adjunct positions at Western and at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. Her work has been recognized with many awards and honours, including Canada’s Clean50 Award (2016) recognizing outstanding contributions to clean capitalism as part of the Sustainable Canada Dialogues. She was recently (2019) awarded an honorary doctorate from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden.

Roles and Responsibilities

As an Associate Vice-President Research (AVPR), Irena is a key member of the Vice-President Research Executive team and a member of the university’s Senior Leadership Forum. Irena works collaboratively to foster new research programs and forge inter-disciplinary and inter-agency research partnerships. As the AVPR, Irena provides strategic leadership and oversight to a number of areas. She is responsible for:

  • Serving as the institution’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Leader;
  • Leading a number of institutional projects and initiatives, including the university’s plan for sustainability, community-based research, open access, and reviewing institutional grants;
  • Participating on a number of internal committees, including the Planning and Priorities Committee, the Policy Oversight Committee, the Joint Committee on Chairs and Professorships Committee, amongst many others;
  • Serving on a number of external boards and committees, including the Government of Saskatchewan’s Advanced Education Committee, the Prairie Swine Centre Executive Committee, the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence Board;
  • Overseeing a number of research centres, including the Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre, The Spatial Initiative, the Social Sciences Research Laboratories, and the Community Relations and Engagement Office, including Station 20 West; and
  • Being the direct reporting line for the University Veterinarian, Station 20 West, and the Engaged Scholar Journal.

Director, Research Excellence and Innovation

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Dr. Dion Martens is the Director of Research Services and Ethics and a Professional Affiliate with the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

Dion earned a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina, a Master of Public Policy from Simon Fraser University, and a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Saskatchewan, where he was named a Vanier Scholar. Dion started his career in restorative justice for young offenders, putting his conflict-resolution skills to work as a victim-offender mediator. He has held various leadership roles in and around government and served as Director of Policy for one of Canada’s top non-partisan think tanks, the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa. His diverse volunteer experience includes serving on the board of the Alzheimer Society of Canada; assisting with youth engagement projects in Rwanda, the Philippines and Northern Ireland; and supporting the safe reintegration of high-risk individuals returning to the community from incarceration.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Leadership of the Research Services and Ethics Office (RSEO)
  • Member of the Vice-President Research Executive
  • Works closely with Tri-Agency Leaders
  • Support of Responsible Conduct of Research and related research compliance requirements

Director, International Office

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Dr. Meghna Ramaswamy is the Director of the International Office and leads a team of international research and partnerships specialists to facilitate and support international activities for faculty, staff and students. She is committed to internationalization and has a special interest in the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

She currently serves as an elected Executive Committee member of the Commission of International Initiatives (CII) at the Association of Public Land Universities (APLU), and as a Steering Committee Member of the International Relations (IR) Learning Community (PLC) at the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). Meghna is also a member of the Education and Academia Stakeholder Group anchored to the United Nations (2013 Resolution A/RES/67/290) to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals on SDG 4: Quality Education.

Prior to joining the University of Saskatchewan, she was leading The Centre for AIDS Reagents in the UK, the only HIV repository in Europe, where she developed scientific projects and international partnerships with key organizations such as the World Health Organization, the European Commission, the National Institute of Health, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has been an Expert Advisor to both the World Health Organization and the European Commission on a number of initiatives and has attracted over $19 million in funding as a Principal Investigator.

Dr. Ramaswamy earned her BSc in Microbiology from Kings College London, a MSc in Virology from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Clinical Infection from University College London in the United Kingdom.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • coordinate, integrate, and facilitate the diverse breadth of the university’s international activities in research, teaching, and the student experience
  • promote initiatives that continually improve the quality and breadth of the university’s international activities through forging robust institutional partnerships with universities, innovation enterprises, governments, and industry.
  • work closely with university partners to enhance research collaborations, degree programs, intercultural competence, and student mobility, as well as with provincial, state, and federal governments to advise on and promote international-education strategies.

 

Director, Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives

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Director, Research Profile and Impact

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Kathryn Warden has been working in the area of university research communications since 1998. She earned a bachelor of arts in English and French at the University of Saskatchewan and Trent University, and was awarded a Southam Fellowship to undertake a year of multidisciplinary study at the University of Toronto’s Massey College. She joined USask with 25 years of journalism experience, having held a variety of posts at the Calgary Herald, Toronto Star, and The Saskatoon StarPhoenix, including reporter, columnist, in-depth editor, and editorial writer. She has received national awards for journalism and communications.

Roles and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Vice-President Research, her responsibilities include:

  • Provides strategic communications leadership and counsel to advance the university’s profile and reputation as a U15 research-intensive university
  • Serves as the USask communications liaison with federal and provincial research granting agencies to ensure compliance with government communications requirements
  • Provides strategic communications advice and recommendations to a wide variety of high-level USask leaders, centre directors, and research-related committees across campus
  • Co-ordinates research communications with USask research centres including the Canadian Light Source, Global Institute for Food Security, VIDO-InterVac, Fedoruk Centre, Global Institute for Water Security, Crop Development Centre, and the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence
  • Reviews research news releases produced across campus to advance high-quality research storytelling and collaboration that raises the USask research profile, both in Canada and internationally.
  • Advances research reputational promotion and risk management
  • Serves on the Governance Committee of Research Impact Canada, a national knowledge mobilization organization

Tri-Agency Leaders

Reporting to the Vice-President Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Representative serves as the NSERC presence on campus and in the community to promote achievements and conduct promotional activities in the areas of natural science and engineering.

Dr. Borowsky joined the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Psychology in 1995. His cognitive neuroscience research centres on the localization of language processes in the brain, both temporally as related to reaction time and duration, and spatially, which is examined through the use of fMRI techniques. The application of his lab’s work in preparing patients for neurosurgery resulted in his appointment as an associate member of the Division of Neurosurgery. Dr. Borowsky’s extensive success with NSERC began as a U of S undergraduate when he was funded through the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award program.

As a faculty member, Dr. Borowsky has held continuous funding from NSERC Discovery since 1999, and has experience both as a member and as co-chair of a national NSERC Discovery Grant Evaluation Group.

For more information, visit NSERC.

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Ron BorowskyRon Borowsky

Reporting to the Vice-President Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Leader serves as the SSHRC presence on campus and in the community to promote achievements and conduct promotional activities to support tri-council mandates in the area of the humanities and social sciences.

Dr. Irena Creed began her appointment as Associate Vice-President Research on July 1, 2019. She is also a Professor and former Executive Director in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan.

Irena earned her bachelors, masters and philosophical doctorate degrees at the University of Toronto, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta. As an ecosystem scientist, her wide-ranging research interests include planetary health, climate change, watershed sciences, biogeochemistry, terrestrial-aquatic linkages, sustainability, communities-at-risk, and the science-policy interface. She has had significant Canada Foundation for Innovation success and leads several major research grants including NSERC Discovery, Strategic Partnership, and CREATE grants. 

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is an arm's-length federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the social sciences and humanities. For more information, visit SSHRC.

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Irena Creed

Reporting to the Vice-President Research, the CIHR Delegate role acts as the CIHR presence on campus and in the community in order to promote CIHR achievements and conduct promotional activities to support the CIHR mandate.

CIHR is the Government of Canada’s health research funding agency, supporting the work of more than 11,000 researchers and trainees in universities, teaching hospitals, and research institutes across Canada.

For more information about CIHR, visit www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

Contact:

Darcy Marciniuk