Research Office of the Vice President Research

Staff Directory

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Phani Adapa PhD
Director Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


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Moses Ahiabu
Global Engagement Coordinator (Co-op Student) International Office


Ronda Appell
Research Specialist (Post-Award) Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


Taunia Arthur
UACC Animal Technician Research Ethics and Infrastructure


Danielle Baron
Research Facilitator - Agriculture and Bioresources


Melanie Bayly
Behavioural Research Ethics Coordinator Research Ethics and Infrastructure


Lisa Belhumeur
Senior Research Security Specialist Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


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Nicole Benning
Research Support Specialist Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


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Julie Beres
Executive Assistant

Julie provides the Associate Vice-President Research with high-level administrative support. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the associate vice-president’s schedule and is the first point of contact for those seeking the associate vice-president’s time or attention.


Cameron Berg
Research Support Specialist Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


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Bruna Bonavia-Fisher
Research Facilitator - College of Medicine


Sydney Boulton BSc
Student Assistant Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


Chris Bowman
Technology Transfer Manager Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


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Anna Burton BComm
Director of Development, Institutional Research


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Doreen Canillas
Programs Specialist Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


Michelle Cholowsky
Legal Counsel Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


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Gen Clark
Research Facilitator - Pharmacy and Nutrition, Kinesiology


Kristine Jones del Socorro
Student Assistant Undergraduate Research Initiative


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Alice Der
Executive Assistant

Alice provides the Vice-President Research with high-level administrative support. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the vice-president’s schedule and is the first point of contact for those seeking the vice-president’s time or attention.


Christina Desnoyers
Research Specialist Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


James Dobson MA
Research and Financial Specialist Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives

Supports large-scale grant applications with a special focus on budget development.


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Jennifer Drennan MBA, EdD (ABD)
University Rankings Strategist


Kevin Driscoll
Research Facilitator - WCVM


Tova Dybvig
Research Facilitator - Department of Pediatrics


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Andrea Eccleston BSc, MA
Operations Manager International Office


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Danielle Ellis PhD
Associate Director Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives

Danielle Ellis (PhD) leads the strategic facilitation team in offering a competitive-advantage to the development of strategic, multi-disciplinary and large institutional grant applications.


Alain Fafard DVM
UACC Clinical Veterinarian Research Ethics and Infrastructure


Graham Fairhurst PhD
Research Facilitator - School of Environment and Sustainability


Mandy Fehr
Coordinator Undergraduate Research Initiative


Heather Ferguson
Administrative Officer Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


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Terrance (Terry) Fonstad BE, MSc, PhD, P.Eng, P.Ag, FEC, FGC (Hon)
Associate Vice-President Research (Ethics and Infrastructure)


Preet Kamal Gill
Research Officer Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


Bridget Gray DVM
UACC PAR Veterinarian Research Ethics and Infrastructure


Amanda Haichert
Human Research Ethics Administrative Officer Research Ethics and Infrastructure


Daniel Hallen (on leave) MBA, MJ
Communications Specialist Research Profile and Impact


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Chantal Hanson BA, MA
International Research Specialist (Health Sciences) International Office


Azadeh Hatef
Animal Research Ethics Board (AREB) Coordinator Research Ethics and Infrastructure


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Alix Hayden
Director Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


Luke Heidebrecht
Research Facilitator, Edwards School of Business


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Lindsay Herman BA, MA
Communications Officer Research Profile and Impact


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Leah Houseman BA
Programs Officer Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


Leah Howie
Legal Counsel Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


Megan Hubert MA
Research Specialist Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives

Supports large-scale grant applications with a special focus on writing, editing and project management.


Kristine Hunter MSc
Research Facilitator – School of Rehabilitation Science


Olesya Hursky
Aquatics Manager Research Ethics and Infrastructure


Elmira Jafarieh Yazdi
Technology Transfer Officer Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


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Manisha Jalla PhD
Research Development Specialist, CIHR and NSERC


Leah Johnson
Associate Director, Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


Sydney Kanigan-Taylor
Research Ethics Coordinator (Human Ethics) Research Ethics and Infrastructure


Erin Kulhawy
Technology Transfer Officer Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


Yelena Landry BCOMM
Human Resources Strategic Business Advisor


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Chantal Lécuyer BSc, MHPE
International Data Audit Coordinator International Office


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Vanessa Leon BA, MA
International Partnerships Specialist (Africa, Americas and Oceania), International Office


Candace Leuschen
Executive Clinical and Research Assistant, AVPR-Health


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Le Li BA, MEd
Senior International Specialist (International research oversight and strategic partnership facilitation) International Office


Tania Liboiron
UACC Animal Technician Research Ethics and Infrastructure


Michaela Lynds
Research Development Specialist, NSERC


Katya MacDonald
Research Facilitator - University Library


John Mapletoft
Technology Transfer Manager Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


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Darcy Marciniuk MD, FRCPC, Master FCCP, FCAHS
Associate Vice-President Research


Diane Martz PhD
Responsible Conduct of Research Specialist


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Leanne McCutcheon
Financial Coordinator Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


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Brenda Meyer-Burt
Research Support Specialist Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


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Karen Mosier
Research Coordinator - Department of Surgery


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Sara Mueller PhD
Senior Programs Specialist Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives

Sara has a PhD in English from Queen’s University. She provides strategic leadership and key supports for large-scale grant applications.


Melanie Nahachewsky BCOMM, MPA
Strategic Business Advisor, Human Resources


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Darren Nickel PhD
Research Associate - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Wainewright Noble
Intellectual Property Specialist Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


Dean Olorenshaw
Senior Strategic Business Advisor, Finance


Matt Olson MJ
Communications Officer, Research Profile and Impact


Darcy Overland
Research Planning and Facilitation Officer - Arts and Science


Kerry O’Shea
Legal Counsel Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


Ty Pellerin
Research Security Officer Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


Christine Peng
Technology Transfer Officer Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


Bethany Penn
Research Specialist (Post-Award) Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


Owen Pennock
Legal Counsel Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


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Diana Pitoulis
Executive Assistant

Diana provides high-level support to executives within the Office of the Vice-President Research.


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Amanda Plante
Research Ethics Specialist (Animal) Research Ethics and Infrastructure


Caitlin Prebble
Human Research Ethics Specialist (Biomedical) Research Ethics and Infrastructure


Phillip Radetzki
Clerical Assistant Human Research Ethics Research Ethics and Infrastructure


Centaine Raginski
Research Support Specialist Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


Shalini Reymond
Research Ethics Coordinator (Human Ethics) Research Ethics and Infrastructure


Jennifer Reynolds PhD
Research Specialist Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


Carrie Rhodes
UACC Animal Technician Research Ethics and Infrastructure


Meaghan Risling
Programs Coordinator Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


Dani Robertson-Boersma
Research Specialist Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


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Alexa Saleski
Program and Communications Student Assistant Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


Jenelyn Santos Ong
Manager, Opus Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


Ozlem Sari
Research Facilitator - Department of Medicine


Laura Sayer
Legal Counsel, Intellectual Property Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


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Laurie Schimpf
Research Support Specialist Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


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Arun Sharma B. Com, M. Fin
International Partnerships Specialist (Europe), International Office


Heidi Smithson
Senior Research Specialist Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


Jaime Speed
Project and Engagement Coordinator Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


Corinne Steininger
Administrative Coordinator Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


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Sandra Stone
Research Specialist Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


Emily Sutherland
Legal Counsel, Contracts, Research, and Innovation Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


Kurtis Swekla
University Veterinarian and Director of Animal Ethics Research Ethics and Infrastructure


Anu Tandukar
Project Coordinator, Opus Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


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Leila Tang BA, MPhil, PhD
International Research Specialist (Engineering and Natural Sciences) International Office


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Brit Tastad B.COMM, CPHR
Executive and Strategy Officer


Adrian Taylor
Biomedical Research Ethics Coordinator Research Ethics and Infrastructure


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Derek Tiessen BSc
International Partnerships Specialist (Asia), International Office


Gerelt Trost
Research Support Specialist Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


Dalton Van Der Nest
Project Coordinator Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives


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Brittany Walch B.Comm
Institutional Awards Officer Research Profile and Impact


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Dawn Wallin BA, BEd, PhD, MEd
Associate Vice-President Research (Engagement)


Natasha Werbicki
Program Coordinator, Opus Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships


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Tonya Wirchenko
Manager, Executive Initiatives and Projects

Tonya is responsible for executive initiatives and projects in the Office of the Vice-President Research and works closely with other vice-presidential portfolios.


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Nataliia Zakharchuk BEd, MEd, PhD
International Research Specialist (Social Sciences and Humanities) International Office


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Li Zong
Special Advisor on China; Director, Confucius Institute