Charity Parr-Vasquez, PhD, has served as the director of the Office of Research Services (ORS) since 2014. She provides leadership and direction to the ORS team at Laurier and works closely with Vice-President Research Robert Gordon to manage and strategically advance Laurier’s significant research activities and infrastructure. She graduated with a BSc (Honours) in Molecular Biology and Genetics before pursuing her PhD at the University of Guelph.
Ildiko de Boer graduated from the University of Guelph with a PhD in Plant Agriculture, where she specialized in plant physiology. Prior to joining Laurier in 2014, Ildiko worked with researchers and industry in identifying and securing funding opportunities.
David B. Cuff, PhD, received his BA (Honours) from Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he received the University Medal for Academic Excellence. His graduate degrees include a MPhil in Ancient History from University of Oxford and a PhD in Classics (Roman History) from the University of Toronto. David presents regularly on federal funding programs and works one-on-one with social sciences and humanities faculty to develop tailored, strategic approaches to securing external research funding.
Shane Dixon, PhD, received his doctorate in Sociology from University of Waterloo. Prior to joining the Office of Research Services, Shane was a postdoctoral fellow in the Human Factors Engineering Lab in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University.
Shane works one-on-one with faculty at the Brantford campus to identify funding opportunities and to support the development of successful research grants. His work includes reviewing and providing feedback on grant applications, delivering workshops about grant opportunities and grant writing principles, and meeting with faculty to develop multi-year research funding plans.
For research facilitation requests related to the Balsilie School of International Affairs and Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, please contact David Cuff, Phd.
The research communications officer role spans the Office of Research Services and the Communications, Public Affairs and Marketing (CPAM) department. The officer works to support and share Laurier's research with the wider community. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to share your research success stories.
Allison McManus is responsible for supporting a variety of strategic research initiatives under the Vice-President: Research portfolio. She is a graduate of Laurier’s BSc Geography program and MSc Integrative Biology program.
Shawna Reibling's primary role is to assist faculty with crafting and implementing knowledge mobilization plans. She also works to translate research into accessible formats for the public and community. She tweets as @LaurierResearch.
From 2010-2017 she served as a broker for ResearchImpact, a pan-Canadian network of 12 universities committed to maximizing the impact of academic research for the social, economic, environmental and health benefits of Canadians. Shawna graduated with a BA and MA in Communications from Simon Fraser University. She is active in the local community, serving as a member of the Board of Directors at SHORE Centre.
Louisa Ho graduated from the University of Toronto with a PhD in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, with a research focus on the molecular genetics of cancer progression. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at McMaster University, developing novel cancer immunotherapies. Prior to joining Laurier’s Office of Research Services, Louisa worked at the Innovation and Commercialization Office at Brock University to facilitate academic-industrial research partnerships.
The Industrial Liaison Specialist is responsible for enhancing the development of strategic collaborative relationships between Laurier faculty and external organizations including the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and the public sector in supporting the university’s research, intellectual property and technology transfer activities. Through a variety of commercial arrangements, including licensing and start-up company creation, she is also responsible for the identification, protection and commercial exploitation of intellectual property developed by university faculty and other researchers.
Courtney Lunt coordinates Laurier’s Research Ethics Board and the Animal Care Committee. Additionally, she oversees the review and approval of applications for administrative research projects. She is a graduate of Laurier’s MA program in Social Psychology.
Jeanette Uri provides leadership and direction to the research finance team at Laurier, overseeing the compliance and financial reporting functions for all externally funded research grants. She graduated with a Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo and holds accounting designations for both the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) and Chartered Accounts (CA) of Ontario. Jeanette is a member of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) and participates in the CARA national and regional conferences as a facilitator and occasional presenter in research finance sessions.
The Research Finance Project Accountant completes financial administration duties for two large-scale research projects as well as assists with other research finance duties, including grant administration, as time permits.
René Soto graduated with a Master of Business Administration and Economics degree at the University of Havana. René is currently a member of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) and participates in CARA national and regional conferences where he networks and shares common issues and solutions with counterparts at other institutions.
Anne White graduated with a BA in English from the University of Waterloo. She has years of experience providing financial management services for small businesses in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Her focus is to ensure financial compliance of
expenditures related to externally funded research grants.
Mariana Horvat is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified General Accountant in Ontario, with over 8 years of experience working in the financial services industry with a focus on accounting and finance. She is dedicated to assisting with effective financial management of external research funding.
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