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Jeffery Jones
Associate Vice-President: Research (Interim)

Deborah Arnal
Executive Assistant to the Vice-President: Research

Research Services Staff

Charity Parr-Vasquez, Director

Charity Parr-Vasquez

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.

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Ildiko de Boer, Manager, Research Facilitation

Ildiko De BoerIldiko 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.

The Manager, Research Facilitation provides leadership to our grants facilitators, and supports the Vice-President Research and Director in developing and implementing key strategic initiatives and priority setting for major research funding.

The Research Facilitator (Natural Sciences), works one-on-one with faculty in the natural sciences to identify funding opportunities and to support the development of successful research grants. Her 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.

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David Cuff, Research Facilitator (Social Sciences and Humanities)

David CuffDavid 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.

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Matthew Wyman-McCarthy, Research Facilitator (Brantford)

Matthew Wyman-McCarthyMatthew Wyman-McCarthy, PhD, received his doctorate in History from McGill University. Prior to joining the Office of Research Services, Matthew was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University and the University of New Hampshire, as well as managing editor of the academic journal Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Matthew 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.

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Emmanuel Songsore, Research Facilitator (Social Sciences and Humanities)

Emmanuel SongsoreEmmanuel Songsore holds a PhD in Geography and Interdisciplinary Environment and Sustainability from Western University. Prior to joining Laurier, he worked as an educational developer at Western University, where he provided pedagogical training for faculty across campus and worked on research projects across disciplines. Emmanuel focuses on identifying, promoting and managing high value/impact research opportunities in the social sciences and humanities.

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Karen Kawawada, Research Communications Officer

Karen KawawdaKaren Kawawada holds a Master of Journalism and has worked for news organizations including the Waterloo Region Record and CBC. At Laurier, she works to support and share Laurier's research with the wider community. Her role spans the Office of Research Services and the Communications, Public Affairs and Marketing (CPAM) department. Contact to share your research success stories.

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Allison McManus, Strategic Research Initiatives Officer

Allison McManusAllison 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.

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Shawna Reibling, Knowledge Mobilization Officer

Shawna ReiblingShawna 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.

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Louisa Ho, Industry Relations Specialist

Lousia HoLouisa 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.

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Research Ethics

Una Glisic, Manager, Research Compliance and Strategic Initiatives

Una GlisicUna Glisic oversees the research ethics compliance and research information system portfolios within the Office of Research Services. She is a graduate of Laurier’s MA program in Psychology.

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Courtney Lunt, Research Compliance Officer

Courtney LuntCourtney 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.

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Research Finance

Jeanette Uri, Manager, Research Finance

Jeanette UriJeanette 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.

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Mariana Horvat, Research Finance Accountant

Mariana HovartMariana 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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Sofia Man, Research Finance Project Accountant

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.

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René Soto, Research Finance Administrator

René SotoRené 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.

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Rosemary Springett, Research Finance Accountant

Rosemary SpringettRosemary Springett is a Western graduate and holds accounting designations from the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) and Certified Management Accountants (CMA).  Rosemary has been at Laurier since 2003.  As a research finance accountant, Rosemary provides support to grant holders including review of grant payroll expenditure requests for eligibility and available funds, as well as monitoring, tracking, preparing, reviewing and signing financial reports on these funds.

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Anne White, Research Finance Compliance Officer

Anne White

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.

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Contact Us:

Office of Research Services

T: 519.884.0710 x3689

Alumni Hall, AH231
75 University Ave. W.
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3C5

To find us, enter Alumni Hall through the front double doors. Go through the second doorway on the right, then take the staircase up three flights to the top floor.

To use the elevator, enter through the accessible entrance to the right of the main double doors. For security reasons, the elevator needs a passcode. Phone our office at 519.884.0710 x3689 for access.


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