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.
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.
Ildiko de Boer is currently on leave.
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.
Sean Lockwood, PhD, earned a BA (Honours) in Classics at Laurier, an MA in Classics at McMaster University, and a PhD in Classics (in the program of Classical Archaeology) at the University of Cincinnati.
Sean spent many years as an administrator and researcher on archaeological projects in Turkey, where his research focused on the architecture and sculpture of ancient tombs.
Sean works one-on-one with faculty at the Balsillie School of International Affairs to develop tailored, strategic approaches to securing external research funding.
Nima Zarrinbakhsh, PhD, received his BSc and MSc in Materials Science and Engineering. He did a PhD in Biological Engineering at the University of Guelph with support from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Prior to joining Laurier's Office of Research Services, he served as the lab manager and research program operator of the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC) at University of Guelph.
Nima works one-on-one with faculty in the natural sciences 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.
Kim Elworthy is currently on leave.
Kimberly Elworthy is the research communications officer, a role spanning the Office of Research and the Department of Communications, Public Affairs and Marketing (CPAM). She graduated in 2010 from Laurier’s Communications and Film Studies program and began working at Laurier in 2013. Kimberly works to support and share Laurier’s research with the wider community. Contact Kim to share your research success stories and updates.
T: 519.884.0710 x3341
Karen Kawawada is the research communications officer, a role spanning the Office of Research Services and the Department of Communications, Public Affairs and Marketing (CPAM). She has a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia. Karen is an award-winning journalist who has worked in print and broadcast media. She works to support and share Laurier’s research with the wider community. Contact Karen to share your research success stories and updates.
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. Since 2010 she has 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 chair of the Board of Directors at SHORE Centre.
Oleg Stukalov, PhD, completed his doctorate in Applied Physics in 2003 in his native Belarus. Oleg’s primary role at Laurier is to establish partnerships between researchers and industry. He brings to this role extensive experience as both a researcher and an entrepreneur.
Based on a patented co-discovery while he worked as a research associate at the University of Guelph, he co-founded a university spin-off company, Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc., and served as the chief operating officer until 2011.
Prior to his research career, Oleg founded, managed, and operated three small successful startups. As a researcher, he co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed multidisciplinary publications in the areas of organic electronics, biophysics and microbiology.
Courtney Lunt co-ordinates 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.
Jessica Kuik is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA). She is mainly responsible for the 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. She also provides compliance review support and maintaining inter-institutional agreements. Jessica joined Laurier after a career as a CPA at a technology startup in Kitchener and before that at professional services firm Ernst & Young, also in Kitchener.
Anne Linkletter graduated with a BA (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Waterloo and has over 20 years of experience working in the financial services industry with a focus on regulatory compliance and audit of investment accounts.
Denise Porter has a diploma in Business Administration from Laurier. She 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.
T: 519.884.0710 x4626
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.
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