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Office of the Vice-President (Research)

Main Office Contacts


Reach the Office of the Vice-President (Research)

General Inquiries: research@ucalgary.ca

Vice-President (Research): vpr@ucalgary.ca

Communications and Marketing: vprcomms@ucalgary.ca

Phone (403) 220-5460

Main Office Location & Mailing Address

A100, Administration Building
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

Participate in Research

For more information about participating in studies or trials, please visit: ucalgary.ca/research/participate

Strategic Marketing & Communications Location & Mailing Address

Please mark mail Attn to: VPR Communications

MT 820, MacKimmie Tower, Main Campus
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

Letter of Support Requests

For signatures on VPR letters of support, please provide a draft to vpr@ucalgary.ca and allow for a minimum of 5 business days for internal review and finalization. Failure to meet this deadline may impact the VPR’s ability to provide a letter.

For programs managed by the Research Services Office (RSO), the request for letters of support must be routed through Research Services.

VPR Executive Team

William Ghali

William Ghali

Vice-President (Research)

Contact Karen Pankraz for schedule requests

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Malinda Smith

Malinda Smith

Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion)

Contact Rupa Shankar for schedule requests

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Michael Hart

Michael Hart

Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (Indigenous Engagement)

Contact Carol Gelette for schedule requests

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Andre Buret

André Buret

Associate Vice-President (Research)

Dr. Buret’s portfolio includes oversight of UCalgary’s UCare programs and units, university biosafety compliance with the federal Public Health Agency of Canada, Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets, and off-campus field research facilities.

Contact Eudy Jumbo for schedule requests

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Marcello Tonelli

Marcello Tonelli

Associate Vice-President (Health Research)

Contact Joan Keller for schedule requests

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Robert Thompson

Rob Thompson

Associate Vice-President (Research)

Executive Director, Research Services

Dr. Thompson’s portfolio includes serving as Executive Director, Research Services. He is the co-chair of the GFC Research and Scholarship Committee and sits on the Dimensions Executive and Indigenous Research Steering Committees, Campus Strategic Initiatives Group, among others.

Contact Angelina Nair for schedule requests

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Susan Skone

Susan Skone

Associate Vice-President (Research)

Dr. Skone’s portfolio includes administration and oversight of the Urban Alliance Initiative, Canada Research Chair Program, and Strategic Research and Innovation Opportunities.

Contact Eudy Jumbo for schedule requests

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Ian Gates

Ian Gates

Associate Vice-President (Research & Innovation)

Ian Gates provides leadership for the innovation teams across UCalgary's innovation ecosystem and advances the research and innovation agenda for the University Innovation Quarter.

Contact Eudy Jumbo for schedule requests

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Katrina Milaney

Associate Vice-President (Research)

Contact Angelina Nair for schedule requests

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Lorna Very, Executive Director, Office Vice-President (Research)

Lorna Very

Executive Director, Office of the Vice-President (Research)

Contact Angelina Nair for schedule requests

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Pamela Roach, Director, Indigenous Engagement

Pamela Roach

Director, Indigenous Engagement

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VPR Operations & Administration

Marjorie Moreau

Marjorie Moreau

Director, VPR Operations

(403) 220-2995 
mmoreau@ucalgary.ca

Marjorie plays an instrumental role in fulfilling the mandate of the VPR Office as well as the design, implementation and direction of administrative systems and structures. She provides leadership, direction and administrative oversight for matters related to the research portfolio.

Karen Pankraz

Karen Pankraz

Executive Assistant to the Vice-President (Research)

(403) 220-7833
karen.pankraz@ucalgary.ca

Karen provides dedicated administrative support to the Vice-President (Research). She is the primary point of contact for all internal and external stakeholders requiring VPR expertise, and facilitates his leadership efforts through diverse administrative duties.

Kerri Ermantrout

Kerri Ermantrout (On Leave)

Executive Assistant, Office of the Vice-President (Research)

(403) 220-6958 
kermantr@ucalgary.ca 

Kerri provides dedicated administrative support to the Associate Vice-Presidents (Research) (AVPR). 

Angelina Nair

Angelina Nair

Executive Assistant, Office of the Vice-President (Research)

adnair@ucalgary.ca

Angelina provides dedicated administrative support to the Associate Vice-Presidents (Research) (AVPR). 

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Eudy Jumbo

Executive Assistant, Office of the Vice-President (Research)

eudy.jumbo@ucalgary.ca

Eudy provides dedicated administrative support to the Associate Vice-Presidents (Research) (AVPR). 

VPR Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Portrait of Adam Cragg

Adam Cragg

Executive Director, University Innovation Quarter (UIQ)
Acting Executive Director, Hunter Hub 

adam.cragg1@ucalgary.ca

Contact Ashley Regnier for schedule requests

Dr. Karen Benzies

Karen Benzies

Director, Social Innovation Initiative

benzies@ucalgary.ca

Dr. Benzies leads the Social Innovation Initiative, to enable faculties to mobilize their academic experience and transdisciplinary expertise into solutions for complex social problems. 

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Tara Barnas

Tara Barnas

Manager, Social Innovation Initiative

tara.barnas@ucalgary.ca

Tara guides the Social Innovation Initiative, working closely with the AVPR Innovation, AVP Research, and the broader UCalgary social innovation community.

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Charity Tsang, Social Innovation

Charity Tsang

Administrator, Social Innovation

charity.tsang@ucalgary.ca

VPR Strategic Marketing & Communications

For general requests to the VPR Strategic Marketing & Communications team, please contact us at vprcomms@ucalgary.ca. 
We are located at MT 820; be sure to contact a team member prior to visiting as the floor requires keycard access. 

Pam Hyde

Pamela Hyde

Director, Strategic Marketing and Communications

(403) 210-3992  
pamela.hyde@ucalgary.ca

Pam leads the VP Research marcom team, and provides guidance for strategic initiatives and units across the VPR portfolio. 

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Manager, Communications - Vacant

This role leads the development of institutional positioning and narrative around research and innovation at UCalgary, with a focus on VPR strategic initiatives.

Rand Al-Hashmy

Rand Al-Hashmy

Senior Specialist, Strategic Marketing and Communications 

ralhashm@ucalgary.ca

Rand is responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of the Vice-President (Research) communications and marketing plan. As a leader in the VPR Strategic Marketing & Communications team, Rand delivers programs that include brand management, advertising, media relations, special events and internal communications.
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Kimberley Vircoe

Kimberley Vircoe

Senior Specialist, Strategic Marketing and Communications 

kimberley.vircoe@ucalgary.ca

Kimberley’s portfolio is focused on the IRISS and REB Exchange platforms, working with the project team on instructional design, product marketing, and communications.  

Julia MacGregor

Julia MacGregor

Senior Specialist, Strategic Marketing and Communications

jmacgreg@ucalgary.ca

Julia is responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of the VPR Office communications and marketing plan. As a member of the VPR Strategic Marketing & Communications team, Julia supports the Innovation portfolio, working closely with the AVPR Innovation, AVP Research, and the broader UCalgary social innovation community.
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Jennifer Dooley-May

Jennifer Dooley-May

Specialist, Communications and Engagement (Transdisciplinary Scholarship) 

jennifer.dooleymay@ucalgary.ca

Jenn is responsible for communication and engagement planning and implementation for the Transdisciplinary Scholarship initiative, and to help strengthen our focus on transdisciplinary scholarship within the Health and Life area of focus by engaging existing units and teams to build awareness and increase collaboration across all disciplines.

Cody Coates, Specialist, Digital Media

Cody Coates

Specialist, Digital Media

cody.coates@ucalgary.ca

Cody is a digital marketing and media production specialist with a passion for creating engaging content and delivering effective campaigns, known for his collaborative approach and commitment to understanding each project's needs and goals to create content that not only looks great but also drives results.

 

marta cyperling

Marta Cyperling

Specialist, Communications and Engagement
(Strategic Initiatives)

mcyperli@ucalgary.ca

Marta provides communications support to a number of initiatives in the VPR portfolio.  She has a wealth of experience in communications planning, media relations and storytelling. 

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Blessing Oduniyi

Coordinator, Communications and Events Operations

blessing.oduniyi@ucalgary.ca 

Blessing enables streamlined workflows across the VPR Strategic Marketing & Communications team, and supports the development and execution of strategic initiatives. 

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VPR Strategic Initiatives

Barry Phipps

Barry Phipps

Research Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives

(403) 220-8765  
bphipps@ucalgary.ca

Barry contributes to the strategic planning and implementation of major initiatives within the VPR portfolio. Barry is responsible for the establishment of research and commercial collaborations with industry, government, and other external partners. 

Carmen Rieder

Carmen Rieder

Manager, Industry Engagement

carmen.rieder@ucalgary.ca

Carmen leads the Industry Engagement portfolio in the office of the Vice-President (Research).  The Industry Engagement (Research) team is tasked with strategic development and management of institutional research partnerships.  Carmen responds to company requests for UCalgary research expertise, facilitates partnership building, and works closely with the VP Research, VPR leadership team, the Associate Deans (Research) and research services leaders across UCalgary.

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Sana Tariq

Sana Tariq

Research Officer, Strategic Initiatives

stariq@ucalgary.ca

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Susan Sun

Industry Engagement Specialist, Energy and Advanced Technologies

susan.sun@ucalgary.ca

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Sid Gunamalai

Sid Gunamalai

Industry Engagement Specialist, Health & Life Sciences

sid.gunamalai@ucalgary.ca

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Michael Blough

Michael Blough

Manager, Strategic Initiatives

mdblough@ucalgary.ca

Alexandra Wall

Alexandra Wall

Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives

alexandra.wall@ucalgary.ca

Marcelo Suarez

Marcelo Suarez

Research Analyst, Strategic Initiatives

marcelo.suarez@ucalgary.ca 

Christepher Claxton

Christepher Claxton

Research Analyst, Strategic Initiatives

christepher.claxton@ucalgary.ca

VPR Transdisciplinary Scholarship Team

Steven Bryant

Steven Bryant

Academic Lead, Transdisciplinary Scholarship

steven.bryant@ucalgary.ca

Mariska Span-Smeelen, Manager, Transdisciplinary Scholarship

Mariska Span-Smeelen

Manager, Transdisciplinary Scholarship

mspansme@ucalgary.ca

Alanna Bartolini, Coordinator, Transdisciplinary Scholarship (Digital Worlds)

Alanna Bartolini

Coordinator, Transdisciplinary Scholarship (Digital Worlds)

alanna.bartolini@ucalgary.ca

Alya Jinah, Coordinator, Transdisciplinary Scholarship (Democracy, Justice, and Sustainability)

Alya Jinah

Coordinator, Transdisciplinary Scholarship (Democracy, Justice, and Sustainability)

alya.jinah2@ucalgary.ca

Rineem Saleh, Coordinator, Transdisciplinary Scholarship (Cities & Societies)

Rineem Saleh

Coordinator, Transdisciplinary Scholarship (Cities & Societies)

rineem.saleh@ucalgary.ca

Connie Tsang, Coordinator, Transdisciplinary Scholarship (Energy Futures)

Connie Tsang

Coordinator, Transdisciplinary Scholarship (Energy Futures)

cyftsang@ucalgary.ca