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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

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

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

Bill Ghali

William Ghali

Vice-President (Research)

Contact Kerri Ermantrout for schedule requests

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Malinda Smith

Malinda Smith

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

Contact Varun Agarwal for schedule requests

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Janaka Ruwanpura

Janaka Ruwanpura

Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (International)

Contact Varun Agarwal for schedule requests

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André Buret

André Buret

Associate Vice-President (Research)

Contact Karen Pankraz 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 I. Thompson

Rob Thompson

Associate Vice-President (Research)

Executive Director, Research Services

Contact Jayne Dangerfield for schedule requests

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Susan Skone

Susan Skone

Associate Vice-President (Research)

Contact Jayne Dangerfield for schedule requests

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Penny Pexman

Penny Pexman

Associate Vice-President (Research)

Contact Karen Pankraz for schedule requests

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Steve Larter

Steve Larter

Associate Vice-President (Research & Innovation)

Contact Karen Pankraz for schedule requests

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Lorna Very

Lorna Very

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

Contact Karen Pankraz for schedule requests

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Keri Damen

Keri Damen

Executive Director, Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking

Contact Alex Titov for schedule requests

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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.

Kerri Ermantrout

Kerri Ermantrout

Executive Assistant to the Vice-President (Research)

(403) 220-6958 
kermantr@ucalgary.ca 

Kerri 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.

Jayne Dangerfield

Jayne Dangerfield

Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice-Presidents (Research) 

jayne.dangerfield@ucalgary.ca

Provides dedicated administrative support to the Associate Vice-Presidents (Research) (AVPR). She is the primary point of contact for all internal and external stakeholders requiring AVPR expertise, and facilitates their leadership efforts through diverse administrative duties.

Karen Pankraz

Karen Pankraz

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

karen.pankraz@ucalgary.ca

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

VPR Strategic Marketing & Communications

For general requests to the VPR Strategic Marketing & Communications team, please contact us at vprcomms@ucalgary.ca. 

Jenny McLean

Jenny McLean

Manager, Strategic Marketing and Communications

(403) 210-3992  
jenny.mclean@ucalgary.ca

Jenny's portfolio includes strategic initiatives, research and operational communications, and research support systems.

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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 of the Communications and Marketing Team, they deliver programs that include brand management, advertising, media relations, special events and internal communications.

Pam Hyde

Pamela Hyde

Senior Specialist, Strategic Marketing and Communications

(403) 220-7016 
pamela.hyde@ucalgary.ca

Pamela is responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of the VPR Office communications and marketing plan. As a leader of the Communications and Marketing Team, Pamela delivers programs that include brand management, advertising, media relations, special events and internal communications.

Alina Cox

Alina Cox

Digital Marketing and Events Specialist

acox@ucalgary.ca

Alina works closely with members of the VPR portfolio and AVPRs Research to implement digital marketing strategies and event plans.

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Tara Barnas

Tara Barnas

Senior Specialist, Strategic Marketing and Communications – Social Innovation

tara.barnas@ucalgary.ca

Tara's portfolio includes Innovation, focusing on social innovation, working closely with the AVPR Innovation, AVP Research, and the broader UCalgary social innovation community.

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Jordan Witzel

Jordan Witzel

Senior Specialist, Strategic Marketing and Communications – Innovation

jordan.witzel@ucalgary.ca

Jordan is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating the Vice-President (Research) communications and marketing plan. As a member of the VPR Comms team, Jordan supports the broad Innovation portfolio, working closely with the AVPR Innovation, AVP Research, and the broader UCalgary social innovation community.

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VPR Specialists

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. 

Portrait of Jeff Ryzner

Jeff Ryzner

Innovation Program Specialist

jeff.ryzner@ucalgary.ca

Jeff supports the Innovation portfolio in the VPR office, working closely with the AVPR Innovation. His work contributes to growing innovation levels and to achieve UCalgary's vision of becoming Canada's most entrepreneurial university. 

Stefanie Schmidt [on leave]

Stefanie Schmidt [on leave]

Research Project Coordinator

stefanie.schmidt2@ucalgary.ca

Stefanie provides support in the planning and implementation of the Urban Alliance research partnership between the City of Calgary and University of Calgary, as well as other strategic research initiatives within the VPR portfolio. Her work includes logistical support for workshops and events, research and data management that help build research collaborations between university researchers and with external partners.

Jenn MacDonald

Jenn MacDonald [on leave]

Innovation Program Specialist

jennifer.rmacdonald@ucalgary.ca

Jenn supports the Innovation portfolio in the VPR office, working closely with the AVPR Innovation and the Executive Director of the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking. Her work contributes to growing innovation levels and to achieve UCalgary's vision of becoming Canada's most entrepreneurial university.