Office of Research Services

General Inquiries

For general inquiries, please contact: Patti Minakis 519-824-4120 Ext. 56904

Or, contact one of our individual units:

Animal Care Services acc@uoguelph.ca - For submitting Animal Utilization Protocols (AUPs) and amendments to the Animal Care Committee (ACC); general inquiries and administrative matters related to AUP development, submission and review.

Research Ethics reb@uoguelph.ca - For submitting Research Ethics Board (REB) forms: REB Application, Amendment Form and Renewal Form; and inquiries for general and compliance questions.

Research Support Services research.services@uoguelph.ca - For inquiries about grants or contracts or to submit an OR5 form.

Strategic Programs and Infrastructure Grants  stratprg@uoguelph.ca - For matters relating to sponsors such as Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS), Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), Canada Research Chairs (CRC).

Our People

Karina McInnis

Associate Vice-President (Research Services)
Office of the Associate Vice-President (Research Services)
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 56904
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

Leads the development and management of the University-wide operational, planning, and policy framework related to the University of Guelph’s research endeavours and oversees the development and preparation of research initiatives with the federal tri-agency granting councils and other external research funding agencies.  Responsible for operational units within the Office of the Vice-President (Research Services) including the following: the Research Services Subcommittee; Research Support Services (Grants and Contracts); Research Ethics; Animal Care Services; Strategic Programs and Infrastructure Grants; Research Legal Review; Research Risk Management; Research Information Technology and Management Systems; and Research Analysis and Reporting.

Sandy Auld

Director, Research Ethics
Research Ethics (Human Participants)
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 56606
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

Administrative leadership for the development and delivery of the University of Guelph’s research ethics review process for research projects involving human participants and compliance with Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans, 2nd Edition (TCPS 2) and related legal requirements involving privacy and personal information. Administrative leadership for the Research Ethics Board (REB) and research ethics training.

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Laura Beaupre

Director, Research Analysis and Reporting
Research Analysis and Reporting
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 56616
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

Leads development of systems to evaluate and report on all aspects of the University’s research performance by collecting, synthesizing, curating, and conducting analysis of research performance data from internal and external sources. Provides intelligence on research performance within the University. Oversees analytics process of the research enterprise.

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Anna Bolinder

Director, Training and Education
Animal Care Services
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 53110
Office: 
Ichthyology Building

Oversees the Animal User Training program; the veterinary program for agricultural animals, and the Post-Approval Review program; provides clinical and support services to researchers and facility managers working with cattle, swine, sheep, poultry, horses and wildlife; assists with Animal Utilization Protocol (AUP) development.

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Amy Bossaer

Awards & Agreements Officer
Research Support Services (Grants and Contracts)
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 58613
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

Provides pre-award application support (i.e., administrative review of proposals) and non-financial post-award services (i.e., review of agreements and account set up) to researchers for ISTP Canada; Mitacs; NSERC programs: Engage, Connect, Discovery; SSHRC programs: Connection, Partnership Engage; Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) VIP I; Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education; Ontario Ministry of Training; Colleges and Universities; Ontario Ministry of Transportation; Ontario Pork; Ontario Turfgrass; Polar Knowledge Canada; Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute; and research grants-in-lieu of salary.

Tom Crabtree

Analyst 2
Research IT
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 58808
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

Supports and maintains Office of Research specific IT programs and systems, including the Office of Research web site.

Carolyn Dowling-Osborn

Senior Grants & Contracts Manager
Research Support Services (Grants and Contracts)
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 52935
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

Responsible for administrative review of research proposals, as well as drafting and negotiation of research-related grant agreements and research contracts and management of Tri-Agency (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR) and other funding sponsor programs such as CIFAR, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Global Affairs Canada, European Commission, Grand Challenges Canada, Mitacs, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), and OMAFRA opportunities available directly from OMAFRA (excluding Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance funding). Tri-Agency programs within Carolyn’s portfolio include NSERC programs: CREATE, Frontiers, Gender-NET Plus, Promoscience, Strategic Grants for Projects, Strategic Grants for Networks and SSHRC programs: Partnership Development Grants and Partnership Grants.

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Jennifer Frayne

Compliance Coordinator
Animal Care Services
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 56632
Office: 
Ichthyology Building

Coordinates Animal Care Committee (ACC) facility site visits, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) inspections and Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) assessments and responses; Approves animal orders; tracks and reports animal use numbers to OMAFRA and the CCAC and manages the process for the approval of standard operating procedures in animal facilities.

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Ailsa Fullwood

Manager, Strategic Research Programs
Strategic Programs and Infrastructure Grants
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 58321
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

Provides administrative leadership for strategic research and infrastructure programs including Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS), Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), Canada Research Chairs (CRC), Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) and major prestigious research honours and awards, such as Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Trudeau Foundation, Killam, and others.

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Kristin Gibson

Awards & Agreements Officer
Research Support Services (Grants and Contracts)
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 56257
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

Provides pre-award application support (i.e., administrative review of proposals) and non-financial post-award services (i.e., review of agreements and account set up) to researchers for Beef Cattle Research Council, Grain Farmers of Ontario, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) VIP II, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Ontario Ministry of Seniors Affairs, US National Science Foundation, and others. Kristin administers OMAFRA opportunities available directly from OMAFRA (excluding Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance funding), which include Industry Engagement Grants, Food Safety, Proof of Principle, New Directions, Transfer Payment Program, Plant Germplasm Revenue Reinvestment Program. 

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Meghan Grimes

Awards & Agreements Officer (on temporary professional leave until March 31, 2019)
Research Support Services (Grants and Contracts)
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 54807
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

Provides pre-award application support (i.e., administrative review of proposals) and non-financial post-award services (i.e., review of agreements and account set up) for federal and provincial government, industry, not-for profit, other universities and international agencies. 

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Kristine Kozicki

Research Ethics Assistant
Research Ethics (Human Participants)
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 58024
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

Provides administrative and educational support for ethics approval of research projects involving human participants, ensuring adherence to the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans, 2nd Edition (TCPS 2). Provides operational and administrative support for both Research Ethics Boards: Research Ethics Board - General (REB-G) and Research Ethics Board - Natural, Physical and Engineering Sciences (REB-NPES).

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Lena Levison

Clinical Veterinarian
Animal Care Services
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 54305
Office: 
Ichthyology Building

Provides clinical and support services to researchers, facility veterinarians and facility managers working with livestock animals and horses; assists researchers with Animal Utilization Protocol (AUP) development; instructs in the Animal User Training program including mentor-facilitated training.

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Marcus Litman

Veterinary Director
Animal Care Services
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 58856
Office: 
Ichthyology Building

Oversees the Animal Ethics and Compliance administration, the veterinary program, and provides clinical and support services to researchers working with laboratory rodents, small companion animals, fish, reptiles and amphibians; assists with Animal Utilization Protocol (AUP) development.

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Ornella McCarron

Grants Officer
Research Support Services (Grants and Contracts)
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 52832
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

Provides pre-award application support (i.e., administrative review of proposals) and non-financial post-award services (i.e., review of agreements and account set up) to researchers for SSHRC programs: Insight Grants, Insight Development Grants and Institutional Grants (SIGs); CIHR; NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA); Cystic Fibrosis; Canadian Cancer Agency; Heart and Stroke Foundation; Ontario Problem Gambling; Equine Guelph; US federal government agencies: National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC); and other arts, humanities, social sciences, health and veterinary-related grant programs. 

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Deepa Menon

Animal Ethics Coordinator
Animal Care Services
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 52381
Office: 
Ichthyology Building

Coordinates the Animal Utilization Protocol (AUP), Amendment and Renewal review and approval processes including the assignment of reviewers and organization of reviewer queries and Principal Investigator responses; Organizes, sets agendas and takes minutes for Animal Care Committee (ACC) meetings.

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Katie Meyer-Beck

Director, Research Support Services
Research Support Services (Grants and Contracts)
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 54059
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

Administrative leadership for the Research Support Services (Grants and Contracts) unit. Responsible for managing all aspects of pre-award and non-financial post-award grants and agreements, including developing and recommending policies/guidelines for an efficient administrative operation. Responsible for oversight of pre-award compliance with federal, provincial and private agency guidelines and regulations.

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Patti Minakis

Process Clerk
Office of the Associate Vice-President (Research Services)
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 56943
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

First point of contact for submission of and initial processing of research grant and award applications, including OR5 Forms, and research contractual agreements.  Patti will inform researchers to whom their submission is assigned within the Office of Research Services for further review and processing. 

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Maka Natsvlishvili

Training Coordinator
Animal Care Services
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 54688
Office: 
Ichthyology Building

Develops, implements and coordinates the Animal User Training program for all personnel working with animals; instructs in workshops and orientations; assesses training and educational requirements and needs for personnel; organizes and provides mentor-facilitated training in specific skills.

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Milka Popov

Manager, Research Projects
Office of the Associate Vice-President (Research Services)
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 56602
Office: 
University Centre, Room 444

Oversees planning and coordination of educational offerings such as the Faculty Information Exchange Series, Graduate Research and Program Management course, CITI Program and sponsor workshops as well as completes special projects for the Office of Research Services. Affiliated with the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre.

Randy Ragan

Manager, Legal Review
Research Legal Review
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 52048
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

Provides general legal review of research proposals, applications to sponsors and research agreements and contracts which present higher than normal risk to the University. Advises senior administration on legal matters pertaining to research. Provides Research Support Services (grants and contracts) staff with training and counsel in the review, drafting and negotiation of research-related legal agreements.

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Jill Rogers

Managing Director, Research Operations
Office of the Associate Vice-President (Research Services)
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 54508
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

Provides operational leadership and managerial oversight within the Office of Research Services and strategic support to the Associate Vice-President (Research Services).  Responsible for planning, priority setting, operational performance and relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

Martha Smith

Post-Approval Review Coordinator
Animal Care Services
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 52537
Office: 
Ichthyology Building

Leads and coordinates the Post-Approval Review (PAR) program for Animal Utilization Protocols (AUPs); conducts review visits to labs and facilities to provide support and guidance for research teams; assists and trains at the research team and facility level for compliance and consistency in research outcomes.

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Sascha Tuuha

Program Manager
Animal Care Services
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 52534
Office: 
Ichthyology Building

Leads and manages the Animal Ethics & Compliance subunit, overseeing the University’s Animal Care and Use program including the Animal Utilization Protocol (AUP) approval process, Animal Use tracking, Animal Care Committee (ACC) activities and compliance with Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) requirements.

Sonia Volder

Contracts Assistant
Research Support Services (Grants and Contracts)
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 56113
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

Responsible for the administrative processing of proposals and funded and non-funded agreements as well as the initiation of research account set up for activation by Research Financial Services.

Angela Vuk

Contracts Manager (on secondment until June 17, 2019)
Research Support Services (Grants and Contracts)
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 53429
Office: 
University Centre, Room 437

Responsible for administrative review of research proposals, as well as drafting and negotiation of research-related grant agreements and research contracts, including participant agreements, subcontracts, service agreements, access agreements for agencies and sponsors such as Agricultural Adaptation Council (CAP -Organizations and Collaborations), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (CAP - Clusters), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), European and Canadian Space Agencies, US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Vineland Research Centre, Saugeen Ojibway Nation, Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) and others. 

Mahala Wagner

Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice-President (Research Services)
Office of the Associate Vice-President (Research Services)
Office: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 56904

Provides administrative support to the Associate Vice-President (Research Services), provides budgeting and human resource administration for the Office, and coordinates the activities of the Research Services Sub-Committee. 

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Jennifer Wesley

Manager, Research Risk
Research Risk (Biohazards and Radiation Safety)
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 56401
Office: 
Alexander Hall, Rm 175

Provides consultation and support for risks associated with research at the University including associated research policies and administrative procedures, legislated requirements and standards/guidelines. Contact for questions about Radiation Protection, Biosafety, Laboratory Safety, controlled research (Controlled Goods, Industrial Security, Cannabis), Biotechnology, and compliance.

Joan Zador

Senior IT Business Systems Analyst
Research Analysis and Reporting
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 Ext. 54601
Office: 
University Centre, Room 444

Responsible for analysis and evaluation of the Office of Research Services processes and systems. Leads initiatives on the development and implementation of IT solutions that meet business needs and optimize business processes of the research enterprise.