Research Advisory Committee (RAC)

The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) provides strategic advice and makes recommendations to the Research Manitoba Board on research-related and peer review opportunities and activities. The membership of RAC should reflect the broad experience with research in the health, natural and social sciences, engineering, and the humanities in Manitoba.

Here is a list of our RAC members:

Acting Chair: Mr. Ray Hoemsen
President & Managing Director, Nexus Manitoba

Dr. Paul Alexandre
Professional Associate III (equivalent of Associate Professor), Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, Brandon University

Dr. Katrin Stedronsky
Assistant Professor, Department of Science, Faculty of Arts, Business and Science, University College of the North

Dr. Allison Dart
Assistant Professor and Pediatric Nephrologist, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Dr. Jean-Eric Ghia
Associate Professor, Departments of Immunology & Internal Medicine (Section of Gastroenterology), Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Mr. Robert Hastings
CEO, West Canitest R&D Inc (WestCaRD)

Dr. Tara Giller
Manager, Engagement Science, Symend

Dr. Nancy Stewart
Senior Scientific Manager, GVI Clinical Development Solutions

Eftihia Mihelakis
Associate Professor and Chair, Dept. of Francophone Studies and Languages, Brandon University

Kevin Walby
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Winnipeg

Az (Ashley) Klymiuk
Associate Professor, Indigenous Scholar in Science, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba

Jeremy Chopek
Assistant Chair, Dept. of Physiology and Pathophysiology, University of Manitoba

Ayush Kumar
Associate Dean, (Strategic Initiatives), Faculty of Science, Professor, Dept. of Microbiology, University of Manitoba

Heather Smart
Director, Research and Development, National Research Council, Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility in Winnipeg

Ex-officio members (non-voting):

Mr. Luis Escobar
Research Manitoba Board Representative

Dr. Rashid Ahmed
Research Manitoba Board Representative