Research Manitoba Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Karen is a strategic leader familiar with Manitoba’s industry, academic, government, association, and research ecosystem and has a strong understanding of government systems. She guides Research Manitoba as the organization embraces new opportunities, responds to changing needs, and builds strategic partnerships, which will strengthen Manitoba’s research and innovation enterprise.
Karen has over 20 years of experience leading organizations at an operations and governance level to grow and transform in the healthcare, professional regulation, insurance, and professional services sectors. Dunlop’s professional education includes law and nursing degrees and certification in leadership, change management, governance, and executive coaching.
Before coming to Research Manitoba, Karen was a Critical Care Nurse, the Registrar and President of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, Regional Director of Emergency at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Founder and first Executive Director of the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, and Past Chair of the WRHA. Karen has also participated on number of provincial and national Boards such as the Canadian Nurses Protective Society, the Canadian Nurses Association, and the Health Insurance Reciprocal of Canada.
Director, Finance and Administration
Pam is a CPA CGA in good standing for over 25 years and is proficient in financial management gained in telecommunications, manufacturing, and financial services industries.
Pam has over 20 years of experience leading cross-functional teams to deliver results and implement industry leading sustainable solutions that satisfy corporate risk appetite and regulatory requirements. She is known for strategic thinking, leading change initiatives and building high performance teams.
Director, Strategy and Programs
As the Director of Strategy and Programs, Freyja will focus on building a strong team and collaborating with academic institutions, industry partners, and provincial and federal agencies to identify strategic opportunities for research and innovation in Manitoba. Freyja has a deep understanding of research programming having begun in this area earlier in her career with the provincial research agency. She also served as the past Director of RITHIM for Research Manitoba. Freyja’s strong leadership and team-building abilities that she brought to her past role as the Director of RITHIM will greatly benefit the Programs team as Research Manitoba continues to respond to the needs and opportunities that enable us to contribute to Manitoba’s economic health and well-being.
Freyja has a Master of Arts Degree in Canadian Politics and Public Administration and over 15 years of experience working in progressively senior roles in the research and innovation sector, first with the Government of Manitoba and then with Research Manitoba.
Ashley is a Métis graduate from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience. Throughout her academic journey, she excelled in research and was actively involved with projects across various disciplines. With a background in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, Ashley has gained hands-on experience in health, social, and environmental sciences. Her ability to adapt to different domains has allowed her to make valuable contributions to diverse research projects. She is excited to leverage her skills and assist in impactful research endeavors as a program officer.
Manager, Evaluation and Impact
Ryan is a born and raised Winnipegger with a master’s degree from the University of Manitoba in Sociology. In 2018 Ryan became a Credentialed Evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) and currently serves as the CES Manitoba Chapter President. Over the previous 10 years Ryan has worked with organizations from the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors completing operational reviews, summative and formative evaluations, environmental scans, other jurisdictional/best practice research, and business cases.
As the Manager of Evaluation and Impact at Research Manitoba (RM), Ryan devotes his time to developing evaluation frameworks to ascertain the outputs, outcomes, and impacts of funded research programs/projects as well as the organizational performance of RM.
Tammy is rewarded and motivated by working with organizations that are cause-related that make real change in this world to become a better and brighter place. She is a seasoned non-profit management professional with over 18 years of experience in marketing, branding and communications, public relations, community building, mission delivery, stakeholder relations, advocacy, staff management, general business administration, and Board governance.
Tammy also holds extensive knowledge in strategic and operational planning, program and event management, cultivation, recognition and stewardship, non-profit administration, and non-profit messaging. She received her Business Diploma in 2000 from Red River College.
Before coming to Research Manitoba, Tammy was a Manager of Communications & Stakeholder Relations (Genome Prairie), Director of Development (IISD Experimental Lakes Area), Director of Marketing and Development (Variety, the Children’s Charity) and Director of Member and Public Relations (Manitoba Dental Association).
Cheryl offers invaluable support to all aspects and areas of Research Manitoba serving as the Administrative Assistant.
Liz has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare system including 16 years in the Clinical Trials Unit at CancerCare Manitoba. There, as the Resource Coordinator, Ethics & Regulatory Affairs, Liz held a key role in establishing standards, guidelines, and structure for clinical trial conduct. Liz is experienced in all aspects of clinical trials including research ethics board submissions, impact reviews, regulatory affairs, Health Canada submissions, consent development, pediatric trials, and investigator-initiated trials.
In her previous role as the Manager of RITHIM, Liz worked closely with the past Director of RITHIM and RITHIM Project Officers to support stakeholders including researchers, academic institutions, and health system partners to improve time-to-conduct for health research in Manitoba. Liz’s strong leadership and strategic abilities that she brought to her management role with RITHIM will benefit the program and team as she enters into her new role as the Director of RITHIM. Liz will continue to work toward completing the final phase of PRAS and resume stewarding the relationships with key stakeholders including researchers, post-secondary institutions, industry, government, and health system partners to foster research and innovation in Manitoba.
RITHIM Program Officer (CHIPER)
Anna is an International Medical Graduate and worked as a Nephrologist prior to moving to Canada in 2016. Here she started her career in Clinical Research and worked in the role of Research Assistant at SOGH Chronic Disease Innovation Centre for over 5 years, thus gaining experience in managing all aspects of clinical trials and various other research projects. Within RITHIM she will be the lead for ethics reviews by the Committee for Health Impact, Privacy, Ethics Review (CHIPER, coordinating submissions, review committee meetings, and providing support to researchers, members, and stakeholders.)
RITHIM Program Officer (PHRPC)
Elaine brings a wealth of experience with data and privacy to her role as lead for the provincial Health Research Privacy Committee (PHRPC). She received a Ph.D. in Community Health Sciences and an MSc in Family Studies, both from the University of Manitoba. She worked at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) from 2001-2020. Prior to joining MCHP, she worked for the South-Eastman Regional Health Authority as a research project coordinator for the ‘Tots Study’ and as a research coordinator for the Pembina Valley Learning Centre. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to gain experience in many different areas including program evaluation, research program management, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and working with administrative data.
RITHIM Program Officer (PRAS and Training)
Mark holds a MSc in Human Nutrition from the University of Manitoba. After several years of working on nutrition and exercise studies, Mark transitioned to a Clinical Trials Coordinator role where he spent three years running drug intervention studies with high risk/high morbidity populations.
Mark brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of trial management including ethics, privacy, impact approvals, and interacting with regulatory bodies. At RITHIM, Mark works to implement and provide ongoing training and support for the Provincial Research Administration System (PRAS) for all stakeholders, researchers, and support staff in Manitoba.