Staff

  • Ms Christina Weise

    Chief Executive Officer

    Christina Weise is the Chief Executive Officer of Research Manitoba. She has a Master's degree in public administration from the University of Manitoba. Christina has more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing public policy in the areas of research and innovation and in managing funds and programs to support research. Prior to joining Research Manitoba, Christina was with the Manitoba Department of Innovation, Energy and Mines as Director, Research and Innovation Policy.
    Christina promotes collaboration among the research enterprise in Manitoba and Canada through participating on key boards and committees including, the National Alliance for Provincial Health Research Organizations (NAPHRO), the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), and the Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI).

  • Ms. Nicole Barry

    Director of Finance and Administration

    Nicole is Chartered Professional Accountant, recipient of the CPA Early Achievement Award and featured within the Top 40 Under 40 in the national CPA Magazine. Nicole completed both the Bachelor of Applied Business Administration Degree from SAIT and the Certified General Accountant’s Designation in 2007. She is currently completing the MBA program at Laurentian University.

    She has worked in senior leadership roles within accounting and finance for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining Research Manitoba, Nicole had a variety of experiences, from large corporate to start-ups to academia. She has been an active member of Winnipeg’s business community, while serving on a variety of non-profit boards and committees.

    Nicole is excited to use her professional abilities to support and grow the world-class research happening right here in Manitoba.

  • Ms Necole Sommersell

    Manager, Evaluation and Impact

    Necole is the Manager, Evaluation & Impact and plays a key role in monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on the progress and impact of Research Manitoba's efforts to advance research in the province. Necole joined Research Manitoba in September, 2014 with a Master of Arts in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), and a Credentialed Evaluator designation from the Canadian Evaluation Society.
  • Ms Freyja Arnason

    Manager, RITHiM

    Freyja joined the Research Manitoba team in July 2014 as Manager of Research Programs. In 2018, she became the Manager of the Research Improvements Through Harmonization in Manitoba (RITHIM) initiative. Freyja has a Masters Degree in Canadian Politics from the University of Manitoba. Prior to joining Research Manitoba, she worked for the Manitoba government as the Project Manager for research and Innovation. Throughout her career she has gained varied and extensive experience in project and program management, policy analysis, research and fund management. She has worked closely with researchers, companies, and senior public and private stakeholders at the regional, national, and international level to foster research and innovation in Manitoba.
  • Ms Kristen Hooper

    Communications Officer

    Kristen joined Research Manitoba in August 2008 as an administrative assistant. However, over the years her role has evolved into communications for the organization. In her role as Communications Officer, Kristen is responsible for Research Manitoba’s communication activities, including media and stakeholder relations, competition communications, producing promotional materials and maintaining the organization’s web presence. Kristen graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Public Relations diploma in the October of 2012. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg and a certificate in Social Media Engagement from Brandon University's Rural Development Institute.

  • Ms Kathleen Zawaly

    Researcher: Evaluation and Impact

    Kathleen joined Research Manitoba in 2018. Her M.Sc. research focused on access to health care for persons with Lynch Syndrome (a hereditary cancer syndrome). Previous to her ongoing engagement in health research, Kathleen employed her Geographical Information Systems (GIS) background in natural resources. Kathleen understands the value of combining her two varied subject areas of expertise in order to conduct research evaluations and impacts for Research Manitoba. 

  • Ms Mikayla Hunter

    Executive Assistant

    Mikayla joined the Research Manitoba team in September 2018 as the Executive Assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric, Writing and Communications from the University of Winnipeg. Mikayla is actively involved in the community through volunteer work, and is an advocate for improving the lives of Manitobans in as many ways as possible. Through her role as Executive Assistant, she offers support to various aspects of Research Manitoba’s programs and to the other staff involved.