• Karen Dunlop

    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 will guide 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.

  • 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 and in 2020 her role evolved into the Director of RITHIM. 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jennifer Cleary

    Manager, Programs

    As the Manager, Programs, Jennifer oversees and supports the research and innovation grant programs offered by Research Manitoba. She works closely with our partner organizations, post-secondary institutions, and other stakeholders in Manitoba and Canada. Jennifer joined the Research Manitoba team in August 2019. Prior to joining Research Manitoba, she worked at The University of Winnipeg as the Program Officer, Research Development in the Vice-President, Research and Innovation Office for thirteen years. Throughout her career she has worked closely with researchers and research administration colleagues to support and promote a strong research community in Manitoba and Canada.

  • Judi Bahl

    Manager, Strategic Partnerships

    Recently returning to Winnipeg from Edmonton, Alberta where she was the Director, Strategic Partnerships at the University Hospital Foundation, she has taken on the role of Manager, Strategic Partnerships. Previous to her move to Alberta, Judi worked at BAM, formerly LSAM as the Manager of Training and Development. Judi believes in the power of partnership and collaboration. “No idea comes to life in isolation and we are always better and stronger together.” Her role at Research Manitoba is to foster and grow collaborative partnerships to help develop the industry within Manitoba. It is to seek out investment and expertise from a wide variety of industry, government agencies and philanthropic organizations. It is to look for cross sector and cross provincial opportunities to shine a light on Manitoba’s tremendous assets. Judi has a Bachelor in Arts and Education from the University of Manitoba.