February 20, 2024 – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Research Manitoba is pleased to announce that Jennifer Cleary is joining the organization as CEO, as of February 27, 2024.

Jennifer previously worked with Research Manitoba as the Programs Manager from 2019-2021 and brings extensive experience working with government and post-secondary institutions with her to this new position. Her thorough knowledge and understanding of the diverse research community in Manitoba is vital to supporting the work of researchers and industry partners.

Her most recent role was as Director of Economic Opportunities and Investments for the Manitoba government’s Department of Economic Development, Investment, Trade, and Natural Resources.

I extend a warm welcome to our new CEO, Jennifer Cleary. Under her leadership, Research Manitoba remains in a strong position to continue supporting and advancing Manitoba’s research ecosystem.” 

Andrea Legary, Chair - Research Manitoba

Jennifer’s recent projects have included the development of a dedicated provincial government unit specializing in providing navigation services to businesses looking to start up, expand or invest in Manitoba. This team provided support to over 300 Manitoba businesses in the last two years. While with the Manitoba government, Jennifer also led the development of a new software system supporting more effective business processes and client-orientated approaches. As Programs Manager at Research Manitoba, Jennifer led the creation and launch of the Innovation Proof-of-Concept Grant, along with the COVID-19 Research Fund programming.

“I am excited to return to Research Manitoba as the new Chief Executive Officer. I look forward to leading this dedicated team as we embark on initiatives that empower researchers and support the achievements of Manitoba’s research and innovation ecosystem. Together, we will streamline research application bureaucracy, provide crucial funding support to groundbreaking research projects, and showcase Manitoba as a centre of research excellence and innovation.”

Jennifer Cleary, CEO - Research Manitoba

Research Manitoba would like to thank Pam Harrison, interim CEO and Director of Finance and Administration for Research Manitoba, for all of her hard work leading the team during this time of transition.

We would also like to acknowledge the work of Research Manitoba’s Board and Theresa Bolton of Customized Recruitment for leading the CEO recruitment efforts.


Hope Holmes, Communications Officer, Research Manitoba
E: hope.holmes@researchmb.ca | W: researchmanitoba.ca

Research Manitoba promotes, supports, and coordinates the funding of research excellence and innovation in health, natural and social sciences, engineering, and the humanities in Manitoba. Research Manitoba supports local talent development by providing research support to early career researchers and graduate students, along with fostering partnerships to strengthen research innovation in Manitoba.