VPRI Team Profiles

Discover more about who does what in the VP Research & Innovation Office, or check out the Executive Team biographies.

ELISE VREDENBREGT, Executive Assistant to Gail Murphy

I provide administrative support in the VP Research & Innovation Office, and work closely with the VP Research & Innovation, Gail Murphy. My responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining executive calendars
  • Office management
  • Travel arrangement for the VP
  • Processing correspondence

Contact me if you:

Have questions about the VP Research & Innovation office operations or need to schedule time with the VP Research & Innovation.


Emily LeBaron, STrategic Projects Officer

I work very closely with the Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives, and the AVP Research & Innovation, to facilitate major external institutional funding competitions such as the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, the Canada Excellence Research Chairs, Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters and the Networks of Centres of Excellence.  My work supports our portfolio’s evolving priorities, working closely with our diverse units, departments, faculties, and other administrative units across the university to ensure successful delivery of assigned projects. 

Contact me if you:

Have questions about the VP Research & Innovation Strategic Initiatives.  


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Greg Martyn, Director

I am the Director of the VPRI Office.  I work with our team to ensure the smooth operation of the Office, and advise the VP and AVP on a range of operational and strategic issues.  The Office serves as a gateway into the university’s research enterprise, and is responsible for the administration of UBC’s policy on scholarly integrity.  We support and facilitate the work of the many units that make up the VP Research & Innovation portfolio in delivering efficient, effective and compliant research services. 

Contact me if you:

Have questions about navigating the VP Research & Innovation portfolio at UBC, need help connecting with people in our portfolio, or have questions about our scholarly integrity policy.


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Kyle W. Demes, Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives
I work with the AVPR and VPR to operationalize strategic objectives within the portfolio. In that capacity, I support the evolving needs of units and task forces in the VP Research & Innovation portfolio (e.g., Advanced Research Computing, Community Based Research, Sequencing & Bioinformatics Consortium, and Collaborative Research with Indigenous Communities) and support faculty members and groups in major national and international grant competitions.

Contact me if you are:

Interested in learning more about the VP Research & Innovation Strategic Initiatives 


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Brenda Carrier, Faculty Awards Officer

I manage and support UBC’s internal research awards program and the annual UBC research awards celebration event. I provide strategic advice and facilitate nominations for major external research awards and honours, and coordinate the activities of several award committees.

Contact me if you:

You require information or guidance on nominations for UBC’s internal research awards or major external research awards.


Faculty Awards Officer

Julie Ovenell, Director, Communications

Straddling both the VP Research & Innovation and the VP Academic offices, I ensure that strategy informs tactics when it comes to telling UBC’s research and academic stories to broad internal and external audiences. I guide a small team of skilled communicators, and serve as liaison between portfolio executives and central Communications and Marketing.

Contact me if you are:

A unit director seeking strategic guidance on how to communicate research initiatives to internal or external audiences, including media; a faculty communicator looking for support or guidance to amplify a research story; a colleague from another part of the university (Alumni, HR, Development, etc.) wanting UBC Research representation, information or partnership to support an event or initiative


Jamie Hall, Manager, Communications

I work with colleagues across the campus to promote the research activities and accomplishments of UBC, and manage the UBC Research + Innovation website. I provide technical and communications support to units in the VP Research & Innovation portfolio, and within the VPRI Office I am involved in all internal and external communications activities. This includes event management and research story creation and curation, through to communicating metrics, deadlines and initiatives to internal audiences.

Contact me if you are:

Looking for information on UBC research or wanting to promote a UBC research story to external audiences or communicate research information to an internal audience.


Jamie Hall Portrait

Vanessa Power, Communications Coordinator

I work with the communications teams across the VP Research & Innovation and VP Academic offices to provide technical and communications support for UBC research and academic activities. 

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Emma Madden-Krasnick, Communications Work-Learn Student

I work within the VP Research & Innovation communications team, providing technical support for the Research website, as well as other websites in the VPRI portfolio. I also create and curate UBC research stories. 

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Emma Madden-Krasnick Portrait

I work with colleagues across the portfolio to provide analytics on UBC’s research funding, Tri-Council success rates, and other various metrics. Within the VP Research & Innovation Office, I am involved in supporting the strategic initiatives.

Contact me if you are:
Looking for information on UBC research, would like to find out more about research metrics or request access to the VPRI SharePoint site.


Dmitriy Ryabika Portrait