VPRI Team Profiles

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

poRTFOLIO DIRECTOR

GREG MARTYN, DIRECTOR, VPRI PORTFOLIO

I am the Director of the VPRI portfolio.  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.

greg.martyn@ubc.ca
604-827-1439

Greg Martyn Portrait

EXECUTIVE SUPPORT

ELISE VREDENBREGT, Manager, Administrative Support & Executive assistant

I provide executive level support to the VP Research & Innovation, Gail Murphy. My responsibilities include:

  • Strategic management of the time and commitments of the VPRI
  • Coordination of the VPRI's travel arrangements
  • Office management and administrative matters
  • Secretary to advisory and other committees and coordination of materials and presentations

Contact me if:

You have a request for an appointment with the VP Research & Innovation, strategic enquiries related to the VPRI and VPRI portfolio, submissions on behalf of the VPRI for a variety of meetings, including UBC Board of Governors, Senate and Executive Meetings and/or Committees.

elise.vredenbregt@ubc.ca
604-822-0233

Maureen Collins, Executive Assistant to Helen Burt & Greg Martyn

I provide executive-level support to the Associate Vice President, Research & Innovation, Rachel Fernandez and Director, VPRI Portfolio, Greg Martyn. My responsibilities include:

  • Management of the schedules and commitments of the AVPRI and Director
  • Administrative support for AVPRI, Director and VPRI team including coordination of travel arrangements, preparation of reports and briefs pertaining to the VPRI portfolio, operational and financial processing and special event coordination
  • Reception for the Office of the Vice President, Research & Innovation

Contact me if:

You have a request for an appointment with the AVP Research & Innovation, Rachel Fernandez, or Director of VPRI Portfolio, Greg Martyn

maureen.collins@ubc.ca
tel: 604-827-2983

Maureen Collins
Hannelore Roos, Executive Assistant to Matthew Evenden
I provide executive-level support to the Associate VP Research & Innovation, Matthew Evenden, and perform logistical and administrative tasks required for specific projects, initiatives and events for senior staff in the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation. My responsibilities include:

  • Strategic management of the time and commitments of the AVPRI
  • Coordination of the AVPRI’s travel arrangements
  • Corresponding on behalf of the AVPRI as required
  • Researching information and preparation of reports and summaries for the AVPRI
  • Administrative support across the VPRI portfolio

Contact me if:

You have a request for an appointment with the Associate VP Research & Innovation.

hannelore.roos@ubc.ca
tel: 604-827-0057

Hannelore Roos

communications

Jamie Hall, Senior Manager, Communications

I work with colleagues across the university to highlight UBC’s research and innovation activities and accomplishments. I also promote the support services and initiatives available through the VPRI portfolio to UBC’s research community. I provide strategic and tactical communications support to units in the VP Research & Innovation portfolio and work with multiple research excellence clusters to establish their web presence.

Contact me if:

You are looking for information on UBC research and innovation; wanting to promote a UBC research story to external audiences; needing to communicate research-related information to an internal audience; part of the VPRI portfolio looking for communications support; or a research excellence cluster interested developing a website.

jamie.hall@ubc.ca
604-822-1267

Jamie Hall Portrait
Vanessa Power, Communications Coordinator

As part of the VPRI communications team, I work with colleagues across the campus to promote UBC's research activities and accomplishments. I manage multiple websites including the Research website and the Innovation website, as well as provide website support to the Research Excellence Clusters. I provide technical and communications support to units in the VP Research & Innovation portfolio, and I am involved in all internal and external communications activities within the VPRI Office.

Contact me if:

You are a staff member in a VPRI portfolio unit looking for communications support, a member of a research excellence cluster looking for support with your website, wanting to promote a UBC research or innovation story to an external audience, or to communicate research information to an internal audience.

vanessa.power@ubc.ca
604-822-6050

Ariane Madden, Communications Coordinator

As part of the VPRI communications team, I work with colleagues across the university to promote UBC’s research activities and accomplishments. I help to manage multiple websites including the Research website. I also provide website support to the Research Excellence Clusters. I provide technical and communications support to units in the VP Research & Innovation portfolio, and I am involved in all internal and external communications activities within the VPRI Office.

Contact me if:

You are a staff member in a VPRI portfolio unit looking for communications support, a member of a Research Excellence Cluster looking for support with your website, interested in promoting a UBC research or innovation story to an external audience or communicating research information to an internal audience.

ariane.madden@ubc.ca
604-827-5399

Ariane Madden
Clare kiernan, Communications specialist

As part of the VPRI communications team, I promote the research activities and accomplishments of UBC with a specific focus on Innovation UBC. I create and curate content for the Innovation UBC website, and provide communications support to the Innovation UBC team and other units in the VP Research & Innovation portfolio as required.

Contact me if:

You are interested in promoting a UBC research or innovation story to an external audience, intersted in communicating information about Innovation UBC to an external or internal audience, or a staff member in a VPRI portfolio unit looking for communications support.

clare.kiernan@ubc.ca
604-827-1870

Clare Kiernan
 

Strategic Benchmarking

Jonathan Hayes, Director, Strategic Benchmarking

I provide strategic support and guidance to UBC's administrative leadership pertaining to international university rankings and benchmarking.  I lead the university's engagement with relevant external stakeholders and conduct research and analysis on, rankings methodology and performance indicators.

Contact me if:

You are interested in learning more about UBC's rankings performance and how the university compares to peer institutions.

jonathan.hayes@ubc.ca

Jonathan Hayes

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

LesLie Grad, Manager, Strategic Initiatives
I work closely with colleagues across the VPRI and in other portfolios to implement and advance strategic projects and priorities. I contribute to the design and evaluation of strategic initiatives such as UBC’s Research Excellence Clusters and the Collaborative Research Mobility Awards, and lead and coordinate initiatives to embed equity, diversity and inclusion principles in VPRI programs and services.  I oversee the ongoing development and management of the VPRI Research Metrics online platform and advise colleagues and units across campus on UBC research metrics.

Contact me if:

You are looking for information on UBC research or research-related programs and services, would like to find out more about research metrics or request access to the VPRI SharePoint site.

leslie.grad@ubc.ca
604-827-4550

Leslie Grad
STACEY HERZER, MANAGER, INTERNAL RESEARCH COMPETITIONS
I am the manager of UBC's internal research grant competitions. I work with the Vice-President Research & Innovation (VPRI) leadership team to plan and implement internal research competitions including Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters program, Collaborative Research Mobility Awards, Research Facility Support grants, the Community-University Engagement Support Fund, and other strategic programs such as First Fridays. I liaise with faculty, the Office of Research Services (ORS), and the Institutional Programs Office (IPO) to set up successful internal grant awards. I also work closely with faculty to report on the outcomes and evaluate the impact of the funding programs.

Contact me if:

You are looking for information about applying to internal research competitions, setting up internal research awards, reporting on award outcomes, or accessing central support services related to your internal research awards.

stacey.herzer@ubc.ca
604-827-2379

 

Adedoyin Luwaji, Planning and Evaluation Strategist, Dimensions
I provide data collection, analysis and management strategies for equity, diversity and inclusion related data to support the Dimensions pilot program at UBC. I also provide research and evaluation expertise and work closely with colleagues within the VPRI portfolio, UBC's Equity and Inclusion Office, and other units across the university towards the development of an action plan to advance the Dimensions charter at UBC.
Contact me if:
You are interested in learning more about UBC's Dimensions pilot and looking for ways to contribute to it.

adedoyin.luwaji@ubc.ca

Adedoyin Luwaji
 
Evelina Tolstykh, Project Coordinator, Dimensions
I provide project management support to the stakeholders involved in the Dimensions pilot program at UBC, including the Dimensions self-assessment team. I work with faculty, staff and students to foster collaborative approaches in the development and implementation of the Dimensions action plan. 

Contact me if: 

You are interested to learn more about the Dimensions pilot program at UBC; looking for ways to contribute to increasing equity, diversity and inclusion at UBC.

evelina.tolstykh@ubc.ca
604-827-0042

Evelina
 

shared research facilities

MARIE-CLAUDE FORTIN, Manager, SHARED RESEARCH FACILITIES
I work with UBC administration executives, principal investigators and staff members to provide leadership for the creation of new, and management of current shared research platforms at UBC. My work is focused on developing socially and financially sustainable models that fit the unique circumstances of each facility, and follow institutional guidelines for accountability and relevancy. I am always happy to answer any question you may have on shared research platforms.

Contact me if:
You are seeking information or guidance on the creation of, or a transition to, the shared research platform model.

marie-claude.fortin@ubc.ca
604-827-3603


MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECTS

Megan stewart, project manager, major research projects
I provide consultation to strategic faculty hires by determining their needs and creating high-level work plans that help them navigate UBC systems, policies, and funder guidelines, thus ensuring a smooth transition and effective research operations at UBC. These strategic faculty hires primarily include: Canada Excellence Research Chairholders, Canada 150 Chairholders, and President's Excellence Chairholders.

Contact me if:
You are or are supporting a: Canada Excellence Research Chairholder, Canada 150 Chairholder, or President's Excellence Chairholder.

megan.stewart@ubc.ca
604-827-5107


innovation ubc - knowledge exchange

Contact us if: 
You are seeking support to establish research connections and partnerships, need guidance to plan, implement or evaluate your knowledge exchange activities, have questions about upcoming knowledge exchange events and workshops, or wish to share your experience in knowledge exchange.

Kx.support@ubc.ca
604-822-3090

 


INNOVATION UBC - iNNOVATION PARTNERSHIPS

Iain Begg, Managing Director, Innovation Partnerships
I am the Managing Director of Innovation Partnerships within the VPRI portfolio. I work with the team, on the one hand to help recognize, foster, and facilitate innovation development, and on the other, to promote and grow deep research-oriented relationships with partner organizations. We work hand-in-hand with the other driving groups of Innovation UBC to find ways of moving research into impact. In addition, I am the UBC Concierge for the Canadian Digital Technology Supercluster - connecting researchers, companies, and projects.

Contact me if:

You have innovation ideas you'd like to explore, partner organizations you'd like to create or deepen relationships with, or if you want to take advantage of the supercluster opportunity to further your research and engagement.

iain.begg@ubc.ca
778-855-1757

Riya Ganguly (ON LEAVE), Director, sTRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS 
I am the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the VPRI portfolio. At a place as large and complex as UBC, it can be hard for potential partners to find the research expertise they're looking for. I support partnership development with university units and researchers and serve as a point of contact for people outside the university when they are looking to partner with UBC.

Contact me if: 

You are interested in partnering with UBC.

innovation.ubc@ubc.ca
 

Karen Chu, Manager, Innovation partnerships – life sciences
I leverage familiarity with UBC's expansive life-sciences research capacity to develop innovative research collaborations with external organizations and to foster a culture of innovation-driven partnerships.

Contact me if:

You are an organization interested in partnering with UBC researchers, or you are a UBC researcher with an interest in research partnerships with external organizations.

karen.k.chu@ubc.ca
672-999-3016

Karen Chu
Sahan Ranamukha, Manager, Innovation Partnerships – Natural Resources/Clean Technology
I support innovation translation and partnership development between UBC researchers and external organizations. I am primarily responsible for natural resources sectors, including food, agriculture, and clean technology sectors.

Contact me if: 

You are interested in connecting and working with UBC researchers, external organizations, and potential new ventures being built at UBC.

sahan.ranamukha@ubc.ca
604-446-0793

Sahan Ranamukha

 

Marina Tischenko, partnership development specialist
I serve as the first point of contact for those interested in research partnerships with the university, helping to navigate connections, steward relationships and provide support for strategic partnerships.

Contact me if: 

You are an industry or community partner interested in conducting research with the university and don’t know where to start.

marina.tischenko@ubc.ca
778-885-0448

Marina Tischenko