Research Advisory Council

The Research Advisory Council (RAC) consists of faculty-appointed associate deans of research (ADRs) and other strategic advisors, who provide feedback and advice to the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation (VPRI) on strategic research priorities and initiatives.

Meetings are held bi-monthly throughout the calendar year.

ADR roles and responsibilities

RAC Chair


Phil Barker, Vice-Principal and Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Research Advisory Council Members


Joshua Brinkerhoff, Associate Dean, Research (Interim), School of Engineering

Mary Butterfield, Senior Research Advisor, Faculty of Management

Alison Conway, Associate Dean, Research, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Greg Garrard, Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

Christine Humphries, Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives & Operations, Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation

Robert Janke, Associate Chief Librarian, Research and Administration

Kristen Korberg, Associate Director, Office of Research Services

Kathleen Martin Ginis, Director, Chronic Disease Prevention Program, Southern Medical Program

Lael Parrott, Associate Dean, Faculty and Research, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science

Rob Shave, Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Health and Social Development

Peter Simpson, Dean, College of Graduate Studies

John Tyler Binfet, Associate Professor, Okanagan School of Education

Paul van Donkelaar, Associate Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation