Jenny Matechuk

(She, Her, Hers)

Knowledge Mobilization and Engagement Strategist

Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation
Office: ADM006 (WK17)
Phone: 250.807.8142


The Office of Research Services now has two specialists in place to provide research support to faculty members and post-doctoral researchers at UBC Okanagan.

Pierre Rondier. Photo credit: Candace Martyn

Pierre Rondier. Photo credit: Candace Martyn

Pierre Rondier, PhD

Rondier moved to Canada from France in 2002 to complete his Masters and PhD in Land-Use and Urban Planning at Laval University in Quebec City, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in civil engineering at Polytechnique Montréal.

He joined the University of Montreal as Research Coordinator for the Applied Public Health Chair in Urban Interventions and Population, where he prepared grant applications, administered research projects and facilitated knowledge translation activities throughout Canada, Luxemburg and the UK. Rondier traded in his parka for lakeside living in 2016 and joined the Office of Research Services at UBC Okanagan in January 2017.

He brings 10 years of research facilitation, project management and consultancy expertise to his role as Research Support Specialist for the SSHRC portfolio. He also provides postdoc guidance and recently facilitated a Knowledge Mobilization workshop with record attendance.

A trained facilitator and born communicator, Rondier is attentive to detail and guided by the philosophy that research should be fun. True to his French roots, Rondier is also a trained pastry-chef assistant, classical pianist and expert crêpe maker.

Richard Federley. Photo credit: Chris Bowerman

Richard Federley. Photo credit: Chris Bowerman

Richard Federley, PhD

The newest addition to the Office of Research Services is a well-known and respected instructor in the Chemistry department, who is probably best known for his recent ranking with the Canadian Space Agency’s Astronaut Recruitment Campaign.

Federley earned his PhD in Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit and spent time in Houston as a post-doctoral fellow conducting brain aneurysm research.

Simply put, Federley loves science. Full stop. He is an accomplished researcher and presenter, who has turned his passion towards helping others succeed. His insatiable curiosity and genuine interest in what others are doing, make him the perfect guide and mentor for the breadth of research being conducted on the UBC Okanagan campus.

Federley is responsible for the NSERC portfolio in his new role as Research Support Specialist. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and is living out his dream here in the Okanagan. He also recently took top prize for individual achievement at the 2017 Staff and Faculty Sports Day, proving his ability to succeed at everything from neuroscience to the three-legged race.

Celebrate Research 2017

Celebrate Research Week culminates on Friday, March 10 at 1 p.m. with an insightful presentation by Alex Usher, post-secondary education expert and author of the widely followed and occasionally controversial ‘One Thought to Start Your Day’ blog.  Usher will be joined by Phil Barker, vice-principal research, for a focussed Q&A on innovation.

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Celebrate Research Week 2017 Event Schedule

Monday, March 6

BRAES Institute Open House & Poster Session

Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystems Services (BRAES) members will present posters about their research projects. Come browse and learn about the great work being done in ecology, biodiversity, conservation, and environmental sustainability on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Science building third-floor hallway

UBC Engineering Research Night

Speakers: Shahria Alam, Liwei Wang and Jian Liu
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Engineering, Management & Education Building, EME 1151

Tuesday, March 7

Rural health in rural hands: Building partnerships with a regional alliance for health research

Presented by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention

Join us to identify ways to build action-oriented, community-engaged research collaborations that strengthen health and wellbeing in rural communities and enrich educational programs.

Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: ART 219
Presenters: Joan Bottorff, Mike Chiasson, Judy Gillespie, and Betty Brown 

Wednesday, March 8

Institute for Community Engaged Research Open House

Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Arts building, room ART 368

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Final

Graduate student competitors have just three minutes and one slide to share the depth, significance, and wider-impact of their research with the judges and audience for a chance to win top honours and prize money.

Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: University Centre Ballroom, room UNC 200

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Thursday, March 9

UBC-KEDGE Wine Industry Collaboration

Presented by the Regional Socio-Economic Development Institute of Canada

Bring your lunch and join us for an overview of the UBC-KEDGE Wine Industry Collaboration – a partnership involving KEDGE Business School (Bordeaux, France) that has brought together

BC wine producers and international wine management expertise.

Time: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Engineering, Management & Education building, room EME 4116
Presenters: Kim Buschert, Malida Mooken and Marcela Valania

For more information about UBC-Kedge Wine Industry Collaboration, visit:

Café Scientifique: Side-stepping the effects of stroke

Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Location: Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna
Free registration:

Friday, March 10

Alex Usher Presents: Trends Affecting Higher Education in Canada

Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Engineering, Management & Education building, room EME 0050

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Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11

School District No. 23 District Science Fair

Young scientists will be on UBC’s Okanagan campus to participate in the two-day School District No. 23 District Science Fair. Students individually and in pairs interpret their science projects for judges and public viewers.

Times: Friday — 4 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday — 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Various locations, including the Engineering, Management & Education building’s Richard S. Hallisey Atrium

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The Office of the Vice-Principal Research has partnered with Accelerate Okanagan to bring the Startup Basics program to UBC’s Okanagan campus. UBC students, faculty and staff are invited to register for the program at no cost and participate in a series of weekly lunch-and-learn sessions from January 18 to February 22, 2017.

Startup Basics was designed for people who want to learn more about developing a business idea and creating a startup and equip them with the tools and resources needed to accelerate their idea to the next stage of their entrepreneurial journey.

Sessions are presented by Accelerate Okanagan staff, Executive in Residence mentors and community partners. Each session is designed to educate participants on the fundamentals needed to transform an idea into a startup.

Sessions Include:

  • Session #1 – The Fundamentals
  • Session #2 – Positioning Statement and Minimum Viable Product
  • Session #3 – Legal & Accounting Basics
  • Session #4 – Business Model Canvas
  • Session #5 – Customer Discovery
  • Session #6 – Pitching

Date: Wednesdays from January 18 to February 20, 2017
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: UNC 334 (Jan 18 only) / EME 2202 (Jan 25 – Feb 22)

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