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Thursday, November 22nd
7:30 AM

Yoga for research administrators

Michelle Nevett, St. Clair College

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

This 30-minute yoga session is perfect for all experience levels, and will provide a positive, energizing start to your day and conference! We will begin with a light warm-up, followed by sun salutations and core exercises, and finish with full-body stretching. (Given the conference theme, there could even be a bridge pose or two….) Bring water, a yoga mat or towel, and wear comfortable clothing.

Instructor Michelle Nevett is a Can-Fit-Pro certified Group Fitness Instructor with 8+ years of experience teaching a variety of group fitness classes and small group training. She is also a Research Program Manager at St. Clair College.

9:15 AM

Tri-Agency Session

9:15 AM - 11:00 AM

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are committed to supporting and promoting high-quality research in a wide variety of disciplines and areas. This involves working collaboratively on the development and implementation of a variety of Tri-Agency programs, initiatives and policies that foster the creation and application of new knowledge within the broader Canadian research landscape.

Join agency representatives for a presentation on recent programs, initiatives and policies, with a focus on key progress updates, next steps and outcomes. Topics for discussion include but are not limited to:

  • Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide
  • Canada Research Coordinating Committee
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Research Data Management Strategy

11:15 AM

Indigenizing your Research Office – a Panel Discussion

Jeffery Hewitt, University of Windsor
Sally Gray, University of Regina

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Jeffery Hewitt

What does it mean to “decolonize” and “indigenize” our research and research offices? How are these processes our responsibility as research administrators? Where do we begin? Jeffery Hewitt will offer a Cree perspective, drawing examples from University of Windsor responses to these questions.

Bio: Jeffery Hewitt (Cree) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. His research interests include Indigenous legal orders and governance, constitutional and administrative law, human rights and remedies, business law, art and law. He teaches constitutional law.

Professor Hewitt has served as Visiting Scholar and McMurtry Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University as well as adjunct faculty at both Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law; was the 2015 Charles D. Gonthier Fellowship from the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice; and a 2013/14 McMurtry Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School examining the relationship between Indigenous art and law; is past-President of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada; and since 2002 served as General Counsel to Rama First Nation during which time General Counsel’s office received a 2011 Canadian General Counsel Award for Social Responsibility for work with First Nation Elders and youth.

Professor Hewitt holds an LLB and LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School and is called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario (since 1998); has served on various boards, including Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto; and is currently on the executive of Legal Leaders for Diversity. Professor Hewitt has delivered numerous guest lectures at law schools as well as to both the judiciary and the legal profession in his areas of research.

Sally Gray

Indigenous-centred research is one way of supporting the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Research can be a vehicle through which Indigenous voices are heard and through which solutions to issues facing Indigenous peoples can be created and evaluated with a culturally-appropriate lens. However, we hear over and over again about the barriers to Indigenous-centred research, often as a clash between research expenses and reimbursement policies/procedures. This interactive conversation stream will allow participants to share issues but, hopefully, to also share solutions they’ve put into place at their own institutions.

Bio: Sally Gray is the Director of the Research Office at the University of Regina, a position she has held since July, 2014. She has worked in the field of research administration for 20 years and enjoys working with faculty across the institution, learning about their research interests and ensuring services are available to support faculty in their scholarly activities. She has an undergraduate degree in medieval studies and a Masters in religion and culture.

Outside of the university, Sally is a fibre artist working in multiple media. Two years ago she was able to take a tapestry weaving internship with master weaver Maximo Laura, from the Quechua people of Peru. Maximo has been designated one of Peru's Living Treasures, a UNESCO award given to an artist whose role is to preserve and elevate the culture of their homeland. The internship offered a glimpse into the traditions of Andean culture and world views.

The University of Regina identifies Indigenization as an underlying theme of its strategic plan. The Research Office is examining what Indigenization might mean to the office as well as to the researchers it serves.

12:30 PM


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

1:00 PM

Keynote Presentation - Reducing sexual violence: From pilot research to international scale-up in 15 years

Charlene Senn, University of Windsor

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Dr. Charlene Y. Senn is a Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Sexual Violence at the University of Windsor. She is an expert on effective sexual violence interventions, particularly those developing women’s capacity to resist sexual assault. She created the Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act sexual assault resistance education program for women in the first year of university. Findings from the randomized controlled trial evaluation were published in 2015 in the New England Journal of Medicine. This 12-hr program resulted in a 46% reduction in completed rapes and 63% reduction in attempted rape experienced across one year, when compared with the control group. The program accomplishes this while reducing woman-blaming and self-blame.

With her co-investigators, Charlene is currently conducting a study of implementation and effectiveness of the program as it is offered at Canadian universities. In 2016, she created a non-profit (SARE Centre) to facilitate scale-up on campuses around the world. In this presentation, Charlene will explore her journey from small internally funded pilot studies, to increasingly more complex CIHR-funded studies, to “real world” implementation.

1:45 PM

Provincial Agency Update

Jeremy Laurin, Ontario Centres of Excellence
Amy Hackney, SOSCIP
Christa Studzinski, Ontario Brain Institute
Britney Hess, Ontario Genomics

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

An update session on the many research programs offered to support research throughout Ontario with speakers from:

  • Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

Hear more about OCE’s rich program offerings and the new research and collaboration opportunities that are becoming available as OCE moves into exciting new and emerging areas such as autonomous vehicles, next generation networks, artificial intelligence and cleantech.

  • Ontario Brain Institute (OBI)
  • Ontario Genomics (OG)

Research Finance in “the cloud” – technological transformation and the impact on research administration

Philip Thomas, Brock University
Gillian Heisz, University of Windsor

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

The past years have brought significant technological transformation in the areas of financial processing and accounting, and shift towards “software as a service” as an IT-risk mitigation strategy. Two universities who have recently undergone a transformation of research accounting into cloud-based environments share why the cloud was selected, what benefit it has brought to the researchers, and an honest view of the challenges encountered through the planning, implementation and post go-live phases.

Streamlining recruitment practices and providing equal access to research opportunities: An in-depth look at the benefits and challenges of implementing a Permission to Contact platform

Dawn Richards, N2
MaryJane Dykeman, DDO Health Law
Nadia Tanel, Holland Bloorview
Roshan Guna, Baycrest

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Are you struggling to support participant recruitment at your institution? Are you concerned that not all patients are provided equal access to participate in research opportunities that may benefit their health and quality of life? If your answer is yes, you may be interested in learning about Permission to Contact platforms.

Participant recruitment for clinical research is becoming increasingly challenging in academic and clinical settings and many organizations are seeking strategies to facilitate and streamline recruitment practices. The implementation of a Permission to Contact (PTC) Platform has the potential to overcome these challenges and ensure all patients are provided with equal access to research opportunities. The PTC platform asks patients in academic health care setting to give consent to be contacted for future research opportunities that may be relevant to them. Implementing such a platform can enable completion of research studies, especially for studies requiring a large number of participants. Some organizations across Canada and internationally have begun to develop and implement PTC platforms leveraging either an opt in or opt out model of consent. During this workshop, attendees will be provided with: 1) a national and international overview of existing PTC platforms; 2) a description of N2's Permission to Contact toolkit; 3) learnings from two Ontario Academic Health Science Centres, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Baycrest; and 4) a review of the legal and privacy implications associated with PTC platforms.

3:15 PM

Canada Research Chair & Tri-agency Institutional Programs Update

Chris Kelly, Canada Research Chairs

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

An update on Canada Research Chairs (CRC), Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC), Canada 150 Research Chairs (C150), Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), Research Support Fund (RSF), and more.

Measure twice, cut once: How do institutions help provide financial support during application development to help alleviate common points of frustration after the funding is awarded?

Angela Zeno, York University
Amanda Sawlor, University of Guelph

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

This session will discuss some common areas of frustration noted during post award management, compliance and reporting because of budgets that were submitted to funding agencies. We will look at what those common areas are, and what institutions are doing to help streamline the budget development aspects of pre-award with the post-award financial management, compliance and reporting functions. Focus will be placed on multi-institutional and leveraged (cash and in-kind) funding awards, managing awards which include ineligible expenses in the budget, and the level of involvement the post-award office has with the budget development functions.

Responsible Conduct of Research & Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 Update

Susan Zimmerman, Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Update on the new policy and mandate from The Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research on research ethics for the three federal research granting agencies.

5:00 PM

Tour of the School of Creative Arts in the former Armouries

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The historic and renovated Windsor Armouries building located in downtown Windsor has become the exciting new home of the University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts (SOCA).

6:30 PM

Gala Dinner and Motown Dance

6:30 PM - 12:00 AM