Presentation Descriptions

Presentation descriptions are listed below according to their time slot. Click the time and presentation you are interested in to find the presenters, location and description. All presentations take place in ECHA (Edmonton Clinic Health Academy), 11405-87 Avenue NW on November 22, 2018.

Registration for presentations is required and will close on November 20. Close to the fair, we will remind you of the sessions you registered in.

Please note: The Agricultural Funding Consortium presentation, originally scheduled for 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., is cancelled. Also, due to demand, we the Alberta Innovates is moving to a larger room. The new location is Room L1-220 (basement).

Tri-Agency sessions are also available online. Please see online session links below and instructions on how to sign in at the bottom of this page.

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  • 1. 8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. - Opening Remarks

    Location: Room 1-182 ECHA

    Opening remarks: Lorraine Deydey, Director, Research Services Office and Laura Beard, Associate Vice President (Research), Social Sciences and Humanities

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  • 2. 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. - CIHR or URI or Wildlife Habitat Canada

    Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

    Location: Room 2-140, ECHA

    Presenter: Dominque Lalonde

    The Ins & Outs of CIHR's Strategic CIHR Competitions

    Attend this session to find out the about the strategic CIHR competitions and hear the answers to these questions. What percentage of CIHR's budget is placed into the strategic competitions and why? How do applicants ensure they have as much advance notice of CIHR's strategic competitions prior to the deadline? What is the likelihood of being funded in a strategic competition? Don't see your question here?-then please attend to join in the discussion and ask your question.

    Speaker Bio:

    Dominique joined CIHR in 2000. Currently she is the manager of the Contact Centre at CIHR which is responsible for centrally supporting program and competition management through application processing, inquiry management and post-funding administration. Previously she was deputy director for various OOGP Peer Review Committees and salary and training awards, and has led a number of initiative at CIHR including the implementation of the Vanier CGS program, the delivery of the first Foundation pilot, and the implementation of the Contact Centre. She received her bachelor's degree in social sciences with a concentration in psychology from Laurentian University.

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    Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI)

    Location: Room 1-153, ECHA

    Presenters: Crystal Snyder & Navita Kalra

    Undergraduate research funding opportunities through URI: What supervisors need to know

    This session will provide an overview of various funding opportunities administered by Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI), including eligibility criteria, application processes, deadlines, and adjudication criteria. This session is ideal for anyone supervising undergraduate research, but particularly for first-time applicants to our funding programs.

    Speaker Bios:

    Crystal Snyder is the Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) Team Lead. She is a U of A alumnus (MSc '10), former lab manager, and professional writer with over a decade of experience writing and supporting research funding applications. She works with students, faculty, and various partners on campus to promote and support undergraduate research across all disciplines.

    Navita Kalra is the URI Funding Advisor. Navita is a U of A alumnus with a background in undergraduate research (Biochemistry and Psychology) and research in the public sector. She provides administrative support and advising to undergraduate students seeking out or engaging in research opportunities.

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    Wildlife Habitat Canada

    Location: Room 1-131, ECHA

    Presenter: Travis Ripley

    This session will provide an overview of why conservation partnerships in Canada are needed and where WHC fits into that partnership. Travis will explain what WHC does and what are its major outcomes and how it gets its money and processes it. He will give examples of University of Alberta projects funded by WHC and types of research the organization feels is important. He will speak of the benefits of WHC and work done in Canada and Alberta. Travis will provide time to answer questions about WHC.

    Speaker Bio:

    Travis Ripley is executive director of Fish and Wildlife Policy in Alberta and director of the Wildlife Habitat Canada Board of Directors. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family fishing, hunting and recreating. As a conservationist, he's always looking to make a difference for fish, wildlife and their habitat. Partnerships, such as organizations like Wildlife Habitat Canada, are essential to achieve success. His role as the executive director for fish and wildlife in Alberta provides an opportunity to leverage partnerships that support waterfowl, wetlands and wildlife habitat across western Canada

  • 3. 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. - NSERC or Kule Institute for Advanced Studies (KIAS)

    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

    Location: Room 1-182, ECHA

    Presenter: Frank Nolan

    Building Research Partnerships through NSERC

    This presentation will provide an overview of NSERC's Research Partnerships Programs, which support research collaborations between academic researchers and Canadian businesses.

    Speaker Bio:

    Frank Nolan is the Engage Grants program officer for the Prairies Region, and he is responsible for disseminating information about NSERC programs and developing strategies to encourage new research, training and innovation partnerships across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Before joining NSERC in 2007, Frank was manager of Research Promotion for the University of Manitoba.

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    Kule Institute for Advanced Studies (KIAS)

    Location: Room 1-152, ECHA

    Presenter: Geoffrey Rockwell

    The Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) is an endowed institute that supports research in the social sciences, humanities and arts. In this presentation Dr. Rockwell will describe the focus of KIAS and the grant programs for researchers at the University of Alberta.

    KIAS has three main types of grants:

    * Dialogue grants of up to $2,000 that you can apply for any time
    * Team grants of up to $7,500 that are to support the development of collaborations, and that you can also apply for any time
    * Cluster grants of up to $100,000 that are to develop large interdisciplinary collaborations preparing ambitious projects

    Speaker Bio:

    Dr. Geoffrey Martin Rockwell is a professor of Philosophy and Digital Humanities at the University of Alberta. He has published on videogames, textual visualization and analysis, ethics of big data, and computing in the humanities including a recent book from the MIT Press, Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities. He is the project lead of the Text Analysis Portal for Research and co-developer of Voyant Tools, a suite of text analysis tools, for which he and his co-developer were awarded the CSDH/SCHN 2017 Outstanding Contribution Award. He is currently the director of the Kule Institute for Advanced Study and co-chair of the AI, People & Society platform of the ATB AI Lab.

  • 4. 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. - SSSHRC or DRDC

    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

    Location: Room 2-140, ECHA

    Presenters: Lina Crompton & Geneviève Truchon

    An overview of SSHRC's funding opportunities

    This presentation will review SSHRC's core funding opportunities, including scholarships and joint initiatives, and provide some statistics from recent competitions. More general updates about SSHRC will also be provided.

    Speaker Bios:

    Lina Crompton has been a program officer within SSHRC's Research Grants & Partnership Division since 2015. In this time she has managed competitions for the Insight Grants, Connection Grants, and most recently the Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Grants.

    Geneviève Truchon is a senior advisor within SSHRC's Research Training Portfolio. She started working at SSHRC in 2008 as a program officer within the Research Grants & Partnership Division where she used to deliver the Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants.

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    Defence Research and Development Canada and Horizon 2020 (DRDC)

    Location: Room 1-153, ECHA

    Presenter: Roscoe Klinck

    Roscoe will present on the Innovation for Defence Excellence & Security (IDEaS) Program, launched in April 2018. The objective of the program is fostering open innovation to provide creative thinkers with the structure and support to encourage solutions, which will assist in solving some of Canada's toughest defence and security challenges. IDEaS will support the development of solutions from their conceptual stage, through prototype testing and capability development. The program includes several elements that promote collaboration between innovators, provides developmental resources and provides opportunities to interact with DND's science and military members. This gives all innovators an even playing field to solve specific defence and security challenges.

    Speaker Bio:

    Roscoe Klinck is a portfolio manager with the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program. He joined the Department of National Defence in 2015 to enhance the department's engagements with the Canadian academic sector. He was instrumental in creating defence and security funding initiatives with two of Canada's research councils, NSERC and SSHRC, and more recently has worked to develop the Innovation Networks element under the IDEaS Program. Dr. Klinck has over 25 years of experience in fundamental research in both academic and biotechnology industry settings. After completing doctoral and post-doctoral studies in structural biology at the Universities of Paris IX, McGill and Montréal, he worked on anti-viral drug development in a biotech start-up in the UK for five years before joining the University of Sherbrooke in 2003, where he directed a genomics core lab focused on cancer research.

  • 5. 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. - Genome Alberta or SSHRC or Mitacs or TEC Edmonton

    Genome Alberta

    Location: Room 1-190, ECHA

    Presenter: Ryan Mercer

    Genome Alberta (GAB) initiates, funds and manages genomics research and partnerships. Federally incorporated on July 4, 2005, it operates as a publicly funded not-for-profit corporation and is a member of the Genomics Enterprise and a key member of Alberta's research and innovation system. Genome Alberta supports the development of genomics solutions for end-user needs through excellent science, technology and application development, collaborations and partnerships, and fostering broad genomics literacy. Our project portfolio since inception has expanded to 107 research initiatives with total investments of $255.6M.

    Speaker Bio:

    Ryan Mercer, PhD, is currently working as Genome Alberta's research program manager where he is responsible for ensuring Genome Alberta's portfolio of research projects successfully achieve their objectives and milestones. Ryan also assists with reporting to diverse set of stakeholders, advancing Genome Alberta's corporate mandate, and supporting program/project development activities. Ryan has and extensive background in molecular microbiology, genomics, bioinformatics with food safety applications as a focus.

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    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

    Location: Room 2-140, ECHA

    Presenters: Lina Crompton & Geneviève Truchon

    An overview of SSHRC's funding opportunities

    This presentation will review SSHRC's core funding opportunities, including scholarships and joint initiatives, and provide some statistics from recent competitions. More general updates about SSHRC will also be provided.

    Speaker Bios:

    Lina Crompton has been a program officer within SSHRC's Research Grants & Partnership Division since 2015. In this time she has managed competitions for the Insight Grants, Connection Grants, and most recently the Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Grants.

    Geneviève Truchon is a senior advisor within SSHRC's Research Training Portfolio. She started working at SSHRC in 2008 as a program officer within the Research Grants & Partnership Division where she used to deliver the Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants.

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    Mitacs

    Location: Room 2-150, ECHA

    Presenter: Eric Loo

    Mitacs funding opportunities: collaborative research funding with industry

    Eric will talk about the ways to access Mitacs funding and Mitacs' goals to help create research internships for graduate students to work with industry on mutually beneficial projects. He will talk about the relevance of Mitacs' programs and how to build industry buy-in for supporting graduate students and finding their solutions through collaboration with the university.

    Speaker Bio:

    Eric received his PhD back in 2013 from the University of Alberta. While completing his PhD he realized there was a limited career path for those in the medical sciences here in Alberta. He volunteered for many organizations to help mentor younger researchers and communicate science in the hopes of building his skill set. It was through organizations like Let's Talk Science where he served as a site coordinator that he was able to organize large science communication type events and learn how to project manage. Since graduating he has been fortunate to work for Mitacs to continue his interests in communicating science while having an active hand in helping form industry and create jobs for those future PhD graduates.

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    TEC Edmonton

    Location: Room 1-153, ECHA

    Presenters: Joanna Preston & Shalon McFarlane

    The presentation will introduce TEC Edmonton and focus primarily on the role of intellectual property in research funding. We will cover the basic forms of intellectual property protection, University of Alberta intellectual property policy, and commercialization strategy.

    Speaker Bios:

    Joanna Preston BSc, MBA, Associate Director, Technology Management (Health Sciences): Joanna leads a team providing intellectual property management and commercialization services to inventors of health technologies at the University of Alberta and within the Edmonton region. Prior to beginning her career in technology commercialization in 1999, Joanna spent a decade in production roles in the bio-manufacturing industry, first with a private Alberta firm and later with the Alberta Research Council. Her educational background includes a BSc in Genetics and an MBA in Technology Commercialization, both from the University of Alberta. Joanna is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), a case study discussion leader for the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, an occasional grant reviewer for CIHR and a member of the Commercialization and Technology Development Committee of AGEWELL, a Canadian National Centre of Excellence.

    Shalon McFarlane MSc, Technology Management Officer, Natural Sciences and Engineering, TEC Edmonton: Shalon has been a technology management officer as a member of the Natural Sciences & Engineering Technology Management team at TEC since 2013. Specializing in intellectual property, Shalon evaluates technologies and inventions from the University of Alberta and surrounding Edmonton region, develops commercialization strategies (spinoff vs. licensing), and conducts market research to promote technologies to potential licensees as well as drafts and negotiates various commercial agreements. Shalon's portfolio includes all applications of technologies in natural sciences and engineering, but specifically those in the space of nanotechnology; energy and the environment; materials and compounds; chemistry; and electronics and software. Before joining TEC, Shalon completed her Master of Science in Physics with a focus in Condensed Matter Physics, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Physics, both from the University of Alberta. Her research areas were in nanotechnology and photonics, with collaborations in chemistry and engineering, and a focus on nano-imaging, microscopy and spectroscopy.

  • 6. 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. - NSERC or Alberta Labour - OHS or Risk Management Services

    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

    Location: Room 2-150, ECHA

    Presenter: Frank Nolan

    Building Research Partnerships through NSERC

    This presentation will provide an overview of NSERC's Research Partnerships Programs, which support research collaborations between academic researchers and Canadian businesses.

    Speaker Bio:

    Frank Nolan is the Engage Grants program officer for the Prairies Region, and he is responsible for disseminating information about NSERC programs and developing strategies to encourage new research, training and innovation partnerships across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Before joining NSERC in 2007, Frank was manager of Research Promotion for the University of Manitoba.

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    Alberta Labour - Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

    Location: 1-152, ECHA

    Presenters: Karina Thomas & Katherine Launier

    Karina and Katherine will present two grant funding programs: OHS Futures Research Grant Funding Program and OHS Futures Innovations and Engagement Grant Program.

    OHS Futures Research Grant Funding Program formalizes the way researchers, academic institutions, industry, and labour organizations access funding for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) research. It links government with experts and enhances OHS knowledge and capacity. OHS Futures provides approximately $1 million in funding every year. In previous years, OHS Futures received over 30 applications and funded between seven and 14 projects.

    OHS Futures Innovation and Engagement Grant Program funds non-profit and public sector organizations for projects aimed at improving OHS awareness, knowledge and action in Alberta.There are three funding streams: Capacity Building for activities such as conferences, seminars and learning sessions (up to $10,000), Action for activities such as developing and disseminating information resources and awareness campaigns (up to $20,000), and Momentum for similar activities as the Action but with the requirement of partnership between two or more organizations (up to $50,000)

    Please come with your questions and find out about more about eligibility and how to apply to these programs!

    Speaker Bios:

    Dr. Karina Thomas and Katherine Launier work in the Occupational Disease and Injury Prevention (ODIP) group in Occupational Health and Safety at the Alberta Ministry of Labour (Alberta Labour). The ODIP group collected and generates the evidence to inform the development and revision of policies for Occupational Health and Safety in Alberta. As part of their work, Karina and Katherine support a grant program that funds research into occupational disease and injury prevention.

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    Risk Management Services

    Location: Room 1-131, ECHA

    Presenters: Rob Munro & Michelle Rooker

    Risk is about uncertainty. Research is driven by uncertainty too; indeed it is the unknown and undiscovered that drives the research enterprise. When it comes to safety in research, the goal should always be to minimize that uncertainty. Rob and Andrew will demonstrate that managing safety risk doesn't have to be difficult, and the rewards are greater than you might expect.

    Speaker Bios:

    Michelle Rooker is the lead for the EHS Operation team.

    Andrew Cooper is the acting director of Environment, Health & Safety at the University of Alberta. A certified health and safety consultant and past president of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, Andrew is passionate about improving safety in research by building a principle-based foundation.

  • 7. 3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. - CIHR or Alberta Innovates or University of Alberta Libraries

    Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

    Location: Room 2-140, ECHA

    Presenter: Dominque Lalonde

    Update on CIHR Priorities & Programs

    Session Description: TBA

    Speaker Bio:

    Dominique joined CIHR in 2000. Currently she is the manager of the Contact Centre at CIHR which is responsible for centrally supporting program and competition management through application processing, inquiry management and post-funding administration. Previously she was deputy director for various OOGP Peer Review Committees and salary and training awards, and has led a number of initiative at CIHR including the implementation of the Vanier CGS program, the delivery of the first Foundation pilot, and the implementation of the Contact Centre. She received her bachelor's degree in social sciences with a concentration in psychology from Laurentian University.

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    Alberta Innovates

    Location: Room L1-220 (basement) (please note location change was previously scheduled for Room 1-153, ECHA)

    Presenter: Kirk Rockwell

    Alberta Innovates (AI): Focusing on the Future

    Kirk Rockwell leads the Post-Secondary investments Team at Alberta Innovates.He will provide an overview of AI's research and innovation priorities outlined in its strategic roadmap, touching on performance measurement, investments, emerging technologies, and the R&I continuum.

    Alberta Innovates invests in research, innovation and entrepreneurship to drive provincial economic growth and diversity. We ignite the power of innovation through our work with researchers, industry and entrepreneurs to move Alberta to a lower-carbon future, enhance the responsible use of land and water, and contribute to the improved health and well-being of Albertans.

    AI provides technical expertise, entrepreneurial advice and support, opportunities for partnerships, and funding to advance the best ideas. We support a broad range of research and innovation activity - from discovery to use.

    Alberta Innovates' unique position in the R&I ecosystem makes it the ideal agent to apply emerging technologies across multiple sectors. Existing cross-sectoral R&I partnerships and collaborations can be leveraged by AI and its applied research subsidiary, InnoTech Alberta, and new ones fostered to accelerate the development, uptake and spread of these technologies.

    Speaker Bio:

    Kirk Rockwell is a project and operations manager with over 15 years of experience managing technology and innovation initiatives, across a broad range of sectors in partnership with all levels of government and some of Canada's largest companies. As a project manager for a consulting firm in Alberta he managed a portfolio of numerous large scale, multi-year, contaminated site remediation projects, with responsibility for all project oversight and deliverables.

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    University of Alberta Libraries

    Location: Room 1-131, ECHA

    Presenter: James Doiron

    The Canadian research data management landscape is rapidly evolving, and is one which involves a wide range of stakeholders including researchers, faculties, institutional supports (e.g., libraries, research services and ethics offices, IT services, etc), national infrastructure and service providers and, most recently, national funding agencies. In 2018 the 'Tri-Agency Research Data Management Draft Policy' was released, highlighting three main pillars: institutional RDM strategy, data management planning, and data deposit. This session will provide an overview of the Tri-Agency RDM draft policy, as well as supports and services available through the University of Alberta Libraries to help researchers address these pillars and to be better prepared for impending policy changes relating to research data management.

    Speaker Bio:

    James Doiron is the research data management services coordinator for the University of Alberta Libraries. With an educational background in the social sciences (psychology & criminology), he has over 15 years of applied research data management experience, including with large multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research teams, and across a wide range of research areas and disciplines. James has extensive experience managing both quantitative and qualitative research data throughout their lifecycle and provided essential support to a wide range of research projects, including data management advisement to support both immediate and long-term project goals, and data preservation. James is an active member on a wide range of local, national, and international advisory committees and working groups, including the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Portage network Research Data Management Training and Data Management Planning Expert Groups, and Dataverse North Working Group, the Statistics Canada Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) External Advisory Committee, and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) Research Data Management Interest Group.


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