Contact Us

The Research Office has relocated to the 3rd Floor at 599 Portage Avenue in the Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex. We look forward to seeing you at our new location.

Jino DistasioVice-President, Research and Innovation
Jino Distasio

phone:  204.982.1147
office:  3RC075B

Jaime CidroAssociate Vice-President, Research and Innovation
Jaime Cidro

phone:  204.988.7675
office:  3RC086

Bea SpearingExecutive Assistant to the Vice-President and Associate Vice-President
Bea Spearing

phone:  204.786.9734
office:  3RC075A

Bea Spearing joined the Research Office in 2000. Prior to that, she was in the Dean of Arts and Science office for 13 years.  She is a former graduate of Red River Community College in Business Administration.  Bea has extensive years of knowledge with an administrative background and experience working with the university community and senior administration.  Contact Bea about:

  • General Inquires
  • Postdoctoral Fellows, Visiting Scholars, Research Scholars

Lauren Bosc Lead Program Officer, Research Partnerships
Lauren Bosc

phone:  204.988.7184
office:  3RC082

Lauren Bosc joined the Research Office in 2021, but has been staff at UWinnipeg since completing an MA in Cultural Studies – Texts and Cultures at UWinnipeg in 2014. Her academic background is interdisciplinary, touching upon studies of media and literature and their intersections with Women’s and Gender Studies and Cultural Studies. Contact Lauren about:

  • Knowledge Mobilization
  • Research Partnerships
  • Research Committee – Internal Awards
  • Senate Research Policy Committee
  • Contracts, MOUs, Agreements

Vanessa Bayaraa Program Officer, Natural Sciences Research
Rachel Keijzer

phone:  204.786.9137
office:  3RC077

Rachel Keijzer joined the Research Office in 2022. She has a BEd, BA, and MA from the University of Winnipeg. Previously, Rachel managed a research support unit focused on pediatric clinical research as well as a federally funded health program for a tribal council in Manitoba. Contact Rachel about:

  • NSERC and CIHR
  • Natural science related grants
  • CFI

Vanessa Bayaraa Program Officer, Research Implementation and Ethics
Vanessa Bayaraa - (currently on LOA)

phone:  204.786.9058
office:  3RC081
email: [for all ethics-related inquiries] /

Vanessa Bayaraa joined the Research Office in 2020 and held a Bachelor’s Degree in Science. Previously, she worked as a Senior Research Coordinator for six years in health research and as a Taxpayer Request Re-assessor for three years with Canada Revenue Agency. Contact Vanessa about:

  • Human Ethics
  • Animal Ethics
  • WebGrants

Dylan Jones

Program Officer, Canada Research Chair Advisor and Special Initiatives
Dylan Jones
phone:  204.258.3065
office:  3RC080

Dylan Jones joined the Research Office in 2021, but has been a staff member at the UWinnipeg since 2019. Previously, he worked in the Faculty of Graduate Studies as the Awards and Communications Officer. Dylan completed both his BA and MA at the UWinnipeg and is currently completing a certification in Project Management at Red River College. Contact Dylan about

  • Canada Research Chairs Program
  • Undergraduate Student Research and Travel Awards (NSERC USRA / UW-USRA-HS / USTG)
  • Mitacs
  • Post-Award Research Support
    • Opening Research Accounts
    • Purchasing and Research Account Finances
    • Research Account Extensions

For general inquiries about the following and all other research-related services not listed above, please email

Chair, Animal Ethics Committee
Dr. Desiree Vanderwel


Chair, Human Research Ethics Board
Dr. Jeannie Kerr


Chair, Research Committee
Dr. Yannick Molgat-Seon