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Office of the Vice-President Research


The Office of the Vice-President Research works in collaboration with both institutional and external stakeholders to optimize both fundamental and commercial research activities and to maximize the visibility of their impacts and outcomes locally, nationally, and internationally. This team works actively to lead high-level research partnerships and coordinate strategic initiatives between Laurentian University, funding agencies, government organizations, private sector entities, and industry. By cultivating and supporting large-scale university wide programs and initiatives aligned with Laurentian University Strategic Research Plan, the Office of the Vice-President Research aims to foster and support a vibrant institutional environment in which innovative and transformational research can be achieved. 



Name and Contact Information 



Dr. Rui Wang

Vice-President Research 


Parker Building  L-1111 

Phone: 705-675-1151 (3944)

Dr. Rui Wang has been Vice-President of Research of Laurentian University since January of 2015. During 2004-2014, Dr. Wang had served as the Vice President of Research firstly and then as Vice President of Research, Economic Development and Innovation at Lakehead University.  Dr. Wang came to Lakehead from the University of Saskatchewan, where he was a Professor of Physiology and leader of both the Cardiovascular Research Group and the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Network. Prior to that, Dr. Wang was a Principal Investigator from 1995 to 2000 at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Maine, USA, and an Assistant Professor at the Université de Montréal from 1993 to 1997.  Dr. Wang was trained in China as a medical doctor, and later received his PhD degree in 1990 from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Wang is an international leader in the study of the metabolism and physiological functions of a group of small molecules of gas, known as gasotransmitters, a category which includes nitric oxide, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen sulfide (H2S).  Dr. Wang's achievements have been recognized with numerous national and international honors and awards. His research has been continuously supported by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSF).  Over the course of his career, Dr. Wang has received >$13M research funding, and published about 250 peer-reviewed papers in leading scientific journals, including Science, Cell, Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, JCI, PANS, EMBO J, Circulation, Circulation Research, and Blood.  To date, Dr. Wang has trained more than 80 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scientists. 


Vic Palkanis 

Associate Vice-President Laurentian Mining, Innovation and Technology (LMIT)

Parker Building L-650

Email: or

Phone: 705-675-1151 (5110)



Vic Pakalnis has a rich and diverse background in the mining industry, government and academic institutions. Vic has led a career in provincial government at the Ontario Ministry of Labour. During his 32-year career with the Ontario Government, he worked as Provincial Director of Mining, Director of Industrial Health & Safety, Regional Director of Eastern Ontario (which included corporate and program responsibilities for Health and Safety Programs and Employment Standards) and Operations Director for Human Resources. Following his widespread career in government, Vic’s diligence was praised when he was awarded Ontario’s prestigious Amethyst Award for Excellence in Public Service. He is the author of a number of papers on varying subjects such as: mine safety, public policy, training and organizational design.

Vic is also a proud member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Society of Mining Engineers, the Canadian Institute for Mining and Metallurgy and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. He serves on the Board of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada as well as the Board of Minerva Canada, which promotes the introduction of occupational health and safety in schools.

In July 2012, he became President and CEO of MIRARCO Mining Innovation; a not-for profit corporation with revenues of $4M and 50 researchers. On November 1st, he was appointed Associate Vice President at Laurentian Mining Innovation Technology, an umbrella organization composed of 225 researchers at Laurentian University.


Craig Fowler

Associate Vice-President Research Partnerships, Innovation and Economic Development

Parker L-648


Phone: 705-675-1151 (2437)





Craig Fowler was most recently the Associate Vice-President for Laurentian University in Barrie where he was responsible for the administrative infrastructure in Barrie, for supporting and developing student recruitment and marketing strategies, and also has responsibility for community engagement, government relations, alumni relations and development.  Prior to this role, Craig spent over 12 years with the Ontario government. During his career as a public servant, he has held a series of progressively senior leadership positions in various ministries, including Finance, Economic Development and Research and Innovation.   Craig has a Master's degree in Local Economic Development and a Bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning, both from University of Waterloo. In addition, Craig has completed Executive programs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Ivey School of Business.

Reporting to the Vice-President Research, Craig’s core role is to champion significant new large-scale research collaborations and strategic initiatives by working closely with our research centres and external partners. He is also working actively to expand Laurentian University’s research partnerships, commercialization and incubation opportunities as well as strengthen knowledge mobilization activities between Laurentian researchers and the internal and external community.



Gillian Schultze

Director, Strategic Research Initiatives

Parker Building L-646


Phone: 705-675-1151 (3680)



Gillian Schultze has spent over 25 years working collaboratively with business and industry in all levels of government.  From entrepreneurship to running a $2M private business to the responsibility of a managing a $4.5M transfer payment agreement with the province, Gillian has extensive experience in economic development and strategic planning through her varied career.  Her strengths in innovative leadership and organizational development are evident in the 90+ staff she managed at Science North and Dynamic Earth where she was key to the implementation of a number of new initiatives still used today.  Gillian’s capacity to analyze needs and create innovative solutions designed to yield profitable results are evident in the success of the number of businesses she has owned and/or operated, each achieving at least 20 growth yearly.  She has also supported business growth in Northern Ontario through her leadership roles at the City of Greater Sudbury, the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Scotiabank, Laurentian University as well as her volunteer capacities with the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, Rainbow Routes, Northern Lights, United Way, The Sudbury Symphony, Laurentian Nordic, and the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation.

Dr. Alan Lock

Manager, Perdue Central Analytical Facility

Parker Building, L-642


Phone: 705-675-1151 (5065) 

Dr. Alan Lock has been the Manager of the Perdue Central Analytical Facility (PCAF) at Laurentian University since November, 2017. Prior to this, Dr. Lock spent 4 years as the manager for the Elliot Lake Research Field Station (ELRFS) laboratories, an ISO:17025 accredited research and analytical facility owned by Laurentian University providing services to academic and industrial clients. From 2001 to 2010 Dr. Lock enhanced his research and management capacity in his project lead role with the Centre for Environmental Monitoring at MIRARCO, Laurentian University while concurrently doing a part-time Ph.D. thesis in the Environmental and Life Sciences program at Trent University. For nearly 10 years at MIRARCO, Dr. Lock worked closely with undergraduate and graduate students, interns and post-doctoral fellows training and guiding them in methods and techniques for environmental monitoring, analysis and reclamation. As an integral team leader, he built partnerships and collaborations with academia, governments and industries. With strong interest in student development, Dr. Lock has served as a sessional professor teaching courses in physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and environmental impact assessments at Laurentian University and Cambrian College. 

Dr. Lock brings with him over 15 years of management, research and training experience as an environmental biogeochemist, with much of this experience focused on the analysis of soil/sediment, biological material, water, and air samples. He has completed more than 50 technical reports, conference manuscripts and peer-reviewed publications and is a proud graduate of Laurentian University with a B.Sc. in Environmental Earth Sciences and a M.Sc. in Geology.



Lynn Leclerc

Administrative Assistant

Parker Building L-1111


Phone: 705-675-1151 (3944)




As a student, Lynn Leclerc began working at the Laurentian University Jeno Tahanyi Pool from 1977 to 1981.  After spending a few years working in Toronto, Lynn returned to Sudbury. In October 1987, she began her career at Laurentian University, at first accepting part-time contracts in various departments. In August 1988, she accepted a full-time position in the Financial Services Office as the Secretary to the Director of Financial Services. In February 2005, Lynn accepted the position of Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice-President, Research. Over the past ten years, the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Research has evolved into the Office of the Vice-President, Research.

As the Executive Assistant to the Vice-President, Research, Lynn is responsible for managing the Vice-President’s calendar and email; ensuring the effective functioning of the office; overseeing all budgets; is the recording secretary and administrative support to the Research, Development and Creativity Council, the Research Ethics Board Liaison Committee; the Research Coordination Group; and various implementation and search committees.