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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. Rizwan Haq

Interim Vice-President of Research

Parker Building, L-1111

Email: rhaq@laurentian.ca


Dr. Rizwan Haq, a full professor in the Department of Physics, has been Interim Vice-President of Research since August 1, 2018.

Dr. Haq completed a B.Sc. (Lucknow University), M.Sc. (Indian Institute of Technology) and Ph.D. (Gujarat University) in Physics. He completed postdoctoral fellowships in physics at the Institut de physique nucléaire (Orsay, France), the Centre de recherches nucléaires (Strasbourg, France), the Université libre de Bruxelles, and the University of Toronto and also taught as a sessional lecturer at the latter two institutions. He has been a faculty member in the Laurentian University Department of Physics since 1983.

His research work focused on particle astrophysics, including the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) projects that eventually led to a Nobel Prize for Dr. Art MacDonald in 2015. Publications include works in particle astrophysics, medical physics and the scholarship of teaching and learning in physics. He held NSERC team and individual research grants at various times in his career. In 2016, he was part of the SNO team which received the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. He has also served in governance roles including the boards of directors of MIRARCO, SNO and the Academic Council of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.   

Dr. Haq is a seasoned academic administrator. He served as Chair of the Department of Physics for five years (1992-97), and several academic leadership roles in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, including as Acting Dean (2000-01), Dean (2001-06) and Interim Dean (2008-10).

Vic Palkanis 

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

Parker Building L-650

Email: vpakalnis@laurentian.ca or vpakalnis@mirarco.org

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 (on leave)

Associate Vice-President Research Partnerships, Innovation and Economic Development

Parker L-648

Email: csfowler@laurentian.ca

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

Email: gschultze@laurentian.ca

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.

Gisele Roberts

Manager, Innovation and Commercialization

Parker Building, L-650

Phone:  705-675-1151 (3866)

Email: groberts@laurentian.ca

Gisele graduated from Laurentian University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Prior to joining Laurentian University in 2007 as a technology transfer officer, she worked as a registered nurse in a small northern community and a research associate at the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre, co-authoring a number of peer-reviewed articles.  She is an experienced business professional in the university research and commercialization sector, responsible for managing and supporting the disclosure and protection of intellectual property created at the university; negotiating agreements, license fees, royalties, etc. for technology transfers; and advising faculty and staff on matters pertaining to intellectual property.  As co-lead in the planning and implementation of the new Jim Fielding Innovation and Commercialization Space at Laurentian University, she is responsible for the management of centre programming and operations.  She is also program lead and administrator of a shared entrepreneurship program with Cambrian College and Collège Boréal.  As an active participant in economic development activities that support innovation at the university and within the City of Greater Sudbury, Gisele has developed a strong network of partners and supporters locally, provincially and nationally.

Dr. Alan Lock

Manager, Perdue Central Analytical Facility

Cliff Fielding Building, CF-206F

Email: alock@laurentian.ca

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.

Heather Cornthwaite

Technologist, Perdue Central Analytical Facility

Cliff Fielding Building, CF-206G

Email: hx_cornthwaite@laurentian.ca

Phone: 705-675-1151 (5095)

Heather obtained a B.Sc. in Forensic Science/Analytical Chemistry and a M.Sc. in Chemical Sciences from Laurentian University. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Laurentian University. Prior to joining the Perdue Central Analytical Facility, Heather was the most senior research assistant in the Laurentian University Forensic Toxicology Research Lab (FTRL) and led most of the analysis, equipment maintenance and student training in that facility. She has ample experience in student and colleague training as well as using chromatography and high resolution mass spectrometry to investigate organic molecules. Heather has also published peer-reviewed articles in analytical chemistry journals such as Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Analysis Methods, Drug Testing and Analysis and Journal of Chromatography B. As the technologist for the Perdue Central Analytical Facility (PCAF), Heather is responsible for set-up and daily operations for qualitative and quantitative based research in the facility. She develops quality control programs and participates in method development and implementation for faculty and students. Heather will be responsible for repairing and maintaining facility equipment as well as training facility users on proper instrument protocols and health and safety.

Lynn Leclerc

Administrative Assistant

Parker Building L-1111

Email: lleclerc@laurentian.ca

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.

Office of Research Services

The mandate of Office of Research Services (ORS) is to support researchers with all aspects of their research activities. This mandate encompasses a broad suite of services which includes assisting researchers in every step of the pre and post research grant funding process, grant funding administration, knowledge mobilization, human participants research ethics, animal use protocols, and intellectual property management and technology transfer.

Name and Contact Information


Dr. Daniel Archambault


Parker Building, L-607

Email: darchambault@laurentian.ca

Phone: 705-675-1151 (3446)

Daniel is an alumnus of Laurentian University. He obtained an Honours B.Sc. in Biology in 1989 and an M.Sc. in Ecology in 1991. Daniel then studied at the University of Alberta where he received a Ph.D. in Physiology and Cell Biology. After spending one year as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta, he accepted a position as a Research Scientist with the Alberta Research Council. While at the Alberta Research Council, Daniel developed a program in environmental adaptation research and was appointed Program Leader. This was the beginning of his experience in administration and management. In 2005, he joined Laurentian’s Research Office as a Research Activities Manager. He is the Director of the Office of Research Services. Daniel is responsible for overseeing all activities of the office. He is also responsible for the Canada Research Chairs portfolio and applications to the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund.


Dr. Robin Craig 

Research Advisor

Parker Building, L-615

Email: rj_craig@laurentian.ca

Phone: 705-675-1151 (3213)

Originally from Toronto, Dr. Robin Craig completed her undergraduate degree in French Literature at The University of Toronto in 2002. Robin went on to complete a Certificat en langue et civilization française at The Sorbonne and a Master’s (2004) and Ph.D. in French Literature (2010) at Western University. Between 2002 and 2013, she has held teaching appointments at Western University, St. Francis Xavier University, l’Université d’Orléans, and Laurentian University. She is currently completing a certificate program in French Workplace Translation through Humber College and sits on the  Board of Directors for Le Théatre Nouvel Ontario (TNO) and the Laurentian Child and Family Centre (LCFC).

Since joining the Office of Research Services at Laurentian in January 2013, Robin has been responsible for identifying, developing and managing external research funding opportunities in the areas of Social Sciences and Humanities, Public Health, Indigenous and Francophone research. She advises researchers, students and postdoctoral fellows. Between January 2013 and January 2016, Robin served as the Laurentian's Ethics Officer, providing administrative and consultative support to the Laurentian University Research Ethics Board with regard to research ethics monitoring and compliance. In her current role, Robin assists with the coordination of institution-wide strategic research initiatives and works closely with cross-functional departments in the development, interpretation, and implementation of institutional policies related to research and internal funding programs. She also actively contributes to facilitating knowledge mobilization activities at Laurentian University and leads the development of all research related communications and marketing materials as well as manages the Office of Research Services' website and social media accounts. 

Dr. Sean Parsons

Research Advisor

Parker Building, L-613

Phone: 706-675-1151 (3406)

Email: sa_parsons@laurentian.ca

Sean began his career at Laurentian University where he obtained an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, in 2001.  After Laurentian, Sean moved to Queen’s University where he completed a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2007, working in the Queen’s University Cancer Research Institute.  From Queen’s, Sean moved to the University of Calgary where he pursued post-doctoral studies, as a member of the Snyder Institute for Infection, Inflammation, and Immunity.  Following a second post-doctoral fellowship at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Sean moved back to Sudbury, accepting a position in 2012 as a Grants Development Officer. Sean joined the Office of Research Services at Laurentian in September of 2015.

Sean’s responsibilities include pre-award assessment and development in the natural sciences, health sciences, and engineering; assisting researchers in finding potential sources of funding.

Stephanie Harris

Post-Award and Ethics Officer
Lead ROMEO Administrator

Parker Building, L-619

Phone: 705-675-1151 (3681)

Email: sharris2@laurentian.ca

Stephanie Harris comes to the Office of Research Services with experience in the fields of human and social services with her most recent experience in community development.  Along with a Degree in Child and Youth Care, she has successfully earned her Master’s Degree in Human Services.  With her skill set in organizing and planning, she created and chaired the International Women’s Week Committee, has lead many other community committees and projects and served as co-chair of the Aboriginal Women’s Working Group.  She is a past Director of the Sudbury Women’s Center Board, past President of the Sudbury and Area Victims services after completing 6 years in that role and is currently a Director on the Big Brothers Big Sisters and Sudbury Planning Council Boards. 

As the Post-Award and Ethics Officer, Stephanie’s main responsibilities are to work with the research team and serve as the office of record for all awards and ethics certifications made to researchers.  She is responsible for preparing funding reports on funding received and manages recordings of information in databases and other records.  She also monitors and facilitates compliance for all ethics and awards regulations and requirements.  She assists investigators and project personnel throughout the duration of their award with their obligations under the terms and conditions of the awards.  Stephanie serves as the university’s ex-officio representative on the Research Ethics Boards and the Animal Care Committee.  Finally, she is the lead administrator for the ROMEO database, an online database-driven system that manages certifications and awards and tracks statuses and facilitates funding disbursements.  Stephanie offers a variety of additional services to the University, including presentation and workshops on the ROMEO system and a variety of research ethics topics.

Lise Carrière

Research Contracts Officer

Parker Building, L611

Phone:  705-675-1151 (2429)

Email: lncarriere@laurentian.ca

Lise Carrière has joined the Office Research Services team as the Research Contracts Officer. Lise came to Laurentian in 2007, where she worked at l’Institut franco-ontarien in the role of Executive Assistant. In 2010, she accepted a Nurse Practitioner/MScN Clinical Placement Coordinator position at the School of Nursing. Lise has built her career in a variety of roles and industries where she learnt quite quickly how to adapt to different working environments.

Lise is part of the post-award team that manages the research process once a project has been funded or an external research partnership initiated.  She is responsible for reviewing and negotiating research agreements with sponsors, government ministries and other academic institutions.  She is also the Registrar for Postdoctoral Fellows, ensuring that all the required documentation and agreements are in place prior to the start of any appointment of a fellow. She can be reached at extension 2429 or by email at: lncarriere@laurentian.ca.

​Andrée Noiseux

Research Productivity Officer

Parker Building, L-617  

Phone: 705-675-1151 (2423)

Email:  aj_noiseux@laurentian.ca

Andrée Noiseux is responsible for coordinating the development of Laurentian's new strategic research plan, communications and Research Week.

Andrée completed an undergraduate degree in History and Spanish at Laurentian University in 2007 and a Master’s degree in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa in 2012. She worked for non-profit organizations in the field of gender equality in Bolivia, Burkina Faso and Ottawa, before returning to Sudbury where she worked for the Institut franco-ontarien and the Francophone Affairs Office at Laurentian University. Andrée has experience in grant proposal writing, project coordination, program evaluation and in student mobility pathways. She can be reached at extension 3213 or by email at aj_noiseux@laurentian.ca

Pauline Zanetti

Administrative Assistant

Parker Building, L-607

Phone: 705-675-1151 (2436)

Email: pzanetti@laurentian.ca

Pauline Zanetti completed an undergraduate degree in History in 1996. She has worked at Laurentian University for over 20 years in different departments and in 2005 she joined the Office of Research Services.

As the administrative assistant for the Office of Research Services she provides administrative support to the Director, the Research Activities Managers, the University veterinarian, the Post-Award Officer and the Research Contracts Officer.
She also serves as recording secretary on the Research Ethics Board, the Animal Care Committee and the Research, Development and Creativity Council.

She can be contacted by email at pzanetti@laurentian.ca or by telephone at extension 2436.