Panel Members

Penny Moody-Corbett (Chair)
Division of Medical Sciences
Northern Ontario School of Medicine University

Dr. Moody-Corbett is trained in Physiology, a PhD from Faculty of Medicine, McGill University and a post-doctoral scholar at Harvard Medical School and Tufts New England Medical Centre in Boston. She spent most of her research career as a Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, including 11 years as Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Medicine. As an independent investigator she studied the developmental expression and spatial distribution of ion channels underlying the electrical properties in nerve and skeletal muscle. She has expanded her scholarly interests in the fields of ethics and integrity, health policy, patient-oriented research and social accountability.

Dr. Moody-Corbett has held senior leadership positions as the former President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, and, in the area of research ethics, as: Chair of the Ethics Committee for the International Union of Physiological Sciences; Chair of the committees responsible for establishing the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Research Ethics Authority (Bill 23); and Director of Ethics and Strategy on Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

At the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Dr. Moody-Corbett played a major role in the European Union Recruit and Retain Project, Making It Work, and as a member of the Training for Health Equity Network (THEnet), an international team providing guidance on tools that map graduate outcomes from medical schools with social accountability mandates.

Dr. Moody-Corbett supports research programming for faculty and learners in community-based programs, biomedical and clinical fields, and research projects led by or involving Indigenous communities. In 2016, Indigenous Affairs and Research co-hosted the Indigenous Research Gathering. It was a two-day event highlighting Indigenous-based research practices and in 2017 Indigenous Affairs and Research co-hosted the Pathways to Well-Being workshop (June 2017), which brought together youth, Elders, community leaders and health care providers to address the topic of suicide in Northern Ontario in particular among Indigenous youth and children.

Thomas Ellis
Department of Chemistry
University of Saskatchewan

Thomas Ellis completed his B.Sc. in Engineering Physics at Dalhousie University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Waterloo with Dr. Giacinto Scoles. His Post-Doctoral Fellowship at AT&T Bell Laboratories involved the development of time-resolved high-resolution electron energy spectroscopy for the study of adsorption and reactions at metal surfaces. He established his own laboratory at Université de Montréal, where from 1985-2002 his research program applied vibrational spectroscopy techniques to the study of materials and interfaces. He then moved of Acadia University for 2 years as Dean of Research and Graduate Studies.

From 2005-2015 he served as Director of Research at the Canadian Light Source (CLS), Canada’s national synchrotron facility. He had previously been involved in the initiative to build Canada’s first synchrotron, and had led the development of two infrared beamlines. His term as Director of Research coincided with the first 10 years of science operations at the facility. During that period the CLS hosted over 2500 researchers from academic institutions, government, and industry from 28 countries, 10 provinces and 2 territories, delivered 40,000 experimental shifts, received 10,000 user visits, and provided scientific service critical in over 1500 scientific publications and patents.

Since returning to academic life in 2015 at the University of Saskatchewan he has held term positions as Acting-Head in the Department of Chemistry and Acting Associate Dean of Students in the College of Arts and Science. He is a advocate for interdisciplinarity in research and teaching.

G. Cynthia Fekken
Professor and Associate Department Head
Department of Psychology
Queen’s University

Dr. Fekken obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (1978), Master of Arts (1980) and Ph.D. (1983) degrees in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. She joined Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1983 and is presently a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Psychology. Since 2001, Dr. Fekken has held a variety of administrative positions at Queen’s University, including both Acting Head and Associate Head of the Department of Psychology; Associate Dean (Studies), Associate Dean at-large and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts and Science; and Associate Vice Principal (Research) at the University level. Dr. Fekken has been active with the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada since 2007 and is currently a member of the their Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee. 

Dr. Fekken's psychological research interests focus on personality theory and assessment. She has published numerous book chapters and empirical papers in refereed journals. Her recent work has evaluated the subclinical aspects of personality known as the “Dark Triad”. Much of her research has evaluated the degree to which people's questionnaire responses can be trusted. Dr. Fekken has been a registered psychologist with the Ontario College of Psychologists since 1989 and has consulted about psychological assessment issues with numerous professional, governmental and community organizations. In her administrative roles, Dr. Fekken has been involved in developing policy and managing investigations related to academic integrity in the classroom and as well as research integrity at the University. She has contributed input to the Canadian Responsible Conduct of Research Forum and has participated in presenting talks and workshops at multiple national and international meetings, including at several World Conferences on Research Integrity. 

Abraham Fuks
Departments of Medicine, Pathology and Oncology
McGill University

Dr. Abraham Fuks is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University where he obtained his M.D., C.M. in 1970. He is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Pathology and Oncology at McGill. Dr. Fuks served as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill from 1995 to 2006 and was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard University in 2007-2008. He has experience as research scientist in immunogenetics and tumor biology, the ethics of research involving human subjects and as a clinician and health care provider, having worked in the McGill hospital system as a clinical immunologist and a consultant at three teaching hospitals. He served as Chair of the Institutional Review Board of the Faculty of Medicine for fourteen years and was Research Integrity Officer at McGill from 2009 to 2014. Dr. Fuks has an active research interest in patient-physician interactions and in the language of medicine and its metaphoric structure. He teaches medical students and graduate students and is a co-author of the volume entitled, Physicianship and the Rebirth of Medical Education. In 2021, his book entitled The Language of Medicine was published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Fuks is a member of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Linc Kesler
Associate Professor
Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
University of British Columbia

Linc Kesler holds a B.A, cum laude, from Yale University and an M.A. and Ph.D from The University of Toronto, all in English literature. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia. In his early career after a year in China, he taught early modern English literature and literary theory at Oregon State University, while also leading the establishment of the state’s first Ethnic Studies department and other services for American Indians and other under-represented groups, and developing an oral history project with an Oregon tribal organization. In 2003 he became the first director of First Nations and Indigenous Studies at UBC, anchoring the curriculum of that program in research partnerships with Indigenous communities and organizations and in advanced uses of digital technologies. Following work on university-level committees, he became the Director of the First Nations House of Learning and Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs in 2009, working across the university on the development and implementation of the UBC Aboriginal Strategic Plan and the establishment of units such as the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, and the Indigenous Research Support Initiative. He is currently teaching courses in Indigenous theory and the ethics and practice of oral history interviewing, and completing a book on time and causality in early modern English drama. His Indigenous ancestry is Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota.

Vincent Larivière
Faculty of Arts and Science,
School of Library and Information Science
Université de Montréal

Vincent Larivière is a Professor of Information Science and Vice-Rector of Strategic Planning and Communications at Université de Montréal, where he also holds the Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communications. In addition, he is the Scientific Director of the Érudit journal platform, Associate Scientific Director of the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies (OST‑UQAM) and a regular member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST). His research work focuses on 1) the scientific policies and characteristics of research systems, 2) the transformations, in the digital world, of the modes of production and dissemination of scientific knowledge, 3) equity, diversity and inclusion in the scientific community, and 4) ethics and integrity in research. He holds an interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology and Society (UQAM), a Master’s degree in the History of Science (UQAM) and a Ph.D. in Information Science (McGill), and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Information Visualization at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Rehan Sadiq
Professor Civil Engineering
Executive Associate Dean, School of Engineering
University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

Dr. Sadiq is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and currently holds an Executive Associate Dean’s position in the School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is also a co-director of Digital Learning Factory Initiative and a co-lead of Life Cycle Management Laboratory at UBC. Dr. Sadiq is a world-leading researcher in the areas of asset management of water supply systems, environmental risk analysis and lifecycle assessment of built environment. He is an author of more than 550 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles, book chapters and technical reports. The citations for his research work now exceeds 11,000 in the Google Scholar, which place him among top-cited civil engineering researchers. He has served and chaired numerous Canadian and international scientific committees and conferences. Dr. Sadiq sits on the editorial board of many international journals in his field. He is also a recipient of 2013 Researcher of the Year Award at UBC Okanagan Campus.

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