Staff

  • Ms Christina Weise

    Executive Director

    Christina Weise is the Executive Director of the Manitoba Health Research Council. She has a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Manitoba. She is a public administrator with more than 15 years of experience developing and implementing public policy in the areas of research and innovation and in managing funds and programs to support research. Just prior to joining MHRC, Christina was with the Manitoba Department of Innovation, Energy and Mines as Director, Research and Innovation Policy where she oversaw the administration of over $20 million to support research in Manitoba. Ms Weise also has extensive experience in strategic planning, working with boards and sustaining strong relationships with partners and stakeholders in the health research community.

  • Ms Shannon Rogalski

    Manager, Funding Programs

    Shannon graduated with a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Manitoba in 2000 and started her career as a policy analyst with Western Economic Diversification in Ottawa, and then with the federal department’s headquarters in Edmonton. In 2002, Shannon moved on to the Province of Alberta and worked as a grant policy analyst for the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing. She joined the MHRC in January 08.

  • Ms Liz Ford

    Administrative & Financial Officer

    Liz joined the Manitoba Health Research Council over 20 years ago. As MHRC's sole employee, Liz's job description included "everything".  As MHRC matured and expanded, Liz moved through Administration Assistant and Grants Competition Coordinator to her present position as Financial and Administration Officer. Her academic qualifications include a Certificate in Public Sector Management from the University of Manitoba various courses from the Banff School of Management.

  • Mr. Ambrosio P. Catalla Jr

    Evaluations and Policy Analyst

    The Evaluation & Policy Analyst plays a key role in monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the progress and impact of the MHRC’s efforts to advance health research in the province. As Analyst, he works collaboratively with other MHRC staff, the provincial health research community, and counterparts in other jurisdictions nationally.   Ted has over 15 years of experience designing, coordinating and conducting surveys, assessments and evaluation studies in the Philippines, Cambodia and Myanmar. He also has extensive experience leading impact evaluation studies for organizations and projects and in developing and using indicators to assess program and organizational outcomes.

  • Ms Kristen Hooper

    Communications Officer

    Kristen joined MHRC in August 2008 as an administrative assistant. However, over the years her role has evolved into communications and administration. In her role as Communications Officer, Kristen is responsible for MHRC’s communication activities, including media and stakeholder relations, competition communications, producing promotional materials and maintaining the organization’s web presence. She also provides administrative support to the Executive Director and for the MHRC in general. Kristen will complete her Public Relations diploma from the University of Winnipeg in the fall of 2012. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg.

  • Ms Lesley McKenzie

    Administrative Assistant, Funding Programs

    Lesley joined MHRC as Administrative Assistant, Funding Programs in late 2011. She provides administrative support to the Manager, Funding Programs, and to the funding competition cycle throughout the year. She is responsible for MHRC records management and assists as needed throughout the organization. Lesley has supported research and education programs in a variety of roles at the University of Manitoba for over 15 years, most recently in the Faculty of Medicine.