Ms Christina Weise
Chief Executive Officer
Christina Weise is the Chief Executive Officer of Research Manitoba. 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 Research Manitoba, 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 research community.
Ms Shannon Rogalski
Director of 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 Research Manitoba in January 08.
Ms Liz Ford
Administrative & Financial Officer
Liz joined Research Manitoba over 20 years ago. As the organization's sole employee, Liz's job description included "everything". As Research Manitoba 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 and 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 Research Manitoba’s efforts to advance health research in the province. As Analyst, he works collaboratively with other Research Manitoba 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
Kristen joined Research Manitoba in August 2008 as an administrative assistant. However, over the years her role has evolved into communications for the organization. In her role as Communications Officer, Kristen is responsible for Research Manitoba’s communication activities, including media and stakeholder relations, competition communications, producing promotional materials and maintaining the organization’s web presence. Kristen graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Public Relations diploma in the October of 2012. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg. In addition, she has recently completed a certificate in Social Media Engagement from Brandon University's Rural Development Institute.
Ms Lesley McKenzie
Administrative Assistant, Funding Programs
Lesley joined Research Manitoba 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 Research Manitoba 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.
Ms Necole Sommersell
Manager, Health Research Funding Programs
Necole joined Research Manitoba in September, 2014 with a Master of Arts in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), and a Credentialed Evaluator designation from the Canadian Evaluation Society. Throughout her career Necole has worked in not-for-profit and municipal organizations in southern Ontario, conducting program development/management/evaluations, and as an effective analyst, communicator, and liaison. Valuing the importance of research, Necole champions using evidence-based information to help move projects forward and to supporting research use in multiple sectors.
Ms Freyja Arnason
Manager of Partnership Programs
Freyja joined the Research Manitoba team in July 2014. Freyja has a Masters Degree in Canadian Politics from the University of Manitoba. She has worked for the Manitoba government since 2007, most recently as the project manager for Research and Innovation. Throughout her career she has gained varied and extensive experience in project and program management, policy analysis, research and fund management. She has worked closely with researchers, companies and senior public and private stakeholders at the regional, national and international level to foster research and innovation in Manitoba.