About Us

The Division of the Vice-President Research & Innovation (VPRI) is institutionally responsible for York University's strategic research planning.

The division also provides research services for faculty members, promotes a sustainable research environment, and communicates the results and impact of York's research.

Located in the Kaneff Tower, the division includes the Office of the VPRI, the Office of Research Services (ORS), university-wide Organized Research Units (ORUs), Innovation York, the Office of Research Ethics and the Knowledge Mobilization Unit.

Other research-related units at York:

If you would like to view a list of Grants and Contracts received from 2006-2017, please contact the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation by email.

View the Implementation of the Public Health Service (PHS) New Financial Conflict of Interest Regulations at York University.

About the Senior Leadership Team

Vice-President Research & Innovation, Robert Haché

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Robert Haché, Vice-President Research & Innovation

Robert Haché, Ph.D., is Vice-President Research and Innovation at York University, where he is responsible for promoting and overseeing the strategic development of research, and supports for research including Innovation York, the commercialization and industry liaison office for York University, as well as York’s internationally award-winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit, which has been increasingly recognized for its leadership in social innovation.

Dr. Haché has been instrumental in driving the institutional strategic research priorities forward with the development and implementation of the University’s Strategic Research Plan, Building on Strength 2013-2018, and the Plan for the Intensification and Enhancement of Research, while working to enhance the University’s research profile both nationally and internationally.

Prior to York, he served as the Associate Vice-President Research at the University of Calgary. He has also served as Vice-Dean Research for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Haché holds a BSc (biochemistry) from McGill University and a Ph.D. (biochemistry) from Queen’s University.

Associate Vice-President Research, Celia Haig-Brown

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Celia Haig-Brown, Associate Vice-President Research

Celia Haig-Brown, Ph.D., is Associate Vice-President (AVP) Research and a Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. Haig-Brown was instrumental in helping facilitate the consultation process for Building on Strength, 2013-2018, the University’s Strategic Research Plan.

She is also the immediate past Associate Dean, Research, Community and Professional Learning in the Faculty of Education. She served as Chair of Senate in 2009-10.

Haig-Brown’s research interests include: (de) colonizing research and practice, critical ethnography, critical/feminist pedagogy and protocol for Indigenizing the Academy. Haig-Brown is the recipient of the Ted T. Aoki Award for Distinguished Service in Canadian Curriculum Studies and is a former president of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies. She is author and co-author of four books, numerous articles and book chapters and currently holds a SSHRC Insight Grant focused on documentary film with the Naskapi Nation.

Associate Vice-President Research, Rebecca Pillai Riddell

Rebecca Pillai Riddell Associate Vice-President Research

Rebecca Pillai Riddell, Ph.D., will help facilitate the promotion of strategic research development at York and lead the development of research policy that bridges the needs of researchers and the institution. She will work with Robert Haché, VPRI, and the other AVP (Professor Celia Haig-Brown) to enhance the services available for all researchers, help continue to track and build York’s research performance, provide leadership for York’s organized research units, and enlarge the University’s collaborative role with external stakeholders and communities. Pillai Riddell, Faculty of Health, has established the first norms for the development of acute pain behaviours in healthy infants, within the context of primary caregivers, through her Opportunities to Understand Childhood Hurt (OUCH) Lab at York. Internationally, the OUCH cohort is known to be the largest and most in-depth longitudinal study on healthy infants and caregivers during vaccination to date.