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The Office of Research Services supports MacEwan faculty, students and staff with their research, scholarly activity and creative achievement endeavours. At all stages of the research process—from idea to proposal to management—we can answer your questions and ensure your project meets ethical standards and safety protocols.

Office of Research Services


7-257, City Centre Campus
10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Cynthia Zutter, Associate Vice President, Research and Teaching

Associate Vice President, Research and Teaching
Professor, Anthropology

PhD (Alberta), MA (Alberta), BA (California, Santa Barbara)

7-257P, City Centre Campus
10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Dr. Cynthia Zutter was appointed Vice-Provost at MacEwan University on January 1, 2016. She holds the rank of professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science. She was a collegiate student-athlete (swimming) and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in both anthropology and geography before earning her Master’s and Doctorate in anthropology from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Zutter has worked as an archaeologist throughout the North Atlantic region, examining past interactions and the interplay of humans in their environment. Her initial work in Iceland focused on how the original Norse settlers altered this fragile northern landscape. More recently, she has held multiple SSHRC research grants for her work on 17th and 18th century Inuit sites in Labrador. A key component of her work is the analysis of how Inuit used the limited available plants in the arctic region to supplement their diet and economy.

Nicole Colantin, Administrative and Communications Assistant

Administrative and Communications Assistant

7-257A, City Centre Campus
10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Nicole Colantin holds a Office Assistant Administrative Major certificate from MacEwan University and has ten years of administrative experience within the institution. She works closely with all members of the Research Services office, its related committees and faculty.

Lindsey Drozak, Research Support Analyst

Research Support Analyst

BCom (Alberta)

7-257K, City Centre Campus
10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Prior to joining Research Services in 2017, Lindsey Drozak worked in the field of work integrated learning at the University of Sydney and CQ University Australia. She also has experience in administration and management and compliance for a vocational education provider.

In her current role, Lindsey focuses on file migration, data management and providing support for the new projects and initiatives undertaken by the Office.

Garson Law, Research Grants and Development Officer

Research Grants and Development Officer

MSc (Alberta)

7-257L, City Centre Campus
10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Garson Law joined MacEwan in March 2017 as the Research Grants and Development Officer. Originally from Toronto, Garson holds a BSc in pharmacology and toxicology, and an MSc in nutritional sciences. Most recently, he was the research manager at the Alberta Barley Commission where he managed the administration of the commission’s research and extension projects, as well as the national barley research cluster.

Garson’s current role is to provide support to faculty and student researchers in further developing the overall research capacity of the university. This includes assistance with internal and external funding procedures as well as identifying potential sources of funding.

Rebecca Mitchell, Ethics Officer

Ethics Officer, Human Research Ethics Board inquiries, Animal Research Ethics Board inquiries

BSc (Guelph); MSc (Guelph); MPH (Memorial)

7-257M, City Centre Campus
10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Prior to joining Research Services at MacEwan in 2016, Rebecca Mitchell sat on the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta, where she became well-versed in the ethical principles and legislation guiding clinical and social behavioural research in North America. Originally from Sudbury, ON, she has worked on a number of research projects throughout her career, from examining the impact of perfluorinated surfactants on aquatic animals to evaluating the impact of a newly established tuberculosis clinic on remote, coastal Inuit communities.

Rebecca assists faculty with the planning and submission of ethics application for research projects involving animals or human participants.

Bryce Wicks, Finance/Office Manager

Finance/Office Manager

7-257J, City Centre Campus
10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Prior to joining the Office of Research Services at MacEwan University, Bryce Wicks worked at Ryerson University with post-grant award administration. He assists award applicants and recipients with financial, HR and administrative questions regarding internally and externally funded research projects.

Faculty Resource Development Officers

Michael MacDonald

Associate Professor, Department of Music
Research Development Officer, Office of Research Services

PhD (University of Alberta)
11-422F, Allard Hall
11110-104 Avenue Edmonton, AB

Dr. MacDonald is a filmmaker, ethnomusicologist and associate professor of music in the faculty of Fine Arts and Communications at MacEwan University. He is also a Research Development Officer at MacEwan. His research focuses on youth and community studies, ethnographic film and the critical pedagogy of music. He has published two books: Playing for Change: Music Festivals as Community Learning and Development and Remix and Life Hack in Hip Hop: Towards a Critical Pedagogy of Music. He is the director of Michael’s films are freely available at

Samuel Mugo

Associate Professor, Chemistry
Research Development Officer, Office of Research Services

PhD (Memorial); B.Sc. (JKUAT, Kenya)
5-131C, City Centre Campus
10700 - 104 Avenue Edmonton, AB

Dr. Samuel Mugo graduated with a PhD in analytical chemistry from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada in 2006. He took a two year NSERC postdoctoral position at Queens University, Ontario, Canada (2007-2008) where his focus was development of microfluidic mass spectrometry platforms for clinical diagnosis. He has been an Assistant professor (analytical chemistry) at MacEwan University from 2008. At MacEwan University, Dr. Mugo is involved in teaching and curriculum development of analytical chemistry courses, environmental chemistry, Physical Science Field skills and independent research courses. He actively engages undergraduate students in his research. Dr. Mugo research interests include: development of miniturized analytical platforms for environmental and food analysis; development of value added products (especially biolipids and biopolymers) from plant oils and other agricultural feedstocks; development of microfluidic devices for blood lipid analysis.