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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

780-497-4156 |

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

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.

Cynthia Puddu, Director, Research Development and Innovation

Assistant Professor, Bachelor of Physical Education Transfer
Director, Research Development and Innovation

M.Sc. (Alberta)

9-209E, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Cynthia Puddu obtained both her Bachelor of Physical Education in Athletic Therapy and MSc in Health Promotion at the University of Alberta. She is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta and her research is looking at the experiences of homeless youth in downtown Edmonton and how the Ice District redevelopment is shaping those experiences.

Cynthia has been a faculty member at MacEwan University since 2001 where she has been teaching yoga, dance, research methods and health education. In February 2011, she developed PERL 300 Cross Cultural Wellness, an interdisciplinary service learning course that examines concepts of health and wellness from a variety of cultural perspectives including inner-city Edmonton and Guayaquil, Ecuador.  In this course, students assist not-for-profit agencies in Edmonton and Ecuador that work with homeless and street-involved youth and seniors living in poverty.

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.