The mandate of the UREB is to review the ethical acceptability of research including approving, rejecting, proposing modifications to, or terminating any proposed or ongoing research involving human participants which is conducted within, or by members of, the institution using considerations set forth in the TCPS2 as a minimum standard. The UREB reports to Senate annually but is subject to the requirements of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, established by the Government of Canada’s Panel on Research Ethics.  The terms of reference for the Committee can be found within the Senate By-Laws (14.13).

UREB Membership 2021-2022:

Chair: Dr. Daniel Séguin

Vice Chair: Dr. Jeff Young

Vice Chair (Policy): Dr. Karen Blotnicky

External Community Members (3):

  • Mr. Justin Hiltz
  • Ms. Brianna Drover
  • Mr. David Braha

Ex-Officio Members:

  • Research Ethics Co-Ordinator, Ms. Brenda Gagne

Legal Member (1):

  • Member knowledgeable in the law, TBA

Faculty Representatives (10):

  • Dr. Karen Blotnicky, Business & Tourism:  August 30, 2019 – June 30, 2022
  • Dr. Ardra Cole, Education:  January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023
  • Dr. Christine Doe, Education:  July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022
  • Dr. Derek Fisher, Psychology: October 29, 2021 – June 30, 2024
  • Dr. Aine Humble, Family Studies & Gerontology: July 1, 2021-June 30-2024
  • Dr. Ian Pottie, Chemistry: January 1, 2021-June 30, 2024
  • Dr. Mirwais Qaderi, Biology: July 1, 2021– June 30, 2024
  • Dr. Dan Séguin, Psychology:  July 1, 2021– June 30, 2024
  • Dr. Will Shead, Psychology:  January 01, 2022 – June 31, 2024
  • Dr. Jeff Young, Business & Tourism:  July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023

UREB Meetings and Deadlines:

2022 Meetings

  • February 17th
  • March 24th
  • April 26th
  • May 25th
  • June 21

There are no meetings scheduled for July and August 2022.

If your ethics proposal requires a Full-Committee Review, please ensure that the proposals are received a MINIMUM of 3 weeks prior to the UREB Meeting.

Please note that:

  • Researchers must allow sufficient lead time for Research ethics review and approval prior to beginning any research with human participants.
  • No research can begin until research ethics approval is granted.
  • Time for revisions/clarifications to your application must be factored into your overall research timeline.
  • Due to the volume of minimal risk ethics applications that are received and processed, researchers may reasonably expect initial comments from UREB reviewers within 30 days from the receipt of the application.
  • Initial comments will be comprised of requests for revisions/clarifications, additional supporting documentation, or approval for the application for ethics approval as presented.
  • Researchers should make every effort to highlight requested revisions/clarifications in some form (e.g. bold, highlight or track-changes option). By clearly indicating where revisions/clarifications have been made, the reviewers are able to locate these quickly, resulting in a quicker reply.
  • For research ethics applications that exceed minimal risk and therefore require a full committee review, the UREB must receive your application at least 3 weeks prior to a scheduled meeting.
    • Applications will be adjudicated at the meeting and the Chair will then advise of the outcome within ten working days of the meeting (approval as presented, or revisions/clarifications required, or unable to approve as presented.) The rationale will be provided by the Chair.


Contact Information
Research Ethics Coordinator – Brenda Gagné –