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 2022-2023:

Chair: Dr. Ardra Cole

Vice Chair: Dr. Jeff Young

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. Ardra Cole, Education:  January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023
  • Dr. Derek Fisher, Psychology: October 29, 2021 – June 30, 2024
  • Dr. Arron Fraser, Business a& Tourism: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
  • Dr. Aine Humble, Family Studies & Gerontology: July 1, 2021-June 30-2024
  • Sr. Sara King, Education: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
  • Dr. Christine Lackner, Psychology: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025
  • Dr. Ian Pottie, Chemistry: January 1, 2021-June 30, 2024
  • Dr. Mirwais Qaderi, Biology: 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:

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 clearance prior to beginning any research with human participants.
  • No research with human participants or their data can begin until research ethics clearance 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.
  • Research that does not exceed minimum risk are reviewed on an on-going basis and are usually cleared to proceed outside of UREB meetings. Minimum risk studies normally do not require a REB meeting to obtain clearance.

Fall 2022 Meetings 

  • September 26, 2022
  • October 24, 2022
  • November 24, 2022
  • December 2022 – TBD

Winter 2023 – TBA

  • January 2023
  • February 2023
  • March 2023
  • April 2023
  • May 2023
  • June 2023

July 2023 

The UREB normally does not meet in July. Meetings will be convened should special circumstances arise (e.g., some emergent research deemed urgent by the UREB and Researcher; research related to a publicly declared emergency – See REB.SOP.501; or for full committee reviews). Minimum Risk reviews will continue as normal.

August 2023 Hiatus:

The UREB will not be accepting new applications for the month of August 2023 with the exception of some emergent research deemed urgent by the UREB and Researcher, or research related to a publicly declared emergency – See REB.SOP.501. The deadline to submit new applications during the summer is July 27, 2023. New applications received after this date will be processed and sent for review on September 5, 2023.

The UREB will continue to process the following items in August*:

  • Revisions/Clarifications for applications already under review prior to July 27th
  • Requests for Modifications or Renewals for current studies
  • Changes to Study Personnel
  • Final reports and file closures
  • Unanticipated or Adverse Research Event Reports (including Privacy Breaches related to research studies)

*Note that there may be delays in processing these items due to volume and/or membership leaves (e.g., vacations)

Contact Information
Research Ethics Coordinator – Brenda Gagné – brenda.gagne@msvu.ca