Fay HarrisonExecutive Director
Fay Harrison provides leadership to the operational teams and, as a member of the Executive Committee and Collaboration Committee with McGill, ensures that the project objectives are being met. Fay is an experienced research manager having worked for 15 years as a Senior Research Strategy and Planning Manager at the Open University in the UK, where Fay led the Research Excellence Framework submission (REF2014) for the Open University and was a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) REF 2014 criteria setting committee. Fay’s experience and expertise in evidencing the impact of research naturally led to project managing the BrainsCAN CFREF submission for Western. Fay also has a background in equity, diversity and inclusion having managed an LGBTQ+ centre in the UK focused on challenging societal inequality, served on the Board of Leicester LGBTQ+ Centre and volunteered for Stonewall. Fay was recognized for developing a hate crime reporting tool that is now used across UK Police forces.
Ryan SalewskiAssociate Director, Metrics and Planning
Ryan is BrainsCAN’s Associate Director, Metrics and Planning. He facilitates and coordinates multiple BrainsCAN initiatives, as well as works with BrainsCAN PIs to track the performance and impact of their cognitive neuroscience research and BrainsCAN as an initiative. Ryan has a background in neuroscience having completed a Master’s (2008) and Ph.D. (2014) from University of Toronto, where he examined immune modulatory therapies for pediatric stroke, and cell-based strategies for neural regeneration following spinal cord injury, respectively. Ryan has been with Western since 2015, having previously been a member of the Research Development team.
Hassam is responsible for supporting the development, implementation and maintenance of the primary BrainsCAN website and other key strategic sites. Hassam was previously working at Communications and Public Affairs at Western as part of Western's 2017 Web Redesign Team and has also served as Marketing Director for the Nazem Kadri Foundation. He brings key skills and experience in graphic design, web design and web development to the role.
Knowledge Mobilization & Impact Manager
Jon leads the development and implementation of the BrainsCAN Knowledge Mobilization and Impact Strategy to profile and promote BrainsCAN research to partners and end users. Jon joined us from WORLDiscoveries where he was a Business Development Manager working in Engineering and Natural Sciences (ENS) & Social Innovation. Jon brings a wealth of experience to this role having managed a portfolio of direct-to-market technologies and engineering/computer software related technologies.
Matt LittlePartnerships Officer
Matt builds networks, expands and manages partnerships, and leverages collaborative industry relationships to support BrainsCAN in developing integrative scientific solutions. He brings years of experience delivering excellent customer service and building strategic partnerships, most recently as a Commercial Director at Info-Tech Research Group. Matt has an educational background in sciences and has strong business development and account management skills.
Maggie MacLellanCommunications Specialist
Maggie manages the development, implementation, monitoring and assessment of Western's BrainsCAN communications and marketing initiatives. Maggie has an educational background in communications and public relations with eight years of experience in the non-profit, agency and government sectors. Her specialization includes strategic communications, media relations, social media strategy and marketing.
Justin RiedstraFinancial Officer
(Associated Staff, Research Finance)
Justin provides guidance and support on financial functions to BrainsCAN. Assisting in the interpretation of financial guidelines, policies, and procedures, Justin also provides support with the completion of financial reporting and the formulation of budget forecast documents. Justin has been with Western since 2014 and has developed a diverse background in Financial Services. He is a Western University graduate with degrees in both Finance and Political Science (2004) and is a professional accountant.