Staff Team

Fay Harrison

Fay Harrison

Executive Director

WIRB 6170 
519-661-2111 x84306

Fay joined BrainsCAN in September 2016 after project managing the submission. Fay 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 has been with Western since 2014 as the Senior Consultant, Strategic Initiatives in the Research Development Team where she managed the BrainsCAN CFREF submission. Fay is an experienced research manager having previously worked at the Open University in England as the Senior Manager Research Strategy & Planning where, among other strategic projects, she ran the institutional REF 2014 submission.


Robin Konzelman

Administrative Officer

WIRB 6160
519-661-2111 x81058

As BrainsCAN’s Administrative Officer, Robin Konzelman manages the efficient coordination of administrative operations for BrainsCAN, providing guidance and support for a wide range of administrative, human resource, and financial functions. Prior to joining the BrainsCAN team in April 2018, Robin had spent most of her 6 years working at Western in Research Finance, aiding in the financial administration for many research projects on campus and most recently was a Financial Officer at Robarts Research Institute.


Maggie MacLellan

Communications Specialist

WIRB 6158
519-661-2111 x82615

Maggie joined BrainsCAN as a Communications Specialist in April 2018. She 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.

Ryan Salewski

Ryan Salewski

Project Manager/Metrics Analyst

WIRB 6172 
519-661-2111 x86801

Ryan Salewski is BrainsCAN’s Project Manager and Metrics Analyst. 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 a initiative. Ryan has a background in neuroscience having a 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.

Jon Deeks

Jon Deeks

Knowledge Mobilization & Impact Manager

WIRB 6168 
519-661-2111 x88596

Jon joined BrainsCAN in August 2017 as the Knowledge Mobilization & Impact Manager. He 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.

Hassam Ansari

Hassam Ansari

Communications Officer

WIRB 6164 
519-661-2111 x85661

Hassam joined BrainsCAN in September 2017 as the Communications Officer, responsible for supporting the development, implementation and maintenance of the primary BrainsCAN website, social media presence and other related sites. Hassam was previously working with the Central Commmunications team at Western to redevelop key strategic websites. He brings key skills and experience in graphic design, web development and social media strategy to the role.

Erin Azzopardi

Erin Azzopardi

Business Development Officer

WIRB 6186 
519-661-2111 x84394

Erin joined BrainsCAN in August 2018 as a Business Development Officer in partnership with Mitacs. Erin works closely with the BrainsCAN team and researchers to promote and support collaboration with industry, non-profit organizations and international universities. Erin has a background in neuroscience and received her PhD from Western University in 2016 where she examined the mechanisms underlying the basic cognitive process of sensory filtering. Before joining BrainsCAN, Erin worked in a similar role with Mitacs, supporting Western across all faculties.