Research Ethics Boards (REB)

There are two Research Ethics Boards (REB) at the University of Ottawa. 

  • The Social Sciences and Humanities REB evaluates all research projects originating from School of Management, and the Faculties of Arts, Education, Law and Social Sciences (except School of Psychology)
  • The Health Sciences and Science REB evaluates all projects originating from the Faculties of Engineering, Science, Health Sciences and the School of Psychology

*The Faculty of Medicine research projects are assessed by the Ottawa Health Science Network REB.

Current members
Social Sciences and Humanities REB

Barbara Graves, Education, Chair

Stephen Brown, Social Sciences (Political Studies)

Jaime Flamenbaum, Ethics Expert (CIHR)

Christopher Gunter, Student Member (Public Administration)

Trevor Milford, Community Member

Elena Valenzuela, Arts (Modern Languages and Literature)

Cheryl Webster, Social Sciences (Criminology)

Marie-Eve Desrosiers, School of International Development and Global Studies

Peter Milley, Faculty of Education

Brandon Fry, Student Member (Linguistics)

Rukhsana Ahmed, Faculty of Arts (Communications)

Joanne Leck, Telfer School of Management


Non-voting members:

Riana Marcotte, Protocol Officer for Ethics in Research

Hoda Shawki, Protocol Officer for Ethics in Research

Germain Zongo, Protocol Officer for Ethics in Research


Health Sciences and Science REB

Daniel Lagarec, Chair

 Mark Audcent, Legal Expert

Isabelle Blain, Community Member

Marianne Fenech, Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)

Audrey Giles, Health Sciences (Human Kinetics)

Bradley MacCosham, Student Member (Human Kinetics)

Dave Miranda, Social Sciences (Psychology)

Gordon Robertson, Health Sciences (Human Kinetics)

Odilia Yim, Student Member (Psychology)

 Hélène Laperrière, School of Nursing

Scott Findlay, Department of Biology

Sylvain Gagnon, Social Sciences (Psychology)


Non-voting members:

Riana Marcotte, Protocol Officer for Ethics in Research

Hoda Shawki, Protocol Officer for Ethics in Research

Germain Zongo, Protocol Officer for Ethics in Research


Both the Social Sciences and Humanities REB and the Health Sciences and Science REB adhere to the guidelines set forth by the TCPS 2 (Article 6.4).  The membership of the REB is designed to ensure competent independent research ethics review. Provisions respecting its size, composition, terms of appointment and quorum are set out below (TCPS 2, p. 70).

Article 6.4: The REB shall consist of at least five members, including both men and women, of whom:

  1. At least two members have expertise in relevant research disciplines, fields and methodologies covered by the REB
  2. At least one member is knowledgeable in ethics
  3. At least one member is knowledgeable in the relevant law, but that member should not be the institution’s legal counsel or risk manager.  (This is an advisable but not mandatory requirement.)
  4. At least one community member who has no affiliation with the institution

It is advisable that each member be appointed to formally fulfil the requirements of only one of the above categories. To ensure the independence of REB decision making, institutional senior administrators shall not serve on the REB.

Quorum for REB meetings consists of 50% of appointed voting members, plus one.  Each REB is presided by a faculty member or by a member of the community. A Protocol Officer, a non-voting member, acts as the Secretary of the REB.


The mandate of the REBs is to assess and sanction the ethical aspects of all research projects involving human participants conducted under their jurisdiction by their professors and students, prior to their inception and during their execution. The REBs also verify how researchers plan to take on their ethical responsibilities. The REBs must also approve all projects in which students, professors or support staff of the University of Ottawa serve as research participants.

  • Each member is appointed by the Vice-President, Research.
  • The mandate is a two-year period, renewable once, with the terms staggered to maintain continuity.
  • For student members, the mandate is a one-year period, renewable twice.
  • During the transition period, some members may be appointed for a three-year term to maintain continuity.
  • A period of observation and training takes place before the beginning of the mandate.
  • The Vice-President, Research may appoint substitute members so that REB activities are not paralyzed by any unforeseen eventualities.
Duties and responsibilities
  1. To set guidelines in matters relating to the ethics approval of research involving human participants in accordance with the TCPS 2
  2. To review policies and procedures at timely intervals to ensure that research project evaluations respect the principles established by the TCPS 2.
  3. To be available for consultation by researchers within the university community
  4. To undertake an educational function on ethical matters related to the conduct of research with human participants within the university community
  5. To review research projects and issue ethics approval to projects meeting ethical standards.
  6. To examine annual status reports for ongoing projects and grant or refuse extension of ethics approval for such projects.
  7. The Appeal Board reviews cases in which the decision of a REB is being contested and confirms or modifies the REB's decision after consultation with this REB.

REB Authorization Agreements

The University of Ottawa has signed agreements with the following affiliated hospitals and their respective REBs:

  • The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute
  • Childrens’ Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
  • The Royal and the Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR)
  • Bruyère Continuing Care
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