Meet the Executive Team

Judith Chadwick, BA, MEd

Judith ChadwickAssistant Vice-President, Research Services

A nationally recognized leader in post-secondary research funding and administration, Judith Chadwick oversees U of T’s Research Services team and serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the Division of the Vice-President Research and Innovation. Under her leadership, U of T has attracted more than $1 billion in research investment from the Government of Canada and Province of Ontario through such programs as the Canada Research Chairs and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Ms Chadwick is also Program Director for U of T’s Connaught Fund, which invests more than $3 million annually in emerging and established scholars. She has served in leadership positions on a number of local, provincial and federal level committees and working groups. A U of T employee for more than 30 years, Ms Chadwick sits on the Research Advisory Board and has participated in the university’s Mentoring Program for many years. She holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and a B.A. in Political Science and English from U of T.

Professor Lorraine Ferris

Lori FerrisAssociate Vice-President, Research Oversight and Compliance

Professor Ferris manages the Research Oversight and Compliance Office (ROCO) which comprises legal services, research ethics (human and animal), and research financial reporting and audit. She also works to address the University’s local institutional response to allegations of research misconduct and works with the academic division around educational programs to increase awareness of research integrity.  Prof. Ferris is the university delegate for the purposes of significant conflict of interest reviews and determinations for NIH funded research.

Prof. Ferris is tenured in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.  Her research interests are in public health, medico-legal policy, women’s health and health services research. She is the Immediate Past President for the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), serves as Chair of the WAME Ethics and Policy Committee, and is on the editorial board for Medicine and Law; International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; and Risk Management in Canadian Health Care. She is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Professor Ferris has a PhD in psychology and two LL.M degrees (Alternative Dispute Resolution and Administrative Law).

Prior to joining the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Prof. Ferris served as the Associate Vice-Provost, Health Sciences Policy and Strategy and as a Special Advisor to the Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

Helen Lasthiotakis

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships & Director, Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation

As Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, Helen Lasthiotakis has a leadership role in the oversight of strategic partnerships with external funding and advocacy organizations, coordination of activities with academic divisions and other central portfolios, provide oversight for strategic initiatives, awards and honours, global research partnerships, research information and analysis, preparation of major reports, and the management of the Office. She is a member of the Research Advisory Board.

Dr. Lasthiotakis has held previous senior roles at U of T, including Assistant Dean and Director of the Office of the Dean in the Faculty of Arts & Science; Director, Academic Programs & Policy in the Office of the Vice-President and Provost; Science Coordinator for the Canada Ocean Drilling; and Program Manager for the Nortel Institute for Telecommunications in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. She also supported the University’s inaugural Senior Advisor to the President on Science Engagement. She holds two degrees in Geology, and a PhD from the University of Toronto in Leadership, Higher & Adult Education and has published in peer-reviewed journals.

Derek Newton, PhD

Derek NewtonAssistant Vice-President, Innovation, Partnerships and Entrepreneurship

Derek Newton is the Assistant Vice-President, Innovation, Partnerships and Entrepreneurship at the Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) which helps build successful partnerships between industry and the U of T research community and also manages the university’s portfolio of intellectual property.  Derek has held previous senior roles at Western University, where he served as Director (A) of the Office of Research Development and Services and the Office of Research Ethics. He has also worked at a large biotechnology funding organization and a boutique consultancy specializing in biotechnology. He holds two degrees in biochemistry and a PhD from U of T in biomedical research and is multi-published in peer-reviewed journals. His combination of academic and professional experience has helped him build strong relationships with researchers and the private sector.

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