Annual General Meeting

Ottawa Marriott, 100 Kent Street
Sussex Room

May 23, 2024

Day-at-a-Glance (all times Eastern)

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00 to 1:15 p.m.Opening remarks
1:15 to 2:30 p.m.Advisory Committee Meetings
See session details below.
2:30 to 3:00 p.m.Break
3:00 to 3:30 p.m.ACCRU 2024-2027 Strategic Framework
See session details below.
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.How can ACCRU add value to your institution over the next 3-5 years?
See session details below
5:15 to 7:00 p.m.Nosh and Network”
Reconvene at SPIN Kitchen and Bar
Advisory Committee Meetings

All members are invited to attend a Committee meeting of their choice

Research Training Advisory Committee
Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan, Mount Saint-Vincent University, Chair

Research Funding Advisory Committee
Dr. Batia Stolar, Lakehead University, Chair

Research Compliance Advisory Committee
Dr. Connie Van der Byl, Mount Royal University, Chair

Strategic Framework

Dr. Michel Caron, ACCRU’s Executive Director, will present ACCRU’s strategic framework for 2024-2027.

How can ACCRU add value to your institution over the next 3-5 years?

This session will be panel discussion on how ACCRU can add value to your institution. Ten minute presentation by each panelist on their perspective followed by a found table discussion amongst attendees. Panelists include:

  • Dr Yves Monette, directeur, Bureau des initiatives stratégiques en recherche, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (Québec).
  • Dr. Peter Toner, Associate Vice-President (Research), St-Thomas University (New-Brunswick).
  • Dr. Craig Kuziemsky, Associate Vice-President, Research, MacEwan University (Alberta).
  • Dr. Bronwyn Hancock, Vice-Prevost, Academic and Research, Yukon University (Yukon).

May 24, 2024

Day-at-a-Glance (all times Eastern)

7:30 a.m.Light breakfast available
8:30 to 9:00 a.m.Welcome and agenda review
9:00 to 10:00 a.m.Generative AI
See session details below
10:00 a.m.Break
10:30 to 11:15 a.m.Research Impact Canada
See session details below
11:15 to 12:00 p.m.Navigating Research Security: Balancing Geopolitical Risks and Advancing Research
See session details below
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00 to 2:45 p.m.ACCRU General Assembly
– Chair report and thoughts on ACCRU’s future
– Executive Director report
– Report from Advisory Committee Chairs
– Discussions and approval of the 2024-2027 Strategic Framework
– Introduction of the 2024-25 Executive and a word from the new Chair
2:45 to 3:30 p.m.Break and hot topic discussions
3:30 p.m.Meeting wrap up
Generative AI

This session will be a panel discussion on the impact of AI.

Moderator: Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan, Mount Saint-Vincent University

“Exploring the advantages and ethical dilemmas when implementing AI in wearable technologies and biomechanics”
Chimerem Amiaka is a first-year Doctoral candidate in the Biomechanics and Motor Control laboratory working under the supervision of Dr. Craig Tokuno (Brock University). A lot of my research topics have focused on understanding and improving balance control in various populations, and how this relates to reducing the incidence of falls. More recently, I have been focusing on machine learning techniques that can be used in wearable technologies to understand and predict certain types of movements related to falls in younger and older adults.

“Transparency and fairness of generative AI”
Sarfaroz Yunusov is a M.Sc. student in Computer Science at Brock University. He will be mostly speaking to his experiences with generative AI and discussing transparency (interpretability) and fairness (bias) concerns in generative AI.

“AI in healthcare: Innovations, equity, and ethical concerns”
Sandy Abdo is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Faculty of Science a Ontario Tech University, focusing her research on optimizing virtual learning environments, particularly with a focus on psychomotor-based simulation training for medical professionals. In addition to her doctoral studies, she completed a graduate course on AI Ethics, which sparked her interest in the transformative potential of AI within the health and medical sector. She aims to integrate AI technologies into her research and enhance the customization and personalization of simulation-based training, thereby catering more effectively to the unique needs of individual learners. Her talk focuses on uncovering the latest innovations in AI within the healthcare field, with a particular emphasis on using AI to promote accessibility, inclusivity, and diversity. The presentation will also address the ethical concerns currently confronting the industry and discuss strategies for navigating them.

“My journey exploring the integration of AI in education”
Harleen Kaur Kalra is a M.Ed. student at Vancouver Island University. I am actively exploring how AI can be ethically and practically integrated into educational settings. My applied project – which has spurred ongoing professional development sessions, workshops, and presentations – aims to spark conversations among educators about forming guidelines and setting expectations for AI use in classrooms. I will share my journey as a graduate student exploring the integration of AI in education. This will include my personal experiences, discussions with faculty, and insights from my ongoing applied project on AI in teacher training. Additionally, I will delve into the current AI usage guidelines at my university and discuss broader implications for enhancing organizational practices with AI.

Research Impact Canada

Research Impact Canada is “a national leader in helping universities and other organizations create value and impact from knowledge.” The session will discuss a potential pilot project with ACCRU.

Presenter: Dr. David J. Phipps, Assistant Vice-President Research Strategy & Impact, York University

Learn more about RIC

Navigating Research Security: Balancing Geopolitical Risks and Advancing Research

Presenter: Jeff Mahon, Director, International Business and Geopolitical Advisory at StrategyCorp Inc.

Mr. Mahon previously served as Deputy Director at Global Affairs China Division where he handled several economic security files, including research security. He worked on the research security file as first emerged and participated in the its development, including through creating guidance for government departments on research partnerships with Chinese entities. He also liaised regularly with universities and research institutions.

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