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Research Ethics

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University research is governed by policies and practices that ensure the protection of research participants, researchers (faculty, students, and staff members), the university, and the public. These policies and practices cover research involving humans, the use of animals, controlled goods, and hazardous materials, among others.

Please note that research may not begin before all University approvals/certifications, institutional requirements, or governmental authorizations are obtained.

Individual researchers, in addition to being governed by internal policies and procedures, may be governed by external ethical guidelines imposed by professional associations such as the Canadian Psychological Association or the Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as the guidelines of Canadian and other regulatory agencies, such as the Health Protection Branch of Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

All funded or unfunded research involving humans, animals, or controlled goods undertaken at Ryerson University facilities and conducted by Ryerson University faculty, students, and staff is subject to review and approval.

REB Open Office Hours

Every Thursday - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, YDI-1123, 11th floor, 1 Dundas Street West

Please drop in if you have any questions.  No appointment necessary.


Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation 
1 Dundas Street West, 11th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z3

Asher Alkoby, LL.B., Ph.D.
Chair, Research Ethics Board
416-979-5000 ext. 2491

Zakiya Atcha
Research Ethics Coordinator
(Ethics, Animal Care, Controlled Goods, Undergraduate Ethics)
416-979-5000 ext. 4841

Toni Fletcher (on leave)
Research Ethics Coordinator
(Ethics, Animal Care, Controlled Goods)

Danielle Christie, BA
Research Ethics Administrator
(Ethics, Undergraduate Ethics)

Ricky Rodrigues, MSW, RSW
Research Ethics Administrator

Farid Pesteh, BA
Research Ethics Administrator
(Ethics, Animal Care)
416-979-5000 ext. 2963

To access the online ethics submission and review system, log into your my.ryerson account and go to the "Research" box.

Research Ethics Board

The Research Ethics Board (REB) approves, rejects, proposes modifications to, or terminates any proposed or ongoing research involving humans that is conducted by faculty, staff, or undergraduate students of the university so as to protect research subjects and ensure that research is conducted in an ethical manner. No research on humans shall be undertaken without the prior approval of the REB.

The REB shall:

  • Interpret and apply the Tri-Council Policy Statement and relevant legislation.
  • Establish guidelines and procedures consistent with the Tri-Council Policy Statement and relevant legislation.
  • Facilitate research by consulting with and assisting researchers.


Name Faculty/Expertise
Asher Alkoby, LLB, PhD
Ted Rogers School of Business Management (Law & Business)


Name Faculty/Expertise

Ex-Officio Members (non-voting)

Name Faculty/Expertise
Toni Fletcher (on leave) REB Coordinator
Zakiya Atcha REB Coordinator
Farid Pesteh REB Administrator 
Danielle Christie REB Administrator
Ricky Rodrigues REB Administrator
Ethige Nilushi De Silva Career Boost Student-Ethics Intern

Faculty Representatives

Name Faculty/Expertise
Alexandra Fiocco Arts (Psychology)
Todd Girard Arts (Psychology)
David Day Arts (Psychology)
Chris Macdonald Ted Rogers School of Management (Business Ethics)
Michael Baumtrog Ted Rogers School of Management (Business Management)
Daniele Bertolini Ted Rogers School of Management (Law)
Aurelia DiSanto Community Services (Early Childhood Studies)
Susan Preston Community Services (Social Work)
Richard Meldrum Community Services (Occupational Health & Safety)
Esther Ignani Community Services (Disability Studies)
Restiani Andriati Digital Media Projects
Jeff Yokota Engineering and Architectural Science (Aerospace Engineering)
Karthi Umapathy Engineering and Architectural Science (Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering)
Amy Desjarlais First Nation Technical Institute / Community Services (Social Work)
Naomi Eichenlaub Ryerson University Library and Archives
Damien Lee Arts (Sociology)/ Indigenous


Name Faculty/Expertise
Erin (Lindsay) Croal Graduate Student (Nursing)
Jeanine Lane Graduate Student (Psychology)
Bailee Mallivoire Graduate Student (Psychology)
Hunter Currie  Undergraduate Student (Philosophy)
Mina Alam
Undergraduate Student (Biomedical Science)
Mayah Obadia Undergraduate Student (Geographic Analysis)
Aledia Hayes Graduate Student (Philosophy)
Tim Mt. Pleasant Undergraduate Student (Philosophy/Indigenous)
Dinez Clarke Undergraduate Student (Philosophy)

Community Members

Name Faculty/Expertise
Nazanin Ayon  Criminology
Sumit Bhatia Digital Media
Bryanna Hines Early Childhood Studies
Andrew Willis Business Management
Michel Ghanem Fashion

Ad Hoc / Advisors

Name Faculty/Expertise
Nancy Walton Past Chair / Ethicist (Nursing / E-Learning Director)
Lynn Lavallee Past Chair / Ethicist (Indigenous Resurgence)

Note: There is currently a vacancy in the Faculty/Expertise role within FCAD.