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Research Facilitators Working Group

This group was developed to improve knowledge sharing and communication about research projects and ideas across Faculties.  Members of this group work in one of McMaster’s six Faculties and help to support the development of research projects. Though their specific roles are unique to each faculty, each member shares the common role of helping researchers develop project ideas, create funding proposals, and implement projects.  The group meets on a regular basis and has the following goals:

  1. Information Sharing: ​Members provide updates on new research opportunities, ideas, or challenges arising in each Faculty.

  2. Cross-faculty research collaboration: Members bring opportunities for collaboration to the table and discuss how to share these amongst Faculties.

  3. Recommendations/Advice to Network for Community-Campus Partnerships: Members provide feedback regarding issues that may arise as limitations/challenges in doing their own work.  This information is brought forward to McMaster’s Network for Community-Campus Partnerships to help identify common research facilitation issues.

Group Members

Please scroll down to learn more about members of the Research Facilitators Working Group:

DeGroote School of Business

Pina_120x120Pina Del Monte
Research Support Facilitator

Pina Del Monte has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University.  Pina worked in the healthcare market research industry, supporting client applications for both sales and marketing functions.  She has served in Account Management, Marketing and Project Management capacities.  Pina joined McMaster’s Research Office for Administration Development and Support in 2009 as a Senior Advisor, Administration.  She has worked with researchers across campus as they successfully navigating the post award requirements associated with various institutional initiatives from both Federal and Provincial programs from initial agreement review to annual and final reporting requirements.  In this role she was also responsible for agency and inter-institutional coordination.  In 2013 she joined the DeGroote School of Business in her current capacity as faculty specific support for their programs of research. 

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 26045



Faculty of Engineering

Lynn Stewart
Director of Outreach and Community Engagement

As Director of Outreach and Community Engagement for the Faculty of Engineering, Lynn focuses on connecting the Faculty of Engineering – faculty members and students – with external partners and stakeholders.  Her priorities include supporting student career and professional development including work-integrated learning and other experiential learning activities, and supporting the development of partnerships among community partners, industry, faculty instructors and researchers, students and student groups.

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 20074



School of Graduate Studies

Andrea ColeAndrea_160
Coordinator, Recruitment, Retention, and Diversity
Grad Student Life

Andrea coordinates programming and community-building events with grad students, postdocs, and their families. Her approach is to use anti-racist/anti-oppression principles, supporting Grad Student Life holistically with consideration to physical, mental, and social dimensions, to complement the academic. Drawing on many years experience working in Hamilton’s non-profit sector, Andrea facilitates connections between Grad Students and broader communities. She coordinates the ARCH space (Action Research Commons Hamilton, a no-cost, off-campus space available for research-related activities), is an active member of PACBIC (President’s Advisory Committee for Building an Inclusive Community), and the McMaster Anti-Violence Network. Andrea volunteers for SACHA (Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area) as part of its Management Committee, and as community yoga teacher at the HARRRP.

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23437



Faculty of Health Sciences

Shannon Biss
Senior Advisor, Major Projects
Health Research Services

Shannon works with researchers on institutional initiatives, including applications to the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ministry of Research and Innovation, Canada Research Chairs, Networks of Centres of Excellence, and Genome Canada. In addition to developing proposals, she helps manage post-award processes and ensures that projects comply with institutional and agency guidelines. Through the Research Facilitators Working Group she looks forward to helping promote community engagement in the Faculty of Health Sciences and enhancing collaborations with other Faculties.

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 22577



Faculty of Humanities

Grace PollockGrace-Pollock-Profile
Research Support Facilitator

Grace Pollock has a Master of Social Work degree with a specialization in community planning, organizations and public policy from Wilfrid Laurier University, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in English and Cultural Studies from McMaster University.  Grace has worked as a research project manager and professional consultant for several years, focusing on the design and development of research projects, community engagement, grant applications, policy reports, and academic manuscripts. From her earliest experiences as an Arts & Science student until today, Grace’s work has reflected her enthusiasm for interdisciplinary studies, university-community collaboration, and building capacity for broad public participation within and beyond the university. Two of her recent publications include a co-authored book titled
The Mouse That Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010) about the impacts of consumer culture on young people, and an article, “Discrimination in the Doctor’s Office: Immigrants and Refugee Experiences,” published in Critical Social Work (2012).

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23215



Faculty of Science

Seanna-Lin Brodie-Keys
Administrator, Research and Facilities

Seanna-Lin Brodie-Keys is the Administrator, Research & Facilities for McMaster’s Faculty of Science. She has over 7 years experience in research administration and 10 years experience in building and maintaining networks and relationships between academics and outside partners. In addition, Seanna-Lin has over 15 years’ experience in helping people communicate their stories in every form from grant proposals to websites. She has worked in the private sector, not-for profit sector and in academia. With an undergraduate degree from McMaster’s Arts and Science program (double major in Biochemistry) and a Masters in Journalism, Seanna-Lin firmly believes in the value of research and discovery, and the critical importance of clear communication and engaging communities in the scientific process. She is actively interested in helping faculty members find ways to move knowledge from the lab to impact, and helping partners and the general public better appreciate science’s role in society and the excitement of scientific discovery.

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 28635



Faculty of Social Sciences

Ailsa FullwoodAilsa Fullwood

Research Support Facilitator

An experienced educator, project manager, and grant-writer, Ailsa facilitates connections between researchers, community and/or industry partners. Ailsa also helps research teams articulate research pathways to social, cultural and economic impact.   Ailsa's goals for the Research Facilitators Working Group are to identify and help researchers respond to multi-disciplinary funding opportunities while also sharing knowledge and practices relevant to the work of the group.        

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23118