Our Team


Marc Nantel is the Associate Vice-President of Research & Innovation, joining Niagara College in July 2011. Prior to that, Marc had been involved with the college as a Board Member (2006-11) and as the Project Manager/Director from the Ontario Centres of Excellence; as such, he helped introduce the Photonics programs at the Welland Campus. Marc is a Physics graduate from McGill University (BSc 1987, MSc 1990) and from the Institut National pour la Recherche Scientifique – Energie et Matériaux (PhD 1994). Marc spent four postdoc years in France and at the University of Michigan, pursuing ever shorter laser-produced visible and x-ray pulses and their applications; he was an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Toronto from 1998 to 2008. He has published more than 90 papers and given more than 200 academic and industrial presentations. He is a Senior Member of SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics.

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Associate Vice-President
Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

Krystle Grimaldi is responsible for the day-to-day operations and internal processes, including administration and project management, of Niagara College’s Research & Innovation Division. Krystle’s experience with the division also includes being the Research Project Manager for the Agriculture & Environment portfolio. Prior to undertaking her role as project manager, Krystle started with the department as Co-ordinator of the Niagara Environmental Corps organizing community events and educational outreach initiatives in elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools. Krystle brings to her role experience working with Niagara organizations through her involvement with Niagara Sustainability Initiative where she assists organizations in improving both their environmental and economic performance through carbon management. Krystle holds an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Brock University and a post-graduate certificate in Environmental Management and Assessment from Niagara College.

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Manager, Projects & Operations
Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

Carolyn Mullin joined Research & Innovation in 2012 after several years in the communications industry, including many as a newspaper reporter and editor, and an award-winning freelance writer for publications across the country. More recently, Carolyn has worked as a communications specialist in the non-profit and government sector, based in the Niagara Region. As part of the Research team, she is responsible for business development operations, and the creation and dissemination of research-based communications, in all relevant forms. Carolyn is a graduate of the Journalism Program at Niagara College, and holds an Honours BA and an MA, both in English, from Brock University.

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Manager, Dissemination & Outreach
Welland Campus

Jim Lambert is the Centre Manager for the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre at the Welland Campus of Niagara College. Lambert joined Niagara College at the beginning of April 2015, after 33 years with Bosch Rexroth Canada, most recently as Design Engineering Manager. Rather than embarking on a new career, the Wainfleet resident sees it more as a coming home, since he is a graduate of the College’s mechanical engineering program, serves on both the Mechanical PAC and the alumni boards, and more recently was part of the advisory committee for the Manufacturing Centre. As Centre Manager, he is responsible for the overall operations of the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, shaping its strategic direction, including outreach to industry, as well as determining new or untapped sectors of industry that could benefit from the Centre’s offerings. He says he sees future opportunity in the medical sector, as well as with addressing the aging infrastructure of Niagara.

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Centre Manager
Welland Campus

Lyndon William Ashton is the Centre Manager for the Canadian Food & Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre. In this role he is responsible for the overall operations, including outreach to key industry and the successful development and implementation of food and beverage technical services. Lyndon joined the Research & Innovation division after a diversified career, beginning in the culinary arts and eventually leading to economic development, management consulting and business planning. Most recently he worked with MDB Insight, one of Canada’s largest specialist economic development consulting firms, specializing in economic, cultural, and workforce development and corporate strategic planning for the public sector. He earned his Culinary Red Seal, and he holds a combined degree in Political Sciences and Labour Studies from Brock University.

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Centre Manager
Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

As Research Project Manager of the Canadian Food & Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre, Kristine is responsible for the oversight and development of food and beverage applied research and fee-for-service activities involving industry.

The CFWI Innovation Centre is dedicated to assisting food and beverage industry partners with their research, innovation, and commercialization needs through collaborative applied projects involving NC’s students, expert faculty/staff, and outstanding infrastructure.

Kristine joined the division in 2013, working as the Industry Liaison Officer, with the responsibilities of managing contracts, promotional activities and communications with external partners. She has taught Marketing for Continuing Education and brings to her role more than 15 years’ of project management experience in various sectors, including consumer packaged goods and food innovation, as a consumer services program manager for Nestle Canada.

Kristine holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from Brock University, and is currently enrolled part-time in Niagara College’s Culinary Innovation and Food Technology program. In her spare time, she volunteers on the Board of Directors for Women’s Place of South Niagara.

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Research Project Manager
Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

Gregor MacLean is the Project Manager overseeing the Agriculture & Environmental Technologies portfolio. Prior to that, Gregor worked in the private sector as a program manager focused on program design and delivery in energy conservation and consumer engagement, and as an environmental consultant for hazardous materials and property assessments. Gregor also has experience in food service management, and municipal waste management programs. Gregor has a Bachelor in Sport Management (Honours) from Brock University and a post-graduate certificate in Environmental Management and Assessment from Niagara College.

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Research Project Manager
Welland Campus

Krystyn Keir is the Project Manager for the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing (SONAMI), a research consortium with three other academic-research institutions, that supports innovation and development in business and key industry sectors. Krystyn is responsible for the performance of all partners within the research network, ensuring successful project outcomes to grow SONAMI. An industrial engineer with an MBA and a Bachelor of Education, Krystyn has 15 years’ experience in operations and project management and has provided effective and successful leadership on projects in the fields of education, finance and manufacturing. Her passion for all things project management serves well SONAMI’s innovative collaboration of educational institutions to support the needs of the manufacturing companies in the Golden Horseshoe and beyond.

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Project Manager, SONAMI
Welland Campus

Gordon Koslowski is no stranger to the advanced manufacturing sector, having come to us most recently from product management and development at CWD Limited, which specializes in consumer electronics goods such as clock radios and turntables. He also worked in market research and product development at Research in Motion. Gordon holds a BSc (Hon) in biochemistry from Queen’s University and an MBA from Simon Fraser University. He also has a certificate from the Canadian Marketing Association in Customer Insight through Research and Analytics and has been a member of the Project Management Institute. In his Research & Innovation role, he finds great satisfaction in bringing together industry, students, and faculty to solve the R&D needs of Niagara’s small- and medium-sized businesses.

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Research Project Manager
Welland Campus

Rachel Brown is the Research Grants and Contracts Officer for the Research & Innovation division at Niagara College. In this role she oversees all department budgets and financial reporting for the division, tracking all financial operations and reporting requirements related to internal and external funding portfolios. With in-depth knowledge of the comprehensive array of grant agency programs, Rachel collaborates with the research management team in coordinating all submissions, overseeing grant compliance and eligibility and liaises with funders and key stakeholders. She is a graduate of Niagara College’s Business Administration – Operations Management program. A member of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA), Rachel is currently the co-chair of the Colleges, Institutes and Polytechnics Special Interest Group (SIG) and part of the 2018 Annual Meeting planning committee.

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Research Grants & Contracts Officer
Welland Campus

David Vuyk is the Research Laboratory Technologist for the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, where he is responsible for the operation of the research programs, the coordination of technical services and applied research projects, and the leading-edge technologies in the research manufacturing lab. Prior to his position with Research & Innovation, David spent four years in the horticulture science industry with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, where he focused on robotics and automation; he also has research experience in product development: from design for commercialization to process design for experiment protocols, as well as beta-testing and troubleshooting of newly developed technologies. As a graduate from the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Niagara College (2015), David is no stranger to the campus, or the technologies being used in the advanced manufacturing technical access centre.

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Research Laboratory Technologist
Welland campus

As Lab Technologist with the Canadian Food & Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, Kelly Byer is responsible for managing the College’s four research labs – facilities which allow students to explore such areas of food science as microbiology, chemistry, sensory analysis and shelf-life testing.

The labs are equipped with leading-edge technology; all part of the extensive services, from new recipe development to regulatory assistance and nutritional labelling, which are offered to food and beverage industry partners in need of research, innovation and commercialization assistance.

Kelly has spent most of her career either in the field or in a lab coat, in biological control of weeds, first at the University of Guelph and then at Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada in Saskatchewan. In addition to extensive research activities at AAFC, she oversaw all aspects of lab management and found time to write, edit and review numerous scientific publications and research reports. She also brings previous experience in quality and food safety programs; compliance with regulatory programs and standards; and new product development.

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Lab Technologist
Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

Daniel Tellez Rayas is a Research Lead with the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, where he assists with engineering design for technical services and guides students in the various applied research projects. The Innovation Centre provides access for industry to leading-edge equipment and related services such as lean manufacturing processes, engineering design, reverse engineering and 3D technology.

Prior to his role at Niagara College, Daniel spent eight years immersed in the industrial and architectural design industry, and gained experience in Solidworks, AutoCAD, Inventor and Mitek software.

Currently  working toward his Civil Engineering diploma at Niagara College, Daniel is a graduate of Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Fanshawe College and has trained in Solidworks Modelling & Assembly. He is also a certified member of Ontario Association and Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

Having moved here from Mexico City 15 years ago, Daniel has settled in Fenwick, where he and his wife and two children, are active volunteers with their church and in community events.

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Research Lead
Welland Campus

Dr. Ana Cristina Vega Lugo is the Senior Food Scientist for the Canadian Food & Wine Institution Innovation Centre, part of the Research & Innovation Division at the College. Ana Cristina is responsible for managing the research/student team and resources required for all product and process innovation, food safety, analytical lab and label compliance services, and other technical service and applied research activities. A trained food engineer and scientist with a PhD degree in food science, Ana Cristina has 10 years’ experience in food science and commercialization, including in development, troubleshooting and applicable packaging science and technology. Her most recent position was with Hela Spice Canada as a senior product developer.

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Senior Food Scientist
Niagara-on-the-Lake campus

Stephanie Skotidas is the Research Lab Technician with the Canadian Food & Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre. In addition to assisting the Lab Technologist on a variety of applied research projects and technical services for the CFWI Innovation Centre, Stephanie also works collaboratively with industry partners, faculty, students and graduates in existing and new food and beverage labs.

Stephanie has a background in chemistry, biology, analytical instrumentation, product development and food safety protocols. She brings to her role a decade of experience in her sector, including a position as R&D Food Technologist with Sensient Flavors Canada and as an Assistant Winemaker with Andrew Peller Ltd. She holds a Bachelor in Life Sciences from McMaster University and a diploma in Food and Drug Technology from Durham College.

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Research Lab Technician
Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

As Research Services Support Officer, Christine Raymond provides clerical, administrative, and research project-related support for the Research & Innovation division and its three Innovation Centres. She is also responsible for all aspects of support related to human resources activities for part-time staff within the division, including students and research graduates. Christine joined the Research & Innovation team in April 2013 as Human Resources & Events Officer. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, she pursued a Human Resources Management (Post Graduate) Certificate from Fanshawe College. With a passion for education, Christine continued her academic pursuits and earned a Master of Science in Education from Medaille College, and has worked as an occasional teacher. Her employment portfolio includes extensive experience planning large-scale events and implementing human resources functions within a number of organizations. She is thrilled to work at a progressive post-secondary institution and is eager to participate in the division’s growth.


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Research Services Support Officer
Welland Campus

For Tanya Hvilivitzky, joining the Research & Innovation team represents a homecoming of sorts. Tanya is an award-winning graduate of the Niagara College journalism program, which she credits for instilling a love of story-telling and whetting her innate curiosity. It launched a career that has included stints as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, communications director and researcher. In her role as Dissemination & Outreach Officer, Tanya taps into her inquisitive nature to help share the compelling stories about the people, the applied research projects and the diverse collaborations with industry partners.

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Dissemination & Outreach Officer
Welland Campus

Elizabeth Best is the Business Development Coordinator of the Research & Innovation Division. She comes to Niagara College with experience in strategic planning, program content and development, financial management, and communications outreach and has run large-scale events and conferences for major players in the Niagara region. In her role at the College, Elizabeth provides support to management in all relations, communications and promotional activities with external partners. She is also responsible for supporting the recruitment of applied research projects across college programs, for the purposes of developing course-based research projects. Elizabeth is a graduate of Niagara College’s Convention and Meeting Management Program and a Certified Meeting Manager. She looks forward to building relationships with Niagara business leaders and creating innovative partnerships within Niagara Research & Innovation for students, faculty and industry partners.

Elizabeth Best was last modified: April 10th, 2018 by cms007ad
Business Development Coordinator
Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

Janice Rowe joined Research & Innovation in December 2016 as Project Assistant for the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation (SONAMI).  This collaborative network with three other academic institutions assists Southern Ontario manufacturers with their innovation and product development needs through applied research. Janice has worked as a fundraising professional in the non-profit sector for health and education charities and brings experience working with funders, grants, and reporting to her role at Niagara College. Janice holds a (Hon.) Bachelor of Commerce (Hon.) from the University of Ottawa and a Business Administration diploma from Mount Royal College.

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SONAMI Project Assistant
Welland Campus

Kevin Poulin joined the Research & Innovation Division in August 2004. Kevin is a graduate of Niagara College’s Computer Programming and Network System Operations. He has more than 14 years of experience in the Information Technology field. He is responsible for maintaining all Research & Innovation’s information technology systems. Kevin also assists Research & Innovation staff, faculty and students with the technology aspects of their various projects to help them meet their goals. He maintains 3D render farms, sensor networks, servers, and is quick to adapt and implement any new technology required.

Kevin Poulin was last modified: November 30th, 2015 by cms007ad
Systems Administrator
Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

In her role as the Web and Graphic Design Officer for the Research & Innovation division, Stephanie Farr supports the team on a variety of marketing and promotional projects, involving print and digital graphic design, updating and maintaining the R&I website, and developing new microsites for the division’s diverse outreach activities. Stephanie is a graduate of Niagara College’s New Media Web Design program, where she learned video editing, the design of promotional materials, 3D animation and marketing skills.

She has since been self-employed designing websites on her own for small- and medium-sized businesses in Niagara, and as part of the Armstrong Strategy Group’s stable of contracted service providers.

Stephanie Farr was last modified: September 17th, 2018 by cms007ad
Web and Graphic Design Officer
Welland Campus

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