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The University Research Ethics Board (REB) is a committee that is established by the university and charged with ensuring compliance with the Tri Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) and Policy R20.01, Simon Fraser University's policy and procedures for review of ethical considerations arising from research involving human participants. Per R20.01, the REB's management and operations are the responsibility of the Vice-President Research and Innovation, but it is independent in its decision-making authority.


Call for board members

The REB is currently seeking community members and faculty members to serve on its board. A significant amount of the research conducted at SFU relies on the REB to ensure compliance with federal research policy requirements. With recent policy changes, several board members are completing their service, including the chair and vice-chair. Adequate membership numbers are needed to reduce the potential for any interruption to ethical review processes relating to human research.

Serving on the REB offers a great opportunity to develop expertise in a rapidly evolving, complex and multi-disciplinary area, while providing critical and necessary support to the research community in achieving SFU’s vision as a leading research university, advancing an inclusive and sustainable future.



Board members are responsible for:

  • Reviewing the ethical acceptability of projects submitted to the REB
  • Attending monthly meetings and participating in the board deliberations relating to the ethical acceptability of projects. The board meets monthly except for August and December (10 meetings per year) on Wednesday mornings.
  • Time commitment: 4-8 hours/month (but can vary depending on the number, content, and complexity of submissions)



The REB is seeking several new members, aiming to onboard a minimum of two members per area of expertise identified below.

  • Criminology
  • Ethics
  • Healthcare (e.g., nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, etc.)
  • Law (JD, LLB or equivalent but are not required to be licensed or practising)
  • Medicine (including physicians)
  • Psychology
  • Indigenous research

We encourage applications from all qualified individuals including women, Indigenous Peoples, visible minorities, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the REB.



Interested individuals are invited to submit their CV and a brief expression of interest to Kristie Westerlaken, director, Research Ethics at


Simon Fraser University Research Ethics Board Membership List

As at December 8, 2023

List of SFU Research Ethics Board Members as at December 8, 2023
  Role Faculty Term Expiry
Voting Members
Geoffrey Poitras Chair Beedie School of Business May 31, 2024
Jeremy Snyder Vice-Chair / Ethicist Health Sciences May 31, 2024
Dante Abbey Community Member N/A - External May 31, 2024
David Macalister Legal Representative Arts and Social Sciences May 31, 2026
Jeannie Kerr Member Education September 30, 2026
Malcolm Steinberg Member - MD Health Sciences May 31, 2026

Jean-Christophe Belisle-Pipon

Member and alternate Ethicist Health Sciences May 31, 2024
Robert Williamson Member Education September 30, 2024
Tatiana Losev Student Member Communication, Art and Technology May 31, 2025
Non-voting Members
Kim Lajoie Authorized delegated reviewer Research Ethics  
Samantha Roper Authorized delegated reviewer Research Ethics  
Candase Jensen Authorized delegated reviewer Research Ethics  

Compliance Assurances

The REB complies with the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46.103). These regulations state that every institution engaged in human subject research supported or conducted by the DHHS must have assurance of compliance approved by the US Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP/FDA).

Federalwide Assurance (FWA) and Institutional Review Board (IRB) assurances with OHRP/FDA have been obtained for both SFU and the SFU Research Ethics Board (REBs in Canada are referred to as IRBs in the US):

Institutional Organization: SFU (IORG0001878)


  • Type of Assurance: Federalwide Assurance for "Simon Fraser University"
  • Assurance Number: FWA00002324
  • Expiry Date: 4/5/2028


  • Type of Assurance: Federalwide Assurance for "Simon Fraser U IRB #1 - SFU Rsch Ethics Board"
  • Assurance Number: IRB00002371
  • Expiry Date: 10/25/2026

For details or confirmation of SFU approved OHRP/FDA assurances, go to the Office for Human Research Protections database and search by entering the IORG, FWA or IRB numbers.


Submission Criteria

A project will be reviewed only when the ORE determines that the information and materials submitted are sufficient to enable an informed review of the ethical acceptability of the research. Should information and materials be deemed insufficient, the application will be returned to the researcher for revisions.


Submission Deadlines

There are no deadlines for applications deemed to be minimal risk.  Minimal risk applications are reviewed by a delegated review pathway and in the order that they are received. Submissions that are deemed to be above minimal risk and require review by the Full Board must be received three weeks prior to the scheduled board meeting and must be deemed to be of sufficient quality to be considered for that month’s meeting. We strictly adhere to deadlines.


Meetings (full board)

The REB meets to review research studies every other month. These meetings are closed to the public.


Calendar Month REB Meeting Date Submission Deadline
March March 13, 2024 February 23, 2024
April April 10, 2024 March 22, 2024
May May 8, 2024 April 19, 2024
June June 12, 2024 May 24, 2024
July July 10, 2024 June 21, 2024
August No Meeting N/A
September September 11, 2024 August 23, 2024
October October 9, 2024 September 20, 2024
November November 13, 2024 October 25, 2024
December No Meeting N/A
Last updated: April 3, 2024