Ethics

Human Research Ethics Board

Human Research Ethics Board

One of La Cité’s missions is to promote the advancement of knowledge, the integrity and the applied research excellence in accordance with the highest scientific and ethical standards. In order to do so, it promotes the responsible conduct of research. It ensures that human dignity is respected and human rights are protected during its research activities involving humans.

In this context, the REB’s role is to ensure that human dignity is respected and human participants are protected in research by conducting both an initial and ongoing ethical review of the research projects held under La Cité’s auspices and jurisdiction, whether the projects are conducted on campus or elsewhere and whether they involve La Cité’s students and staff or not. Members of the board are appointed by the College President for renewable terms of 1 to 3 years.

REB Secretariat

This role is held by Ms. Janie Dupont, Research and Innovation Office Clerk. She carries out the following tasks, alongside the Board President:

  • General operations
  • REB plenary meetings
  • Delegated evaluations
  • Record retention and confidentiality
  • Information and training for the college community

Note that any research activity with human participants must be reviewed on ethical grounds and approved by the REB prior to its beginning. In general, no funding can be used for a research activity involving human participants without ethical approval of that activity by La Cité’s REB. However, in certain circumstances, exceptions can be made after consultation with the REB, for example when initial steps are required prior to the recruitment phase, in order to allow for the preparation of tools to be used during the research with human participants.

In order to submit an initial or ongoing request for an evaluation, or to find out more about ethics in research with human participants, please send an email at the following address: cer@lacitec.on.ca.

List of the REB Members as of May 1, 2018
Name Position
Michel Bergeron President
Lynnda Proulx Vice-President, Member who has expertise in relevant research disciplines, fields and methodologies covered by the REB
Liane Leclair Member who has expertise in relevant research disciplines, fields and methodologies covered by the REB
Valérie Albert Member who is knowledgeable in the relevant law
Mariana Nunez Member who is knowledgeable in ethics
Pascal Roberge
(member of the community)
Community member with no affiliation with La Cité
Annabel Forgues Substitute member who has expertise in relevant research disciplines, fields and methodologies covered by the REB
Nazila Khalkhali Substitute member who has expertise in relevant research disciplines, fields and methodologies covered by the REB
Maxime Forget-Lamarche Substitute member who is knowledgeable in the relevant law
Marie Buy Substitute member who is knowledgeable in ethics
François Forgues
(member of the community)
Substitute community member with no affiliation with La Cité

REB’s Meeting Calendar

Monday, May 28, 2018
Monday, August 27, 2018
Monday, September 24, 2018
Monday, October 29, 2018
Monday, November 26, 2018
Monday, January 14, 2019 – To be confirmed in December
Monday, February 11, 2019 – To be confirmed in December
Monday, March 11, 2019 – To be confirmed in December

Administrative Directive PED-13

Enacted on April 19, 2017, following a decision from the President’s Council, this directive ensures the application of rules and principles overseeing the respect of human dignity and the protection of human rights in La Cité’s research activities with humans. To read the directive PED-13 (french).

Official documents and forms

Useful link

Contact us

In order to submit a request or for any information regarding the ethics of research with human participants, please contact Janie Dupont at 613 742-2483, ext. 2595 or by email at the following address: jdupon@lacitec.on.ca. Pavilion B, Room B3160, 801, Aviation Parkway, Ottawa, Ontario K1K 4R3.