Associate Vice President, Research and Innovation
M.Sc, University of Toronto (2007)
Honors Bachelor of Science (High Distinction), University of Toronto (2004)
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Dawn leads applied research at George Brown, including growing research capacity and attracting external partnerships and financial investment. Dawn also oversees institutional research and planning, focusing on educational quality measurement and improvement, and strategy implementation. Dawn joined George Brown’s Research and Innovation team in 2007 as a Project Manager and then as Senior Project Manager. She was appointed Director of Research and Innovation in 2012 and led the team on proposal development and writing, business development and outreach, and internal capacity development.
By leading funding applications, seeking new partnerships and championing student involvement, Dawn has played an integral part in the growth of research at George Brown. Since establishing the Office of Research and Innovation in 2007, George Brown has undertaken projects involving more than 1,000 industry partnerships, engaging 208 faculty members and providing over 10,000 student experiences.
Under her stewardship, the Research and Innovation team has administered $74.9 million in research funds. Dawn championed the expansion of George Brown’s research into new arenas, including entrepreneurship with the creation of startGBC and expanding capacity in social innovation. Further, in 2015 and 2017, George Brown College was recognized as the top research college in the country, according to RE$EARCH Infosource.
Dawn has a Master of Science from the University of Toronto and serves as the Chair of the Ontario Heads of Applied Research Executive Committee, and a member of Colleges and Institutes Canada National Research Council, the Tech-Access Canada Advisory Board, the George Brown College Innovation Advisory Board, and George Brown’s Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt) Advisory Board.