We are the provincial funding agency that funds, supports and promotes the impact of health research that matters to Saskatchewan.

Email: info@shrf.ca

Phone: 1-306-975-1680

Toll Free: 1-800-975-1699 (within Canada and the United States)

Fax: 1-306-975-1688

Address: 324-111 Research Drive,

Saskatoon, SK S7N 3R2

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Our People


Meet the Team

Patrick joined SHRF in October 2007 and is responsible for the overall direction, development and management of programs and initiatives across the organization, leading the management team, and working collaboratively with the SHRF staff, Board of Directors, stakeholders, funders and external partners to advance SHRF’s best interests.

Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Odnokon

Catherine joined SHRF in May 2017 and is responsible for overall administrative support for the CEO, the Board and related external relations support.

Executive Assistant

Catherine Klopoushak

Rostyk joined SHRF in May 2018. Some of his priorities focus on the continual growth of SHRF’s ability to measure and showcase the impact that research funding has on the various stakeholders, including the economic growth of the province.  Rostyk provides market and strategic intelligence to the organization; enabling SHRF, our partners, stakeholders and collaborators to continue growing and developing a prosperous and innovative health research ecosystem in Saskatchewan.

Director of Impact and Strategy

Rostyk Hursky

Karen began her role as with SHRF in November 2010 and is responsible for managing funding competitions, developing and implementing funding programs and policies, and contributing to strategic planning. 

Director of Funding Programs

Karen Tilsley

Danielle joined SHRF in October 2015 and works with all aspects of the organization’s funding programs, including follow-up reporting, managing funding competitions as assigned, and contributing to program and policy development and evaluation.

Funding Programs Officer

Danielle Robertson-Boersma

Tanya joined SHRF in 2011 and provides assistance and support to all aspects of the SHRF funding process for annual grants and major initiatives.

Programs Coordinator

Tanya Skorobohach

Lina joined SHRF in January 2016 and is responsible for enhancing financial management, reporting and accountability of the organization, developing and managing contracts with partners and service providers, ensuring good human resource management practices, overseeing a secure and effective IT system that includes a grants-management system, and contributing to strategic planning.

Director of Finance

Lina Kazan

Irene joined SHRF in July of 2009 and is responsible for carrying out general and grants accounting, as well as payroll and benefits administration, and all related reporting requirements.

Senior Accountant

Irene Blum

Nikki joined SHRF in October 2015 and is responsible for working with all aspects of the organization’s communications and outreach efforts, including overseeing aspects of publications, website, special events, and e-communications.

Communications and Outreach Officer

Nikki Desjardins

Accountability, Adaptability, Collaboration, Excellence and Integrity; represent a vital part of our strategic foundation and exemplifies our fundamental beliefs and guiding principles for how we work with each other and all stakeholders.


Meet the Board

Cecile Hunt is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region. Prior to the position, she was the Vice-President of Integrated Health Services for the Prairie North Health Region, which includes North Battleford, Lloydminster and Meadow Lake and surrounding areas. She lives in the region, and her husband farms in the Kinistino area. Cecile started her career in health care 30 years ago as a registered nurse. Prior to working in Prairie North, she was the Director of Health Services for the North Central Health District in Melfort. Cecile was Director of Nursing at Victoria Union Hospital in Prince Albert and also served as the Prince Albert Health District’s Director of Patient Care.

Cecile Hunt, Chair

Joe Vidal is President and CEO of Bioriginal. In his 17 years with the company, he has seen Bioriginal grow and prosper as a global leader in delivering complete omega solutions to the Food and Nutraceutical industries. He has worked with KPMG both in the National office in Toronto as well as the Saskatoon office, giving him a broad range of experiences in both small and large businesses. His eight years at Hitachi provided a broad range of international experiences as well as an appreciation for the importance of manufacturing and quality principles, all within the context of dealing with the human element of business.

Joe Vidal, Vice Chair

Jane Alcorn is a Professor in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. Jane’s own research focuses on the health benefits of flaxseed bioactives and determinants of neonatal exposure risk in the medicated nursing mother/neonate dyad. In addition, Jane provides pharmacokinetic expertise to a significant number of collaborative and translational research projects within the province as well as expert review for the US National Toxicology Program and Environmental Protection Agency. Jane has held several key leadership positions including Chair of the Drug Discovery and Development Research Group, University Veterinarian, Board Director for the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences, and her most recent appointment as Associate Dean Research and Graduate Affairs.

Jane Alcorn

Dr. Josef Buttigieg is an Assistant Professor at the University of Regina (U of R). He received his PhD from McMaster University in Hamilton and served as a postdoctoral fellow for two years at the University Health Network in Toronto. As a young biomedical researcher in the health region, he has helped foster research collaborations between the U of R and various local health institutes. As a neurophysiologist, his research interests include stem cell biology and neurodegenerative disorders such as stroke, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. The goal of this research program is to develop therapies that mitigate or reverse the progress of neurological disease. In addition to research, Dr. Buttigieg is heavily involved in teaching. He is responsible for both anatomy and physiology courses in the Faculty of Nursing as well as the Faculty of Science.

Josef Buttigieg

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Jim Demeray

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Phoebe De Ciman

Tami Denomie is an Executive Director with the Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Health providing leadership in the area of system wide priorities. Her leadership of strategic initiatives and projects with an emphasis on cross-ministry and –sector partnerships span across several sectors and strive to enhance the patient experience and overall quality of life through continuous quality improvement. Tami spent much of her early career working with stakeholders and other delivery and research partners around the healthy living and the physical activity movement. She is known for her abilities in the area of community engagement and capacity building and her innovative approaches to addressing issues.

Tami Denomie

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Jordan Dutchak

Danya Kordan is responsible for research institutes and clusters at Innovation Saskatchewan. Within that role, she provides leadership for the agency and provincial government as it relates to matters affecting innovation at the funded research institutes. This also involves participation in senior official committees involving other provincial and federal jurisdictions. Danya has worked in economic development for the province of Saskatchewan for the past 20 years.  For many of those years she was Sector Manager responsible for the growth of the Life Sciences Sector. Danya holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). 

Danya Kordan

Dr. Vivian R Ramsden, a Registered Nurse, is a Professor and Director of the Research Division, Department of Academic Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Her background spans both critical care in acute care settings and primary health care in urban, rural, First Nations and international communities. Dr. Ramsden is a passionate advocate for participatory health research, thus, her research interests include participatory health research and evaluation; primary health care; mixed methods; and, prevention and management of chronic diseases. Her unique strengths and vision have led to the creation of an innovative competency-based curriculum, and related evidence-informed co-created community-based prevention programs. Additionally she has influenced changes in health policy. Dr. Ramsden is also an Honorary Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and currently sits on the Section of Researchers Council as the Chair, Research Directors.

Vivian Ramsden

Dr. Robert Sheldon is a Professor of Cardiac Science at the University of Calgary.He is a world-renowned researcher and thought leader in the investigation and treatment of syncope. He has developed the Calgary Syncope Symptom Score, which is widely used clinically, replacing tilt table testing, which resulted in a great reduction of health care utilization and expenditure and is the world leader in randomized clinical trials of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for syncope. He has been an Associate Dean of Clinical Research, Senior Vice President Research with Alberta Health Services, and a member of CIHR Governing Council.

Robert Sheldon

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Brandace Winquist