Call for Nominations
Committee for Harmonized Health Impact, Privacy and Ethics Review (CHIPER)

The Research Improvements Through Harmonization in Manitoba (RITHIM) initiative is a new provincial program working towards a new harmonized application and review process for health research ethics, institutional impact, and privacy approval in Manitoba. 

As part of the process, the Committee for Harmonized Health Impact, Privacy, and Ethics Review (CHIPER) was established as an independent, multidisciplinary committee consisting of individuals with expertise and experience in human ethics, privacy, research, and health systems.

In the current transitional state, CHIPER is responsible for ensuring that a research ethics board has approved a research project prior to the Provincial Health Research Privacy Committee (PHRPC) approval. Later this fall, with the full launch of the RITHIM program, CHIPER will be the provincial health research ethics board. The RITHIM program, including the electronic Provincial Research Administration System (RITHIM PRAS) will enable the streamlining of reviews for ethics, privacy and institutional impact.

As we prepare for the full launch of RITHIM, we are looking to recruit additional CHIPER members.  Show your commitment to health research in Manitoba and help to shape its future!

We are seeking individuals from post-secondary institutions, health care institutions, and health authorities across Manitoba who have the requisite qualifications and experience.  You may nominate yourself or a colleague. 

Qualifications and Time Commitment:

  • Time, availability, and willingness to serve on the committee. Appointments are for a 3-year renewable term

  • Comfortable participating in virtual meetings and with the use of an electronic administration system (e.g., portal)

  • High level of integrity

  • Commitment to continuous learning

  • Peer review skills

  • Effective committee contribution skills

The selection of members is based on consideration of professional (scientific and non-scientific) expertise as well as clinical and research experience.  Current areas of need include:

  • Clinical Psychology/Psychiatry

  • Rehabilitation Medicine

  • Pharmacy/Pharmacology

  • Archival research

  • Legal expertise

  • Expertise in disability and accessibility issues

  • Infectious Diseases

  • Dentistry/Dental Health

  • Nursing

  • Expertise in cannabis research

  • Formal ethics or health ethics training

  • Expertise in complimentary or alternative health care

Consistent with Research Manitoba’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, CHIPER strives to achieve equitable participation by including individuals with diverse experiences and attributes (e.g., women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons in a visible minority group, etc.).  We encourage individuals to self-identify as belonging to an underrepresented group.  Every effort will be made to include qualified persons of diverse communities in the makeup of CHIPER.

Nominees are asked to submit a CV, cover letter and completed Skills Matrix outlining their relevant education and experience to

For any questions about CHIPER or the nomination process, please do not hesitate to contact Liz Lylyk, RITHIM Manager at or 204-942-1663.