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Freyja Arnason

Director, RITHIM

Freyja joined the Research Manitoba team in July 2014 as the Manager of Research Programs.  In 2018, she became the Manager of the Research Improvements Through Harmonization in Manitoba (RITHIM) initiative.

Freyja has a Masters Degree in Canadian Politics from the University of Manitoba.  Prior to joining Research Manitoba, she worked for the Manitoba government as the project manager for research and Innovation.

Throughout her career she has gained varied and extensive experience in project and program management, policy analysis, research and fund management.  She has worked closely with researchers, companies, and senior public and private stakeholders at the regional, national, and international level to foster research and innovation in Manitoba.

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Hope Nicholson

RITHIM Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator

Hope's background is in governmental administration. She joined the RITHIM group in 2020 and works to ensure that the various stakeholders of RITHIM are engaged and informed of the project.

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Elaine Burland

CHIPER Coordinator

Elaine received a PhD in Community Health Sciences and an MSc in Family Studies, both from the University of Manitoba. She worked at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) from 2001-2020. Prior to joining MCHP, she worked for the South-Eastman Regional Health Authority as a research project coordinator for the ‘Tots Study’ and as a research coordinator for the Pembina Valley Learning Centre.

Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to gain experience in many different areas including program evaluation, research program management, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and working with administrative data.