We support community-based research projects

St. Lawrence College supports community-based research activities through the operation of a Research Ethics Board and Industry Innovation projects. If you are a researcher/innovator or you are interested in conducting research/industry innovation and wish to collaborate with the College, we want to hear from you. Please contact our Research Ethics Officer or our Industry Liaison.

Recent Projects

Industry Innovation and Research

Our Research Office helps solve business problems. We help you get from Research and Development to production faster and connect our resources with industry and community organizations to produce results that drive success. We support local businesses to take a product or service to a next level, create a competitive advantage and source funding opportunities for innovation, research, and development. If you are a private or public service agency, email our industry liaison, Ian Dick if you: have an idea for a product or process development; have a problem with a current business process; want to identify and capitalize on cost-saving opportunities, or want to test product design or evaluate process implementation.


SEARC is home to a group of dedicated engineers, technicians and technical specialists who help Canadian companies develop and improve their products, services and manufacturing practices in sustainable energy.

The Centre for Behavioural Studies aspires to lead in the field of applied behaviour analysis. The Centre is a place where students, faculty, researchers, behaviour analysts and community service providers advance the science of behaviour analysis through education, practical application and collaborative research work.

Research Ethics Board

To support the responsible conduct of research involving human participants at St. Lawrence College, the College established the St. Lawrence College Research Ethics Board (SLC-REB). The SLC-REB’s mandate is to review the ethical acceptability of all research proposals involving human participants conducted within St. Lawrence College’s jurisdiction and under its auspices in accordance with St. Lawrence College policies and the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.

Research Involving Human Participants

All research involving human participants conducted within the jurisdiction or under the auspices of St. Lawrence College must comply with St. Lawrence College policies (including the Ethical Research Involving Humans and Research Integrity) and the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans. Researchers conducting research projects involving human participants are required to submit a completed SLC-REB Application Form (Researchers) and supporting documents to the If you are in doubt as to whether your proposed research project requires SLC-REB approval to proceed, please contact the Research Ethics Officer.  


At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SLC-REB suspended all research activities involving face-to-face interactions with human participants (e.g. interviews, focus groups, interventions). This was necessary to protect the health and safety of our students, employees, and community. However, the SLC-REB will now accept applications for permission to begin or resume research activities involving face-to-face interactions with human participants.

Please note that significant restrictions on face-to-face research activities remain in place due to COVID-19. Researchers operating under the auspices of St. Lawrence College are responsible for ensuring that face-to-face research activities comply with all applicable public health directives, and with all St. Lawrence College guidelines related to COVID-19. Faculty and students conducting face-to-face research must first complete the COVID-19 Health and Safety Awareness Training. All SLC-REB policies regarding the ethical conduct of research remain in place.

Application Procedure

To apply for permission to begin or resume face-to-face research activities at St. Lawrence College, please follow the specific steps outlined below:

  1. Review all St. Lawrence College guidelines and information regarding COVID-19.
  2. Complete the St. Lawrence College COVID-19 Health and Safety Awareness Training.
  3. Complete the form Application to Conduct Face-to-Face Research during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Submit the form to If you are applying for an ethical review of a new research project, please submit this form along with your full application package to the SLC-REB. If you are applying to resume research activities that have already received approval from SLC-REB, you do not need to submit another full application for ethical review.
  4. Include the following statement in the Informed Consent Form for your study: “There is a remote possibility that you could come into contact with someone with COVID-19 during your participation in this research. In case this unlikely event occurs, we are required by the Public Health Unit to retain on file your email address or phone number to share with them for the purposes of contact tracing.”

If you have questions or concerns about this process, or if you require support in applying to conduct research during the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact SLC’s Research Ethics Officer.

SLC-REB Full Board Reviews

Full board reviews are conducted on the 3rd Friday of every month (except on July and August). For more information contact: SLC-REB at

External Researchers

All external researchers are required to obtain SLC-REB clearance before they can use college resources or begin recruiting any faculty, staff or students as participants at any of the St. Lawrence College campuses. External researchers will be required to submit the SLC-REB Application Form (Researchers). Additionally, researchers will be required to have appropriate College Department level approval for recruitment of participants or use of College resources to support the research project.

Multi-Site Research Projects

Multi-site research projects involving multiple colleges in Ontario must first submit an Ontario Community College Multi-Site Research Ethics Board Application to the Heads of Applied Research (HAR) Expert Panel REB for a preliminary review. Applications should be sent to the Expert Panel REB Coordinator at

Once you have obtained the HAR Expert Panel’s Letter of Recommendation, you can then submit the Ontario Community College Multi-Site Research Ethics Board Application form to the SLC-REB along with your supporting documents. Applications received with the Expert Panel’s Letter of Recommendation will receive a delegated review by the SLC-REB.

SLC-REB Membership 

  • Dr. Maha Othman, MD, PhD (CHAIR) - Collaborative BScN, School of Health Sciences, Kingston
  • Dr. Rajni Dogra, LL.B, PhD (Vice-Chair) - Economics, Kingston
  • L. Culleton, BA, RECE - Early Childhood Education, Cornwall
  • Marie-Line Jobin, MPs. C. Psych Assoc. - Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology, Kingston
  • Dr. James Morris-Pocock, PhD - Collaborative BScN, School of Health Sciences, Brockville/Kingston
  • Andrea Ruskin, RGD, BFA, B.DES, M.DES - Graphic Design, Kingston
  • Matthew Varrette, BSC, BSW, MSW, RSW - Worker, Community Member, Cornwall

Contact Information


Lawrence College Research Ethics Board
Lawrence College
00462, 100 Portsmouth Ave
ON K7L 5A6
613 - 544 - 5400 ext. 1621

Dr. Jeremy Butler
613-544-5400 ext. 1621 

Ian Dick
613-544-5400 ext. 1451 

Dr. John Conrad, Director
613-544-5400 ext. 1327