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Executive Committee

Meet the Executive Committee of the CPSR National Trainee Association


Valerie Closson, MSc, Research Program Coordinator, CPSR

Liam Kelly, MSc, PhD(c), CSEP-CEP, NLCK, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Clinical Research Co-Chair

Farrell Leibovitch, MSc, Director of Research and Training Programs, CPSR

Matthew McDonald, PhD, University of Ottawa, Basic Science Co-Chair 

Karen Truong, BSc Research Program Coordinator, CPSR (on maternity leave until fall 2018)



Timal Kannangara, PhD, University of Ottawa, former Basic Science Co-Chair & current SPiN Workshop Advisory Committee member, CPSR
Lisa Sheehy, PhD, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, former Clinical Research Co-Chair & current SPiN Workshop Advisory Committee member, CPSR

Our goal is to enhance the trainee experience and further engage their interest in stroke recovery research in order to increase the likelihood of future success. While the NTA is coordinated by the Executive Committee, the NTA is intended to be a “grassroots” association and thus we welcome and seek ideas and input from all trainees.

If you would like to introduce yourself to them, or if you have any ideas or input for the National Trainee Association, please email

CPSR NTA Executive Committee Co-Chairs for 2019

CPSR National Trainee Association is seeking applications for the CPSR Executive Committee Co-Chairs for 2019. There are two positions available – one for the Basic Science Co-Chair position and one for the Clinical Research Co-Chair position. As a chair of the CPSR-NTA, you will work closely with the other co-chair, CPSR Director of Research and Training Programs Farrell Leibovitch and Research Program Coordinator Valerie Closson, to develop, organize, and implement networking and training opportunities and programs for CPSR-NTA members.

Eligibility: Open to all trainees (graduate student or PDF) working in the area of stroke recovery research.

If you are interested in applying to be a co-chair, please send an email to by December 07, 2018, with the following information:

1) Identify which chair position you are applying for – either the Basic Science or Clinical Research Co-Chair
2) a brief bio of yourself and your research
3) tell us why you want to be a co-chair and why you would be appropriate for this position
4) up-to-date CV (in simple format preferred).

The entire text (excluding CV) should be between 500-1000 words.

Deadline to apply: December 07, 2018

Benefits of Becoming a CPSR-NTA Co-Chair

In addition to having an active involvement in defining the landscape of opportunities available to Canadian stroke trainees, the benefits to holding the position of CPSR-NTA Chair for your academic career also include:

  • Exposure within the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery and the broader stroke research community.
  • Developing connections with a large network of stroke research trainees, who are your future colleagues and collaborators.
  • Experience as the Chair of a national association that you can highlight on your CV and within award/funding and job applications.

Time Commitment

Executive Committee chairs are required to commit to regular participation in executive committee meetings, typically one 60 min teleconference per month, of approximately one hour in length. Amount/frequency varies depending on activity deadlines.

Main responsibilities

  • Planning the annual trainee Stroke Program in Neurorecovery (SPiN) workshop. You will help oversee management of the budget and organization of this event, including developing the workshop format and program, organization of catering and venues for the event, selection of workshop attendees and communication with trainees prior to and during the event, and on-site facilitation of the workshop.
  • Development and implementation of current and new trainee networking programs offered by the CPSR, including the trainee profiling program, the mentoring program, and the exchange grant competition.
  • Updating and managing membership in the association. Responding to trainee inquiries via the training email account and updating and maintaining the training page on the CPSR website.


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