Research & Innovation, York University
Dr. Phipps received his Ph.D. in Immunology from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) in 1991 and undertook post-doctoral studies in the interaction between HIV and T cell signaling at the University Health Network and the Canadian Blood Services. After leaving the lab in 1996 Dr. Phipps has developed a career in the management of academic research holding successively senior positions at the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation (Manager of Biotechnology and Life Sciences), Canadian Arthritis Network (Director of Business Development) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Director of Partnerships). In 2001 Dr. Phipps completed his MBA from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto). Dr. Phipps is the Director of the Office of Research Services at York University where he manages all research grants and contracts including research ethics and knowledge and technology transfer.
In this capacity he leads York’s award winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit that provides services to researchers, community organizations and government agencies who wish to use policy and practice related research to inform public policy and professional practice. In 2011 Dr. Phipps was named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada and in 2012 York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit was awarded a best practice award from the European-based Knowledge Economy Network. In 2012 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work in knowledge mobilization. He also leads ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche, Canada’s knowledge mobilization network including Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Université du Québec à Montréal, York University, University of Guelph, University of Saskatchewan and University of Victo