Administration & Operations, ICFAR
Room: ICFAR 106
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 88336
Chantal Gloor is the Director, Administration & Operations for ICFAR. Chantal has degree from The University of Western Ontario, in Microbiology and Immunology. After working as a research technician in the former Cancer Research Labs on campus, Chantal was a graduate student and then abandoned a possible career in research for one in administration. She worked for several years in the Department of Human Resources at Western, as a Salary Analyst. She left this job in 1988, relocating to Wisconsin where her husband, Greg, did his postdoctoral studies, and then to Newfoundland where Greg was a faculty member. Chantal took the period from 1988 through to 1992 to be with her two children. In the Fall of 1992, the Gloor family left The Rock and returned to Western where Greg became a faculty member in Biochemistry and Chantal re-assumed the position she left in 1988. In 1995, Chantal accepted the position as Manager, Postgraduate Medical Education with the Faculty of Medicine. In 1996, Chantal continued in this position while also serving as Acting Chief of Faculty Operations for Medicine. A few months later, Chantal was appointed to the position of Chief of Faculty Operations, Faculty of Medicine (later, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) on a permanent basis. In June 2000, Chantal decided to explore another area of campus. As the Faculty of Engineering Science welcomed a new Dean, Franco Berruti, Chantal was hired to the position of Administrative Officer for this Faculty, later promoted to Director of Administration (Faculty of Engineering). At the end of 2007, Dean Berruti stepped down to undertake a new initiative: establishing Western’s Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR) together with collaborator, Professor Cedric Briens. Looking forward to new challenges, Chantal joined the ICFAR team on July 1, 2008.
A significant portion of Chantal’s role includes being the Manager of the $8.7 M Agricultural Biorefinery Innovation Network, funded through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, involving 17 institutions from across Canada. The research of this Network fits within ICFAR’s mandate to be an international leader in the development of socially responsible alternatives to traditional chemical and fuels. As part of the Director team for ICFAR, Chantal’s emphasis is to provide the leadership for smooth, efficient operations, while helping to make the Institute a fiscally successful, sustainable department at The University of Western Ontario.
Room: ICFAR 114
Phone: 519-661-3885 ext. 83885
Christine Ramsden is the Administrative Assistant for ICFAR. Christine started her career at The University of Western Ontario in 1997 as an Undergraduate Assistant in the Faculty of Science, Statistical & Actuarial Sciences. In 2000, she moved to the Faculty of Engineering into a brand new program – Biomedical Engineering. Christine worked with the founding members of Biomedical Engineering, a graduate program spanning three Faculties at Western: Engineering, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry as well as Health Sciences. Her role involved administrative responsibilities associated with BME as well as establishing and maintaining the program’s first website, developing recruitment materials such as brochures and posters. After a year in this position Christine had an opportunity to share her acquired skills while gaining new experience through a promotion to an Administrative Assistant position in the Faculty of Engineering Dean’s Office. In this role, Christine had many responsibilities, including, for example, serving as payroll coordinator for the Faculty, while being the front-line contact for people to the Faculty and the Dean’s Office. After 8 years in the Dean’s Office, Christine was excited to join the brand new Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR) team as Administrative Assistant, in April 2009.
Christine’s role at ICFAR continues to develop her career. She is the first line of contact for visitors, students, staff and faculty to the facility. In addition, she is also responsible for all facilities maintenance and safety at ICFAR, from fork lift operator to first aid administrator. A significant portion of Christine’s time is spent providing administrative support to the $8.7 M Agricultural Biorefinery Innovation Network for Green Energy, Fuels and Chemicals (ABIN), which is managed through ICFAR. Christine coordinates large meetings, report compilations and responds to enquiries relating to this multi-institutional program. For both ICFAR and ABIN, Christine serves as webmaster and assists with communications initiatives. Christine provides back-up support to ICFAR and ABIN’s Financial Administrative Assistant.