Research Ethics Board

What is the Research Ethics Board (REB)?

The REB at GBC was established to ensure the protection of human participation in research projects. The board follows the guidelines set out in the TCPS 2 (2018) Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. TCPS 2 (2018) has replaced TCPS 2 (2014), TCPS 2 (2010) and the 1st edition of the TCPS (1998) adopted by the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (Centre for Information in Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council).

Research ethics are put in place to protect human participants with respect to:

  • Human dignity and vulnerable persons
  • Free and informed consent
  • Voluntary participation
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Justice and inclusiveness
  • Balance of potential harms and benefits
  • Minimization of harm and maximization of benefit

The REB reports directly to the President of the college and receives administrative support from the Office of Research and Innovation. The board is comprised of faculty and community members.


  • Kabani, Noor Jehan PhD., RECE (Chair)
  • Adams, Sharla RN, BScN, MN
  • Johnson, Paula MBA, PhD
  • Pawluk, Przemyslaw MSc
  • Shahani, Milan B.A., M.F.A.

Community Member

  • Ilkina, Daria MSc

Learn more about the Research Ethics Board


The REB has five scheduled meetings per year during the Fall and Winter semesters. A sixth meeting may be held as required. Ad hoc meetings may also be convened to review applications in need of Full Review. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the following meetings are scheduled:

  • September 14, 2021, 1:00 p.m.
  • October 15, 2021, 2:00 p.m.
  • November 12, 2021, 1:00 p.m.
  • December 2, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

Types of Review

  • Independent Research Review: This is the review of the project proposals submitted by researchers interested in conducting their own research. The REB may designate the status of Delegated or Full review of the application, based on the vulnerability of the population being studied.
  • Course-Based Research Review: This is the review of the courses where research is being done by the students under the supervision of the faculty. The approval for the courses where research is taking place with human participants may be sought by the department chair, program coordinator or the faculty team with the approval of their chair. Note that the approval for Course-Based Research is three years and renewal must be submitted prior to the expiry date. Please contact for the Course-Based Research Application form.