George Brown College (GBC) Research Ethics Board (REB)
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Research Ethics Board (REB) New Member Recruitment
The George Brown College (GBC) REB is responsible for reviewing the ethical acceptability of all research involving human participants that takes place within the GBC community. The REB ensures that all research activities involving human participants aligns with the standards established in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS).
The GBC REB strives to be welcoming and approachable while carrying out its primary mission of protecting research participants and maintaining high quality and standards in research involving human participants by working collaboratively with researchers. A full description of the role and responsibilities of GBC REB members is provided in the GBC REB Terms of Reference. To request a copy of the Terms of Reference, contact email@example.com.
The current REB recruitment cycle is now closed. New members will be considered on an ongoing basis based on needed areas of expertise and/or ad as ad hoc members. Please send your expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GBC is committed to creating and sustaining an equitable and inclusive learning and working environment. We encourage and actively seek applications from Indigenous, Black, racialized people, visible minorities, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons, all genders, and persons with disabilities.
Members will be appointed for a two-year term.
To ensure independence of GBC REB decision making, senior administrators (employees at or above the level of Chair or Director) are not eligible to serve as members of the GBC REB. All other GBC employees (i.e., faculty, support staff and administrators) and external community members are eligible to submit an expression of interest.
GBC REB members are appointed by the President. In appointing and renewing GBC REB members, the President or their designate will consider the qualifications and expertise needed to enable the GBC REB to fulfil its mandate.
At a minimum, all GBC REB members must complete the TCPS Course on Research Ethics. Previous research experience – particularly experience as a principal investigator of a funded research project – is an asset. Additional qualifications or training may be required depending on the specific role of the member.
Responsibilities and Commitment
Members must be able to:
• Complete onboarding training and review relevant training documentation including REB Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
• Commit time for REB monthly meetings (including meeting preparation)
• Complete delegated reviews of low-risk submissions on a rolling basis
• Participate in discussions with other REB members and invited researchers, offering views and opinions clearly and directly while listening respectfully to others
• Provide meaningful contribution to the review of protocols and submissions
• Consider complex issues thoughtfully and objectively
• Maintain confidentiality of all REB materials and discussions
The time needed to review materials each month can vary depending on the number, content and complexity of the submissions to the REB. Time for REB activities will be recognized in the workload of GBC employees, in consultation with the respective Chair or Manager. Non-employee members are volunteers and are not financially compensated for their time.
How to Apply
The GBC REB is responsible for reviewing the ethical acceptability of all research involving human participants that takes place within the GBC community. The REB ensures that all research involving human participants aligns with the standards established in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans – TCPS2 (2022) (TCPS). This may include reviewing the ethical acceptability of research involving human participants conducted by researchers external to the GBC community if that research involves GBC employees or students as participants.