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The Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM) is supported by the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba (CHF-MB), and collaborates with partner organizations to facilitate research activities focused on improving the health of children.

The Board of Directors for the Institute (which ultimately reports to CHF-MB) provides a governing framework within which the community operates. The Management Team and support staff oversee the daily operation of the Institute, ensuring that strategic aims are being realized through successful coordination and support for the community.

Members (CHRIM Scientists) are at the core of the Institute and are approved by the CEO and Scientific Director, either upon application or by invitation. To read more about the benefits and responsibilities of CHRIM membership, click here.

Research Themes are established research groups focused on a particular area of research relevant to child health, composed of faculty of recognized excellence. Platforms are services established in the Institute ranging from state of the art technological facilities to guidance and support in the conduct of research and are available to Members and their teams. To read more about research themes and platforms at CHRIM, click here.


Dr. Terry P. Klassen
CEO & Scientific Director
(204) 789-3754

Dr. Klassen received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba, and his MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from McMaster University. In addition to being the CEO & Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, he is also Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba, and Medical Director of the Child Health Program of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

Nichola Wigle 
Chief Operating Officer
(204) 789-3750

Nichola is responsible for the day to day operations of the Institute, ranging from space management, facility access, tours, equipment management, and budgeting. She is also responsible for the institute’s relationships with partner organizations including the University of Manitoba and funding agencies.

Kelly Ross
Resource Manager
(204) 789-3968

Kelly is responsible for the operational aspects of the institute including human resources, Board of Directors governance, membership, and grants and awards competitions.

Dr. Geert t’Jong
Clinical Research Unit Medical Lead
(204) 480-1328

Dr. t’Jong provides leadership to the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) from a medical perspective. He is also involved in the development and implementation of relations and projects between funders, industry, researchers and clinicians, and strategic planning for the unit.

Rebecca Rallo
Director of Communications & Marketing

Rebecca oversees the continuing development of a communications strategy for the Institute and its researchers. She coordinates media relations and facilitates communications within the Institute and between CHRIM and its partners. She also oversees website development and maintenance, social media, events, newsletter, and all other CHRIM communications materials and initiatives.

Brendan Foot
CRU Manager
(204) 480-1376

Brendan oversees the operations of the Clinical Research Unit, offering leadership to the CRU team, and directing the CRU’s role in research projects. The CRU Manager works in partnership with the Medical Lead.



Bernadette Franco
(204) 789-3447

Debbie Korpesho
Executive Assistant to Nichola Wigle
(204) 975-7741

Debbie works closely with Nichola Wigle to support her role as the Chief Operating Officer and to assist her with the day-to-day operations of the facility.

Jasmina Veinot
Executive Assistant to Dr. Terry Klassen
(204) 977-5605

Jasmina is responsible for providing administrative support to all aspects of the CEO & Scientific Director’s portfolios and assists in the organization of workshops, conferences and other special events.

Christina Hrankowski
Finance Coordinator
(204) 789-3630

Christina offers administrative support in the areas of finance, including payroll assistance, accounts payable and receivable, financial reports, and working with University of Manitoba financial systems.

Chelsea Bowkett
Administrative Coordinator, Clinical Research Unit
(204) 480-1348

Lorraine Hernaez
Administrative Assistant, Clinical Research Unit
(204) 789-3206



Mr. Dave Evans, Chair
Mr. Mark Gray, Past Chair
Ms. Cindy Bennett
Ms. Judy Borus
Dr. Kevin Coombs
Dr. Jim Davie
Dr. Gary Glavin
Ms. Ellen Gordon
Ms. Arlene Hintsa
Mr. Chris Kauenhofen
Mr. Scott Lancaster
Mr. John Perrin
Dr. Carolyn Snider
Dr. Barb Triggs-Raine

Dr. Terry Klassen
Mr. Gary Rozak

The Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba Board of Directors oversees the development of the Institute’s strategic plan and operations.