Vice-President (Research and International)

  • Dr. Digvir S. Jayas

    Distinguished Professor Dr. Digvir S. Jayas was educated at the G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, India; the University of Manitoba; and the University of Saskatchewan. Since 2011, he has served as Vice-President (Research and International) at the University of Manitoba. Before assuming the position of Vice-President (Research and International), he was Vice-President (Research) for two years, and Associate Vice-President (Research) for eight years. Prior to this, he was Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Head of the Department of Biosystems Engineering, and Interim Director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals.  He has also served as Interim President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC). He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Registered Professional Agrologist.

  • Distinguished Professor Dr. Digvir S. Jayas.

Dr. Jayas is a former Tier I (Senior) Canada Research Chair in Stored-Grain Ecosystems. He conducts research related to the drying, handling and storing of grains and oilseeds and the digital image processing for grading and processing operations in the Agri-Food industry. He has collaborated with researchers in several countries and has had significant impact on the development of efficient grain storage, handling and drying systems in Canada, China, India, Ukraine and the United States. He has authored or co-authored over 900 technical articles in scientific journals, conference proceedings and books about the storing, drying, handling and quality monitoring of grains.

Awards and recognition

Dr. Jayas has received awards in recognition of his research and professional contributions from the Agriculture Institute of Canada, the Applied Zoologists Research Association (India), the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Canadian Society for Bioengineering, Engineers Canada (formerly the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers), Engineers and Geoscientists Manitoba (formerly the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba), the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers, the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists, the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (India), the National Academy of Sciences (India), and Sigma Xi. He was the recipient of the 2017 Sukup Global Food Security Award from ASABE, and the 2008 Brockhouse Canada Prize from NSERC. In 2009, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and in 2018, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Boards and committees

Dr. Jayas serves on the boards or committees of many organizations including: ArcticNet, the Cancer Care Manitoba Projects Grants and Awards Committee, the Churchill Marine Observatory (CMO), the Composite Innovation Centre, the Centre for Innovative Sensing of Structures (SIMTReC), Genome Prairie, GlycoNet, the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, the National Coordinating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID), the North Forge Technology Exchange, NSERC Council, Oceans Research in Canada Alliance Council, Research Manitoba, the Research Institute of Oncology and Hematology, the RITHIM Steering Committee, and TRIUMF.  He has served as the President of the Agriculture Institute of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, the Canadian Society for Bioengineering, Engineers Canada, Engineers and Geoscientists Manitoba, and the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists. He currently chairs NSERC Council and the board of directors of TRIUMF and RESOLVE, a prairie research network on family violence. He also chairs the Smartpark Advisory Committee.

Dr. John (Jay) Doering, Associate Vice-President (Partnerships)

Dr. Doering provides assistance to the Vice-President (Research and International) on matters related to internationalization, technology transfer and partnerships.

More about Dr. John (Jay) Doering

Dr. John (Jay) R.C. Doering was appointed Associate Vice-President (Partnerships) effective April 1, 2016 through to June 30, 2024. Doering obtained a B.Sc. (first class honors) in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston and a doctoral degree in Physical Oceanography (Coastal Hydraulics) from Dalhousie University. He completed his postdoctoral studies at Environment Canada’s Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario. He began his academic career in the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University and then moved to the University of Manitoba in 1993.

In 1997, Doering’s affinity for administration began when he was appointed Associate Head of Civil Engineering and then, in 2001, Head of Civil Engineering. He went on to be appointed Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies in 2005. This role was expanded in 2012 to include Vice-Provost (Graduate Education). During his time as Dean of Graduate Studies, Doering served a term as president of Western Canadian Deans of Graduate Studies and two terms as president of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS). He also served a term as a member of the board of the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). The Board of Governors conferred the title of Dean Emeritus on Dr. Doering in 2018.

During his career, Doering was received many awards for teaching, research, and service, including: teaching awards from McMaster University and the University of Manitoba, the Early Achievement and Outstanding Service Awards from Engineers and Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM), an Rh Institute Award for Research Excellence, a University of Manitoba Outreach Award, an Outstanding Leader in Engineering Excellence Award Alumni Award from his alma mater, Queen’s University and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award.

He is a Fellow of The Canadian Academy of Engineering, Engineers Canada and The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, and has served in executive board positions with the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the Canadian Water Resources Association, and the Canadian Coastal Science and Engineering Association. He has remained active in EGM where he has served as member of council (twice) and the awards committee.

Specific responsibilities

Oversight of:

  • Research and International Contracts Office

  • Partnerships and Innovation Office

  • Advanced Research Computing & Compute Canada

  • SSHRC and NSERC partnerships grants

  • Mitacs

  • Conference Sponsorship Program

  • University International Program and Project Seed Fund

Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst, Associate Vice-President (Research)

Dr. Farenhorst provides assistance to the Vice-President (Research and International) in all areas of research development, promotion and administration. 

More about Dr. Farenhorst

Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst is the Associate Vice-President (Research) and the Director of Research Ethics and Compliance at the University of Manitoba. Farenhorst joined the University of Manitoba in 1997. She is a Full Professor of Soil Science and a Registered Professional Agrologist. Before assuming the position of Associate Vice-President (Research) in 2021, Farenhorst was the Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences from 2018-2021. Farenhorst was born in the Netherlands and holds a Doctorandus degree in Physical Geography and Soil Science from the University of Amsterdam. Farenhorst earned a Doctoral degree in Geography from the University of Toronto in 1998.

Farenhorst holds active grants from NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC and has supervised more than one-hundred natural and social science research trainees. Her research program includes fundamental studies as they apply to better understanding the fate of organic chemicals in water and soil, with practical applications focused on enhancing sustainable agricultural practices. Farenhorst also has ongoing collaborations with First Nations, particularly focused on drinking water at the household level. In addition, Farenhorst is part of an international collaborative network that examines factors influencing the advancement of women in science, technology and engineering professions. 

Farenhorst is the elected Secretary of Division VI (Chemistry and the Environment) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and an Associate Editor for ACS Agricultural Science and Technology. Farenhorst is on the Board of Directors of Genome Prairie (2021-2024), and Verna J Kirkness Education Foundation (2020-2023). Farenhorst was the Prairie NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering from 2011-20, and her program engaged thousands of individuals across Canada, including youth in elementary and high schools, university students, and public and private sector employees. She directed the NSERC CREATE H2O program for First Nations Water and Sanitation Security from 2013-19. From 2005-14, she also directed a large network to advance food security for small-scale farmers in Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua. 

Farenhorst has been recognized for her professional contributions through a range of awards including the 2016 Women’s Executive Network Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner in the Sun Life Financial Trailblazers & Trendsetters category; 2015 Ms. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Award for Meritorious Service in University Outreach; 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for leadership in pesticide research and community involvement; 2010 University of Manitoba Merit Award for Outreach; 2006 University of Manitoba Merit Award for Research; 2005 University of Manitoba Outstanding Teacher Award; 2003 University of Manitoba Merit Award for Research and Teaching; 2003 The Rh Institute Award for Outstanding Contributions to Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Research; and 2001 Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Diploma I Teacher of the Year.

Specific responsibilties

Oversight of:

  • Research Ethics & Compliance Office

  • Research Services Office

  • Canadian Foundation for Innovation

  • Canada Research Chairs

  • Genome Canada

  • Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada

  • Undergraduate Research Awards


Contact us

Office of the Vice-President (Research and International)
202 Administration Bldg.
66 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada