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Meet the Team

Our team of investigators comprises a group of world-class international researchers from the University of British Columbia and other universities, think tanks, financial institutions and financial sector solution providers.

  • Dr. Victoria Lemieux, Founder and Director
  • Dr. Victoria Lemieux is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), School of Library, Archival and Information Studies ([email protected]).  Her interest in financial records and their relationship to risk stems from her 1999-2001 doctoral research on the information-related causes of the Jamaican Banking Crisis (University College London 2002).  Following completion of her doctoral research, Dr. Lemieux joined Credit Suisse, a global investment bank where she worked on various aspects of risk management. In 2008, upon joining UBC, she established the Centre for the Investigation of Financial Electronic Records (CIFER Research). She also served as a Canadian representative to the International Standards Organization’s Technical Committee on Financial Services (TC68), Workding Group on Legal Entity Identifiers (WG6) in 2011-2012, and is currently the Acting Director of The University of British Columbia's Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC).

     

  • Sherry Xie, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Sherry L. Xie, MLIS, McGill University, MAS, University of British Columbia, and a PhD student at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia. She has worked as subject librarian and records manager in academic and government settings and is currently conducting research on electronic records management in highly regulated environments. She has been working since 2004 for the InterPARES Project as a graduate research assistant on all aspects relating to electronic records management and digital presentation under the direction of Dr. Luciana Duranti. Sherry joined CiFER in September 2008.

  • Lior Limonad, Graduate Researcher
  • Lior Limonad is currently a Ph.D. student in the Management Information Systems Division at Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management with a major in Information Systems and an M.Sc. degree in Information System Engineering, both from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. His doctoral research is in the domain of IT and business controls. Lior's general interests are in the areas of systems analysis and design, conceptual modeling, ontological applications to information systems, and software engineering.

  • Rebecca Martens, Graduate Administrative Assistant
  • Rebecca Martens is currently an MLIS in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia.  She holds a B.A. degree in History from the University of Victoria.  Rebecca has a background in public libraries and the administrative sector and is pursuing a career in corporate and government libraries.  Rebecca joined CiFER in January 2010.

  • Kafui Monu , Graduate Research Assistant
  • Kafui Monu is currently a PhD. Candidate at the University of British Columbia, specializing in Management Information Systems at the Sauder School of Business. He holds a Bachelor in Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba with a double major in marketing and management information systems, as well as an MSc. in Management Information Systems from the University of British Columbia. His main research interest is involving users in the system analysis process by representing their view of their work. This research focuses on developing a technique to represent the users' view of their behaviour in the organization, and is called the Organizational Actor Modeling Methodology. This technique closes the gap between the user and the developer in the software development process by providing a structured model of the users' unstructured data. The work has been used to successfully represent scenarios in disaster management and retail.  Kafui joined CiFER in May 2010.

  • Jack Hallin, Research Assistant
  • Jack Hallin is starting his MLIS in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Bachelor of Arts in French (Summa cum laude) from Portland State University. He has worked in a variety of roles, from Firmware Engineer developing system software for laptops and servers to wildlife technician on a wildlife refuge. He hopes to use his technical background to help the team model financial records and associated risks.

  • Thomas Dang, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Thomas Dang is currently a Masters student in Computer Science, specializing in Human-Computer Interaction, at the University of British Columbia. Thomas is also a member of the Visual Cognition Laboratory and the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre at the University of British Columbia. His M.Sc. research topic is in the domain of visualization and analysis of large, heterogeneous bodies of information in Finance. Other than Visual Analytics and Finance, Thomas's interests also include seemingly disconnected endeavours such as singing, nutrition, and managing an investment group.

  • Shawn Roncin, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Shawn Roncin is currently working toward his MLIS in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. Shawn holds a BBA in Management from Vancouver Island University, and has worked for several years in the Canadian financial industry as a personal banker. He is also engaged in the creation and delivery of the Small Business Accelerator website run by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, in addition to his research activities with CiFER.

  • Adam Jansen, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Adam Jansen is currently a Ph.D. student at the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies, University of British Columbia. He holds an Interdisciplinary M.Sc. from Eastern Washington University in Business Administration and Computer Science.  Prior to starting the Ph.D. program at UBC, he spent 15 years in various information management positions at Fortune 500 companies, such as Microsoft, and in the public sector, most recently as the Deputy State Archivist of Washington State.  While working at the Washington State Archives, Adam designed and managed one of the first digital archives built specifically to preserve the digital records of state and local government.  In addition to his current research with CiFER, he has been involved with the InterPARES research project, first as a co-investigator and then as a graduate research assistant, since 2008.  His research interests center around the creation, use, preservation and forensic analysis of trustworthy digital records.  Adam joined CiFER in January 2011.

  • Yao Shen, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Yao Shen is currently an M.Sc. student in Business Administration, specializing in Finance at Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. She holds a BEcon. degree in Finance from Renmin University of China. She has finance internship experience in risk management, credit analysis, financial analysis, bullion trading, and management consulting. She is currently a CFA Level II candidate and PRMIA member.

  • Donald Force, Graduate Researcher
  • Donald C. Force is the author of "Gudelines for Managing Records Created in the Investigative and Litigation Process" and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Library, Archival and Information Studies program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). His current research interests focus on the relationship between archival science and law, specifically, the relationship between recordkeeping standards, e-discovery, and the admissibility of records as evidence. In addition to this project, he has been involved in several international research initiatives at UBC, including the InterPARES (International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems), Digital Records Forensics, and Digital Economy projects. He has given numerous presentations on the topic of e-discovery and its relationship to records professionals and in 2010 his article “From Peruvian Guano to Electronic Records: Canadian E-Discovery and Records Professionals” appeared in Archivaria #69. Prior to studying at UBC, he received his Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science degrees from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN), holds an MA in history from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a BA in English from Millserville University (Millserville, PA).

  • Qianqian Yu, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Qianqian  Yu is currently an M.Sc. student in Business Administration, specializing in Finance at Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. She holds an MA degree in Economics from UBC and a B.Sc. degree in Finance from Beijing Foreign Studies University in China. She has internship experience in financial analysis, economic research and government administration. She has strong interest in fixed income analysis and risk management and is currently a PRMIA member.

  • Kevin Owen, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Kevin Owen is an MAS graduate from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta. He is currently performing contract work in public archives and consulting records management. He also remains active in the research community, contributing to InterPARES Trust and CiFER’s ArchivIT project. His general research interests are in the areas of digital records preservation and using visual analytics to facilitate archival tasks. 

  • Brianna Gormly, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Brianna Gormly is just beginning her studies as a dual MAS and MLIS student at the University of British Columbia’s School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies. She holds a BA in English with a minor in History from Whitman College. Over the course of her undergraduate program, she gained experience as a special collections intern, which led to a passion for working with historical material. She is interested in exploring possibilities for employing digital tools in archival and library work.