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Please note: the Research Administration team will be working from home until further notice. We are happy to assist you virtually. Please reach out by phone or email.

Office of the Associate Vice President, Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies

Deepak S. Gupta, D. Sc., P. Eng. (ON)
Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Graduate Studies
604-598-8827 |

Deepak has led research, innovation, productivity, and entrepreneurial initiatives over an impactful career involving five academic institutions and four businesses. He has more than a dozen awards and honours for his contributions as a distinguished leader, engineering researcher, and published scholar. A global citizen, he has lived in ten provinces or states and speaks four languages.

Deepak received his engineering doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis. He has a Bachelor of Technology (Honors) degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.

Darya Kostromitina, BTM
Confidential Assistant

Darya joined KPU in November 2020. As a Confidential Assistant, she performs a wide variety of responsible and complex administrative functions and has a strong communication role. The Confidential Assistant is accountable for coordinating the activities of the AVPRIGS’s Office, with a particular focus on strategic collaboration and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

Originally from Ukraine, Darya moved to Canada seven years ago to pursue her education in Tourism and Social Studies. Over her previous career path, Darya gained expertise in communications, budget development, leadership, operations, logistics, and complex event planning. 

Jim Rahaman, CPA, CA MBA  MCSI  M. Eng.  
Business Transformation Lead

The Business Transformation Lead ensures that Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies policies, procedures, processes, and practices are continuously monitored and improved for the benefit of KPU’s students, researchers, staff, funders, and industry partners.

Jim is a CPA, MBA with nearly twenty years of experience in public and private sectors spanning financial management, strategic planning, compliance and investing. Jim holds certifications Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt) and Prince2 (Project Management). He serves on the board of a provincial science teachers’ association and as an advisory board startup mentor for an applied science and engineering incubator at a large research university.

Amit Shukla, PhD
Research Administration Leader
306.717.3880 |

Amit is an experienced administrator and program manager with over 15 years of experience in the U15 post-secondary environment in Canada, along with a strong research background as a scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He has extensive experience and knowledge of the full research continuum (lab research, project management, research administration, technology transfer, innovation and entrepreneurship). Since moving to BC in Fall 2020, Amit has been working as an Executive-in-Residence with the Foresight CleanTech Accelerator supporting start-ups within the AgTech space with their business development. As the Research Administration Leader, Amit is responsible for research administration services including managing institutional grants, internal funding competitions, and business/partnership development.

Office of Research Services

Catherine (Cathy) Parlee
Research ​Services Specialist
604-599-3028 |

Catherine (Cathy) Parlee is the Research Services Specialist in the Office of Research Services (ORS).  Cathy recently earned a Research Administration Certificate at Mohawk College which, paired with her 11-year tenure in the ORS, contributes to a growing knowledge of research matters that includes many aspects of pre and post funding management. Learning, listening and understanding serve Cathy well as she strives to provide a positive customer experience for the KPU community and outside partners who come to the ORS with questions or in need of assistance.

Kathy Leung, BA 
Marketing and Communications Support

Kathy supports the Office of the AVP, Research, Innovation, and Graduate studies with the administration of the Mitacs Business Internship Program with the School of Business. She oversees communications with employers, students, and staff in the program and manages the program’s webpage. In addition to her support with the Mitacs Business Internship Program, she supports the Research office in communications and marketing and helps to manage the department’s social media presence.

Research Ethics

Foluso Fagbamiye, B.Sc, MBA, PgDip. Project Management 
Research Ethics Coordinator
604 599 3163 |

Foluso Fagbamiye has worked in various roles at three BC post-secondary institutions over the last sixteen years. As the Research Ethics Coordinator, she is the primary resource for all employees and students who liaise with the Research Ethics board (REB). Her expertise interpreting and applying policies and ethical requirements helps ensure that KPU is compliant with commitments and obligations under the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 (TCPS2 2018) on use of humans in research. Foluso worked internationally as a micro-paleontologist, in market research and public relations. She has a Bachelor of Science in Geology, Master's in Business Administration and post graduate certificate in Project Management.