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CARA is a unique community for connecting with supportive peers in the research administration profession in Canada. As an initiative to enrich the overall experiences of CARA members and its volunteers, the CARA Membership Engagement Committee was formed in late 2014.
Did you know that less than 10% of active CARA members are volunteers? As a member-driven community, CARA relies heavily on contributions of individual members for providing timely services and accurate information to their peers. To me, a part of CARA is analogous to a Google search engine. The success or popularity of Google is correlated with the frequency and quality of keyword/phrase inputs from a large number of web browsers, which in turn, benefits web browsers because they can easily look up relevant output data. In CARA, as more members share their insights and professional knowledge through webinar presentations, help out at regional and national conferences, submit research administration articles to the newsletter, and mentor their peers, individual members will be equipped with a greater wealth of professional knowledge and provided with more opportunities to engage in meaningful activities.
Our membership numbers have reached an all-time high with almost 900 members as of December 2014, but that number is only a small fraction of those in the Research Administration profession in Canada. CARA membership has the potential to grow from within CARA-affiliated institutions and by reaching out to non-university higher education institutions such as colleges and institutes.
The Membership Engagement Committee will be actively involved in planning activities that will facilitate member recruitment, member retention, and volunteer recognition.
A survey has been distributed to the CARA community recently. Answers from the survey will allow us to better understand the needs of individual CARA members and together we can explore volunteer opportunities that will best suit members’ concerns and professional interests.
On behalf of the Membership Engagement Committee, we would love to hear your constructive feedback and suggestions. If you can spare a few moments and are passionate about enriching the experiences of you and your CARA peers, our committee encourages you to join us.
Co-Chair of the CARA Membership Engagement Committee
I am a research coordinator at the University of British Columbia. I joined the CARA newsletter team in 2014 as a volunteer profile coordinator. Recently, I also became the co-editor of the Brag Bag section. My roles in the newsletter team have allowed me to get virtually acquainted with my peers working in research administration across Canada, share their passion for volunteering, and learn how they have professionally developed themselves to become who they are today! Everyone has a unique story to bring to the newsletter audience, and we can always learn a lesson or two by reading the stories. Many functions in CARA are driven by volunteers, and it is my total privilege to be in a position to feature their profiles and to celebrate their achievements. Every volunteer is important to CARA’s success, and I would love to feature you next.
Lorna Very is the Director, Grants, Awards and Ethics in Research Services at the University of Calgary. Lorna oversees the management of external and internal research grants, prizes and awards, and the research ethics and compliance unit. Lorna has been with Research Services since 1989 and held several positions both within Research Services and the Office of the Vice-President (Research).
Dominique Michaud is Director, Research Development in the Office of Research of Concordia University in Montreal. Dominique has been active in research administration for over 25 years with prior appointments first as a research coordinator and then as a research advisor in humanities and social sciences at Université du Québec à Montréal before taking position at Concordia in 2012. She is a Past President of ADARUQ, the Québec Association of University Research Administrators, and is currently serving a mandate as Member-at-Large on the CARA Executive Board.
Kyla Reid has been the Research Facilitator in the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University since 2012. As a faculty-based research facilitator, Kyla acts as the key point of contact for the research community in the Faculty of Public Affairs. She encourages and supports all submissions for external research funding – tri-council, CRC, CFI, provincial funding, contribution agreements, prizes, and awards, etc. Prior to her role at Carleton, she was the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Facilitator at Lakehead University. She has been an active member of CARA since 2011 and is currently enrolled in the new Certificate in Research Management.
Erica Conte is the Manager, Research Funding Opportunities at St. Michael’s Hospital, in Toronto. Erica is responsible for the facilitation of pre-award support of grant applications and award nominations, including the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, CIHR, Canadian Research Chairs, the Royal Society of Canada, and the Ministry of Research and Innovation. Erica collaborates with the researchers, physicians, research leadership, administration, the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation and external funders to increase the funding success in a competitive research environment. With a PhD in Physiology (University of Western Ontario), a post-doctoral and research associate background (University of Turin, Italy) and experience in a medical device company (Estor S.p.A, Italy), Erica can relate to the researchers from an academic, industry and administrative perspective.
Jocelyn Crivea is the manager of the Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Communities at the University of Regina. Her professional work experience includes ten years in research administration at postsecondary institutions in Saskatchewan and Alberta, developing successful research grant proposals and negotiating research funding arrangements with government and industry.
Shawna Sadler ORCID Engagement Manager, Americas
Sarah Musavi, Ottawa Catholic School Board
Lily Liew, UBC
Michelle Moldofsky, LL.B., LL.M. Moldofsky Professional Corporation
Murray Daku, University of Regina
Alex Karabanow, University Health Network Chair, Accreditation Council, Human Research Accreditation Canada
Britney Duncan, Research Coordinator, University of Saskatchewan
Sarah Musavi, Student Mohawk College, Research Administration Certificate
Pam Giberson, Research and Innovation Development Officer NSERC
Lukie Yuan, University Health Network
Lauren Gogo, Hamilton Health Sciences
Elizabeth Russell-Minda, Research Development Officer, Western University
Dr. Kes Morton, PIsces PRM, Executive Director of Casrai
Julaine Hall (Western University) and Tom Barber (University of Waterloo)
Katie Porter, Hamilton Health Sciences
Danielle Connell, St. Thomas University
Daniela Bianco, Hamilton Health Sciences
Crystal Noronha, McGill University
Crystal Noronha, MSc Research Assistant McGill University
Gwen E. Hill, MA, Research Development Coordinator, Royal Roads University
Gwen E. Hill, MA, Research Development Coordinator, Royal Roads University
Sanjukta Choudhury, Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Saskatchewan
Gen Clark, Research Facilitator
Anita Sharma, Research Grants Development Officer, Thompson Rivers University
Toni Tidy about the Contracts & Reporting Course in the Research Administration Certificate
Simonette Wood Research Administration Certificate
Dr. Greg Anderson, PhD Research Administration Certificate
Theodore Konya Certificate in Research Administration
David J Phipps
Carla DeMarco, University of Toronto
Karen Mosier, University of Saskatchewan
Nur Eisma UBC / C&W Coordinator, Pre & Post Awards | Office of Research Services (ORS) & Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI)
David J. Phipps, Ph.D., MBA Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services | Division of Vice-President Research & Innovation Office of Research Services YORK UNIVERSITY
Katie Porter, MBA, MA, B.Ed Director of Research Administration | Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation
Angela Zeno, BA, CPA, CGA Manager, Research | Accounting York University
Deepak S. Gupta, D. Sc., P. Eng. (AB) Director, Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) | Centennial College
Sandra Crocker Associate Vice-President | Carleton University