CARA Connection Committee

The CARA Connection Committee creates our bi-monthly newsletter. Our volunteers lead all aspects of the newsletter including editing submissions, writing articles, conducting interviews, selling advertising, and doing the layout work. With the goal of a monthly newsletter, we always welcome more volunteers.

Please contact Sarah Lampson, CARA Executive Director, to get involved.

  

Members

Ravtosh Bal

Ravtosh is a researcher and grant writer. She holds a PhD in public policy from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta and was a postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University, Montreal. She also has an MPhil and an MA in sociology. Ravtosh was visiting faculty at Duke University, USA where she taught graduate classes in science, technology, and development policy. She also has extensive experience in public financial management in the Government of India. Ravtosh joined CARA as a member in 2020.

Mike Folinas

Mike Folinas is the Research Funding Manager for the Natural Sciences and Engineering unit with the Agency and Foundation Funding team in Research Services Office (RSO) at the University of Toronto.  Mike is an alumnus of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. He has worked in a variety of roles with the UofT since 2003 before eventually joining the RSO, first with the Institutional Initiatives unit before taking on the Research Funding Manager role where he oversees a team of 2 others managing the University’s NSERC funding programs along with a range of other opportunities including the Canadian Space Agency, CFAR and Ontario Ministry of Transportation funding. Mike currently volunteers with the CARA Connection and is responsible for the “Recommend a Resource”, “Question of the Month” sections and is avidly involved in advertising for the newsletter. Mike is a keen traveler, golfer, hockey player, and skier.

Ali Siddiqui

My name is Ali Siddiqui, and I have had the amazing opportunity to be the coordinating editor for the CARA Connection newsletter since July of 2019. The short period that I have been with this organization has allowed me to interact with several amazing individuals. I am a recent graduate from the University of Alberta where I double majored in Political Science and Sociology. Currently, I work as a Data Research Administrator for Statistics Canada. My team is responsible for managing all social and business surveys. In collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canada Revenue Agency, the federal Justice Department, and Employment and Social Development Canada, we help determine statistics to help improve or create national policies. I am also currently a member of the International Network for Epidemiology in Policy. Under supervision from academics, my team writes policy briefs related to scientific concerns. Our papers have been published in several academic databases. Our goal is to make the general public more aware of health and policies that impact all of us. My involvement with CARA has helped me learn a lot about the organization and all of the great members that make it an important group to be a part of. I especially would like to give a shout out to all of the CARA Connection contributors and readers. The newsletter is a great way for insights that connect all of us.

Michel Ouellet

Michel Ouellet is a research development advisor at Université Laval in Quebec City.  He holds a Ph.D. in microbiology/immunology and was a research associate for 15 years, working on fundamental aspects of the host’s immune response to microbes, especially HIV.  He recently completed a Master’s in Project Management at Université du Québec à Rimouski at the Lévis Campus, during which he honed his project management, administration and teamwork skills. Moving from direct research to research development and administration greatly expanded his view of the complexity of the research environment but having worked directly in research also provides him with crucial insights into how researchers think and share information with the administration. Always interested in volunteering opportunities, he was elected president of his undergraduate and graduate student associations, was elected president of the research assistant union at the research center where he worked and always participate in social committees at work.  He now believes that he can contribute to the development of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, helping to translate communications, contributing to the association’s newsletter, and finding useful content to share with other members via the association’s social media.  On a personal note, he is a father of two wonderful kids and is a dog-loving, easy-going, sociable geek who specializes in bad dad jokes and good clean puns.

Mickel Allen

Mickel Allen currently provides research and administrative support to Faculty and their Support Staff in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at York University. She is a trained Linguistics and Literatures in English teacher and published columnist. Mickel has held numerous roles in communications and education. Her areas of interest include EDI specifically gender parity, cultural appropriation, and STEM.

Mickel is currently working towards her master’s degree and a certificate in research administration. She received her BA in Philosophy and Diploma in Education from York University and the University of the West Indies, respectively.

Karen Mosier

Karen E. Mosier is a Research Coordinator/Navigator for the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Karen has her BA in Psychology and MSc in Pharmacy. Karen has over sixteen years’ experience in research administration. Karen recently published her first book entitled Soft Skills and Professional Tips for the Office. Karen has been a member of CARA since 2010. She regularly attends the CARA Annual conferences. Karen completed her Certificate in Research Administration through ARMA. She is involved in mentoring other students within the CRA program offered through Mohawk College and is also a member of the Research Administration Program Advisory Committee. Karen is a member of the CARA Professional Development Taskforce and regularly writes articles for the CARA Connection newsletter. Karen was the recipient of the Dan Chase Distinguished Service Award – Priority Initiatives in 2018, the Community Builder Award in 2019, the Spirit of Kindness Award in 2020, and the Research Management Excellence Award in 2021. Karen appreciates all the professional development opportunities available through CARA.

Nicole Chabot

Nicole Chabot has been the research coordinator for the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University in London, Ontario since 2014. Holder of a doctorate in psychology from the University du Québec à Trois-Rivières and a certificate in project management  from Western University, Nicole is committed to the transfer of knowledge between the different actors involved in health research in order to contribute to the development of an inclusive society and the development of the well-being and health of populations . Nicole joined CARA in 2015 as a member, started volunteering as a translator in 2017, and most recently joined the CARA Connection committee. Curious by nature and endowed with a thirst for learning, Nicole is interested in everything that allows her to grow both professionally and personally; ever higher, ever farther!

Sherri Klassen

Sherri Klassen has spent over fifteen years as the Grants Facilitator in Sociology at the University of Toronto, and is the co-lead for the CARA Grants Facilitators SIG. Prior to this, she received a PhD in History and spent several years teaching European History and publishing in academic journals. She is also the author of Menno-Nightcaps: Cocktails Inspired by that Odd Ethno-Religious Group You Keep Mistaking for the Amish, Quakers and Mormons (Touchwood Editions, October 2021), available anywhere you buy books. Read more about her book and see the blog that started it at slklassen.com. She has come on board the CARA Connections team in order to contribute a humour column to the newsletter.