Membership Engagement Committee

  

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.

Membership Engagement Committee Member

  

Members

  

Angela Zeno

Chair of the CARA Membership Engagement Committee

Angela Zeno is a long-time leader in CARA’s finance community and has been recognized for her achievements in welcoming new colleagues to CARA, co-developing conferences workshops for fellow finance experts, and presenting research finance webinars to our membership. Angela is a networking catalyst among research finance professionals and she has helped created a collegial, dynamic community of her peers. 

Dominique Michaud

Dominique is the Director, Research Development in the Office of the Vice-President Research & Graduate Studies at Concordia University. She has been active in research administration for over 30 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 her position at Concordia in 2012. She is a Past President of ADARUQ, the Québec Association of University Research Administrators where she was active from 2007-2013. She has been active in CARA since 2013 when she first presented at the New Administrators Workshop. Dominique has been sitting on the CARA Board since 2015, first as Member-at-Large from 2015-2017 and then Vice-President from 2017-2021.

Erica Conte

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

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.

Jessie Lam

Jessie Lam is the Manager, Research Support Services and Special Projects at UBC Sauder School of Business. Her current profile covers research grant and award facilitation for faculty members, special project management for the Dean’s Office, and administration & finance for four research centres at Sauder. Prior to this position she served as an Executive Assistant to the Senior Associate Dean, Faculty & Research and she was responsible for human resources management for over 100 faculty members and six secretarial staff.  Her jobs in Sauder gave her opportunities to learn new things. The past special projects or events that she managed include creating a digital interactive exhibit kiosk, organizing international conferences, facilitating Sauder’s accreditation reviews, etc.  As the Sauder Social Entrepreneurship (SSE) Program administrator, Jessie also supported the SSE teams in Kenya and China in the summers of 2015 - 2017.   Jessie is also a passionate and experienced meeting professional for over 15 years. She was honoured to be able to contribute her expertise in the capacity as the event coordinator for CARA National Conference from 2015 - 2019.

Victoria Latimer

Victoria Latimer is the Research Administrator for the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. Since earning her Bachelor of Science at the UofA, she's worked with research teams in Edmonton and Toronto, including at the Hospital for Sick Children, Ryerson University, and the University of Alberta Hospital. She's thrilled to be involved with CARA, and is currently working toward the Research Administration certificate at Mohawk College.

When not at work, Victoria can generally be found corralling her pair of six-year-old sons, or testing out a new confectionery creation on anyone who will try it.

Anita Chiu

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.