Award Winners

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Spirit of Kindness Award

Established in 2019, the Spirit of Kindness Award acknowledges CARA members for outstanding kindness and compassion towards colleagues in their workplaces, the CARA community, and the international research administration community.

  • 2020: Karen Mosier, Frances Chandler, Theresa Burley, David Phipps, Janice Peach, Karen Follett, David Spurrell, Gord McDonald, Anita Sharma, Anita Chiu, Nicole Barrieau, Pierre Jean Alarco, Alex Willis

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Walter Hitschfeld Award

This award is named for Walter Hitschfeld, a founding member of CARA, in recognition of his dedicated and outstanding contribution to the organization. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated an exceptional advancement to the enhancement of the research management setting in Canada. Award holders are granted Honorary Membership in CARA.

  • 2020: David Phipps
  • 2019: No award given
  • 2018: No award given
  • 2017: Martin Kirk
  • 2016: No award given
  • 2015: Robert Davidson

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Community Builder Award

This award is presented to a passionate leader in the CARA community whose efforts have strengthened the community through membership engagement efforts, welcoming and facilitating the integration of newcomers or other forms of leadership specifically advantageous to helping members connect to the broader CARA community.

  • 2020: Ali Siddiqui
  • 2019: Karen Mosier
  • 2018: Josée Charest
  • 2017: Lauren Gogo
  • 2016: Danielle Connell
  • 2015: Angela Zeno

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Dan Chase Distinguished Service Award

Named in memory of Dan Chase, who played an active role in the Association over a number of years, the Dan Chase Distinguished Service Award has been established to recognize CARA members whose services have been of significant benefit to the entire organization.

  • 2020: Kevin Rogers
  • 2019: Jayne Sierens
  • 2018: Scott Baker
  • 2017: Drew Gyorke
  • 2016: Dean Strickland
  • 2015: Katie Porter

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Dan Chase Distinguished Service Award - Priority Initiatives

This award has been established to recognize CARA members whose services have been of significant benefit in advancing one or more of CARA’s priority initiatives in a given year. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated an exceptional leadership commitment to either a particular program or several programs.

  • 2020: Daniela Bianco
  • 2019: Anita Chiu
  • 2018: Karen Mosier
  • 2017: Mike Folinas
  • 2016: Lorna Very
  • 2015: Karin Dupeyron

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The Directors' Award for Inter-Institutional Collaboration

This award is presented to an individual or team who has demonstrated leadership and creativity in working collaboratively and effectively to achieve a shared goal in research management. Examples of collaboration could include the harmonization of standards, templates or policies, creation of a resource or tool that advanced the profession of research management through improved communication, greater efficiency, or by addressing a barrier to success at an individual, institutional or regional level. 

  • 2020: Katie Porter
  • 2019: No award given
  • 2018: Sharon Wu
  • 2017: The Research Impact Network
  • 2016: Greg Anderson
  • 2015: Sandra Crocker and Barbara Crutchley

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Innovation Award

This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated leadership and creativity in an innovative project in our field. The achievement can be as tangible as a research paper or other publication or may be leading discussions in a previously under-recognized area or issue in research management with the objective of impacting practice.

  • 2020: No award given
  • 2019: No award given
  • 2018: No award given
  • 2017: Robyn Roscoe
  • 2016: Ray Hoemsen

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Research Management Excellence Award

First awarded in 2014, this award will be presented to an exceptional research manager who has made outstanding contributions to the profession nationally and internationally through innovation, creativity, hard work and dedication.  

  • 2020: Kyle Demes
  • 2019: Joanne Johnson
  • 2018: Dean O. Smith
  • 2017: Mehdi Sheikhzadeh
  • 2016: Robyn Roscoe
  • 2015: David Phipps

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Research Project Management Award

Established in 2018, this award recognizes an exceptional research project manager who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of research administration and management through the adoption and implementation of project management excellence within a project, team, department or institution and/or a significant contribution to fostering project management excellence in the field of research administration.

  • 2020: Sanjukta Choudhury
  • 2019: April O'Connell
  • 2018: No award given

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Research Partnership Award

Established in 2018, this award recognizes a project, program or long-term collaboration that has had a significant economic impact or other positive local, national or global implications.

  • 2020: Red River College Culinary Research and Innovation & Prairie Fava
  • 2019: Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI), Niagara College

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Unsung Hero Award

This award was developed to recognize the hard work and dedicated efforts of CARA Non-Executive members who are as yet unrecognized by the membership. These individuals have stepped up to the plate’ and chosen to become involved by volunteering for CARA.

  • 2020: Anna Ziolecki, Kristen Korberg, Dave Reinhart, Anita Sharma
  • 2019: Josh Leslie and Evelyn Miguel
  • 2018: Donna Walker
  • 2017: Jayne Sierens, Jessica Galo
  • 2016: Deanne Babcock, Nicole Barrieau, Josée Charest & Erica Conte
  • 2015: Nur Eisma, Jennifer Thurlow, Lauren Gogo, Jeanette Uri

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Process Pathways Poster Competition, Judge's Choice

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Process Pathways Poster Competition, People's Choice

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Public Engagement and Advocacy Award

Established in 2018, this award recognizes an individual, institution, team or project that established and maintained public engagement with research through an innovative approach.

  • 2020: No award given
  • 2019: No award given
  • 2018: Research Department, School of Health Sciences and Community Services, Red River College