Executive Committee

President
Deborah Zornes

Royal Roads University

I have, and am, enjoying serving on CARA’s board – it allows me to give back to the organization, provides an opportunity to develop my leadership skills, and connects me on a much closer level to our members and to our funding partners.

Vice-President
Dominique Michaud

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.

Secretary-Treasurer
Angela Zeno

York  University 

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. 

Members at Large

Danielle Connell

Danielle Connell, BA, works in the Office of Research Services at St. Thomas University. Like most staff at small institutions, Danielle is involved in a wide range of areas such as research ethics, pre and post-award grant management, special events, managing the internal seed grant program, reporting, metrics, CRC’s, liaising with external granting agencies, policy writing, knowledge mobilization, industry engagement, maintaining the ORS website, and many others. Danielle has been an active member of CARA since 2009, attends national and regional conferences, co-hosted CARA East/CAREB Atlantic (with UNB), and participated in the CARA Mentorship program. She plans to enroll in the upcoming certificate program and looks forward to what the future may bring for her career in Research Administration.

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 the 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.

Lauren Gogo

Lauren Gogo is currently the Manager of Research Contracts at Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation.  She is responsible for reviewing and negotiating clinical research contracts and providing direction to a team of contract negotiators, as well as focusing on strategic and policy projects involving research.  Prior to joining HHSC, Lauren was a Contracts Officer at the University of Toronto where she negotiated industry and government agreements in the Biomedical and Life Sciences Sector.  She is well versed in negotiating intellectual property terms and worked closely with the commercialization team at U of T on agreements both pre- and post-invention.  She was also a Research Business Analyst at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, and negotiated many clinical trial agreements as well as participated on the research ethics board to answer any contract-related questions.

Lauren has a Masters in Biomedical Technology, and is an active member of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) where she previously served as the coordinating editor of the newsletter, the CARA Connection, for almost two years.  Lauren has contributed articles to the CARA Connection and upcoming blog, presented webinars, and served as the CARA translation coordinator, ensuring that pieces such as articles for the newsletter, CARA bylaws and webinar information are translated by volunteers.  She has also presented workshops and sessions at CARA National.

Katie Porter

Hamilton Health Sciences

Katie Porter is Director of Research Administration at Hamilton Health Sciences, Canada’s second-largest hospital network.  Her portfolio includes Ethics, Research Development, Human Resources, Research Contracts, Business Development, Research Infrastructure as well as the HHS Research Insurance Corporation. 

She holds an Executive MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University, and  is also a regular lecturer at McMaster University.  Her book  Steer Your Career is used as a textbook at the University of South Central Florida’s Master of Research Administration degree.

Her contributions to the research administration profession have been recognized with awards from Canadian Association of Research Administrators, the Society of Research Administrators International, and, most recently, the Association of Research Managers and Administrators in the United Kingdom awarded her the Outstanding Contribution to Research Management and Administration Award at their annual conference in Birmingham, UK.

Kevin Rogers

Kevin Rogers is the Director of Applied Research at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.  He was previously the Associate Director of the Research Services and Ethics Office (RSEO) at the University of Saskatchewan.   Kevin has been in the field of research administration since 2010.  At Saskatchewan Polytechnic Kevin is responsible for oversight and management of all aspects of their research administration programs, covering all four campuses.

Kevin holds Commerce and Law degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and has prior experience in banking and the trust industry, together with experience in both corporate and private legal practice, primarily in the areas of wills/trusts/estates and real estate.  He has presented in the past on numerous legal topics and has also presented at CARA and CARA West conferences.

Lorna Very

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).  

Agency Liaison Representatives

Pierre Côté

CIHR

Pierre Côté is the Acting Director General, Operations Support responsible for supporting program and competition management through launch management, application processing, policy interpretation, grant holder administration, inquiry management and business system ownership.  Pierre is also CIHR representative on CARA Exec.  Pierre started at CIHR in June 2016 as Manager Financial Operations and Procurement leading the Renewal of the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Initiative.  Pierre received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the Université de Moncton in 1999 and has been a chartered professional accountant since 2002.  He acquired experience in financial management while working as an audit professional at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada from 1999 to 2007 and as Chief Accountant with Parks Canada from 2007 to 2013.  Pierre also worked at Statistics Canada’s Finance Branch from 2013 to 2016, where he served as Acting Assistant Director, Financial Systems and Controls and Assistant Director, Financial Management Operations including being responsible for the financial operations of the 2016 Census of Population. 

Adele Savoie
Jas Michalski

NSERC

Jas Michalski has been in a leadership role within NSERC's Corporate Secretariat since 2014 working on continuous process improvement, quality assurance and the furtherance of Tri-Agency (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR) harmonization.  Prior to joining NSERC Jas worked at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as Development Manager for the Green Municipal Fund where he managed the eligibility criteria, funding limits and the competitive selection process for capital projects and developed reporting metrics.  Jas holds a BSc from Queen’s University and is a Registered Professional Biologist.  

Heidi Bandulet

Heidi Bandulet joined the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) in 2010 as Senior Programs Officer. In addition to being involved in the design and delivery of CFI funding competitions, namely as the co-lead of the 2015 Innovation Fund, she manages the post-award aspects of a large portfolio of institutional projects across Canada. For two years, Heidi also managed the Steacie, Brockhouse, Herzberg and Polanyi prizes at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Prior to working in research administration, she was a Research Associate at the Canadian Advanced Laser Light Source at INRS, Québec. She holds a PhD in Physics from École Polytechnique in France.

Danika Goosney

CRC

Danika Goosney was appointed associate vice-president, Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, in September 2017.  In this role, she oversees the administration of the Canada Research Chairs Program, the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program, the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, the Canada 150 Research Chairs Program and the Research Support Fund.

Danika comes to SSHRC from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, where she held several key executive positions in the research portfolio, including, most recently, the role of director general, Science, Knowledge Translation and Ethics.

Danika conducted her postdoctoral research in virology at The Scripps Research Institute in California. Following her postdoctoral research, she pursued a career as a research scientist in the biotechnology sector in the areas of antimicrobial resistance and cell line engineering.

Danika holds a PhD from The University of British Columbia in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Biotechnology Laboratory (now the Michael Smith Laboratories), as well as a bachelor of science (honours) from St. Francis Xavier University.