Executive Committee

Past President
Frances Chandler

University of British Columbia 

Frances is a certified teacher, social worker, and professional planner who is currently the Director of Research Support Services at Sauder School of Business. She holds degrees in environmental studies/urban planning, social welfare policy, and education. Her PhD research focused on leadership and collaborative groups in academia.  An award winning volunteer, she has worked in numerous locations and employment situations in Northern and Southern Ontario, Ghana, China, Kenya, and Vancouver. Frances is CARA President and, in addition to that role, provides mentorship and leads our Grant Writers and Facilitators SIG.

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.

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.

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

Anita Chiu

It is my pleasure to sit on the CARA board as a member at large.  I am excited about this great opportunity to work with a group of fantastic and devoted board members and to serve the CARA community.  CARA is a unique network connecting research administrators from various institutions across Canada and provides an excellent platform to professionally recognize and develop research administrators at all levels. 

I have been chair of the CARA membership engagement committee since its inception in late 2014.  I am also the volunteer profile coordinator and the co-lead of Brag Bag for the CARA bimonthly newsletter series.

Started off with little expectation, I have found myself growing professionally with CARA through active participation in various CARA initiatives. If you have yet done so, I would strongly encourage you to maximize the value of your CARA membership.

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.

Deepak Gupta

Centennial College 

I am looking forward to serving to CARA's Board to foster professional and personal development for esearch administrators. I am excited to collaborate with my peers across the country. There is great camaraderie among CARA members, and the recent rebranding takes makes us an event more inclusive organization. As perhaps the first college-based research administrator on this Board, I am eager to engage members in rapidly growing segments such as colleges, institutes, and polytechnics.

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

Adrian Mota
Adele Savoie
Jas Michalski
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