CARA is a dynamic organization with a myriad of activities that benefit research administrators across Canada. Our members receive announcements via our list-serve and The CARA Connection, our e-newsletter. Additionally, anyone can follow us on Twitter, view our website, and join our LinkedIn group to experience all the work we are doing in such things as professional development, advocacy, and mentoring.

Frances Chandler Bursary Fund

We are pleased to announce the CARA executive committee voted unanimously to name the CARA bursary fund for students in the Research Administration Certificate in honour of Past President Dr. Frances Chandler. As a long time CARA member Fran's contribution to professional development has been exceptional - she has mentored countless new research administrators, presented several webinars and taught a course in the Research Administration Certificate. As CARA President, Fran established the partnership with Mohawk College that resulted in the development of the Canada's first college certificate in research administration. The program had 12 graduates its first year and currently has over 100 students. In stewarding the partnership, Fran prioritized academic excellence and accessibility and contributed significantly to program development. 

CARA re-invests money from the partnership with Mohawk College in bursaries for our members who are advancing the profession through their studies. The association's commitment to supporting members reflects Fran’s long-time commitment and vision to have formal education in the profession. We are honoured to have her leadership and recognize the legacy of her tangible achievements by naming this fund in her honour for the next five years.


CARA is pleased to announce a new partnership with Mohawk College to the benefit our membership! Mohawk College, in partnership with CARA, will deliver the Research Administration College Certificate program which is aimed at pre-management research administrators or those planning a career in research administration. In one year, students can complete the fully-online program and acquire practical knowledge that will prepare graduates for a successful and rewarding career in research administration. Registration for the spring 2018 cohort will open March 22, 2018. To apply, please email your resume and a brief expression of interest (why do you want to take the program?) to


In August 2017, CARA established a bursary fund at Mohawk College for students in the Research Administration Certificate and we have already raised $3000! Thank you to all our generous donors, including Josh Leslie, Stewardly, our first platinum level donor!  Your donation will assist fellow CARA members in achieving their goal of earning the Research Administration Certificate – an important milestone for their careers and institutions that advances the profession. Please donate today and support the development of research administrators:  Select Fund: Other and enter code 7555-97  (this code must be entered so the money goes to the bursary and not a general fund)

Thank you to those who have already donated and acknowledged the importance of research administration as a profession.


CARA West Conference

Please save the date for CARA West November 27, 28 and 29, 2019 at the Banff Centre and will be put on by the University of Calgary

CARA National Conference

Please save the date for CARA 2019:  May 26-29 in Montreal.

CARA is pleased to announce it is now accepting nominations for the  2019 CARA Awards. The CARA Awards are presented annually to recognize exceptional research administrators and celebrate achievements and contributions that have advanced our profession. The  Nominations are due December 1, 2018.                 


Learn about the upcoming Certificate in Research Administration and The Certificate in Research Management

Visit our Professional Development page for a list of upcoming webinars 

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