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 and Slack community to experience all the work we are doing to advance the profession nationally and internationally.


Dr. 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 Canada's first college certificate in research administration. The program had 12 graduates in 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.


Change the Future Campaign

At CARA 2018, Josh Leslie of Stewardly founded and sponsored the Change the Future campaign by challenging CARA members to save a quarter each week until the next conference in support of bursaries for the fully online Research Administration Certificate at Mohawk College. CARA members responded with $1445 in donations at CARA 2019! Process Pathways donated another $500 and CARA made a donation in lieu of speaker gifts.

Special thanks to member Karen Mosier for her generous donation of prizes in support of the Change the Future campaign prize draw.

The campaign continues, so please join us as we aim to double the donations at CARA 2021 in St. John's!








CARA-WEST 2020 Conference

November 24 - 27, Hilton Whistler Resort, Whistler, British Columbia.

Simon Fraser University cordially invites you to attend the 2020 CARA WEST Conference at the HILTON WHISTLER RESORT. The hotel has reserved a block of rooms for conference participants between Tuesday, November 24 and Sunday, November 29. Registration and program details will shortly follow.

Please contact if you have questions or if you wish to partake in the program development.


CARA-ONTARIO 2020 Conference