The CARA mentorship program was created in 2013 to supplement the professional development opportunities offered by webinars, workshops and conferences. Mentees work with their mentors to achieve professional goals they have identified. Mentees are matched with a mentor for an initial period of 4 months and are encouraged to participate in the program more than once to benefit from the many diverse perspectives different mentors provide. Mentors provide mentees with general career advice, expertise in a particular aspect of research administration, insight on developing certain skills beyond the mentee's current role but necessary for advancement, feedback, help setting goals and/or support to help mentees network and raise their professional profile. Mentors are available in both French and English and generously volunteer their time to help our members and our profession advance.
Mentorship Program Coordinator
Originally from the Montreal region, Josée Charest has obtained a B.Sc (Honours) in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University, a M.Sc. also in Microbiology and Immunology from Université de Montréal and lastly, a MBA from Université de Sherbrooke.
Josée began her career as a research assistant in the Centre maternel et infantile sur le SIDA of Research Centre of the Sainte-Justine University Hospital. In February 1994, she was hired as a project manager at the Fonds recherche Québec – Santé (formerly FRSQ) and was in charge of the health Research Centers program and the annual update of those research centres’ registry.
Since August 2005, she has lived in Québec City and is the Director of the Research and Technology transfer office at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), one of the ten university members of the Université du Québec’s network. She is also presently the chair of the BLEU (Bureau Liaison Entreprises-Université) which connects all technology transfer directors of the universities in Québec’s province.