Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee is primarily responsible for recruiting webinar speakers for CARA. The Committee members identify and recruit experts to provide online professional development opportunities for CARA members in all aspects of research administration. The PD Committee is responsible for identifying and recruiting over 70 speakers annually. The Professional Development Committee is accountable to the CARA Executive Committee and meets by teleconference monthly. New members are always welcome, please contact Sarah Lampson at

Professional Development Committe

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.

Virginie Portes

Dr. Virginie Portes is Director, Grants and Communication at Université de Montréal (Canada). Her mandate covers major funding agencies and institutions in Canada and abroad. Virginie leads a team of research officers dedicated to support more than 1200 researchers in 13 Faculties (from Arts and Sciences, Medicine to Nursing). She developed grantsmanship sessions at multiple universities, gave several presentation and webinars (in Québec and Canada), supported new research projects in a variety of fields, has launched a new program in knowledge mobilization for UdeM researchers, and served on numerous committees and boards (ie. SERENE Board of Directors: KM network on cybersecurity). Under her leadership, UdeM joined Réseau Impact Recherche/Research Impact (RIR), a network of 12 Canadian universities engaged in KM activities. She is currently developing a knowledge mobilization (KM) unit within the Office of Research. Prior to joining UdeM Virginie worked at SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) and in the Office of Research at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

Robyn Roscoe

Robyn Roscoe is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with 15 years of experience in the management of large health research projects, and over 20 years experience in project management in the scientific and technical fields. She is currently Director of Management and Administration for the BC Cancer Agency Genome Sciences Centre (GSC), responsible for project, finance and operations management. Robyn has previously worked in the environment sector and oil & gas industry as a project manager, operations specialist and environmental manager. She holds a BSc from the University of Manitoba.

Since 2004, Robyn has been delivering training workshops and presentations throughout British Columbia, reaching nearly 2,000 trainees and professionals looking to develop and expand their management and leadership skills.

In 2011, Robyn started Lyric Management, her own consulting company delivering project management training, event management and career consulting services.

Robyn is committed to expanding knowledge and interest in the field of research project management, and to enabling scientific communications and knowledge transfer through the delivery of excellent workshops and conference events.

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). 

Jenna Slobozian

Jenna Slobozian is currently the Senior Research Grants Officer in the Research Services Office at the University of Calgary.  She is primarily responsible for all CIHR funding for the University from grant development through to project set-up.  This includes working with the legal and ethics teams as required.  Prior to joining the UofC Jenna worked for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society.  She is currently enrolled in the Certificate in Research Administration as well as just completing a certificate in Professional and Technical Writing.

Katie Porter

Hamilton Health Sciences

Katie Porter is Director of Research Administration at Hamilton Health Sciences, home to one of the most research intensive environments for medical research in Canada. Her team supports a research enterprise of more than 500 researchers and their research teams. Katie is a regular lecturer at McMaster University, co-author of The A-Z Guide to Research Contract Review and Steer Your Career: A Research Administrator's Manual for Mapping Success and a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops and webinars. Katie is active in the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, and acts as an editor for the CARA Connection newsletter, serves as a mentor and was recognized as a top “talent scout” in May. Her books are used by peers at more than 450 institutions globally, and her exceptional contributions to the Research Administration profession were recognized in 2012 by the Society of Research Administrators International and in 2014 and 2015 by CARA with the Research Management Excellence Award and Dan Chase Award respectively, as well as a 2014 first prize win for her poster on the globalization of clinical research.