The Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA)

The Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) is the national voice for research administrators in Canada and a nationwide community that brings together research administration professionals fulfilling a diverse range of roles in a field that is complex and ever-evolving. CARA is committed to supporting the profession by offering members a safe, inclusive, and professional space to learn and grow through networking with peers, sharing best practices, professional development, mentorship, and leadership opportunities.

With over 1000 members, our professional organization’s strength is in its diversity and comprehensive approach to research administration. CARA provides a critical interface between all stakeholders in the management of the research enterprise.

CARA members come from a variety of roles supporting research excellence in Canada, including:

  • Research facilitation 
  • Program delivery
  • Pre and Post-award contracts and grants management
  • Clinical Trials Management
  • Financial management
  • Industry liaison
  • Advancement & Development
  • Research Ethics
  • Laboratory/Project Management
  • Regulatory Compliance


HealthCareCAN  – the national voice of action for health organizations and hospitals across Canada – was formed from the merger of the Canadian Healthcare Association and the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations in January 2014.

Life Sciences Ontario

Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) is a member-driven organization that represents and promotes the province’s vibrant and diverse life sciences sector. LSO collaborates with governments, academia, industry, and other life science organizations in Ontario and across Canada to promote and encourage commercial success throughout the sector. Membership in Life Sciences Ontario includes individuals, students, emerging companies, investors, service providers, and companies with marketed products. The organization provides a wide range of networking and educational events, and operates a mentorship program that is helping to develop highly-skilled talent and build new business opportunities for the life sciences sector. LSO is an effective conduit for delivering policy options to governments, and is dedicated to promoting Ontario’s life sciences sector internationally.

Metrics Champion Consortium

MCC—a trusted partner in the clinical trials industry—identifies what to measure, how to assess the critical components of what is changing and how the industry is responding to address the changes to make improvements. MCC continually brings you new insights into the leading trends within the industry.

For more information about MCC metric sets & tools, metric education programs and how you can participate in MCC work groups, please visit