CARA West 2019

Engaging Our Communities

Banff, Alberta | November 27-29, 2019


November 2019

November, 27, 28, & 29

Banff, Alberta

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Join us in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at the Banff Centre as we focus on Engaging Our Communities.

We look forward to honouring, sharing, celebrating, and invigorating the community of research administrators from across the region as we exchange knowledge and resources and come together to empower the research enterprise.


CARA West 2019

Traveler Information

The Banff Centre

Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Banff Centre offers unique access to the rest of Banff National Park's attractions.

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Staying in Banff National Park

A park pass is required by all people using Banff National Park. Check with your transportation provider if your park pass is included, or purchase one at the gates or in advance. 

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How to Get There?

Banff is only 90-minutes from Calgary International Airport and is easily accessible by rental car, the Banff AirporterROAM Transit or the Brewster Banff Airport Express.

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Use code CARAWEST2019 to receive a 15% discount on the Banff Airporter’s scheduled shuttle service between the Calgary Airport and Banff Centre. Book Now


Banff Centre Rooms

Banff Centre Accomodations

Accommodations are priced as follows:

  • Two-Bedded Room: Single Rate $184.00 CAD
  • Two-Bedded Room: Double Rate $92.00 CAD
  • One-Bedded Room: Double Rate $82.00 CAD
  • SOLD OUT One-Bedded Room: Single Rate $164.00 CAD

Please note these prices do not include a compulsory nightly charge of $15 facility fee, 5% GST, 4% Alberta Tourism Levy and 2% Tourism Improvement Fee.

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Off-Site Accomodations

Under the terms of the University of Calgary’s master contract with the Banff Centre, any delegate not staying at the Banff Centre will be assessed an Off-Site Delegate Fee of $31.50/day. The Off-Site Delegate Fee provides access to parking on campus, use of wi-fi, and access to Banff Centre facilities: indoor swimming pool, indoor hot tub, steam room, climbing gym (equipment can be rented), full court gym, fitness room and library.

Keynote Speakers

CARA West Conference welcomes speakers Dr. Pete Dawson on November 28 and Dr. Sheri Madigan on November 29. 


Dr. Pete Dawson

Dr. Pete Dawson with Alireza Farrokhi

Dr. Dawson is an archaeologist who specializes in the digital preservation of heritage sites in Alberta and the Canadian Arctic – especially those at risk due to the impacts of human-caused climate change and destruction. He has partnered with Provincial and Federal Government Agencies and Indigenous Communities on over 20 digital heritage projects. Dr. Dawson is the Creator and Director of the Alberta Digital Heritage Archive – an online repository of digital heritage data from across Alberta. He has conducted archaeological and heritage-related research for over two decades in Alberta, the Yukon and Nunavut. Dr. Dawson is presently Interim Head of the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology.

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Dr. Sheri Madigan

Dr. Madigan is an Associate Professor and holds a Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development. She joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary in 2015 and is currently directing the Determinants of Child Development Lab, a lab that is dedicated to conducting research on the multidimensional influences that shape children's developmental trajectories. Dr. Madigan is a principal-investigator on several research projects on children's development supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program, and the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation.

Alireza Farrokhi

Alireza Farrokhi

Alireza Farrokhi is Head of Conservation and Construction Services for the Alberta Government. He and his unit are responsible for managing and maintaining heritage sites throughout the Province. Since 2016, Mr. Farrokhi has collaborated with Dr. Dawson on a number of digital heritage projects, including the Brooks Aqueduct National and Provincial Historic Site and the Okotoks “Big Rock.”

Session Topics

Session topics will include:

  • Engaging Communities for Effective Peer Review
  • Evaluating Early Career Investigator Eligibility
  • Supporting Indigenous Research
  • An Overview of EU Funding Programs
  • Project Management
  • Reporting and Metrics for Polytechnics and Colleges
  • Fostering Applied Research Culture and Capacity
  • US Federal Single Audit
  • Research Information Security
  • What Constitutes True Grantsmanship
  • CARA’s Research Administration Certificate at Mohawk College

Conversation Streams:

  • Contracts & Legal Matters
  • College and Polytechnic Research Management
  • Ethics 101 for Research Administrators
  • Finance and Reporting
  • Research Prizes and Award Nominations: Practices and Challenges (featuring a delegate from the Royal Society of Canada)

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