Conference Agenda

Detailed CARA Ontario 2017 Conference Agenda (PDF).

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

TIMEEVENT(S)
5:00 - 7:00 PMEarly Registration and Networking

Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning Lobby (PGCRL)
Reception: Duke of Somerset – 655 Bay Street

Thursday, November 16, 2017

TIMEEVENT(S)
8:00 - 9:00 AMRegistration & Continental Breakfast
(PGCRL Gallery – 2nd Floor)
9:00 – 9:15 AMOpening Remarks
(PGCRL – Auditorium)
David J. Phipps, Executive Director, Research & Innovation, York University
9:15 – 10:30 AMKeynote Speaker - David J. Phipps, Executive Director, Research & Innovation, York University
(PGCRL Auditorium)

Abstract:
#ShitDavidSays About Impact:
The hashtag #ShitDavidSays has nothing to do with research...until this webinar! With 11 years of knowledge mobilization and research impact under his belt, combined with 21 year of commercialization experience, David Phipps is ready to share some conclusions from working across projects, institutions and networks. Each of his "pearls of wisdom" will be grounded in research administration so that you will be able to apply them to your own practice.

So grab your twitter and start tweeting @mobilemobilizer and #ShitDavidSays.
10:30 – 11:00 AMMorning Break – (PGCRL Gallery)
11:00-12:00 pmTrack 1 - Tri-agency Update
(Event Room 1 – 2nd Floor)

Presenter(s):
Karine St-Amour, Deputy Director, Compliance of Transfer Payments Programs
Pierre Cote, Manager, Financial Operations & Procurement, CIHR


Abstract:
Presenters will share changes to, and provide an update on, the renewal exercise that is currently underway by the Tri-agencies. This renewal exercise is focused on the following:
• moving to a more flexible approach for Grant award allowable expenditures. This will bring significant changes to the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide);
• A renewal of the Agencies’ approach to Financial Monitoring reviews; and
• A focused emphasis on increasing the effectiveness of Awards

Tri-Agencies are moving away from the traditional justifications and will discuss a principle based approach. This is an opportunity for participants to ask questions and provide input into changes.

Track 2 - The Role of Research Administrators in Enabling Big Data Initiatives
(Event Room 2A/B - 2nd Floor)

Presenter(s):
Christa Studzinski, Manager, Research Programs, Ontario Brain Institute

Abstract:
With the advent of big data and the creation of open data platforms, how do institutions enable their researchers to participate in large scale data sharing initiatives AND maintain patient privacy? Big data initiatives have become increasingly popular with the national and international funding agencies. Sharing data between researchers, institutions and countries is quickly becoming the new norm.

As research administrators:
• what is our role for enabling these collaborations?
• What challenges and opportunities exist?
• Are there effective approaches for establishing these initiatives?
• Are there important considerations / differences between sharing data provincially, nationally and internationally?

The multi-disciplinary panel will discuss their experience with enabling big data collaborations and share their views on the unique role of research administrators, including contract officers, research ethics boards and privacy officers.

Track 3 - Research Impact Canada - the Ontario Story
(Event Room 3A/B – 3rd Floor)

Presenter(s):
David J. Phipps, Executive Director, Research & Innovation, York University
Erin Huner, Knowledge Translation Manager, Research Development & Services, Western University
Robert Gluskho, Associate Chief Librarian, Western University


Abstract:
Research Impact Canada is Canada’s knowledge mobilization network including 14 Canadian and one UK university. It acts as a community of practice sharing promising practices to connect science to society so research and scholarship can get out of the university and make a different to local and global citizens. There are 6 Ontario universities in Research Impact Canada. This session will feature two of them (York U – a founding university and Western U - one of the newest members) describing the very different ways they support knowledge mobilization for researchers, students and their non-academic research partners.
12:00 – 1:00 PMLunch Break

Nina Darkeff, Manager, Professional Development & Membership Services-CARA, and Evan Di Valentino, Program Manager- Mohawk College will be presenting on the Research Administration Certificate
(PGCRL Gallery – 2nd Floor)
1:00 – 2:30 PMOntario Funders Program Updates
(PGCRL Auditorium)

Presenter(s):
Opening Remarks by Minister Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Ontario (NSERC) - Dr, Andrew Sinclair, Manager, Ontario Regional Office
Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) - Ricky Chan, Senior Lead, Industry Relations
2:30 – 3:00 PMAfternoon Break
3:00 – 4:30 PMOntario Funders Program Updates
(PGCRL Auditorium)

Presenter(s):
Smart Computing for Innovation (SOSCIP) - Dr. Elissa Strome, Executive Director
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) - Dr. Bettina Klenkler, Director of Programs
Ontario Genomics (OG) - Dr.Bettina Hamelin, President & CEO

6:00 – 7:00 PMGala Reception
Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre
Colony Ballroom – 2nd Floor
89 Chestnut Street, Toronto
7:00 – 12:00 PMGala Dinner
Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre

Friday, November 17, 2017

TIMEEVENT(S)
8:00 - 9:00 AMNetworking and Light Breakfast
(PGCRL Gallery – 2nd Floor)
9:00 – 10:30 AMPartnerships VP’s Panel
(PGCRL Auditorium)

Panel includes:
• Vanessa Williamson, Dean, Applied Research & Innovation, Seneca College (Moderator)
• Dawn Davidson, M.Sc., Associate Vice President, Research & Innovations, George Brown College
• Robert Luke, PhD, Vice President of Research & Innovation, OCAD University
• Rulan S. Parekh MD, MS, FRCPC, Associate Chief Clinical Research, Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute
• Dr. Robert Haché, Vice President, Research & Innovation, York University
10:30 – 11:00 AMMorning Break – (PGCRL Gallery)
11:00-12:00 pmTrack 1 - CFI Update
Event Room 1 – 2nd Floor

Presenter(s):
Sandra Zohar, Senior Programs Officer, CFI
Isabelle Henrie, CPA CA, Director, Finance, CFI


Abstract:
The CFI will discuss the recent funding competitions, the newest good practices shared on our website, and new institutional functionality in CAMS. In addition, the CFI will introduce a new working group to address challenges and potential solutions to developing and managing multi-institutional projects. We will also share with you our thoughts about the report from Canada's Fundamental Science Review panel (the "Naylor report").

Track 2 - Awards, Honours and Prizes SIG
Event Room 2A/B – 2nd Floor

Presenter(s):
Julaine Hall, University of Western Ontario
Thomas Barber, University of Waterloo


Abstract:
The Awards, Honours, and Prizes Special Interest Group supports the development of successful nominations to international, national, and regional awards programs. By sharing best practices, providing training support, and offering networking opportunities that nominations for meritorious individuals will increase in both number and success rate.

We encourage all levels of institutions to join our discussion - small colleges with few nominations per year or large universities with several Awards professionals on staff. As active participants on the awards landscape our interactive session will focus on:
• current ‘awards game’ in Ontario
• details about major awards programs with upcoming deadlines
• sharing best practices and advice for achieving success in international, national, and regional award programs
• encouraging nominations from all Canadian colleges, universities, hospitals, and eligible institutions
• promoting/supporting recent awards successes
• upcoming professional development opportunities
• coordinating further networking opportunities for our members

Track 3 - SIG Leaders - Open Space
Event Room 3A/B – 3rd Floor

Presenter(s):
Rachel Brown, Niagara College
Candice Watson, CARA Finance Leader


Abstract:
Rachel will hold an open round table:
What would you like to get out of this SIG?
What would you like to get to out of your CARA membership?

Candice Watson CARA SIG Finance leader will discuss through a round table discussion topics regarding PI compensation and accountability methods for financial transactions.
12:00 – 1:00 PMLunch Break

(PGCRL Gallery – 2nd Floor)
1:00 – 2:00 PMTrack 1 - Payments to Individuals and Taxes – Ernst & Young
Event Room 1 – 2nd Floor

Presenter(s):
Edward Rajaratnam, Ernst & Young
Lawrence Levin, Ernst & Young
Jan Pedder, Ernst & Young


Abstract:
Ernst and Young will present the following topics:

a) Employee vs. independent contractor
b) Expenses that may be claimed independent contractors vs. employees
c) Withholding obligations related to payments to employee and independent contractors, including to non-residents
d) Fellowships vs. Scholarship

Track 2 - Maintaining Engagement in an Ever Changing CRC Program Landscape
Event Room 2A/B – 2nd Floor

Presenter(s):
Sarah Lau, Manager, Institutional Research, University of Waterloo
Jennifer Freeman, Director of Research Services, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Alisa Fullwood, Manager of Strategic Research Projects, University of Guelph
Marie-Lynne Boudreau, Manager, Performance, Planning & Policy, Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS)
Sally Booth, Policy Analyst, Planning & Policy, Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS)


Abstract:
The federal government recently performed a 15th Year Evaluation of the Canada Research Chair Program (CRCP). The CRCP Management response to this evaluation outlines seven likely changes to ensure that the CRC Program remains relevant and effective at contributing to institutional strengthening in strategic research areas. In turn, these potential changes will affect how institutions manage internal CRC arrangements including equity practices, funding support, and chair allocations. The CRCP and institutions must proceed carefully to ensure that the CRCP continues to have a major impact on research in Canada.

This will be an interactive session, encouraging an open dialogue related to how different institutions are responding to CRCP changes and identifying common concerns and challenges. Representatives from the CRCP may also join via Skype to answer questions and discuss best practices. By the end of the session, CARA members will be better prepared to tackle issues that have arisen related to the upcoming changes. More importantly, it will bring together research administrators managing the CRCP and provide a support network as institutions and the CRCP work together to ensure the excellence of the program moving forward.

Track 3 - Government Research Contracts: Navigating the Landscapes of Non-Tri Agency Funding
Event Room 3A/B – 3rd Floor

Presenter(s):
Sivagowry Lewis, Grants/Contracts Officer (Government), Ryerson University
Thiam Phouthonephackdy, Senior Manager, Research Partnerships., University of Waterloo

Abstract:
Over the years government and academia have partnered and addressed societal issues through research, development, and innovation and commercialization initiatives. This workshop explores the types of government research funding opportunities and how to navigate the pre/post administration.

Event Room 3A/B – 3rd Floor
2:15 – 3:15 PMOMG Session
PGCRL Auditorium

Moderator:
David Phipps, Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services, York University

3:15 – 3:30 PMConference Wrap-up
PGCRL Auditorium