Cara has a wealth of project management experience in a range of sectors including agriculture, aquaculture, biology and international development. As Program Officer, Cara works closely with the research and development teams to ensure that the projects run smoothly, stay on budget and meet the needs of all of the partners.
She has a strong passion for science and nature, and is a great communicator. These traits serve her well as she is often tasked to translate the complex ideas, perspectives and objectives of the diverse array of researchers, companies and other partners involved in the projects.
Her project management and organizational skills, coupled with an amazing work ethic are invaluable to the project teams.
She monitors progress, tracks milestones, manages budgets and develops reports and funding proposals, all of which alleviate administrative duties for the research teams, allowing them to focus their time and energy on scientific matters.
Cara has an undergraduate degree in zoology from the University of Alberta, and a Master’s degree in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University, where her research focused on natural resource commercialization and rural livelihoods in Cambodia.