Sarah Lampson, CAE

Sarah Lampson

Executive Director, Canadian Association of Research Administrators

Sarah Lampson, CAE is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators where she has provided organizational leadership for 5 years. Her key achievements include: significantly increasing services to members, which resulted in a 25% increase in membership and a 400% increase in volunteerism in 3 years; turning an operating deficit into a surplus in first 12 months; increasing revenue 43% and stewarding the international partnership that resulted in development of Canada’s first professional qualifications in the profession.

Holistic Approaches to Association Governance: A Practical Framework for Future-Proofing Your Organization

Wednesday, October 24
Time:  3:30 PM to 5 PM

Following a strategic review of activities and objectives, the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) implemented a new 3-year strategic plan in 2016. The plan’s success demanded a robust suite of governance policies, management practices and operational processes to underpin its implementation. As the strategic cycle nears its conclusion, CARA will shares the benefits and impacts of creating a formal and structured governance framework as well as its experience in identifying, designing and implementing appropriate leadership strategies for a rapidly growing association. Through facilitated discussion, participants will have an opportunity to explore practical approaches to association governance, to challenge conventional styles, and to debate the value of holistic governance models. They will also receive a resource toolkit to support the creation or enhancement of their governance structures.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover the steps required for designing and implementing a successful governance framework
  • Explore management techniques and operational practices that either a) underpin or b) undermine your association’s business model(s)
  • Assess your association’s governance effectiveness and gain understanding in how to leverage expertise to enhance your capacity for delivering excellence for your members


Optimize Governance | Establish Organizational Direction | Manage Operations