Kara Spence

Kara Spence


  • Vice-President, Advancement


Kara leads CIFAR’s Advancement Group with the goal of raising funds to support CIFAR’s research, knowledge outreach initiatives, and education of the next generation of research leaders. 

In her career she has experience in major giving, capital campaigns, annual fund, sponsorship, and planned giving.  She has a keen interest to connect donors’ goals with CIFAR’s mission. Prior to joining CIFAR, Kara was the Campaign Director and Director of Development at Trinity College, University of Toronto, Director Major Gifts for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Senior Development Officer for the National Ballet of Canada. Kara volunteers on non-profit and school boards. She completed a BA in Economics from Queen’s University.