As of January 1, 2023, the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF) has officially entered a final phase with completion of all activities expected by March 31, 2024. Previous governance structures of the CITF, including the Executive Committee, Working Parties and Co-Chairs completed their mandates on December 31, 2022, with the Leadership Group having finished up its mandate in June 2022.

Since January 1, 2023, the CITF Secretariat has been working in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), with new governance structures in place, to steward the residual functions of the CITF to completion.

The CITF Secretariat, led by Executive Director Dr. Tim Evans, and a PHAC management committee, now oversee the management of this concluding phase of the CITF.  Priority activities during this period through to March 31, 2024, include ongoing support of research studies currently in the field or recently completed, the transitioning of CITF research and public health platforms to appropriate agencies for sustainability where possible, and the securing of ongoing arrangements for the CITF Databank.

Secretariat

The Secretariat’s mandate

The Secretariat provides scientific and administrative support to the CITF. It is housed at McGill University’s School of Population and Global Health and is supported by funds from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Executive Director

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Timothy Evans

Executive Director

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Associate Scientific Directors

Bruce Mazer

Bruce Mazer

Associate Scientific Director, Strategy

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Olivia Oxlade

Olivia Oxlade

Associate Scientific Director, Management

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Scientific Team

David Buckeridge

Scientific Lead, Data Management & Analysis

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Nicholas Birkett

Nicholas Birkett

Scientific Advisor

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Jane Heffernan

Scientific Advisor

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Joanna Merckx

Scientific Advisor

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Jesse Papenburg

Scientific Advisor

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Administration

Anna Birnie-Lefcovitch

Anna Birnie-Lefcovitch

Administration and Governance – Management

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Caroline Phaneuf

Communications – Management

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Tanya Murphy

Tanya Murphy

Data Manager

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Candace Miller

Candace Miller

Senior Research Advisor

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Varun Anipindi

Varun Anipindi

Senior Research Advisor

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David Nguyen

David Nguyen

Senior Awards Officer

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Tod Hoffman

Tod Hoffman

Communications Advisor

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Carolina Mancini

Carolina Mancini

Project Manager

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Research Associates

Ahmed Moustafa Ahmed

Ahmed Moustafa Ahmed

Research Assistant

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Alexis Palmer-Fluevog

Jaspreet Jain

Research Associate

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Jeanie Quach

Jeanie Quach

Research Associate

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Camille Trapé

Research Assistant

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Hanna Swail

Research Assistant

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Previous CITF Governance Structures & Members

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (EC) was originally the CITF’s final decision-making body and it advised and oversaw governance of the CITF. Its mandate concluded on December 31, 2022. The EC comprised two Co-Chairs, the Executive Director, a PHAC representative, the Chief Scientist of Canada, and four additional members of the original CITF Leadership Group (LG).

Working Parties

The CITF established Working Parties (WPs) in Field Studies, Vaccine Surveillance, and Immune Science and Testing. Their mandate concluded on December 31, 2022.

Leadership Group

The CITF Leadership Group included experts from across Canada in matters related to serologic surveillance, immunology, virology, infectious diseases, public health, and clinical medicine. It also included ex-officio members representing agencies of the Government of Canada, including the PHAC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the office of the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister, as well as representatives of Provincial-Territorial Ministries of Health, and McGill University (host of the Secretariat). The CITF Leadership Group concluded activities in June 2022.

Indigenous Advisory Circle

The work of the Indigenous Advisory Circle (IAC) was initiated in 2020 and formally concluded in 2021.