The Secretariat’s mandate

The Secretariat provides scientific and administrative support to the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF) and the Vaccine Surveillance Reference Group (VSRG). Its work informs deliberations and its employees implement decisions of the CITF Leadership Group, the VSRG and the Executive Committee.

The Secretariat is housed at McGill University’s School of Population and Global Health but welcomes staff from across Canada, working remotely. The Secretariat is supported by funds from Health Canada.
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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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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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Rebecca Burns

Rebecca Burns

Communications Advisor

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Tina Smith

Tina Smith

Awards Officer

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Carolina Mancini

Carolina Mancini

Administrative Assistant

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Melanie Bokor

Melanie Bokor

Administrative Assistant

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Research Associates

Mariana Bego

Mariana Bego

Research Associate

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Kristin Davis

Kristin Davis

Research Assistant

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Marija Djekic-Ivankovic

Marija Djekic-Ivankovic

Research Associate

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Alexis Palmer-Fluevog

Alexis Palmer-Fluevog

Research Associate

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Jeanie Quach

Jeanie Quach

Research Associate

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Mercedes Yanes Lane

Mercedes Yanes Lane

Research Assistant

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