About us

COVID-19 Resources Canada is a grassroots initiative, started in March 2020 with the objective of facilitating Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are a dedicated team of multidisciplinary Canadians with expertise ranging from biomedical research to web-development and business analysis, virtually working together to execute on COVID-19 Resources Canada’s vision and mission.

Vision, mission & goals

Our vision is to support Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Our mission is to use digital tools and the power of crowdsourcing to rapidly mobilize highly skilled personnel across Canada’s diverse healthcare, research, policy, industry, and partner communities to address multiple aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our goals are to:

  • Serve as a reliable source of information and expertise for COVID-19 research in Canada
  • Support & facilitate coordination of Canadian COVID-19 research efforts
  • Support COVID-19 capacity-building in public health, research, anti-misinformation and grassroots initiatives
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Our story

COVID-19 Resources Canada began with a Twitter exchange between our co-founders (Drs. Moriarty and Bourque) on March 20, 2020 about the challenges observed within each of their communities. At the time, non-COVID research activities had ramped down, while many public health labs were struggling with the shortage of reagents and qualified personnel to keep up with the rising demand for diagnostic tests.

Dr. Tara Moriarty, an infectious diseases researcher at the University of Toronto, wanted to replicate in Canada the successful deployment of German and South Korean scientists to scale up COVID-19 diagnostic testing.

Dr. Guillaume Bourque, the Director of Bioinformatics at McGill University’s Genome Centre, and Canada Research Chair in Computational Genomics and Medicine had noticed that Canadian COVID-19 researchers were struggling to find collaborators and key resources.

They had independently begun building tools to help Canadian scientists respond to the pandemic by collecting research resources and recruiting scientific volunteers. By the next day, courtesy of Twitter, they had met more than 20 academic, government, and private web developers; science communicators; bioinformaticians; and graduate and medical students and had formed COVID-19 Resources Canada. Within a week www.covid19resources.ca was launched with the mission of supporting Canada’s response to the pandemic.

As the first wave of infections rose in Canada, our multidisciplinary team worked collectively and cohesively to identify areas of need and create agile solutions in response. These solutions included creation of a website to host pan-Canadian research databases to help interconnect the research community and a nationwide volunteer database to facilitate identification of qualified personnel for public health, long-term care and community-based initiatives.

Currently, we are using our network of multidisciplinary experts and volunteers from our volunteer database to tackle one of the most challenging aspects of the pandemic: the rampant COVID-19 misinformation. We have partnered with a number of Canadian organizations to launch a series of science communication initiatives to help bridge existing knowledge gaps and dispel myths surrounding COVID-19 and the Canada-wide response.

Since its start, COVID-19 Resources Canada has:

  • Recruited and deployed thousands of volunteers in pandemic-related initiatives across the country;
  • Tackled misinformation through community discussion forums, expert written articles and social media campaigns;
  • Created databases to help scientists working on COVID-19 projects find funding opportunities and collaborators, exchange reagents, and list their projects and expertise.

Our team

Co-founders

Guillaume Bourque
Guillaume BourquePhD
Co-founder, Central Admin Team
Tara Moriarty
Tara MoriartyPhD
Co-founder, Central Admin Team

Core Team

Michelle Brazas
Michelle BrazasPhD
Project Manager
Central Admin Team
Adrienne Caldwell
Adrienne CaldwellMSc
Volunteer Coordinator
Peter Cheung
Peter Cheung
Web Team
Lindsay Dayton
Lindsay DaytonMSc
Program Administration Manager
Bensun Fong
Bensun Fong
Web Team
Simon Foote
Simon FooteMSc
Web Team
Adrielle Houweling
Adrielle HouwelingPMP, ECBA, MSc
Business Analyst
Central Admin Team
Abe Kanofsky
Abe Kanofsky
Web Team
Grace Yaeeun Kim
Grace Yaeeun Kim
Research Assistant
Mary Ann Kizhakechethipuza
Mary Ann KizhakechethipuzaECBA, MSc
Business Analyst
Central Admin Team
Thomas Lynch
Thomas Lynch
Web Team
Karen Maxwell
Karen MaxwellPhD
Volunteer Matching Advisor
Eoghan Moriarty
Eoghan Moriarty
Consultant
Web Team
Ahalya Rajkumar
Ahalya Rajkumar
Web Team
Krishana Sankar
Krishana SankarPhD
Science Communications Co-Lead
Matthew Hacker Teper
Matthew Hacker TeperMSc
Volunteer Program Manager
Fatima Tokhmafshan
Fatima TokhmafshanMSc
Research Database Manager & Science Communications Co-Lead

Volunteer Regional Leads

Akinola Alafiatayo
Akinola AlafiatayoPhD
Atlantic Provinces Lead
Carolyn Cummins
Carolyn CumminsPhD
Ontario Co-Lead
Tanya Dahms
Tanya DahmsPhD
Saskatchewan Lead
Glen Pyle
Glen PylePhD
Ontario Co-Lead
Chinmaya Sadangi
Chinmaya Sadangi PhD
Manitoba Lead
Yanet Valdez Tejeira
Yanet Valdez TejeiraPhD, MSc
British Columbia Lead
Fatima Tokhmafshan
Fatima TokhmafshanMSc
Quebec Lead
Alberta Lead
Alberta Lead
Vacant Position – All volunteers are welcome!
Northern Lead(YU, NWT & Nunavut)
Northern Lead(YU, NWT & Nunavut)
Vacant Position – All volunteers are welcome!
We always welcome new members to our team. Please reach out to if you are interested in becoming a Regional Lead with COVID-19 Resources Canada
Interested? Reach out to us!

Current Volunteers

Ariana Cahn
Ariana CahnMSc
C19 Volunteer
Janet Cho
Janet Cho
C19 Volunteer
Léa Décarie-Spain
Léa Décarie-Spain
C19 Volunteer
Postdoc – University of South California
Palmira Granados Moreno
Palmira Granados MorenoPhD, (DCL), LLM
Academic Associate, Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University
Yann Joly
Yann JolyPhD, (DCL) FCAHS, AdE
Associate Professor, Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University
Catherine Jordan
Catherine Jordan
C19 Volunteer
BA-Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital
Daman Kandola
Daman Kandola
C19 Volunteer
PhD candidate – School of Health Sciences; Research Associate – School of Nursing, University of Northern British Columbia.
Jenny Lau
Jenny Lau
C19 Volunteer
Amy Ly
Amy Ly
C19 Volunteer
Kelly McLean
Kelly McLeanP. Eng, PMP
C19 Volunteer
MA, Big Data – Universidad Isabel
MSc candidate- Statistics, MIT
Sara McPhee-Knowles
Sara McPhee-KnowlesPhD
C19 Volunteer
Instructor, Bachelor of Business Administration, Yukon University

Vaccine Q&A Volunteers

Urfa Arain<br />
Urfa Arain
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Nicole Basta
Nicole BastaPhD
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Anna Boczula<br />
Anna Boczula
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Reanne Booker
Reanne BookerMN, BSc
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Zain Chagla
Zain ChaglaMD
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Neal denHollander
Neal denHollanderPhD
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Junior Dias
Junior DiasMSc
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Lindsay Dixon
Lindsay DixonPharmD
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Linda Dresser
Linda DresserPharmD
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Cynthia Feng
Cynthia FengMSc
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Kimberley Gauthier
Kimberley GauthierPhD
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Walid Houry
Walid HouryPhD
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Amir A. Imani
Amir A. ImaniPharmD
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Carlye Jensen
Carlye JensenMD
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Alyson Kelvin
Alyson KelvinPhD
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Leesa Khlich
Leesa KhlichRHN, MSc
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Artyom Korenevsky
Artyom KorenevskyPharmD, BSc
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Mira Maximos
Mira MaximosPharmD, MSc, ACPR, BScPhm, BHSc
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Janet McElhaney
Janet McElhaneyMD
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Jon Nhan
Jon NhanPharmD
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Shawna Novak
Shawna NovakMD, MA
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
John Oyston
John OystonMD
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Prital Patel
Prital PatelPhD
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Ayesha Rashid<br />
Ayesha Rashid
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Maria Sanchez Osuna
Maria Sanchez OsunaPhD
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Tristen Simms<br />
Tristen Simms
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Amy Tan
Amy TanMD
Vaccine Q&A Panelist
Eemaan Thind
Eemaan ThindMPH
Vaccine Q&A Panelist

Volunteer Alumni (Past contributors)

  • Christine Charnock, Volunteer
  • Paul Chen, PhD Student, University of Toronto
  • Vivian Cheung, MSc
  • Peter Fairman, PhD
  • Hortense Gallois, Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University
  • Aleeza Gerstein, Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba
  • Greet Kallikorm, Project Manager
  • Erin Liu, PhD Student, McGill University
  • Geneviève Marchand, Volunteer
  • Serge McGraw, Associate Professor, Dept. Obstetrics-Gynecology, Université de Montréal
  • Alyaa Mohamed, Volunteer
  • Farah Qaiser, MSc, Graduate Student, University of Toronto
  • Pardis Riahi, Volunteer
  • Roman Soler, UI Designer, Front/Backend Developer, CEO of Cactushive Inc.
  • Ilke van Hazel, PhD DDS, Dentist, Researcher
  • Ma’n H. Zawati, Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University

Get involved

Volunteers

Our talent pool supports volunteer and paid COVID-19 initiatives in Canada.  Learn more and join our database or request candidates today!

Researchers

Are you a Canadian researcher involved in COVID-19 research related projects? Find information about funded research & funding opportunities, potential collaborations, and reagents today!

Public

Want to learn more about the pandemic, how you can take action and COVID-19 initiatives in your community?   Find information about the science, petitions and community-based initiatives today!

Partners & Media

Are you an organisation who wants to support COVID-19 initiatives or part of the media? Partner or connect with us and spread the news today!