In this global COVID-19 pandemic, governments and civil society organizations find themselves in uncharted territory, designing responses and delivering programs and services that will protect the health and safety of Canadians. More than ever before, overcoming this unprecedented challenge relies on the cooperation and direct involvement of every single Canadian. As the situation unfolds, it is of critical importance to monitor the attitudes, perceptions and behaviours of all Canadians.
The COVID-19 Social Impacts Network is a multidisciplinary group of some of the country’s leading experts to help identify key issues, indicators and socio-demographics to generate evidence-based responses that address the social and economic dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis in Canada.
Leading researchers that make up the Expert Advisory Committee will inform the topics and questions examined by the COVID-19 Social Research Network organized by the ACS-Metropolis, the Vanier Institute of the Family and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
Senator Donna Dasko
David Schimpky, Director of Secretariat, Canadian Commission for UNESCO
Nora Spinks, Chief Executive Officer, Vanier Institute of the Family
Hubert Lussier, retired - Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage
Jane Badets, retired - Assistant Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada
Christian Bourque, Executive Vice President, Léger Marketing
Wendy Cukier, Professor and founder, Diversity Institute, Ryerson University
Jennifer Kaddatz, Special Advisor, Vanier Institute of the Family
Tasha Kheiriddin, Media commentator
Howard Ramos, Professor, Chair, Department of Sociology, Western University
Marika Warner, Director of Research and Evaluation, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
Lori Wilkinson, Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of Manitoba
Cary Wu, Assistant Professor of Sociology, York University
Sebastien Poitras, Associate Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Léger Marketing
Joan Atlin, Research Director, World Education Services
Jasmine Gill, Lawyer and Policy Advocate
Ilene Hyman, Adjunct Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
June Francis, Co-director, Co-Laboratorio Project, Simon Fraser University
Deborah Morrison, President, Experiences Canada
Madeline Ziniak, Consultant, Chairperson of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association
Jean Teillet, Partner at Pape Salter Teillet LLP
David Heurtel, Counsel at Fasken
Fariborz Birjandian, CEO, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
Minelle Mahtani, Associate Professor, Institute for Social Justice at University of British Columbia
Monica Boyd, Canada Research Chair in Immigration, Inequality and Public Policy and Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto
Simona Bignami, Associate Professor in the Department of Demography, Université de Montréal
Chedley Belkhodja, Principal and Professor, School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University
Linton Garner, Executive Director, Regional Association of West Quebecers
Doug Norris, Senior Vice President and Chief Demographer, Environics Analytics
Alicia Kyte, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, McGill University
Carl Everton James, Professor, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora, York University
Our Research Team
Paul Holley, PhD, is the Research Director of ACS-Metropolis. His current research focuses on immigrant integration and inclusion, gender equality and public health responses to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Anh Nguyen, MA, is the Research Analyst at ACS-Metropolis. Anh has a lot of expertise in collecting, retrieving, and analyzing large datasets to inform public policy decision making.
Miriam Taylor, PhD, is the Director of Partnerships and Publications at ACS-Metropolis. She specializes in issues relating to diversity, identity and immigration and has a particular interest in deconstructing societal myths and prejudices.
Social Impacts Network Observers
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)