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.

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Jack Jedwab, President and CEO of ACS-Metropolis

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

Lead Researcher:

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.

Research Support:

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.

  • Statistics Canada
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
  • Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE)
  • Canadian Heritage (PCH)
  • Public Safety Canada (PS)
  • Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
  • Service Canada
  • Infrastructure Canada

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