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Dr. Caroline Quach 

Chair, Quebec Immunization Committee. INSPQ
Medical Lead, Infection Prevention and Control, CHU Sainte-Justine
Professor, Université de Montréal
Adjunt Professor, McGill University

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Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh is a Professor in the Departments of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases & Immunology and of Pediatrics at University of Montreal. She is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health at McGill University and a scientific collaborator at the School of Public Health at Université Libre de Bruxelles. She is the physician in charge of Infection Prevention and control at CHU Sainte-Justine where she also works as a pediatric infectious diseases specialist and medical microbiologist. Dr. Quach is a clinician-scientist and the Canada Research Chair, Tier 1 in Infection Prevention and Control: from hospital to the community. She is the Director and nominated principal investigator of the POPCORN network.

During her career, Dr. Quach has co-authored over 50 government reports, 13 book chapters, published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has obtained over $19 million CAD in grants as the nominated principal investigator or principal investigator. She has supervised close to 50 Master’s and doctoral students.

Dr. Quach is the former Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization from the PHAC (2017-2021) and is the current chair of the Quebec Immunization Committee. She is a former president from the Association for Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Canada (2014-2016). She was named Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. She was selected as one of the 2019 most Powerful Women in Canada (Manulife Science and Technology category). In 2021, she received the Order of Merit from Université de Montréal, was made Officière de l’Ordre national du Québec in 2022, received the Distinguished Scientist Award 2022 from the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Women of Distinction Award–public service–from the Women’s Y Foundationin 2022.She received the 2023 Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Public Health Association and was admitted as a foreign member of the Académie royale de médecine de Belgique in 2024.

Dr. Tim Evans 

Director and Associate Dean,  School of Population and Global Health, Associate Vice-President, Global Policy and Innovation, McGill University
Executive Director, COVID-19 Immunity Task Force

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In April 2020, Dr. Evans was appointed as the Executive Director of the Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force which over the last three years has supported pan-Canadian research aimed at understanding and monitoring immunity arising from SARS-CoV-2 infection and/or vaccination. Dr. Evans joined McGill University in September 2019, as the Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of the School of Population and Global Health (SPGH) in the Faculty of Medicine and Associate Vice-Principal (Global Policy and Innovation). Prior to joining McGill, he spent 6 years as the Senior Director of the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group. From 2010 to 2013, Tim was Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Senior Advisor to the BRAC Health Program. From 2003 to 2010, he was Assistant Director General at the World Health Organization (WHO). Prior to this, he served as Director of the Health Equity Theme at the Rockefeller Foundation. Earlier in his career, he was an attending physician of internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and was Assistant Professor in International Health Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health.   Tim has been at the forefront of advancing global health equity and strengthening health systems delivery for more than 20 years. At WHO, he led the Commission on Social Determinants of Health and oversaw the production of the annual World Health Report. He has been a co-founder of many partnerships including the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) as well as efforts to increase access to HIV treatment for mothers and innovative approaches to training community-based midwives in Bangladesh. Tim received his Medical Degree from McMaster University in Canada and was a Research and Internal Medicine Resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He earned a D.Phil. in Agricultural Economics from University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.