44th Parliament Welcome Kit
44th Parliament Welcome Kit
It is with great pleasure that the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus (Chair: Dr. Brendan Hanley, MP, Yukon, Vice-Chairs: Dr. Stephen Ellis, MP, Cumberland—Colchester, Ms. Carol Hughes, MP, Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing and Senator Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia, NL) and Research Canada: An Alliance for Health Discovery welcome you for the first time, or welcome you back to Parliament for this 44th Parliamentary Session. While these continue to be difficult times for Canadians and the world, we wanted to take this opportunity to virtually introduce ourselves and officially launch the 44th Parliament Welcome Kit.
This Welcome Kit is a digital resource that will introduce you to Canada’s health research and health innovation ecosystem. It will share the success stories of the researchers and innovators across the country who continue to stand strong in the fight against COVID-19 and the life-changing impacts of every-day research and innovation on the health and wellbeing of patients in your communities.
- The leaders of the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus
- The stakeholders involved in funding and performing health research and innovation
- The way funding is used to support research and the people who conduct it
- The incredible achievements of Canada’s health research and innovation communities in the fight against COVID-19
- The challenges that these communities have faced and still face throughout the pandemic
- The personal impacts of health research and innovation for patients
Innovative Medicines Canada is the national voice of Canada’s innovative pharmaceutical industry. We advocate for policies that enable the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative medicines and vaccines that improve the lives of all Canadians. We support our members’ commitment to being valued partners in the Canadian healthcare system.
Gilead Sciences is a research-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative medicines. Since 1987, Gilead has helped to transform treatment for people living with diseases such as HIV, viral hepatitis, cancer and other conditions. For information, visit Gilead.ca
BioCanRx, Canada’s Immunotherapy Network, is a network of scientists, clinicians, cancer stakeholders, academic institutions, NGOs and industry partners working together to accelerate the development of leading edge immune oncology therapies for the benefit of patients. BioCanRx is becoming a world-leader in the translation, manufacture and adoption of cancer immunotherapies.
AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business and our innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. Our core focus is in the areas of Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolism; Oncology; Respiratory & Immunology; Rare Diseases; Infection and Vaccines. The company employs more than 1,100 people across Canada, including roughly 700 employees at our head office and clinical research hub in Mississauga, Ontario. Globally, AstraZeneca has established itself as a leader in sustainability – playing an important part tackling the biggest challenges of our generation, from climate change to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to healthcare to issues of equality.
Siemens Healthineers pioneers breakthroughs in healthcare. For everyone. Everywhere. As a leading medical technology company, Siemens Healthineers is continuously developing its product and service portfolio, with AI-supported applications and digital offerings. These new applications enhance the company’s foundation in in-vitro diagnostics, image-guided therapy, in-vivo diagnostics, and innovative cancer care.
An average of 85,000 Canadian’s every day receive treatment or tests from a Siemens Healthineers device, and 70% of critical clinical decisions are influenced by the technology we provide. Our 1,000 employees in Canada include sales, service, and training specialists, which includes some 300 team members at our Point of Care manufacturing facility in Ottawa where handheld blood analysis devices are developed and made. Further information is available at www.siemens-healthineers.ca
The Stem Cell Network (SCN) is a national not-for-profit organization that supports three main objectives: stem cell and regenerative medicine research; training the next generation of highly qualified personnel; and supporting the knowledge mobilization and transfer of stem cell and regenerative medicine research. From the lab to the clinic, our goal is to power science that will benefit Canadians. With support from the Government of Canada, the Network has grown from a few dozen labs to more than 199 world-class research groups, supporting 200+ research projects and 24 clinical trials. Since its inception, 21 biotech companies have been catalyzed and more than 4,000 highly qualified personnel have been trained.
University Health Network (UHN) is Canada’s largest research hospital and home to the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the Toronto General Hospital, the Toronto Western Hospital and the Toronto Rehab Institute, as well as seven research institutes and Michener, our applied health education school. With an annual budget approaching $500 million dollars, we invest in innovative fundamental science, translational research, clinical research and commercialization to positively impact the lives of patients and families that we serve. This work is led by over 5000 scientists, clinicians, technical staff, students and fellows, and is strongly supported by our two foundations—The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and the UHN Foundation. Together with academic, philanthropic, government, private and patient partners, we are making progress every day towards creating A Healthier World.
The Arthritis Society is Canada’s national charity dedicated to extinguishing arthritis. We represent the six million Canadians living with arthritis today and the millions more at risk. We’re investing in high-risk, high-reward research and social impact projects and accelerating the success of innovators to get solutions to those that need them most.
BioTalent Canada supports the people behind life-changing science. Trusted as the go-to source for labour market intelligence, BioTalent Canada is focused on igniting the industry’s brainpower, bridging the gap between job-ready talent and employers, and ensuring the long-term agility, resiliency, and sustainability of one of Canada’s most vital sectors.
CNL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, and a world leader in developing nuclear technology for peaceful and innovative applications. Using our unique expertise, we are restoring and protecting the environment, we are advancing clean energy technology, and our medical breakthroughs continue to improve the health of people around the world.
GlycoNet is a federally funded pan-Canadian network focusing on glycomics—the study of carbohydrates—to deliver made-in-Canada solutions to global health and sustainability issues. GlycoNet amplifies Canada’s competitive edge in world-class glycomics training, research, and commercialization to develop therapies and vaccines for human and animal health.
Nexim Healthcare Consultants has provided qualified registered nurses, homecare staff, personal support workers, developmental service workers, and housekeeping staff to our partner organizations across Ontario for 10 years. We supply healthcare staffing support on a 24/7 basis to hospitals, long-term care, retirement residences, community living, home care, shelters, and prisons.
A leading postsecondary institution in Ontario, Sheridan educates approximately 43,000 full-and part-time students annually from campuses in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville. A trailblazer in unique arts, technology, health care, research and innovation, Sheridan ensures students learn job-ready, practical skills and develop the confidence and problem-solving savvy to push boundaries in an ever-changing world.
The Ottawa Hospital’s Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre (BMC) is the most experienced facility of its kind in Canada, having manufactured more than a dozen biological therapies and vaccines for clinical trials on three continents. With eight GMP suites and 40 staff, BMC offers comprehensive services to academic and corporate partners.
The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian leaders whose work advances health in Canada and the world, inspiring the pursuit of careers in the health sciences. We foster future generations of health professionals through youth education programs and awards. This enduring tribute to our country’s rich medical history is showcased virtually at www.cdnmedhall.ca.
BD is a leading global medical technology company uniquely positioned to improve both the treatment of disease and the process of care. The Life Sciences segment delivers innovative solutions from discovery to diagnosis, continually advancing science and clinical outcomes across infectious disease and cancer.
The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) represents over 14,000 medical laboratory professionals, many who have been providing accurate testing and results informing public health decisions during the pandemic. Often unseen, these health care heroes are key to patient care and rely on system-wide support to continue their essential work.
Canada’s leading accelerator in the aging and brain health sector, CABHI provides networking, funding, and support to seniors care organizations, front-line care workers, researchers, and innovators for the development, testing, and dissemination of new ideas, programs, and technologies. CABHI is a collaboration of health care, science, industry, not-for-profit and government partners whose shared aim is improved quality of life for the world’s aging population.
GSK is a science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer. Our goal is to be one of the world’s most innovative, best performing and trusted healthcare companies. We are deeply committed to using our science to bring differentiated, high-quality, and affordable products to Canadian patients in a timely manner.
The Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (IAM) believes that we work best when we work together. Focusing on delivering and creating solutions with and for people living with mental health needs, our collaborative framework is rooted in innovation and fostering effective change for better outcomes for all.
The IRCM is an independent, dynamic and multidisciplinary biomedical institution that conducts basic and clinical research and trains high-level future scientists. Driven by life, it seeks to improve scientific knowledge through excellence, collaboration and innovation to pave the way for a new generation of health solutions and treatments.
Lakehead University’s 2019-2024 Research Plan includes Health and Well-Being as one of five research priorities. Our researchers aim to make a difference in the health and well-being of our communities across the age and health continuum, including rural and remote health, addictions and mental health, and medical imaging. We are making significant advances in health research to positively impact those living in Northern Ontario’s remote and rural communities. The university also supports health care research through work done at our exceptional research centres which include The Centre for Education and Research and Aging in Health (CERAH), the Centre for Enhancing the Prevention of Injury and Disability at Work (EPID@Work), Centre for Health Care Ethics (CHCE) and the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR).
Mood Disorders Society of Canada provides a strong, cohesive national voice for people with mood disorders & their families. MDSC aims to improve access to treatment, inform research, shape program development & government policy to improve the quality of life for people affected by mood disorders.
The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual, world-leading destination for neuroscience research and advanced patient care. As the first institute in the world to fully embrace Open Science, The Neuro is committed to openly sharing data, resources, and expertise in order to advance science and discover new treatments. www.theneuro.ca
Nova Scotia Health Innovation Hub: Discovering high-impact health care solutions. Nova Scotia Health’s Innovation Hub is a centre of excellence for health research and innovation. We are proud to be creating a culture of continuous quality improvement that seeks out data, experience, and evidence to improve practice. This is how we are propelling health care to new heights.
Ryerson University is one of Canada’s largest comprehensive universities and a leader in innovative, career-oriented education. Located in the heart of Toronto, the university’s distinctly urban character and focus on experiential learning and entrepreneurship place it in a unique position to make an impact locally and across the globe.
Over 40 years ago, Terry Fox inspired our nation with his Marathon of Hope and dream to end cancer. Today the Terry Fox Research Institute, its partners and researchers continue his marathon by investing in and conducting novel, groundbreaking research, including precision medicine initiatives, to save lives and control cancer.
The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of the top teaching and research universities in Canada, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering and health sciences. The U of A is also home to the Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute, led by Nobel Prize laureate Michael Houghton and renowned virologist Lorne Tyrrell.
The Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) supports research excellence dedicated to improving the health and lives of women and children. WCHRI is a partnership between the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services, with core funding from the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Alberta Women’s Health Foundation.