Research Canada Welcomes Seven New Members from Across Canada


OTTAWA, June 27, 2022 – Research Canada: An Alliance for Health Discovery is pleased to welcome seven new Members into its Alliance dedicated to advancing health research and innovation in Canada: Canadian Celiac Association, GlaxoSmithKline, Lakehead University, New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, Serenity DTx, University of Alberta and University of Waterloo.

“We are so honoured to have such a diverse membership that spans across Canada and the health research and innovation ecosystem,” says Dr. Rose Goldstein, Chair of Research Canada and Professor of Medicine at McGill University. “Welcoming these new Members will undoubtedly further Research Canada’s advocacy efforts and strengthen our collective voice. We are delighted to have their unique perspectives captured in our Alliance,” says Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO of Research Canada.

Research Canada engages all sectors – including government – to build support for health research and innovation. The addition of these new Members into the Alliance strengthens the organization’s ability to represent the interests of the health innovation ecosystem as a whole.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming these new Members into the fold. Their commitment and contributions to health research and health innovation change Canadians’ lives for the better,” says Lori Spadorcia, Co-Chair of Research Canada’s Membership Development and Programs Committee (MDPC) and Senior Vice-President of Public Affairs and Partnerships, Chief Strategy Officer at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

“The health of Canadians is so positively impacted by the enormous amount of research knowledge and practice that these organizations represent. Their work will undoubtedly inspire our ongoing advocacy efforts,” adds Sue Mack-Klinger, MDPC Co-Chair and Program Head of the Pharmacy Technician Program, School of Health Sciences, Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

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Danielle Flieler
Senior Manager of Development


Research Canada advocates for the prioritization of health research and health innovation in the government to improve the health of Canadians. These new Members provide a breadth of knowledge and expertise across many stages of the research continuum.

The Canadian Celiac Association is a volunteer-based, federally registered charitable organization with its national office in Mississauga, Ontario. It was founded in December 1973 with financial assistance from the Kaufman Foundation. Today the association serves people with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and dermatitis herpetiformis through affiliated chapters across Canada. The Canadian Celiac Association provides a singular, reliable resource of information not only for Canadians living gluten free, but for their families and health care providers.

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer. Their goal is to be one of the world’s most innovative, best performing and trusted healthcare companies. They are deeply committed to using science to bring differentiated, high-quality, and affordable products to Canadian patients in a timely manner.

Lakehead University is a comprehensive, research-intensive university with campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia.  As the only university in Northwestern Ontario, they serve a geographical catchment area the size of France, including almost 80% of Ontario’s First Nations communities. For five years in a row (2015-2019), Research InfoSource ranked Lakehead University Canada’s #1 Research University in their peer category. In 2020, they ranked first in not-for-profit research income. Health and well-being has been identified as one of the five research priorities for the university.

The New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) was created in July 2008 with a mandate to co-ordinate, support and promote health research in New Brunswick. The NBHRF is an independent organization governed by a board of directors comprised of key stakeholders from the health research community in New Brunswick.

Serenity DTx is a trusted provider of transformative digital therapeutics, to measurably enhance and improve health and personal well-being. Their platform and therapeutic content are developed and produced based on meta-analysis review of VR and Binaural Beat peer studies that shared the highest statistical significance and the lowest P values. This portable, remotely administered technology will positively disrupt, enhance and advance medical treatment strategies and will improve and expedite health outcomes.

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.

In 1957, the University of Waterloo opened its doors to 74 engineering students with co-operative education as its cornerstone. With a global network spanning more than 220,000 alumni in 151 countries, Waterloo attracts world-class scholars, leads in providing work-integrated learning opportunities with 7,100+ active co-op employers and fosters an entrepreneurial spirit that’s created 5,000+ jobs through Velocity alone, Canada’s most productive start-up incubator by private investment. The University of Waterloo continues to spur innovation to solve problems on a global scale.