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Charting a future for emerging infectious disease modelling in Canada

This paper arose out of a workshop at the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) held from January 19–22, 2023 entitled “Charting a Future for Emerging Infectious Disease Modelling in Canada”, led by Mark Lewis, Patrick Brown, Christopher Cotton, Caroline Colijn, Kumar Murty and Nick Ogden. We thank the new BIRS-Now program for providing the resources and inspiring environment that made it possible to build the shared vision that formed the basis for the paper.

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One Society Network awarded Emerging Infectious Disease Modelling (EIDM) federal grant

The One Society Network was awarded a federal government grant to foster Canada’s capacity in infectious disease modelling and management of pandemic threats.

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‘One Society’ approach to pandemic response

The One Society Network aims to develop methods and modelling products that allow for the comprehensive evaluation of alternative policy responses during pandemics, like COVID-19, on all sectors of the economy and all aspects of society.

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Network Members

The One Society Network is jointly led by Vic Adamowicz, PhD and Christopher Cotton, PhD, and managed by Ellen Rafferty, PhD. This Network brings together researchers with expertise in health, the environment, education, agriculture, transportation, marginalized communities, mathematical modelling, epidemiology and macroeconomics, from universities and organizations across the country.

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Partner with Us!

Collaborate with us to develop the One Society community of practice, by building a network of interdisciplinary researchers from different fields who are all working towards the common goal of developing more flexible, accurate models of infectious disease.

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The One Society Network (OSN) has been established to foster the country’s capacity in infectious disease modeling, by building collaborative research partnerships between economists and epidemiologists.  The Network, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), will build on several past collaborations among teams who have been at the forefront of cross-disciplinary research around COVID-19.

The Network is jointly led by Vic Adamowitz and Christopher Cotton.

Vic Adamowicz, PhD
Vice Dean
Faculty of Agricultural,
Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Alberta

Christopher Cotton, PhD
Professor, Jarislowsky-Deutsch Chair
Queen’s University
Director, John Deutsch Institute
Director of Research, Limestone Analytics

Partner With Us

Come work with us to develop the One Society community and to understand the multi-sectoral impacts of infectious diseases and pandemics, like COVID-19.


The One Society Network has received several commitments for contributions from supporting organizations. Statements of support and collaboration demonstrate our Network’s ability to work alongside many diverse organizations and other modelling networks, to ensure there is a broad and comprehensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to future pandemics. Supporting organizations include:
  • Transport Canada
  • Urban Public Health Network (UPHN)
  • Alberta Health
  • Alberta Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Innovation
  • Canadian Network for Modelling Infectious Disease (CANMOD)

Contact Us

The One Society Network looks forward to receiving your inquiries and questions. We are also excited to collaborate with any Indigenous groups interested in the work we are doing. Find out how to contact the One Society Network by clicking on the button below!

OSN Land Acknowledgment Statement

The One Society Network (OSN) respectfully acknowledges that our members work and live on the traditional territories of the Cree, Blackfoot, Nakoda Sioux, Oji-Cree, Dene, Algonquin people, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), Anishinaabe (Ojibway/Saulteaux) nations and Dakota peoples, as well as lands that are now known as part of Treaties 1, 6, 7, and 8 and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

We also acknowledge that members work and live on the original lands of the Coast Salish, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), lək̓ʷəŋən (Le-KWUNG-en), Songhees (song-geez), Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ (wh-say-nech) peoples, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Our Network is committed to giving voice to Indigenous peoples to inform the design, implementation, and dissemination of OSN’s research. We are mindful of the ongoing and enduring effects of systemic racism and are dedicated to creating safe and inclusive spaces to strengthen collaboration and engender change.

We accept the responsibility of incorporating Indigenous perspectives in our work, as well as building respectful relationships with Indigenous communities through our research.