Welcome to the
One Society Network


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 Professors Christopher McCabe and Christopher Cotton.

Christopher McCabe, PhD
Professor of Health Economics
University of Alberta
CEO and Executive Director
Institute of Health Economics (IHE)

“We’ve just got one society and whatever you do with one bit has an impact on another bit.  Decision-makers need to understand those dynamic effects. With COVID, they didn’t have access to the evidence of these dynamic effects. By developing the One Society approach, breaking down these silos, we hope to put decision makers in a much better position in terms of the evidence to support their decision-making next time around.”

Christopher McCabe, Edmonton Journal,  April 16, 2021.

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

“The One Society Network will foster collaborative efforts between economists, epidemiologists, and public health officials to ensure that policymakers have access to the best-possible information about the tradeoffs inherent in their decisions. The Network builds on several successful collaborative partnerships that we have developed since the onset of the crisis, and will help ensure that the gains we have made and the lessons learned can help prepare us for more – efficiently and effectively dealing with future crises.”

Christopher Cotton, July 21, 2021.

Conceptual Approach

The Network promises to build on the work done by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) Task Force on COVID-19, Limestone Analytics, the Looking Glass Supercluster project, and the COVID Strategic Choices Group, to use an inter-sectoral approach to policy development and pandemic response.

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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!