June 16, 2022 - Dr. Anne Snowdon, Scientific Director and CEO, SCAN Health, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Odette School of Business, and Chief Scientific Research Officer, HIMSS has been awarded $2,489,160 to develop a community of practice (CoP) to advance supply chain resilience, workforce sustainability and economic recovery in Canada’s post-pandemic future.  

This research investment is essential to generate fresh ideas, insights and perspectives on the human and societal dimensions of key challenges facing Canadians. These grants will engage social science and humanities researchers as well as partners from across sectors to collaborate on important research questions and support activities that move knowledge into policies and practice,” says Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). 

With a team of 18 researchers, 40 partner organizations and citizen advocacy groups, Dr. Snowdon will build a CoP that designs, validates, and scales collaborative supply chain solutions, practices and measurement tools to improve health system capacity to manage COVID-19 and respond to future pandemics. 

COVID-19 has laid bare the need to learn from the past and share knowledge and expertise to strengthen supply chain resilience, capacity and coordination across jurisdictions,” says Dr. Snowdon. "These new solutions and platforms, informed by research, will enable understanding, collaboration and coordination among the many supply chain teams and stakeholders across Canada to advance and strengthen supply chain resilience, contribute to Canada's global competitiveness, effectively respond to disruptions in supply and protect the health and safety of all Canadians.” 

The CoP is supported in part by funding from the Government of Canada’s SSHRC Partnership Grant program. As project director, the grant is awarded to Dr. Snowdon at the University of Windsor and spearheaded by SCAN Health. The CoP is co-directed by Dr. Pierre-Guelier Forest, professor and former director of the School of Public Policy at University of Calgary, and engages numerous multi-sectoral partners. 

You can find the official announcement issued by the Government of Canada here


About SCAN Health 
SCAN Health is a non-profit organization created to accelerate knowledge translation and address key challenges and opportunities of high strategic importance for health systems in Canada and around the globe. SCAN Health is proudly hosted by the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor. 

About SSHRC 
SSHRC is a federal research funding agency established to build knowledge and understanding by supporting research excellence and to realize the potential for intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact by supporting activities and tools that facilitate the flow and exchange of research knowledge.