The Community Liaison Committee

The Community Liaison Committee (CLC) is an independent group to the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health (CSCHAH) composed of local community members. CSCHAH is home to laboratories belonging to two Government of Canada agencies: the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory as well as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease. The federal Ministers of Health and Agriculture established the CLC in 2000 to provide ongoing opportunity for discussion and sharing of information between the community and the CSCHAH.

The objectives of the CLC are:

The CLC meets quarterly with CSCHAH leadership to receive updates on the latest CSCHAH activities and to ask questions and share concerns. Members host public meetings and publish periodic community reports, attend CSCHAH open house events, as well as share information about the CLC with their networks to connect with the public.

Other high containment laboratories around the world have emulated the CSCHAH community relations model, including the establishment of a CLC, as a best practice.

To learn more about the scope and authority of the committee, review the CLC Terms of Reference.

CLC members

The CLC consists of 12-18 volunteer members who represent a wide range of expertise and perspectives, including:

Current members

Contact the CLC
"The Community Liaison Committee is honoured to represent the community's interests. Our mission is to ensure that this done effectively by maintaining open lines of communication. Please feel free to share your thoughts or concerns at any time by getting in touch with the committee."
Yvonne Hawryliuk, Community Co-Chair

CLC Reports to the Community:

You can request older versions of the CLC Reports to the Community through the CLC.

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