Citizen partnership task group

This task group identified opportunities for COVID-END to incorporate meaningful citizen partnership in its work.

Terms of reference

  1. To engage COVID-END citizen partners on a quarterly basis about how they can be better supported in their work
  2. To identify other ways to incorporate citizen partners in COVID-END’s work (e.g., in select working groups)
  3. To identify ways that COVID-END can better reach citizen and patient groups that may benefit from its resources and communicate information about COVID-END citizen partnership (webinars, blogs, other social media posts, outreach to patient and citizen groups, etc.)
  4. To provide a forum for citizen partners engaged in COVID-END work to discuss their contributions,  suggestions for improving citizen partnerships.
  5. To engage with other COVID-END partners and other stakeholders to promote and support citizen engagement in their work (e.g., white papers, blogposts, social media posts, etc.)
  6. To identify lessons learned from COVID-19 citizen engagement with regards to sustainability and future planning


  1. Maureen Smith, Canada (chair)
  2. Brian Stafford, Australia
  3. Cynthia Lisée, Canada
  4. Elizabeth Opondo, Kenya
  5. Euphrasia Ebai-Atuh Ndi, Cameroon
  6. Janice Tufte, USA
  7. Jenny Camaradou, UK
  8. Phil Collis, UK
  9. Richard Ballerand, UK
  10. Toby Stewart, Canada
  11. Secretariat: Francois-Pierre Gauvin, McMaster Health Forum and COVID-END Secretariat

We’d like to acknowledge past contributions from Lynn Laidlaw (Scotland) who served on the group from November 2020 to May 2021.

We thank everyone who contributed to COVID-END’s many achievements and look forward to working with citizen partners as we transition our work to the Evidence Commission Implementation Council. A citizen leadership group bringing together citizen leaders and leaders of citizen-serving organizations is working to advance the Evidence Commission's implementation priority to put evidence at the centre of everyday life.