The Canadian Consortium of Academic
Biosafety Level 3 (CCABL3) Laboratories

About us

The goal of the Canadian Consortium of Academic Biosafety Level 3 (CCABL3) Laboratories is to facilitate and expedite research on risk group 3 pathogens by Canadian scientists, industry, and public health laboratories. It will also ensure that best practices in biosafety are implemented across its member facilities.

As a result, the entire life cycle of a biological threat – from awareness to prevention, preparedness to detection, and response to recovery can be efficiently and rapidly coordinated.

Through interactions and international linkages, CCABL3’s goal is to be able to provide rapid guidance and recommendations to Canadian authorities when facing new emerging biological threats.

CCABL3’s mission includes facilitating the training of highly qualified personnel, conducting resource mapping of existing academic BSL3 laboratories, identifying knowledge, expertise and infrastructure gaps, providing standardized operating procedures (SOP) for key assays (e.g., neutralization assays, growth of pathogens, etc.), producing and storing high-priority pathogens, facilitating the sharing of key reagents and specimens, and enhancing the coordination between Canadian academic BSL3 laboratories with federal and provincial public health laboratories and industry.

Helping to Prepare for Future Pandemics

CoVaRR-Net believes it is essential to plan for future pandemics, whether they will be caused by viruses or microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi.

That is why it is currently laying the foundations to eventually morph into a Pandemic Preparedness Network that will foster close ties, collaborations and relationships with public health laboratories and industry — because everyone’s contribution is critical during a pandemic.

Members of the CCABL3 Executive Committee

Louis Flamand

Louis Flamand

Interim Chair CCABL3
Virology Pillar Lead

Professor, Université Laval

Bintou Ahidjo

EC member, Canadian Consortium of Academic Biosafety Level 3 Laboratories (CCABL3)

Research Platform Manager, Facility for Infectious Disease and Epidemic Research, University of British Columbia
Honorary Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of British Columbia

Mariana Baz

EC member, Canadian Consortium of Academic Biosafety Level 3 Laboratories (CCABL3)

Senior Research Scientist and Head of the Antiviral Drug Sensitivity Division at the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza
Adjunct Professor and Associate Director of the BSL3 laboratory, Université Laval

Marcel Behr

EC member, Canadian Consortium of Academic Biosafety Level 3 Laboratories (CCABL3)

Associate Program Leader, Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program (IDIGH), Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC)
Co-Director, McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4)

Volker Gerdts

EC member, Canadian Consortium of Academic Biosafety Level 3 Laboratories (CCABL3)

Director and CEO, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO)

David J. Kelvin

EC member, Canadian Consortium of Academic Biosafety Level 3 Laboratories (CCABL3)

Canada Research Chair in Translational Vaccinology and Inflammation
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Dalhousie University

Marc-André Langlois

Marc-André Langlois

Ex officio member, Canadian Consortium of Academic Biosafety Level 3 Laboratories (CCABL3)

Professor, University of Ottawa
Executive Director, CoVaRR-Net

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

The Chair of the Executive Committee will meet twice a year with the members of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to provide updates on progress made and initiatives taken. In return, the SAB will provide guidance and recommendations to the Executive Committee to ensure that actions taken benefit researchers from all institutions.

Bintou Ahidjo
University of British Columbia

Eric Arts
Western University

Marc Aucoin
University of Waterloo

Jennifer Corcoran
University of Calgary

Éric Cohen
Université de Montréal

Jocelyn Côté
University of Ottawa

Louis Flamand
Université Laval

Katrina Gee
Queen’s University

Volker Gerdts
University of Saskatchewan

Scott Gray-Owen
University of Toronto

Philippe Gros
McGill University

Jason Kindrachuk
University of Manitoba

Tom Hobman
University of Alberta

Matthew Miller
McMaster University

Eileen Denovan-Wright
Dalhousie University