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Monday, March 9, 2020 

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, PC, MP 
Deputy Prime Minister
Government of Canada
80 Wellington
Ottawa, Canada
K1A 0A3  

Dear Deputy Prime Minister Freeland,  

On behalf of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) and the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) we are writing to you, as Chair of the Cabinet committee to coordinate the federal government’s response on COVID-19, to offer you the support of the combined expertise of the Academies in the efforts undertaken by the federal government to deal with this important issue. 

We recognise that you and your colleagues will be faced with many urgent challenging public health issues in the coming weeks and months and we would be happy, if requested, to provide evidencebased advice in an expedited manner.  

Collectively, the CAE, CAHS and the RSC represent over 4,000 leading professionals in scientific and scholarly disciplines including those relevant to the issues at hand.  

Should you wish to call on us please contact Serge Buy, CEO of the CAHS ( / 613-4162247).  

Yours sincerely,

Eddy Isaacs Paul Allison Jeremy McNeil

Eddy Isaacs, PhD, FCAE President
Canadian Academy of Engineering

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Paul Allison, PhD, FCAHS President
Canadian Academy of Health Sciences 

Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Jeremy McNeil, CM, FRSC President
Royal Society of Canada

The Royal Society of Canada

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