COVID-19 Testing Technologies


This webinar provides health care professionals with the latest COVID-19 testing and testing technologies in Canada.


Date And Time

Friday, January 29, 2021

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST)

The objective of this webinar is to provide up-to-date information to health professionals on the latest COVID-19 testing technologies, to share local experiences with tests at the ground level, and to provide an opportunity for questions and answers related to COVID-19 testing and testing technologies.

The webinar will consist of two parts:

The first focuses on the latest COVID-19 testing devices and technologies, their applications and limitations, presented by Dr. Poliquin. The second part highlights local experiences with COVID-19 testing technologies at the ground level, presented by Dr. Pawa.

Dr. Guillaume Poliquin is Acting Scientific Director General, National Microbiology Laboratory. Dr. Poliquin completed his medical degree at Western University prior to pursuing a paediatrics residency at the University of Manitoba, followed by a fellowship in paediatric infectious diseases also at the University of Manitoba. After residency, Dr. Poliquin joined the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory’s (NML) Special Pathogens Division for a Ph.D. focused on Ebola virus. He has since assumed the role of Medical Advisor to the Scientific Director General at the NML, and is now acting Scientific Director General. These roles are rounded out with a paediatric infectious diseases consultative practice in Winnipeg, as well as general paediatrics practice in remote communities in northern Manitoba and Nunavut. Dr. Poliquin’s research portfolio is primarily focused on vaccine research and emerging pathogens, such as Ebola and, more recently, SARS-CoV-2.

Dr. Jasmine Pawa is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist physician based in Toronto, Canada. She works as a public health physician consultant to a range of public sector organizations and provides Medical Officer of Health locum services. She is the President of Public Health Physicians of Canada and her teaching commitments including co-leading the Public Health Theme for undergraduate medical education at the University of Toronto. She completed medical school at the University of Alberta before moving to Toronto for the public health residency training. She holds a master’s degree in health policy obtained in the UK jointly from LSHTM and LSE. Her professional focus is on health policy and health systems.