The Canadian Research Insights Council (CRIC) has been carefully monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Over the weekend, the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada jumped to over 300. According to Canada’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Theresa’s Tam, “Our window to flatten the curve of the epidemic is narrow. We need to act now and act together.”
To help minimize the spread of COVID-19, CRIC will be postponing its upcoming Future of Quality Insights Summit and AI and Data Analytics Summit that were to take place at the MaRS Discovery District on May 20 and May 21. We are currently working with our venue and the speakers on a new date.
In recent years the research, analytics and insights industry has moved dramatically toward online data collection and is well positioned to allow business and government to continue to meet their insight needs in the current environment and help them be well prepared with the crisis is over. CRIC is also pleased to see that many of its member companies have already issued statements demonstrating how our industry is proactively reducing the spread of COVID-19.
We encourage our industry to take the following actions to continue to do its part to minimize the spread of COVID-19:
- Move face to face research projects online where possible. Keep in mind that what might have been business-critical last week will likely have changed as a result of the rapid spread of COVID-19.
- Encourage work from home. If employees do not need to be in the office, encourage them to work from home.
- Require all employees who are sick (even a mild cough) to stay home and ensure there are no-financial consequences for sick employees who stay home.
- Move employee/client/supplier meetings online.