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NCI Announces Hearings And Commissioners

Nationwide: The National Citizen’s Inquiry (NCI) – a citizen-led inquiry into Canada’s response to COVID-19 has finalized its selection of commissioners and is set to begin hearings across the country.

March and April will see hearings in:

  • Truro, Nova Scotia, from March 16th to 18th 2023
  • Toronto, Ontario, from March 30th to April 1st 2023
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba, from April 13th to 15th 2023
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, from April 20th to 22nd 2023
  • Red Deer, Alberta, from April 26th to 28th 2023

Further hearings are being scheduled for Victoria, Vancouver, Quebec, and Ottawa. The hearings (from 9 am to 5 pm local time in each city) will be broadcast LIVE on our website.


Commissioner Heather DiGregorio

Heather DiGregorio

Heather DiGregorio is a senior law partner at a regional law firm in Calgary, Alberta. Heather has nearly 20 years of experience in the areas of tax planning and dispute resolution, navigating the complex and ever-evolving Canadian tax landscape. Repeatedly recognized within the legal community as an expert and leading lawyer, Heather has represented clients at all levels of Court, including the Alberta Court of King’s Bench, the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. She has served as an executive member of both the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society, and continues to serve as a frequent speaker and presenter at these organizations, as well as at the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Tax Executives Institute.

Commissioner Janice Kaikkonen

Janice Kaikkonen

Janice Kaikkonen’s passion is community outreach, working primarily with vulnerable populations and youth. She currently serves as an elected trustee for the Bluewater District School Board. Formerly, she has served as Coordinator for Canadian Blood Services and as contributing member to the Supply Chain Management Sector Council, has conducted research for the PEI Task Force for Student Achievement, established a transportation service for adults with special needs, and has owned and operated a summer day-camp for youth. Janice received a Bachelors in English and Political Science, went on to earn a Masters in Island Studies, pursued further education in Public Administration, and completed a PhD in Theology and Discipleship. She has taught in both K-12 and post-secondary education, within Education, Journalism, and pre-Med programs. In her research, she is particularly interested in the social and communal consequences of public policy. Janice is married to Reima Kaikkonen. Together they have seven children and 17 grandchildren, and live on a farm in Southgate, Ontario.

Commissioner Ken Drysdale

Ken Drysdale, FEC, P.Eng.

Ken Drysdale is an executive engineer with over 40 years of experience as a Professional Engineer, which includes 29 years experience in the development and management of national and regional engineering businesses. Ken is currently retired from full time practice as a consulting engineer, but continues to be active in the area of forensic engineering, investigations, preparation of expert reports and expert testimony at trial, arbitrations, and mediations. He has testified as expert witness at trials in Manitoba and Ontario and has acted as both arbitrator and mediator in disputes.

Commissioner Bernard Massie

Dr. Bernard Massie

Bernard Massie, Ph.D., graduated in microbiology and immunology from the University of Montreal in 1982 and completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University studying DNA tumor viruses. He worked at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) from 1985 to 2019 as a biotechnology researcher and held various management positions, including the position of Acting Director General of the Therapeutics in Human Health Center from 2016 to 2019. He has devoted a significant part of his career to the development of integrated bioprocesses for the industrial production of therapeutic antibodies and adenovirus vaccines. He was also an associate professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at the University of Montreal from 1998 to 2019. He is currently an independent consultant in biotechnology.

About the National Citizens Inquiry

NCI is a citizen-led and citizen-funded initiative that is completely independent from government. During 24 days of hearings the NCI will hear from Canadians and experts and investigate governments’ COVID-19 policies in a fair and impartial manner. The NCI’s purpose is to listen, to learn, and to recommend. What went right? What went wrong? How can Canadians and our governments better react to national crises in the future in a manner that balances the interests of all members of our society?

Media inquiries concerning the National Citizens Inquiry should be directed to
[email protected].