Our Story


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact people, our economy, and our health and social systems. Until we have a vaccine, research and testing are key.

McMaster HealthLabs (MHL) was created to respond to this urgent need. Under the leadership of CEO John Gilmour, MHL is working with a team of scientists and doctors from McMaster University, the Research Institute of St. Joseph’s Hamilton and other Canadian universities and research organizations to generate the scientific data critical to developing innovative ways to keep Canadians safe and to support a strong economy. Dr. Jack Gauldie, Vice President (Research) at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, and Dr. Marek Smieja, Microbiologist and Professor, Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster University helped bring together some of the brightest minds to create MHL.

MHL is a non-profit organization. We have partnerships and research initiatives with large health care and manufacturing organizations, and an important study supported by Air Canada and The Greater Toronto Airports Authority. Our aim is to help Canadian businesses create safe places of work through operational research and delivery of COVID-19 testing.
No country can just ride this out until we have a vaccine. We must all learn to control and manage this virus using the tools we have now… We do not need to choose between lives and livelihoods, or between health and the economy. That’s a false choice. On the contrary, the pandemic is a reminder that health and the economy are inseparable.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,
Director General, World Health Organization,
August 21, 2020