The International Centre for Infectious Diseases was incorporated in 2004, created on the recommendation of a 2003 joint federal, provincial and community task force. The task force, co-chaired by Dr. Frank Plummer of the Public Health Agency of Canada and Terry Duguid, ICID's Past President and CEO, envisioned a not-for-profit, independent organization mandated to:

“…work with government researchers, universities and the private sector to bridge gaps that exist among public and private institutions.”


“…build upon and coordinate the existing capabilities and strengths from across Canada’s infectious diseases sector.”