To address the ongoing needs of healthcare workers in the wake of COVID-19, Masks for Covid has developed a reusable, full-face snorkel mask with a disposable N95 equivalent filter.
As personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages continue to burden frontline healthcare workers, administrators are looking for innovative solutions. Our mission is simple; design, develop, test and provide access to safe and efficient PPE for healthcare workers.
Masks for Covid is helping to both source and produce reusable, N95 equivalent masks as well as providing open-source materials for producers themselves. We have combined off-the-shelf, full-face snorkel masks with readily available filters making for an easy to purchase, comfortable and cost effective solution.
The mask uses a medical-grade ventilator filter that is certified for N95 equivalent protection. It is integrated with the mask via a 3D printed adapter and a mask exhaust vent seal mechanism is used to ensure the rest of the mask is airtight. These components are made with high-quality materials to ensure that the parts are tough, non-porous and safe to use.
Currently, we are putting our masks through rigorous user and safety testing before consideration for clinical use.
Our goal is to get these masks to as many Healthcare workers as possible. For this, we need your contributions to not only help professionals in Canada, but also in other nations struggling with this pandemic.
If you know of any hospitals in your area that need masks or donations, please reach out to us and we will try to assist as many as possible.
Co-founder - Masks For Covid | MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Cardiology) | BASc (Systems Design Engineering)
Dr. Brian Li completed his undergraduate degree in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He went on to complete his MD, residency and fellowship at the University of Toronto. He is currently an Interventional Cardiology fellow at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center. He is extensively involved in the development of novel medical devices and is a co-founder of Conavi Medical Inc. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Brian Li co-founded and leads the team at Masks for Covid to address the crisis of N95 mask shortages.
Jackie Lee graduated from the University of Waterloo Honours Science program in 2006. During her undergraduate she started her first business Recruit My Friends which is a referral-only recruiting firm for Engineers in North America and the UK. Recruit My Friends has incubated a Careers Platform for engineers to track and manage their careers. Jackie's passion lays in helping engineers meet their potential and in bringing high performing teams together at critical growth times. While studying at the University of Waterloo, Jackie raised $1 million in donations and she continues to fundraise for Ontario hospitals during the Covid-19 crisis. Jackie is an active angel investor in software start-ups and is dedicated to building the Canadian economy.
Co-founder - Masks For Covid | Manager of Catheter Development at Conavi Medical | BASc Systems Design Engineer
Alan Soong completed his undergraduate degree in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. As his 4th year design project he worked together with Dr. Brian Li, under Dr. Brian Courtney, to develop a novel intracardiac catheter at Conavi Medical Inc. He has since continued to grow with Conavi Medical and is now the Catheter Development Manager. Alongside Jackie Lee, Alan and Dr. Brian Li have joined forces again to help lead the engineering team at Masks for Covid to develop a potentially reusable full face mask with integrated ventilator filter.
Mechanical Engineer - Masks for Covid | Mechanical Designer at ATS Automation | BASc Mechanical Engineer
Amando Widjaja obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Waterloo. He is experienced in mechanical design mainly in manufacturing and automation industry. In this pandemic, he feels the need to help others to fight COVID-19 in the best way he could. Therefore, together with the rest of the team, Amando uses his technical expertise to develop a potential safe and reusable full face mask as PPE against COVID-19 for health workers
Project Manager - Masks for Covid | Product Designer at Sony | Co-founder UrbanShelter | BASc Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineer by education, Aman obtained his Bachelor in Applied Science from the University of Waterloo. Over the course of the years he worked at institutions like Tesla and Sony where he worked with both software and hardware teams. He is currently pursuing a part-time Nanodegree in Product Management through Udacity. Along with the rest of the team, he wanted to lend a hand with the battle against the invisible enemy. For Masks for Covid he is helping co-ordinate efforts between the different teams.
Quality Engineer - Masks for Covid | Candidate for MASc Mechanical Engineering | BASc Mechanical Engineering
Rachel Tyli is currently a Candidate for Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering in the Center for Advanced Materials Joining (CAMJ) at the University of Waterloo. Her thesis is centred around monitoring plasma plumes generated from hybrid laser arc welding utilizing optical emission spectroscopy. She has worked at internships/co-ops for multiple companies, specifically in medical devices, including Synaptive Medical, MDA and Baylis Medical. On Masks for Covid she has a role in quality engineering, systems test engineering and regulatory affairs.
Advisor - Masks For Covid | MD, MSEE, FRCPC Interventional Cardiologist, Clinician Scientist
Dr. Brian K Courtney completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He did Masters in Electrical Engineering and MD at Stanford University. He then completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Toronto. He is currently an Interventional Cardiologist and Clinician Scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is a serial innovator with multiple inventions, who has founded a number of successful technology startups. He is the co-founder, President, and CEO of Conavi Medical Inc. On Masks for Covid, Dr. Brian Courtney provides leadership support and guidance.
Anthony Wolf attended the University of Toronto for both his undergraduate and Masters studies in Engineering. Starting his career as a Mechanical Engineer and Product Specialist, Anthony worked in the automotive industry at Magna International and moved onto Executive roles at Canadian Tire. Anthony and his team at Canadian Tire have been integral to our progress, providing advisory for the Masks For Covid Engineering Team & Founders.