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Sunday 18th June, 2017

Morning Workshop (9 am - 12 noon)

A Comprehensive Review of Provincial and National Environmental Hygiene Guidelines and Practice Guidance

In collaboration with the IPAC Canada Environmental Hygiene Interest Group

Pan-Canadian View of Provincial Environmental Guidelines and Practice Guidance


  • Marc Beauchemin MBA, Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, Québec City, Québec Download Marc's Handouts
  • Melody Cordoviz RN BSc BScN CIC, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Bruce Gamage RN BSN CIC, Provincial Infection Control Network of BC, Vancouver, British Columbia Download Bruce's Handouts

A review of provincial guidelines, where they exist, and discussion on regional operational context or issues driving regional practice.

Afternoon Workshop (1:30 pm - 4:30 pm)

Removing the Dirt: Medical Device Reprocessing Basics!

In collaboration with the Canadian Association of Medical Device Reprocessing (CAMDR) and the IPAC Canada Reprocessing Interest Group

Key Elements of Performing MDR Investigations


  • Merlee Steele-Rodway RN Cert, Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Monday 19th June, 2017


New Paradigms in Infection Prevention and Control – Genes, Proteins and Everything In Between

Moderator: Gwyneth Meyers BSc MSc PhD, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, Alberta  

Presenter: Jason Tetro BSc, Toronto, Ontario  

Humans and microbes are intricately bound together and Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) needs to take notice. Jason Tetro, also known as the ‘Germ Guy’, will take us on a journey exploring our relationship with germs. He will challenge us to consider our practices in relation to how we think about these microscopic creatures, and how issues of antibiotic resistance, global warming, the emergence of new technologies and the hype over new diseases will impact how we practice IPAC in the future.

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Tuesday 20th June, 2017


A Brave New Canadian World of Infection Case Definitions for Long Term Care 

Moderator: Zahir Hirji RN BScN MHSc CI, Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, Scarborough,Ontario

  • Jennifer Happe BSc MSc, Alberta Health Services, Red Deer Regional Hospital, Red Deer, Alberta
  • Faith Stoll RN BScN CIC, Nova Scotia Health, Authority, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Surveillance is a key activity in the work of Infection Control Professionals. For years, we have used surveillance to drive quality improvement and best practice across the continuum of care. However, we are not always ‘in sync’ nationally to coordinate our efforts, especially in long term care. This engaging session will review the work completed on a pan-Canadian project to standardize case definitions for infections for long term care.

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Infection Prevention and Control Detectives

Moderator: Kim Allain BScN RN MHS CIC, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Inspector Curtis Fudge, Atlantic Policy Academy, Sleman Park, PEI


  • Pierre Bolduc BSc CIPHI(C), Department of Health, Government of New Brunswick, Moncton, New Brunswick
  • Roberta McCombie BSc MSc, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, Alberta

Being involved in interesting cases and/or outbreaks can be an exciting part of being an infection 
prevention and control professional! At times, it seems like you need to have the skills of a super
sleuth (insert Pink Panther theme song). This session will begin with an introduction to investigative techniques from an Investigation and Interviewing expert from the Atlantic Police Academy. Inspector Fudge will show you how solving any case can often be dependent on posing the ‘right’ questions, understanding how to focus your investigation and seeing beyond the ‘obvious’. Then we will hear from our own colleagues, two IPAC Detectives, as they describe two unique cases and tell us how they investigated and resolved these cases.

Roberta McCombie BSc MSc, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, Alberta

CASE 1 – Roberta McCombie will recount the tale of a multipurpose product claim: when a wheelchair washer masquerades as a commode washer. Gumshoe infection control investigation
of a popular automated washer product uncovered incriminating evidence for inefficacy and perpetual contamination.

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Organization in IPAC

Moderator: Jane Stafford RN BN CIC, Department of Health, Province of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick


  • Anne Bialachowski RN BN MS CIC, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario

This session will discuss how to organize your daily work, as well as, plan for a successful career in Infection Prevention and Control.

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Wednesday June 21st, 2017

Plenary Session

Is Your Organization Reliable? High Reliability Organizations and Their Relevance to Infection Control

Moderator: Lola Gushue BN RN CIC, Central Health, Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Camille Lemieux BScPhm MD LLB CIC, Director (MD), IPAC Canada

Dr. Camille Lemieux will discuss what are HROs, their relevance to infection prevention and control and why HROs are a hot topic in Canada right now. What are the pros and cons of being an HRO? How could high reliability principles impact your program?

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Closing Session

Shifting Paradigms: Rebel Qualities and Tactics for Change
Moderator: Suzanne Rhodenizer Rose RN BScN MHS CIC, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • Marlies van Dijk RN MSc, @Design4AHS, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, Alberta

Transforming our healthcare system for the better is not as easy as it sounds. The literature tells us that while we have made incremental change, we are rigid in adoption of new ideas. Marlies will help us explore how we can (and will) lead transformation of IPAC practice by debunking change myths and sharing current thinking and learning from other industries. She will undoubtedly challenge your beliefs on the ingredients necessary to lead change. Disruption and using new power approaches like crowd sourcing, social movement theory and dual operating systems are a fundamental shift to how we currently lead change in healthcare. Marlies will lead a high energy and interactive session and promises that you will not be bored!

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LUNCH AND LEARN 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Engaged Teaching and Learning: Facilitating Effective Discussions

Moderator: Brenda Tanner RN CIC, South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Kincardine, Ontario


  • Gwyneth Meyers BSc MSc PhD, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, Alberta

Engaged teaching involves intentional design and active support of rich learning environments.

Likewise, learning is an active and engaged process of developing deep understanding through meaning making and interpretation. When used effectively, discussions can transform learning spaces to active learning environments. Conversation is moved from traditional questions and answers between teachers and learners to collaborative engagement through discussion of shared knowledge, experiences and problem solving. Workshop participants will explore elements of effective discussions including what elements create conditions for effective discussions, how to plan and prepare for effective discussions, and what can be done to address some of the challenges encountered in facilitating discussions.

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