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2023 Conference LogoIPAC Canada 2023 National Conference

May 28-31, 2023 - Hybrid Conference
Vancouver Convention Centre
Vancouver, BC

Main Program Handouts and Presentations

Preconference Day
Sunday 28th May, 2023

Morning Concurrent Session #1: Oncology Transplantation Workshop Handouts Available
Title: Panel Discussion: Defining the Immunocompromized Patient
Presenter(s): Dr. Alon Vaisman, University Health Network; Dr. Armelle Villalobos, University of Manitoba; Dr. Ghada Al-Rawahi, UBC

Title: Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection surveillance in BMT/Oncology and solid organ transplant.
Presenter(s): Dr. Jocelyn Srigley, BC Children's Hospital

Title: COVID-19 management in BMT/Oncology/solid organ transplant.
Presenter(s): Dr. Alon Vaisman, University Health Network; Sarah Zanchettin MHA CIC CHE, University Health Network

Morning Concurrent Session #2: Home and Community Care Handouts Available
Title: Supporting Best Practice in a Remote Workforce
Presenter(s): Allyson Hankins, Manager, IPAC; Leon Blackmore Pavilion, Vancouver Coastal Health; Meaghan Thumath,  Regional Director, Communicable Disease Control, Vancouver Coastal Health
Healthcare Excellence Canada
Title: Reprocessing in the Community
Presenter(s): Harpreet Gill, Coordinator, Quality Assurance & Quality Improvement, Medical Device Reprocessing, Langley Fulfillment Center, BC
Healthcare Excellence Canada
Title: Home vs. Hospital - What is the client's space and how do we audit quality metrics? 
Presenter(s): Sanj Chetty, Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner, Community; Vancouver Coastal Health 
Healthcare Excellence Canada

Cleaning and Disinfection Symposium: Emerging Threats and How to Address Handouts Available
Title: Dry Surface Biofilms 
Presenter(s): Dr. Michelle Alfa, AlfaMed Consulting, Winnipeg MB

Title: Candida auris
Presenter(s): Dr. Victor Leung, Providence Health Care, Vancouver BC

Title: Auditing EVS: Measure what matters 
Presenter(s): Natalie Bruce, Infection Control Consultant, Ottawa ON

Title: Horizontal Infection Prevention
Presenter(s): Jim Gauthier, Diversey Inc.

Title: Ask Me Anything - Q&A with Presenters
Presenter(s): All presenters

Monday 29th May, 2023

Light Breakfast with the Experts Handouts Available
Room #1
Topic: Catheter Related Bloodstream Infection

Presenter(s): Dr. Mark Rupp, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Room #2
Topic: Nasal Decolonization

Presenter(s): Kathleen Vollman, Critical Care Nurse Specialist; Jason Hickok, Ondine Biomedical

Room #3
Topic: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

Presenter(s): Dr. David Goldfarb, University of British Columbia
Room #4
Topic: Disinfection by Ultraviolet Light

Presenter(s): Dr. Wladyslaw (Wally) Kowalski, Sanuvox Technologies

Keynote Presentation Handouts Available
Title: The Psychology of Pandemics
Presenter(s): Dr. Steven Taylor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC

Title: You Want to Engage Front Line Workers - But how do you do that?  
Presenter(s): Dr. Michael Gardam, Health PEI, Charlottetown PE
Health PEI

Title: Scientific Communication to the Public During a Pandemic and Beyond
Presenter(s): Dr. Steven Taylor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
Concurrent Sessions Handouts Available
Concurrent Session #1
Title: Leading the Process – How do we manage our way through the CSA Z317.13 during construction, renovation and maintenance of healthcare facilities?

Presenter(s): Michael Hickey, MF Hickey Consulting; Roger Holliss, Holliss Consulting, Waterloo ON; Paul Chisholm, Fraser Health Authority, Surrey BC; Will Thompson, Ellis Don. 
Concurrent Session #2
Title: Emergencies and Disasters: Just when you thought you’ve heard the last word…

Presenter(s): Sandra Callery, Former Senior Advisor, Infection Prevention and Control, Public Health Ontario, Toronto ON 

Tuesday 30th May, 2023

  Handouts Available
Topic: Covid-19’s challenges to infection control dogma
Presenter(s): Dr. Michael Klompas, Harvard University, Boston MA
Topic: The Future of Outbreaks
Presenter(s): Dr. Prameet Sheth, Kingston General Hospital, Kingston ON


Topic: The Science of Vaccines
Presenter(s): Dr. Manish Sadarangani, BC Children's Hospital, Vancouver BC

Topic: Recovery and Reflection, Pathways to Advancing your LTC IPAC Program
Presenter(s): Sandra Callery, President, Certification Board of Infection Control

Concurrent Sessions Handouts Available
Concurrent Session #1
Title:  Important Trends in Nosocomial Pathogens

Presenter(s): Dr. George Golding, National Microbiology Laboratory, Winnipeg MB; Jessica Bartoszko, Olivia Varsaneux

Concurrent Session #2
Title: Environmentally Responsible PPE  

Presenter(s): Barry Hunt, Canadian Association of PPE Manufacturers; Sonja Janousek, Vancouver Coastal Health; Joseph Vipond,  Past-President Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment; Ed Rubinstein, University Health Network 

Concurrent Session #3
Title: Balancing Person Centred Care in Specialized Populations throughout the Continuum of Care

Presenter(s): Tabatha Gallant, Summerset Manor, Summerside PE; Cathy Guitare, Wedgwood Manor/Summerset Manor; Summerside PE; Jacqueline Hlagi, Vancouver General Hospital/HSC, Vancouver BC
Health PEI

Wednesday 31st May, 2023

  Handouts Available
Topic: Sani Marc Environmental Research and Innovative Stewardship Scholarship 2022
Presenter(s): Fuad Ibrahimov and Team from Fraser Health Authority,Surrey BC 
Topic: Vernacare Hot Topics - Are We OK?:  A Conversation about Healthcare Provider Mental Health and Moral Distress
Presenter(s): Dr. Titus Wong, University of British Columbia


Topic: Future of Medical work – Leveraging AI and IoMT to improve patient care
Presenter(s): Peter Jones, Microsoft Canada, Toronto ON
Closing Session Handouts Available
Title:  Losing My Privilege - What becoming a visible minority taught me about leadership
Presenter(s): Chris Bergeron, Montreal QC
Post-Conference Handouts Available
Title:  Become a Better Advocate and Negotiator - Inside and Outside Your Organization
Presenter(s): Rob LeForte, The Advocacy Coach, First Lake Solutions, Ottawa ON