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DEI PosterDiversity, Equity and Inclusion 2023 Poster Contest

IPAC Canada and its DEI Working Group congratulate Adenike Oguntimehin for her winning poster. The poster may be downloaded from the following files. 



A Message to Members of IPAC Canada/PCI Canada From Zahir Hirji, President

No preventable infections for Canadians ever. Our vision has always been clear, collaborative and inclusive, no matter who you are, what you are, where you are, when you are, why you are, or how you are! As a person of colour and a proud member of the 2SLGBTQI community I am proud of  IPAC Canada’s 45 year history of imbuing the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. During recent global events and intensified by the pandemic we have witnessed prejudice, an expanding of inequities and a diminished sense of belonging that exist among the people we care for and the people with whom we work. These events can feel rancorous  and enervating. I believe wholeheartedly that our DEI efforts are more important and necessary now than ever before. I encourage you to be tenacious with your optimism, slake out your desire for knowledge, and assiduously take action to enrich the lives of those we serve. IPAC Canada is committed to ensuring the diversity of our programs, committees and activities, to build a more inclusive organization and society. I am confident together we can make an incredible difference.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group

The Board of Directors of IPAC Canada is excited to announce the appointment of a working group to implement Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) priorities of IPAC Canada including creating a roadmap to provide our members with a dynamic and engaging DEI webpage, educational tools and resources, and to recommend additional actions to the Board.

The DEI Working Group will meet in late spring 2021 to develop the Terms of Reference and a plan for moving forward.

The working group is represents the diversity of our membership. Their passion for safer, equitable, and accessible health care for all Canadians is illustrated in their backgrounds and experiences and will form the bedrock upon which IPAC Canada’s DEI actions are based. Additional expertise will be added as required.

The working group is:

Dan Dimacuha   Murtuza Diwan   Meghan Engbretson   Amber Haw
Chair: Dan Dimacuha RN, Halton Healthcare - Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital


Murtuza Diwan
BSc (Hons) MSc CIC, Halton Healthcare, Oakville
  Meghan Engbretson MSc CCRP CIC, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa
  Amber Haw BScN RN, Brant Community Healthcare System, Brantford
Hibak Mahamed   Kim Neudorf   Jessica Purjue   Karmjit Kaur Sandhu
Hibak Mahamed BSc MPH CIC
World Health Organization
  Kim Neudorf BSN MEd Public Representative to the Board of Directors. 
  Jessica Purjue RN BScN Interior Health-Public Health Williams Lake, BC
  Karmjit Kaur Sandhu RN BScN MSCN, Abbotsford Regional Hospital, AbbotsfordBiography
Steven Schweon            
Steven J. Schweon LLC, Saylorsburg PA

Ex officio:

Zahir Hirji   Tanya Denich   Gerry Hansen  
Zahir Hirji RN BScN MHSc CIC, President, IPAC Canada   Tanya Denich MSc CIC, Web Communications Manager, IPAC Canada   Gerry Hansen BA, Executive Director, IPAC Canada  

For more information, please contact:

Dan Dimacuha, Chair, IPAC Canada DEI Working Group deiworkinggroup@ipac-canada.org

Terms of Reference

DEI Working Group Terms of Reference (waiting for Board approval) 

Secure Area for Working Group

Click here for link to secure area. Accessible by Working Group members only.  


Patient Voices
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Learning Series 2022.

This webinar is the second in the series.

Date: Friday, March 25, 2022
Time: 1030 PT, 1130 MT/SK, 1230 CT, 1330 ET, 1430 AT, 1500 NL
Duration: 1.5 Hours


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Leading with Empathy: Rethinking Equity in Healthcare
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Learning Series 2022.

This webinar is the first in the series.

Date: Friday, January 28, 2022
Presenter: Celina Caesar Chavannes
This webinar for IPAC Canada Members only. 

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Vulnerable Populations - Is the Message Being Received?

Date: IPAC Canada 2021 Virtual Conference
Duration: May 3, 2021

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Getting Past Discomfort: Mitigating Bias to Become Upstanders in Healthcare

Date: Thursday 27th August, 2020
Duration: 1.5 hour


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MaximizingU is an equity based leadership development app designed to promote asynchronous learning of key diversity, equity and inclusion concepts, as related to leadership. This personalized approach integrates research informed lessons, skill development activities and self-reflection exercises within each module of the program. When promoted throughout the organization, the app can help shift the organizational culture to promote better inclusivity, provide a foundation for implementing accountability mechanisms for equity and justice and, most importantly, develop empathetic leaders who understand, and value, equity. 

MaximizingU contains many of the lessons, practical tips and homework that I needed to do, in order to be a successful researcher, entrepreneur, politician and even a parent. My hope is that those who download and complete the program, will discover what they love and maximize their full purpose, potential and passion. I would love to collaborate.

Please this link for the App Store and Google Play downloads: www.celinacc.ca/maxu

As well, please see the document below outlining the leadership and equity competencies for each module. 

MaximizingU Competencies, 2021 - 2022

Indigenous Health



Diversity Calendar

  • 2023 Diversity Calendar (Coming soon)