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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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.

Canada Day Message from IPAC Canada

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   Amber Haw   Meghan Engbretson
Chair: Dan Dimacuha RN, Halton Healthcare - Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital   Murtuza Diwan BSc (Hons) MSc CIC, Halton Healthcare, Oakville   Amber Haw BScN RN, Brant Community Healthcare System, Brantford   Meghan Engbretson MSc CCRP CIC, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Kingston
Marianna Ofner   Stephen Palmer   Karmjit Kaur Sandhu   Adelia Santos
Marianna Ofner BScN MHSc PhD, Public Health Agency of Canada, North York   Stephen Palmer, Public Representative to the Board of Directors   Karmjit Kaur Sandhu RN BScN MSCN, Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Abbotsford   Adelia Santos MD MHS, Ramul Santos Healthcare Training and Consulting, Calgary
Hibak Mahamed            
Hibak Mahamed BSc MPH CIC
Unity Health - St. Joseph's Healthcare
Toronto, Ontario

Ex officio:

Zahir Hirji


Tanya Denich


Gerry Hansen

Zahir Hirji RN BScN MHSc CIC, President-elect, 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

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.  


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

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Duration: 1.5 hour


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