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Cheri Ackert-Burr

Cheri has 40+ years of experience working as a nurse in various assignments ranging from Director of Perioperative Services to Perioperative Nurse Educator. Currently her professional responsibilities include developing education programs to promote best practices in flexible endoscope reprocessing and to act as a consultant for process flow and development in endoscopy suites. She has worked with IAHCSMM to develop curriculum, present programs, instructor, and as a test item writer for the SPD certification exam. She has worked a Clinical Nurse Specialist for two major sterilization companies becoming familiar with both low and high temperature sterilization processes and requirements. Her experience as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer where she was charged with being the OIC for Sterile Processing helps provide insight into alternative work practice sites. She is a voting member of the AAMI WG84 Endoscopy Reprocessing team, AAMI ST79 committee, and has been a CNOR since 1979.

  Dr. Michelle Alfa

Dr. Alfa is a Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba and was a Principal Investigator at the St. Boniface Research Centre. She is currently retired but still provides consulting services.Over the past 28 years her primary area of research has been related to Hospital-acquired infections, specifically related to i) improving reprocessing of complex medical devices and ii) monitoring disinfection/cleaning of the healthcare environment to reduce the risk of infection transmission.Dr. Alfa has over 150 publications, has received the “Distinguished Microbiologist” award from Canadian College of Microbiologists, and the “Research Innovation” award from the University of Manitoba

Barbara Bolding

Barbara Bolding is a Registered Nurse who has worked in the areas of the OR, Medical Device Reprocessing and Clinical Education, for more than 40 years. She is a graduate of nursing programs at BCIT and the University of British Columbia, and holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University.
Barbara developed the first Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Programme at Vancouver Community College and taught in the program for a number of years. She is retired from a Clinical Education Consultant position for the Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) group at Johnson & Johnson Medical Companies and in this role, among other things, provided reprocessing education for staff in hospitals and clinics in Western Canada.For more than 25 years she has been closely involved with medical device reprocessing at CSA including the development of reprocessing standards, the MDRT certification program, and the on-line Medical Device Reprocessing review program. Over the years, she has worked with Vancouver Community College to revise and update the curriculum content for their Medical Device Reprocessing Technician program and most recently worked with an expert group in BC to revise the Medical Device Reprocessing Requirements document for the Ministry of Health.

  Bill Carr

Bill Carr is known as a multi-media artist, an actor, humorist, writer, speaker and social activist. For over twenty-five years, Bill has been making people laugh at what’s trivial while helping them think deeply about what counts. Bill helps people see their world in new and exciting ways. His unique blend of humour and insight inspires laughter and consideration, offering his audience a fresh perspective on what they face everyday. At the root of all of Bill’s work is the use of humour to help people reflect on their own innate human nature and understand who they are in a greater social context.

Throughout his career, Bill has performed on theatrical stages across Canada and internationally.  He continues to be active in film and television with a role in the 2017 Spike TV series “The Mist”. Bill is the recipient of two Atlantic Journalism awards for his satirical commentaries and is known for his work as a social commentator with CBC’s The Journal and Midday, and a weekly columnist with The Sunday Edition of the Daily News and the Chronicle Herald. Bill was also the regular host of “Saturday Mornings with Bill Carr” with RogersFM. Bill has recently authored his first book, Acting Up: Lessons from the Theatre of Life.

Bill is an active volunteer in his community.  He is an honorary Trustee of the IWK Health Centre and appears annually on the IWK Children’s Hospital Telethon in partnership with CTV Atlantic. Bill also regularly serves as host & emcee for events in support of charitable causes and the arts such as Unicef, YMCA, Neptune Theatre, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, Symphony Nova Scotia, Hospice Halifax, Cumberland County Hospice Society, and Habitat For Humanity.

  Ruth Carrico PhD DNP CIC

Ruth Carrico is Associate Professor and Family Nurse Practitioner with the University of Louisville School Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and founding Associate Director of the School of Medicine Global Health Initiative.

  Barley Chironda

Barley Chironda a Registered Practical Nurse, is also the Infection Control Specialist with Clorox Canada. Barley is typically found engaged in motivating Hospital Staff, Patients and the public on proper infection prevention practices. Barley also volunteers as the Infection Control Specialist with the Cdiff Foundation and is former IPAC-GTA President as well as IPAC-Canada Social Media Manager and has held roles as Infection Control and MDRD Manager at Toronto Area Hospitals.


Sylvia Cleaver

Sylvia Cleaver is the Professional Services Specialist in 3M Canada’s Infection Prevention Division. As the Canadian technical lead for 3M Canada’s sterilization portfolio, she provides technical support and education across the country.

This includes delivering training, participating in conferences and working with sterilization professionals in all types of settings. She is also a presenter for Medical Device Reprocessing Association of Ontario (MDRAO) MDR technique course covering the Sterilization Chapter. Sylvia is a participating member on the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO/TC 198 Sterilization of Health Care Products).

She obtained her B.Sc from Western University, a certificate in Ophthalmic Assistant and a post graduate certificate in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance.

Mary Ann Drosnock

MaryAnn Drosnock, MS, CIC, CFER, RM (NRCM), FAPIC is the Manager of Clinical Education for Endoscopy at HealthMark industries where she provides expertise on endoscope reprocessing often presenting at conferences on effective device reprocessing and infection prevention in endoscopy. Also, currently she is co-chair of AAMI Working Group 84, which is responsible for the ST91 national standard on flexible endoscope reprocessing.

Previous to HealthMark, MaryAnn managed the Infection Control Program for Olympus America. There she had responsibility for Infection prevention/ & Device Reprocessing Functions. Prior to Olympus, MaryAnn worked as a pharmaceutical microbiologist and taught Microbiology courses at the college level. MaryAnn has a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs. She is certified in Infection Control through APIC, as a Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor, is a Nationally Certified Registered Microbiologist and is an APIC fellow.

  Thelma Floyd

Thelma moved to the Yukon in 2016 and is currently the Manager of MDR/OR and a few clinics at Whitehorse General Hospital – the only hospital that performs surgeries. She also is the consultant for community sites throughout the Yukon, centralizing the departments.

She began her career as a RN in 1983 working in acute care and eventually moved up to Managing both OR’s and MDR’s in the Halifax area. She completed her certifications in OR, MDR and Accreditation Canada.

Thelma is also a surveyor with Accreditation Canada with a focus on MDR, OR and Infection Control.

  Catherine Hogan

Catherine Hogan RN, PhD is an innovative Health Services Leader with over 30 years of contemporary leadership experience spanning the full continuum of care that includes national and international experience. She has conducted independent research using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. She currently is the Program Director Perioperative Services and Infection Prevention and Control at SMH and is an Adjunct Lecturer, University of Toronto, Lawrence S. Bloomberg; Faculty of Nursing. She has conducted independent research in women’s Health at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. Her graduate research study was titled, Recurrent early pregnancy loss: The cycle of hope and Loss, using Glazer’s Grounded Theory research methods. Catherine attended the Loyola University Chicago, Neihoff School of Nursing, Chicago for her PhD studies. Her focus of her PhD studies was on patient safety and medication errors. Her dissertation research study was titled, Pediatric patient safety; Factors pediatric nurses identify as contributing to medication administration errors.

Linda Jakeman

Linda Jakeman is a subject matter expert with project experience across Canada. She has over 30 years’ experience in MDR.Linda’s expertise is focussed on Infection Prevention and Control and Medical Device Reprocessing. She is a current member of the Canadian Standard Association Technical Committee for Sterilization.She received the CSA Award of Merit in 2003 in recognition of her contribution to and promotion of Canadian Standards.She is Past President of the Medical Device Reprocessing Association of Nova Scotia for several terms and currently is an Honorary Member of this Association.

Dr. Herbert Kaiser

Herbert J. Kaiser, Ph.D. (Herb), Senior Manager – Analytical Services & Development at STERIS Corporation in St. Louis, has thirty-six years of experience in water chemistry, cleaning and surface technologies. This experience includes developing products for the cleaning of a wide variety of surfaces along with developing the methods for analyzing the surface and ensuring cleanliness. Herb is an inventor listed on 27 United States Patents for various products and industrial treatment schemes. He has authored numerous articles regarding water chemistry and analytical techniques to measure cleanliness. Herb received his B.A. degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, his M.S.(R) from St. Louis University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He currently has the pleasure to lead the Analytical Services & Development group which includes the Diagnostic Solutions Service (DSS) program. Through the DSS program, he interacts with Customers to provide solutions to their everyday instrument reprocessing challenges. Herb is a member of the American Chemical Society. His FAVORITE thing in the world is to be surrounded by his grandchildren (all five of them!). Herb also enjoys hunting and fishing.

  Beth Kingsbury

Beth Kingsbury has embraced peri operative nursing for almost 30 now, a true passion !She began working as an LPN in the Operating Room at the Toronto General Hospital and after many years returned to school to achieve her RN’s , best decision ever. But like ever good Maritimer there is a time where you return back to your roots .So 14 years ago she accepted a full time position in the Cardiac Operating Room at the Halifax Infirmary Hospital . A year ago there was an opportunity to be the interim educator for the Nurses in the operating room in which she gladly accepted and now as of November 2017 has become the Permanent Nurse Educator for the Halifax Operating Room Nurses.

Stephen Kovac

Stephen has a BS from Central Michigan University, with a Major in Biology.
Stephen is active both on the state and national levels of various organizations having held many positions. He is a member of IAHCSMM orthopedic council for loaner instrumentation. He is a voting member on various AAMI committees. He also has been an instructor at the Community College level and published many articles varying in subject matter from perfusion to the importance of cleaning surgical instruments.Over the last 30 years he has spoken and presented at all levels from local to national and international on various topics relating to medical device reprocessing .

He has received recognition in both his personal and business profession.
Stephen has received the IAHCSMM Award of Honor for his dedication to improving the role Central Service plays in the hospital.

He also was named by Hospital Purchasing News in 2007 as one of the 30 most influential people within the field of Central Service.

Stephen has held many positions over the years and out of them all he is always proud to say “I have worked in the Heart of the Hospital- The Medical Device Reprocessing Department”.

Sue Lafferty

Sue received her education at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the University of Alberta and has been employed in the specialty area of infection prevention and control since 1990.

Prior to her work in infection control, she worked in the Operating Room, Post Anesthetic Recovery Room and Endoscopy in various health care facilities in Canada and Australia. Sue has an interest in the area of reprocessing of medical devices. From 1990-2013 she was a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) technical committee on sterilization and during this time, chaired the CSA working group for decontamination of reusable medical devices.

She received a CSA Award of Merit in 2001 and the John Jenkins Award in 2014 in recognition of her contribution to Canadian Standards. She is currently an Infection Prevention and Control consultant to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

  Colleen Landers

Colleen is a Registered Nurse and a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician who has worked in healthcare since 1967 in Ontario. She worked 19 years in the operating room and 20 years in medical device reprocessing at Timmins & District Hospital and Weeneebayko Area Health Authority. She also runs her own healthcare consulting company and has consulted in the reprocessing of medical devices field in Canada for the past 16 years.Her main goals in life are to “Make a Difference in Improving Health Care in Canada” and to work towards “Ensuring That All Patients Receive the Best Quality Care Possible”. She pursues these goals tirelessly by dedicating thousands of volunteer hours to endeavors to improve central reprocessing practices in Canada and promoting the Canadian Standards in reprocessing. She is the co-author of the Medical Device Reprocessing Technician textbook and workbook being used in colleges and course across Canada.She is a member of the CSA Standards technical committee for healthcare for 20 years. She won the “National Canadian Standards Award for Health Care” participation for 2005 for her countless volunteer hours over the past years in assisting to improve the best practices standards for reprocessing medical devices. She is a Canadian Surveyor for Accreditation Canada for healthcare. She teaches the MDRT course in Ontario and has taught in Manitoba and Alberta. Sher has spoken at many events Nationally and Internationally.She hopes to bring her wealth of expertise and educational knowledge to the CAMDAR education position and requests your support. Her goals are the following;

  • Contribute to the design and implementation of systems to share knowledge and education, and develop a system to deliver such knowledge I so accessible to all MDRD Technicians across Canada.
  • Recommend educational opportunities in best practices for MDR.
  • Support educational opportunities for MDR Technicians.
  • Provide links on the website to educational sessions for members to keep them current.
Dr. Gerry McDonnell

Dr. Gerald McDonnell is a Senior Director for Sterility Assurance for DePuySynthes (a Johnson & Johnson company).

He serves as the global technical leader in the areas of microbiology and contamination control including sterilization, reprocessing and microbiology. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, he was the Vice President of Scientific and Clinical Services for STERIS Corporation in Mentor, Ohio. Dr. McDonnell has a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Medical Laboratory Sciences and a Ph.D. in Microbial Genetics. He is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences with over 180 publications and patents in the area, including the books ‘A Practical Guide to Decontamination’ and ‘Antisepsis, Disinfection, and Sterilization’. He is a member of national and international working groups, including AAMI, ISO and EN committees, for standard and guideline development. He is the current convener of CEN TC 102 WG8 (washer-disinfectors), a faculty member for the AAMI Industrial Sterilization Program, and a member of the Guidelines Advisory Board for AORN.

Stephenie Naugler

Stephenie Naugler is the Manager of the Medical Device Reprocessing Department at St. Michael’s Hospital which is a very busy trauma center and has been in this role for since 2013.

She has a diploma in Health Care Management through the OHA; a certificate of distinction for the Executive Housekeepers Course through the Association and OHA; is a registered MDR Technician through Centennial College and has maintained her MDRAO standing since 1998.

Throughout her career, she has taken a number of leadership courses both in hospitality and health care including a Nursing Leadership course through McMaster University. Prior to St. Michael’s, she worked as Manager of Environmental Services at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and as the Operating Room Team Leader at Sick Kids managing the support services teams and the Medical Device Reprocessing units for varying amounts of time.

It was at Sick Kids where she learned how to apply the “LEAN” principles in the workplace to provide efficiencies both in human resources and supply chain for Perioperative Services. She sat on the MDRAO Board as one of the Directors of Communication for 2016-18 and is an active standing member of IAHCSMM and is currently pursuing her management designation. Stephenie has implemented a solid quality assurance program at St. Mike’s and adheres to the CSA standards such as removing gauze/cotton/toweling from all clinic trays and working with vendors and customers to reduce the weights of all surgical sets.

With 20+ years of healthcare management experience in acute and long term care in both Environmental Services and Perioperative Services (MDRD), Stephenie is a results oriented and collaborative manager. She wants to participate and be a part of present and future critical changes in medical device reprocessing for patient safety and improving standards for all heath care facilities in Canada.

Shelley Oldham

Shelley Oldham is the Clinical Education Specialist for STERIS and looks after Western Canada.

Shelley continues to be an active member with the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) and is dedicated to helping healthcare professionals achieve best practices in medical device reprocessing departments. Mrs. Oldham’s career in healthcare began over 15 years ago in Canada as a MDR Technician, Lead hand, MDR Coordinator and achieved her Lean Green Belt facilitating 9 OR Kaizen Events and 11 MDR Kaizen Events. Shelley thrives on education and as achieved her Certified Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Certificate (CMDRT) Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST), Certified Healthcare Leadership (CHL), Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD), Certified Instrumentation Specialist (CIS), and Certified Central Service Vendor Partner (CCSVP). Shelley’s passion for helping others shines through when surrounded with those she serves. In 2017 Shelley was honoured by STERIS and presented with the Clinical Education Specialist Award of the Year for North America.

  Deborah Paget
Debbie starting working in healthcare 16 years ago and has worked in many departments including Health Records, Diagnostic Imaging and Surgery Program. She became the Manager of the Medical Device Reprocessing Departments in the Saint John Area for Horizon Health Network in June 2016. Debbie is working towards her Bachelor of Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Janet Prust

Ms. Janet Prust is with 3M Medical Solutions Division Director – Standards and Global Scientific Affairs. She has over thirty years of health care industry experience including surgical services, occupational health, industrial and healthcare sterilization and prior to 3M twelve years of clinical practice experience as surgical assistant and administrator. With 3M she has held a variety of positions including clinical research, technical support, management, marketing, standards leadership and business development. She has presented CEU accredited courses in the U.S. and internationally on topics related to device reprocessing and infection prevention. Janet graduated from the University of Minnesota, and has obtained multiple healthcare related certifications. She is an active member of Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), including the AAMI Board of Directors, Executive committee, AMMI Standards Board, and currently serves as co-chair of the AAMI Chemical Sterilants Hospital Practices Working Group, the committee that produced ST58. . She is also an associate or industry member of APIC, EOSA, IAHCSMM, SGNA, AORN, and MHCSMA.

  Patrick Quinn
  Gale Schultz

Gale is a registered nurse with close to 40 years’ experience in health care. Currently, she is the Regional Director, Medical Device Reprocessing for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Gale is a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and is current Vice-Chair, Technical Advisory Committee on Reprocessing. She is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Medical Device Reprocessing (CAMDR) and current executive member. Gale is an active member of the Manitoba Provincial MDR Committee and chairs the Manitoba MDR Conference Planning Committee. In 2016, Gale was awarded the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety (MIPS) Patient Safety Campion Award.


Rose Seavey is President/CEO of Seavey Healthcare Consulting and formerly the Director of the Sterile Processing Department at The Children’s Hospital of Denver.

  Meg Soper

Meg Soper is recognized as one of the premier motivators in Canada. She combines her unique blend of comedy with inspirational stories to connect with her audience, break barriers, and deliver practical strategies for being more effective at work and at home.

Meg invests the time to know her audience and the challenges they face. She has touched the lives of thousands by combining her remarkable sense of humour with a curiosity about people.

Her ability to connect has made her one of the country’s leading motivational speakers. Meg’s diverse content has been shaped by her experiences as a staff nurse and later as an operating room nurse in regional and major urban teaching hospitals. As a health care professional, Meg recognized the importance of humor, dealing with stress, effective communication and teamwork in creating a positive workplace environment.

A highly sought after speaker at conventions and corporate functions throughout North America and internationally. She has shared the stage with many celebrities, including Ray Romano and Ellen Degeneres.

Meg is co-author of the book, “From the Stage to the Page…Life Lessons from Four Funny Ladies”. She has appeared on the CBC, on the Women’s Television Network and on Prime TV.

  Merlee Steele-Rodway

Merlee Steele-Rodway-is a Registered Nurse with more than 35 years of experience working in Newfoundland & Labrador (NL), at the Janeway Child Health Centre in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as Educator, Head Nurse & leader of Neonatal Transport Team. Her experiences continued at the largest health authority in NL; Eastern Health with 14 years combined in the Infection Prevention & Control (IPAC) Program as Coordinator and Regional Director of both IPAC & Medical Device Reprocessing (MDR) and for past 9 years as Regional Director of the Medical Device Reprocessing Program. Merlee recently retired from the acute care setting and provides education and consultation in the IPAC & MDR fields.

Merlee continues to be active in health care in Canada as a founder and current President of the Canadian Association for Medical Device Reprocessing (CAMDR). She was a founding member of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Nurses She continues to be active member of several Special Interest Groups with IPAC-Canada and has also served as President of IPAC-NL chapter. Merlee is an active member on numerous other International and National Associations and is a member of the MDRT Advisory Board with Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Merlee is a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) technical committees for medical device reprocessing standards reviews and was a CSA committee member that developed the only Canadian Certification for Medical Device Reprocessing Technicians. Merlee has received several awards during her nursing career.

  Becky White

Rebecca White began her career in health care at the Dartmouth General Hospital in 1994. She completed her technician’s course from SAIT in 1998. In 2009 Rebecca completed a course in “Leadership Strategies for Healthcare Facilities” through Purdue University, and made the move to the Victoria General Hospital as the Technical Supervisor for the Sterile Processing Department. In 2017 she obtained CSA certification.

In 2013, she moved to the Halifax Infirmary Site, also as the Technical Supervisor. Rebecca is an active member of Medical Device Reprocessing Association of N.S.(MDRANS) and has been for approximately 24 years. During this time, she has filled the roles of secretary, treasurer, 2 consecutive terms as president, 2 consecutive terms as past president and currently Rebecca is fulfilling the role of vice president.

She is the provincial advisor for Nova Scotia in the Canadian Association of Medical Device Reprocessing (CAMDR).