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Cheri Ackert-Burr
  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
Kelly Bell
Barbara Bolding
  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.

Barley Chironda

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.

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
  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.

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
  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.

  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.

  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).