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Saturday November 4th, 2017

Southlake Regional Health Centre, 596 Davis Drive,
Newmarket Ontario


Agenda at a Glance


Educational Symposium Day, November 4th - Member - Registration

Educational Symposium Day at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, Ontario. Registration for members.


Educational Symposium Day, November 4th - Non-Member - Registration

Educational Symposium Day at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, Ontario. Registration for non-members.



Key Note Speaker:

Brendan Gray - Brendan Gray, Health Law Counsel, Information and Privacy
Commissioner of Ontario

Brendan Gray is health law counsel to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. Brendan obtained his law degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and articled as a judicial law clerk for the judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. Following his call to the bar, Brendan practiced at a prominent litigation firm in Toronto, focussing on the representation of regulated health professionals, including in matters relating to the Personal Health Information Protection Act. Brendan left private practice to represent low-income seniors at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, where his practice focussed on health-law, consumer protection, and the prevention of elder abuse. Brendan has appeared before all levels of Ontario Courts, and before numerous administrative tribunals. Brendan joined the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario in January 2015 as health law counsel.

Manuel Giraldo - Choosing Wisely at NYGH-Lab Initiatives

Manuel Giraldo has worked in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at North York General Hospital as the Manager of Pathology and Core Laboratory Services since January 2008. He is significantly involved with several hospital-wide initiates , such as breast cancer accreditation, improvements around Access to Care and the lab initiates around Choosing Wisely.
Manuel finished a Bachelor of Science in 1988 and a Master of Health Administration in 1996. He is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) by the Canadian College of Health Leaders (formerly CCHSE) and holds a Certificate in Clinical Laboratory Quality Management from the Michener Institute. In addition, he completed an Advance Leadership Program at University of Toronto and recently, a Certificate in Clinical Risk, Negligence and Claims Management in Health Care at York University.
His 27-year career in health care leadership includes several leadership positions in the private and public sectors. He has worked in various capacities at two major teaching hospitals, Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, and St. Michael’s Hospital, in the Greater Toronto Area.
Manuel is also an active member of the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT) Certification Committee, assessor and team leader for the Institute of Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH) and surveyor and presenter for Accreditation Canada National and International.

Michelle Hoad, CAE, FIS, PTS
Executive Director - Ontario Society of Medical Technologists
Session: Building a Healthy Life in the Lab

Michelle Hoad is the Executive Director for the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists. Michelle has been working with laboratory professionals and in the not for profit field for the past 10 years. She provided Advocacy, Marketing and Public Relations consulting to a variety of not for profit organizations in Canada. She spent 5 years with the CSMLS as the Director of Marketing, Membership and Communications. Michelle joined the OSMT in October 2016. She also is a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor with the Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals. Michelle will share the importance of building a healthy life while working in the lab. The recent focus on mental health has reinforced the importance of well being overall. This interactive workshop will provide participants a workplan on how to plan and create healthy habits and ultimately be the best lab professional possible. This will be an interactive workshop, so dress to move! 

Kenneth J. Craddock, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG
Session: Introduction to Cancer Genetic Testing for Non-Genetic Technologists

Pathologist & Geneticist
Southlake Regional Health Centre

Dr. Craddock completed his Anatomic Pathology residency at University of Toronto, followed by a Fellowship in the Canadian College of Medical Genetics (CCMG). He then worked at University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto as Director of the Cancer Cytogenetics Laboratory for 4 years, during which time he improved the efficiency and quality of the lab, helped introduce several new cancer FISH tests, and collaborated in multiple translational research initiatives. Major areas of research included genetic biomarkers in lung cancer and leukemia, and clinical interpretation of variants detected by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). In 2014, Dr. Craddock moved to Southlake Regional Health Centre where his roles include Thoracic Pathology Lead, and working towards introducing genetic biomarker testing to the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre.

Jennifer Roberts, MLT, BSc, Med
Session: Positive assessments and positive impacts
Staff Technologist, IQMH
The IQMH Centre for Accreditation is a mandatory program for all licensed laboratories and specimen collection centres within Ontario. Initiated in 2000, Ontario laboratories have demonstrated excellence through this accreditation program. In this session you will learn back-to-basics of the assessment approach (including recent improvements implemented by IQMH) and hear case scenarios demonstrating actual non-conformances in which laboratories responded with corrective actions that not only had a positive impact on patient care, but also on the day to day work life of laboratory professionals.

Jenn completed her BCS at the University of New Brunswick and went on to take the Genetics Technology program at the Michener Institute in Toronto. She worked as a technologist following graduation and then returned to the Michener Institute to assume the role of Assistant professor in the Clinical Genetics program. While in this position, she completed her Masters in Adult Education. Since 2013, she has been a Staff Technologist at IQMH where her main role is to coordinate and conduct accreditation assessment visits. In this position she has had the opportunity to work in French, complete her Yellow Belt in LEAN training, and to become a certified quality manager.

Kwabena Boateng,Technical Quality Specialist (Pre-Analytical & Post-Analytical) Life Labs
MBA, BHSC, MLT (CSMLS), MLS (ASCP), LSSYB, Chemical Technology (Diploma). 

Session: Phlebotomy Essentials: The Hidden Cost of Performing a Common Venipuncture... Where do we go from here?

Mr. Kwabena Boateng is a prominent member within the Medical Laboratory community. Kwabena Boateng first attended Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology where he obtained a 3 year Diploma in Chemical Engineering. After graduating from Humber College, he enrolled in University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in 2005 finishing in 2009. After graduation, Kwabena joined UHN Laboratory Medicine Program (LMP) as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in Hematology department where he worked for 7 years. Kwabena took an active role within UHN Laboratory Medicine where he led many continue education initiatives and earned a nomination for Leadership Award. In 2013 Kwabena enrolled in an M.B.A program at University of Fredericton where he earned his Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A) in November 2016. 

Christine Cursio, Manager – Point of Care Testing (POCT)

Session: POCT in 2017: The Evolution and Impact on Patient Care

Christine Cursio obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Toronto in 1982. She then went on to complete the program in Medical Laboratory Technology from the Michener Institute and is registered with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario. Chris’s career began as a lab technologist in 1984 with the Department of Clinical Biochemistry at Toronto General Hospital where she performed as a general duty technologist. Since moving into her POCT (point of care testing) role in 2000, she has overseen the implementation of standardized POCT programs across UHN and guides and consults on POCT for various external LMP clients beyond UHN. Chris has lead the POCT program at UHN through various laboratory and hospital accreditations including the IQMH Program, the College of American Pathologists accreditation program and the Accreditation Canada program. Chris assumes the role of Manager of POCT at UHN in what she refers to as the ever evolving world of point of care testing.