NACI Membership/Representation

Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh

CHU Sainte-Justine, University of Montréal 
Montréal, Quebec

Dr. Caroline Quach is a Professor in the Departments of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases Immunology and Pediatrics at Université de Montréal and the physician in charge of the Infection Prevention & Control Unit at the CHU Sainte-Justine. She works as a pediatric infectious diseases consultant and a medical microbiologist. She holds a cross-appointment at the Quebec Institute of Public Health (INSPQ) where she works in the Healthcare-Associated Infections and Immunization branches.

Dr. Quach graduated from the Université de Montréal Medical School, completed her pediatric residency training at the CHU Sainte-Justine, and her post-graduate training at McGill University. She is a clinician-investigator and holds a salary award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS, mérite). Her research interests are focused on the prevention of infections - both healthcare-associated infections and vaccine-preventable diseases.

Dr. Quach is the past president of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease - Canada's (AMMI). She currently chairs the Quebec Immunization Committee (CIQ) as well as the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). She is a member of the Quebec Healthcare-Associated Infections Surveillance Program (SPIN) steering committee.

Dr. Shelley Deeks
Public Health Ontario
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Shelley Deeks is the Chief of Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response at Public Health Ontario and an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She has a long-standing interest and passion for communicable disease control and immunization in general, and vaccine safety in particular, with over 100 peer-reviewed publications. She is a member of Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization and past Chair of the World Health Organization's (WHO's) Immunization Practices Advisory Committee. Dr. Deeks holds Fellowships in Public Health in both Canada and Australia and completed the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program. She has over 20 years' experience as a public health physician and has worked at all levels of the public health system in Canada, and at the national level in Australia.


Dr. Natalie Dayneka
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
Ottawa, Ontario

Natalie Dayneka is a clinical specialist with the Pharmacy Department of the tertiary care pediatric teaching hospital, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). As a pediatric pharmacist, Natalie has played an active role developing pediatric guidelines for Infectious Diseases, including Immunizations. She was a co-author of the online 2015 CHEO Antimicrobial Guidelines for Children which has been offered externally as a mobile application (APP) for pediatric practitioners across Canada.

Natalie has consulted on other federal committees and was a member of the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Committee for the First Nations and Inuit Health Programs Directorate. She also served on the Canadian Paediatric Society's Drug Therapy and Hazardous Substances Committee. More recently, Natalie served on the Ontario Quality Based Procedure Tonsillectomy Clinical Expert Advisory Group.

Natalie has been very active with the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) and was awarded the title of Fellow. She is a past Chair of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Pharmacists Network (CHAP). Natalie has presented lectures and posters at regional, national and international meetings.

Dr. Philippe De Wals
Département de médicine sociale et préventive
Québec, Quebec

Philippe De Wals is Professor at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Laval University, in Québec City, Canada. Professor De Wals gained his Medical Degree and a Doctorate in Public Health in his home country of Belgium, at the Louvain Catholic University. His early academic and professional career combined epidemiology research studies at the School of Public Health at the Louvain Catholic University with the practice of general medicine. Between 1980 and 2000 he worked as an epidemiologist for EUROCAT, a European network of population-based registries for the epidemiologic surveillance of congenital anomalies. In 1990, he moved to Canada and became the Head of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Sherbrooke. In 1997, he was appointed visiting Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, USA.

Professor De Wals' research is centered on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, reproductive abnormalities, and the assessment of health services and public health programs and policies. He is the author of over 150 published articles in scientific journals and has contributed several chapters to textbooks. Currently, Professor De Wals is a member of the research centers at Quebec University Hospital and the Sherbrooke University Hospital and is a medical advisor to the Quebec National Institute of Public Health. In 2011, he was appointed as Scientific Director of the Evaluation Platform on Obesity Prevention at the Quebec Cardiology and Pneumology Institute.

In 1990, Professor De Wals was awarded the Jean Van Beneden Prize in recognition of his excellent work in the public health field, and in 2005, he was elected to the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium.

Dr. Vinita Dubey
Toronto Public Health

Dr. Vinita Dubey graduated from the University of Toronto's Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program. She holds an Adjunct Professor appointment with the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Since 2006, she has been an Associate Medical Officer of Health for Toronto Public Health in Communicable Disease Control. Specializing with the Vaccine Preventable Disease program includes involvement in the school based vaccine program, immunization school assessment program which suspends students who are not up-to-date with required vaccines, adverse event following immunization investigations, and outbreak management including the 2017 mumps outbreak in Toronto which was the largest mumps outbreak the city has had in over 20 years. She also works as an emergency medicine physician in a small community hospital.

Dr. Robyn Harrison
Alberta Health Services
Grey Nuns and University of Alberta Hospitals

Dr. Robyn Harrison is an Infectious Disease Specialist who works in Edmonton, Alberta. She is a Communicable Disease Consultant for the province wide Alberta Health Services Workplace Health and Safety Program (a position she has held since 2008). She has also served as consultant for the Covenant Health Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Program (2008-2014). Dr. Harrison is keenly interested in policy development and support for clinicians to prevent infection transmission in healthcare settings. She is a member of the Alberta Advisory Committee on Immunization, and she participates in infection prevention working groups in the province of Alberta, including past work on pandemic influenza H1N1 in 2009, and avian influenza is 2014. At a national level, she is working with the Public Health Agency of Canada as a member of the Prevention and Control of Occupational Infections in Health Care Settings Guideline Working Group to update and disseminate national evidence-based infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance.

Dr. Harrison obtained her medical degree at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia; and she completed her Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases subspecialty training at the University of Alberta. Most recently she completed an MSc in the combined areas of Public Health and Epidemiology through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, England.

Dr. Kyla Hildebrand
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Bristih Columbia

Dr. Kyla Hildebrand is a Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy specialist and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her subspecialty training was completed at the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto. She completed a Master of Community Health Sciences program from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is a Clinical Investigator at the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute and Director of the Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy Residency Training Program at UBC.

Dr. Hildebrand's clinical work involves assessing and managing complex patients presenting with allergic and immunological disorders including children requiring hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. She has been engaged with the Special Immunization Clinic (SIC) Network at UBC since 2014. She is a collaborator at the UBC site in the Canadian Health Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study, designed to advance knowledge about the genetic and environmental determinates of atopic disease to determine how early life exposures relate to health and disease outcomes.

Dr. Coleman Rotstein
University of Toronto and University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Rotstein is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Toronto and Attending Physician at the University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario. He received a Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto and earned his medical degree from the University of Calgary in 1976. Dr. Rotstein completed his specialty training in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto and pursued further subspecialty training in Infectious Diseases & Immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina from 1980 to 1983 [ABIM (1980), FRCPC (Internal Medicine 1981), Infectious Diseases ABIM (1982)].

Dr. Rotstein is currently the Director of Oncologic Infectious Diseases at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre of the Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases Service at the University Health Network. He is also former Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at McMaster University, past Chair and Secretary of the Infectious Diseases Section of the Ontario Medical Association, former Co-chair of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Network, former Past-President of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada, former President of the Canadian Infectious Disease Society, and former Chair of the Clinical Trials Committee of the Canadian Infectious Disease Society. In addition, he has been elected a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He is a reviewer for several international journals and was formerly Associate Editor, Review Section, for the Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology.

Dr. Rotstein has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers. His research interests have focused mainly on infections in cancer patients and other immunocompromised hosts as well as fungal infections caused by Candida organisms. He maintains active research interests in clinical trials involving antifungal agents in immunocompromised hosts.

Dr. Marina Salvadori
Children's Hospital of Western Ontario
London, Ontario

Marina Salvadori graduated from medicine at Queen's University in 1991.

She did her residency training in pediatrics at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, then trained in Infectious Diseases at The Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto. She was working there in May 2000, and joined a team of pediatricians who responded to the call for help from Walkerton. She spent the summer of 2000 working in Walkerton, then moved to London in October 2000. She is currently a pediatric infectious diseases consultant at London Health Sciences Center-Children's Hospital, and an Associate Professor at the Schulich school of medicine and dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario. She is part of the team that conducted the Walkerton Health Study to provide care and monitor health problems of the people of Walkerton. She is also very interested in immunizations and immunization advocacy and regularly does teaching and workshops about immunizations. She has represented the Canadian Pediatric Society as a liaison member to NACI.

Dr. Beate Sander
Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, Ontario

Beate Sander, PhD, is a Scientist at Public Health Ontario (PHO), Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Adjunct Faculty at York University, and Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

Beate's research interests lie in the area of economic evaluation with a focus on infectious diseases. She is leading multidisciplinary teams evaluating Zika and West Nile virus mitigation strategies using data-driven simulation models, and is linking laboratory with population-based administrative data, enabling novel approaches to study the burden of infectious diseases.

Beate served on the board of the Society of Medical Decision Making (SMDM) and is an editorial board member of the "Medical Decision Making" journal. Beate provides scientific advice to decision-makers and advisory bodies and serves on scientific working groups and networks.

Dr. Nadine Sicard
Ministry of Health and Social Services
Montréal, Quebec

Nadine Sicard studied medicine and Public Health at Sherbrooke and Montréal universities. Since 2011, she has been a medical advisor in the Public Health protection team of Quebec's Ministry of Health and Social Services and contributes, particularly, to immunization, tuberculosis and antibiotic resistance programs and policies. She held the position of Associate Medical Officer of Health at Ottawa Public Health from 2008 to 2011, mostly in the areas of communicable disease prevention and control, emergency preparedness and response and management of the vaccine preventable diseases programs. Prior to working in Ottawa, Dr. Sicard worked in the areas of policy development, quality assurance and communicable disease control in Montréal and Abitibi-Témiscamingue. She's been involved in the management of public health outbreaks including pandemic influenza. She has contributed to several provincial and national advisory committees, including NACI. Dr. Sicard has held adjunct Faculty appointments at l'Université de Montréal and Queen's University.

Ms. Susan Smith
Alberta Health
Edmonton, Alberta

Ms. Smith is the Manager for Immunization Policy at Alberta Health. She has over thirty years of Public Health experience primarily focused on public health programs, immunization, and communicable disease control. Her roles have included front line generalist practice, nurse consultant, clinical development nurse (immunization and communicable disease control), and manager for immunization policy at Alberta Health.

Her experience includes providing immunizations, orienting/educating staff and clients on immunization and communicable disease issues, ensuring quality of immunization programs, and following up on notifiable diseases providing her with a strong clinical and operational background in public health immunization programs.

Currently, as manager for immunization policy Ms. Smith is responsible for the development and implementation of immunization policy in Alberta. This includes, coordinating and facilitating the work of the Alberta Advisory Committee on Immunization. In addition, in this role she has chaired and facilitated a number of immunization working groups comprised of medical officers of health, infectious disease physicians, nurse leaders and program staff to update and revise Alberta's immunization policy including immunization recommendations for solid organ transplant recipients, hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients, and immunocompromised individuals; and recommendations for rotavirus, hepatitis B, varicella, and measles containing vaccines.

Ms. Smith has also been a member of in the Canadian Nursing Coalition for Immunization for the past two years and presented at the 2016 Canadian Immunization Conference.

Executive Secretary

Dr. Matthew Tunis

Ms. Althea House

Liaison Representatives

Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada
Dr. Anne Pham-Huy
Ottawa, ON

Canadian Association for Immunization Research and Evaluation

Canadian Immunization Committee
Dr. Monika Naus
Vancouver, BC

Canadian Public Health Association
Dr. Lucci Bucci
Ottawa, ON

Canadian Paediatric Society
Dr. Dorothy Moore
Montréal, QC

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Amanda Cohn
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

College of Family Physicians of Canada
Dr. Julie Emili
Hamilton, ON

Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health

Society of Obstetrics and Gyneacologists
Dr. Eliana Castillo
Calgary, AB

Ex-officio Representatives

Biologics and Genetic Therapies Directorate
Dr. Robert Pless

Health Canada
Ottawa, ON

Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases (CIRID)
Immunization Programs and Pandemic Preparedness Division

Ms. Erin Henry
Public Health Agency of Canada
Ottawa, ON

Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases (CIRID) 
Surveillance and Epidemiology Division
Ms. Jennifer Pennock
Public Health Agency of Canada 
Ottawa, ON

Directorate of Force Health Protection
National Defense and the Canadian Armed Forces
Dr. Carlo Rossi
Ottawa, ON

National Microbiology Laboratory
Dr. Guillaume Polliquin
Public Health Agency of Canada
Winnipeg, MB

First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
Dr. Tom Wong
Indigenous Services Canada
Ottawa, ON

Marketed Health Products Directorate
Dr. Jim Gallivan
Health Canada
Ottawa, ON

Public Health Ethics Consultative Group (PHECG)
Ms. Mireille Lacroix
Ottawa, ON

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