- Chair: Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh
- Vice-Chair: Dr. Wendy Vaudry
- Executive Secretary: Ms. Althea House
- Liaison Representatives
- Ex-officio Representatives
Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh
CHU Sainte-Justine, University of Montreal
Dr. Caroline Quach is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Immunology 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 is the Chair of the Infection Control Committee and the pediatric medical co-director of Optilab Montreal-CHUM (clinical laboratories). 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 Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology training at McGill University, and an M.Sc. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is a clinician-investigator and holds a salary award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS, senior). Her research interests are focused on the prevention of infections - both healthcare-associated infections and vaccine-preventable diseases.
Dr. Quach is the current 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. Quach is a fellow of SHEA (Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America) and a member of the SHEA External Affairs Committee and of the SHEA pediatric leadership council.
Dr. Wendy Vaudry
University of Alberta
Wendy Vaudry is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta and Director of Infectious Diseases at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton. Her research interests include the epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases and vaccine adverse events; she is the current national co-PI of IMPACT (the Canadian Pediatric Society and Health Canada's Immunization monitoring program, active). Other research interests include congenital CMV infection and transplant infectious diseases. She is a graduate of Medical School at McGill University and trained in Pediatrics at the Montreal Children's Hospital, Infectious Diseases at the University of Alberta and Transplant Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington.
Dr. Natalie Dayneka
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
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. Shelley Deeks
Public Health 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. Philippe De Wals
Département de médicine sociale et préventive
Philippe De Wals is Professor at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Laval University, in Quebec 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. Sheila Marchant-Short
Charlottetown Public Health Nursing, Health PEI
Sheila is a Public Health Nurse who is currently with Health PEI as Clinical Leader in Charlottetown Public Health Nursing. She completed a BScN from The University of Western Ontario, a MScN from The University of British Columbia and a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is originally from Maple Grove, Ontario, but has lived and worked across Canada, including Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador and currently Prince Edward Island. She has spent the majority of her career in public health in a variety of roles including: generalist Public Health Nurse in Western NL, Public Health Nurse consultant at the Epidemiology and Disease Control Centre in Victoria, BC; Nurse Consultant for Immunization Programs and Communicable Disease Control, BC Ministry of Health; Program Manager of Communicable Disease Control and Immunization Programs, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, Ontario; Regional Manager of Communicable Disease Control, Sexual Health Programs and Immunization Programs, Eastern Health, NL.
Sheila has been involved in communicable disease prevention efforts and immunization promotion locally, provincially and nationally. She has been a keynote speaker on topics such as immunization decision-making, influenza, pandemic planning and the role of nurses in communicable disease control and immunization. She has authored chapters on Communicable Disease Control in Community Health Nursing: A Canadian Perspective. She has conducted research on parental immunization decision-making, HIV and Blood borne pathogen transmission and the effect of adverse events on health care providers.
Dr. Marina Salvadori
Children's Hospital of Western 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
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
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 Montreal 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.
Dr. Richard Warrington
University of Manitoba
Richard Warrington received his Medical degree from the Royal London Hospital, London, England in 1968, and moved to St John's, Newfoundland in 1969 to help found the new Medical School at Memorial University. He received his PhD in Immunology from Memorial University, in 1973. He trained in Allergy & Clinical Immunology at the University of Manitoba until 1976, when he joined the Section of Allergy & Clinical Immunology in the Department of Medicine., which he has headed since 1982. From 1983 to 1996, Dr. Warrington directed the Rheumatic Disease Unit Research Laboratory at the University of Manitoba. His research has been on cytokines and autoantibodies and drug hypersensitivity. He is currently studying the effects of anti-cytokines antibodies in intravenous gammaglobulin.
Richard Warrington is Professor of Medicine & Immunology at the University of Manitoba, A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, past Chief Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, President of the Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology.
Ms. Althea House
Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada
Dr. Anne Pham-Huy
Canadian Association for Immunization Research and Evaluation
Dr. Jason Brophy
Canadian Immunization Committee
Ms. Teri Cole
Canadian Public Health Association
Dr. Catherine Mah
Canadian Paediatric Society
Dr. Dorothy Moore
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Amanda Cohn
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
College of Family Physicians of Canada
Dr. Julie Emili
Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health
Society of Obstetrics and Gyneacologists
Dr. Eliana Castillo
Biologics and Genetic Therapies Directorate
Dr. Gina Coleman
Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases (CIRID)
Immunization Programs and Pandemic Preparedness Division
Ms. Gina Charos
Public Health Agency of Canada
Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases (CIRID)
Surveillance and Epidemiology Division
Ms. Jennifer Pennock
Public Health Agency of Canada
Directorate of Force Health Protection
Dr. (LCdr) Kirsten Barnes
National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
Dr. Tom Wong
Marketed Health Products Directorate
Dr. Jim Gallivan
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