The AMMI Canada – CACMID Annual Conference provides an interactive venue where experts in the fields of diagnostic microbiology, antimicrobial stewardship, infectious diseases, infection prevention and control, and public health meet. The conference attracts attendees from across Canada and internationally. As in previous years, the 2021 conference will provide updates on a variety of topics to a diverse audience of clinicians, microbiologists, laboratory technologists, public health professionals, infection prevention and control practitioners, students and residents. The one difference this year is that the full conference will be virtual given COVID-19.

In addition to the pre-meeting Trainees’ Day, the program will offer plenary sessions, state of the art clinical lectures, integrated symposia, short oral presentations, poster presentations and workshops. The Interactive Clinical Vignettes and the Incubator will be on hiatus in 2021 and will return in 2022. The 2021 meeting will be a chance for attendees to showcase their research as well as get up to speed with the latest in the areas of microbiology, infection control, adult and paediatric infectious diseases and related subjects. Dynamic expert speakers will be invited from across North America to ensure another exciting meeting. 

In addition to the scientific component, the meeting will provide ample opportunity for attendees to network, exchange ideas, and reconnect with colleagues all within the comfort of your own home or office!

The AMMI Canada-CACMID Annual Conference will be taking place in 2021 virtually April 25 to 30. Using the latest virtual conference technology, we will be bringing the education and networking to you.

We look forward to “seeing” you in the Spring!

Program at a Glance

Please note all times indicated are in Canadian Eastern time zone.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

On Demand Poster Viewing
On Demand Exhibit Hall

12:00 – 15:30 Trainees’ Day

* each session will be followed by an interactive breakout

Session 1: It’s a game of grantsmanship, and your ship just came in (Robert Kozak, Toronto, ON)
Session 2: Navigating the Real World (Yoko Schreiber, Sioux Lookout, ON)
Session 3: You can do this! Prepping for exams in Infectious Disease, Medical Microbiology, and Clinical Microbiology! (Glenn Patriquin, Halifax, NS)

Monday, April 25, 2021

On Demand Poster Viewing
On Demand Exhibit Hall

11:30 – 14:00 Plenary: COVID-19 – What We Know, What We Don’t Know

Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going, Lessons Learned (speaker to be confirmed)
What’s Hot in COVID-19: Diagnostics (Mel Krajden, Vancouver, BC)
What’s Hot in COVID-19: Transmission, Public health and Infection Control (Dominic Mertz, Hamilton, ON)
What’s Hot in COVID-19: Treatment (Srinivas Murthy, Vancouver, BC)

14:15 – 15:15 State of the Art Clinical Lecture: What’s Hot in COVID-19: Vaccines and Immunity (Joanne Langley, Halifax, NS)

Live Oral Presentations

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

On Demand Poster Viewing
On Demand Exhibit Hall

 11:30 – 14:00 Plenary: Tuberculosis (TB) Update

Morphology, Resistance and Decolonizing TB (speaker TBC)
Advances in TB Diagnostics (Marcel Behr, Montreal, QC)
Treatment of latent TB. Recent advances in new shorter regimens, and new recommendations – by the World Health Organization, and the Centres for Disease control (Dick Menzies, Montreal, QC)
Tuberculosis from birth to adolescence (Ian Kitai, Toronto, ON)

Live Oral Presentations

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

On Demand Poster Viewing
On Demand Exhibit Hall

12:00 – 13:00 State of the Art Clinical Lecture: Bacteriophages – Solution to Antimicrobial Resistance? (Steffanie Strathdee, San Diego, CA)

13:15 – 14:15 State of the Art Clinical Lecture: Use of Artificial Intelligence to Detect and Control Epidemics (Kamran Khan, Toronto, ON)

Live Oral Presentations

Thursday, April 29, 2021

On Demand Poster Viewing
On Demand Exhibit Hall

11:30 – 14:30 Plenary: Clinical Controversies in Infectious Diseases and Diagnostic Microbiology  

Mandatory Childhood Immunization: should we debate this issue or consider our options? (Monika Naus, Vancouver, BC and Noni MacDonald, Halifax, NS) (co-developed with CAIRE)
To Screen or Not to Screen: VRE-Evaluating the Data (Jennie Johnstone, Toronto, ON and Stephanie Smith, Edmonton, AB)

Live Oral Presentations

Friday, April 30, 2021

On Demand Poster Viewing
On Demand Exhibit Hall

12:30 – 13:30 State of the Art Clinical Lecture: Zoonoses and preparedness in the Anthropocene (Craig Stephen, Saskatoon, SK)

13:45 – 16:00 Plenary: What’s Hot in Adult and Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Diagnostic Microbiology?

What’s Hot in Adult ID (Natasha Press, Vancouver, BC)
What’s Hot in Paediatric ID (Joan Robinson, Edmonton, AB)
What’s Hot in Diagnostic Microbiology (David Goldfarb, Vancouver, BC)
What’s Hot in Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) (Titus Wong, Vancouver, BC)

Closing Remarks

Poster viewing will be available on demand throughout the event, with specific times assigned for poster presenters to be available virtually to answers questions. 

(Program details subject to change)


     Registration details now available!       

Early Bid *(on or before April 5, 2021)
Member                        $400
Non-Member                $625
Student Member **     $75
Student Non-Member** $75

Full Rate (after April 5, 2021)
Member                        $475
Non-Member                $675
Student Member **       $100
Student Non-Member** $100

Please note all Prices are in Canadian dollars and All Taxes will be added to base registration fee based on the location of the registrant.

Early Bird *In order to benefit from discounted rates, payment of early bird registration fees must be received before the early bird cut-off date (April 5, 2021).

Student Rates **In order to benefit from student rates, a letter of attestation from the teaching institution indicating that the registrant is enrolled in a full-time program must accompany the registration. Please send the letter by email to

Payment Policy

Conference registrations are not considered confirmed until full payment is received. All conference registration fees must be paid prior to commencement of the AMMI Canada-CACMID Annual Conference 2021 (April 25, 2021). This includes payment for all optional events.

Cancellation and Reimbursement Policy

Cancellation request must be submitted in writing. Those received on or before April 5, 2021 – 100% refund (less $50 administration fee); those received on or before April 19, 2021 – 50% refund (less $50 administration fee); those received after April 19, 2021, cannot be refunded. Registration may be transferred at any time without penalty.


Abstract dispositions have been sent out via email to the submitting authors.

Oral Schedule & Presentation Instructions – Click here
E-poster Schedule & Presentation Instructions – Click here
Student E-poster Schedule & Presentation Instructions – Click here

Important Dates:

  • All ORAL presenters MUST complete a Conflict-of-Interest declaration, for accreditation purposes, by Friday, March 19th, 2021. Click here to access ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM.
  • All STUDENT ORAL & POSTER COMPETITION presenters MUST fill in and submit to the Student/Technologist/Trainee Award Competition Form, by Friday, March 19th, 2021 (FORM).
  • The presenting author MUST be registered for the conference by Wednesday, March 31, 2021. If registration is not completed by this date, the abstract will be removed and will not be published. Register Here
  • Presenters are required to submit their presentations via Dropbox no later than March 31st, 2021. Links to Dropbox are in the Schedule & Presentation Documents (above). There is a different Dropbox link for e-posters, student e-posters and orals.
  • If an abstract is to be withdrawn, the AMMI Canada – CACMID Conference Secretariat must be advised in writing, by email and sent to by Wednesday, March 31, 2021.  

IMPORTANT: Canceling your virtual conference registration WILL NOT automatically withdraw your abstract.

For more information or if you have questions please contact

Planning Committees

Central Planning Committee (CPC)

Tanis Dingle
Sarah Forgie

Scientific Planning Committee Co-Chairs
Christine Turenne
Susan Poutanen
Robert Kozak

Carmen L. Charlton
Andrew Simor

Sponsorship Committee Co-Chairs
Jeff Fuller
Shariq Haider

Abstract Co-Chairs
Christian Lavallée
Christopher Lowe

Committee Members
Agatha Jassem
Todd Hatchette
Deborah Yamamura

Scientific Planning Committee (SPC)

Christine Turenne
Susan Poutanen
Robert Kozak

Committee Members
Agatha Jassem
William Connors
Esther Nagai
Melanie Di Quinzio
Samir Patel
Ramzi Fattouh
Vanessa Tran
Valentina Russell
Jennie Johnstone
Danielle Brabant-Kirwan
Christian Lavallée
Farhan Khan
Christopher Lowe
David Patrick
Peter Pieroni
Earl Rubin
Joanne Salmon
Yoko Schreiber
Prameet M. Sheth
Kathy Malejczyk
Glenn Patriquin
Marthe Charles
Philippe Lagacé-Wiens
Catherine Hogan

Sponsorship Committee

Jeff Fuller
Shariq Haider

Committee Members
Dwight Ferris
Don Vinh
Titus Wong
Deborah Yamamura

Collaborating Societies

Associations des médecins microbiologists infectiologues du Québec (AMMIQ)

British Columbia Association of Medical Microbiologists (BCAMM)

Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR)

Canadian College of Microbiologists (CCM) 

Canadian Foundation Infectious Diseases (CFID) Canadian

Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP)

Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)

Critical Care – Infectious Diseases Network (CCIDN)

European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID)

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Canada

Updated on March 1, 2021