bioMérieux Canada is hosting a free symposium on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) during World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) on November 22 & 23, 2022 at the Park Hyatt Toronto.

Day 1: From diagnostics to patient
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

9:30 am – 4:30 pm EDT


  • Participants will get updates about the current status of AMR in Canada.
  • Participants will expand their understanding on the role that microbiology laboratories can play in the fight against AMR.
  • Participants will learn more about new diagnostic approaches.

Intended audience:

  • Microbiology lab technologists and supervisors
  • Microbiologists
  • Students studying infectious diseases and clinical microbiology
  • Anyone who wants to know more about AMR

Preliminary Agenda


  • Dr. Susan Poutanen: Multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) in the laboratory – impact and challenges
  • Dr. Tony Mazzulli: Understanding breakpoints
  • Dr. Philippe Dufresne: 2022 update on yeast susceptibility testing
  • Dr. Tanis Dingle, Dr. Ramzi Fattouh: Is it time to BENCH phenotypic Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (AST) and step into the genomic era? A debate


  • Dr. Victor Leung: From diagnosis to treatment – The power of diagnostic and antimicrobial stewardship
  • Dr. Charles Frenette: Update on antimicrobial resistance situation in Canada
  • Katherine Perez: Role and gaps of current microbiology diagnostics to address sepsis
  • Dr. Stefanovic; Scott Bergman: Experience with rapid molecular test for sepsis
  • Dr. Danielle Brabant-Kirwan: Canadian clinical microbiology laboratory initiatives that support antimicrobial stewardship programs

Day 2: Canadian perspectives on AMR: Where we are now and looking ahead
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
9:30 am – 5:00 pm EDT

Hosted in collaboration with the Emerging & Pandemic Infections Consortium (EPIC) at the University of Toronto.

Two sessions:

  1. The current state of AMS and AMR research
  2. New approaches to combating AMR


  • Participants will learn about current research initiatives and explore new research efforts to further our understanding of antimicrobial resistance and learn about new innovative approaches to help preserve antimicrobials.
  • Participants will expand their understanding of successes and challenges for antimicrobial stewardship efforts across different healthcare settings in Canada.
  • Participants will evaluate current efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance and brainstorm ideas to help overcome current challenges.

Intended audience:

  • Healthcare professionals: pharmacy, infectious disease, nurse, medical researchers, clinicians, clinician scientists, biomedical & clinical researchers etc.
  • Policy makers and public health agency officials
  • Anyone who wants to know more about AMR

Preliminary Agenda


  • Dr. Susan Poutanen: Gaps in our understanding of AMR – How research can help
  • Dr. Jane Parmley: One Health and AMR
  • Dr. Bradley Langford: A pandemic within a pandemic: antibiotic resistance and COVID-19
  • Panel discussion – Best practice sharing case studies of stewardship in action
    • Moderator: Dr. Tony Mazzulli
    • Panelists: Melissa Kucey; Dr. Jeya Nadarajah; Dr. Paul Bonnar; Stefanie Lam


  • Plenary Lecture – Dr. John Conly: Why we need a One Health approach to stewardship


  • Dr. Cora Constantinescu: Promoting behavioral change: adapting stewardship approaches based on behavioral models
  • Dr. Kevin Schwartz: Antimicrobial stewardship for primary care
  • Dr. Karen Maxwell: Research advances in the antimicrobial
  • pipeline: novel phage-based therapeutics
  • Dr. Nikki Weckman: CRISPR-based point-of-care diagnostics for monitoring resistance
  • Dr. George Zhanel: New antimicrobial pipeline: what’s in development and what’s needed
  • Panel discussion – A call to action: setting research priorities to address knowledge gaps in AMR/AMS
    • Moderator: Dr. Robert Kozak
    • Panelists: Dr. Kevin Schwartz; Dr. Karen Maxwell; Dr. Nikki Weckman


We will be in touch in the coming weeks with additional information including:

  • Final agenda
  • Calendar invitation
  • Parking


For those requiring flights and accommodations, please note that these will be at your own expense. However, to reserve a room at the hotel Park Hyatt, we are pleased to offer our discounted rate of $375 plus tax/night for a standard deluxe king on the nights of November 21st and November 22nd. Note that the prevailing room rate is available until October 21st and based on hotel availability. For
more details, please reach out to Josiane Clement at

Should you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Kouadio

For more information and to register, visit:

Updated on October 26, 2022