Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

2023 AMMI Canada-CACMID Annual Conference

2023 Conference Sponsors

We are very grateful for the support from our industry partners, and we are pleased to acknowledge that all of our sponsorship opportunities have been fulfilled. Please direct all future sponsorship inquiries to

Thank you to all delegates, sponsors and exhibitors who participated in the 2023 AMMI Canada – CACMID Annual Conference. The conference was a great success.

Dr Bugs Escape Room was a new addition to the conference. We had 18 team participates. The fastest to escape in a time of 22:54 was the “Gorgus Group”.  The “Mac Microbes” were a close second finishing with a time of 23:55. Honourable mention goes to the “McMasters” who finished in 31:10.

The team that won the Gamemasters Certificate of Achievement was the “Nerd Herd” for being the most collaborative group of all the teams. Honourable mention goes to the “NMLs” for being the most resourceful team. CLICK HERE to view all the team photos.

The conference also gave us an opportunity to recognize excellence in our community. See below for all the award recipients.



8:00 – 12:00One Health and Blood Operator Workshop
8:30 – 13:00AMMI Canada Council Meeting
12:00 – 17:00AMMI Canada CRN Meeting
12:30 – 17:00Trainees’ Day
17:00 – 18:00Trainees’ Day Welcome Reception
17:00 – 19:00CACMID Board Meeting
18:00 – 19:30Paladin co-developed accredited learning activity with dinner
Management of complicated Gram-positive infections in adult patients:
current treatment challenges, unmet needs, and new treatment options
7:00 – 9:00Masterclasses
New Tuberculosis Guidelines
Lab Validation and Verification
7:30 – 9:00Roche Canada co-developed accredited learning activity with breakfast
Part I: Transplant viral load testing for BKV and EBV
Part II: Mycoplasma genitalium infections: A challenge in Canada
9:15 – 11:30Plenary
Emerging Infectious Diseases in Canada – From Poop to Data to Diagnostics
11:30 – 12:30Merck Canada co-developed accredited learning activity
Management of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) in transplantation
12:30 – 14:30Lunch and Exhibit Hall Open
12:30 – 14:30In-Person Poster Presentations
12:30 – 14:30AMMI Canada AGM and Sections Meeting
14:45 – 15:45State of the Art Clinical Lecture
Travel and Refugee Infectious Disease Update 
16:00 – 17:00GSK co-developed accredited learning activity
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in older adults:
The under recognized burden
17:00 – 18:00Merit and Association Awards Presentations
18:00 – 18:30Special Lecture
Stanley’s Dream: The Canadian Medical Expedition to Easter Island
18:30 – 20:00Meet and Greet Welcome Reception
Poster Viewing and Presentations
7:00 – 9:00Masterclasses
Genomics: Impact on IPAC and PH
Optimizing options to end the epidemic: Harnessing the full array of antiretroviral agents for the treatment and prevention of HIV
7:30 – 9:00Pfizer Canada co-developed accredited learning activity with breakfast
Reduce the Risk: Optimizing care for patients at risk of COVID-19
9:15 – 11:15Plenary
Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Updates: Making Sense of the Breakpoint Alphabet Soup and Rapid AST Options
11:30 – 12:30Hologic co-developed accredited learning activity 
Complementing In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) molecular testing menu options with Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs)
12:30 – 14:30Lunch and Exhibit Hall Open
12:30 – 14:30In-Person Poster Presentations
12:30 – 14:30CACMID AGM with special 90th anniversary lecture by Dr. Michael Mulvey
14:45 – 15:45State of the Art Clinical Lecture
Oral vs. IV Antibiotics: A Tough Pill to Swallow?
16:00 – 17:00Student Oral Presentations Competition – Session A
16:00 – 17:00Oral Presentations – Session B
17:15 – 18:15Case Reports Symposium
18:30 – 20:30AstraZenca unaccredited learning activity with dinner
18:30 – 22:30JAMMI Editorial Board Meeting
6:30 – 8:30CFID Bug Run
7:00 – 9:00Masterclasses
How to Build a Research Program
Communication with the Public/ Social Media
7:30 – 9:00CSL Seqirus co-developed accredited learning activity with breakfast
A critical look at influenza vaccine technologies: From bench to bedside
9:15 – 10:15State of the Art Clinical Lecture
Fundamentals of laboratory stewardship: essential components and easy wins
10:30 – 11:30Oral Presentations – Session C
10:30 – 11:30Oral Presentations – Session D
11:30 – 13:30Lunch and In-Person Poster Presentations
11:30 – 13:30CCM AGM
11:30 – 13:30AMMI Canada Phage Working Group Meeting
12:00 – 13:30Merck Canada co-developed accredited learning activity with lunch
Pneumococcal vaccines for adults – past, present, and future
12:00 – 13:30ViiV Healthcare Canada co-developed accredited learning activity with lunch
When RWE reinforce RCT results: Review of the effectiveness and barrier to resistance of DTG/3TC in clinical practice
13:45 – 14:45State of the Art Clinical Lecture
Nuclear Medicine In Infectious Disease
14:45 – 15:45Sanofi co-developed accredited learning activity
RSV burden of disease in infants – A need for all infant protection
16:00 – 18:00Plenary
What’s Hot in Infectious Disease, Medical Microbiology, Stewardship and Infection Control
Co-Developed with Canadian Foundation for Infectious Diseases (CFID)
18:00 – 18:30Merit, Poster, and Research Awards
Closing Remarks


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2019 AMMI Canada Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Jay Keystone

2022 AMMI Canada Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Sharon Walmsley

2022 AMMI Canada Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Andrew Simor

2022 AMMI Canada New Investigator Award
Dr. Anthony Bai

2023 John G. FitzGerald – CACMID Outstanding Microbiologist Award
Dr. Lori Burrows

2023 Michael R. Mulvey Studentship Award
Dr. Domenica De Luca

2023 CACMID Student Poster Award
Emma Finlayson-Trick
“Effects of oral iron supplementation on gut bacterial composition in Cambodian women of reproductive age: A randomized controlled trial”

2023 CACMID President’s Student Poster Award
Elizabeth Simms
“Cases of PCR-Positive Blood for Anaplasma phagocytophilum in Nova Scotia: A Review from May – September 2022”

2023 CACMID Technologist: Clinical Research Scientist Poster Award
Christine Lukac
“Hospitalizations for acute respiratory diseases among children before and during the COVID-19 pandemic”

2023 CACMID Student Oral Abstract Award
Ariana Saatchi
“Retrospective cohort analysis of appropriate antibiotic use for community-acquired pneumonia in Canadian older adults”

2023 CFID Dr. John M. Embil Mentorship Award in Infectious Diseases
Dr. Nick Daneman

2023 CCM Distinguished Microbiologists Award
Dr. Linda Chui

2023 CCM Student Poster Award
Brody Duncan

2023 CCM Dr. Kenneth Rozee Memorial Student Poster Award
Yerin (Rina) Lee

2023 PICNIC Dr. Susan King Paediatric Abstract Award
Elisabeth Mercier

Award recipients not present

2022 AMMI Canada Trainee Research Award
Dr. Jordan Mah
For his manuscript entitled “Microbiological Characterization of Actinotignum schaalii Strains Causing Invasive Infections during a Multiyear Period in a Large Canadian Health Care Region”.

2023 AMMI Canada Student Poster Award
Adam Komorowski
For his poster titled: “Methodological and reporting quality of non-inferiority randomised controlled trials comparing antiretroviral therapies: A systematic review”.

2023 CFID Verity Pharma Resident Travel Award in Infectious Diseases
Shealynn Carpenter

For her project titled “The period prevalence of a beta-lactam allergy label in patients prescribed carbapenems: A retrospective cohort study”.

2023 Canadian Foundation for Infectious Diseases (CFID) Summer Student Research Program Award
Justine Beghin

For her project titled “Targeting Hepatitis B Virus by pretending to be Hepatitis D Virus”, under the supervision of Dr. Vanessa Meier-Stephenson.

2022 JAMMI Trainee Published Manuscript Award
Dr. Suefay Liu
For her manuscript entitled “Epidemiology and associated risk factors for candidemia in a Canadian tertiary pediatric hospital:an11-year review”

2023 Award for Leadership in Syndromic Infectious Disease Testing Award sponsored by Biomerieux
Dr. Charlene Ranadheera
For her study titled “A four specimen-pooling scheme reliably detects SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses using the BioFire FilmArray Respiratory Panel 2.1.”.

2023 NCCID – CFID Infectious Diseases Knowledge Translation Award
Monika Kowatsch

For her project titled “Drawing back the curtain on basic science: community engagement in Canada and Kenya”, under the supervision of Dr. Keith Fowke.


Agatha Jassem
Deborah Yamamura

Scientific Planning Committee Co-Chairs
Robert Kozak
Susan Poutanen

Carmen L. Charlton
Christopher Lowe

Sponsorship Committee

Jeff Fuller
Shariq Haider

Abstract  Committee

Danielle Brabant-Kirwan
Christian Lavallée

Committee Members
Tanis Dingle
Sarah Forgie
Yves Longtin
Prameet M. Sheth

Robert Kozak
Susan Poutanen

Committee Members
Morgan Alford
Danielle Brabant-Kirwan
Marthe Charles
William Connors
Ramzi Fattouh
Jessica Forbes
Catherine Hogan
Agatha Jassem
Jennie Johnstone
Farhan Khan
Philippe Lagacé-Wiens
Christian Lavallée
Vivian Loo
Vanessa Meier-Stephenson
Esther Nagai
Samir Patel
David Patrick
Glenn Patriquin
Peter Pieroni
Earl Rubin
Prameet M. Sheth
Vanessa Tran

Jeff Fuller
Shariq Haider

Committee Members
Dwight Ferris
Don Vinh
Titus Wong



Conference registrations are not considered confirmed until full payment is received. All conference registration fees must be paid prior to commencement of the commencement of the AMMI Canada – CACMID Annual Conference, March 29, 2023. This includes payment for all optional events.

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