2019 Conference Speakers

Michael Noble
Chair, Program Office for Laboratory Quality Management
Dr. Noble is a Medical Microbiologist and Internal Medicine specialist by training with more than 30 years of experience. He has been an Infectious Diseases physician, an Infection Control physician, a Laboratory Specialist, and a researcher at various times throughout his career.
He has also been actively involved in medical laboratory quality management issues for almost 25 years. Dr. Noble took over the stewardship of the University of British Columbia Clinical Microbiology Proficiency Testing (CMPT) program in 1983, when it was a small regional program for the southwest corner of British Columbia, and developed into a cross-Canada program with international outreach.
In 2001, Dr. Noble developed the Program Office for Laboratory Quality Management (POLQM) to function as a companion program to CMPT to broaden the scope of both in terms of research and education opportunities. The “Program Office” has been successfully engaged in national and international research in laboratory quality management.
Through these two programs, Dr. Noble activities have included working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Standards Council of Canada, the Canadian Standards Association, the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC), the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, and the World Health Organization.
Dr. Noble is currently acting as the Senior Technical Advisor for the CLSI cooperative partnership in the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Tanzania. He is the current Chair of the Canadian Advisory Committee for ISO Technical Committee 212, and serves in the Working Group 1, the developer of the newly established international standard for medical laboratories (ISO 15189:2012 – Medical Laboratories – Requirements for Quality and Competence).
Liz McBride, BSc. (MLS), MLT (CMLTA), LQM, ASQ CQA
Director of Accreditation for the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
As the Director of Accreditation for the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, Liz is responsible for the accreditation oversight of over 700 diagnostic and non-hospital surgical facilities.

In her previous role as Program Manager for Laboratory Accreditation Services, Liz has over 20 years of experience managing the medical laboratory accreditation program including leading the development and implementation of ISO compliant, Quality Management System focused standards which are also internationally accredited through the International Society for Quality in Healthcare.

Liz has been a Canadian delegation member on the ISO Technical Committee on Clinical Laboratory Testing and In vitro Diagnostics, Working Group 1 - Quality and Competence in the Medical Laboratory since 2014. She is currently the international Project Lead for the revision of ISO 15190, Requirements for Safety, which is due for publication in 2019.

As a Medical Laboratory Technologist with a degree in Medical Laboratory Science, Liz further pursued her passion for quality, obtaining her certificate in Laboratory Quality Management from the University of British Columbia in 2007 followed by certification as a Certified Quality Auditor with the American Society for Quality in 2009.
Lucy A. Perrone
Assistant Professor of Global Health and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington
Dr. Lucy A. Perrone is an Assistant Professor of Global Health and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington and is the Director of the Certificate Program in Laboratory Leadership and Management at the International Training and Education Center for Health. Dr. Perrone is a laboratory advisor specialized infectious disease diagnosis and surveillance, laboratory systems and capacity building, and improving human resources for health in resource-limited countries. Dr. Perrone has previously worked for the US CDC and WHO-WPRO and since 2009 has worked in international health development in multi resource-limited countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and North Africa and currently lead a large multidisciplinary international team spanning multiple countries globally. She is also an Associate Member of the Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is deeply passionate about improving the lives of others and believe that technology has transformative power when combined with health system strengthening efforts that put people first.
Julie Coffey
Director of Centre for Education of IQMH
Julie Coffey is the Director of Centre for Education of IQMH. Julie is a Medical Laboratory Technologist, certified Quality Auditor, and a certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence. As Director of Education, she is on a mission to help laboratory and diagnostic imaging professionals create processes that are purposeful, inclusive and that infuse a new outlook on quality.
Garnet Horne, MD
Regional Site Chief/Department Head, Red Deer Hospital
Dr. Horne is a graduate of the University of Alberta and received Anatomical Pathology fellowship training at the University of Calgary. He is a staff pathologist in Red Deer (2008), holding the position of Regional Site Chief/Department Head for the Red Deer Hospital and 36 Central Zone regional laboratories in Alberta Public Labs/Alberta Health Services since 2013. Dr. Horne served as a member of the incumbent Board for Alberta Public Laboratories and participates in multiple Sector/Zone based Quality Committees for Alberta Public Labs.
Robert Martin MPH, DrPH
Vice-President Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program (DMDP)
Dr. Robert Martin,has an extensive background in laboratory practice in both clinical and public health settings, including: directing and managing laboratories, addressing state and national policies governing the practice of laboratory medicine, and supporting laboratory capacity development in resource-limited countries. While at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) he served as executive director of CLIAC; the Federal Advisory Committee that, together with FDA and CMS, governs the practice of laboratory medicine in the United States. As Director of Division of Laboratory Systems, he developed the International Laboratory Systems Branch to strengthen laboratory capacity both domestically and internationally. In this capacity Dr. Martin worked with the CDC Global AIDS Program, Department of Defense, World Bank, and World Health Organization in Africa, Southeast Asia and Central Asia to address strengthening of laboratory systems. Dr. Martin joined the University of Washington in 2009 as Director of Informatics and Laboratory Systems Development. In this role, he provided leadership in directing assistance in laboratory capacity development to countries in Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Southern Caucuses, and sub-Saharan Africa. In 2009, Dr. Martin joined the board of directors of the Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program (DMDP) and was the President of DMDP from 2016 -2019. Currently, he is Vice-President of DMDP and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington.
Sheila Woodcock, ART, MBA, FCSMLS(D)
Founder of QSE Consulting Inc.
Sheila Woodcock is the founder of QSE Consulting Inc, a firm filling a niche market relating to quality, standards and education. She is widely recognized as a quality management specialist, based on many years experience in health care, education, professional regulation and consulting. Sheila has been a tutor for the UBC Laboratory Quality Management certificate program for 10 years. She is the Convenor (Chair) of ISO/TC212 WG1 Quality and competence in the medical laboratory, and Project Co-leader for the current revision of ISO15189 Medical Laboratories – Requirements for quality and competence. Sheila volunteers with Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Standards Council of Canada, chairing the Canadian Mirror Committee for ISO /TC212 Clinical Laboratory Testing and In Vitro Diagnostic Test Systems and past chair of the Mirror Committee for ISO/TC276 Biotechnology. Projects and speaking engagements have taken her across Canada, to the Middle East, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, China and a number of African countries. At home in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, Sheila is a keen community volunteer for many local organizations.
Isolde Seiden Long PhD, DCC, FCACB, DABCC
Clinical Biochemist

Alberta Public Laboratories and University of Calgary
Dr. Seiden Long completed her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, Department of Medical Biophysics and later completed postdoctoral studies in the Clinical Chemistry Diploma program at the University of Toronto, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. Dr. Seiden Long is currently a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry; a Diplomat of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry; a Clinical Biochemist with Alberta Public Laboratories; and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Seiden Long first became interested in Measurement Uncertainty calculations in 2007 when her lab in Ontario performed these calculations with OLA alignment to the ISO 15189 laboratory standard. At the time, she had written a Measurement Uncertainty excel calculator to support her own laboratory to perform these calculations for accreditation purposes. The calculator remains available today through Dynacare by open license. Her interest in laboratory standards development commenced in 2014 when she became a member of the CSA Z252, the CSA Technical Committee on Lab Quality Management Systems and SCC Mirror Committee (SMC) for ISO Technical Committee 212 (TC212), Clinical laboratory testing and in vitro diagnostic test systems. She has since been working with the ISO TC212 Working Group 2 (Reference Systems) on an internationally standardized approach to Measurement Uncertainty Calculations which was published by ISO this year in a new Technical Specification (ISO TS 20194: Medical laboratories — Practical guidance for the estimation of measurement uncertainty).
Jim Slater
Chief Provincial Diagnostic Officer
PHSA Laboratory Services
Jim is the new Chief Provincial Diagnostics Officer, leading the development, implementation, and evaluation of the province-wide pathology and medical laboratory service delivery model. He is a visionary leader and diagnostic specialist with over 30 years' experience working across the entire spectrum of health care services. He has a reputation for being an astute, transparent leader who understands the value of effective partnerships when it comes to solving complex, systemic challenges.
Jim comes to PHSA from Winnipeg, where he most recently served as Chief Operating Officer, Provincial Lead for Health Services Support, and Senior Transformation Lead with Shared Health, the provincial health organization for Manitoba. In these roles, he developed strategic and operational plans to support a transformation very similar to the one facing PHSA and BC's regional health authorities today.
Jim is no stranger to BC. He started his career as a medical laboratory technologist and completed his advanced certification in transfusion medicine (ART) at Vancouver General Hospital. In the years since, he has held numerous roles, spanning academia, clinical operations, and executive leadership. He is the former CEO of Diagnostic Services Manitoba, the executive sponsor for Choosing Wisely Manitoba and Personalized Medicine Manitoba, and has served on a number of boards including, most recently the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada and Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, as well as CancerCare Manitoba's advisory medical board.
Lise Matzke MSc, CCRP, MBA
Leader UBC Office of Biobank Education and Research (OBER)
University of British Columbia, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Lise Matzke is the Operations and Business Lead for the UBC Office of Biobank Education and Research (OBER). Lise has spent the past 15 years deeply involved in both the technical and operational levels of biomedical biobanking. Translating her knowledge to help others, Lise works with research groups/institutions to establish and operate new biobanks; develop biobanking quality management systems; innovate change strategies around patient consent; as well as develop novel tools for researchers to use in their everyday operations. Lise teaches undergraduate and graduate students biospecimen research at UBC in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Graham Segal
Dr. Segal comes to LifeLabs from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He is board certified in both Clinical Pathology and Family Medicine. Dr. Segal served as Vice Chairman of Quality in the Department of Family Medicine and Assistant Medical Director of the Clinical Laboratory at Hermann Hospital. With his combination of knowledge and skills, he will help develop a closer relationship between the laboratory community and the physicians and patients we serve.
Robert Rennie
University of Alberta
Ph.D. Medical Microbiology, University of Glasgow Scotland. 1973.
Diplomate, American Board of Medical Microbiology (D-ABMM) 1981.
Fellow, Canadian College of Microbiologists, (FCCM). 1989
- started the fellowship examination programme in Canada.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. 2017

- Clinical Microbiologist in Toronto, Hamilton, Saskatoon and Edmonton, Canada
Head of Medical Microbiology at University of Saskatchewan, and University of Alberta Hospital, Clinical Department Head of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology in the Edmonton Zone.

Quality Laboratory Management in Canada and Internationally.
Previous Chair of CLSI Culture Media Subcommittee.
Previous Assessor and Lead for medical laboratory accreditations for College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and for College of American Pathologists.
Accreditation Assessor for Standards Council of Canada – to ISO 17025, in Canadian Food Inspection Laboratories (CFIA) and Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
Member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Mirror Committee (Z252) to ISO TC212 on Quality Laboratory Management
Deputy Convener to ISO TC212, Working Group 4 (Microbiology and Molecular).
Advisor and Reviewer for Clinical and Laboratory Standards Association Subcommittee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing

Clinical Microbiology Consultant to Thermo Fisher Scientific (global).
- Provision of risk assessments for antimicrobial agents and microbiology products.
Associate Chair Health Research Ethics Board, University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Chair, Canadian Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (CANCAST)
- a National Antibiotic Committee (NAC) as a member of EUCAST – inaugurated the committee in 2016.

Published > 100 peer reviewed research publications in clinical microbiology, quality control and quality assurance.
William Godolphin Professor Emeritus Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Bill Godolphin is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Co-director of Patient & Community Partnership for Education, Office of UBC Health at the University of British Columbia. His formal training was in education and clinical chemistry. Dr Godolphin has been a teacher, clinical chemist and researcher for many years, with projects and publications ranging across lipoproteins, breast cancer prognostic factors, toxicology & therapeutic drug monitoring, laboratory automation & robotics and medical education. Over more than two decades he has, in collaboration with Dr Angela Towle, developed and studied educational interventions that aim to help health professionals engage patients/clients in informed and shared decision making. The most promising (and fun) of these has been the engagement of patients and community to bring their authentic and autonomous voices into health professional education.
Dan Tholen
American Association for Laboratory Accreditation
Mr. Daniel W. Tholen is an independent Consultant and Trainer in statistical methods, specializing in proficiency testing (PT), reference materials (RM), method validation and measurement uncertainty. He has been working with various aspects of PT and Interlaboratory Comparisons for more than 40 years, starting in medical testing as a Statistician for the College of American Pathologists for 15 years, and now he is working in all areas of laboratory testing and calibration, throughout the 65 countries in the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). He currently is a Lead Assessor for accreditation of PT Providers and RM Producers for the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), and serves as Chairman of the PT Provider Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and member of the A2LA TACs for accreditation of Medical Laboratories, Life Sciences Laboratories, and RM Producers. He also is currently a Technical Advisor for One World Accuracy, an accredited medical EQA provider in Vancouver, BC, that offers a full range of collaborative EQA programs throughout the world. He was a Special Government Employee for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Laboratory Services Division for 24 years, working primarily on issues related to the US CLIA regulations for PT. Mr. Tholen was a member of the Evaluation Protocols Area Committee for the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) for over 20 years, as Convener and Contributor many documents, including the current edition of EP29 on the Expression of Measurement Uncertainty in Laboratory Medicine. He served as the Liaison from the ILAC to ISO Technical Committee 69 on Interpretation of Statistical Methods, Subcommittee 6 on measurement methods and results, including Working Groups on measurement accuracy and on issues related to measurement uncertainty. Most recently, Mr. Tholen was the Convener for the second edition of ISO 21748 on Guidance for the use of repeatability, reproducibility and trueness estimates in measurement uncertainty evaluation.
Mana Shirazi-Kia
Oneworld Accuracy
Mana Shirazi-Kia is the Director, Quality Management at 1wa. Mana is an Engineer by training, a certified Lead Quality Auditor with over 17 years of experience implementing, monitoring and managing Quality Management Systems compliance to applicable regulations and standards within biotech industries and most recently at a cannabis testing lab before joining 1wa.
Jean Frederic Flandin
Oneworld Accuracy
Jean-Frederic Flandin is the EQA Sample Production program manager at Oneworld Accuracy. Dr Flandin obtained his Ph.D. in Immunology and Virology from INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier in Québec. He has then worked for 10 years in national and provincial public health laboratories in Canada, Africa and South-East Asia as a technical advisor in microbiology, research and development scientist, and laboratory system implementation specialist before joining 1WA in 2016.
Malcom Ashford
BC Society of Laboratory Science
Darren Lauscher
Long-time advocate/activist within the HIV community at local, provincial and federal levels. I have been living with HIV since 1985. Living with this chronic disease has given me great opportunity to interact with the health care system. The lab has played a significant role in how my health care has unfolded. Laboratory Quality Management has been a critical part of this care and has influenced my participation with it as it evolved over the years behind the scenes.
Michael Mulvey
Chief of the Antimicrobial Resistance and Nosocomial Infections Laboratory at the Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Mulvey is Chief of the Antimicrobial Resistance and Nosocomial Infections Laboratory at the Public Health Agency of Canada and associate professor at the University of Manitoba. His responsibilities include reference, surveillance, outbreak, and research activities related to antimicrobial resistance from a One Health perspective.