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Meet the Executive Team for 2017
PRESIDENT
Eva Skiba
Eva joined PHO as an Infection Control Consultant in 2009. She has a degree in nursing and also holds her GNC and CIC designation. She is a member of IPAC Canada and president elect of the IPAC-Canada GTA chapter. Eva began her career in the Long Term Care sector in the 1990’s, where she acquired extensive experience in both the infection control professional and director of care roles. Eva also worked in Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) in the acute care sector at Credit Valley Hospital in 2009, prior to joining PHO. Eva has presented at a National conference and at provincial and local events.
Email Eva: eva.skiba@oahpp.ca
PRESIDENT ELECT
Rohit Garg
Rohit is a Regional IPAC specialist at Public Health Ontario (PHO) where his key role is to assist in building infection prevention and control knowledge and capacity in stakeholders across the continuum of healthcare. He is involved in developing networks of stakeholders for discussions and development of initiatives on broad range of IPAC topics and concerns. Prior to coming to PHO in 2014, Rohit has held Management positions at IPAC department of Staten Island University Hospital, NY and at Regional Epidemiology Program at New York State Department of Health. Rohit holds a medical degree from India, MPH from Yale University, USA and is CIC certified. Rohit has published and presented at both International and American journals and conferences.
Email Rohit: rohit.garg@oahpp.ca
PAST PRESIDENT
Barley Chironda
Barley Chironda is a Nurse and also the Healthcare National Sales Director and Infection Control Specialist at Clorox Canada. He is certified in Infection prevention and control (CIC™) and has worked extensively as an Infection Preventionist. He takes pride in sharing information via social media and is often engaging the public on Twitter™ and LinkedIn™, partaking in resource distribution related to innovative and novel Infection prevention strategies. Barley has served as the Education Chair for the Infection Prevention and Control Canada-Greater Toronto Area (IPAC-GTA) Chapter and currently holds the role of Social Media Manager (IPAC-Canada) and President (IPAC-GTA) and volunteers as Infection Control Specialist with the C diff Foundation.
Email Barley: barley.chironda@clorox.com
SECRETARY
Melisa Avaness
Melisa is an Infection Prevention and Control coordinator at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She received her Honours Bachelor of Science from University of Toronto and completed Bachelor of Applied Science from Ryerson University specializing in Public health and safety. She started her infection control career in 2010 and obtained her C.I.C designation in 2012. She has worked in infection prevention and control in various hospitals including both Rehab and Acute care settings. She has been a member of IPAC Canada’s Education Core Committee since 2014 and active member of IPAC Canada since 2011.
Email Melisa: melisa.avaness@sunnybrook.ca
TREASURER
Catherine Harlton-Strezov
Catherine has been an employee with Mackenzie Health, IPAC department since 2006. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and holds an RN with the College of Nurses. Her CIC designation has been in good standing since 2008. Her experience in IPAC stated with SARS working for PHO-Central Laboratory, working on various SARS research studies that continued with other community based outbreaks until residing at Mackenzie Health. She has presented posters and abstracts at the IPAC-Canada annual conferences. Her membership with IPAC-GTA has been since 2006 with membership with the Mental Health interest group with IPAC-Canada and currently holds the role of Treasurer since 2016.
Email Catherine: Catherine.Harlton-Strezov@peelregion.ca
WEBMASTER
Shaun Chaimovitz
Shaun has been working at Toronto Public Health (TPH) in the Communicable Disease Liaison Unit since 2009, where he liaises with hospitals on reportable communicable diseases and outbreaks. He received his BASc from Ryerson University's Public Health program in 2008 and his CIC in 2014. He has been an active member of IPAC Canada since 2010 and represents TPH at chapter meetings.
Email Shaun: shaun.chaimovitz@toronto.ca
EDUCATION CHAIR
Kamyab Ghatan
Kamyab joined Sienna Senior Living as an Infection Control Consultant in 2015. He has a M.D degree from Windsor University School of Medicine and also holds a CIC designation and a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. He is a member of IPAC Canada and education chair of the IPAC-Canada GTA chapter.
Email Kamyab: kamyab.ghatan@siennaliving.ca
MARKETING CHAIR
Murtuza Diwan
Murtuza is currently an infection control practitioner at the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital with special interests in tuberculosis and creating IPAC electronic surveillance systems. He graduated from the University of Toronto with Honors in Bachelor of Science, specializing in the Human Biology program with minors in Mathematics and Zoology. He then completed his Post Graduate Diploma and Master of Science degree in Infectious Diseases from University of London (United Kingdom). He has been an active member of IPAC Canada since 2009 and currently holds the role of Chair of Marketing committee along with committee member on the IPAC-Canada Endorsement Review Committee, IPAC-GTA Webmaster committee and IPAC-GTA Education committee.
Email Murtuza: mdiwan@tsh.to
NETWORKING CO-CHAIR
Heather Candon
Heather received her B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Waterloo and her M.Sc. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of British Columbia. She has completed Masters-level courses in statistics and epidemiology through McMaster. She holds a certificate in Infection Prevention and Control from University of British Columbia, achieved her CIC in 2011. Heather is an appointed member of the editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Infection Control. She has worked as a microbiological technician in private industry and in research laboratories. Heather previously worked in infection control at Baycrest Centre in Toronto, Public Health Ontario and St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto. She is currently the Manager of Infection Control at Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill.
Email Heather: heather.candon@mackenziehealth.ca
NETWORKING CO-CHAIR
Katherine Perkin
Katherine is an Infection Control Practitioner working at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital. She graduated from Western University in 2009 as a Registered Kinesiologist. Katherine attained her CIC in 2016 and has worked as an ICP in a variety of settings including rehab, acute care and ambulatory care. She is very excited to be the networking co-chair and is looking forward to meeting you all!
Email Katherine: kperkin@tsh.to