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NACI Membership/Representation

Dr. Ian Gemmill
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health
Kingston, Ontario

Dr. Ian Gemmill has been the Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health since 1997. Previously, he was the Associate Medical Officer of Health for the Ottawa-Carleton Health Department from 1981 to 1997 and was Director of the Sexual Health Clinic in Ottawa. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at Queen's University, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Public Health & Preventive Medicine, an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), and a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Dr. Gemmill has 31 years of experience in public health in Ontario and has a strong interest in communicable diseases, immunisation, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual health and tobacco use control. He is currently chair of Ontario's & rovincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee on Immunisation, he sits on the National Advisory Committee on Immunisation (NACI) (1996-2003 and 2013 to the present as a full member, 2011 to 2013 as a liaison member for the CPHA), and serves on NACI's working group on influenza vaccine.

Dr Gemmill has served on a number of other national and provincial committees on communicable diseases and immunisation. He is the former chair of the Canadian Coalition for Immunisation Awareness and Promotion and he served as co-chair of the Pandemic Vaccine Working Group for the Public Health Agency of Canada (2008 to 2010). He was a member of the Ontario Provincial Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases (1996 to 2004), the Board of the National Cancer Institute of Canada (2007-2009) and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Public Health Association (several terms). Dr Gemmill is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Community Health & Epidemiology and of Family Medicine at Queen's University, and is currently director of the Public Health & Medicine Residency Programme at Queen's.


Dr. Shelley Deeks
Public Health Ontario
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Shelley Deeks is the Medical Director of Immunization and Vaccine Preventable Diseases at Public Health Ontario and an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is a member of Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization, Scientific Lead of Ontario's Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee on Immunization and Past Chair of the World Health Organization's Immunization Practices Advisory Committee. Dr. Deeks holds Fellowships in Public Health in both Canada and Australia.

Dr. Bonnie Henry
Centre for Disease Control and University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Colombia

Bonnie Henry is currently the Director of Public Health Emergency Management with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and is Medical Director for the provincial Emerging and Vector-borne Diseases program as well as a provincial program for surveillance and control of healthcare associated infections; a position she started in February of 2005. Previously she was Associate Medical Officer of Health for Toronto Public Health, where she was responsible for the Emergency Services Unit and the Communicable Disease Liaison Unit. She is a specialist in Community Medicine and is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine in the US. She graduated from Dalhousie Medical School and completed a Masters in Public Health in San Diego, residency training in preventive medicine at University of California, San Diego and in community medicine at University of Toronto. More recently, Dr. Henry worked with the WHO/UNICEF Polio eradication program in Pakistan in 2000 and with the World Health Organisation to control the Ebola outbreak in Uganda in 2001. She joined Toronto Public Health in September 2001 and in 2003 was one of the leads in the response to the SARS outbreak in Toronto. She was on the executive of the Ontario SARS Scientific Advisory Committee and is an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine. She is currently the Chair of Immunization Canada where she has led the development of programs for the promotion of immunization throughout life.

Dr. Deepali Kumar
University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario

Deepali Kumar is an Associate Professor of Medicine, University Health Network, Transplant Infectious Diseases & Multi-Organ Transplant Program, and is a consultant in Transplant Infectious Diseases.

Deepali Kumar obtained her MD and BSc from the University of Ottawa, where she also completed her internal medicine residency. Dr. Kumar then did her infectious diseases training at both the University of California-San Diego and McMaster University. She further trained in transplant infectious diseases and infections in the immunocompromised host and received a MSc at the University of Toronto. She was Assistant Professor and Active Staff at the University Health Network in Toronto till 2007.

Deepali Kumar's clinical and research interests focus on infections in the immunocompromised host include vaccine-preventable diseases, fungal infections, and respiratory viral infections in solid organ and bone marrow transplantation. She is executive member of the Infectious Diseases community of practice (2008-2010) and Transplant Infectious Diseases Study Group (TIDSG) of the American Society of Transplantation (AST). She also is member of the Canadian Standards' Association technical committee for Tissue and Organ transplantation.

Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec

Caroline Quach-Thanh is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and an associate member of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University. She is the co-director of the McGill University Health Center Vaccine Study Center and works as a pediatric infectious diseases consultant and a medical microbiologist at The Montreal Children's Hospital. She also has a cross-appointment at the Quebec Institute of Public Health.

Caroline Quach graduated from the Université de Montréal Medical School, did her pediatric training at Sainte-Justine Hospital, and her post-graduate Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology training at McGill University where she also obtained a Masters of Sciences in Epidemiology. Her research interests are focused on the prevention of infections – both healthcare-associated infections and vaccine-preventable diseases. She currently also serves on the Quebec Immunization Committee (CIQ), the Quebec Nosocomial Infection Committee (CINQ), and chairs the Quebec Daycare Infection Prevention Committee (CPISGEQ).

Dr. Marina Salvadori
Children's Hospital of Western Ontario
London, Ontario

Marina Salvadori graduated from medicine at Queen's University in 1991.
She did her residency training in pediatrics at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, then trained in Infectious Diseases at The Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto. She was working there in May 2000, and joined a team of pediatricians who responded to the call for help from Walkerton. She spent the summer of 2000 working in Walkerton, then moved to London in October 2000. She is currently a pediatric infectious diseases consultant at London Health Sciences Center-Children's Hospital, and an Associate Professor at the Schulich school of medicine and dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario. She is part of the team that conducted the Walkerton Health Study to provide care and monitor health problems of the people of Walkerton. She is also very interested in immunizations and immunization advocacy and regularly does teaching and workshops about immunizations. She has represented the Canadian Pediatric Society as a liaison member to NACI.

Dr. Blair Seifert
Royal University Hospital
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Blair Seifert is a Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator at the Royal University Hospital Site. He is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy, and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree with a specialty in Pediatric Clinical Pharmacy in 1981.

Blair Seifert is involved with several Provincial, National and International pharmacy and medical organizations. He has participated in National and International committees and forums related to medication use in children and expectant parents as well as participating in the planning and delivery of continuing, professional development programs for pharmacists, physicians, and nurses, and many education programs for families. The use of vaccines and other immunizing agents to prevent disease is an integral part of his practice.

Dr. Nadine Sicard
Ministry of Health and Social Services
Montreal, Quebec

Nadine Sicard studied medicine and Public Health at Sherbrooke and Montréal universities. Since 2011, she has been a medical advisor in the Public Health protection team of Quebec's Ministry of Health and Social Services and contributes, particularly, to the immunization and hospital acquired infections teams. She held the position of Associate Medical Officer of Health at Ottawa Public Health from 2008 to 2011, mostly in the areas of communicable disease prevention and control, emergency preparedness and response and management of the vaccine preventable diseases programs. Prior to working in Ottawa, Dr. Sicard worked in the areas of policy development, quality assurance and communicable disease control in Montreal and Abitibi-Témiscamingue. She's been involved in the management of public health outbreaks including pandemic influenza. She has contributed to several provincial and national advisory committees, such as NACI, as the liaison member for the Canadian Public Health Association from 2008 to 2011. Dr Sicard has held adjunct Faculty appointments at l'Université de Montréal and Queen's University. She has been the Chair of the Influenza Working Group of NACI since 2010, and in this role has coordinated the development of several NACI statements related to influenza, such as the annual seasonal influenza statements and newly authorized influenza vaccines.

Dr. Wendy Vaudry
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

Wendy Vaudry is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta and Director of Infectious Diseases at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton. Her research interests include the epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases and vaccine adverse events; she is the current national co-PI of IMPACT (the Canadian Pediatric Society and Health Canada's Immunization monitoring program, active). Other research interests include congenital CMV infection and transplant infectious diseases. She is a graduate of Medical School at McGill University and trained in Pediatrics at the Montreal Children's Hospital, Infectious Diseases at the University of Alberta and Transplant Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington.

Dr. Richard Warrington
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Richard Warrington received his Medical degree from the Royal London Hospital, London, England in 1968, and moved to St John's, Newfoundland in 1969 to help found the new Medical School at Memorial University. He received his PhD in Immunology from Memorial University, in 1973. He trained in Allergy & Clinical Immunology at the University of Manitoba until 1976, when he joined the Section of Allergy & Clinical Immunology in the Department of Medicine., which he has headed since 1982. From 1983 to 1996, Dr. Warrington directed the Rheumatic Disease Unit Research Laboratory at the University of Manitoba. His research has been on cytokines and autoantibodies and drug hypersensitivity. He is currently studying the effects of anti-cytokines antibodies in intravenous gammaglobulin.

Richard Warrington is Professor of Medicine & Immunology at the University of Manitoba, A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, past Chief Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, President of the Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology.

Executive Secretary

Dr. Shainoor Ismail

Liaison Representatives

Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease CanadaExternal Link
Dr. Anne Pham-Huy
Ottawa, Ontario

Society of Obstetrics and GyneacologistsExternal Link
Dr. Jennifer Blake
Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian Immunization Committee
Ms. Elaine Sartison
Edmonton, Alberta

Canadian Public Health AssociationExternal Link
Dr. Shelley Deeks
Toronto, Ontario

Center for Disease Control and PreventionExternal Link
Dr. Alison Mawle
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Canadian Paediatric SocietyExternal Link
Dr. Dorothy Moore
Montreal, Quebec

Canadian Association for Immunization Research and EvaluationExternal Link
Dr. Jason Brophy
Ottawa, Ontario

College of Family Physicians of CanadaExternal Link
Dr. Julie Emili
Hamilton, Ontario

Community and Hospital Infection and Control Association
Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health
Dr. Martin Lavoie
Edmonton, Alberta

Ex-officio Representatives

Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters
LCol (Dr.) Paul Eagan

Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
Ottawa, Ontario

Biologics and Genetic Therapies DirectorateExternal Link
Dr. Agnes Klein

Health Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases (CIRID)
Vaccine Safety

Dr. Barbara Law Public Health Agency of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases (CIRID)
Influenza and other Respiratory Diseases

Dr. Tom Wong
Public Health Agency of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases (CIRID)
Immunization Programs and Promotion

Ms. Gina Charos
Public Health Agency of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases (CIRID)
Vaccine and Immunization Program Surveillance
Ms. Monique St-Laurent
Public Health Agency of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

First Nations and Inuit Health BranchExternal Link
Dr. Diego Garcia
Health Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Marketed Health Products DirectorateExternal Link
Dr. Elaine Taylor
Health Canada
Ottawa, Ontario