Speakers Bios

Conference Speakers

Baljit Singh

Provincial Health Services Authority

British Columbia

Karen Dallas

Head Hematophathology & Tranfusion Medicine

St. Paul's Hospital Vancouver, British Columbia

Phillip Morehouse


Phillip is a Medical Laboratory Technologist with the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science and has over three decades of experience in the areas of Clinical Laboratories and Healthcare Management, Quality Management Systems, Risk Management and Infection Prevention and Control. He has held Leadership positions spanning four provinces and is a Senior Member of the American Society of Quality holding certification as a Manager of Quality and Organization Excellence. He has recently volunteered with the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute’s Document Development Committee on Quality Management Systems. Phillip is the National Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs for LifeLabs, the largest provider of community Laboratory Services in Canada. LifeLabs Reference Laboratories are ISO certified by the Institute of Quality Management in Healthcare.

Lucy Berte

Laboratories Made Better Consulting

Broomfield, Colorado, USA

Carolyn Canfield

Hon Lecturer UBC Dept. of Family Practice; 

2014 Patient Safety Champion

Debbie Griswold

BC Agency for Pathology and laboratory Medicine

British Columbia

Jennifer Flexman

Director of Product and Service Innovation

LifeLabs, British Columbia

Michael Noble

University of British Columbia

British Columbia

Sheila Woodcock

President of QSE Consulting and Convenor ISO/TC212 WG1
Quality and competence in the medical laboratory

Jim Hutchinson

Vancouver Island Health Authority

British Columbia

John Galbraith

Vancouver Island Health Authority

Dr. Galbraith graduated from the University of Alberta medical school in 1983 and subsequently completed training and certification in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology. In 1991 he joined the medical staff of the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton and served as Head of Microbiology and Chief of Infectious Diseases. He joined the medical staff of Dynacare Kasper Medical Laboratories in 1996 and in 2000 was appointed their Medical Director. He served in that capacity until October 2005 when he relocated to beautiful Victoria.
He currently serves as a medical microbiologist in Island Health with particular interests in molecular diagnostics, quality improvement and the epidemiology of blood stream infections. He is also the medical lead for microbiology with BC's Agency for Pathology and Lab Medicine.

Veronica Restelli


British Columbia

Blake Gilks

Vancouver Coastal Health

British Columbia

Aaron Hirschfeld

Clinical applications consultant - BD Biosciences, Vancouver BC

Aaron Hirschfeld is a Clinical Applications Consultant with BD Life Sciences specializing in clinical flow cytometry. He received an Master’s Degree in Immunology from the University of Calgary and was involved in translational research at the BC Children’s Hospital for a number of years before joining BD Biosciences in 2013. During his time at BD he has been working with laboratory staff in the clinical research environments to teach best practices in flow cytometry and to educate and bring attention to new and novel technologies and techniques.

Lucy Perrone

ITECH University of Washington

Dr. Lucy Perrone is a health laboratory advisor specialized in infectious disease diagnosis, surveillance and response, and laboratory capacity building in resource-limited countries. Dr. Perrone has worked in multiple countries worldwide since 2009. Her areas of expertise include infectious disease diagnosis and surveillance, laboratory systems and capacity building, and improving human resources for health. Dr. Perrone previously worked for the CDC and WHO and joined I-TECH in 2011. She is the Director of the Certificate Program in Laboratory Leadership and Management at the University of Washington and also leads Laboratory Systems Strengthening programs at I-TECH. In this role Dr. Perrone provides leadership and technical assistance in laboratory capacity development to multiple Ministries of Health

Malcolm Ashford


British Columbia

Christine Nielsen


Michael Astion, MD, PhD

Seattle Children's Hospital

Dr. Astion is a clinical pathologist who is Medical Director, Department of Laboratories at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Clinical Professor of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington.  His career is divided between clinical service, teaching, and research and development. He has authored more than 20 software titles, 40 peer-reviewed papers, and 40 editorials.  He is the editor-in-chief of Patient Safety Focus, which appears quarterly within AACC’s Clinical Laboratory News.  He is currently working actively, through grants and intellectual property held by the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s, with the insurance industry in the United States to create utilization management rules for clinical laboratory testing. In addition, he is one of the founders of PLUGS, the Pediatric Laboratory Utilization Guidance Service, a unique service that helps pediatric hospitals and clinics actively increase the value of lab testing.   Dr. Astion is a frequent speaker at professional meetings, where he lectures on issues related to laboratory test utilization; test interpretation; laboratory economics and outreach; and medical errors. His awards include:

  • American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Theriot Award for Excellence in Media, which he received twice for his educational software.
  • AACC Annual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Patient Safety (2006)
  • AACC Annual Award for Contributions to Management Science (2007)
  • AACC Annual Award for Contributions to Education (2014)

Robert Rennie, PhD FCCM D(ABMM)

Professor Emeritus
Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry University of Alberta
Clinical Microbiology Consultant, Alberta Health Services.