President's Newsletter - Summer 2015
Mon, 20 Jul 2015

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Summer 2015
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Communication and Advocacy

Member Survey 2015

Social Media

Canadian Journal of Pathology


Annual Meeting 2015

Conference Photos

Conference Surveys

Annual Meeting 2016

Call for Proposals

Future Annual Meetings

Resident Review Course

Advanced Diagnostics Section Message


International Liaison of Pathology Presidents (ILPP)

Canadian Leadership Council on Laboratory Medicine (CLCLM)

College of American Pathologists (CAP) & American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP)


CAP-ACP Revised By-laws 2015

Career Opportunities

Contact Us

Welcome to the Summer 2015 Newsletter

TronThis is my first newsletter as President of the CAP-ACP. The newsletter was brought back to life by our Past-President, Martin J. Trotter and is a communication piece that I will continue to offer in my presidency. I have found it to be a useful mechanism to bring attention to our association's activities.

My first order of business is to thank the outgoing Executive members, who have completed their terms, for their service to the association.

Dr. Brian Cummings:
Dr. Brian Cummings has served as Secretary/Treasurer since he took office in October 2009, completing his long term this summer. During the Annual General Meeting, Dr. Cummings was presented with a special award (a clock) representing all the volunteer time he invested into the Association during the transition from RCAM, where the Association was in financial distress, to the current day, where we have financial stability and reserves. Brian was also honoured with the Distinguished Service Award, presented to a member of the CAP-ACP as a mark of recognition of outstanding devotion to the development of the Association. I think that we can all agree that there was no one more fitting to be honored with this prestigious award. Thank you Dr. Cummings for all of your guidance, expertise and contributions to the CAP-ACP.

Dr. Julianne Klein:
Dr. Klein completed her term as member-at-large on the CAP-ACP Executive and also as co-director of the Resident Review Course. She was presented with a commemorative plaque during the Review Course banquet in January and also with a crystal bowl at the annual meeting (however she was not able to receive this award in person.) We thank her for contributing to both of these important committees of the CAP-ACP.

Dr. Marciano Reis:
Dr. Reis completed his term as member-at-large on the CAP-ACP Executive. Thank you Marciano for contributing your time over the years.

Dr. Martin Trotter:
"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch"

As many of you know, Dr. Trotter and I go back many years having worked together at UBC. It has been very rewarding to work with Martin again. I think that we can all agree he was a very successful leader to the CAP-ACP in many ways. To highlight a few: the return of the quarterly newsletter that focuses on Communications and Advocacy, Education, Collaboration and Guidelines, outstanding results as Resource Development Chair for the 2014 and 2015 annual meetings, leading the Pathologists' Assistants to national certification, amending two set of by-laws (2013 & 2015), overseeing the migration of the website to a more user friendly and visually appealing platform, launching Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook to new levels of social media visibility, and leading CAP-ACP Sections, SIGs and Committees to meet their mandates and bring value to the membership. The list goes on and on. Therefore, thank you, gracias, merci, and danke!. Please be sure to send him your own messages of appreciation through the office We will see that he gets them!

"The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. —Jim Rohn"

Please join me in welcoming the new CAP-ACP 2015-16 Executive:

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CAP-ACP Communication and Advocacy

Member Survey 2015

Our annual survey of the membership is important for several reasons. The survey results:

  • Provide feedback to the Executive, Committees, and Sections – How are we doing? Where can we improve?
  • Assess the effectiveness of our overall continuing professional development (CPD) program; this assessment is a CPD accreditation standard
  • Avaluate pathologist support for new initiatives
  • Collect information on the Canadian Journal of Pathology readership

Please take 10 minutes to complete this survey today. Deadline is August 31.

Social Media
The CAP-ACP will be looking for more help in generating content for Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin.  Please submit interesting links, etc. to and we will get them posted.  Our Twitter feed continues to be very active with1030 tweets and 489 followers.  Even if you do not have a Twitter account, you can follow the feed displayed on our CAP-ACP website homepage.  We now have over 1170 Likes on Facebook.

Follow me, Victor Tron, CAP-ACP President on my Twitter account @CAPACPPresident.

Canadian Journal of Pathology
CJPDr. George Yousef, the Editor-in-Chief has appointed his Editorial Board and an International Advisory Board (IAB).  They are currently in the final stages of negotiating a contract with a new publisher. Once the contract is finalised, they will make the official announcement including details of what we can expect from the new publisher.

Thank you to John Birkby and the staff at Andrew John Publishing for their many years of service with the CJP and for helping to establish a quality medical journal.

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CAP-ACP Education

Annual Meeting 2015


Thank you to Drs. Monalisa Sur (Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee), Jason Karamchandani & Genevieve Soucy (Local Organising Chairs), and Mathieu Castonguay (Continuing Professional Development Chair) for putting together another spectacular educational program.

The following awards were presented during the annual meeting.  Please join us in congratulating:

  • The Donald W. Penner Awards – Elena Diana Diaconescu, Toronto, ON & Livia Florianova,  Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC
  • Hematological Pathology Award – Tariq Roshan, Ottawa, ON
  • Chairs of Pathology Award in Experimental Pathology – Sarah Strickland, Ottawa, ON
  • The Dr. Donald Rix Award for Resident Travel – Jeremy Daniels, Hamilton, ON
  • The Andrew Herzenberg Award – Tiffany Shao, Toronto, ON
  • The Medical Technologist/Technician Award for CPD – Vidya Beharry, Toronto, ON
  • President’s Award - Raymond Maung, Kamloops, BC
  • Leadership in Education Award – David Driman, London, ON
  • CAP-ACP Student Award – Peter Yousef, Toronto, ON
  • Award for Leadership in Patient Safety and Quality Assurance – John Srigley, Mississauga, ON
  • Hugh Curry Cytopathology Award – Ipshita Kak, Hamilton, ON
  • Local Organizing Award - Jason Karamchandani, Montreal, ON
  • Distinguished Service Award – Brian Cummings, Kitchener, ON
  • Lloyd A. Kennedy Pathologists’ Assistants Award – Christopher Horn, Calgary, AB
  • Junior Scientists Award – Fadi Brimo, Hamilton, ON

A big thank you to all of the sponsors and exhibitors, without whom, the annual meeting would not be possible.





Beckman Coulter

Boehringer Ingleheim


























Ortho Clinical Diagnostics










Binding Site






GE Healthcare





McGill University

Pfizer Oncology

Sonic Healthcare









The Bakish Team


Objective Pathology

The Pathologist

Leica Biosystems

Université de Montréal

Dr. Cam Coady Foundation


Conference Photos:
The library of photos from the annual meeting can be accessed from the CAP-ACP website here:

Conference Surveys:
Please remember to complete the session evaluations; accessed through the conference app.

The app for the Congress is available at: 

Mobile Web (use either)

(Android) Google Play

(iOS) iTunes

2016 Annual Meeting - Vancouver, BC, July 9-12, Hyatt Regency

The CAP-ACP Annual meeting consists of two days of workshops (Saturday and Sunday) followed by two days of symposia.  There is a half day with proffered paper/posters and a half day of CAP-ACP specific awards lectures.  There are two evenings of special interest group and specialty network meetings.  The overall meeting is under the supervision of the Annual Meetings Committee with subcommittees including the LOC, CPD Committee, CAP-ACP Sections and the CAP-ACP Awards Committee.

The 2016 LOC includes:

  • Dr. Martin Trotter (Chair) - St. Paul's Hospital
  • Dr. Diana Ionescu - BC Cancer Agency
  • Dr. Chris Dunham - BC Children's and Women's Hospital
  • Dr. Wei Xiong - St. Paul's Hospital
  • Dr. Frances Vice - Royal Columbian Hospital
  • Dr. Matt Orde - Vancouver General Hospital
  • Dr. Ema Todorovic - Resident
  • Dr. Tyler Hickey - Resident
  • Ms. Jennifer Yaholnitsky - Pathologists' Assistant

Already the committee is actively recruiting the Cam Coady speaker and selecting their venues for the President's reception. This will be an excellent event and we look forward to seeing all of you.

Call for Workshop Proposals
call for proposalsThe CAP-ACP CPD Committee is responsible for selection of the workshops.  Workshops are renewed if they have received sufficiently positive evaluations from workshop attendees at the Annual Meeting and that have not been offered for their maximum duration (2 Years).  Retired workshops are replaced by new topics as proposed by practicing pathologists, suggested by workshop participants on their written evaluation forms or by Committee members based on their practice experience, or by more formal needs assessments including the annual membership survey.

Areas that are covered by returning workshops or confirmed for the 2016 program include: GU (prostate), Hematopathology (Myeloproliferative Neoplasms), GI Pathology (Luminal GI Tract), Cardiovascular, QA/QC, Gyne/Obs, Cytopathology (Thyroid), and Autopsy. Therefore we will be accepting four (4) new workshops for the 2016 Annual Meeting scientific program.

If you have a proposal for the Annual Meeting, please use this form and submit your proposal directly to Heather Dow, Executive Director, CAP-ACP National Office

Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2015.

Future Annual Meetings
Mark your calendars to ensure your availability for these future conferences:

  • 2016 Vancouver, BC July 9-12, Hyatt Regency
  • 2017 Charlottown, PEI June 9-14, Delta Convention Centre
  • 2018 Quebec City, QC July 7-10, Hilton Quebec

Resident Review Course
The 6th Annual Resident Review Course will be held at the same location as 2015, Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport West, 1870 Matheson Blvd., Mississauga, ON  L4W 0B3 January 15-17, 2016.  Check in regularly for details at

Message from the Advanced Diagnostics Section - Dr. David Berman
members wantedWe are asking interested CAP-ACP members to help shape the advanced diagnostics agenda for Canada. The Advanced Diagnostics Section of the CAP-ACP identifies opportunities to develop, evaluate, implement and publicize new technologies in diagnostic pathology. Technologies include, but are not limited to genomic and molecular testing, cell and tissue imaging, and multi-dimensional data analysis. Through its annual symposium and its membership, the section has opportunities to influence practice, research, and training.

We welcome members from all categories of membership who are interested in joining the Advanced Diagnostics Section and advancing these goals. To join, please send a reply email to CAP-ACP Executive Director, Ms. Heather Dow,, along with a brief description of your relevant expertise and interests. 

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CAP-ACP Collaboration

International Liaison of Pathology Presidents (ILPP)

The ILPP met with the British Division of the IAP in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday, June 25 to Saturday, June 27, 2015. Present were 16 Presidents, Vice Presidents, Executive Directors or CEOs from pathology associations around the globe.


I was able to attend this meeting and participate on valuable discussion surrounding Education, Developing Communities, Genomics, Professional Practice (CAP-ACP contributed discussion on Best Approaches for Advocacy), Promotions (CAP-ACP contributed discussion on Strategies for member retention and member growth and How to use Social Media tools for Pathology organisations), and Quality and Accreditation.

This is a valuable opportunity to share, compare and benchmark against "like" associations and learn what other organizations are doing well and how their successes can be adapted to the CAP-ACP.

We look forward to hosting the ILPP in 2017 during our annual meeting in PEI.

Canadian Leadership Council on Laboratory Medicine (CLCLM)
The CLCLM met during Annual Meeting in Montreal on June 22, 2015. They now have a forward reaching goal of being in alignment and/or harmonizing the CLCLM membership with the CAP-ACP Council. Efforts will be made to reach out to the member organizations, who do not currently have a representative on the Council, in order to make the Council more robust.  In light of the recent discussions in the Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC) projects on how residents better choose their specialty,  Dr. Ken Harris Executive Director, Specialty Education has agreed to contact the Chairs of the six pathology Royal College specialty committees to discuss a potential for a common entry pathway.

College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
Dr. Gene Herbek, President of the CAP and Dr. William Schreiber, Vice-President of the ASCP were our guests during the Annual Meeting in Montreal. Both joined our business meetings, (Council and Executive) offering their perspectives on the agenda items. We appreciate and value the collaborative efforts among our partner associations.

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CAP-ACP Bylaws

In advance of and during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Montreal, the membership was invited to comment on the addition of a third member-at-large to the Executive. This motion was approved and the new slate has been enacted.

As a result, some changes to the by-laws were necessary. These changes were presented to the membership in advance of the AGM and were approved.

The revised bylaws have been reviewed by our legal firm to ensure that they meet the Not-for-Profit Act requirements.

Some additional changes to note:

  1. Inclusion of the Pathologists' Assistants Section in article 19
  2. Addition of three new voting members to the Executive in article 44 and 46
  3. Renaming "Association Manager" to "Executive Director" in article 53
  4. Quorum in article 63
  5. Electronic vote in articles 64, 69 and 73
  6. Standing Committee in article 76

Please review the revised bylaws and offer any comments or feedback by August 20, 2015. If there are no edits to make, the bylaws will be in effect as of September 1, 2015.

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