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Meet the 2020 Executive Team

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president
 

Melisa

president

past president
 

Kamyab

past president

president elect
 

Alice

president elect

secretary
 

Amber

secretary

treasurer

Sarah

treasurer

Kishori
 

Kishori

networking co-chair

president elect

Dechen

networking co-chair

 

secretary

Alex

education chair

treasurer

Murtuza

marketing chair/co-webmaster

treasurer

Stefanie

co-webmaster

 
 

WHO ARE WE?

 

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: ipacgta@gmail.com 

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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 is the past-president of the IPAC-Canada GTA chapter.
Email Kamyab: ipacgta@gmail.com 

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alice simniceanu

Alice is currently working as an IPC Consultant for the World Health Organization with the WHO Infection Prevention and Control Technical and Clinical Unit. She has previously worked as an Infection Control Practitioner at the University Health Network - Toronto General Hospital covering the surgical portfolio. Alice has her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. She completed her CIC in 2018. Alice has experience working with multiple health organizations from the local to international scale.  She has interests in infectious disease epidemiology, infection prevention and control, as well as quality improvement initiatives. Alice has been published in international journals as well as presented at both Canadian and American conferences. Alice is the IPAC Canada representative for the Immunize Canada board.
Email Alice: ipacgta@gmail.com 

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amber linkenheld-struk

Amber is an Infection Prevention and Control coordinator at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She received her Bachelor of Arts from York University and completed Medical Laboratory Technologist diploma from The Michener Institute. She started her infection control career in 2017 and obtained her C.I.C designation in 2018. She has worked in infection prevention and control in various hospitals including both Rehab and Acute care settings.
Email Amber: ipacgta@gmail.com 

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sarah zanchettin

Sarah is currently an Infection Control Practitioner at the University Health Network covering North America’s largest Multi-Organ Transplant program. She has a Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Health Administration degree from the Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy from the University of Regina. She is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) and is in the Certified Health Executive (CHE) program working towards her CHE designation. She is recently CIC re-certified in 2018. She is an active member of IPAC GTA and IPAC Canada’s Oncology and Transplantation interest group.  Her interests include leadership, healthcare delivery & strategy, patient safety, and infection control in the immunocompromised population. 
Email Sarah: ipacgta@gmail.com 

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kishori naik

Kishori is currently working as an infection control practitioner at West Park Healthcare Center, Toronto. She supported the Education Committee and the Executive Committee as a Member (2017, 2019) and has held the position of the Chair of the Education Committee (2018). She holds a BSc. in Microbiology. She was CIC recertified in 2019. Kishori has published and presented at both national, international and Canadian journal and conferences. Kishori has also worked as a consultant at CIBA VISION, Mississauga, established and documented protocols for validation methods and evaluation of disinfectants. She is a certified WSIB member and served as the Health and Safety Committee co-chair.         
Email Kishori: ipacgta@gmail.com 

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dechen chhakpa

Dechen Chhakpa is currently an Infection Control Practitioner at the Scarborough Health Network-General Hospital covering Emergency, Medicine, Oncology and ALC portfolio. She has completed her Bachelor in Science in Nursing degree at Ryerson University and is one of the recipients of the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing Award. Dechen has worked in various settings such as nursing homes, complex continuing care, rehab and acute care hospitals. Dechen is passionate about patient and staff education through various forms of interactive and engagement activities. In her free time, she enjoys power-walking in the trails and snapping stunning photos of nature.
Email Dechen: ipacgta@gmail.com 

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alex kusiewicz

Alex is an infection control practitioner at Headwaters Health Care Centre. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health and has a Masters of Science Degree in Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Alex is Board Certified CIC and holds a CPHI(C) designation. He was a public health inspector for over 11 years working in the infectious disease department and has worked as a hospital ICP for 4 years. Alex is a lecturer at Ryerson University’s School of Occupational and Public Health teaching the Infection Control Course. He is also a member of IPAC Canada’s Education Core Committee since 2018
Email Alex: ipacgta@gmail.com 

murtuza diwan

Murtuza is currently an infection control professional at the Halton Healthcare 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, and Webmaster along with committee member on the IPAC-Canada Endorsement Review Committee, IPAC-GTA and IPAC-GTA Education committee.
Email Murtuza: ipacgta@gmail.com 

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stefanie siauw

Stefanie is currently working as an infection control practitioner at Mackenzie Health Hospital in Richmond Hill and achieved the CIC designation in 2019. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction. She majored in "Molecular Genetics and Microbiology" and "Human Biology: Fundamental Genetics and Its Applications". Stefanie is particularly passionate about widespread IPAC education through social media.
Email Stefanie: ipacgta@gmail.com