The Atlantic Canada Clinical Engineering Society (ACCES) officially came to exist in April 2008. 

As ACCES’s first president I am pleased to have the opportunity to recognize the efforts of the many volunteers who worked behind the scenes for those first 18 months before our official launch. Without their support and vision this would not have been possible.  I would especially like to thank the team in Moncton, and particularly Paul Auffrey for his dedication and determination which launched and continually delivered the Moncton Biomedical Conference for more than a decade.

Ron Johnson and the Clinical Engineering team in Newfoundland took the conference to the next level by beginning the process of circulating it between provinces and transitioning it to a truly Atlantic Canadian Clinical Engineering Conference.

The 2009 event in Halifax became our first full fledged facilitated conference in a hotel/conference center environment. The 2010 conference in Moncton built on the previous year’s experience. 

During our first to years as a registered non profit organization we have been able to get our house in order  in terms of our direction, business functions, and general operations. These include incorporation, finance, and membership. Our finances and legal standing as a society are well in order. We have an established presence and an education program second to none already well underway.

As always your feedback and support will make ACCES a viable and important component of work life for Clinical Engineering Professionals from across the region.

Submitted by Jeremy Dann, 2010