Atlantic Canada Clinical Engineering Society 

For Clinical Engineering Professionals

Volume 11 – April 2010

In this Issue

  1. NSCC and CCNB – Status Update
  2. Fall CBET and CSA Standards Courses - interested
  3. Topics needed - New webinar series starting in September
  4. Conference - ACCEC 2010 - It's a wrap
  5. Website Photos
  6. ACCES Exec contacts

ACCES Professional Affairs/NSCC CCNB initiative

ACCES is continuing to lead the initiative to increase the capacity for Biomedical Engineering Technology programs in Atlantic Canada. On June 24 we met with representatives from Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), Le Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB), and Managers/Directors of Biomedical and Clinical Engineering departments in Nova Scotia. The newly established biomedical program offered by CCNB in Bathurst is currently offered in French only. An English program is being developed and is expected to be offered soon. Because CCNB has already developed a program and an established program exist at the College of the North Atlantic (CONA) NSCC has decided to not proceed with the biomedical option at this time and have offered to provide a supporting role for CCNB and ACCES. A further meeting is scheduled on July 8 with the Biomedical/Clinical Engineering managers of Nova Scotia and ACCES to discuss Biomedical training opportunities to support the CCNB program.

Fall CBET and CSA Standards Course

Interested in CBET Certification?

CBET certification is becoming an important next step for many working in biomedical and clinical engineering. During the recent ACCES survey many indicated an interest in further opportunities for certification and BMET studies. As a result ACCES is interested in presenting a one day training session to provide participants with a refresher on the five modules necessary to pass the Canadian CBET certification exam. The session would be offered sometime in the fall and seating would be limited. The course would be free to ACCES members.

We have already received many responses from individuals for this session and will look at additional dates if possible. If you have an interest in this one day course please send me an email and we can plan when and where this course could be offered.

If you would like further information on CBET certification in Canada please visit

We are also working on a possible CSA standards (Z32.09) session to coincide with the CBET training – interested? Let me know.

David Hancock

Director of Professional Affairs

Atlantic Canada Clinical Engineering Society

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Topics needed - New webinar series starting in September

The Atlantic Canada Clinical Engineering Society (ACCES) is looking to offer more educational webinars starting in September. Our mission at ACCES is to support clinical engineering professionals working in the Atlantic Provinces and developing educational opportunities is central to that mission. As you surely know, continuous education and professional development is key to our profession and helps us foster the adoption of new and innovated technologies in healthcare.

We at ACCES also realize that in these times we all have to find ways to be frugal and a webinar is a very low cost method of connecting people and presenting content. The webinar is an internet based technology that allows both the presenter and the audience to be anywhere that has access to a PC and the internet. Therefore, no travel is required, no hotels and it also gives the opportunity for a greater audience to participate.

Our biggest challenge is coming up with topics relevant to our field and securing someone willing to do the presentation. Therefore, we would like to ask for some ideas and suggestions to this matter.

Paul Auffrey

Director of Education

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Conference - ACCEC 2010 – It’s a wrap

The 15th Atlantic Canada Clinical Engineering Conference held in Moncton has been excellent. It was a new format for us moving from Moncton Hospital to a hotel conference center. The result was very positive.

Thanks you to organizing committee for the hard work:

  • Paul Auffrey, Moncton, NB
  • Ronald Sturge, Moncton, NB
  • Matt Stacey, Waterville, NB
  • Paul-Aimé Bourque, Moncton, NB
  • Stephane Couture, Bathurst, NB
  • Dave Melnick, Fredericton, NB
  • Michel Savoie, Campbellton, NB
  • Jeremy Dann, Kentville, NS

Special thanks go to Carla Anglehart and Dee Hinson from Health Association Nova Scotia for bringing their expertise and tremendous effort to the event.

Paul Auffrey is presented a special award by ACCES President Jeremy Dann for his outstanding contribution to the education of Clinical Engineering Professionals in Atlantic Canada

Members of the ACCES 2010, 2011 and 2012 conference organizing committees enjoying dinner just before the start of the conference in Moncton

Lots more conference pictures on the website!!!!


These Vendors were sponsors for the conference - Please be sure to say thank-you!

  • AMT Vantage Group
  • B Braun
  • Bell Aliant
  • Battery House
  • Baxter
  • BHC Medical
  • Cardinal Health Canada
  • Carestream Medical Ltd.
  • Carsen Medical Inc.
  • Canmed
  • Clear Power Solutions
  • ConMed Canada
  • Covidien
  • FiberTech Canada Inc.
  • Fresenius Medical Care
  • Fisher Paykel
  • Galaxy Battery
  • Gambro
  • GE HealthCare Systems
  • Hospira Healthcare Corporation
  • Maquet-Dynamed Inc.
  • Masimo
  • Medset Specialties Ltd.
  • Medtronic of Canada Ltd.
  • Olympus Canada Inc
  • PENTAX Canada
  • Philips Healthcare
  • ProMed Technologies
  • Roxon
  • Spacelabs Healthcare (Canada) Inc.
  • STERIS Canada Inc.
  • Stryker
  • Verathon Medical Inc.
  • VitalSine Inc.
  • Welch Allyn Canada


Join the growing number of CE professionals working in Atlantic Canada!  Tired of only getting bills in the mail? Membership kits are shipping now. Freebies and a low membership rate = Good news for you! Sign up now at the full member rate of $25 and your membership is good through to the end of March 2011.

New members joining and current members will receive an environmentally friendly tree in a bag (great project for the family – grow your own “biomed” Norway Spruce), ACCES Bronze Pin, ACCES highlighter pen, and an ACCES Urbano tool Kit.


Contact Jason Symmonds (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for questions

Website Photos

We are always looking for more photos to display on the home page in the header animation – your team at work - photo should be in a 1200x400 pixels format. Also, we are in the final steps of setting up a video section on the site for users to publish educational materials and other related items!

If anyone has any suggestions for the site go to the contact section for the site and e-mail Steven LockyerThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ACCES Executive Contacts

Want to provide feedback and input? Feel free to contact members of the executive team;