In this issue

Want to be Part of the TEAM?
ACCES23/CMBES41 Joint Conference Recap
ACCES AGM & Executives
2018 Award Recipient David Hancock
Donation to PEI Hospital
CMBES Membership Discount
News from our Members
News from our Corporate Members


Want to be Part of the TEAM?

ACCES is excited to announce the creation of a new position within the Executive Committee: the “Temporary Executive Apprenticeship Member” or “TEAM” position encourages members to participate in the growth of ACCES and in building the society.

We know that taking on the role as an ACCES executive member can be challenging and seems daunting, but the new TEAM position will allow you to experience this with no long-term commitment.

A 6-month term will allow you to be involved in several monthly meetings, letting you see how the society operates. At the same time, you will be exposed to some behind-the-scenes experience on how major events, such as the annual conference, are brought together.

The ACCES Executives will make this experience easy for you: we won’t ask you to put your name on the line or vote when it comes to decision-making and you won’t be assigned any tasks.

We do want you to be part of the discussions and really hope that you can use this experience as a take-away to encourage you to be part of other committees within your healthcare area. Sometimes, you just need to see what is involved before you start raising your hand for other like duties.

If interested or you have further questions, please reach out to our Director of Communications.

We are looking forward to working with you on the ACCES Executive Committee!

ACCES23/CMBEC41 Joint Conference Recap

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For the 23nd anniversary of its annual Educational Seminars and Trade Expo, the Atlantic Canada Clinical Engineering Society (ACCES) partnered with the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (CMBES) to create the ACCES23/CMBEC41 Joint conference, which took place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, on May 8-11th, 2018.

The sheer number of vendors, which exceeded capacity of the conference room, and the overall quality of educational offerings – which included a presentation from a world-renown guest speaker within the clinical/biomedical engineering community: Binseng Wang, ScD – made this event a huge success. Click here for a summary and pictures of this successful event.

ACCES AGM & Executives

At the 2018 ACCES Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place during the ACCES23/CMBEC41 Joint Conference, four ACCES Executive Director Positions were open for nominations: President, Secretariat, Director of Education and Director at Large. After the Directors presented their year-end reports, the floor was opened for nominations, and we are pleased to present your new Board of Directors, with some returning Directors and a newly appointed Director of Education:

Brett Fraser President
Jason Symmonds Director of Education
Gary Slaunwhite Director of Membership
Brendon McKenna Secretariat
Dave Melnick Director of Finance
Natalie Boudreau Director of Communications
John Inch Director at Large
Peter Butt Director at Large
Joel McEvoy Director at Large

2018 Award Recipient

On the evening of May 10th, during the banquet dinner for the 2018 Joint ACCES/CMBEC Annual Educational Seminar and Trade Expo, a clinical engineering professional from Atlantic Canada, David Hancock, was recognised for having distinguished himself through his hard work, exceptional service, technical skills, and dedication to the clinical engineering profession. Read on to find out why we feel David is worthy of accepting the 2018 ACCES Clinical Engineering Professional of the Year award.

Gary Slaunwhite, ACCES Director of Membership; Dave Hancock, recipient of the 2018 ACCES Clinical Engineering Professional of the Year award; and Brett Fraser, ACCES President

Gary Slaunwhite, ACCES Director of Membership; Dave Hancock, recipient of the 2018 ACCES Clinical Engineering Professional of the Year award; and Brett Fraser, ACCES President

Donation to PEI Hospital

Each year, as part of the ACCES Educational Seminars and Trade Expo, fundraising activities are held during social & networking sessions. Funds raised during these sessions are donated to local hospital foundations throughout Atlantic Canada. This year, the fundraising event received an unprecedented level of support: the ACCES23/CMBEC41 Joint Conference planning committee was able to raise funds for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Foundation in the amount of $2,366!   Read more…

CMBES Membership Discount

Did you know that ACCES members are eligible for preferred rates with CMBES? In 2015, ACCES signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (CMBES), to foster collaboration and communication between our Societies and realize common goals. This agreement allows ACCES members to become members of CMBES with a 50% discount on membership fees. For more information on how you can take advantage of this wonderful offering, contact our Director of Membership.

News from our Members

Spotlight and news articles featuring colleagues and fellow ACCES members can be submitted at any time to our Director of Communications 

News from our Corporate Members

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Natalie Boudreau
Director of Communications
Atlantic Canada Clinical Engineering Society (ACCES)