Message from the CAP-ACP President
Mon, 15 Jun 2015

Canadian Association of Pathologists - Association canadienne des pathologistes
66th Annual Meeting
Canadian Laboratory Medicine Congress
Montréal, QC
June 20-24, 2015

Message from the CAP-ACP President

Dear colleagues and friends,

Welcome to Montréal and the 66th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Pathologists - Association canadienne des pathologistes (CAP-ACP), part of the Canadian Laboratory Medicine Congress together with the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists (CSCC) and the Association des pathologistes du Québec (APQ).

We last met in Montreal in 2004 and again in 2010.  This year, our Local Organizing Committee (LOC) co-chaired by Drs. Geneviève Soucy and Jason Karamchandani has been an enormous help to the Annual Meetings Committee chaired by Dr. Monalisa Sur, and the Resident members of the LOC, Drs. Chelsea Maedler and Jérémie Berdugo, have brought great energy to the meeting organization.  Our last joint conference with our Clinical Chemists colleagues was in Vancouver in 2011 and these combined meetings are always a fantastic success, with broad scientific content, great networking, and fun social events (the hotel bar is often a busy place!). 

The CAP-ACP Annual Meeting strives to address practice issues relevant to practicing Canadian pathologists and once again this year our workshops, organized by Dr. Mathieu Castonguay, and scientific symposia and special interest group meetings address a broad range of topics encompassing all of the CanMEDS competencies for laboratory medicine.  This year for the first time we also have two specialty network meetings: gynecologic pathology and genitourinary pathology.  All the information you need for the meeting can be found on our CAP-ACP conference app (available for iOS and Android devices).

The Pathologists Assistants (PA) program runs both Saturday and Sunday and the Residents meet on Saturday evening to discuss “Transition into the Practice of Anatomical Pathology”.

Again this year we have unbelievably generous support from our corporate partners, pathology departments, and laboratory service providers.  Without this sponsorship our meeting would be reduced to a one day affair in a high-school gymnasium!  Thank you to all the sponsors and exhibitors!  Exhibitors will be at the meeting for two full days and there will be coffee breaks, lunch and an evening wine and cheese in the exhibitor space coincident with the evening poster presentations.  Industry support for laboratory medicine in Canada helps us advance our mission and raise the profile of our profession.  Visit our exhibitors, find out about their products and services, and make connections whether you are a junior resident or a laboratory director.  The sponsors are here to establish contacts and engage attendees.  Make the discussions lively!

On Sunday, July 13th, after the Junior Scientist Award Lecture (Dr. Fadi Brimo) and the William Boyd Award Lecture (Dr. Subrata Chakrabarti), please join me and Dr. David Kinniburgh, CSCC President, at a reception to be held at Marché Bonsecours.

And finally, I strongly encourage you to attend the CAP-ACP Annual General Meeting (business meeting) which takes place on Tuesday, June 23rd at 12 noon.  The Gala Banquet and Awards Presentation will be held that evening in the Westin Hotel.

It is great to back in Montreal for our Annual Meeting.  I hope you all have an enjoyable and productive conference.  This conference will end my two-year term as CAP-ACP President and it has been a great privilege to represent and serve our profession.

“For me, conferences are like little mental vacations: a chance to go visit an interesting place for a couple of days, and come back rested and refreshed with new ideas and perspectives.” – Erin McKean

Martin J. Trotter MD, PhD, FRCPC
President, CAP-ACP

- last updated November 2017 -