2023 Education Day

September 15

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Presentations and Speaker Biographies 

The Krever Commission Report and How It Changed Transfusion Medicine in Canada


Dr. Gwen Clarke
Clinical Professor, Laboratory Medicine & Pathology Department,
University of Alberta

A Clean Slate: How Canada's Blood System was Built


Dr. Graham Sher
CEO Canadian Blood Services 

PBCO – Old Dog, New Tricks


Dr. Andrew Shih
Regional Medical Leader, Transfusion Medicine, VCH
Medical Co-Director, BC PBCO 

Freeze-Dried Plasma


Dr. William Sheffield 
Associate Director, Research, Canadian Blood Services 

Something Old, Something New...Whole Blood in Canada


Dr. Johnathan Mack 
Medical Officer, Canadian Blood Services

Research Using Hemovigilance Data: Opportunities 2023 and Beyond


Nancy Heddle
Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

Implementation of Smart Fridges, Automated Temperature Monitoring Systems and an ePPID application - Vancouver Coastal Health's Journey


Margaret Roche
Regional Technical Practice Lead, Transfusion Medicine, VCH 

Inventory Management Modeling


Jas Dhahan
PhD Candidate, Department of Mathematics, SFU
Wellness Activity - Attitude of Gratitude Dr. Michelle Soltys
Practice Leader, Psychological Health & Safety,
Provincial Health Services Authority

Evolution of the BC IVIg Program


Dr. Katherine Beadon
Co-Director St. Paul's Immunotherapy for Neurology Centre
Dr. Kam Shojania
Head, Division of Rheumatology, VGH
Medical Director, Mary Pack Arthritis Program
Dr. Douglas Morrison
Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine, Division of Hematopathology,
Children’s and Women’s Health Centre BC
Medical Co-Director, BC PBCO
Aimee Beauchamp
Business Operations Lead, BC PBCO
Katie Gabanowicz
Technical Specialist, Transfusion Medicine, Interior Health



2022 Education Day

Virtual Webinar

September 23

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Presentation Slides and Speaker Biographies 

1. It Takes a Village: Sickle Cell Disease Care in BC Dr. Hayley Merkeley
2. Sickle Cell Patient Presentation Daytone Douglas 
Education Day Recording - Part 1 - Opening Remarks, Presentations 1 & 2
3. Onward and Upwards: The Journey of Transition for Youth with Hemoglobinopathies in BC Heather McCartney, RN 
4. Genotyping and Next Generation Sequencing for Blood Group Antigens Dr. Celina Montemayor 
5. Gene Editing for Bone Marrow Transplants Dr. Amanda Li
Education Day Recording - Part 2 - Presentations 3, 4 & 5
6. A Day in the Life of a Request for HLA/HPA Selected Platelets Form Natasha Rickards, RN

7. Equitable health care – SCIG: Northern Health 3rd party training of nurses

(Note: not available at this time)

Lori Singh, RPN, Lead, Patient Services, Takeda Canada
Education Day Recording - Part 3 - Presentation 6, Closing Remarks



2021 Education Day

September 24

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Presentations - Slides and Speaker Biographies

 Mild Hemophiliacs and How They Often Present Catastrophically  Dr. Shannon Jackson (PHC) 

BC Emergency Health Services Prehospital Blood Transfusion Program

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Dr. Jan Trojanowski (BCEHS)

Dr. Steve Wheeler (BCEHS)

Adam Greene (BCEHS) 

 Cell-free Fetal DNA Testing: Advantages, Challenges & Limitations

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 Lhevinne Ciurcovich (CBS) 

 The Impact of the Pandemic on the RBC Redistribution Program

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Julius Valido (NH) 

Appropriate Investigation for Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn

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Sophia Peng (University of Alberta) 

Massive Transfusion: 3 Perspectives

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Kayla Schuitema, R.N. (FH)

Sarah Buchko, M.R.T. (FH)

Dr. Michelle Wong, Clinician (FH)


2020 Education Day

October 1, 2020

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Presentations - Slides and Speaker Biographies

Crystal Brunk, R.N. (PHC)

Sandy Quan, MLT (PHC)

Dr. Karen Dallas, Clinical (PHC) 

 New Initiatives at CBS & The Future of Transfusion Medicine

Dr. Dana Devine (CBS) 

 BC’s Transfusion Medicine Response to Covid-19

Dr. Robert Guo (VCH)

Dr. Eric McGinnis (VCH) 

 Vanessa’s Law

Dr. Matthew Yan (CBS) 
Antibody Investigation with 3 Perspectives:  
1. Back to Typing School – A Primer on Resolving Blood Grouping Anomalies Heba Abukhadra (CBS)
2. Bone Marrow Transplant Patients Develop New Phenotype Janice Infanti (VCH)
3. Postnatal Investigation for Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn Kelsey Wagner (C&W)



2019 Education Day

October 3, 2019

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Dr. Andrew Shih, VCH

Dr. Mark Scott, Canadian Blood Services

Dr. Karen Dallas, PHC

Crystal Brunk, PHC

Dr. Tanya Petraszko, CBS

Transfusion Medicine Case Study

Heba Abukhadra, CBS

“No Way! A Bom-Baby?” Case Study

Rebecca Randall, FH


Kyle O’Scienny, FH

20 Years of the CTR

Christina Lim, PBCO

Maintaining Red Cells at the Helijet Hanger for Critical Incidences

Kristin Rosinski, VCH


2018 Education Day

October 25, 2018

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Darin Abbey, CICSL, Victoria

Sharon Sutherland, Island Health

Dr. Gwen Clarke, Canadian Blood Services

Dr. Mark Bigham, Canadian Blood Services

Amy Romanas, HEMBC
PIDD App & Toolkit Dr. Karen Dallas, PHC
Iron: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Dr. Mark Scott, Canadian Blood Services
Case Studies Lhevinne Ciurcovich, Canadian Blood Services
Weak D Reporting & Testing Pam Danesin, PBCO




2017 Education Session

September 28, 2017

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Daryl Gouthro (St Paul's Hospital)

Chris Biantoro (BC Provincial Blood Coordinating Office)

Dr. Mark Scott (Canadian Blood Services)

Dr. Tanya Petraszko (Canadian Blood Services)

Dr. Bob Coupland (BC Provincial Blood Coordinating Office

Dr. Bob Coupland (BC Provincial Blood Coordinating Office)

Dr. Gwen Clarke (Canadian Blood Services)

Lhevinne Ciurcovich (Canadian Blood Services)

Darlene Mueller (Fraser Health) 



2016 Education Session

September 29, 2016

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Dr. Mark Scott

(Canadian Blood Services)

Tina Jacobucci (Providence Health Care) and

Irene Pickell (BC Provincial Blood Coordinating Office)

Diana Kobes and Kelly Bizovie

(Fraser Health)

Janet Unrau

(Canadian Blood Services)

Shelley Feenstra

(Vancouver Coastal Health) and

Darlene Mueller

(Fraser Health)

Dr. Jacqueline Trudeau

(Canadian Blood Services)

Lhevinne Ciurcovich

(Canadian Blood Services)

Susanna Darnel and Jenn Danielson

(BC Provincial Blood Coordinating Office)


2015 Education Session

September 24, 2015

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Chris Biantoro

(Provincial Blood Coordinating Office)

Katie Gabanowicz

(Kelowna General Hospital)

Paul Derksen

(Canadian Blood Services) 

Pam Danesin

(Vancouver General Hospital)

Colin Semple

(Diagnostic Accreditation Program)

Lhevinne Ciurcovich

(Canadian Blood Services)

Dr. Tanya Petraszko

(Canadian Blood Services)



2014 Education Session

October 2, 2015


Dr Jason Acker

(Canadian Blood Services)

Dr Peter Schubert

(Canadian Blood Services)

Dr Kristine Chapman

(Vancouver Coastal Health) 

Dr Jason Acker

(Canadian Blood Services)

Ruby Syropiatko

(Provincial Blood Coordinating Office);

Erica Crilly

(Children’s & Women’s Hospital)

Gail Macdonald, Brenda Lloyd, Shelley Feenstra

(Vancouver Coastal Health)

Susanna Darnel

(Provincial Blood Coordinating Office)