The first CALA C3 is national in scope, specifically designed to attract contributors, exhibitors and participants from across Canada for a memorable series of collaborative technical and regulatory interactions. C3 will involve a call for abstracts for presentations in a variety of formats including plenary keynotes, specialty (technical) speakers, panel discussions and new product demonstrations.

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Please click here to read about CALA C3 Themes.

Please click here to access the complete and up to date Conference Agenda.

Agenda at a Glance

To download a PDF version of the Agenda at a Glance, click here.

Optional Workshops

The Steering Committee is happy to announce a finalized list of optional workshops, being presented on Monday, June 2, 2014. Please click here for workshop descriptions. Please note, additional registration fees apply.

Who Should Attend?

In short, anyone desiring an opportunity for some extraordinary professional development and networking with noted authorities in the field of laboratory testing.

Keynote Speakers

The C3 Steering Committee will be confirming additional keynote speakers in the coming weeks. Please check back with this space as we move closer to the conference dates.

Bob McDonald

Host of CBC Radio: Quirks & Quarks

Loved by audiences across Canada for making complex scientific issues understandable, meaningful, and fun, Bob McDonald is in high demand. A fixture in broadcasting for more than 30 years, he is currently the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science program that is heard by 500,000 people each week. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, and a member of the Order of Canada.

In addition to hosting Quirks & Quarks, McDonald is a regular reporter for CBC TV’s The National. As a writer, he has authored three science books, and contributed to numerous science textbooks, magazines, and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail. His latest book is Measuring the Earth with a Stick.

McDonald has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of science within Canada. He is a recipient of the “Michael Smith Award” from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council; the “Sir Sanford Fleming Medal” from the Royal Canadian Institute; and the “McNeil Medal” from The Royal Society of Canada. He also won a 2008 Gemini Award for “Best Host in a Pre-School, Children’s or Youth Program or Series.” He holds six honorary doctorates from Canadian universities.


Peter Unger

Chair, International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)

Peter Unger is President & CEO of the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). A2LA is a nonprofit, membership organization administering the largest, internationally recognized laboratory accreditation system in the United States and one of the leading bodies in the world with over 2,300 accreditations.

Mr. Unger has been involved with national laboratory accreditation since 1978. Prior to attaining his current position in April 1996, Mr. Unger served as Vice President of the Association and prior to that, was Associate Manager of Laboratory Accreditation at the National Bureau of Standards.Mr. Unger serves as Chair of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) for 2010-2012.Mr. Unger has a BS degree in systems engineering from Princeton University and a masters in environmental management from George Washington University.

ROI Toolkit

The CALA 25 Steering Committee has put together a cohesive document to support interested participants in their bid to attain approval from supervisors to attend and pay for participation at the event. Please download the ROI Toolkit (link below) to ensure your participation in the great event.

To download a copy of the 2014 ROI Toolkit, please click here.

2014 Steering Committee

We would like to thank the following individuals for their participation on the Steering Committee for this event. Their keen insights, feedback, and generous donation of time is crucial to ensuring this conference remains relevant, while continuing to offer second-to-none learning and networking opportunities for the laboratories, across Canada.

Volunteers CALA Staff VCM Inc.

Jane Kaczmer
CALA Board Member

Conference Chair:
Charlie Brimley,
President & CEO, CALA

Chris Lutz
VP Program Development

Jeff Zimmer
Senior Supervisor, Inorganics and Radiochemistry, Saskatchewan Research Council, Environmental Analytical Laboratories

Andrew Morris
Data and Information Manager, CALA

Sean Downey
VP Sales

Dan Toner
Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Cathy Wylie
Training Manager, CALA

Beverley Hinterhoeller
Event Assistant

Susan Bigg
Senior QA Manager
Maxxam Analytics

Colleen Cotter
Accreditation Manager, CALA


Syed Rizvi
Suncor Laboratory Services

Charlette Mallette
  Executive Assistant, CALA


Adam Habayeb
Strategy First Consulting

Ken Middlebrook
PT Manager, CALA


Brenda Dashney
Chief Financial Officer, CALA



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