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Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation Inc.

Building Laboratory Excellence

CALA Annual General Meeting

Previous AGMs:



Friday, May 30, 2003


Sheraton Ottawa Hotel
150 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G2
Hotel contact and reservation information

Guest Rooms: $149.00 for "Traditional King", Single or Double. Please contact the hotel at 613-238-1500 or Reservation Line: 1-800-489-8333.


9:00 am to 4:00 pm (8:00 am continental breakfast)


2003 Agenda (.pdf)
Motion of Responsibility (.pdf)


2003 Draft Minutes (.pdf)




* Strategic Plan 2003-2007 (.pdf)
* A Discussion Paper Concerning Options for the Accreditation Program - CAEAL at a Crossroads: 2003 (.pdf)

* SCC-CAEAL Partnership: Restructured Fee Schedule (.pdf)
* Continuing the SCC/CAEAL Partnership - May 2003 (.,pdf)

Executive Director's Report

Executive Director's Report (.pdf)

Program Reports

Assessments and Accreditation (.pdf)
Proficiency Testing (.pdf)
Training (.pdf)

Treasurer's Report

Treasurer's Report (.pdf)

President's Report

President's Report (.pdf)

Financial Statements

2003-2004 Budget - Detailed (.pdf)
2003-2004 Budget - Summary (.pdf)

2002-2003 Audited Financial Statements


Topic: "Integration of accreditation, inspection and licensing in a provincial drinking-water laboratory regulatory program" (.pdf)
Guest Speaker: Dr. John Lynch, Ontario Ministry of Environment

Topic: "The International Process for Recognizing a New Accrediting Body" (.pdf)Guest Speaker: Peter Unger, President of the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), and Chair of the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC)



Highlights of the 2003 Annual General Meeting



Below, Ms. Rosa Gonzalez a CAEAL assessor, receives the Serge Villard Award from CAEAL's President, James Downie. Ms. Gonzalez the fourth recipient of the Serge Villard Award (formerly the "CAEAL Recognition Award") which is presented at CAEAL's AGM to a CAEAL Assessor (or to a member of the CAEAL Advisory Panel) in recognition of exceptional contributions to CAEAL as an assessor or as a member of the Panel, or both.Rosa is the Laboratory Superintendent for the City of Hamilton Environmental Laboratory.She has done 15 assessments on behalf of CAEAL since 1997, and is a National Quality Institute (NQI) certified auditor. Rosa has demonstrated great commitment to the program and provided exceptional service, especially in doing assessments on behalf of the SCC/CAEAL/PAHO program. Rosa untiringly travels to Peru, and has been a great ambassador of the program in Latin America, leading 2-3 assessments per trip. Sources tell us that she puts an incredible amount of time and energy into organizing and preparing for these assessments, which involves doing the document review and assessment in Spanish! We also know that she's gone the extra step of actually translating assessment reports in Spanish for some of our Peruvian members, which was appreciated by the lab staff. The feedback received from the laboratories on the teams she has led has always been positive, and they appreciated her good nature and technical expertise.The late Mr. Villard was a long-time contributor to CAEAL. As one of CAEAL's originating director's, Mr. Villard served CAEAL in various Board Officer roles and retired from the CAEAL Board in 1999.

Congratulations Rosa!

Serge Villard Award



GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. John Lynch, Ontario Ministry of Environment

Dr. John Lynch

Dr. John Lynch, above, speaking on the topic of "Integration of accreditation, inspection and licensing in a provincial drinking-water laboratory regulatory program".