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Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation Inc.

Building Laboratory Excellence

CALA Annual General Meeting

Previous AGMs:



Friday, June 17, 2005


Hotel contact and reservation information

Delta Barrington Hotel
1875 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Phone:  1 (888) 423-3582
Fax: 1 (902) 492-6467
Reservations: Please contact the hotel and quote CAEAL for reduced room rates.


9:00 am to 3:00 pm (8:00 am continental breakfast)


Agenda (.pdf)

Motion of Responsibility (.pdf)


2005 Minutes (.pdf ~ 2MB)


Executive Director's Report

Executive Directors Report (.pdf)

Program Reports

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

Quality and Training (.pdf)

Treasurer's Report

Treasurer's Report (.pdf)

President's Report

President's Report (.pdf)

Financial Statements

2004 Audited Financial Statements (.pdf)


Topic:  Regional Drinking Water Systems in Canada
Guest Speakers:


Results from Accreditation Forum Breakout Sessions and Open Discussion

Highlights of the 2005 Annual General Meeting


Dr. Harold Schwartz received his Ph. D. in organic chemistry from the University of Toronto and during the course of his career has held several positions within Health Canada. As the Section Head of the Trace Contaminants Section in the Analytical Services Laboratory, he coordinated the development of analytical methods for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides and toxaphene that were used to quantify environmental contaminant levels in surveys of First Nations communities. In 1995, he assumed responsibility for the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch mercury analytical program that quantified methylmercury exposure in First Nations communities across Canada. He also coordinated Health Canada’s International Mercury in Hair Quality Assurance Program that provided proficiency testing powdered hair samples to 30 laboratories on five continents.

Dr. Schwartz currently is the Manager of the Remediation Section for the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, where his main responsibility is coordinating the cleanup of contaminated sites. He represented the branch on Health Canada’s Quality Management Steering Committee and was invited to give a presentation on behalf of branch to the Expert Advisory Panel at Health Canada’s Laboratory Quality Management Systems Assessment meeting.

In 1993, he was selected and trained by the Canadian Association for Environmental Analytical Laboratories (CAEAL) to carry out laboratory assessments. Since 1993, he has participated in 40 laboratory assessments and has led 23 of them. He has certification as a Lead Assessor with the National Quality Institute of Canada. Since October 1997, he has been a member of the CAEAL Advisory Panel. In 1998, he was invited to receive Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) inspection training and to date, has participated in 5 GLP inspections for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

Congratulations, Harold!

Serge Villard Award

CAEAL President,Chris Pharo, presents to Harold Schwartz.

Panel Speakers
Panel Speakers

Ms. Judy MacDonald (left), Nova Scotia Environment and Labour with CAEAL President, Chris Pharo.

Panel Speakers

Mr. Pat Lang (left), Alberta Environment with CAEAL President, Chris Pharo.