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Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation Inc.

Building Laboratory Excellence

CALA Annual General Meeting

Previous AGMs:



Friday, June 22, 2007


Hotel contact and reservation information

Hilton Lac-Leamy
3 boulevard du Casino,
Gatineau-Ottawa, Canada J8Y 6X4

Phone: 1-819-790-6444
Fax:     1-819-790-6408
Web:    Hilton Lac-Lemay


Please RSVP (with your CAEAL membership number) to Charlette Mallette, Executive Assistant.


Coffee is available at 8:00 a.m. Meeting starts at 8:30 a.m.


Agenda (.pdf)



2007 Minutes (.pdf)


Annual Report

2006 Annual Report (.pdf)

Treasurer's Report

Treasurer's Report (.pdf)

President's Report

President's Report (.pdf)
Governance Policy (.pdf)

Financial Statements

2006 Audited Financial Statements (.pdf)


Topic: "Climate Change – Scientific Basis for Adaptive Responses" (.pdf)

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Gordon McBean
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
University of Western Ontario, and
Chair, Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences

Topic: "Steady Improvement in Energy and Environmental Efficiencies at Canada Centre for Inland Waters" (.pdf)

Guest Speaker:
Cynthia Young,
Manager Quality Systems and Science Interface
Environment Canada

Topic: The CCME Strategy for Municipal Waste Water Effluent (.pdf)

Guest Speaker:
John D. Clarke, P.Eng.
Environment Canada
Wastewater Section
Public Sector Division
Public and Resources Sectors Directorate
Environmental Sustainability Branch

Topic: Risk-Based Proficiency Testing

Guest Speaker:

  1. CCIL (Barry Loescher, Maxxam)
  2. CAEAL (Ken Middlebrook)
  3. Regulator (Dan Toner, Ontario MOE)
  4. Municipal (Michael Ziebel, City of Ottawa)
  5. Risk Based PT - Summary of Discussions


Highlights of the 2007 Annual General Meeting


The recipient of the 2007 Serge Villard Award is Mr. Robert Lessard.

Robert is the Quality Assurance Manger for Bodycote Norwest. He became a CAEAL assessor in 1997, has conducted 16 volunteer assessments and is currently a member of the CAEAL Advisory Panel and the CAEAL Program Committee. Robert is active on both CAEAL committees, and provides sound, technical, objective advice in a timely manner.

Congratulations, Robert!

Serge Villard Award


On behalf of Robert Lessard, Colleen Cotter, CAEAL Assessments Manager, accepts the 2007 Serge Villard Award from James Doull, CAEAL Vice-President (on right).



This recipient of the 2007 Don LaBerge award is Dr. Michael Booth. 

Michael was Section Head, Analytical Services at Ontario Hydro Research Division from 1980-1993. He became a CAEAL assessor in 1994, has conducted 69 assessments (volunteer and contract) and is currently a member of the CAEAL Advisory Panel.

The development and on-going improvements to the audit software is a significant contribution to the accreditation program.  The audit software has facilitated assessors writing reports during the site assessment, and the professional report given to the laboratory is a good reflection on the program.  The use of the software has resulted, no doubt, in significant cost-savings for CAEAL because a staff person does not have to type handwritten reports into the database. 

In his role on the Advisory Panel, Michael reviews and votes on ballots in a timely fashion, and based on comments received back, it is evident that he is reviewing them in a thorough manner.  When asked for advice on disputes or technical issues, Michael provides good advice in a timely manner. 

Congratulations, Michael!



SPECIAL AWARD (Lifetime membership)

Dr. Neil McQuaker was a member of the original CAEAL Board of Directors, then was hired as a full-time consultant by CAEAL to head the technical program, and in 1994 was hired as a member of staff to supervise CAEAL’s program operations which were centred in Vancouver. Neil received a CAEAL Recognition Award in 1999 for his role in establishing our programs. He left CAEAL employment in 2001 as CAEAL was consolidating its operations in Ottawa, and has maintained an Individual Membership ever since.