The Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Conference (CMBEC) was held from May 21 to 24, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario. CMBEC is the annual conference for the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society that has been held continuously since 1966.
The conference includes Clinical Engineering, Medical Device Innovation and Academic streams alongside a comprehensive Continuing Education program. A Student Networking Session to give students the opportunity to gain insights from the experienced membership as they are planning their career path. There were 50 exhibitors in the Vendor Exhibit Hall and about 150 registrants from across the country attended the conference.
The conference was highlighted with four keynote addresses on a wide range of topics which included Dr. Molly Shoichet on “Delivering the Promise of Regenerative Medicine”, Dr. Carl-Eric Aubin on “From Scoliosis Treatment Simulators to the Montreal TransMedTech Institute”, Dr. Monique Frize on “Gender Balance in Biomedical Engineering” and Dr. Tiago Falk on “Artificial Intelligence, Signal Processing and Wearables: Building Blocks for healthcare Technologies of the Future”.
The Conference Gala and Awards Banquet was held at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum where the Society awards were presented to this year’s honoured recipients. This year the Society conferred fellowships on three of its members Dr. Evelyn Morin of Queen’s University, Mr. Martin Poulin of Vancouver Island Health Authority and Mr. Mario Ramirez of the Hospital for Sick Children. An Early Career Achievement Award was given to Mr. Brendan Gribbons of Vancouver Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering. Mr. Navtej Virdi of The Hospital for Sick Children was named Outstanding Canadian BMET for 2019.
The conference organizing committee included Kim Greenwood (Chair), Rachel Zhang, Marie Ange Janvier, Mark Asbil, Andrew Ibey, Hal Hilfi, Gnahoua Zoabli, Mark Asbil, Sreeraman Rajan, Xudong Cao, Marianne Fenech, Sarah Kelso, Murray Rice, Kyle Eckhardt, Kelly Kobe, Mike Capuano, Martin Poulin and Parisa Bahrami.
Next year’s Conference will be held in Montreal in conjunction with the International IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference from July 21 to 25, 2020.
Summary by Kim Greenwood, Conference Chair.