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4th Annual LifeLabs Healthcare Providers Conference - BC

Thursday, 10 March, 2022
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue: To Be Confirmed.

Important Notice

An increase in cases of COVID-19 in Canada and around the world is prompting the cancellation or postponement of conferences and other public gatherings. The Healthcare Providers Conference scheduled for October 7th, 2021 is now CANCELLED. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates. Stay tuned for March 2022 - TBC.

Do you ever think of laboratory medicine as a “black box” where samples go in and results come out?

Would you like to know more about ordering and interpreting laboratory testing?

Would you like to connect with laboratory medicine specialists in British Columbia?

Who Should Attend

The conference is designed with primary care providers in mind – general practitioners, nurse practitioners and naturopaths will likely benefit most from the content. However, other physicians or allied health professionals who regularly order or interpret laboratory tests may also find the conference useful.

Topics and Speakers

Our PhD and MD laboratory medicine staff includes specialists in Biochemistry/Toxicology, Hematology, Microbiology/Infectious Diseases and Genetics. They will share their expertise through formal presentations and also be available for informal discussion before and after the sessions.

Presentations will use a case-based format to address clinically-oriented topics in laboratory test selection and interpretation. A complete list of presentation topics will be posted closer to the conference date.

Venue and Dinner

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is a boutique resort hotel on the edge of the Pacific Ocean near Victoria, British Columbia. The venue regularly wins awards for their beautiful facilities and top-notch customer service.

Registration is free! Sign up now to secure your spot – space is limited.  This educational event may qualify for up to two hours of unaccredited group learning activity.  Conference registration includes a free gourmet buffet dinner and non-alcoholic beverages.

Meet the Team

Healthcare Providers Conference Steering Committee – Meet the Team

Dr. Michael T. Kelly MD, PhD, FRCPC
Medical Microbiologist – Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics 

Dr Kelly has MD/PhD with specialty certification in medical microbiology from the Royal College in Canada and the American Board of Pathology in the US. Prior to joining LifeLabs, Dr. Kelly was a professor at University of Texas and UBC. He has been with LifeLabs for 31 years as Clinical Director of Microbiology and/or BC Medical Director at LifeLabs.

Other Highlights:

  • 100+ publications, 5 patents and 1 trademark.
  • Started molecular diagnostics in BC LifeLabs nearly 20 years ago that grew to be one of the largest volume molecular diagnostics labs doing clinical testing in Canada.
  • Currently active in BC Lab Agency Committees plus other BC and US organizations.


Dr. Miguel Imperial MSc, MD, FRCPC
Medical Microbiologist – BC Clinical Director

Dr. Imperial is a graduate of UBC, having completed his BSc, MHSc, MD and specialty training in Medical Microbiology there. He did additional training in Tropical Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to coming to LifeLabs, Dr. Imperial worked as a Medical Microbiologist at the BC Centre for Disease Control and at BC Biomedical Labs. He also worked as a Hospitalist in Eagle Ridge Hospital. He continues to be involved in tropical and travel medicine clinical consultations and in teaching at the UBC medical school. He is committed to improving the interface between clinical infectious diseases and the diagnostic microbiology laboratory..


Dr. William Schreiber  MD
BC Clinical Director Chemistry

Dr. William E. Schreiber is the Clinical Director for Chemistry, BC.  In this role, he provides medical oversight for all chemistry testing in British Columbia.  Before joining LifeLabs, he worked in the Division of Clinical Chemistry at Vancouver General Hospital.  He also served as medical director of the Provincial Toxicology Center, which provides both forensic and clinical toxicology services for the entire province.

Other Highlights

  • UBC: committed a large part of his career to the education of medical students, residents and colleagues; directed medical biochemistry residency program for ten years and served as associate dean for undergraduate education from 1999-2002.
  • 2016: President of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
  • Served on the editorial board of Lab Tests Online ( and continues to review for the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.


Dr. Diana Whellams MPH, MD, FRCPC
Medical Microbiologist

Dr. Whellams completed a Master’s degree in Public Health at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver in 2009.  She subsequently pursued her MD and residency training in medical microbiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Dr. Whellams joined LifeLabs in the summer of 2017. She has interests in quality assurance and education.


Louise Nagy 
Director Community Engagement

Louise is the National Director of Community Engagement & Environmental Sustainability at LifeLabs, where she supports the organization in delivering on its commitment to Building a Healthier Canada through strategic community investments and partnerships, as well as the implementation of Employee Giving Programs and initiatives. She also founded LifeLabs’ risk-based environmental program and is leading the development of a sustainability strategy to further the environmental successes at LifeLabs. Louise holds a Master Certificate in Healthcare Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University, a Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, from Simon Fraser University and a Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).


Sangeeta Hussain 
Administrative/Event Coordinator

Sangeeta Hussain joined LifeLabs in April of 2017.  Prior to joining LifeLabs, her career included Executive Assistant to Leader of Opposition at Parliament of Fiji, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, BC Cancer Agency, Office Manager at Sydney, Australia Nursing Home and Administrative Support during the initial implementation of Agency for Pathology of Medicine.


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