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President's Message - May 2008

Dear Colleagues,

The Central Canada Chapter is enjoying a very active (and snowy) winter and spring. The record snow falls in many regions did not deter our participants from the various breakfast seminars which were held on January 15-17 and on March 18-20, respectively, in Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City. The January seminar featured Alan Orton of NFOE and Paul Jeanson of SNC-Lavalin Pharma for an informative session on the design of GMP Core Labs, based on a comparaison of four project implementations. The March sessions were presented by Geoff Sheffrin and Mike Foster of OBK Technology who clearly outlined the how-tos of designing and implementing USP Water Systems. Our next breakfast seminar will be held in May and will showcase a very interesting project by Sanofi Pasteur in Toronto.

Another very successful event was the 2nd Western Annual Conference held in Winnipeg on April 8-9. Held in conjuction with the Life Science Association of Manitoba, the event drew participants from Ontario to Alberta. Following on last year's success, we had a tremendous turnout of approximately 100 people at the famed historic Fort Garry Hotel.

Our Student Chapters have been very active, particularly that of Polytechnique de Montreal. Five students traveled to the Student Leadership Forum held in Philadelphia on March 29. They will be holding a Poster Competition on May 22nd; the winners will participate in the overall ISPE International Competition in October 2008 at the Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida.

Last, but not least, the preparation of our first joint event with Reed Life Sciences is progressing very well. The first INTERPHEX Canada event, to be hosted in Montreal, on Sept. 24-25, 2008, is expected to attract well over 100 vendors and over 1500 participants. ISPE Central Canada Chapter is responsible for the educational program. We have developed 16 sessions along four tracks: Clean Utilities, Manufacturing & Operations, Engineering & Facilities and Regulatory/Validation and will feature two keynote speakers - one from governement and one from the industry.

For further information regarding the Central Canada Chapter, please do not hesitate to contact myself or our board members on this Web site or our Chapter Manager Sylvie Lachapelle by tel: +1-514-735-5651, Ext. 2297 or e-mail:

Best regards,
Raymond F. Marcoux
ISPE Central Canada Chapter, Canada Affiliate