IPAC Canada invites you to immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the Rocky Mountains in Banff, Alberta. This is an ideal place to embark on paths of discovery surrounded by spectacular scenery, towering peaks and alpine lakes. The conference will be held in the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. 
 
Nestled in the heart of a UNESCO world heritage site and Canada’s first national park, the Centre’s goal is to provide an atmosphere that inspires creativity and innovation. All Infection Prevention and Control Professionals (ICPs) and healthcare providers are invited to set up base camp and prepare for a journey that will have us traversing established pathways, belaying with our colleagues and navigating through crevasses on a stimulating journey that will lead us to the summit. Every adventure starts with an idea or dream that is nurtured and reworked until it becomes reality. “All mountain landscapes hold stories: the ones we read, the ones we dream, and the ones we create” (Editor’s Note, The Alpinist, April 1, 2010). The conference will bring both expert and novice ICPs, dynamic speakers and influential stakeholders together through networking, sharing of expertise, and the desire to pursue knowledge to forge ahead and realize our aspirations in infection prevention and control.
 
As on any journey or adventure ICPs encounter challenges and obstacles in practice that can be daunting, frustrating and sometimes overwhelming. Our keynote speaker will explore such experiences and provide inspiring perspectives that will help us to embrace and overcome such challenges and obstacles, helping us to achieve our professional goals and dreams.
 
Before starting our official journey, prepare to check your equipment and supplies by attending the preconference day which will offer three exciting learning pathways: explore the slippery slopes of disinfection, discover expeditions in construction, and address the challenges of infection prevention and control in Aboriginal health.
 
These sessions are primed to look at existing and future trends. The climb to the summit begins when we transition into the full conference program: explore infection control in operating and procedure rooms, continuing care, care in the community, and prehospital service. Discuss how to manage those complex problems we all encounter from time to time in our practice. Make sure to pick up tips for teaching and communicating key messages or engaging physicians through the use of simulation.
 
While adventures in infection prevention and control are exciting, the going can get tough, and we can feel weary or discouraged. Sometimes we need to stop, take in the view and have a bit of nourishment. Discover opportunities during the conference to reflect, rejuvenate, and reengage with your goals and aspirations. As Sir Edmund Hillary said, “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves”. It is not always the grand adventures that transform. A nugget of wisdom, a bit of information, or a new contact can start an avalanche that has a resounding impact.
 

 

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