CSM 2016 Conference was hosted by the University of Toronto, and held from June 12 – 15, 2016. The Conference Co-Chairs were Drs. Alexander Ensminger and Trevor Moraes who hired the services of Mrs. Wafaa Antonious, CSM Secretariat and Rofail Conference and Management Services (RCMS) President to be the Conference Organizer. The program started on Sunday, June 12 with 3 workshops: 1) Undergraduate Education, 2) Professional Development and 3) NSERC. Followed by the opening address and the Fisher Award Lecture presented by Dr. Cezar Khursigara, University of Guelph then the opening reception that was hosted at the Historic Hart House. On Wednesday the 2 other CSM Award Lectures were presented: Armand-Frappier Outstanding Student Award, sponsored by Public Health Ontario – awarded to Ryan Gaudet, University of Toronto and CSM Murray Award for Career Achievement, sponsored by Canadian Science Publishing and awarded Dr. William Mohn, University of British Columbia.
Lunch, poster sessions and exhibits were all held at Hart House during the conference. A total of 20 exhibitors participated with a booth in the Great Hall in Hart House. A total of 6 commercial workshops were held at Hart House during the lunch/ poster session / exhibit time. 97 researchers participated in the CSM Conference on Monday, June 13 as part of the Infectious Disease Microbiology Research Day that included a full day Symposium and posters presentations. In addition over 525 participated in the CSM 2016 conference. Total of 17 countries plus Canada were represented in this conference. A total of 386 abstracts were presented (268 posters, 24 Poster Competition, 12 Student symposia Competition, 17 Section Symposia and 65 oral presentations at the 9 organized symposia and the Young Investigators Colloquium. The 9 Symposia titles were: (Monday) The Environment Selects; Microbial Systems Biology; Infectious Disease; (Tuesday) Polymicrobial Interactions; Structural Biology; Antimicrobials; (Wednesday) Microbial ecology; Cell biology & disease; Molecular microbiology. The Keynote speakers were Dr. Arturo Cassadeval from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Dr. Grant Jensen from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.
The CSM 2016 Conference included several networking opportunities starting with the opening reception on Sunday, the Student Mixer on Monday; the iGEM Information Session and ASM/ CSM Student Networking on Tuesday and ending on Wednesday with the CSM President Banquet that was held at the Carlu. The President Banquet included lots of award Presentations starting with Dr. Susan Koval, University of Western Ontario, Honorary Membership Award acknowledging her long servitude and commitment to the society. Awards were presented to Dr. Charles Dozois, CSM Past President and Dr. Russell Hynes, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for his services as Meetings Secretary for 5 five years. The award presentations also included 2 Ambassador Awards, 6 Undergraduate Awards, 4 Student Symposia Competition Awards, 4 Terry Beveridge Poster Competition Awards and 12 University of Toronto Poster Competition Awards. Drs. Alex Ensminger and Trevor Moraes also acknowledged the efforts and support of the student volunteers who were an essential part of the success of the CSM 2016 Toronto Conference. The banquet included a nice sit down dinner and ended up with the conference delegates dancing the night away and enjoying each others’ company.