Antimicrobial Stewardship Advisory Committee (ASAC)

PHO promotes antimicrobial stewardship as an effective strategy for reducing inappropriate and excessive antimicrobial use, while improving and optimizing antimicrobial therapy and clinical outcomes for patients.

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Advisory Committee (ASAC) advises PHO on provincial goals, objectives and targets for antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) development and implementation based on stakeholder needs, priorities and resources. ASAC is comprised of antimicrobial stewardship experts from a variety of disciplines and practice settings, and from regions across Ontario. Since 2013, Accreditation Canada mandates that all acute care facilities have an ASP.

Call for Members

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Advisory Committee (ASAC) is a Program Advisory Committee of Health Protection that advises PHO on matters related to antimicrobial stewardship, taking into account the following:

  • PHO’s Vision, Mission, Mandate and Values;
  • Goals, objectives and scope of PHO’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program; and
  • Provincial priorities.

ASAC membership is multidisciplinary in nature. ASAC is currently seeking practitioners from the following sectors/professional areas:

  • Acute care
  • Long-term care
  • Primary care
  • Public health
  • Animal health/ veterinary medicine
  • Healthcare administration, ideally with quality and/or patient safety portfolio

Desired Qualifications
Expertise, experience, and leadership in antimicrobial stewardship/appropriate antimicrobial use.

Requirements to Become a Member
Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Registered to practice in the province of Ontario.
  • Able to accommodate the time requirement for quarterly meetings and related activities; all members serve on PHO Advisory Committees on a volunteer basis.
  • Able and willing to comply with PHO’s Conflict of Interest Rules and confidentiality requirements.

Expressions of Interest
Interested candidates should send their expression of interest, with curriculum vitae and complete contact details to by September 16th, 2022.

Our Members

Dan Dalton
Clinical Pharmacist, Eastern Ontario Region
CareRx, Ottawa

Valerie Leung (Co-Chair)
Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Lead, IPAC Resources Unit
Public Health Ontario, Toronto

Dr. Huda Almohri
Deputy Ontario Medical Director, Lab Director and Discipline Head, Microbiology

Anne Cheung
Clinical Pharmacist, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
West Park Healthcare Centre

Laura Logan
Infection Control Practitioner
Lakeview Manor & Fairview Lodge

Dr. Anjali Oberai
Family Physician
Wawa Family Health Team

Conflict of Interest Rules

Public Health Ontario recognizes that many external advisors may not be completely free of actual, potential or perceived conflict of interest, as they may have affiliations with regulated industries, the scientific community or special interest groups, which receive funding from industry.

In an attempt to avoid or mitigate conflict of interest, we have developed conflict of interest rules that are intended to achieve a reasonable balance of those divergent considerations and the expertise we hope to gain from the external advisors, while avoiding or mitigating conflict of interest. To this end, each candidate will be asked to complete a conflict of interest disclosure form as part of the application process. 

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Updated 3 May 2019