Our Executive

Our leadership provides direction for the CSM-SCM and its members

2022-2023 Executive

The CSM Executive consists of the President, Past President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Meetings Secretary, Post Doc Representative and Graduate Student Representative.

Pascale B. Beauregard

Dr. Pascale Beauregard



Dr. Pascale B. Beauregard obtained her B.S. in biochemistry from Université de Montréal (2002) and completed her PhD thesis under the supervision of Dr Luis Rokeach (2009, Université de Montréal). She then went on to Harvard Medical School (2010-2014, Boston) in the laboratory of Dr Roberto Kolter, where she started exploring the relations between Bacillus subtilis and plants. Dr Beauregard joined the biology department at Université de Sherbrooke in 2014, where her group investigates many topics gravitating around bacterial biofilms, including interaction with plants, horizontal gene transfer, nutrient acquisition and Alzheimer’s disease.

Université de Sherbrooke
Département de biologie
Sherbrooke, QC J1K 2R1

T: (819) 821-8000 #62065
E: Pascale.B.Beauregard@USherbrooke.ca

Alex Ensminger

Dr. Alexander Ensminger

Past President


Dr. Ensminger is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto, where he has led a highly collaborative team of microbial systems biologists since 2011.

Using the model organism, Legionella pneumophila, he and has team have made significant contributions in three areas of bacterial pathogenesis: effector function (with a focus on a special class of proteins called “metaeffectors”), CRISPR-Cas genome defense, and experimental evolution. Dr. Ensminger also serves as Associate Chair of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Biochemistry and co-chaired the 2016 CSM General Meeting. After growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he attended Haverford College, a small liberal arts school outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his Ph.D. (focused on mammalian epigenetics and non-coding RNAs) in the laboratory of Andrew Chess at the Whitehead Institute at MIT. For his postdoc, Dr. Ensminger received training as a microbiologist under the expert mentorship of Ralph Isberg at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.

University of Toronto
Department of Biochemistry
Toronto, ON M5G 1M1

T: 416-978-6522
E: alex.ensminger@utoronto.ca

Kari Dunfield

Dr. Kari Dunfield

1st Vice-President


Dr. Kari E. Dunfield, is a Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology of Agro-ecosystems, in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. She received her BSc in the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Calgary in 1995, and her MSc in the Department of Plant Agriculture (1999) and PhD in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan (2002). She worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Maine, Darling Marine Center, and joined the University of Guelph in 2004. Working at the intersection of microbiology, ecology, and soil science, her work investigates the microbial communities and microbial processes driving the global processes that help support life on Earth, and focuses on climate change, soil conservation, human pathogens and antimicrobial resistance genes in the environment, and food security. She is passionate about educating the public about the importance of soils, and is the Executive of a knowledge mobilization and outreach program, called Soils@Guelph, and the North American Representative for UN-FAO Global Soil Partnership (Pillar 1). Dr. Dunfield has contributed previously to the CSM as the Co-Chair of the Education and Careers Committee and is currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Microbiology.

University of Guelph
School of Environmental Sciences
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

T: 519-824-4120 x58088
E: dunfield@uoguelph.ca


Dr. Jonathan D. Van Hamme

2nd Vice-President


Jonathan Van Hamme is Professor of Microbiology and founding Director of the TRUGen Applied Genomics Laboratory at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. He received an Honours B.Sc. in Co-Op Biology with a Chemistry Minor from the University of Waterloo in 1996, and a Ph.D. in petroleum microbiology from the University of Waterloo in 2000. Thanks to the encouragement of his Ph.D. supervisor, Dr. Owen Ward (CSM President, 1996-1997), he attended his first CSM Annual Meeting in Guelph in 1998 and was hooked. After three years with the National Resources Canada at their National Centre for Upgrading Technology, where he was leading work on microbial biotechnologies for heavy oil upgrading, he joined Thompson Rivers University in 2003 and established his own research program with a major focus on biodegradation of organic pollutants. His group is currently focused on uncovering the biochemical basis of bacterial per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) metabolism. He served for ten years as an editor for Biodegradation, is currently an editor for the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, and previously served the CSM as Meetings Secretary (2009 – 2011). He currently serves as Chair and the CSM representative of the Biological and Chemical Defence Review Committee.

Thompson Rivers University
Biological Sciences,
Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8

T: 250-377-6064
E: jvanhamme@tru.ca


Dr. Mazen Saleh



Following his undergraduate and Master’s studies at the University of Waterloo, he joined the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. Under the supervision of Professor Jean Gariepy, his doctorate studies were focused on the biophysics of microbial protein toxins. Prior to joining the Department of Biology at Laurentian University, he spent time as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and Colorado State University.

Laurentian University
Department of Biology
Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6

T: 705-675-1151 x2434
E: msaleh@laurentian.ca

Denice Bay

Dr. Denice Bay

Meetings Secretary


Dr. Denice Bay is an assistant professor (as of June 2015) in the Department of Medical
Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Bay began her studies at the University of Manitoba where she completed both her BSc (in 2000) and PhD (in 2007). Her PhD thesis examined mitochondrial voltage dependent anion channel (VDAC) folding and function from the fungus Neurospora crassa with Dr. Deborah Court. During her post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Raymond Turner’s lab at the University of Calgary (in 2007-2015), Dr. Bay examined TolC-independent efflux pumps, the role of biofilm formation in efflux mediated antimicrobial resistance, and protein secretion system structure-function in Enterobacteria. Her current research program explores how antiseptics and disinfectants contribute to antibiotic resistance in critical priority bacterial pathogens.

University of Manitoba
Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Rm 514 BSMS, 745 Bannatyne Ave
Winnipeg, MB R2K 1N4

T: 204-977-5679
F: 204-789-3926
E: Denice.Bay@umanitoba.ca


Dr. Sarah Piché-Choquette

Post Doc Representative

CLICK FOR BIOSarah Piché-Choquette is a postdoctoral fellow working with Profs. Steven Kembel at UQAM and Marie-Claire Arrieta at UCalgary. She completed her B.Sc. in Microbiology and Immunology at Université de Montréal, her Ph.D. at INRS Armand-Frappier Health and Biotechnology Centre and her first postdoc at the Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Her current postdoctoral research focuses on how the gut microbiome mediates asthma risk in premature infants.
Université du Québec à Montréal Département des Sciences Biologiques 141 Av. du Président-Kennedy, Montréal, QC H2X 1Y4 University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine, 3330 Hospital Dr NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4N1 Contact E: piche-choquette.sarah@courrier.uqam.ca

Ms. Camille Ou

Graduate Student Representative


Camille Ou is a Ph.D. student at Université de Montréal. She is working with Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi in the laboratory of Dr. France Daigle and co-supervised by Dr. Charles Dozois from Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie Research Centre – INRS. Her research focuses on characterizing fimbriae regulation of S. Typhi, a human specific pathogen. With the current antibiotics resistance crisis, treatments are becoming less efficient. Thus, better understanding of S. Typhi pathogenesis will contribute to the identification of new therapeutic targets.

Université de Montréal
Department of Microbiology, Infectiology and Immunology
2900 Bd Édouard-Montpetit,
Montréal, QC H3T 1J4

T: 514-343-6111 ext. 3135
E: camille.ou@umontreal.ca


Mrs. Wafaa Antonious



Wafaa Antonious has been providing secretariat services for CSM since 2008 first through the Canadian Federation of Biological Socieites (CFBS). When CFBS folded at the end of 2008, Wafaa resumed providing secretariat services through her own company “Rofail Conference and Management Services (RCMS) as of January 2009. Wafaa’s services for CSM includes providing support to CSM Executive (services and consultation), organizing the annual conference when requested, maintaining the website, book keeping, dealing with inquiries from members and others related to CSM activities. Through RCMS, Wafaa provides secretariat services to other organizations and organizes scientific workshops, meetings and conferences from 20 – 800 attendees. Wafaa graduated in 1983 with a BA in English from Faculty of Linguistic, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt and moved to Canada within a month of her graduation.

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Call for Nominations and Volunteers - Take an Active Role in Our Society!

Deadline: January 20, 2023

The Canadian Society of Microbiologists encourages members to take an active role in running the society. We are currently looking for members to serve on the following committees for the upcoming year. If you are interested in helping your society in this, or in any other way, please contact the CSM secretariat at info@csm-scm.org for more information. These position will start July 1, 2023 except for (#3) Education Committee which will be as soon as applications are received to help with 2023 abstracts and awards’ selection.

  1. Acceptance of this position implies a commitment of 4 years to the CSM, 2nd Vice-President, 1st Vice-President, President and Past President. In the absence or disability of the 1st Vice President, the 2nd Vice-President will perform the duties of the 1st Vice-President.
  2. To attend all meetings of the Executive and Council and all business meetings of the Society.
  3. To serve, if agreed by the Executive, as one of the two signing officers of the Society.
  4. To plan and prepare for his/her term of office as 1st Vice-President.
  5. To perform such additional duties as may be imposed from time to time by the Executive or Council.
  6. To succeed the 1st Vice-President at the conclusion of his/her term.
  1. To give notice of, and to compile and circulate the agenda for, all meetings of the Executive and Council and all business meetings of the Society.
  2. To attend and record votes and minutes of all proceedings at all meetings of the Executive and Council and all business meetings of the Society.
  3. To submit the minutes of all business meetings of the Society to the Executive and Council.
  4. To receive nominations from the appropriate nominating committees for officers, section officers and CSM Award Committee member, to inform each candidate of the result and to announce the names of the successful candidate to Council and to the Society at the annual meeting.
  5. To receive nominations for honorary membership, to submit valid nominations to Council for approval if a vacancy exists, and to include approved names on the ballot.
  6. To receive proposed amendments to the by-laws of the Society, and to submit valid proposals for approval sequentially to Council, to then next annual business meeting, and to the membership on the next election ballot. To submit approved amendments to Corporations Canada.
  7. To serve as one of the two signing officers of the Society.
  8. To liaise with the chairmen of sections and committees and with the officers of branches to facilitate their work.
  9. To present a written report to each meeting of Council and to the annual business meeting of the Society.
  10. To render to Council and to the Society at its annual business meeting an account of transactions and of the financial position of the Society.
  11. To prepare and present annually to Council a budget showing anticipated revenues and expenditures for the ensuing year.
  12. To recommend annually to Council the amount of dues to be established for members for the following year.
  13. To supervise and take responsibility for the performance of any assistant, employee or contracted commercial firm to whom any of the duties of the Secretary-Treasurer have been delegated.
  1. To promote the discipline of microbiology and an awareness of the CSM to the public at large.
  2. To promote and encourage graduate and undergraduate students and post-doctoral fellows to follow a career in microbiology, and participation in the CSM.
  3. To promote and encourage quality college and university undergraduate and graduate education in the fields related to microbiology in Canada.
  4. To advocate to the Executive and Council the needs of the membership in matters of microbiology education in its broadest sense.
  5. To oversee the mission of the Education & Careers committee.
  6. To oversee the running of the activities of the committee.
  7. To seek member input regarding microbiology education and career matters and channel concerns on these matters to the executive.
  8. To propose to the CSM Executive changes to the activities under its jurisdiction.
  9. To propose to the Executive changes to its mission.
  10. To ensure that sufficient quality volunteers are used for the various tasks of the committee.
  11. To attend all meetings of the Council and all business meetings of the Society.
  12. To prepare a report to Council on activities.

Must attend CSM Annual Conference to participate in the Education Committee’s activities during the Annual Conference.

This committee aims to promote Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in all of its activities including but not limited to membership, leadership, recommendations for the annual conference local organizing committee, and mentoring. We strive to promote and maintain a sense of welcoming and belonging for Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities, racialized people, 2SLGBTQ+ members, and other equity-deserving groups. We are particularly seeking graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and members of the indigenous community.

Nominees attach a short bio to the form and complete the 250 words write up on their commitment to the principles of EDI, and send as a PDF in one document to info@csm-scm.org

Please complete the following information and send to the CSM-SCM at the address below, along with a photograph and CV.

Nominations for Executive & Council Positions
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