This event will have speakers and training opportunities for attendees. Full schedule coming soon!

Monday, August 22nd

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Networking Mixer

Home2Suites by Hilton Holland
3140 West Shore Drive
Holland, Michigan 49424

Tuesday, August 23rd

8:30 a.m.


GBAC Training Center
280 E. 64th St.
Holland, Michigan 49423

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Opening Address

Patricia Olinger & Michael Diamond

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Facility Validation and Assessment

Speaker: John LaRochelle

A critical first step in validating the effectiveness of your current environmental infection prevention program is a comprehensive assessment/audit. We need to better understand where the potential opportunities are for improvement. This includes but is not limited to, biological sampling and assessment of hard and soft surfaces, air quality, equipment used for cleaning and disinfection, waste management, and water. A comprehensive audit not only allows us to identify initial areas for improvement, but it is also a way to ensure the ongoing quality assurance of your programs.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Following the Energy: Environmental Monitoring Through ATP

Speaker: Dave Mains, Ph.D.

ATP is the dominant energy currency for life on Earth and is present in a wide variety of organic residues. As such, determination of ATP levels on surfaces serves as a useful indicator of general cleanliness that can be rapidly assayed with today’s mature solutions and can be the cornerstone of a robust environmental monitoring program.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Speaker: TBA

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

qPCR: Validation at Every Swab

Speakers: Jeremy Duguay, MSc & Cody Ray

qPCR is quickly finding new applications in both industrial and environmental monitoring. As the Gold Standard throughout the pandemic, society has come to rely on the accuracy and speed of qPCR technology in clinical settings. qPCR enables non-scientists to accurately validate both the efficacy of their cleaning programs and water treatment plans.

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Healthy Air, Verified.

Speakers: Elizabeth Caley (EC)

By bringing biotechnology to buildings, it’s now possible to create and verify infection-resistant facilities. Improving and verifying indoor air safety is incredibly important for human transmissible illnesses. And we can also learn a lot from air as a universal medium (vs. surfaces or water) like how facilities can affect human health–from salmonella to influenza, and property value–from molds to pests. Join this session to learn what’s now possible using new systems and technologies, and the collective best practices from hundreds of facilities today.

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Validation Rounds and Breakout Session

Step by Step walkthrough of various facility environment types showcasing and demonstrating technologies and programs.

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Address

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Dinner & Networking Mixer