Canadian Biosafety Symposium

Join us in Toronto Ontario Canada from September 17-19, 2019

Symposium Description

Symposium Highlights


September 17, 2019 Pre-symposium Training Courses

September 18-19, 2019 Canadian Biosafety Symposium

Program (Subject To Change)

In progress of being developed


Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown

475 Yonge Street,

Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1X7, Canada


Communication and networking opportunities with other biosafety professionals

Forum for advancing professional development in lab biosafety and biosecurity

Presentations related to advanced concepts in areas of biosafety and biosecurity

Biosafety training opportunities in current concepts and issues in the field of biosafety and biosecurity


2 days - symposium: $850

2 days - symposium: with CABS Member discount $800

Pre-Conference Courses

  • Pre conference course – half day:
  • TBD
  • Pre conference course – full day:
  • TBD


    Registration is not currently available, but will be available soon!

    The Canadian Association for Biological Safety/L’Association Canadienne pour la Sécurité Biologique (CABS-ACSB) is happy to present the Canadian Biosafety Symposium! Join us in Toronto from September 17-19, 2019 for Canada’s annual event for biosafety professionals and personnel involved in biosafety and/or biocontainment facilities.

    Enjoy 1 day of Pre-symposium courses (half or full day) on Sept. 17th, 2019 for professional development, followed by a 2-day biosafety symposium on Sept. 18th and 19th, 2019.

    The Canadian Biosafety Symposium will feature presentations on an array of biosafety topics, including emergency management for labs, building a biosafety culture, biosafety and public health, emerging and re-emerging diseases, laboratory acquired infections, ergonomics and safety, biowaste management and disinfection, regulations, airflow, ventilation, design and biosafety, animal issues, audits and inspections, occupational health and surveillance. It will be a unique opportunity for the biosafety community to learn and share knowledge with colleagues from across Canada and other countries. This annual event also offers pre-conference courses, which provide training opportunities in the field of Biosafety.

    The Canadian Biosafety Symposium brings together participants working across the biosafety field in universities, government and the private sector, such as:

    • Laboratory managers and administrators
    • Academic and government laboratory researchers
    • Government regulators
    • Biocontainment professionals
    • Equipment and facilities providers
    • Containment facility design and operation specialists
    • Risk assessment and safety specialists

    The event will feature prominent containment and biosafety specialists, and will involve presentations by the Canadian and international biosafety community selected from abstracts and papers that are currently being welcomed from all sources. All topics related to biological safety are welcome. 

    For further information, contact us at

    Venue and Accommodations

    The 2019 Canadian Biosafety Symposium will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown.

    Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown
    475 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 1X7, Canada

    CABS-ACSB has reserved a block of rooms with a special room rate of $254 CDN per night for Sept. 16th to 20th, 2019. Last day to book rooms at this special rate is August 15th, 2019.

    For reservations, click on the following link:
    Book your hotel and get the group rate for Canadian Association for Biological Safety (CABS)

    Accommodations are not included in the conference fees.

    Exhibitor and Sponsor Information

    Please click here if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or an exhibitor of the 2019 Canadian Biosafety Symposium. 2019 Canadian Biosafety Symposium Exhibitor and Sponsor Information.pdf



    • 2 days - symposium: $850
    • 2 days - symposium: with CABS Member discount $800
    • Pre conference course – half day:
    • TBD
    • Pre conference course – full day:
    • TBD

    Registration is not currently available, but will be available soon!


    More details wiil be coming soon!

    For approved Symspoium presenters and Pre-conference course instrcutors, the 2 day Symposium Fee is waived.

    Call for Papers

    The symposium will consist of oral presentations and posters related to advanced concepts in the areas of biosafety and biosecurity in Canadas. The theme of the symposium series will reflect current biosafety and biosecurity issues as well as regulatory initiatives.

    The program committee is soliciting abstracts for presentations for this symposium, which are broadly based on the theme of Biosafety. Abstract submission for presentations is open to Canadian and international participants.

    The following broad categories are the focus for the Canadian Biosafety Symposium, however, papers on other appropriate topics that relate to the goals of the symposium will be considered. If you have other topics that you would like to submit for consideration, please send an email message to . Example of past topics include:

    • Biosafety
    • Biosecurity
    • Regulatory initiatives impacting biosafety
    • Containment facility design, commissioning, maintenance and operation
    • Infectious diseases affecting humans and/or animals
    • Containment/laboratory equipment
    • Microbiological techniques (e.g. disinfection and decontamination)
    • Biological risk assessment and communication
    • Applied biosafety research
    • Lab acquired infections, incidents, exposures, and lessons learned
    • Other biosafety related subjects

    All submissions must reflect original work and must adequately document any overlap with previously published or simultaneously submitted papers from any of the authors. If authors have any doubts regarding whether such overlap exists, they should contact CABS-ACSB prior to submission.

    All submissions will be handled electronically through CABS-ACSB.

    Abstracts must include the objective, methods, results and conclusion of the study.

    CABS-ACSB will evaluate all submissions based on quality and relevance. All submissions are held in confidence prior to publication in the symposium proceedings.

    Where employer, client, or government authorization is needed, it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain such authorization prior to submitting the final materials.

    Accepted presentations will be notified by CABS-ACSB and will be presented by their author(s), which will be published in the symposium program, along with Author Biographies.

    Submissions of abstracts for oral or poster presentations can be submitted to:

    Symposium Presentation 2018