Colette Ouellet, CIC - IPAC Canada Liaison

Date first certified: November 1998

Date joined CBIC Board of Directors: 2023

Work/APIC: Colette Ouellet is the Director of Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC), Quality, Patient Safety, Patient Relations and Risk Management at the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa.  Prior to this, she was the founding Coordinator of the Champlain Infection Control Network, and Manager of the IPAC Program at the Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital. 

She is a proud veteran nursing officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. Colette has had a practicing specialty in Infection Control and has held CIC status through the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC) for over 25 years. She has led IPAC teams through SARS, H1N1, Ebola preparations, and COVID-19, among other major events. Colette is a passionate advocate of people-centered care.  

She has a baccalaureate degree in nursing from the University of Manitoba and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from University of Ottawa.  She has completed a professional certification program in Risk Management at Carleton University.  Colette is serving as the 2023-2025 President of IPAC Canada.