Volunteer Spotlight and Member Highlights
Exciting news! AABB’s Professional Engagement Program will be showcasing all of the great work our members do for AABB and the world at large.
Volunteer Spotlight will consist of a short Q&A with one of our members published each month in AABB News. Our members play an integral role here at AABB and we want to share their accomplishments.
Member Highlights can be any volunteer accomplishment directly involved with AABB and will change as new highlights are added. These highlights may range from publications, committee work, webinars and everything in between!
We are currently soliciting names of individuals to showcase for the coming year in either our Volunteer Spotlight or a Member Highlight capacities. If you or a fellow AABB member are interested, please email us at
Professional Engagement Program Volunteer Spotlight on
Mike Halpenny, MLT(CMLTO)
Mike Halpenny, MLT(CMLTO), Manager, Cord Blood Bank and Stem Cell Manufacturing, Canadian Blood Services.
How long have you been an AABB member?
I have been an AABB member since 2006.
What volunteer activities are you currently active or have participated in within AABB?
I am currently a member of the Cellular Therapies Section Coordinating Committee (CTSCC) as well as the Cord Blood subsection.
What motivates you to volunteer?
Getting involved with the ability to contribute to the cellular therapy community. Benefiting from the vast experience and learning opportunities within AABB. The belief in AABB and its goals, contributing to a global leader in cellular therapies.
How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?
With a career in cellular therapy spanning over 25 years, I have had the opportunity to build lasting peer to peer friendships. Building these relationships through AABB networking opportunities has contributed significantly to my professional career. Cellular therapy continues to rapidly evolve, new technologies, new methodologies. From the manufacturing / laboratory perspective, maintaining current expertise and knowledge is both an expectation and requirement from our clinical partners.
What have you learned from volunteering with AABB? And what advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering?
Get involved, be an active member within the AABB organization, get to know your community. Build your professional network of contacts, AABB provides that professional networking opportunity. It truly is a win / win scenario, allowing you to share your knowledge within the cellular therapy community while meeting your personal needs to build your professional contacts and gaining expertise from other members.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know?
Outside my professional career, I have a loving wife and two boys. Always enjoyed being involved in my boy’s activities, was a scout leader, coached both boys in baseball and helped out during their hockey games. I once hit a last second jump shot to win a game with my senior high school basketball team, I once hit a 9th inning double to score the winning run in minor league baseball, I once tried skiing and spent more time on my back than my feet.
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