Conference 2017


Welcome – Engage – Network – and Enjoy!

As your Interim President and the 2017 Conference Chair, it is a great pleasure to welcome everyone to this exciting and densely-packed conference. Many people have been working hard on the front lines and behind the scenes to bring this together. We have faced some unexpected challenges along the way with losses and changes in team members. But despite this, the group persevered – as healthy working groups do! We are delighted to welcome folks from the local area and from far afield for a rich experience at many levels: cognitively, theoretically, and experientially. In particular we are thrilled to have Dr. Joseph Shay with us to kick off our conference on Thursday morning. Best wishes, Joan-Dianne Smith MSW, RSW, FCGPA, Winnipeg

Greeting from the Atlantic Coast!

Welcome to Halifax! We are thrilled to have you join us on the East Coast. In addition to a first rate program, there are lots of exciting things to do here and lots of opportunities to enjoy our famous Maritime hospitality! We have local events including the Harbour Hopper, scenic city walking tours, fabulous seafood, the Citadel Fortress and many other exciting attractions to experience. There are also scenic day trips from Halifax if you are inclined to travel off the beaten track. We are excited to be hosting you and will do everything we can to ensure you have a fabulous time!! Your Local Arrangements Committee Jackie Kinley, Ward Yuzda, Stacy Campbell and Monica Cook

Thank You to Our 2017 Conference Sponsors!

Maureen Coleman, Calgary


As an accredited provider, Dalhousie University, CPD, designates this continuing professional development activity for up to 16.50 credit hours as an accredited group learning Section 1 activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.(Thursday = 5.5 credit hours; Friday = 5:75 credit hours; Saturday=5.25 credit hours)Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at

“In keeping with CMA Guidelines, program content and selection of speakers are the responsibility of the planning committee. Support is directed toward the costs of the course and not to individual speakers.”


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