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2020 Pain Society

of Alberta Conference

Friday October 16 - Sunday October 18, 2020

This pivot from an in-person to virtual event could not have been possible without the cooperation of our Planning Committee, Board of Directors, and Jeff Allen Productions and their dedicated crew.  


To our Presenters, we thank you for sharing your expertise, time and for inspiring us to challenge ourselves and to translate that knowledge into our practices and lives.  

To all of you who joined us for our conference and took time away from your schedules, we could not move forward without your support and commitment to attend.


For people with lived experiences, your strength, resilience and powerful stories are inspiring.  We are ALL stronger together as we continue to work together to support better pain care. 

On behalf of the Pain Society of Alberta’s Planning Committee and Board of Directors, we are so grateful for you joining us for our 14th Annual Conference.


Conference Presentations

Presentations are available on the Pain Society of Alberta YouTube Channel


2020 Speakers

Read biographies of our 38 outstanding speakers who contributed their time and knowledge to our 2020 conference.

2020 Exhibitors

A big thank you to our exhibitors for their time and sponsorship of our 14th Annual Virtual Conference.

Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Pain Society of Alberta's Pain Excellence and

Pain Champion Awards.

Award Nominations

Our 2020 Exhibitors

Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

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Not for Profit

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Award Winners


We recognize the significant contributions made by Claudine Adlington of Alberta Talks Pain. Congratulations on winning our 𝐏𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐢𝐨𝐧 award for her advocacy work and improvement of the lives of people and their families facing pain.


Our 𝐏𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 award is Given to a Health Care Provider that exemplifies excellence in their clinical or academic practices. Congratulations

Dr. Andrea Furlan on her positive impact towards patient care and delivery.

2020 Conference Speakers

Opening Our Conference

Dr. Ted Braun

Vice President and Medical Director, Clinical Operations for Alberta Health Services.

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Louise Crane

Metis Elder of Cree Heritage

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2020 Distinguished Speakers

Claudine Adlington

Advocate and Founder of Alberta Talks Pain.

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Dr. Samina Ali

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta.

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Dr. Werner Becker

Professor Emeritus, Department of Neurology, University of Calgary Founder of the Calgary Headache Assessment and Management Program (CHAMP).

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Carol Bennett

Chief Executive Officer, Pain Australia.

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Dr. Katie Birnie

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, University of Calgary 

Assistant Scientific Director, Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) 

Psychologist, Alberta Children’s Hospital

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Dr. Norm Buckley

Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anesthesia, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University.

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Dr. Fiona Campbell

Professor, Department of Anaesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Past President, Canadian Pain Society, Co-Chair Canadian Pain Task Force.

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Katie Caldwell

Person with lived experience.  First year of medical school University of Alberta.  Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary.

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Dr. Hance Clarke

Director, Transitional Pain Program, Toronto General Hospital.

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Julia Condrea

Social Worker, Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic, Mosaic Primary Care Network, Calgary.

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Dr. Lara Cooke

Director, Calgary Headache Assessment and Management Program (CHAMP), Alberta Health Services.

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Dr. David Dodick

Professor of Neurology, Director of the Headache and Concussion Programs at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

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Dr. Norman Doidge

Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Researcher, and author of The Brain That Changes Itself, and The Brain’s Way of Healing.

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Guy Felicella

Peer Clinical Advisor, British Columbia Centre on Substance Use.

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Tracy Fossum

Advocate and Founder of Help Alberta’s Pain.

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Dr. Michael Gold

President, United States Association for the Study of Pain (US ASP).

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Maria Hudspith

Executive Director, PainBC and Co-Chair Canadian Pain Task Force.

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Dr. Stefan Kertesz

Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine, University of Alabama.

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Sheila Killoran

Certified Music Therapist, Tertiary Palliative Care, Grey Nuns Community Hospital, Edmonton.

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Dr. Michael Knash

Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Neurology, University of Alberta.

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Dr. Jaeun Macen

Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner, Alberta Health Services.

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Dr. Jessica Merlin

Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Director of the Challenges in Managing and Preventing Pain (CHAMPP) clinical research center, University of Pittsburgh.

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Dr. Melanie Noel

Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Director of the Alberta Children's Pain Research Lab.

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Dr. Tara Packham

Occupational Therapist, Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation, Sciences at McMaster University.

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Dr. John Pereira

Immediate Past President, Pain Society of Alberta, and

President-Elect of the Canadian Pain Society.

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Shelly Prosko

Physiotherapist, Yoga Therapist, Author, Educator.

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Dr. Maitreyi Raman

Clinical Associate Professor, Medical Director Alberta’s Collaboration of Excellence for Nutrition and Digestive Diseases.

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Dr. Nivez Rasic

Medical Director, Vi Riddell Pain Program, Alberta Children’s Hospital.

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Dr. Launette Rieb

Addiction Medicine Specialist and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia.

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Dr. Tasha Stanton

Associate Professor in Clinical Pain Neuroscience, University of Southern Australia.

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Dr. Mick Sullivan

Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Health, McGill University.

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Dr. Rob Tanguay

President, Pain Society of Alberta, and Co-Chair, Alberta Pain Strategy.

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Lissanthea Taylor

Physiotherapist, Narrative Medicine Scholar, Pain Educator.

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Dr. Susan Tupper

Strategy Consultant, Saskatchewan Pain Quality Improvement and Research.

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Tracy Wasylak

Chief Program Officer, Strategic Clinical Networks and Co-Chair, Alberta Pain Strategy.

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Hayley York

Person with lived experience.

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