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An Event Dedicated to Excellence in Pain Education

October 17th — Pre-Conference Workshops

October 18th-19th — Our 18th Annual Conference

Take advantage of our early bird rates until June 30th as seats are limited.

Evidence-based presentations to enhance your clinical practice.  Your participation during our event and always evolving dialogue continues to benefit clinical practices, supporters, and those who live with chronic pain in Alberta, and beyond. 

  • Flights are booked to Calgary (YYC) Airport, which is a 1.5-hour drive from the hotel and event space. Our discounted travel period includes Monday, October 14, and extends to Wednesday, October 23, 2024.

     

    WestJet

    5% off Econo and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada.*

    2% off Econo, 5% off EconoFlex, and 10% off Premium base fares for guests traveling Trans-border*.

    * No discount will apply to Basic or Business class bookings.

     

    Discount Code: 3C7I0TF

    Visit West Jet Conventions to make a booking online.

    Air Canada

    Travel within North America applies a 5% discount on standard fares and 10% on flex fares & higher.

    International Travel applies a 10% discount on standard fares & higher.

    Discount Code: QNHGG8N1

    Visit Air Canada to make a booking online.

  • Shuttle

    Banff Airporter is Banff's original airport shuttle provider. Receive a 15% discount on their daily shuttle service between the Calgary Airport and Banff. Click Banff Airporter and then Book Now. Proceed through the reservation and type - PainSociety2024 - in the "Promo Code" section on the final payment page to receive the discount. This special rate is valid for travel dates between October 14-23, 2024 if reservation is made at least 1 week prior to the event start.

    Discount Code: PainSociety2024

    Directions

    From Calgary Airport, Access AB-2 N from Airport Rd NE, Barlow Trail NE N and Country Hills Blvd NE. Follow Stoney Trail NW/AB-201 W and Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 W to Mt Norquay Rd in Improvement District No. 9. Take the exit toward Banff from Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 W. Continue on Mt Norquay Rd to your destination.

  • Daily Self-Parking $32 +gst. 

    Daily Valet Parking $45 +gst.

    Electric Vehicle (Self/Valet) Parking $45 +gst

    Oversized Vehicles Hotel parking is unable to accommodate oversized vehicles. Please visit here for a list of available parking in downtown Banff. Additionally, hotel shuttles are available for convenient transportation to and from your vehicle.

  • Enjoy the many amenities offered at the hotel.

    A fitness center

    Pool and spa area

    Pet-friendly rooms 

    Diverse dining options

    View Dining Options >

Conference attendees can book discounted room rates which are available on an exclusive basis prior to September 17th. 

Book your hotel through us to access special rates. 

Carolyn Barber

Registered Dietitian

I love being able to reduce the suffering in people with lived experience. Additionally, I believe in the power of strong communities and Pain AB gathers passionate healthcare professionals in pain management.

Dr. Ameya Bopardikar

Pain physician and Anaesthesiologist

My 'why' is coming!

Dr. W. J. Becker

Neurologist and Professor Emeritus

I am involved with The Pain Society of Alberta so I can provide the patient experience. I have dealt with chronic pain for more than three (3) decades.

Dr. Jason Busse

McMaster Professor and Director of the National Pain Centre

I am involved with The Pain Society of Alberta as part of my evolution in helping improve the lives of those in pain. It is a privilege to be part of such a special group of kind, smart, hard working people.

Dr. Linda Carlson

Professor, Department of Oncology Cumming School of Medicine

I am involved with The Pain Society of Alberta as part of my evolution in helping improve the lives of those in pain. It is a privilege to be part of such a special group of kind, smart, hard working people.

Dr. Jonathan Charest

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I am involved with The Pain Society of Alberta as part of my evolution in helping improve the lives of those in pain. It is a privilege to be part of such a special group of kind, smart, hard working people.

Dr. Lara Cooke

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I am involved with The Pain Society of Alberta as part of my evolution in helping improve the lives of those in pain. It is a privilege to be part of such a special group of kind, smart, hard working people.

Nadine Fennig

Co-founder of Body Restoration

Right out of grad school I worked in an interdisciplinary pain program and saw first hand both the suffering and the success people living with pain can experience. Over my career I have heard how challenging the population is and seen how often they can be written off by professionals. This made me want to work with people living with pain more not less! I got into this work to see people function and thrive, often by helping them reconnect to their purpose. Helping people living with pain find their 'why' IS my 'why'.

Dr. Reid Friesen

Oral Medicine Specialist

As a nurse for over 30 years my passion is helping people. As the Pain Society of Alberta is pivotal in educating and supporting people living with pain, my involvement with PainAB allows me to fulfill my passion.

Qaim Giga

Lawyer and Healthcare Systems Advocate 

As a chronic pain physician in Alberta, while I continue to advocate for my patients at the bedside, it is imperative that I continue to be a part of the education and management of pain for many others who continue to live with pain. The Pain Society of Alberta enables this outreach, and education amongst pain providers and peopl with lived experience.

Marlene Graham

Registered Dietitian

I am involved with the Pain Society of Alberta because chronic pain affects so many Canadians. Headache disorders, which are a special interest of mine, affect millions in Canada and are quite disabling for many. Migraine alone affects over 12% of the Canadian population.

Dr. Ivonne A Hernández

Orofacial Pain Specialist and PainAB President

Working with The Pain Society of Alberta gives me opportunities to work with some of the most vulnerable in our society. Additionally it creates excellent educational opportunties to share with allied health proffessionals.

Dr. Michael Knash

Neurologist with a specialty in headache disorders

My 'why' is coming!

Dr. Elena Lopatina

Senior Scientist with the Alberta Virtual Pain Program and Alberta Pain Strategy 

My 'why' is coming!

Jeff Mah

Owner of The Yoga Lounge

My 'why' is coming!

Dr. Elizabeth Matendechere

Registered Psychologist

I joined The Pain Society of Alberta team to be an advocate and be part of an interdisciplinary team that dedicates their work to provide excellent pain management and the tools to promote a functional and meaningful life for individuals experiencing persistent pain.

Dr. Richard McIlmoyle

Chiropractor specializing in pain management

I joined The Pain Society of Alberta team to be an advocate and be part of an interdisciplinary team that dedicates their work to provide excellent pain management and the tools to promote a functional and meaningful life for individuals experiencing persistent pain.

Margaret L. McNeely

Physical Therapy and Oncology Professor

I joined The Pain Society of Alberta team to be an advocate and be part of an interdisciplinary team that dedicates their work to provide excellent pain management and the tools to promote a functional and meaningful life for individuals experiencing persistent pain.

Dr. Maxi Miciak

Physiotherapist with musculoskeletal, chronic, and post-viral conditions

I joined The Pain Society of Alberta team to be an advocate and be part of an interdisciplinary team that dedicates their work to provide excellent pain management and the tools to promote a functional and meaningful life for individuals experiencing persistent pain.

Safa Rahman

Registered Pelvic Health and Orthopedic Physiotherapist 

I joined The Pain Society of Alberta team to be an advocate and be part of an interdisciplinary team that dedicates their work to provide excellent pain management and the tools to promote a functional and meaningful life for individuals experiencing persistent pain.

Rahim Rajan

Co-founder, Capsule Pharmacy

I joined The Pain Society of Alberta team to be an advocate and be part of an interdisciplinary team that dedicates their work to provide excellent pain management and the tools to promote a functional and meaningful life for individuals experiencing persistent pain.

Dr. Magali Robert

Medical Lead for the new Virtual Pain Program

I joined The Pain Society of Alberta team to be an advocate and be part of an interdisciplinary team that dedicates their work to provide excellent pain management and the tools to promote a functional and meaningful life for individuals experiencing persistent pain.

Dr. Frank Porreca

Professor, Pain and Addiction Studies

I joined The Pain Society of Alberta team to be an advocate and be part of an interdisciplinary team that dedicates their work to provide excellent pain management and the tools to promote a functional and meaningful life for individuals experiencing persistent pain.

Dr. Elisabeth Saxton

Registered Psychologist

I joined The Pain Society of Alberta team to be an advocate and be part of an interdisciplinary team that dedicates their work to provide excellent pain management and the tools to promote a functional and meaningful life for individuals experiencing persistent pain.

Dr. Elan Schnieder

A physical therapist passionate about innovation in pain care

I joined The Pain Society of Alberta team to be an advocate and be part of an interdisciplinary team that dedicates their work to provide excellent pain management and the tools to promote a functional and meaningful life for individuals experiencing persistent pain.

Dr. Howard Schubiner

Internist and Pediatrician

I joined The Pain Society of Alberta team to be an advocate and be part of an interdisciplinary team that dedicates their work to provide excellent pain management and the tools to promote a functional and meaningful life for individuals experiencing persistent pain.

Susan Sobey-Fawcett

Program Lead, Alberta Virtual Pain Program

I joined The Pain Society of Alberta team to be an advocate and be part of an interdisciplinary team that dedicates their work to provide excellent pain management and the tools to promote a functional and meaningful life for individuals experiencing persistent pain.

Dr. Dwayne Van Eerd

Scientist, Institute for Work & Health

I joined The Pain Society of Alberta team to be an advocate and be part of an interdisciplinary team that dedicates their work to provide excellent pain management and the tools to promote a functional and meaningful life for individuals experiencing persistent pain.

1145h — Dr. Al-Noor Mawani

Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Interventions for the Management of Chronic Pain

1145h — Dr. Elisabeth Saxton

ACT and Mindfulness

1250h — Take a break and nourish yourself! This is a great time to network with our exhibitors and other attendees.

Join us for a presentation by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Lunch

1400h — Dr. Ameya Bopardikar
British Columbia Room

Interventional Pain Management – Practical Applications and Decision Making for your patients.

1400h — Dr. Ivonne Hernandez
Alberta Room

Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain

1400h — Jennifer King and Bree Rutten
Turner Valley Room

Chronic Pain and Intimacy

What's Happening Next?

Interventional Diagnostic Workshop

— Interventional Pain Management and Practical Applications in a Primary Care Setting

— An Overview of Advanced Spinal Interventions

October 17th | 1130h - 1520h

Headache and Migraine Workshop

— Sexually Dimorphic Mechanisms of Pain and Migraine 

— Pharmacological Management of Episodic Migraine

— Pharmacological Management of Chronic Migraine

— Psychosocial Assessment and Treatment for Migraine

— Migraine Medications: Accessing Newer Migraine Therapies

October 17th | 1515h - 2025h

Seize the chance to expand your professional network and exchange insights with experts and peers.

* Registration is required for workshops and you must be registered for our 18th annual conference to attend.

Explore the many topics discussed at our event.

2024 Guideline for Cannabis and Chronic Pain    What can we learn from integrative oncology successes in pain management?    Exercise and Cancer Pain    Case Discussion:  The Science of Headache Medicine    Alberta Virtual Chronic Pain Program and Evidence Based Models of Care    Curing rather than coping with chronic nociplastic pain    Best Practice Guidelines for Sleep and Alberta Centric Support for Providers    Rising Tides:  Collaborative Learning, Care Planning and Treatment Lifts Us All    A Multidisciplinary Approach to Temporomandibular Joint Disorders  •  Pain Neuroscience and Machine Training Descending Inhibition    Work Disability and Return to Work  •  The nuts and bolts of pain reprocessing therapy and emotional awareness and expression therapy    Convergence: How Modern Yoga Techniques Relieve Pain    TMJ Screening and Examination    Approaching Challenges to Nutrition in Chronic Pain     Encountering the void: a journey into understanding the pelvic floor.

Registration

Main Ballroom, Second Floor

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. W. J. Becker

Nerve Blocks and Other Procedures in Migraine Management

Dr. Scott Jarvis

+ Identify ideal patients for pericranial nerve blocks and sphenopalatine ganglion blocks.
+ Formulate techniques to quickly landmark sites for pericranial nerve blocks.
+ Recognize multiple approaches for maximizing benefits and minimizing risks associated with pericranial nerve blocks.

Only the Needle Knows: Procedures for Diagnosing & Managing Headaches Related to Neck Problems

Dr. Ameya Bopardikar

+ Identify and select patients who may benefit from interventional management.
+ Explore techniques for interventional headache and neck pain management.
+ Utilize evidence-based practice, and guideline-based practice in accessing appropriate
interventions.

Moderated Question and Answer

Dr. Werner Becker, Dr. Scott Jarvis, Dr. Ameya Bopardikar

Dinner

North Foyer, Buffet.

Exhibitor Booths are open.

Acute Therapy of Migraine and Medication Overuse Headache in Adults: 2023

Dr. Farnaz Amoozegar

+ Gain an understanding of the variety of medications available for the acute treatment of migraine attacks, including older and newer therapies.
+ Optimize acute migraine therapy for an individual patient based on headache characteristics and other factors.
+ Recognize and manage medication overuse headache.

Acute Therapy of Migraine in Children and Adolescents: Old favourites and new options for the clinician.

Dr. Thilinie Rajapakse

+ Distinguish between pediatric and adult migraine and how knowledge of differences can facilitate prompt recognition and treatment of migraine in children.
+ List multiple acute therapies (of various drug classes) for pediatric migraine and understand how some combinations can create synergistic effects in treating migraine.
+ Create a safe and effective acute migraine rescue plan for a child/adolescent that is uniquely tailored to their needs.

Moderated Question and Answer

Dr. Werner Becker, Dr. Farnaz Amoozegar, Dr. Thilinie Rajapakse

Stretch Break

Get up and move!

Understanding Post-traumatic Headache

Dr. Chantel Debert

+ Define and recognize acute and chronic post-traumatic headaches.
+ Explain the different types of post-traumatic headaches.
+ Explain one or two treatment interventions for different classes of post-traumatic headaches.

Psychological Aspects of the Management of Post-traumatic Headache

Dr. Martin Mrazik

+ Gain a deeper understanding of the brain and behavioral aspects of post traumatic headaches.
+ Appreciate how various psychological conditions affect pain perception.
+ Recognize effective psychological approaches in the management of post traumatic headaches.

“My Brain Won’t Let Me Do That“

Codi Isaac

+ Define clinical headache tests used in physiotherapy.
+ Differentiate headaches for appropriate physiotherapy referral.
+ Recognize effective physiotherapy interventions for post-traumatic headaches.

Moderated Question and Answer

Dr. Werner Becker, Dr. Chantel Debert, Dr. Martin Mrazik, Codi Isaac

Closing Remarks

Conclusion of our preconference workshop.

*Registration is required. This workshop is designed to complement other headache-related sessions that occur later in the conference program.

Headache and Migraine Workshop

THURSDAY OCTOBER 12TH

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Our Inagural Art Award

Delving deeper into the realm of understanding pain. By harnessing the unique power of art, we offer Alberta artists a space to express the intricacies of pain, when words fall short. 

  • Breakfast and Registration

    0730h

    Start your day off on the right foot.

    Foyer and Main Ballroom

    Opening Remarks

    0800h

    Dr. Kwadwo "Kwajo" Kyeremanteng (Joining Virtually)

    How We Innovate and Create Change: Lessons From Solving Healthcare

    0815h

    + Diversity as a Catalyst for Change:
    + Understand the pivotal role of diversity in driving innovation and change.
    + Recognize the benefits of varied perspectives in problem-solving.
    + Promoting Outside-the-Box and Integrative Thinking
    + Develop a holistic approach to challenges by integrating diverse ideas.
    + Learn techniques to think beyond traditional boundaries for creative solutions.
    + Embracing Failure as a Learning Opportunity
    + Appreciate the importance of mistakes in the innovation journey.
    + Acquire strategies to analyze and pivot from failures, fostering resilience

    Ryan Straschnitzki

    The Power of Mindset

    0915h

    In 2018, Ryan, a member of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, was involved in a tragic accident that changed his life forever and left him paralyzed from the chest down.

    During his presentation, Ryan will speak about his story of triumph over adversity and his courageous rehabilitation journey, including his management of acute and chronic pain. He will also share his experience about the day-to-day challenges he faces living with a disability and his motivation and strength to overcome them.

    Refreshment Break

    1015h

    Network with our exhibitors and other attendees!

    Join us for a Presentation by Grover Law: 'A Personal Injury Lawyer Living with Chronic Pain'

    Dr. Michael Knash

    Prophylactic Treatment of Migraine

    1100h

    + Update current understanding of migraine pathophysiology.
    + Discuss conventional migraine therapeutics.
    + Discuss novel migraine therapeutic options.

    Dr. Al-Noor Mawani

    Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Interventions for the Management of Chronic Pain

    1145h

    + Identify key 5 aspects of mindfulness and acceptance-based practices that can be discussed with individuals experiencing chronic pain.
    + Describe 1 or more key practices that they can use with their patients to enable them to begin or continue their pai management journey.
    + Explain key principles of mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches as applied to the management of chronic pain.

    Dr. Elisabeth Saxton

    ACT and Mindfulness

    1145h

    + Exploring broader theoretical framework and offering suggestions clinicians can use in session to help move clients forward in a way where clients are becoming empowered and independent.
    + Recognize how to challenge clients who are struggling with engagement or follow through using purpose and meaning.
    + Encourage clinicians to be more mindful in their actions and approaches with clients, increasing a client's sense of control and confidence, which ultimately strengthens the relationship between clinician and client as well.

    Lunch

    1250h

    Take a break and nourish yourself! This is a great time to network with our exhibitors and other attendees.

    Join us for a presentation by Teva Canada

    Dr. Ameya Bopardikar

    Interventional Pain Management – Practical Applications and Decision Making for your patients.

    1400h

    + Develop an approach to clinically diagnosing chronic back pain.
    + Utilize appropriate guideline-based management to organize interventional pain procedures for patients.
    + Decipher and understand the interventional tools available to manage patients in the community.

    Breakout Session One: British Columbia Room

    Dr. Ivonne Hernandez

    Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain

    1400h

    + Differentiate trigeminal neuropathy from trigeminal neuralgia.
    + Learn what pharmacology approaches may work best for these conditions.
    + Articulate why a multidisciplinary approach is advised in the management of these conditions.

    Breakout Session One: Alberta Room

    Jennifer King and Bree Rutten

    Chronic Pain and Intimacy

    1400h

    + Identify client concerns with sexual intimacy in medication, movement, and mind challenges.
    + Provide support to clients who require further education and assistance in sexual intimacy and
    chronic pain.
    + Explain the importance of addressing sexual intimacy and chronic pain with clients.

    Breakout Session One: Turner Valley Room

    Kathryn Jamieson-Lega

    Pacing for Chronic Pain Management - Trials and Tribulations of Clinical Application

    1400h

    + Understand the basic framework and process for applying pacing in the clinical context.
    + Identify individual barriers that can create challenges for effective application of pacing.
    + Explore solutions to overcome barriers.

    Breakout Session One: Yukon Room

    Refreshment Break

    1500h

    Network with our exhibitors and other attendees!

    Dr. Susan Tupper

    Practical Tips for Using the 4 P's of Pain Management

    1530h

    + Apply resources to engage people living with chronic pain in physical, psychological, and preventive approaches to pain management.
    + Review a patient worksheet to support pain self-management.
    + Discuss a pathway for chronic pain management in primary care settings.

    Breakout Session Two: British Columbia Room

    Dr. Janette Hurley

    Case presentation & clinical pearls: An integrative team-based approach to pain management in marginalized communities utilizing a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model

    1530h

    + Recognize and integrate the importance of individuals' cultural and ethnic stories in their healing journey.
    + Appreciate the value and importance of a collaborative team-based approach to chronic pain and increasing patient participation in their healing journey.

    Breakout Session Two: Alberta Room

    Dr. Serena Orr

    Migraine in Children and Adolescents: Developing an Evidence-based Treatment Plan

    1530h

    + Describe the epidemiology and burden of migraine disease among children and adolescents.
    + Formulate a treatment plan for treating attacks of migraine acutely in children and adolescents.
    + Develop a preventive treatment plan for children and adolescents with migraine.

    Breakout Session Two: Turner Valley Room

    Dr. Scott Jarvis

    Pericranial Nerve Blocks with Hands-on Instruction

    1530h

    + Identify the underlying anatomy of the pericranial nerves.
    + Formulate and refine injection techniques to minimize pain and bleeding.
    + Comprehend the rationale, and learn approaches, for combining nerve blocks and sphenopalatine ganglion blocks with Botox injections.

    Breakout Session Two: Yukon Room

    Conclusion of Conference

    1630h

    1830h — Cocktails
    1900h — Gala Commences
    1915h — Dinner
    2130h — Dance