Welcome to our 2021 World Pain Summit
Our focus is to deliver a high quality, evidence-informed and diverse event to improve pain management strategies. We strive to advocate for continuing professional development opportunities for all health care providers in Alberta and beyond.
Stay engaged during our World Pain Summit. Our digital passport link offers you the chance to enter to win one of our many prizes!
All submissions need to be in by 1500h Sunday October 17th to qualify & winners will be drawn during the conference and announced during Sundays closing remarks.
Our Keynote Speakers
Dr. Kristin Neff
A pioneer in the field of inner strength training and self-compassion—the first to empirically study the concepts and create a simple, actionable guide proven to increase motivation, boost resilience, and improve mental health.
2021 Distinguished Speakers
Advocate and Founder of Alberta Talks Pain.
Dr. Werner Becker
MD, FRCPS (Neurology)
Professor Emeritus, Department of Neurology, University of Calgary and Founder of the Calgary Headache Assessment and Management Program (CHAMP).
Founder, My Cuppa Jo, and a Person With Lived Experience.
Chief Executive Officer, Pain Australia.
Dr. Raj Bhardwaj
Urgent Care Physician, Alberta Health Services and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary.
Dr. Jason Busse
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, McMaster University.
Dr. Fiona Campbell
Professor, Department of Anaesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Past President, Canadian Pain Society, Co-Chair Canadian Pain Task Force.
Dr. Eloise Carr
Professor in the Faculty of Nursing.
Masters student, University of Calgary and a Person with Lived Experience.
Dr. Hance Clarke
Director, Transitional Pain Program, Toronto General Hospital.
Occupational Therapist and Patient Educator
Dr. David Dodick
Professor of Neurology, Director of the Headache and Concussion Programs at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.
President, Advocate and Founder of Help Alberta’s Pain.
Dr. Andrea Furlan
Pain physician, Senior Scientist and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Michael Gold
Professor Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh,
President US Association for the Study of Pain.
BHSc P.T. MSc
Clinical Specialist in Pain Science, Clinician Researcher Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Senior physiotherapist Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre.
Dr. Carol Hopkins
O.C., MSW, LL.D.
Executive Director, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation.
Executive Director, PainBC and Co-Chair Canadian Pain Task Force.
Psychologist, Irwin Psychological Services Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary
BScN, MPH, CPSO, RN
Assistant Teaching Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta
BSc (OT), MSc
Dr. Gabor Maté
A retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness.
Dr. Alika Lafontaine
BSc, MD, FRCPC
President Elect, Canadian Medical Association
Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley
Registered Psychologist, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, Dalhousie University
Dr. Greg Lehman
Physiotherapist, chiropractor and strength and conditioning specialist treating musculoskeletal disorders.
Dr. Leroy Little Bear
JD, DAS (Hon), LLD (Hon)
Professor Emeritus at the University of Lethbridge.
Dr. Francois Louw
CCFP(EM), FCFP, MBChB (Pret), DA(SA), ECFMG, Adv. Dipl Pain Mgt CAPM (Interventional Pain Management)
Dr. Jaeun Macen
Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner, Alberta Health Services.
Dr. Liam Martin
MB, MRCPI, FRCPC
Rheumatologist, Caleo Health Calgary
Pain Self-management Advocate
Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP™), providing diversity & inclusion, health and community engagement consulting and education services.
Dr. John Pereira
Past President, Pain Society of Alberta, and President-Elect of the Canadian Pain Society.
Dr. Elisabeth Saxton
Clinical Psychologist, National Director of Mental Health Services and President-Elect for the Pain Society of Alberta.
Dr. Dino Smiljic
Previous Medical Lead of the Bow Valley Primary Care Network's Chronic Pain Program.
Pain Advocate, Help Alberta's Pain
Dr. Mick Sullivan
Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Health, Department of Psychology.
Dr. Rob Tanguay
BSc (Hons), MD, FRCPC, CISAM, CCSAM
President of the Pain Society of Alberta.
Dr. Bronwyn Lennox Thompson
PhD, MSc(Psych), DipOT
Academic Coordinator, Postgraduate Programmes in Pain and Pain Management Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch, NZ
Dr. Susan Tupper
Strategy Consultant, Pain Quality Improvement and Research
Dr. Jillian Vinall Miller
Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the University of Calgary
BN, MSc. CHE
Chief Program Officer, Strategic Clinical Networks and Co-Chair, Alberta Pain Strategy.
Dr. Verna Yiu
President and CEO, Alberta Health Services