PSA World Pain
Friday October 15, to Sunday October 17, 2021
Coming Together. Learn. Share. Inspire.
Building on the momentum of 2020, planning is already underway for our virtual World Pain Summit.
Our focus to deliver a high quality, evidence-informed and diverse event to improve pain management strategies remains our primary objective.
We are committed to:
Enhancing professional development and pain management skills for all of our healthcare participants.
Bring leaders and healthcare professionals in the field of pain management together to improve patient care.
Reduce learning barriers and effectuate change for people living with persistent pain in their clinical practice.
As we continue to advocate for continuing professional development opportunities for all health care providers in Alberta and beyond, we invite you to share and learn a wealth of knowledge, and become inspired to effectuate change for those living with pain.
Physicians and Physician Specialists $99
If you are employed and living with or without chronic pain.
All Allied Health Care Providers/Case Managers $49
If you are employed and living with or without chronic pain.
Other Professionals $49
If you are an employed professional but not working in a healthcare setting, living with or without chronic pain.
Full Time Medical Learner or Medical Resident Free
You MUST be enrolled in a full time program at a post secondary institution. Please provide proof of full time status to email@example.com.
Person with Lived Experience Free
If you are a physician, healthcare provider or professional who is employed living with chronic pain, please select the appropriate ticket listed above. This ticket provides limited access to conference events and is not intended for people with chronic pain who are employed healthcare providers or professionals.
Introducing Our Keynote Speakers
Dr. Kristin Neff
Dr. Kristin Neff is 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. Our society teaches us that self-compassion is the enemy of productivity, that to be kind to ourselves is to invite complacency when in fact, the opposite is true—and in the midst of a global pandemic,
when near catastrophic burnout is threatening the happiness, success, and productivity of us all, we need self-compassion more than ever.
Dr. Neff is an Insight Meditation practitioner and an associate professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Harvard Business Review, among others, and her TEDx talkhas been viewed over 1.7 million times. She’s also the co-developer of an empirically supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, which is taught by thousands of people worldwide, and the co-author of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook as well as Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals. She is also
co-founder of the nonprofit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.
Dr. Gabor Maté
Dr. Gabor Maté is 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. The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness.
His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. To learn more, join his e-news list at www.drgabormate.com.
2021 Distinguished Speakers
Learn about our Distinguished Speakers thus far with many more to come!
Advocate and Founder of Alberta Talks Pain.
Dr. Werner Becker
Professor Emeritus, Department of Neurology, University of Calgary 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
Family Physician and Urgent Care Physician, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary.
Dr. Jason Busse
Associate Professor in the Departments of Anesthesia and Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, 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
RN, PhD, Professor in the Faculty of Nursing.
MOT, OTR/L, Adjunct Faculty Member of Lake Washington Institute of Technology's Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.
Dr. David Dodick
Professor of Neurology, Director of the Headache and Concussion Programs at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.
Advocate and Founder of Help Alberta’s Pain.
Dr. Andrea Furlan
Associate Professor Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Staff Physician and Senior Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.
Dr. Michael Gold
President, United States Association for the Study of Pain (US ASP).
Senior physiotherapist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.
Dr. Carol Hopkins
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, RN, CPSO
PhD Student - CIRN Graduate Studentship Trainee
Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.
BSc (OT), MSc
Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley
Registered Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Greg Lehman
Physiotherapist, chiropractor and strength and conditioning specialist treating musculoskeletal disorders.
Dr. Francois Louw
CCFP(EM), FCFP, MBChB(Pret), DA(SA), PgCPain (U of Alberta),
Adv. Dipl Pain Mgt CAPM (Interventional Pain Management)
Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Dept. of Family Practice
Dr. Jaeun Macen
Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner, Alberta Health Services.
Dr. Liam Martin
Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Cumming School of Medicine, University of 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
R.Psych. Clinical Psychologist, National Director of Mental Health Services
Dr. Mick Sullivan
Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Health, McGill University.
Dr. Rob Tanguay
BSc (Hons), MD, FRCPC, CISAM, CCSAM
Dr. Bronnie Lennox Thompson
PhD, MSc, DipOT who teaches postgraduate courses in pain, pain management and psychosocial and cultural aspects of pain, and takes a strong interest in translating research into healthcare systems.
Dr. Susan Tupper
Strategy Consultant, Saskatchewan Pain Quality Improvement and Research.
Dr. Jillian Vinall-Miller
Developmental Neuroscientist in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the University of Calgary.
Chief Program Officer, Strategic Clinical Networks and Co-Chair, Alberta Pain Strategy.
Dr. Verna Yiu
President and CEO, Alberta Health Services
Nominate a colleague for our Patient Champion and Pain Excellence Award
The Patient Champion Award recognizes the significant contributions made by a person or a group who advocate and improve the lives of other people and their families faced with similar pain issues.
The Pain Excellence Award honours outstanding and dedicated excellence by a clinician, researcher, educator or team in the areas of acute, chronic or palliative care.
Application Deadline September 10th, 2021
2021 Exhibitor Guide
As one of our exhibitors, you will have ample opportunities to engage and network with our participants, share research updates, and information about your products and services. Most importantly, your commitment and support will allow us to provide a wider array of educational opportunities from all over the world to further enhance learning.
The Pain Society of Alberta is offering you and your teams an exclusive opportunity to be present and support all of the educational opportunities we are offering throughout the year.