PSA World Pain
Summit 2021

Virtual Event
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. 

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Ticket Pricing

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

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.

Become an Exhibitor

Join us to engage and educate our participants about your new and innovative research and treatments

2021 Speakers

Explore our 2021 Distinguished Speakers and their Biographies.

More to come!

2021 Exhibitors

Learn about our World Pain Summit Exhibitors

Introducing Our Keynote Speakers

Dr. Kristin Neff

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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

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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

2021 Distinguished Speakers

Learn about our Distinguished Speakers thus far with many more to come!

Claudine Adlington

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).

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Joletta Belton

Founder, My Cuppa Jo, and a Person With Lived Experience.

Carol Bennett

Chief Executive Officer, Pain Australia.

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Dr. Raj Bhardwaj

Family Physician and Urgent Care Physician, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary.

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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.

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Dr. Eloise Carr

RN, PhD, Professor in the Faculty of Nursing.

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Cheryl Crow

MOT, OTR/L, Adjunct Faculty Member of Lake Washington Institute of Technology's Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

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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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Tracy Fossum

Advocate and Founder of Help Alberta’s Pain.

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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).

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Janet Holly 

Senior physiotherapist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

Dr. Carol Hopkins 

Executive Director, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation.

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Maria Hudspith

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

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Kara Irwin

Psychologist, Irwin Psychological Services Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary

Keith King


PhD Student - CIRN Graduate Studentship Trainee

Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.

Bonnie Klassen

BSc (OT), MSc

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Alika Lafontaine


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Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley

Registered Clinical Psychologist

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Dr. Greg Lehman

Physiotherapist, chiropractor and strength and conditioning specialist treating musculoskeletal disorders.

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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 

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Dr. Jaeun Macen

Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner, Alberta Health Services.

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Dr. Liam Martin

Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

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Pete Moore

Pain Self-management Advocate

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Marni Panas

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.

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Dr. Elisabeth Saxton

R.Psych. Clinical Psychologist, National Director of Mental Health Services

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Dr. Mick Sullivan

Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Health, McGill University.

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Dr. Rob Tanguay


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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.

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Dr. Jillian Vinall-Miller

Developmental Neuroscientist in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the University of Calgary.

Tracy Wasylak

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

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Dr. Verna Yiu

President and CEO, Alberta Health Services

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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 Exhibitors

Platinum Exhibitors

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Bronze Exhibitors

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Not for Profit Organizations

Silver Exhibitors

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.