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OUR CONFERENCE IS ACCREDITED

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Alberta Chapter for up to 21.25 Mainpro+® credits.

Conference participation has been approved by NIDMAR (The National Institute of Disability Management and Research) for up to 21.5 CEC hours. CDMPs and CRTWCs attending should submit their certificate of attendance to NIDMAR with their next certification renewal.

Ticket Pricing

Physicians and Physician Specialists $99

If you are employed and living with or without chronic pain.

All Allied Health Care Providers and Researchers $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 team@painab.ca.

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.

 

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 talk has 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 www.drgabormate.com.

 

2021 Distinguished Speakers

Claudine Adlington

Advocate and Founder of Alberta Talks Pain.

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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).

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Joletta Belton

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

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Carol Bennett

BSc MPP

Chief Executive Officer, Pain Australia.

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Dr. Raj Bhardwaj

CCFP FCFP

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

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Dr. Jason Busse

DC, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, 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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Dr. Eloise Carr

RN, PhD

Professor in the Faculty of Nursing.

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Cassandra Chisholm

BSc

Masters student, University of Calgary and a Person with Lived Experience.

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Dr. Hance Clarke

MD PhD

Director, Transitional Pain Program, Toronto General Hospital.

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Cheryl Crow

MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist and Patient Educator

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Dr. David Dodick

MD

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

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Tracy Fossum

President, Advocate and Founder of Help Alberta’s Pain.

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Dr. Andrea Furlan

MD PhD

Pain physician, Senior Scientist and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

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Dr. Michael Gold

PhD

Professor Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh,
President US Association for the Study of Pain.

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Janet Holly 

BHSc P.T. MSc

Clinical Specialist in Pain Science, Clinician Researcher Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Senior physiotherapist Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre.

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Dr. Carol Hopkins 

O.C., MSW, LL.D.

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

M.Sc., R.Psych.

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

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Keith King

BScN, MPH, CPSO, RN

Assistant Teaching Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta

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Bonnie Klassen

BSc (OT), MSc

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Dr. Alika Lafontaine

BSc, MD, FRCPC

President Elect, Canadian Medical Association

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Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley

PhD

Registered Psychologist, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, Dalhousie University

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Dr. Greg Lehman

DC, MScPT

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

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Dr. Leroy Little Bear

JD, DAS (Hon), LLD (Hon)

Professor Emeritus at the University of Lethbridge.

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Dr. Francois Louw

CCFP(EM), FCFP, MBChB (Pret), DA(SA), ECFMG, Adv. Dipl Pain Mgt CAPM (Interventional Pain Management)

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Dr. Jaeun Macen

PhD, CSCP

Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner, Alberta Health Services.

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Dr. Liam Martin

MB, MRCPI, FRCPC
Rheumatologist, Caleo Health Calgary

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Pete Moore

Pain Self-management Advocate

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Marni Panas

BHAdmn, CCIP

Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP™), providing diversity & inclusion, health and community engagement consulting and education services.

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Dr. John Pereira

MD, CCFP

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 and President-Elect for the Pain Society of Alberta.

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Dr. Dino Smiljic

MD CCFP

Previous Medical Lead of the Bow Valley Primary Care Network's Chronic Pain Program.

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Jennifer Stewart

Pain Advocate, Help Alberta's Pain

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Dr. Mick Sullivan

PhD
Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Health, Department of Psychology.

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Dr. Rob Tanguay

BSc (Hons), MD, FRCPC, CISAM, CCSAM

President of the Pain Society of Alberta.

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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

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Dr. Susan Tupper

PT, PhD
Strategy Consultant, Pain Quality Improvement and Research

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Dr. Jillian Vinall Miller

PhD

Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology, Perioperative and  Pain Medicine at the University of Calgary

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Tracy Wasylak

BN, MSc. CHE

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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2021 Exhibitors

Platinum Exhibitors

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Silver Exhibitors

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Bronze Exhibitors

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