CSGNA 2024 – Let’s Get Cheeky!

CSGNA 2024 – Let’s Get Cheeky!

38th National Conference

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Student - Full Conference Eligible membership(s): Student
$250.00$130.00
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Member - Full Conference Eligible membership(s): Affiliate, Emeritus, Full
$665.00$335.00
$0.00
Member - Single Day Eligible membership(s): Affiliate, Emeritus, Full
$300.00$155.00
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Non-Member - Full Conference Available for non-members.
$865.00
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Non-Member - Single Day Available for non-members.
$500.00
$0.00
Exhibitor Available to at most 2 exhibitors per booth
$0.00
$0.00
Exhibitor (Extra) Available for any additional exhibitors, aside from the two booth registrations
$250.00
$0.00
Speaker Available to Speakers and Panelists
$0.00
$0.00
MDR (Saturday Only) Available for any Medical Device Reprocessors to attend on Saturday only
$100.00
$0.00
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$0.00
Terms and Conditions

 

REGISTRATION POLICY:

Full conference registration cannot be shared between two or more delegates - all persons wishing to attend must register individually. Delegate information is shared with exhibitors. To reduce the risk of accidental exposure to allergens, this conference is a Fragrance-Free Environment. Food allergies and dietary restrictions must be entered during registration. Dietary needs are ultimately the responsibility of the delegate, and some accommodations may not be possible. Failure to identify an attendee's dietary needs may prevent the catering team from fully accommodating those needs. Catering orders are placed 14 days in advance and are finalized 7 days in advance of the event.

DELEGATE CANCELLATION / SUBSTITUTION / REFUND POLICY:

Registration cancellation must be received in writing to the conference office no later than 1 month before the event start date, for registration fees to be refunded. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after that date. However, substitutions can be made such that a colleague can take your place. An administration cancellation charge of $75 will apply to all refunds. Refunds will not be granted to attendees who do not attend the conference and have not cancelled in accordance with the above policy.

CONFERENCE CANCELLATION POLICY:

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to cancel the conference and return all fees in the event of insufficient registration. The liability of the Organizing Committee is limited to the registration fee. The Organizing Committee will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants, including but not limited to travel expenses (airfare, accommodations, etc.).


Conference Objectives:

  1. Explore current and emerging diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in gastroenterology/endoscopy.
  2. Promote networking and exchange of ideas among participants to improve gastroenterology nursing and associate practice and patient care.
  3. Facilitate discussions on the latest developments in gastroenterology nursing and associate practice.
  4. Encourage multidisciplinary collaboration to enhance patient care in the field

Justify Your Attendance

Are you eager to attend the CSGNA National Conference? Not sure your manager will approve the expense?

CSGNA has created a toolkit of letters and worksheets (all in Microsoft Word format) you can easily customize to help your manager understand the return he or she will see on this important investment.

  • Letter to your manager: Use this customizable letter template to help explain and justify your conference attendance.
  • Detailed budget worksheet: Use this customizable budget document to help explain and justify your conference costs
  • Benefits worksheet: Use this worksheet to create a custom list of the benefits you and your workplace will gain from attending.
  • Post-conference ROI worksheet: Use this worksheet to take notes on sessions, and record key takeaways, action items and estimated return on investment (ROI). These notes can be referenced in creating your post-conference trip report.
  • Additional tips will help you better make your case for attendance!

LETTER OF INVITATION

Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation in order to obtain a visa and authorization to attend the CSGNA Conference should contact us by email: csgnaadministrativeassistant@csgna.com. The invitation letter will be issued once the registration form and payment has been received by the CSGNA Conference. The letter does not constitute any financial commitment on the part of the Association.

CANCELLATION / SUBSTITUTION POLICY

DELEGATE CANCELLATION / SUBSTITUTION POLICY:
Registration cancellation must be received in writing to the conference office on or before August 1. An administration charge of $75 will apply to all refunds. No refunds will be provided after August 1. Refunds will not be granted to attendees who do not attend the conference.
Substitutions may be made and notice must be received no later then August 1.

CONFERENCE CANCELLATION POLICY
The organizing committee reserves the right to cancel the CSGNA Conference and return all fees in the event of insufficient registration. The liability of the CSGNA Conference is limited to the registration fee. The CSGNA Conference will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants, including but not limited to airline.

See Full Pricing Table
On or Before August 1 After August 2
CSGNA Member
Member Early 515.00 615.00
Member Single Day 315.00 350.00
Student
Student 125.00 200.00
Non-Member
Non-Member Early 715.00 815.00
Non-Member Single Day 415.00 450.00

Exciting CSGNA Grant Opportunities Await You!

We are thrilled to announce the revitalization of our awards and contests program, designed to benefit our dedicated members who intend to participate in the national conference in Halifax. To maximize the reach of these funds, we are excited to offer 20 grants, each valued at $100!

Bursary Application

We are committed to supporting our members, and we can't wait to see how these grants benefit you. If you have any questions or need more information, please reach out to us.

Thank you for being part of the CSGNA community.


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Exhibiting at the Event

Exhibiting with the Canadian Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (CSGNA) gives you the opportunity to meet and mingle with approximately 150 of your best prospects!

Exhibitor Information

Accommodations

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Program

Jump to a specific Day

 (Day  1) (Day  2) (Day  3) (Day  4) (Day  5)

(Day 1)

1330-1630

Board of Directors Meeting

Board Members Only

(Day 2)

0830-1630

Board of Directors Meeting

Board Members Only

(Day 3)

0730-0900

The Challenges of Flexible Endoscope Cleaning

Breakfast with Steris
0800-0900

Registration

0900-0915

Opening Ceremonies

Land acknowledgement
0915-1015

Speaker TBC

Opening Keynote
1015-1035

Nutrition Break

1035-1120

Concurrent Session 1A

Workshop

Concurrent Session 1B

Workshop
1120-1125

Transition Break

1125-1210

Concurrent Session 2A

Workshop

Concurrent Session 2B

Workshop
1210-1310

Lunch

1310-1355

Concurrent Session 3A

Workshop

Concurrent Session 3B

Workshop
1355-1400

Transition

1400-1445

Concurrent Session 4A

Workshop

Concurrent Session 4B

Workshop
1445-1505

Quick Nutrition Break

1505-1550

Concurrent Session 5A

Workshop

Concurrent Session 5B

Workshop
1550-1555

Transition

1600-1700

Speaker TBC

Keynote
1700-2030

Registration

1705-1710

Transition to Exhibit Hall

1710-1900

Exhibitor's Welcome Reception

Exhibit Hall
1900

Free time - No Host Dinner

(Day 4)

0700-0745

Registration

(Continental breakfast provided)
0745-0800

Quick Plenary Housekeeping

0800-0825

Vendors Hands On

0825-0830

Transition

0830-0855

Vendors Hands On

0855-0900

Transition

0900-0925

Vendors Hands On

0925-0930

Transition

0930-0955

Vendors Hands On

0955-1025

Break in Exhibit Hall

1025-1050

Vendors Hands On

1050-1055

Transition

1055-1120

Vendors Hands On

1120-1125

Transition

1125-1150

Vendors Hands On

1150-1300

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

1300-1325

Vendors Hands On

1325-1330

Transition

1330-1355

Vendors Hands On

1355-1400

Transition

1400-1425

Vendors Hands On

1425-1430

Transition

1430-1455

Vendors Hands On

1455-1525

Break in Exhibit Hall

1525-1550

Vendors Hands On

1550-1555

Transition

1555-1620

Vendors Hands On

1620-1625

Transition

1625-1650

Vendors Hands On

1650-1655

Transition to plenary

1655-1720

Sponsored session

1720-1730

Quick Plenary Housekeeping

1730-1900

Float & Promote Social

Exhibit Hall
1900-2100

No Host Dinner

(free time after the social)

(Day 5)

0800-0900

Continental Breakfast

CSGNA Leaders Breakfast

Invitation Only
Open to any Chapter Executives
0900-0945

Plenary Session

Plenary
0945-1015

2024 CSGNA Annual General Meeting

1015-1045

plenary Session

plenary
1045-1115

Nutritional Break

1115-1215

Speaker TBC

Plenary
1215-1245

Speaker TBC

Plenary
1245-1300

Closing Ceremony

Dr. Chadwick Williams MD FRCSC

Chadwick "Chad" Williams is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dalhousie University and a Gastroenterologist and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specialist at Dartmouth General Hospital in Dartmouth, NS. Dr. Williams completed his BSc and MD degrees at Dalhousie University prior to completing Internal Medicine and GI residencies at the University of Calgary. He completed an IBD fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles CA. Dr. Williams is a member of several organizations including the RCPSC, CAG, and AGA. He is currently the Internal Medicine Site Lead and the Endoscopy Site Lead at the Dartmouth General Hospital. Dr. Williams is the current chair of the CAG Diversity, Equity and Inclusion subcommittee. Moreover, Chad is a proud African Nova Scotian with his forbearers having come to Nova Scotia over 400 years ago through the fall out of the American (and Canadian) trading of enslaved Africans.

Institution:
  • Dalhousie University
Disclosures:
  • Abbvie, Janssen, Pfizer, Takeda -Speaker & Advisory Board Member

    Janssen -Primary Investigator


Jessica Robar RN MN CGN(c)

IBD Nurse Navigator

Jessica graduated from St. FX in 2006 with her BScN and completed her Masters of Nursing in 2015 at Memorial. She worked in different areas of nursing including emergency and endoscopy until 2016 when she took on the role of IBD Nurse Navigator at the QEII (NS Health). When she's not working she enjoys spending time camping and paddleboarding on the lake with her two daughters and husband.

Institution:
  • QEII (NS Health)
Disclosures:
  • Amgen, Abbvie, Jamp -advisory board member

Dr. Geoffrey Turnbull Professor of Medicine (retired)

Dr. Turnbull did his medical degree at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and then completed his Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology residencies at University of Western Ontario and Dalhousie University then completed another 2 years of training in Gastroenterology at St. Mark's Hospital in London, UK. He retired as Professor of Medicine from Dalhousie University in 2020 after 35 years of practice.

Institution:
  • Dalhousie University
Disclosures:
  • Novagevity -Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee

Dr. Christopher Kenyon MD FRCSC

Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director

Dr. Kenyon is an assistant professor of surgery at Dalhousie University in the Division of General Surgery with a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery. He completed Medical School and General Surgery Residency at Dalhousie University and subsequently completed fellowship training in Colon and Rectal surgery at the University of Calgary. He has been an attending physician in both Saskatoon at the University of Saskatchewan and most recently at Dalhousie University.

His interests include measuring quality of colonoscopy performance, surgical management of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, and resident education. He is the assistant Program Director for General Surgery Residency at Dalhousie University and is the Vice chair for the Surgical Foundations Test Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is the father to two girls and two dogs!

Institution:
  • Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Dalhousie University

Dr. Riley Stewart

Dr. Riley Stewart practices General Surgery and therapeutic endoscopy at Dartmouth General Hospital in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He completed his medical school and residency training in General Surgery at Dalhousie University. He has fellowship training in minimally invasive surgery and therapeutic endoscopy from Dalhousie University and Harvard.

Institution:
  • Dartmouth General Hospital
Disclosures:
  • Medtronic -Speaking Honorarium

Jim Ellsmere MD MS FRCSC FACS

Associate Professor and Division Head

James Ellsmere MD MSc FRCSC FACS is the head of the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery at the QEII Health Sciences Centre where he also serves as the co-director of the Nova Scotia Health Bariatric program and the director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship. He is an associate professor of surgery at Dalhousie University. He received his electrical engineering degree, medical degree and surgery residency from Dalhousie and clinical fellowships in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Therapeutic Endoscopy from Harvard Medical School. He also received a Masters in Medical Informatics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research program is focused on developing and evaluating novel techniques to improve the management of gastrointestinal and metabolic disease.

Institution:
  • Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery , School of Biomedical Engineering, Dalhousie University
Disclosures:
  • Consultant: Pendopharm, Gore Medical

    Education and research support: GI Windows, Medtronic


Matt Miles Gastroenterologist

I grew up in Victoria and attended the University of British Columbia for medical school before moving to the east coast for residency. I completed internal medicine and gastroenterology residency at Dalhousie University. I then completed a motility and nutrition fellowship at the University of Calgary. I am now working as a gastroenterologist in the Division of Digestive Care and Endoscopy at the QEII in Halifax where I am acting as director of the Halifax motility program and the Nova Scotia home parenteral nutrition program.

Institution:
  • Dalhousie University

Dr. Rachel Chan

Dr. Rachael Chan is a fifth year Gastroenterology Fellow at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She completed Internal Medicine training at Dalhousie University's Saint John, NB site and obtained her medical degree from the University of Calgary.

Institution:
  • Dalhousie University

Dr. Mary Ann Drosnock Director, Clinical Affairs

Dr. Mary Ann Drosnock is the Director of Clinical Affairs at Healthmark Industries, where she leads a team of clinical educators with expertise in device processing and infection prevention. Mary Ann is a well-known speaker at professional society meetings around the world on endoscope processing and infection prevention topics. She served as co-chair of AAMI Working Group 84 for ST91 from 2013 to 2021. Before Healthmark, she managed the Infection Control Program for Olympus, worked as a pharmaceutical microbiologist, and taught Microbiology courses at the college level to healthcare professionals. Mary Ann has a B.S. in Biology from Albright College, an M.S. in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs from Temple, and a Doctorate in Health Science from East Stroudsburg University. She is certified in Infection Control and Endoscope Reprocessing and is a Fellow for APIC and AAMI.

Institution:
  • Healthmark Industries
Disclosures:
  • Healthmark Industries -Employee

Dr. Dana Farina MD, FRCPC, CAGF

Associate professor

Dr. Dana Farina completed his medical degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He then did his Internal Medicine Residency, Gastroenterology Residency, and ERCP fellowship at Dalhousie University. His subspecialty areas of interest include chronic pancreatitis, spyglass cholangioscopy for hilar/intrahepatic biliary malignancy, and advanced polypectomy. Dr. Farina continues to be heavily involved in Endoscopy education. He has been part of the CAG Skills Enhancement for Endoscopy™ (SEE™) Faculty since its conception, being involved also as faculty at the CAG polypectomy course. Dr. Farina currently serves as the Chair of the Royal College GI exam board, and as a lecturer and clinical teacher at Dalhousie Medical School for medical students, residents, and fellows. Locally, he serves as the Central Zone Endoscopy Co-Lead.

Institution:
  • Division of Digestive Care & Endoscopy , Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University

Dr. Simon Houston

Dr. Simon Houston is a Respirologist at the QE-II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Dalhousie University. He is cross appointed to the division of Thoracic Surgery. He is the Medical Director for the Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) Service. His clinical focus is Interventional Pulmonology. Dr. Houston graduated from Queen's University School of Medicine in 2009. He then did his Internal Medicine and Respirology residencies at the University of Toronto. He completed a fellowship in Interventional Thoracic Surgery at the Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, University of Toronto, and is certified in Interventional Pulmonology through the American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology. He has a Master of Science in Community Health â€" Health Practitioner Teacher Education through the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Institution:
  • Dalhousie University

Catherine MacNeil

Registered Nurse/author

My name is Catherine MacNeil. I've been a registered nurse/healthcare researcher for forty-seven years. Ive been an ICU nurse, nurse manager, nursing supervisor and educator. I'm semi retired but still teach continuing care assistants at a local career college. I recently authored a new book entitled:Dying to be Seen:The Race to Save Medicare in Canada. The book is written and edited by nurses. It outlines the urgency of fighting to preserve our public health care system and to prevent it from being privatized. The book outlines the origins of Medicare's decline and concrete steps that must be taken to save it. The book has been a number one best seller for months on Amazon, both in the Medicare genre and the Health Policy Administration genre since it's release in January /23.


Dr. Ali Kohansal MD, FRCPC

Assistant professor

Dr. Ali Kohansal obtained his medical degree at Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia. He then did residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Alberta and Gastroenterology training at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He completed his Therapeutic Endoscopy training at the University of Alberta, while completing a Master of Education at Acadia University. Dr. Kohansal's clinical areas of interest include ERCP, Endoscopic Ultrasound, advanced polypectomy, enteral stenting for malignant and non-malignant strictures, and quality and training in endoscopy. Dr. Kohansal previously held an academic appointment at University of Alberta before moving home to Dalhousie University in 2019. Dr. Kohansal is the Program Director of the Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Fellowship program and the Assistant Program Director of the core GI training program at Dalhousie University.

Institution:
  • Division of Digestive Care & Endoscopy , Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University
Disclosures:
  • Janssen INC: advisory board

Dr. Geoff Williams MD, FRCPC, CAGF

Associate professor

Dr. Williams completed his Medical Degree at Memorial University in 2002, followed by Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology residency training at Dalhousie University. He did a fellowship in Therapeutic Endoscopy at the University of Calgary in 2008 and then returned to Dalhousie University and became a full time academic clinician. He is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine, with clinical focus in Pancreaticobiliary disease, therapeutic endoscopy and an academic focus in education administration.

Institution:
  • Division of Digestive Care & Endoscopy , Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University

Dr. Danny French MD, FRCSC

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery

Dr. French is a thoracic surgeon and assistant professor at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He completed a Bachelor of Engineering degree at Dalhousie University, followed by a Masters of Applied Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees at the University of British Columbia. His surgical training includes completing the general surgery residency program at Dalhousie University and a thoracic surgery residency program at the University of Ottawa. His clinical and research interests are focused on quality outcomes for thoracic malignancies. He has been a trauma team leader since 2017 at the QEII in Halifax. He co-chairs the Nova Scotia Thoracic Tumor Board, chairs the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons National Quality Improvement Committee and is a member of the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute and the Nova Scotia Lung Association Medical Advisory Committee.

Institution:
  • Dalhousie University
Disclosures:
  • AstroZenca : consultant

    Nova Scotia Lung Association: member of medical advisory committee

    Funded grants or clinical trials: consultant


Laurette Geldenhuys MBBCH, FFPATH, MMED, FRCPC, MAEd, FCAP

Laurette was trained in South Africa, has master's degrees in Anatomical Pathology and Medical Education, and is a Professor at Dalhousie University in Nephropathology. She is a former Division Head of Anatomical Pathology at Nova Scotia Health, and is a Past President of the Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP), Chair of the CAP-ACP National Specialty Network on the Environment, Secretary of the Doctors NS Section on Planetary Health, Chair of the Nova Scotia Regional Committee of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE NS), and member of the Lab Green Team, the Board of CAPE, the Board of the Ecology Action Centre, and St. Matthew's United Church Earth Spirit Action Team. She is interested in the greening of health care, the health effects of the climate emergency, and the beneficial health effects of spending time in nature. Her three lovey daughters, her two adorable grandsons, and her love of nature inspire her in her planetary health advocacy.

Institution:
  • Department of Pathology, Dalhousie University

Jarvis Googoo

Keynote speaker

A Mi'kmaw (Wetapeksi We'koqma'q aq Tleyawi Kjipuktuk) with a passion for running, yoga, healthy living, Indigenous rights, and the environment. Jarvis was raised in We'koqma'q, Unama'kik, attended an Indian Day School from 1985 to 1993, and graduated from a Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey school. He holds degrees from Saint Mary's University (cum laude), Dalhousie Law School, and is a non-practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society.

He has spoken and presented on Mi'kmaw history and culture, Peace and Friendship, and Truth and Reconciliation to numerous audiences. These include Dalhousie Law School and Medical School, the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association, churches, schools, Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada, and to regional and national media outlets. In 2022, he received the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal.


Manon Laflamme

Clinical Education Specialist

Manon Laflamme joined the STERIS team in 2017 as the Clinical Education Specialist for Eastern Canada. She began her career in 1988 at the Ottawa Hospital as a Medical Device Reprocessing Tech and became Supervisor. In 2005, Manon moves to Vancouver Island and is recruited to develop the Endoscope Reprocessing Manual for the Island Health aka at the time as VIHA. She offers 35 years of experience in Medical Device Reprocessing. She is Medical Device Reprocessing certified through HSPA, Quality Improvement Associate certified through ASP and Yellow Belt Six Sigma certified through ASP. Manon's focus is to engage, collaborate and assist healthcare professionals improve their processes and identify improvement opportunities all aspect of Reusable Medical Device Reprocessing.

Institution:
  • STERIS Canada Sales ULC
Disclosures:
  • STERIS -Employee