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Sunday, May 28


My Farewell to Emergency Medicine: A Journey

After practicing emergency medicine for over 20 years as staff at St Paul's Emergency, Dr Mangal suffered a large stroke, leaving him unable to walk and with left sided neglect. This lecture is a tribute to a career in emergency medicine and describes the journey which led him to this point.


Dr. Sunil Mangal

Dr Sunil Mangal was born in Kenya but grew up in Alberta.  He graduated from University of Alberta Medical School in 1994 and went on to complete his residency in Family Medicine at Dalhousie University in 1998.  Throughout his career, Dr Mangal’s practice focused on Emergency medicine and he worked in many hospitals across Canada from coast to coast- from Prince Edward Island to Tofino, British Columbia.  Ultimately, he learned to call Vancouver his home and St. Paul’s Emergency Department became his second family.  In 2009, he took on the role of the “Scheduler” for both St. Paul’s and Mount St. Joseph’s Emergency Department- a role which Dr Mangal held until this year.  Lastly, an important piece of trivia, Dr Mangal is one of the inventors of the Banana Guard and appeared on Dragon’s Den with two fellow colleagues and long time friends, Dr Amin Sajan and Dr David Agulnik.

CIHR Plenary - Sunday, May 28

12:45pm - 1:45pm


Dr. Steven Brooks


Dr. Brooks is a Clinician-Scientist in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University. After graduating from Queen’s School of Medicine in 2001, Dr. Brooks completed a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada residency in emergency medicine and Master’s of Health Sciences degree at the University of British Columbia. He then moved to the University of Toronto where he completed a fellowship in prehospital and transport medicine. Dr. Brooks’ academic focus is cardiac arrest and resuscitation. He conducts studies on innovative technologies and strategies designed to increase bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation and improve access to early defibrillation. Dr. Brooks is a member of the Resuscitation Advisory Committee of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Immediate Past Chair of the Science Subcommittee within the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee. He has been involved in the development of international emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for the last 20 years. Dr. Brooks is the Chief Medical Officer for Rapid Response Revival. This company manufactures the CellAED ( which is the world’s first miniaturized, single-use automated external defibrillator designed for personal access and household deployment.

Monday, May 29


Reframe. Re-engage. Reconnect.

Dr. Heather Patterson

Heather Patterson is an adult and pediatric emergency physician and an award-winning photographer from Calgary, AB. During the pandemic, she began photographing the intimate moments at Calgary hospitals that went on to become Shadows and Light, her recent book publication. Using compelling visual storytelling, her images depict the humanity of those we care for, the extraordinary team we work with, and the moments that define us as physicians. Photographs from her ongoing project have been featured in Macleans, where they were a finalist for a National Magazine Award, The Globe and Mail, Calgary Herald and on national media outlets. She has received the CAEP award for Medical Journalism in 2022 and her images have been recognized in numerous international photography competitions.

Tuesday, May 30

Details to come

The Best in Canadian Research: Top 4 Research Abstracts

Wednesday, May 31


EM:POWER Taskforce

Canadian emergency departments (EDs) play a vital role in the delivery of care to acutely ill and injured patients. They also increasingly act as a safety net for a broad swath of the population for whom the larger healthcare system is unable or unwilling to provide timely care. As dysfunction has increased in our system, EDs have been disproportionately impacted, making it difficult-impossible, at times to provide the essential services for which they were designed. COVID-19 further exposed and exacerbated the system’s pre-existing lack of readiness and responsiveness, leaving many EDs on the verge of collapse. Nurses and physicians are burning out, ambulance offload delays are soaring, and patients are leaving emergency departments without care or recourse.

Dr. Alecs Chochinov
Task Force Chair

Dr. Daniel Kollek

Dr. Elyse


Dr. Ivy Cheng


Dr. David Petrie

Dr. Grant Innes

Dr. Carolyn Snider



9:30am - 10:30am

"Jordan, Joyce, and Justice: Confronting Medical Colonialism and Decolonizing Health Care for Indigenous Peoples in Canada"

On September28, 2020, Joyce Echaquan, an Attikamekw woman from the community of Manawan live streamed a video recording that exposed the brutal racist and sexist violence she was subjected to as an Indigenous woman in the emergency department of a hospital in Joliette (Québec, Canada). She died moments later, but her plea for help went viral, making headlines across the world. Echaquan’s death has forced healthcare providers, health policy makers, and politicians in Canada to reckon with a history of medical colonialism, rooted in anti-Indigenous systemic racism, that continues to this day. This session will fundamentally challenge Canada’s reputation of being a welcoming country with a universal public healthcare system by tracing the country’s colonial history to its current existence as a settler-state.

Participants will recognize how the healthcare system in Canada is a key site of anti-Indigenous racism by reviewing the historical context of medical violence, specifically against Indigenous children in Canada, and by exposing the medical establishment's role in colonial genocide to explore how harmful structural determinants of health — with a focus on medical colonialism (including anti-Indigenous systemic racism) — persist in healthcare provision today.

The ultimate goal of the session is to identify the roles that public health sstudents, educators, researchers, and clinical practitioners can play by developing tools to confront medical colonialism and decolonize medical education, research, and healthcare using a social-justice approach.

Session Objectives

1. Identify the health care system (medical school, residency training, clinical care, research) as a key site of anti-Indigenous systemic racism, including by reviewing the historical context of medical colonialism against Indigenous children in Canada

2. Illustrate the role that a dominant “culture” can play to normalize oppression in health care and social services

3. Develop tools to work towards confronting medical colonialism and decolonizing health care, including in emergency medicine

Dr. Raven Dumont-Maurice

Dr. Raven Dumont-Maurice is a member of the Algonquin nation of Kitigan Zibi, Quebec. She graduated McGill medicine in 2012 and completed her pediatric residency in 2016. She currently resides in Montreal and practices community pediatrics on the island of Montreal as well as in Kanehsatà:ke. She is the UGME Campus Outaouais Quebec First Nations and Inuits’ Health Content Expert at McGill’s satellite campus in Gatineau.

Dr. Samir Shaheen-Hussain

Samir Shaheen-Hussain has been involved in anti-authoritarian social justice movements – including Indigenous solidarity, anti-police brutality and migrant-justice organizing – for over two decades. He is a member of the Caring for Social Justice Collective, and has written or co-written about state violence and health care for several publications (see below). Fighting for A Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical Colonialism against Indigenous Children in Canada was awarded both the Concordia University First Book Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction by the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) in November 2021; the French translation (by Nicolas Calvé), Plus aucun enfant autochtone arraché: Pour en finir avec le colonialisme médical canadien, was awarded the Cole Foundation Prize for Translation by the QWF in November 2022. Samir is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and an associate member of the School of Population and Global Health, both in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at McGill University. He works as a pediatric emergency physician in Tio’tia:ke (Montreal).