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Plenary Speakers

Insightful and thought provoking presentations from world renowned keynote speakers

Monday, June 1, 2020

CAEP Opening Plenary Panel

9:00 – 9:45 AM

Big Ideas for an Evolving World: How Can You Advocate Effectively?


Emergency physicians practice at the front lines of our rapidly changing world. We see the impact of poverty, marginalization, and violence every day. Our warming planet is a health emergency, and the impact is magnified in the health of vulnerable populations that come to us for care. Four Canadian physicians with a track record for advocacy will share their experiences, their ideas and their tips on how to influence change in your own ED and on a larger scale. Emergency physicians have a voice, and the world needs a bigger dose of it.


Dr. Blair Bigham

Blair Bigham is an award-winning journalist, scientist and resident emergency physician based in Toronto. He has worked in health care settings on five continents and has responded to emergencies in urban, rural, and remote settings on helicopters, boats, and vehicles that could generously be described as pick-up trucks. He witnesses the relationship between wealth and health on a daily basis, and reports on the undertold stories of patients, healthcare providers, and the systems that help or fail them.

Dr. Carolyn Snider

Carolyn Snider is Chief of Emergency Medicine at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. As a researcher she developed, implemented and evaluated a comprehensive program for youth injured by violence and continues to investigate innovative care pathways for disadvantaged populations. As a leader, she is dedicated to enabling other emergency physicians to advocate for their patients.

Dr. Courtney Howard

Courtney Howard's experiences caring for patients in Canada's rapidly-warming far North and in the horn of Africa drew her into work on the health emergency of climate change approximately a decade ago. She is now the board president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, the co-chair of the advocacy committee associated with the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health, and the policy coordinator tasked with producing the initial set of action plans for CODA Earth at - a new initiative from the creators of SMACC (Social Media and Critical Care.)

Dr. Lisa Richardson

Lisa Richardson (Anishnaabe/European) is a clinician educator in the University of Toronto’s Division of General Internal Medicine. Her academic interest lies in the integration of critical and Indigenous perspectives into medical education. She holds the roles of Strategic Advisor in Indigenous Health for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and for Women’s College Hospital, and co-chairs the Indigenous Health Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.


Dr. Heather Murray

Heather Murray is an emergency physician and award-winning medical educator at Queen’s University. She is passionate about knowledge translation, diagnostic reasoning and evidence-based medicine. She creates innovative and collaborative learning opportunities for health care providers at all levels and advocates for authentic connections between learning and medical practice.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

CAEP CIHR Distinguished Speaker

8:30 – 9:30 AM

Research, Life and Emergency Medicine: Collaborating for Survival

Everyone is successful, and that success did not come without challenges and difficulties. Personal success is great but will in more impactful and wonderful if it can be transformed into a system success and improve the lives our patients at large and well-being of our EM community. What should be our vision for the future of emergency medicine and providing EM care for Canadians

Dr. Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy


  1. Understanding the need for passion, discipline, COLLABORATION and the team needed to establish a research program
  2. Importance of transforming personal success into system success
  3. What should emergency medicine in the future look like?


  1. Lessons learned in establishing a research program, and life
  2. Current state of emergency care
  3. How can we survive?
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Best in Canadian EM Research

8:30 – 9:30 AM

The Top 4 Abstracts


At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the environment of emergency medicine research studies occurring at a local, regional, and national level.
  2. Consider implementing recent evidence-based findings in improving the clinical care of emergency department patients.
  3. Foster discussion with like-minded colleagues to explore future research directions and advancements in emergency medicine.
Dr. Ian Stiell

1st Plenary Presentation
Grant Innes Research Paper and Presentation Award

Creation of a risk scoring system for emergency department patients with acute heart failure.

Dr. Sheldon Cheskes

2nd Plenary Presentation

DOuble Sequential External Defibrillation for Refractory Ventricular Fibrillation: The DOSE VF pilot randomized controlled trial.

Mr. Brenton Wong

3rd Plenary Presentation
Top Medical Student Abstract Award

Thromboembolic events following cardioversion for acute atrial fibrillation and flutter: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Dr. Catherine Varner

4th Plenary Presentation
Top New Investigator Abstract Award

A randomized controlled trial comparing prescribed light exercise to standard management for emergency department patients with acute mild traumatic brain injury.

Moderator: Dr. Justin Yan
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Closing Plenary Speaker

9:30 – 10:15 AM

More information to come

Gill Hicks