Dr. Louis Francescutti
08:30 - 09:30
Convention Hall C1

Been There, Seen it, Done it – Now What?

I view this keynote address as being the most important presentation I have or will ever give in my life. So be prepared to hear the truth as it pertains to what society is expecting of the profession and how we are not delivering to our fullest potential. I can guarantee you that you will not agree with all that I have to say. However, you will know that what I say is the right thing for us to do.

Finally, I hope to motivate you to think differently and more importantly to act differently.

Dr. Louis Francescutti is currently an emergency physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Northeast Community Health Centre in Edmonton. As a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, he teaches graduate courses in leadership, advocacy and public health.

Dr. Francescutti was selected as one of Alberta’s Top 100 Physicians of the Century by the Alberta Medical Association/College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and he was also awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal from the Government of Alberta in 2005. In 2011, he was selected by Alberta Venture as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. From 2010-2013 he served as the President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and in 2013-2014 he then became the President of the Canadian Medical Association. He is the Honorary Colonel for 1 Health Services Group of the Royal Canadian Medical Services based in Edmonton. In 2017, he was awarded a Military Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall. Currently, he is developing a Poverty Virtual ICU to address the immediate needs of our society’s most vulnerable individuals – homeless patients in our emergency departments. A recognized storyteller Dr. Francescutti has delivered over 1,500 presentations worldwide to a variety of diverse audiences – from industry to governments and to the public.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Gain a clearer understanding of how screwed up things are in medicine today.
  2. Better understand the potential role of emergency medicine physicians in advocacy for change.
  3. Explore an emerging area of interest that should impact emergency medicine: Inclusion Medicine.

Ms. Heather Moyse
08:30 - 09:30
Convention Hall C1

Unlikely, but Possible!

You have the dream. You have the drive and the dedication. You are well on your way to achieving your goals and reaching your pinnacle of success. When, suddenly, something goes wrong. Something changes. You are faced with challenges that are blocking your view of the finish line. It is rarely a straight path to success in sport, in business, or in life. But when you are faced with change, do you see it as an obstacle blocking your path to success? Or do you embrace it as a challenge and see it as an opportunity to see how good you can be?

Heather truly believes that “we are all capable of WAY more than we give ourselves credit for”, and challenges her audiences to embrace problems and perceived obstacles. You will leave this presentation ready to embrace change and overcome obstacles, and discover, for yourself, what you are truly capable of. Let the progress begin!

As a three-sport national athlete and two-time Olympic gold medalist, and with a Masters degree in occupational therapy, Heather explains how the qualities/characteristics that it takes to be successful as an athlete are the same qualities that it takes to be successful in any occupation. Heather’s incredible record of excellence has afforded her an astounding perceptiveness and understanding that she conveys through her engaging presentation. With powerful insight and personal anecdotes of overcoming her own obstacles on route to the top of the Olympic podium.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Name three key elements necessary in maximizing your potential – achieving your highest level of performance, fulfillment, and success.
  • Know how the power of perspective can inspire and empower you to discover that you are capable of much more than you think.
  • Know how even the most unlikely goals can be possible if you break them down and push forward with no regrets.
  • Know how one’s choices determine not only our level of fulfillment, but also the impact we have on those around us.

The Best of Canadian EM Research – The Top 4 Abstracts
08:30 - 09:30
Convention Hall C1

Dr. Jeffrey Perry

PL01 – Prospective multicenter validation of the Canadian TIA Score for predicting subsequent stroke within seven days

1st Plenary Presentation
Grant Innes Research Paper and Presentation Award

Dr. Ian Stiell

PL02 – A randomized, controlled comparison of electrical versus pharmacological cardioversion for emergency department patients with recent-onset atrial fibrillation

2nd Plenary Presentation

Dr. Kerstin de Wit

PL03 – Prevalence and clinical predictors of intracranial hemorrhage in seniors who have fallen

3rd Plenary Presentation
Top New Investigator Award

Dr. Simon Berthelot

PL04 – Comparison of the cost and the quality of the care provided to low acuity patients in an emergency department and a walk-in clinic

4th Plenary Presentation

Dr. Richard Harris
09:30 - 10:30
Convention Hall C1

Communication, Collaboration and Indomitable Spirit

The world collectively held its breath as Dr. Richard (“Harry”) Harris played a pivotal and painstaking role in July’s successful rescue of twelve young boys and their coach from the ‘Wild Boars’ soccer team, from the Tham Luang cave complex in Thailand. Hear his personal account of the co-ordinated international response, decision-making and risk-taking under pressure, and the power of communication to elevate team morale.

Dr. Richard “Harry” Harris works in anesthesia and aeromedical retrieval medicine in Adelaide, South Australia. He is notable for his efforts in leading the rescue of a soccer team of 12 boys and their coach in the Thailand’s Tham Luang cave in 2018. Harry has a professional and voluntary interest in search and rescue operations, establishing the first sump rescue training course in Australasia. By building relationships with emergency services in Australia, he has been preparing for an event like the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue, which presented an opportunity to put this training to work.

Harry has expertise in diving, wilderness and remote area health. His passion for cave diving goes back to the 1980’s and has taken him to the corners of the globe in search of new adventures. Among their many dives, Harry and the Wet Mules have explored some of the world’s deepest caves, including the Pearse Resurgence in New Zealand to 229m depth, Daxing Spring in China to 213m and Song Hong Cave in Thailand to 196m. He is an enthusiastic underwater photographer and videographer, capturing his adventures from his helmet’s camera.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Review the use of ketamine in prehospital and austere environments.
  2. Understand the concept of “teaming” in high acuity, low occurrence situations.
  3. Discuss decision making in high risk scenarios.


  1. The extraordinary safety profile of ketamine in poorly monitored patients.
  2. The importance of rapid assimilation of teams in complex and high risk environments.
  3. That making a decision to act can take more courage than the act itself.