2019 Conference Program

All events take place in Edmonton, Alberta.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Program is subject to change.


10:30 – 11:00 am

Registration Opens

11:00 – 12:30 pm

Annual General Meeting

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Conference Registration & Lunch

1:30 – 2:15 pm

Conference Opening Remarks
CLPNA President Valerie Paice & CEO Linda Stanger
Wisdom & Blessing with Roxanne Tootoosis, Indigenious Knowledge Keeper

Conference Kickoff with Lyall Samaroden

2:15 – 3:15 pm

Keynote #1: Falling through the Cracks: Greg’s Story
Dave Price, Greg’s Wings Projects 

Falling Through the Cracks: Greg’s Story is a short film on Greg Price’s journey through the healthcare system. The film gives a glimpse of who Greg was and focuses on the events of his healthcare journey that ended in his unexpected and tragic death. In spite of the sadness of Greg’s story, the film is intended to inspire positive change and improvement in the healthcare system.

3:15 – 3:30 pm

Refreshment Break

3:30 – 4:15 pm

Keynote #2: 10 Top Causes of Unprofessional Conduct
James Casey, QC Partner, Field Law

A robust professional discipline system is a cornerstone of self-governance and a key component in ensuring that the public interest is protected. A finding of unprofessional conduct by a Hearing Tribunal means that there has been not only a personal failure but also a failure in the quality assurance mechanisms in the health care system. Unprofessional conduct can have tragic consequences for patients, the LPN and colleagues. Every complaint of unprofessional conduct, even if ultimately unsubstantiated, creates tremendous stress on LPN’s and other health care professionals. And the disciplinary process is very costly for regulators. Regulatory organizations typically deal with complaints of unprofessional conduct on a case by case basis. But given the serious impact of complaints, there should be greater focus on identifying the root causes of unprofessional conduct so that LPN’s and other health care professional can try to prevent problems from arising rather than being the subject of unprofessional conduct complaints. The presenter, James Casey, founded Field Law’s Professional Regulatory Group and has dealt with discipline cases for the past 30 years. He reflects on this experience and identifies the “Top 10 Causes of Unprofessional Conduct” providing practical tips to LPN’s on pitfalls to avoid and steps that can be taken to enhance professionalism.

4:15 – 5:30 pm

Free Time

5:00 – 6:00 pm

Private Nominee Reception (by invitation only)
(Emerald Room)

6:00 – 6:30 pm

General Reception & Dinner Seating
(Mayfield Dinner Theatre)

6:00 – 9:30 pm

Awards Dinner

hosted by the CLPNA & the Fredrickson-McGregor Education Foundation for LPNs
(Mayfield Dinner Theatre)


Tuesday, May 7, 2019


7:30 – 8:15 am

Conference Registration & Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30 am

Conference Opening Remarks

8:30 – 9:00 am

Keynote #3: The healthcare system that belongs to all Albertans
Dr. Verna Yiu, President & CEO, Alberta Health Services

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” This quote, from U.S. President Barack Obama, should be a guiding principle for front-line healthcare providers, says Dr. Verna Yiu. In her presentation, the President and CEO of Alberta Health Services will share stories from frontline providers demonstrating how small changes in care and/or processes can make impactful improvements overall. Dr. Yiu encourages healthcare professionals to see themselves as being an integral part of the healthcare system in Alberta, in control of advancing and optimizing care and embracing our ability to make a positive difference for patients/families and their colleagues.

9:00 – 9:45 am

Keynote #4: Bill 21 – What you need to know!
James Casey, Field Law

In December of 2018, the Government of Alberta passed Bill 21: An Act to Protect Patients. Bill 21 creates sweeping changes to the Health Professions Act. As of April 1, 2019, if a hearing tribunal convicts a healthcare professional of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct with a patient, the member’s registration will be subject to mandatory cancellation. Given the significant consequences, all LPNs need to understand these significant legislative amendments. This presentation will provide participants with an understanding of the legislation, including what constitutes “sexual abuse” and “sexual misconduct”, the consequences of a finding of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct, and mandatory reporting requirements. In addition, we will explore how boundary violations can arise in the nursing profession, and how LPNs can protect themselves against complaints.

9:45 – 10:00 am

Refreshment Break

10:15 – 11:00 am

Keynote #5: The Ethics and Professionalism Related to MAID, A Story About the Last Two Years
Dr. Douglas Faulder, Medical Director, Continuing Care – Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services

11:00 – 12:00 pm

Keynote #6: Integrating Research

Person-Centred Care—From Rhetoric to Reality in Continuing Care Settings!
Dr. Sienna Caspar, Assistant Professor, University of Lethbridge

This evidenced-based presentation will focus on the importance of responsive leadership and communication as crucial ingredients to building relationships and trust between care team members. Following this, participants will learn how and why enhancing team relationships and igniting staff engagement are essential prerequisites to the provision of person-centred care. Evidence for this discussion is derived from both quantitative and qualitative studies conducted across multiple continuing care settings.

Reducing Potentially Avoidable Transfers of Continuing Care Residents to the Emergency Department by Enhancing LPNs Communication Skills
Dr. Jude Spiers, Associate Professor, University of Alberta

LPNs have a wide range of communication skills but one of the most challenging communication situations is working with families who are struggling to make a decision about transferring their loved one to the ED. Unnecessary or avoidable transfers place frail elders at risk of distress, disorientation and disrupted ADL. In this session we will talk about LPNs’ about their skills and strategies in these challenging situations and then the effect of role play scenarios to help LPNs practice and reflect on these important and unpredictable conversations.

12:00 – 1:00 pm


1:00 – 2:00 pm

Keynote #7: Protecting Patients is Everyone’s Responsibility
Sandi Kossey, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships and Priorities, Canadian Patient Safety Institute
Sabina Robin, Member, Patients for Patient Safety Canada

Patients and their families expect and deserve safe care. Far too often the healthcare intended to heal and help people inadvertently harms them, sometimes resulting in devastating consequences for patients and their families, and impacting the health and wellbeing of care providers and society as a whole. Ensuring patient safety is not just the right thing to do, it is an expectation for all healthcare providers. Learning from patients and families with lived experience of harm is invaluable and integral to patient safety improvement at all system levels and in all healthcare settings. Everyone has a role and it is time to reignite the burning platform for patient safety – right now!

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Plenary: Mixed Elements – The Chemistry of Best Practice

Alchemy involves the combination of fire, water, air and earth and these sessions provide opportunity for brief 6 minute talks from 6 different speakers focused on leading practices that involve the elements of professionalism, patient safety and person-centered care.
General Q & A will follow at the end of the presentations.

1. Open minds: A fresh perspective in person centered care – Rachel Beyer, Rebecca Routly and Alyssa Amrit Pannu, Bow Valley College
2. Sound Body, Sound Mind Project – Friday Block-Lanas, Excel Society
3. (Dis)connected: How Unseen Links are Putting Us at Risk – Dennis Dymovich, Heart & Stroke
4. Vaccine Safety is Patient Safety! Provincial AEFI Team – Donna Meyer, Ruth Farley and Karen Bochar, AHS
5. An Overview of the Effectiveness of Pain Management in Wound Care – Rhellen Parayno, Holy Cross; Bayshore 
6. An Artist Visual Impression Of Alzheimer’s Disease – Debbie Hanson
7. Empowered Professionalism a Key to Excellence in Nursing – Glenda Tarnowski, College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta

3:00 – 3:15 pm

Refreshment Break

3:15 – 4:15 pm

Keynote #8: The Crescendo Effect
Matt Day, Professional Entertainer and Musical Humourist

Inspired by his experience as a professional entertainer and as a music-in-healthcare provider, Matt Day brings a unique, inspiring and memorable presentation to his audiences. The “Crescendo Effect” is an innovative presentation that playfully and powerfully takes effective habits of professional musicians and translates them into beneficial tools you and your organization can use immediately. In music, a ‘crescendo’ is defined as a gradual increase. Matt hopes to inspire you to find gradual and effective increases in beneficial habits, skill and effective thought paradigms in your personal and professional life.

4:15 – 4:30 pm

Conference Closing Remarks