2018 Program

Our 2018 Conference Program is nearly complete! All events take place at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort, Edmonton, Alberta

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Conference Program

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Program schedule is subject to change.

5:30 pm Registration Opens & Exhibits Set-up
6:30 – 8:00 pm Annual General Meeting
8:00 – 9:00 pm Exhibitors’ Reception

Thursday, May 10, 2018

7:30 am Registration Desk Opens
7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast Exhibits & Silent Auction Open
8:30 – 9:00 am Conference Opening Remarks
9:00 – 10:00 am Plenary #1: Connecting at Conference – Conversation to Connect
Joanne Blake
, Certified Image Consultant  –  
One of the main benefits of attending conferences is to make connections, exchange knowledge and build relationships. Yet shyness prevents people from moving out of their comfort zone, meeting others and really enjoying the event. In this fast-paced, engaging keynote, Joanne gets delegates energized, mixing and mingling and making conversation with ‘strangers’. Even people who say they hate networking enjoy this stress-free and easy approach to networking.
10:00 – 10:30 am Refreshment Break, Exhibits & Silent Auction
10:30 – 12:00 pm Plenary #2: The Ripple Effect: Sleep, Think, Eat and Move Better for Exponential Health and Peak Performance
Dr. Greg Wells
, University of Toronto
  –  The latest research findings show that humans now have the potential to live a healthy life for 120 years or more, making optimal health paramount to a life lived to the fullest. In this engaging and inspiring keynote presentation, Dr. Greg Wells shows audiences how they can leverage the power of exponential health technologies and techniques to perform at their peak and improve their overall health and well-being.Dr. Wells shares tactics to help balance health span and lifespan, how to combine mental and physical activation techniques, and how to optimize brain function to exponentially improve health and performance. These techniques have endless benefits for people of all backgrounds and professions, allowing them to supercharge their life, break through obstacles, and reach their full potential.Unlike other self-help presentations, Dr. Wells’ inspiring keynote also includes methods for putting lessons learned into action that help participants immediately implement these life-changing techniques.This presentation is based on Dr. Wells’ new best-selling book The Ripple Effect.
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch, Exhibits & Silent Auction
1:30 pm Silent Auction Close
1:30 – 2:30 pm Plenary #3: Strategies in a time of Crisis – Opioids and Harm Reduction
Dr. Francesco Mosaico, Medical Director, Boyle McCauley Health Centre
Detective Guy Pilon, Edmonton Police Service
Petra Schulz, Parent Advocate, Founding member of Moms Stop the Harm
Marliss Taylor, Program Manager, Streetworks  –  
Concern over the complex and growing opioid crisis has become a leading issue in Canadian health care system. This panel brings together four speakers from various areas in the health community for an interactive discussion that highlight diverse perspectives on the crisis. From a scientific literature-based approach, to lived experience, to the everyday harm-reduction strategies employed on the streets, delegates will have the opportunity to investigate the complexities of impairment and their role as nurses in the long-term management of chronic opioid addiction.
2:30 pm Silent Auction Item Pick-Up and Payment (Foyer)
2:30 – 5:00 pm Free Time
3:30 pm Exhibits Close
5:00 – 6:00 pm Reception
6:00 – 9:00pm Awards Gala

Friday, May 11, 2018

7:45 am Registration Desk Opens
7:45 – 8:45 am Breakfast
8:45 – 9:00 am Conference Opening Remarks
9:00 – 10:00 am Plenary #4: Improving the Experience for Sexual & Gender Diverse (LGBTQ) People
Marni Panas, Senior Advisor Diversity and Inclusion, ‎Alberta Health Services  –  How to better work with, support and advocate for patients, family, friends and colleagues who identify as sexual or gender diverse (LGBTQ). Participants will hear personal experiences and stories, learn terminology and theory, and discuss what we can do to improve the experience for this often marginalized and vulnerable population.
10:00 – 10:15 am Break
10:15 – 11:15 am Concurrent Session #1
1A: Emerging Reality Stream (Enoch ABC)
1B: Future Reality Stream (Enoch DEF)
1C: Authentic Reality Stream (River Cree 1/2)
1D: Realities in Seniors’ Care Stream (River Cree 3/4)
11:15 – 11:30 am Room Change
11:30 – 12:30 pm Concurrent Session #2
2A: Future Reality Stream I (Enoch ABC)
2B: Future Reality Stream II (Enoch DEF)
2C: Authentic Reality Stream (River Cree 1/2)
2D: Realities in Seniors’ Care Stream (River Cree 3/4)
12:30 – 1:45 pm Lunch and Learn: Nurturing Relationships – Continuing the Conversation
Joanne BlakeCertified Image Consultant  –  You’ve made some great connections at conference…now what? Being effective at networking requires implementing two key concepts: connecting through conversation and nurturing those relationships. In the closing keynote, delegates will come together for a roundup of how the conversation skills worked for them. In addition, we will cover such skills as effective follow up and adding value to new and existing relationships to make networking mutually beneficial.
1:45 – 2:45 pm Plenary #5: Managing Cannabis in the Workplace
Alison McMahon, Founder & CEO, Cannabis at Work  –  Cannabis is a rapidly changing topic and has great implications for workplaces. Managing cannabis in the workplace is complex and requires specialized knowledge of medical cannabis, workplace policy and case law. Approaching recreational legalization adds another layer of challenges. The information you hear will ensure you have the tools to mitigate risk in your organization.
2:45 – 3:15 pm Worms 25 cents a Dozen! and Empowered Professionalism?
Glenda Tarnowski, Director of Professional Practice, ‎College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta  –  Now that we’ve caught your attention….are you curious what “Worms 25 cents a dozen” has to do with what’s at the heart of the story of empowered professionalism as a licensed practical nurse? Glenda Tarnowski has a lengthy and diverse career as an LPN and recently achieved a Master of Arts in Leadership with a Health specialization. In this ‘from the heart’ presentation Glenda shares wisdom gained from her own personal and professional journey and the attributes, barriers, and possibilities associated with the phenomenon of empowered professionalism. Quirky, enlightening, and inspiring, you’re sure to learn something new!
3:15 – 3:30 pm Conference Closing