January 2019

Dear Friends and Colleagues,    
This is our first invitation to be a part of the 96th CPS Annual Conference in Toronto from June 6-8.
Our program has changed—from three and a half days to three full days – Thursday to Saturday. This is in direct response to those who have attended our conference in the past as well as from the membership who wanted to have a shorter conference.
The program may be shorter, but we still feature the best of paediatric medicine in Canada! This year’s lineup draws on an incredible variety of topics across all disciplines guided by the learning needs of our attendees. In line with one of our five strategic priorities, keynote speaker André Picard, one of North America’s top health journalists, will challenge the status quo as he discusses the regulatory and review of drugs and devices and pharmacare in child health.
Additional highlights include timely clinical topics such as approaches to genetic testing for children with neurodevelopmental disorders and addressing cannabis use with teenagers and their parents.
Designed for a broad range of professionals and trainees including paediatricians, paediatric subspecialists, family physicians, nurse practitioners and other child and youth health care providers, our Annual Conference has a strong scientific program and many opportunities for training, information exchange, mentorship, and memory-making.
We hope you will contribute to and participate in the exciting educational experience developed by our Annual Conference Committee.
Please plan to join us in Toronto.
Dr. Dawn Hartfield
Chair, CPS Annual Conference Committee
Keynote by André Picard

Thursday, June 6
André Picard is one of Canada’s top health and public policy observers and commentators. He is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer for over 30 years. He is also the author of numerous books and has received much acclaim for his writing and dedication to improving healthcare. In 2010, he was awarded a National Newspaper Award as Canada’s top newspaper columnist.
Join André Wednesday evening at the Welcome Reception, where he will be available for a book signing of his recent publication, Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada (available for sale) .
Preliminary program
The preliminary program is now available! Visit the conference website at www.annualconference.cps.ca for program details and general information.
Section 3 simulation-based workshops
Interested in obtaining section 3 credits? The annual conference offers two simulation-based workshops each day. A limited number of participants will be accepted for these two and a half hour, hands-on workshops. Each workshop is $75 (to cover the costs of materials), and you must be registered for the conference to attend. For more information, visit www.annualconference.cps.ca .
Reaching for the Top!

Friday, June 7 – 1730-1830
The count-down begins! Residents and faculty from the University of Toronto and Western University will face off in the 2019 Reaching for the Top competition. This hour-long, friendly trivia competition—a paediatric version of Jeopardy—has teams competing for the coveted Reaching for Top Competition Cup. This event is open to all. Come cheer on your team and test your knowledge. All for great fun and learning.
Last call - deadline February 1
Pre-conference Event – Wednesday, June 5
An all-day course on Advanced Paediatric Emergency Procedural Sedation will be offered at the Sick Kids Simulation Centre. This course, designed for both family physicians and paediatricians, will focus on how to provide safe and effective procedural sedation for children. Participants must be pre-registered for the CPS 96 th Annual Conference. The cost is $525 plus 13% HST. For more information visit https://www.annualconference.cps.ca/pre-post-events .
Trade show and poster sessions
The trade show takes place Thursday and Friday, giving you more time to visit the exhibitors and posters. Be sure to participate in the “Trade Show game”. You could be the lucky winner of a $500 Visa gift card!
Call out for seminar chairpersons
Have you attended a past CPS conference? Are you attending this year’s conference? The Annual Conference Committee is seeking volunteers to chair seminars. If you can help, contact meetings@cps.ca .
Hotel bookings
The CPS has secured special rates at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

We are holding a limited number of rooms!

Book online now via the links on our conference website.
Conference venue
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, rated “four diamonds”, is located in the heart of downtown Toronto. The conference program, along with the trade show and business meetings, all take place at the Sheraton. Free wifi is available to conference attendees.
Planning your trip
It’s not too early to plan your trip to Toronto! Air Canada, WestJet and Porter airlines have been appointed the official airlines for the CPS 96 th Annual Conference. Book your flights online and take advantage of up to 10% off in discounts. See the conference website for discount codes and additional information.
Social media
To stay up-to-date, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
We’re looking for enthusiastic and savvy Social Media Ambassadors for the 96 th Annual Conference. If you’re interested in sharing your conference experiences on social media, contact media@cps.ca to learn more.