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The 2022 CanSAGE Conference

The annual CanSAGE conference includes sessions, panel discussions, and presentations by leading figures in our field. Learn more about the 2022 conference below, and contact us if you are interested in participating.

2022 Conference Program

The 2022 CanSAGE Conference will take place at the Halifax Convention Centre in Halifax, NS, from September 22 to September 24.

Fellow Boot Camp (Day 2: Convention Centre)
Arrive in Halifax - Register
4:00 p.m. - Fellowship Director Meeting (by invitation)

Location to be confirmed (also available via Zoom for remote participants)

5:00 p.m. - Social Event

Informal Get Together (Sutton Place Hotel Bar & Lounge)

7:00 a.m. - Industry Symposium Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - Opening Remarks
8:15 a.m. - Fertility & the Limits of MIGS (Dr. Michael Ripley & Dr. Miguel Russo)
9:30 a.m. - GYN Talk: Vnotes & the learning curve (Dr. Andrew Zakhari)
9:45 a.m. - Coffee Break & Exhibit
10:30 a.m. - GYN Talk: Surgical Sexism (Dr. Fariba Mohtashami)
10:45 a.m. - No Mo’ FOMO – Practice changing research you missed during COVID (Dr. Cleve Ziegler)
11:30 a.m. - Industry Symposium Lunch
1:00 p.m. - Open Communication Sessions

Oral research and video presentations


Option 1: Climate change and the surgeon: Mitigating impact from our choices (Dr. Husein Moloo)

Option 2: Myomectomy at the time of Cesarean section (Dr. Mara Sobel)

3:00 p.m. - Coffee Break + Exhibit
3:00 p.m. - Surgeon Ergonomics in the Operating Room - Setting up for Success (Dr. Olga Bougie)
4:15 p.m. - Open Communication Session: ePosters
5:15 p.m. - Eastern Kitchen Party

Eastern Kitchen Party

A traditional East Coast experience with finger food and a local fiddling band! Come have a chat with our industry partners and reconnect with your colleagues.

6:00 a.m. - Wellness: Fun Run
7:00 a.m. - Symposium Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - ERAS in benign MIGS (Dr. Gregg Nelson)
9:00 a.m. - Realizing efficiencies and improving patient care – Lessons from the field

Panel discussion with Drs. Christine Lett, Alysha Nensi, Angela Deane & Lindsay Shirreff

10:00 a.m. - Coffee Break + Exhibit
10:45 a.m. - Open Communication Sessions

Oral research and video presentations

11:45 a.m. - Symposium Lunch
1:15 p.m. - Myth busters – Where practice meets evidence
  • Is trial of void necessary before discharging a laparoscopic surgery
    patient? (Dr. Peter Thiel)
  • Changing gloves when going from the bottom to top (Dr. Brigitte Corran)
  • Cornual Pregnancy (Dr. Meghan McGrattan)
2:00 p.m. - GYN Talk: Central sensitization and gynecologic surgery (Paul Yong)
2:15 p.m. GYN Talk: Prevention and Management of Postoperative Neuralgia (Chandrew Rajakumar)

Option 1: Chronic pain in gynecology: How-to and efficacy of blocks (Dr. Jennifer McDonald)

Option 2: Challenges with HRT for the MIS surgeon (Dr. Michelle Jacobson)

3:30 p.m. - Coffee Break + Exhibit
6:00 p.m. - Sightseeing • 2-hour Sunset Cruise on the Tall Ship Silva ($)

Sunset Cruise on the Tall Ship Silva

This 2-hr sunset cruise experience is limited to 130 tickets!

Purchase yours now for only $50 – first come, first served.

8:00 p.m. - Social Event • Coming Back Dinner & Party at Waterfront Cable Wharf ($)

A delicious lobster meal awaits you (meat and vegetarian options are also available) for dinner, with the Merimacs to get you dancing the night away!

Cost is $125 + tax – limited seating; first come, first served.

7:30 a.m. - Breakfast and Annual General Meeting
8:45 a.m. - GYN Talk: Fat Shaming in Medicine (Dr. Hilary Offman)
9:00 a.m. - A compassionate approach to patients with increased weight (Dr. Sasha High)
9:45 a.m. - Coffee Break + Exhibit
10:15 a.m. - DIE and surgical management: GI/GU involvement (Dr. Ted Lee)
11:00 a.m. - Open Communication Session: Top Oral & Video Presentations
12:15 p.m. - Graduation & Awards Gala Lunch
1:15 p.m. - Surgery for hereditary cancer syndromes (Dr. Janice Kwon)
2:00 p.m. - National database and lessons from COVID (Dr. Deborah Money)
2:30 p.m. - When you hear hoofbeats think zebras – The weird and wonderful in Gynecology
  • Not your typical fibroid: The case of hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer (HLRCC) or when your pathology report is more than you bargained for (Dr. Genevieve Horwood)
  • ACUMs (Dr. Tinya Lin)
  • Non-malignant ascites (Dr. Lauren Andrew)
  • The Bare Bones of Endometrial Osseous Metaplasia (Dr. Jayesh Tigdi)
3:30 p.m. - Closing Remarks

2022 Conference Registration

You might notice that the registration rates have gone up a bit since our last in-person edition in 2019… We simply wanted to reassure you that we did our absolute best to maintain them as low as possible, but as you’ve probably noticed, inflation is everywhere nowadays. The event industry has been strongly affected in the past two years by the pandemic, and now that in-person events are back they continue to have a hard time caused by the labor shortage. Studies show that event production costs across the country have gone up around 30% industry wide! We have managed to limit our rate increase to 21%. As a reference, the 2019 early bird physician rate was $600 + $165 for gala ($765 total), compared to $800 + $125 for social ($925 total) this year. We thank you in advance for your comprehension!

Included in your registration:

  • 3 full days of conference sessions with breakfasts, lunches and breaks (compared to 2.5 days in 2019)
  • 2.5 days of exhibits
  • An East Coast Kitchen Party with drinks and hors d’oeuvres
  • A graduation and awards celebration lunch banquet

Sold separately:

  • A 2-hr sunset cruise on the Tall Ship Silva – $50
  • The “Coming Back” lobster dinner and dance party (other menu options are available!) – $125

Wish to bring a spouse or even the whole family and make it a family vacation?

The “accompanying person” package is available for $125 and includes the Thursday night Kitchen Party and the Friday night “Coming Back” lobster dinner and dance party. You may also purchase additional cruise tickets to bring your family along.

Member Rates

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Non-Member Rates

Hotel & Destination

Sutton Place Hotel Halifax

Hotel Reservation Group Booking LinkClick Here

Web Group Code: CANSAGE2022

Rate: $279

Attendees can either click and book right into the group using the link provided above or by going here and searching the group dates and then adding in the Web Group Code; either way brings you to same webpage!

Attendees can also call 1-866-378-8866 or 1-902-932-7548 and provide the reservation agent the Web Group Code who can also reserve the guest into the group block.

The Sutton Place Hotel

Not finding the accommodations you need?  Please try via the Discover Halifax booking engine »
Options include: Cambridge Suites, the Barrington Hotel, as well as Atlantica Hotel Halifax (close to QEII if you are attending the Fellow boot camp).

Our Sponsors

CanSAGE sincerely thanks our sponsors for this year’s event:

Platinum Level Partners

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Gold Level Partner


Bronze Level Partners

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ConMed logo
Olympus Logo
Southmedic logo


Support from these organizations furthers the vital research performed by our members and helps enhance gynecological health across Canada and around the world.

Want to Know More About Halifax?

For must-see attractions, the wildest outdoor adventures, all about the getting here and getting around information and the CanSAGE delegates’ special offers when you show your event badge at participating local businesses, visit this “private” website offered by Discover Halifax!

Organizing Committee

2022 Scientific Planning Committee (SPC) Members

Elizabeth Randle – Chair

Tinya Lin

Karine Lortie

Ally Murji – Co-Chair

Craig Morton

Joannie Neveu

Liane Belland

Darrien Rattray

Michael Suen

Open Communications Co-Chairs

Olga Bougie (Research) and Michael Suen (Videos)

Social Media and Marketing Representative

Meghan O’Leary

Conference Planning

Curly Dog Communications Inc. –

Executive Administrator

Lisa Lipowski 

Registration & Inquiries

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