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Message from the Executive Director Cheryl Connors

cherylFirst off, I would like to say that our thoughts and prayers are with those educators on the British Columbia west coast who have been impacted by the terrible wild fires as well as our COPD educators in Texas dealing with the tragic aftermath left by Hurricane Harvey. Please know that we are thinking of you.

I hope everyone is enjoying their last few days of summer and preparing to get kids back to school next week! Our conference planning committee has been busy putting the final touches on our conference program. As always, they have just outdone themselves in putting together a program designed to cover all the hot education, asthma, COPD, allergy and smoking cessation (both tobacco and marijuana) topics that will help you in your practice. I do hope to see you in Calgary!


Summer Promotion

for Conference Registration



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We are having a quick promotion for everyone who registers for our upcoming conference! Register for the conference and pay before midnight on Labour Day (September 4th) and be entered to win an autographed book of your choice from any of our three fabulous keynote speakers - Michael Reist, Dr. Victor Strecher or Dr. Timothy Caulfield. Read more about our keynote speakers and register here: con overview.html






Here is our updated program-at-a-glance! Dr. Robert Reid from the Ottawa Heart Institute will be speaking on Thursday evening with an update on what’s new in smoking cessation. We have asked him to provide his thoughts on the US FDA’s plan to reduce nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels. Dr. Peter Selby, from the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, will be speaking on Saturday afternoon to provide us with an overview on marijuana. This will be an extremely timely session as Canada moves to legalize marijuana next year. Dr. Selby will provide us with a product overview, explain how addiction occurs and why it is different than tobacco addiction, give us a brief overview of medical marijuana and provide us with some practical suggestions on prevention and cessation.

Social Night Out at the Cochrane Roadhouse



Please plan to join us at our conference social night. Tickets are $75. As always, the theme of CNRC conference social nights is fun! We will be travelling from the hotel by “party bus” to the historic town of Cochrane. Located in the heart of Alberta cattle country and the Cowboy Trail, only 20 minutes from Calgary, with spectacular vistas of the rolling foothills and majestic Rocky Mountains, Cochrane is the site of the Historic Cochrane Ranche Site, the location of Alberta’s first large scale livestock operation in 1881. The Town of Cochrane has worked to preserve the old western feel, with cute shops that keep that old western town feel.







For our “a little bit country”, our party will take place at the Cochrane Ranchehouse. For those of you who travelled to Lake Louise in 2013, our wonderful dance instructor, Dean Stroeder, will once again lead us in line dancing lessons. And don’t worry if you have two left feet! I was the one on the dance floor consistently turning in the wrong direction!

Dinner will, of course, include a delicious buffet featuring that world-famous Alberta beef! (We will, of course, be able to accommodate anyone who does not eat beef!). And to commemorate your fun evening, we will have a photo booth open throughout the evening!

And for our “a little bit rock n’ roll”, our live entertainment for the evening will be provided by Flaysher, one of Calgary’s top party bands. They will play lots of your favorite rock and pop classics along with some of their original music. Check them out here:


Tobacco Workbook

At long last, we are excited to announce that our Tobacco Education Workbook is available! Not only is this an excellent resource for those educators who are preparing to challenge the Certified Tobacco Educator (CTE) credential, we hope that you will find it to be a “must-have” resource for your practice.

There are almost 500 pages of content in the workbook, which follows the format of the CTE tobacco competencies, covering:

Each unit is filled with current, evidence-based information on tobacco education and includes practical tools and suggestions for you to integrate into your tobacco practice. We have included reflections, activities, quizzes as well as unit reviews with key concepts and terms summarized. And throughout the workbook, you will find “refreshers” that show you how the core concepts learned in the foundational health education competencies can be applied to your tobacco practice.

This workbook has been a major collaboration with our development partners - the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) TEACH Project along with the Alberta Health Services Tobacco Reduction Unit.

The tobacco workbook is $110 for current CAEs, CREs, CCEs & CTEs.

You can purchase your workbook here:

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Call for Poster Abstracts
Deadline Extended to September 30th

callThe deadline for submitting abstracts for posters and tools has been extended to September 30th, 2017. Remember that you can also submit abstracts to present information about your programs, activities and education tools, as well. We will be continuing the popular “two-minutes/two slides” format that we introduced at our last conference for our poster presentations.

Submissions should be emailed to

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