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I just wanted to remind everyone that the early-bird conference registration deadline is this Saturday, September 30th at midnight. After this, the price of the conference will go up by $25. If you register by the deadline, you can lock in the early-bird rate (even if you need to make payment at a later time). Full conference registration is only $375. For those outside Alberta, there have been some great flight seat sales on!

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Call for Posters & Tools
Deadline 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


Continuing Education Opportunity
for Recertification

Free Online Courses on IPF &
Adult Asthma

These free online courses are available through mdBriefCase/Advancing In. You just have to create an account, if you have not already done so, to access the courses.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Update: The Importance of Early Recognition and Referral
This program describes the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), the clinical profile of patients in whom IPF should be suspected, and the management of adverse effects of IPF therapies to facilitate medication adherence. Register here:

Adult Asthma: Assessing Airway Disease in the Breathless Patient
This program explains how to adopt an objective approach to the diagnosis of asthma, describes the differential diagnosis of asthma and how to objectively assess asthma control, and explores how to manage asthma to achieve optimal control and prevent future risk. Register here:


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Early-Bird Registration
Deadline for Conference
Saturday, September 30th!


Message from the Executive Director Cheryl Connors

cherylDetailed Conference Program
Now Available!

I'm very excited to share our full detailed program and registration kit for the conference. I always say this but our planning committee has done a spectacular job with this year's program. We must also thank our respiratory and tobacco educator community who submitted some really interesting topics for workshops - everything from “Lost in Translation: Making the Most of your Time with a Professional Language Interpreter”,Are Meditation and Mindfulness the Next Tools in the CRE’s Toolkit?”, “Marijuana Implications for CREs & CTEs”, and “Energy Management for Work & Life” to “No! Try Not! Do or Do Not. There is No Try! Using CBT to Facilitate Change” ­ just to name a few.

And of course, we have lots of experts presenting the most current research in all aspects of tobacco and respiratory care and management.

We have excellent sessions on all aspects of health education, including our very special repeat keynote speaker, Victor Strecher’s “Inspiring Healthy Behaviour Change”. Dr. Strecher’s talk at our last conference in Niagara Falls was so inspirational that he received a spontaneous five-minute standing ovation with hardly a dry eye in the room. So many delegates asked us to bring him back again that we did. For those of you who did not make it to Niagara Falls, you are in for a very special experience!

On Thursday night, we have a fun and educational evening planned (and we will keep you fed!) We have brought back CNRC favourite Michael Reist as our Thursday evening keynote speaker to talk about “Caring for the Caregiver”. Michael will help us discover whether we are taking care of ourselves when we are busy caring for everyone else! We have also challenged Aaron Ladd to find a way to make an education theory review entertaining. (We know it’s your favorite part of your CRE or CTE courses!) And Dr. Bob Reid, from the Ottawa Heart Institute, will provide us with an update on new treatments in smoking cessation, including a novel approach to treatment for clients who are not “ready” to quit. He will also discuss the FDA’s plan to reduce the nicotine level in cigarettes to non-addictive levels!

On Saturday morning, Professor Timothy Caulfield will explore how pop culture has influenced our perceptions of health and health behaviour with his entertaining talk, “Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything? When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash”. I had a very enjoyable pre-conference call with Professor Caulfield this week to provide him with more information about our group so that he could customize his talk for us. We talked about his research into the influence of celebrity culture on health behaviour. He promises to be “entertaining and provocative”!

Please plan to stay for the full conference as we have saved the very hot marijuana talk for our final session on Saturday. Dr. Peter Selby from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto will provide us with a “Marijuana 101” overview as we prepare to deal with marijuana legalization in 2018. We have left lots of time for Q&A because we know that this is a challenging practice area for respiratory and tobacco educators.

We also hope that you will join us at our Friday night social night. We have a super fun “A Little Bit Country ‘n A Little Bit Rock n’ Roll” evening planned, showcasing the best of Calgary (featuring Alberta beef and line dancing of course!) but are also including a little rock/pop for those whose pop culture tastes may fall a little on the other side of country, with an amazing young band “Flaysher”. Our favorite line dancing instructor from Lake Louise, Dean Stroeder, is back to continue our lessons. (And don’t worry if you think you can’t keep up, I can pretty much guarantee that I will continue to be the one tripping all over the floor, turning in the wrong direction!)

I look forward to seeing you in Calgary!

regkitDownload full conference detailed program/registration kit here.