OCTOBER 19, 2019
The Westin Prince Toronto
900 York Mills Rd, North York, ON M3B 3H2



This full day Respiratory Therapy focused education program will feature plenary sessions, workshops and concurrent special interest streams as well as providing valuable networking opportunities amongst industry partners and fellow RT colleagues.

0730-0830 Registration and Breakfast

60 min

Welcome/Opening remarks

Keynote Speaker:
SABA Over-Reliance:  Solutions for a Complicated Problem: Asthma Management a Changing Landscape.
Dr Alan Kaplan MD CCFP (EM) FCFP

(Supported by AstraZeneca Canada Inc.)

0940-1025 Break and Exhibitor Fair

Stream 1 (room A)

Bodies in Transition

Stream 2 (room B)

Innovation and Technology

Morning session
From Acute/Curative to
Palliative/End of Life Care
New Technology to Improve Respiratory Care
30 min Patient Perspectives

Jack Hourigan

EPIC (EMR implementation)

Rob Bryan, RRT AA A-EMCA and
Jason Macartney RRT

30 min Integrating Respiratory Therapists in End of Life Discussions: An Interprofessional Model of Patient care.
Julie Bouliane RRT
Prevention of Inadvertent Atelectasis in Critical ICU Patients

Frank Fiorenza RRT, BHSc

(Sponsored by McArthur Medical)

30 min Leveraging Respiratory Care – Transitions from Hospital to Community

Michael Kampen RRT BSc (Hons)

2B yet not 2C… Optimizing Respiratory Support in the Special Care Nursery

Kelly Hassall, RRT FCSRT Med
Clinical Resource Leader of Respiratory Therapy St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

1215-1315 Lunch and Exhibitor Fair
1320-1450 Afternoon Sessions
 30 min Complex Discharge in the Pediatric Population

Cindy Brennan RRT

Managing Difficult Airways – Case Review/Workshop

Marco Zaccaginini RRT BHSc CCAA MSc


(Sponsored by Medtronic)


 30 min Point of Care Testing Improves Patient Outcomes; Time Matters

Patti DeJuilio, MS, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS
Clinical Director Respiratory Care and Sleep Center
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital

(Sponsored by Siemens)

30 min RRTs Leading Innovation and Health System Transformation: Best Care Program

Madonna Ferrone RRT, CRE
Melissa Fisk RRT, CRE, RPSGT
Zofe Roberts RRT, CRE

Indirect Calorimetry: Taking the Guesswork out of Feeding Critically Ill Patients.

Jennifer A. Wooley, MS, RD, CNSC
Clinical Nutrition Specialist Respiratory Care
GE Healthcare, Madison WI

(Sponsored by GE Healthcare)

1450-1515 Break and Exhibitor Fair
1515-1550 RTSO Awards and AGM


60 min

Understanding the Difference Between Evidence and Physiology Based Clinical Practice

Thomas Piraino RRT FCSRT
Clinical Specialist, Mechanical Ventilation Centre of Excellence (CoEMV), St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto; Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Anesthesia, McMaster University, Hamilton

16:45 -17:00 Closing Remarks