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
0830-0940 Welcome/Opening remarks

60 min

 SABA Over-Reliance:  Solutions for a Complicated Problem: Asthma Management a Changing Landscape.
(Supported by AstraZeneca Canada Inc.)

Dr Alan Kaplan MD CCFP (EM) FCFP

0940-1025 Break and Exhibitor Fair

Stream 1 (room A)

Bodies in Transition

Stream 2 (room B)

Innovation and Technology

  From Acute/Curative to
Palliative/End of Life Care
New Technology to Improve Respiratory Care

30 min

Practicing for a ’Good’ Death: ‘Save Him Now So He Can Have a Good Death Later’

Louise Chartrand RRT, PhD

(Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim)

EPIC (EMR implementation)

Rob Bryan, RRT AA A-EMCA and
Jason McCartney 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)

Innovation in Respiratory Therapy: A Case of 3D Printing for Tracheostomy Management

Dr. Andrew West EdD, FCSRT

1215-1315 Lunch and Exhibitor Fair
    Stream 1 (room A) Stream 2 (room B)


 30 min

Complex Discharge in the Pediatric Population

Cindy Brennan RRT

Managing Difficult Airways – Case Review/Workshop

Marco Zaccagnini RRT BHSc CCAA MSc


(Sponsored by Medtronic)


 30 min “30 mins, Great for Pizza Delivery Not So Great for Critical Care. The Case for Point of Care Blood Gas Testing”

 Victor DaSilva, RRT

(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 Wooley, MS, RD, CNSC, Clinical Nutrition Specialist Respiratory Care, Madison WI

(Sponsored by GE Healthcare)

1450-1515 Break and Exhibitor Fair
1515-1530 RTSO Awards


60 min

Understanding 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