Join us this year in Calgary from September 9 to 11!

Don’t miss these great opportunities:

  • More than 100 speakers from Canada and around the world
  • 800+ delegates
  • The latest Canadian research and top breakthroughs in stroke
  • Networking with stroke professionals from across Canada

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The 2017 Congress program is jam-packed!

Have you picked the sessions you plan to attend yet? Need some inspiration? Here is what some of our delegates are looking forward to at the 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress:

I am looking forward to hearing nursing focused presentations from two Canadian colleagues, Debbie Summers and Theresa Green, both of whom are currently working internationally. Their unique perspectives on stroke care outside of Canada should not be missed. Canada’s acute stroke approach is changing. The Congress is timely to assist leaders in getting on board with changes in acute stroke care.”   Nancy Newcommon

WHAT: Nursing Plenary Session: Nursing in this New Era of Acute Stroke Care
WHO: Debbie Summers, Theresa Green (Moderated by Melanie Penn)
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 9 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Glen 203-204


“I’m really excited about the rehabilitation program this year. We have an exceptional line-up of national and international leaders in stroke care providing the most up-to-date clinical and research findings, as well as future directions for stroke rehabilitation. I’m particularly looking forward to the plenary and workshop sessions that focus on cognitive rehabilitation. This is a challenging and often   overlooked area of stroke care with such a tremendous impact on function. Also, the brag and steal session is always a favorite of mine. It is an opportunity to hear how fellow stroke clinicians are able to put best practices into action in exciting, innovative and practical ways.”  Anita Mountain

WHAT: Stroke Rehabilitation Workshop: Rehabilitation of Cognitive Deficits Post-Stroke
WHO: Gail Eskes
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 8 at 3:30 p.m. and again at 4:15 p.m. in Glen 208-209

WHAT: Stroke Rehabilitation Oral Abstracts and Brag & Steal
WHO: Moderated by Sepideh Pooyania and Andrea Cole-Haskayne
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Glen 201-204 


“I’m really looking forward to the rehabilitation plenary session Promoting Recovery After Stroke. Drs. Stuss and Stinear are internationally recognized experts and I’m looking forward to hearing current approaches for personalized stroke rehabilitation. The rehab research debate is always a fun and enjoyable session. I am looking forward to hearing two stroke rehab experts, Drs. Eng and MacKay-Lyons, duke out the issues surrounding cardiac stress testing and exercise programs post-stroke.”  Farrell Leibovitch

WHAT: Stroke Rehabilitation Debate: Controversies in Practice, Do We Stress About it?
WHO: Janice Eng and Marilyn MacKay-Lyons (Moderated by Sean Dukelow)
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Exhibit Hall E

WHAT: Stroke Rehabilitation Plenary Presentations: Promoting Recovery after Stroke
WHO: Moderated by Farrell Leibovitch
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 10 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Exhibit Hall E


“This year’s program promises to be much more focused and practical for primary care physicians. Many ‘PEARLS’ will be had and you get to hear the greatest neurological and stroke experts in the country. I hope to see you there!”  Jeffrey Habert

WHAT: Family & Emergency Physicians Plenary Session: What has Changed in the Stroke Prevention and Hypertension Guidelines in 2017?
WHO: Moderated by James Eisner
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 10 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Glen 201-202 


“Acute stroke care is undergoing a transformation with an emerging technology poised to change the face of care from rural to tertiary care centers across the country. Emergency medicine is an integral partner in the focus on the endovascular therapy of acute stroke care. The Stroke Congress brings all the relevant stakeholders together to help navigate this new era.”  Eddy Lang 

WHAT: National Stroke Course: Hyperacute Ischemic Stroke Care
WHO: Grant Stotts, Jennifer Bestard, Andrew Demchuk (Moderated by Eddy Lang)
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Glen 201-202


“I am most interested in presentations on hemorrhagic stroke, and there are many excellent talks on this and related topics this year. However, as a basic scientist, I also take advantage of the diversity of clinical stroke talks. This meeting is a great opportunity to gain that clinical knowledge that is essential to conducting translation-oriented pre-clinical research.”  Fred Colbourne

WHAT: National Stroke Course: Other Acute Stroke Issues
WHO: Dylan Blacquiere, Ashkan Shoamanesh, Laura Gioia (Moderated by Thalia Field)
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Glen 201-202 


“At every Congress so far, the Hnatyshyn Lecture never disappoints. I’m very much looking forward to hearing Frank Silver’s talk this year.  He is an inspiration to many of us working in acute stroke care.”   Gord Gubitz  

WHAT: Hnatyshyn Lecture: Key Moments in Advancing the Delivery of Acute Stroke Care for all Patients, Near and Far . . . a 30-year Perspective
WHO: Frank Silver
WHEN: Sunday Sept. 10, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Exhibit Hall E 


“I am looking forward to learning about the innovative ways other regions are implementing stroke best practice, specifically in the community – and connecting with other health system leaders who are interested in advancing stroke care.” Beth Linkewich

WHAT: Stroke Health Systems Workshop: Systems Approach to Community-Based Stroke Rehabilitation – Building Community Capacity
Beth Linkewich, Line D’Amours, Isabelle Zwerling
WHEN: Sunday, Sept 10 at 3:30 p.m. and at 4:15 p.m. in MacLeod E2

WHAT: Stroke Health Systems Workshop: EVT Access – Pre-Hospital Systems
WHO: Ruth Whelan, Andrew Demchuk, Katie White (moderated by Pamela Ramsay)
WHEN: Sunday, Sept 10 at 3:30 p.m. and at 4:15 p.m. in MacLeod E1


“I always look forward to hearing about the new material and opinions on what emerging studies mean. The Sunday afternoon session on thrombectomy, hemorrhage outcome, PFO and frontal lobe function will be a highlight for me.”  Michael Hill

WHAT: Plenary Session: Looking over the Horizon: Hot Topics in Stroke Care
Moderated by Janice Eng and Mike Sharma  
WHEN: Sunday Sept. 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Exhibit Hall E 


“Congress is known for sharing the most current information on innovations in the assessment and treatment of stroke patients. It also provides a wealth of information on the creative ways various local stroke systems are improving the process and outcomes of stroke care delivery. Every presentation and exchange with leaders from other provinces and regions inspires me to go back to my locale and determine how we can plan and implement stroke care in innovative ways to obtain better results. Every year, this knowledge exchange challenges current thinking on stroke care delivery”. Shy Amlani

WHAT: Access to Stroke Care: Supporting Rural and Remote Communities in Northern and Central Alberta
WHO: Colleen Taralson and Shy Amlani
WHEN: Sunday September 10, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Glen 203-204


“I am looking forward to the focused session on neuroinflammation in stroke, which is bringing together world experts presenting the latest clinically relevant basic biomedical research results. Understanding the impact of inflammation on neuronal death and neuro degeneration after stroke will be key for new pharmacological intervention strategies to promote recovery and prevent cognitive decline.” Alexander Thiel

WHAT: Neuroinflammation and Systemic Inflammation in Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke
WHO: Josef Anrather, John H. Zhang, Lyanne Schlichter (moderated by Alexander Thiel)
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. in Glen 205


“I’m personally excited about the hands-on workshops on aphasia and apraxia as I think these are important topics for our frontline care providers.”  Sean Dukelow 

WHAT: Stroke Rehabilitation Workshop: Working with People who have Limb Apraxia: Evidence Based Approaches and Practical Considerations
WHO: Debbie Hébert
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. and at 10:45 a.m. in Glen 206

WHAT: Stroke Rehabilitation Workshop: Stroke, Aphasia and Capacity: Breaking Down the Barriers to Reveal Capacity to Consent
WHO: Alexandra Carling
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. and at 4:15 p.m. in MacLeod E3 


“I am so excited to learn how Canadian jurisdictions are designing their stroke systems of care to ensure access to endovascular therapy, fast door-to-needle times, and fast door-in-door-out times.” Noreen Kamal

WHAT: Stroke Health Systems Abstracts & Brief Communications
WHO: Moderated by Kate Chidester
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Glen 206 


Other sessions you won’t want to miss!

WHAT: Working Together to Close the Indigenous Health Gap
WHO: Wendy Johnson
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. in Glen 203-204  

WHAT: Canadian Stroke Congress Top Breakthroughs
WHO: Moderated by Jeffrey Minuk and Sean Dukelow
WHEN: Monday Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m. to noon in Exhibit Hall E

The Research Coordinator Sessions

Our first-ever dedicated research coordinator stream, with topics aimed specifically at research coordinators, will occur at Congress 2017.  Topics covered include budget evaluation, CSC website coordinator resources and educational opportunities, and Health Canada inspections and screening within privacy legislation. See the Congress program for details. If anyone has questions they’d like to pre-submit please feel free to email them to

We encourage research coordinators to come out and show their support to ensure this stream continues in future Congresses.  All delegates are welcome!

Session 1: Sunday September 10, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in TELUS 456
Session 2:  Monday September 11, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Glen 205

Meet Heart & Stroke’s new CEO Yves Savoie!

What: Meet & Greet with Heart & Stroke CEO Yves Savoie
When: Saturday, September 9 from 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., during the opening reception
Where: Heart & Stroke booth in Exhibit Hall C


Follow us on twitter @strokecongress and let us know what you are looking forward to most at this year’s #CdnStrokeCongress. 

During the Congress, tweet using the hashtag #CdnStrokeCongress – often – to enter our contest for an opportunity to win a free registration to Congress 2019!

Looking for more Congress info? We have an app for that!

The Canadian Stroke Congress app gives you everything you need to know at the touch of your fingers. From the program, to maps, speaker info, posters, and more, it’s all you need to explore Congress to its fullest! Download the FREE STROKE2017 APP.

Congress Accreditation

The Canadian Stroke Congress is accredited, defined by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has been approved by the University of Calgary office of continuing medical education and professional development. Delegates may claim a maximum of 14 hours.

World Stroke Organization endorsement

The 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress has received endorsement from the World Stroke Organization. The Congress has been recognized as a leading conference which brings stroke experts from around the world together to advance stroke prevention, management and recovery.

The Canadian Stroke Congress is a joint initiative of Heart & Stroke and the Canadian Stroke Consortium. This uniquely Canadian forum is your opportunity to share ideas, collaborate and learn about innovation in stroke prevention, treatment and recovery. Find out about other presentations of note in our program at

Join us in Calgary from September 9-11, 2017

We look forward to welcoming Canada’s best and brightest minds in stroke research, prevention, care, and recovery at the 8th Canadian Stroke Congress. This year we’re excited to be returning to the city that hosted the largest ever Canadian Stroke Congress: Calgary.

The Canadian Stroke Congress is Canada’s primary event in Canadian stroke research and clinical application. A uniquely Canadian forum in which participants reflecting “bench-to-bedside-to-community” perspectives of stroke can exchange ideas, collaborate, and learn about innovation in stroke prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Learn from leading experts through presentations, interactive workshops, lively debates, and more.

The preliminary program is now online at

Hnatyshyn Lecture – Sunday, September 10th

This year’s Hnatyshyn Lecturer is Dr. Frank Silver, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto, Director of the University Health Network’s Stroke Program and the Medical Director of the Toronto West Stroke Region. Dr. Silver will present Key Moments in Advancing the Delivery of Acute Stroke Care for all Patients Near and Far…A 30 Year Perspective, outlining changes to acute stroke care including the role and impact of telestroke on increasing access to stroke services.

Family & Emergency Physician Program – Saturday, September 9th

Specific programming for family and emergency physicians is available during the morning sessions on Saturday, September 9 as part of the National Stroke Course, as well as two sessions during the afternoon:

  • Hypertension Canada 2017 Guidelines for Stroke: Focus on Prevention & Management
    • Dr. Doreen Rabi will present Hypertension Canada Guideline Update, followed by What’s New and Relevant for Primary Care in the 2017 Canadian Stroke Prevention Guidelines? by Dr. Jeffrey Habert. These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion.
  • Rapid Fire Practical Guidance for Stroke Controversies and Dilemmas
    • Dr. Eddy Lang will discuss What TIAs Can be Discharged from the Emergency Department?
    • A representative from the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) will discuss legal issues and complications in stroke
    • Dr. Hillel Finestone will present Driving After Stroke – The Art, Science and Legal Implications and Headaches of Reporting Our Patients.
      This is a topic that family physicians deal with often with their patients following stroke. A panel discussion will follow.

Nursing Stream Returns to the 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress

Two sessions targeted to nurses working in stroke care have been added to the 2017 program on Saturday, September 9th:

  • Nursing in this Era of New Acute Stroke Care – featuring Debbie Summers, Nurse Scientist from St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. MO, discussing Hyperacute Care – Keeping Up with the New Paradigm;  and Theresa Green, QUT School of Nursing, Brisbane, Australia will explore Transition of Stroke Care – A Tale of Two Cities.
  • Nursing Workshops:
    • Stroke ABCs: Stroke Types and Imaging, featuring presentations on Bedside Evaluation for Acute Ischemic Stroke – Understanding Stroke Syndromes by Melanie Penn and Understanding Stroke Anatomy and Brain Imaging by Dawn Tymianski.
    • Nursing Leadership in Advancing Stroke Systems, featuring presentations on
    • Overcoming Challenges and Barriers In Patient Transitions of Care by Theresa Green
    • Innovation in Engaging Bedside Nurses to Deliver Quality Stroke Care by Rhonda McNicoll-Whiteman
    • Nurses Impacting Patient Rehabilitation and Recovery by Debbie Summers; and
    • Measuring and Improving Efficiency of Acute Stroke Treatment: the QuICR Registry presented by Noreen Kamal.

Late-Breaking Scientific Abstracts

The Canadian Stroke Congress welcomes the submission of late-breaking scientific abstracts or on-going clinical trials from June 1 to June 29, 2017.

Take advantage of EARLY BIRD Registration Rates

Take advantage of our Early Bird rate until July 7th.

Travel & Accommodations

The official Travel Provider for the 2017 Canadian Stroke Congress is Uniglobe Travel.

Please contact Keena Bedley at Uniglobe who will be pleased to assist you with your travel requirements to Congress, via phone at

(905) 212-2527 or 1-800-254-7598 extension 217 or via email at

The host hotels include the Fairmont Palliser and the Calgary Marriott Downtown hotel. Rates are guaranteed until August 16, 2017 subject to availability.

Reserve Now to take advantage of our special rates!

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