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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