2022 CANNT Conference

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Preliminary Program

Check out the Conference Schedule – more details to come soon!

Registration is now open!

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Room Block now open!

CANNT has reserved a room block at the Sheraton Hotel with a preferred rate

Meet the 2022 Planning Committee

Looking forward to seeing you in Hamilton!

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

Exhibit spaces are still available!

2022 Planning Committee

Luke Adamcewicz
Melanie Ball
Jeff Bellenie
Yolanda Berghegen
Sharon Kostiloff
Jennifer Latulippe
Alicia Moonesar
Denis Rabbat
Lisa Robertson
Dianne Yeboah

Hotel & Conference Venue

Conference Room Block: Sheraton Hamilton Hotel

The Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists (CANNT/ACITN) is excited to have a room block at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel.  Enviably located in downtown Hamilton, our hotel offers guests intimate access to the city’s premier attractions.  Please Directly connected our conference venue – the Hamilton Convention Centre.

Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
116 King Street West
Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3


Did you know that your choice of hotel for the CANNT National Conference has a direct impact on the association? Although we understand that making your reservations outside of the CANNT block can sometimes be more economical, it may cause the association to have to pay a penalty for unbooked rooms within the contracted room block, which over time will result in higher conference registration fees. Please assist CANNT by making your hotel reservation in the official conference block at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel.

Preliminary Program

Meet our MC!

CANNT is excited to announce Mark Matthews will be the CANNT MC!

Mark Matthews stepped on stage to compete in the Funniest Person in Hamilton Contest in 1987. Out of 15 comics, he placed dead last. The next year he returned to win the contest and performed in New York City at Catch a Rising Star and The Comic Strip – two of Manhattan’s premier comedy clubs.

Performing for and hosting to support charities too numerous to list over 33 years, Mark has directly raised funds for: The Canadian Kidney Foundation, Autism Ontario, the ALS society, MS Society, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and many more. A former dialysis patient and kidney transplant recipient, Mark is the co-founder and producer of the annual Komedy for Kidneys Gala which has raised over $85,000.00 to date for Dialysis Patient Care in Niagara.

Mark will keep us on track throughout the CANNT Conference, and will close the conference with “Koping with Komedy” – a touching and humorous reflection on two modalities (PD and Hemo) and the transplant experience from the patient’s point of view.

Preliminary Program Schedule

0700-0800 Registration and Continental Breakfast
0800-0830 Opening Remarks 
0830-1000 Opening Keynote – Dr Zayna Khayat, VP of Client Success & Growth, Teladoc Health, Canada

Due partly to technology and changing user expectations, healthcare is transitioning from a 19th-century institution that treated illness in hospitals, to a system that puts the power back into people’ hands. This has direct implications for all citizens, and not just the many million people who work in healthcare. From the experts developing innovative digital health tools today, to the young Canadians who will one day step into health-related jobs we haven’t dreamed of yet, the future of health will look nothing like its bricks-and-mortar past. It’s time for public institutions and the private sector to reimagine how healthcare will be organized, financed and delivered in years to come.

Join us to hear Dr. Zayna Khayat, a healthcare future strategist and VP at Teladoc Health, discuss the future of health(care).  With a long track record for healthcare innovation, Dr. Khayat brings powerful perspective, and insights into what citizens, care providers, and policy-makers must do today to future proof for tomorrow.

1000-1015 Refreshment Break
1015-1215 Workshop: Staying Connected: Helping you Manage Multiple Patients with a Few Clicks!
Presented by:
Dr Alba Marin, Nephrology – Biomedical Engineering, Medical Scientific Liaison – Renal Care, Baxter Healthcare
Lisa Mandziak, RN, PD Clinical Consultant Ontario
Roxanne Krystia, RN, PD Clinical Consultant Ontario
Susan McMurray, RN, PD Clinical Consultant Ontario
Learning Objectives:

  1. Review current research on Remote Patient management and how it can provide greater insights into your patients therapy and improve your workflow
  2. Review case studies and best practices from across Canada using remote management
1215-1300 Lunch
1300-1400 Plenary – COVID-19 for Renal/Transplant Patients – What Providers and Patients Need to Know

Presented by

Dr Zain Chagla, Infectious Diseases Physician and Medical director of Infection Control, St. Joseph’s Healthcare; Associate Professor, McMaster University, Hamilton


Learning Objectives:

  1. To review vaccinations for dialysis and transplant patients
  2. To review other prevention options for patient groups
  3. How to approach treatment for patients
1400-1445 Concurrent Sessions 1A – 1D
1A   The Effects of a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 8-week Course on Nephrology Nurses’ Levels of Self-Compassion, Burnout, and Resilience
Presented by Jacqueline Crandall,RN(EC), PhD, CNeph(C),London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON
1B   Lived Experiences of Transplant Journey: Learning from Patients and Families
Presented by Danielle Fox, MSN, RN, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
1C   Empowering Patients through Shared Care/Self -Cannulation
Presented by Lilla Ploszaj, RN CNeph(C), SHN, Scarborough, ON
1D   The Role of the Renal Perfusionist
Presented by Jeffrey Bellenie, Senior Technologist, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, ON
1500-1545 Concurrent Sessions 2A – 2D
2A   The Collaborative Practice Approach of SLED Treatments in an ICU Setting
Presented by Sivanathan Kanthasamy, RN, UHN, Brampton, ON
2B   Being a Pancreas is Hard Work! Diabetes Management in the Post Renal Transplant Setting
Presented by Allison B. Roberts & Nevin Navodia
2C   What is Wrong with this Picture: The Hemodialysis Patient feels Faint, yet the Blood Pressure is Elevated?
Presented by Judy Ukrainetz, RN, Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, AB
2D   Immunosuppressant Medications for Glomerulonephritis
Presented by Alison Shipley, pharmacist, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton ON
1545-1600 Transition Break
1600-1645 Concurrent Sessions 3A – 3D
3A   Introducing a Coaching Program to Optimize Resiliency and Agility peri- and post-pandemic to Renal Staff: An Advanced Practice Fellowship
Presented by Julie Ann Lawrence, Nurse Practitioner, London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON
3B   Long Term Outcomes after Kidney Donation
Presented by Richard Hae, MD, Transplant Nephrology Fellow, McMaster University
3C   Collective Consensual Analysis: Sharing learning and insights from an Indigenous Kidney Health   Research Initiative
Presented by Mary Smith, Nurse Practitioner, Assistant Professor, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
Vanessa, Silva e Silva, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Brock University, St. Catherines, ON
Jovina Bachynski, PhD Student, Nurse Practitioner, Queen’s University, Kingston,ON
3D   Home Hemodialysis Technology
Presented by Jeffrey Bellenie, Senior Technologist, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, ON
1645-1845 Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall
1845  Evening Activity: Ghost Tour in Downtown Hamilton
Join us for a haunted tour of Downtown Hamilton! The ghost walk stops at landmarks like the Royal Connaught, Right House, Hamilton Place, St. Paul’s Church and the Gothic Pigott Building.

Featuring colourful women spirits and a hidden haunted mansion. Plus, how a caretaker’s love for his building defied death. Proof theatres are more haunted, and dark history of the Gore Park Fountain.

Experience the haunted city in a spooky way! Tickets are available online when you register for the Conference.

0630-0730 Rise and Shine! Morning Wellness Yoga with Shripal Parikh
0730-0830 Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
0830-0900 Sponsor Recognition and Award Presentations
0900-1000 Worth Revisiting: Perennial Ethical Challenges in day-to-day Nephrology Care
Presented by Jamie Robertson, Healthcare Ethicist, Centre for Clinical Ethics, Unity Health Toronto
In the decades since kidney replacement therapies have become mainstream in North America, certain ethical challenges have become common in nephrology care. In this interactive and case-driven session three such challenging situations will be revisited: patient nonadherence, aggression, and continuation of treatment when it has become overly burdensome. In the absence of easily replicable resolutions to these kinds of issues, this session will examine the complex background against which these circumstances arise. And, it will ask whether—instead of seeing these challenging clinical situations as essentially isolated events—attempting to identify shared underlying and contributing factors might inspire different kinds of creative responses or preventive measures.
1000-1100 Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
1100-1145 Concurrent Sessions 4A – 4D
4A   Cultural Sensitivity Indiginous Community
Presented by Michelle Thomas, Indigenous Author & Educator, Six Nations of the Grand River, ON
4B   The Dark Side of Transplant: Organ Trafficking and Forced Organ Harvesting
Presented by Ali Iqbal, MD, FRCPC, Transplant Nephrologist, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton; Assistant Professor, McMaster University, Hamilton ON
4C   Implementation of a new Hemodialysis Central Venous Catheter dysfunction and Administration of Cathflo® (Alteplase) Protocol
Presented by Leora Wanounou, NP, Unity Health Toronto, Toronto, ON
Kathleen McIntosh, RN, Unity Health Toronto, Toronto, ON
Sadie Webster, RN, Unity Health Toronto, Toronto, ON
Elizabeth Poisson, RN, Unity Health Toronto, Toronto, ON
4D   Introduction to Geriatric Nephrology: Improving Care for Our Elderly Patients
Presented by Meera Joseph, MD, FRCPC, Assistant Professor, McMaster University, Hamilton ON
1145-1245 Lunch in Exhibit Hall
1245-1330 Concurrent Sessions 5A – 5C
5A   Water Treatment: From Out of Line to Online
Presented by Phillip Desroches, Sr. Technical Specialist, Water Service, Baxter and Jason Maahs, Operations Manager, Baxter
5B   An Update on Assisted Peritoneal Dialysis
Presented by Matthew Oliver, MD, MHS, FRCPC, Staff Nephrologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Division Head, Division of Nephrology, Medical Director of Vascular Access and Peritoneal Dialysis; Associate Professor, University of Toronto
5C   Hyperphosphatemia in CKD and Dialysis
Presented by Richa Desai, Dialysis Pharmacist (King Campus), MCKC, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
1330-1400 Refreshment Break and Exhibit Hall Draw Prizes 
1400-1445 Concurrent Sessions 6A – 6E
6A   Getting to Peritoneal Dialysis
Presented by Christian Rabbat, Staff Nephrologist, St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Associate Professor of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
6B   Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Limb Threatening Ischemia
Presented by Oleg Mironov, Lead Interventional Radiologist, St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Associate Professor, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
6C   Understanding CKD-Associated Pruritus: From Physiology to Management
Presented by Alison Thomas, RN(EC), MN, CNeph(C), CDE, Nurse Practitioner, Hemodialysis, Adjunct Lecturer, Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
6D   Beyond the Blood Test: Mental Health Concerns of ESRD Patients and Tips for Frontline Workers
Presented by Tyler Tulloch, Clinical Health Psychologist, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, Hamilton ON
1445-1600 Plenary – The Future of Transplant
1800-2300 Evening of Entertainment – Murder Mystery Dinner
Don’t miss out! The night will begin as the intriguing plot unfolds when suddenly, someone you were just chatting with bites the dust…guests and suspects seated together, motives are revealed and clues discovered throughout a gut-bustlingly funny interrogation, which takes place around your meal… No one is above suspicion! As dessert arrives, you examine the evidence and fill out your Whodunnit ballot.

Tickets are extra and available online when you register for the Conference.

0630-0730 Rise and Shine! Morning Wellness Activity Yoga with Shripal Parikh
0730-0900 Breakfast and CANNT Annual General Meeting
0900-1000 Plenary – Patient Empowerment Panel
Moderator: Craig Kerr, Renal PFAC
Patients: Robin McMullin, Carol Henhawk, Elizabeth Wallace, Stephen Gray
1000-1015 Refreshment Break
1015-1100 Concurrent Sessions 7A – 7D
7A  The Palliative Approach to Renal Care: Navigating on Shifting Ground
Presented by Kathleen Baba Willison, RN, MSc, CHPCN(c), Clinical Nurse Specialist, Palliative Care, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, Associate Member, Division of Palliative Care, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
7B   Living Kidney Donation: The Preferred Treatment Option for CKD Patients
Presented by Wedlyne Pierre, RN, MUHC, Montreal, QC and Patricia Hooker, RN, MUHC, Montreal, QC
7C   Hemodialysis Orientation Week: It Takes a Village
Presented by Jen, Latulippe,RN, MN, CNeph(C), St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton,ON and Tracy, Olson, RN, BScN, CNeph(C), St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, ON
7D   The Older Donor
Presented by Matthew Miller, MD, MSc, FRCPC, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Nephrologist, Medical Lead for Living Kidney Donor Program, McMaster University, Assistant Professor, Medical Foundations 2 Director, Nephrology Residency Program Director, Hamilton, ON
1100-1115 Stretch Break
1115-1200 Concurrent Sessions 8A – 8C
8A   A Multifaceted Peritoneal Dialysis Training Program for Nurses
Presented by Lisa Robertson, RN,St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, ON; Shaguftah Patel, RN,St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, ON; Jessica Gates, RN, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton,ON
8B  Insulin Delivery Through Transplantation – Leave No One Behind
Presented by Andrea Norgate, Transplant Coordinator, UHN, Toronto, ON and Jennifer Dinis, SIK Recipient
8C   The Nurse-Tech Model of Care. The PB & J of Dialysis at St-Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Presented by Ama Ohene-Nyako, Clinical Nephrology Technologist, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
Rebecca LaFrance, Registered Nephrology Technologist, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
1200-1245 Lunch
1245-1330 Concurrent Sessions 9A – 9B
9A   Guiding Best Practice: Routine use of Ultrasound in hemodialysis is important to optimize health, function, and longevity of the AV fistula/graft.
Presented by Christine Morton, Toronto, ON and Rick Luscombe, Vancouver, BC
9B   Etiology and classifying of blood stream infection among dialysis patient who received dialysis at long term care since 2020-2022
Presented by Farahnaz Behrozishad, MN, RN, Humber River Hospital, Toronto, ON
1330-1430 Closing Keynote: Komedy for Kindeys – Mark Matthews
1430-1500 Closing Ceremonies and Passing of Banner to CANNT 2023