Provincial Cancer Care Conference 2022


Strengthening Equity in Cancer Control Together

November 17 and 18, 2022

CancerCare Manitoba invites multidisciplinary health care providers with an interest in oncology to gather in person at the Provincial Cancer Care Conference. This year, the conference focuses on health equity, genitourinary cancers, and on the importance of a resilient, engaged and connected workforce and the key factors that enable and support this.

On Thursday afternoon, an interactive workshop on health equity will be facilitated by Dr. Claire Betker, Scientific Director at the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, and Dr. Sara Goulet, Visionary Lead at KIIKEW, Lead Fly in Program at Ongomiizwin Health Services, University of Manitoba. Dr. Betker will speak to “Equity in Action: Disrupting the status quo, and participants will learn key concepts of equity, intersectionality, and power in the context of social determinants of health. These concepts will be applied to practice, policy and decision making and will be bolstered by resources to support integration in many different roles. Dr. Goulet’s workshop, “Addressing Indigenous Specific Racism in Clinical Practice: Strategies for Optimizing Cancer Care of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples” will emphasize the role of practitioners to operationalize the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action related to health, review cultural safety, and discuss the impacts of racism on the health of Indigenous Peoples in Manitoba.

On Thursday evening, Shannon Gander will deliver the Keynote address “Thriving at Work: The Key Factors for Resilient, Engaged and Connected Teams.” She will explain psychological health and safety in the workplace in addition to top psychosocial factors for recovery after challenging times. Shannon will also invite health care professionals to reflect on integrating psychosocial factors to support collective well-being and work-life balance. Shannon is a Mental Health and Resiliency Strategist and brings over 25 years of consulting with individuals, workplaces, and teams.

The conference sessions on Friday morning will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of genitourinary cancers with perspectives from medical oncology, radiation oncology and urology. Sessions relevant to a variety of disease site groups include optimizing treatment through pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics, infusion reactions, and tele practice. The conference will also present high-quality sessions in the areas of pre-habilitation, fertility, and psychosocial oncology. The conference will also highlight the offering Patient Support Webinars from a First Nations Perspective last fall, an initiative developed by a First Nations-led planning committee and guided by First Nation Knowledge Keeper Chickadee Richard.

Exciting research happening at CancerCare Manitoba Research Institute will be promoted throughout the conference. We will offer a research poster exhibition during Thursday’s evening cocktail reception, highlighting the work of the winners of CancerCare Manitoba’s Research Day. As part of the Friday program,
Dr. Brett Houston, Hematologist, will offer a novel presentation on “Bridging the Gap Between Research and Clinical Care: Expanding Research Opportunities for Patients in Manitoba,” highlighting the goals and vision of the Research Institute, and opportunities for patient involvement.

COVID-19 Safety at the Provincial Cancer Care Conference

Health and safety are our top priorities at the Provincial Cancer Care Conference.

Please self-screen prior to attending and if you're feeling unwell, we ask that you notify your supervisor and not attend the conference. Please note the following safety precautions will be in effect during the conference, Nov. 17-18, 2022:

  • This is a mask-friendly event where masks are not mandatory but are encouraged and will be available if desired.
  • Social distancing is also encouraged during the conference.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided.

 If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact Kira Pavagadhi at or 204-784-0210.

Our continuing partnership with the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation allows us to make this conference possible each year.

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2021 Provincial Cancer Care Conference

Videos from the conference

2020 Provincial Cancer Care Sponsor Videos

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CancerCare Manitoba Board Annual Public Forum

The CancerCare Manitoba Board Annual Public Forum started after Advances in the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Cancers. The forum included a presentation on the Roadmap to Cancer Control for Manitoba by CCMB President and CEO Dr. Sri Navaratnam. View the poster.

Previous Provincial Cancer Care Conferences

For information and presentations from previous Provincial Cancer Care Conferences, please click here.