This conference brings together key stakeholders including multidisciplinary professionals from nursing, psychology, psychiatry, social work, spiritual care, nutrition, medicine, rehabilitation medicine, occupational health and radiation therapy for both adult and pediatric populations.  Together, we seek to explore, share, learn and discuss psychosocial and physical aspects of cancer. Participants include clinicians, researchers, educators in cancer care, and community-based organizations and patient representatives. Patients, caregivers and family members are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts that speak to their role in managing cancer experiences and care.

Keynote Speakers:

Eva Villalba, MBA

Directrice générale / Executive Director

Coalition priorité cancer au Québec / Quebec Cancer Coalition

Eva Villalba is the Executive Director of the Quebec Cancer Coalition, a non-profit patient advocacy group dedicated to improving the Quebec health-care system for people affected by cancer.  Since 2008, she has been involved in health-care charities, advocacy groups and non-profits. Learn more...

Desiree A.H. Walker

Health Educator and Coach, Patient Advocate

At the age of 38, Desirée A.H. Walker was diagnosed with breast cancer, which recurred at age 47. For many who have had to fight breast cancer, Desirée serves as an advocate for patients by openly speaking about her diagnoses to audiences nationally and internationally. The core of her message is to encourage patients to truly know their body and feel empowered to steward self, mind, body and soul. Learn more...

Patrick Sullivan

Chair of the Board of Childhood Cancer Canada

Patrick Sullivan is a passionate childhood cancer advocate, and Chair of the Board of Childhood Cancer Canada and one of the founders of the Team Finn Foundation. 

Patrick became an advocate after his twin son Finn was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma in 2007 and heard the word “incurable” for the first time in May 2008.  His desire to make a change in cancer research is in part an effort to pay an un-payable debt to his son Finn and to Change the Stories of other Finn’s. Learn more...

Pre-Conference Workshops

1. Delivering Community Cancer Supportive Programs in the Virtual Space (90-minutes)

Presenter: Katie Jacobs

2. Managing fear of cancer recurrence in cancer survivors and caregivers with the Fear of Recurrence Therapy (FORT) group therapy (150-minutes)

Presenters: Dr. Sophie Lebel, Dr. Christine Maheu

3. Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Advocacy-how do we address the issue of late diagnosis? (90-minutes)

Presenter: Lorna Larsen

4. Enhancing access to cancer care and meeting the palliative care needs of Indigenous Peoples (90-minutes)

Presenter: Holly Prince

5. Student/Trainee workshop: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Cancer Research and Psychosocial Oncology Practices


Presenters:  Samar Attieh, Lauren Rochelle Barron Squires, Tristan Bilash (He/Him)



Join us on June 9 at 6 p.m. EDT for an evening of talk and trivia with Brian, Jeremie and Taylor.

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