June 20 to 22, 2023

DoubleTree by Hilton, Montreal, Quebec

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.

Pre-Conference Workshops: 

All workshops will be held in person on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Here is a look at our pre-conference workshop line-up. Register early to secure your spot.

Blending lived experiences and psychosocial theorizing: Toward co-design of patient decision aids in genetic cancer risk assessment
Featuring: Kelly Kohut, Lesley Turner, Dr Mary Jane Espen 

Nutritional oncology in action: Understanding patients’ dietary and eating-related issues through interactive discussions and live cooking
Featuring: Amy Symington

Experience Mapping 101: Connecting human-centered design to value-based cancer care solutions
Featuring: Eva Villalba, Bonnie Tang

Cultural realities in cancer care: Understanding the current state and exploring hopes for the future
Featuring: Tiffany T. Hill, Param Gill, Cheryl Heykoop


$150 each per person (no tax) – open to members and non-members.


Franck Louesdon

Introduction to a co-design journey

The objective of the talk is to introduce concepts of co-design and co-creation. How to define it and what are the particularities compared to other existing approaches. Then, we will discuss the key steps of a co-design process and its visible or collateral impacts. Finally, we will analyze how to start this type of process and the link with existing approaches in the world of health. Examples from various environments will be taken to inspire the audience.



Catherine Wilhelmy

Thinking big: Toward cancer care systems where patient-provider/researcher co-design is front and center

Patient partnership can be expressed on many levels in health care, from the individual level of being a valued member of the care team, to optimizing care with a medical establishment’s quality improvement department, all the way to policy-making involvement, medical training and research. At all these levels, co-designing with people with lived experience makes all the difference between patient centricity and true patient partnership. This talk will describe some concrete examples of successful co-designing initiatives between patients, health care professionals and researchers. The psychosocial impact on patient partners of codesign solutions in oncology will also be addressed. 


Robin Urquhart

Improving cancer care through co-design: an opportunity not to be wasted! 

This talk will discuss the process and value of engaging multiple stakeholders, including patients and families, in co-design of cancer system programs, services, and resources. Examples of co-design projects in psychosocial oncology will be provided to highlight key considerations, benefits, outcomes of bringing together different stakeholders to improve care and supports for people diagnosed with cancer. 

Dr. Robin Urquhart is an Associate Professor and the Canadian Cancer Society (Nova Scotia Division) Endowed Chair in Population Cancer Research in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, with cross-appointments in the Department of Surgery and Division of Medical Education, at Dalhousie University. She is a Senior Scientist with the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute and an Affiliate Scientist at Nova Scotia Health.


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