Schedule

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SHORT COURSE – WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:10 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.

Land Acknowledgement and Importance of Cultural Safety and Humility – Wanda Whitebird

9:35 a.m. – 9:42 a.m.

Patient & Family Experience – Video from Susan Dowan and Joe Keesickquayash

9:42 a.m. – 10:22 a.m.

Clinical Code Switching – How to Support True Inclusion in Canadian Health Care – Lydia-Joi Marshall

10:22 a.m. – 11:07 a.m.

Introduction to Race, Racism and Anti-Racism – Natasha Aruliah

11:07 a.m. – 11:27 a.m.

Break 1

11:27 a.m. – 11:37 a.m.

Networking Break – Trivia

11:37 a.m. – 12:52 p.m.

International Voices

  • 11:37 a.m. – 11:57 a.m.
    • Representing the under-represented – Clinical Genetics Experience From Pakistan – Fizza Akbar
  • 11:55 a.m. – 12:17 p.m.
    • A glimpse into the Practice of Genetic Counselling in Japan – Eriko Takamine
  • 12:17 p.m. – 12:37 p.m.
    • What can the genetic counsellor do to improve inclusion and engagement of minoritized groups in genomics? – Sasha Henriques
  • 12:37 p.m. – 12:52 p.m.
    • Panel Discussion

12:52 p.m. – 1:33 p.m.

Break 2 – Lunch

1:33 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Patient & Family Experience – Video from the Medina Family

1:40 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

From Disparities to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice: Charting a Path Forward in Genetic Counselling – Lila Aiyar

2:15 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Anti-racism in Action: Racial Justice within Genetic Counselling – Laura Redondo

2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Networking Break – Yoga & New Student/New Grad Mentorship

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Break 3

3:30 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Beyond diversity: creating inclusive and equitable training environments – Nikkola Carmichael

4:05 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

CAGC Board of Directors perspective on current CAGC diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) initiatives – Alessandra Cumming, Emily Fox, Julia Tagoe

4:20 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

ANNUAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE (AEC) – SEPTEMBER 29–OCTOBER 2

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30
ALL TIMES ARE CENTRAL TIME (WINNIPEG TIME)

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Keynote: Laughter is the Best Medicine – SickBoy

10:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break – Student/New Grad Mentorship

10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Break 1

10:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

The Psychological Impact of Living with Diagnostic Confusion in Cardiology: A Personal Account – Harriet Druker

11:50 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Lived Experiences, Identity Development, and Adaptation in Adolescents with Genetic Conditions – Tasha Wainstein

12:15 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Break 2

1:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Networking Break – Yoga

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 Oral Abstract Session

  • Saskatchewan’s approach to VUS reinterpretation to improve patient equity and increase molecular diagnoses – Rachel Vanneste
  • Re-analysis of data following clinical exome sequencing provides additional diagnoses – Elisabeth Soubry
  • Evaluating the diagnostic and clinical utility of whole exome sequencing and panel testing in pregnancies with fetal anomalies: a retrospective review – Melissa Cornthwaite
  • Results and experience of private pay hereditary cancer genetic testing and counselling in a Canadian commercial laboratory – Laura Hunnisett

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Poster Session

  • Cross-cultural adaption of the Genetic Counselling Outcome Scale (GCOS-24) for use in Canada: a qualitative study – Laura Redondo
  • Genetic counsellors outside of the Genetics Clinic: Where are we now? – Samantha Rojas
  • Moral distress and its contribution to burnout among genetic counsellors – Rebecca Hough
  • Improved diagnostic yield in comprehensive inherited retinal disorders panel due to NGS based copy number variant analysis and specialized RPGR ORF15 sequencing – Madhulatha Pantrangi
  • Inherited bone marrow failure syndromes: A retrospective review of genetic testing – Allison Sluyters
  • A liquid biopsy approach for retinoblastoma – Jaime Jessen
  • Case Report – Miles Douglas Thompson
  • Strategies to Improve SOD1 variant interpretation – Luke Drury
  • Evaluating performance and diagnostic utility of next-generation sequencing-based panel testing in 543 patients with suspected skeletal dysplasia – Alicia Scocchia
  • Update on Genetic Testing for Primary Immunodeficiencies – Christine Davies
  • Bi-allelic variants in two different PEX genes cause an intermediate Zellweger Spectrum Disorder phenotype – Stephanie Pinho
  • Clinical utility of rapid exome-based testing in the prenatal period – Christèle du Souich
  • Single gene non-invasive prenatal testing for couples at risk for recessive disorders: an analysis of attitudes and personal utility – Debra Watkins
  • Pregnancy outcomes of blastocysts reported as mosaic following genetic counselling after preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidies (PGT-A) – Claire Bascuñana

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Break 3

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Media Training: Navigating the media: Establishing controlled, positive coverage and a reputation as an industry expert  – Doris Kaufmann Woodcock

5:00 p.m. – 5:02 p.m.

Closing Remarks

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Virtual Soiree


FRIDAY OCTOBER 1
ALL TIMES ARE CENTRAL TIME (WINNIPEG TIME)

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:10 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

CAGC Presidential Address – Alessandra Cumming

9:40 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

CAGC Award Presentations

9:50 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Legal Recognition of Genetic Counsellors: The Road Less Travelled – Ma’n Zawati

10:20 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Development of policies and procedures for managing conflicts of interest for the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors – Nathalie Bolduc, Louise Ringuette

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Break 1

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Oral Abstract Session

  • Exploring barriers in the admission process for genetic counselling Master’s degree programs – Laura Zahavich
  • “It’s made me who I am”: The experiences of adolescent siblings of children with genetic conditions – Julia Heaton
  • Parents’ perspectives, experiences and need for support when communicating with their children about the psychiatric manifestations of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q) – Courtney Cook
  • “I know it’s a gray issue”: Patient experiences and attitudes towards family-mediated cascade testing and alternative approaches for inherited arrhythmia conditions – Amy Ho
  • Psychological adaptation to a positive predictive genetic test result for arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy – Celine Gill
  • The British Columbia Hereditary Cancer Follow-up Initiative (HCFI): A Provincial Approach to Providing Support to People Living with Hereditary Cancer Syndromes – Pardeep Kaurah

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Break 2

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Building Bridges to a Better Education: A Joint Approach to Training Medical Genetics Residents – Alison Castle, Claire Goldsmith, Joanna Lazier

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Poster Session

  • Patient experience of a gynecologic oncology initiated genetic testing model for women with tubo-ovarian cancer – Michaela Bercovitch Sadinsky
  • Cancer patients’ preferences for incidental genomic sequencing results – Salma Shickh
  • Pan-Cancer genetic counseling triage: Expect the unexpected. – Guillermo Pacheco-Cuellar
  • Carrier screening clinical utility: where do you draw the line? – Hana Sroka
  • Genetic stigmatization and its effect on marriageability in the Orthodox Jewish community, as perceived by matchmakers – Renee Hofstedter
  • Benefits of vitamin D dependent rickets type 1 neonatal screening in a founder population – Carol-Ann Fortin
  • Genetics Adviser: The development and usability testing of a new patient-centered digital health application to support clinical genomic testing – Rita Kodida
  • Genetic counselling for whole genome sequencing and SARS-CoV-2 antibody results in COVID-19 positive individuals: GENCOV study Canada – Selina Casalino
  • A prospective evaluation of the diagnostic utility of clinical exome sequencing in patients with suspected genetic disease in Ontario and Alberta – Alexandre White-Brown
  • Understanding the experience and impact of receiving incidental findings from genome-wide sequencing – Faith Cheung
  • Validation of a mitochondrial genome assay and the resulting diagnostic yield of its analysis in over 6000 patients – Julie Hathaway
  • Genetic assessment for hereditary hearing loss including difficult-to-sequence regions – Kim Gall
  • Exploring perceived barriers to diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care in vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – Charlotte Cowan
  • Outcome of 1500 matches through the Matchmaker Exchange for rare disease gene discovery: the 2-year experience of Care4Rare Canada – Matthew Osmond

3:30 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Networking Break – Trivia & Student/New Grad Mentorship

3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Break 3

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Could It be Autism? – Tony Attwood

5:00 p.m. – 5:02 p.m.

Closing Remarks


SATURDAY OCTOBER 2

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

Opening Remarks

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Genetic Testing Gatekeepers? Expanding access, providing support and empowering non-genetics clinicians to appropriately order genetic tests – Carly Pouchet, Jenna Scott, Rachel Vanneste

10:10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Networking Break

10:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Break

10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Integrating genetic counsellors into primary care: the Stepwise Process of Integration – Caitlin Slomp

11:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Growth of private pay genetic counselling and testing services in Canada: Can we responsibly navigate these uncharted waters? – Laura Palma

12:00 p.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Break

CAGC CONFERENCE ADJOURNED



Please note: Speakers were selected to present based on their area of expertise; however, the opinions of the speakers are not necessarily reflective of the opinions of the CAGC.