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CPS is a proud Chapter of

IASP Global Year 2019 Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable


CPS: Better Care, Less Pain, More Gain. 

The Canadian Pain Society is a society of scientists and health professionals who have a vested interest in pain research and management. 

As a chapter of the IASP, the CPS supports the treatment of pain as a basic human right and is currently advocating for a Canadian National Pain Strategy.


Thank you!

Thank you to all those who made our 40th Annual Scientific Meeting such a huge success! To view photos of the event, please click HERE.

Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor announces the establishment of the Canadian Pain Task Force

The Task Force will provide insight on how to better prevent, treat and manage chronic pain

TORONTOApril 3, 2019 /CNW/ - Approximately one in five Canadians currently experiences chronic pain. Chronic pain has significant impacts on an individual's physical and mental health, often preventing them from undertaking everyday activities.

Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced the establishment of the Canadian Pain Task Force at the Canadian Pain Society's 40th Annual Scientific Meeting in Toronto. The Canadian Pain Task Force will help the Government of Canada to address the barriers that may prevent people with chronic pain from receiving the health services they need.

The Minister committed to exploring options for the creation of a national pain task force following a roundtable discussion on chronic pain with clinicians, researchers and people living with chronic pain at the 2018 Opioid Symposium in Toronto. During the discussion, members of the chronic pain community shared the long-standing challenges they face related to stigma and access to treatment. They also emphasized that the response to the opioid crisis was exacerbating these challenges, by contributing to stigmatizing attitudes and behaviours around opioid prescribing and use, and inconsistencies in access to treatment services.

The eight-member Task Force includes advocates who have lived experience with chronic pain, as well as researchers and health providers who have experience preventing and managing pain. Dr. Fiona Campbell, President of the Canadian Pain Society and Anesthesiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and Ms. Maria Hudspith, founding Executive Director of Pain BC, will co-chair the group. They will work with an independent advisory panel and will consult with stakeholders and governments across the country over the course of the next three years to:

  • Assess how chronic pain is currently addressed in Canada;
  • Identify best practices to prevent and manage chronic pain; and
  • Disseminate their findings to facilitate the implementation of these practices across the country.

The Task Force will submit three reports to Health Canada to reflect each of these three objectives, with the first report due in June 2019.

Other federal government departments and agencies are also engaged in this work and interested in the advice and evidence that the Task Force will provide, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Indigenous Services Canada and Veterans Affairs Canada for which funding was announced in Budget 2019 to set up a Centre of Excellence on Chronic Pain Research for veterans.

The creation of this Task Force is an important step toward addressing the concerns and challenges faced by people who live with chronic pain and toward improving health outcomes for Canadians. By bringing together health providers, pain researchers, and individuals living with chronic pain and their families and caregivers, Health Canada aims to promote greater understanding and awareness of the issues related to chronic pain management in CanadaREAD MORE

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The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor to address the CPS Annual Scientific Meeting

We're delighted to announce that the Federal Minister for Health will address the Canadian Pain's Society 40th Annual Scientific Meeting at 8:30 am on Wednesday, April 3rd. 

For more information about the the ASM, click HERE.

Online Registration is Closed 

Registrations after March 28th will take place onsite from 4:00pm Tuesday, April 2, through to 10:00am Friday, April 5th at the Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen Street West (Lower Concourse Level)

Annual Scientific Meeting: Accreditation Announcement

The Canadian Pain Society is pleased to announce the following CPD Hours for our ASM: 

College of Family Physicians of Canada – Mainpro+: a CERT+ ID# 189615-002
This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up to 15 Mainpro+ credits.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. You may claim a maximum of 15 hours.

For more information about ASM registration and Agenda, click HERE

In celebration of International Women's Day we are proud to showcase the 180 Women who will be presenting at this year's Annual Scientific Meeting! 

Abi Muere, MSc, Adria Fransson, BHScPT, Alexandra Gilbert, BSc,Alexandra M Reda, MD (2021), Ali Khatibi, PhD, Alice Bruneau, BSc, Alison Crawford, MSc, Alix Cagnin, MScA, Allison McPeak, MPH, Allison Verge, BSc, MD Candidate (2021), Amitabh Gulati, MD, Anaïs Lacasse, PhD, Andrea Aternal, BSc, Andrea Furlan, MD PhD, Angela Mailis, MD MSc FRCPC, Anna BendasAnni Fan, MSc Candidate, Ariane Ballard, RN, PhD(c), Barbara Gunka, BScN, Beverly Thorn, PhD, ABPP, Brianna Richardson, PhD (Nursing Trainee), Brigitte Kieffer, PhD, Brittany Rosenbloom, MSc, MA, Cara Nania, BA (Hons), Carla Rumeo, BSc Honours Psychology, Carley Ouellette, RN, BScN, MSc Student, Carol McNair, RN(EC), MN, PhD(c), NNP-BC, NP-Pediatrics, Caroline Arbour, RN, PhD, Catherine E Ferland, PhD, Catherine Paré, BSc,Celia Cassiani, MSc, Céline Gélinas, RN, PhD, Cheryl Hutflesz, BScN, MN, RN (EC), NP, Chloé Martineau-Lessard, BSc, Christine Chambers, PhD, Chrystelle El-Khoury, DEC, Churmy Fan, PhD candidate, Claire Arbitre, MD, Colleen Donder, BScPharm, Dawn Richards, PhD, Deanna Befus, PhD, RN, Dominika Bhatia, BSc, Dyana Castillo, BSc (Hons), Eleni Hapidou, PhD,Elizabeth Logan, RN(EC), MN, Eloise Carr, BSc(RN), MSc, PhD, Erica EhmErika GentileFiona Campbell, BSc, MD, FRCA, Fiona Schulte, PhD, Fiona Webster, PhD, Gabriela Ioachim, MSc,Geraldine Martorella, PhD, Hannah Gennis, MA, PhD Student, Heather Buckingham, MSW,Helene Bertrand, MD, CM, CCFP, Irina Kudrina, BSc (med), MDCM, MSc(c), Jaimie Beveridge, BA, Janet Rossant PhD, CC, FRS, FRSC, Javeria Ali Hashmi, Bpharmacy, MSc, PhD, Jennifer A Chandler, BSc, JD, LLM, Jennifer Fazzari, BSc, PhD, Jennifer Nash, BHSc (Hon), DC, Jennifer Stinson, RN-EC, PhD, CPNP, Ji Zhang, MD, PhD, Jillian Vinall, PhD, Jocelyn M Powers, BSc (Hons), Jordana Waxman, MSc, MA, Joy MacDermid, PT PhD, Joyce Lee, RN(EC), MN, Judy Watt-Watson, RN, MSc, PhD, Karen D Davis, PhD, FCAHS, Kate Wahl, BSc, Katherine Fretz, MSc, Katherine Halievski, PhD, Kathryn A Birnie, PhD RPsych, Kathy Xie, BScH(Hons) student,Kaytlin Constantin, MA, Kimberly R Edwards, PhD, Krista Baerg, BSN, MD, FRCPC, Kristen Jastrowski Mano, PhD, Laila Chaudhry, BS, Lana Barry, Med, Lara Genik, MA, Laura Katz, PhD, CPsych, Laura Murphy, PharmD, Laura Rayner, RN MN, Laura S Stone, PhD, Léa Proulx-Bégin, PhD Student, Leah Shafran Topaz, Li Wang, PhD, Lindsay Louise Richter, MSc, Lindsey Yessick, MSc, Ling Lia, MD, Lisa Robinson, MD, FRCP(C), Lisbet Haglund, PhD, Lise Dassieu, PhD, Lori Montgomery, MD CCFP FCFP, Lynn R Gauthier, PhD, M Gabrielle Pagé, PhD, Maham Zain,Mandy Li, MSc, Manon DefayeMaral Tajarian, PhD, Maria Hudspith, MA, Maria Pavlova, MSc,Mariana Bueno, PhD, Marie-Eve Martel, PhD(c), Marisha Burdeb, MD, Martha G Lopez-Canul, PhD, Mary E Lynch, MD FRCPC, Maryam Ghodrati, BScPT, MScPT, PhD student, Matilda Nowakowski, PhD, Maxime St-Georges, Hon BHSc, Melissa Richard-Lalonde, N, MSc, Melita Giummarra, PhD, Michaela Patton, BS, Michelle Biehl, BHSc, MSc, Michelle Gagnon, PhD,Miranda DiLorenzo, MA, Monakshi Sawhney, NP(Adult), PhD, Monica O'Neill, MA, Monica Parry, MEd, MSc, PhD, NP-Adult, Myriam Asri, BScN, RN, Health Admin MSc, Nancy Carnide, PhD,Natalia LopezNatasha Orr, MSc, Neha Thakur, BDS, Master of dental sciences(Thesis), Nicole E MacKenzie, Med, Nicole M Alberts, PhD, Nida Mustafa, BSc, MHSc, PhD Candidate, Noosha Yousefpour, MSc, Oana Bucsea, BSc, Oladayo Oladiran, PhD Candidate, Orit Zamir, MSc, MD, FRCPC, Pamela Holens, PhD, Perri Tutelman, BHSc (Honours), Phichaporn Upho, Doctor of Medicine, Rachel Lee, BHSc (Hons), Rachel Moline, MA, Rebecca Lewinson, BSc, Rebecca Pillai Riddell, PhD, Ruth E Grunau, PhD, S Fatima Lakha, PhD, Sabrina Bouferguene, BA, Salima S J Ladak, BScN, MN, PhD, Samah Hassan, PhD candidate, Samantha Locke, BSc, Mres, Samar Khoury, PhD, Sandra Poulson, MA, MA, BS, Santana Diaz, MD, MSc student, Sarah Sheffe, BA, MScOT, OT Reg (Ont), Sarasa Tohyama, BSc, Satya Sardonicus, Doctor of Chiropractic, Shahrzad Ghazisaeidi, PhD Candidate, Shannon Tansley, BSc, PhD Candidate, Shaunattonie Henry, RN, MN, MAEd PhD Student, Shaylea Badovinac, MA, Sheila O'Keefe-McCarthy, RN BScN MN PhD,Shelly-Anne Li, MSc, Shirin Modarresi, MSc, PhD candidate, Shokoufeh Modanloo, PhD(C), Siv Skarstein, Assosiated Professor, Somayyeh Mohammadi, PhD, Susan Tupper, PT, PhD, Tania Di RennaTara Packham, PhD, OTReg (Ont), Terry K Borsook, PhD, Tessa Wihak, MA, Tiffany Got, BSc, Valentina Mihajlovic, BSc (Hons), Vered Valeria Latman, MA, Veronique GagnonVicky Fournier, PGY4 Anesthesiology, Whitney Scott, PhD, Xin Tong, MSc, Yalinie Kulandaivelu, HBSc,Yesmine Krid, MSc, Zakir Uddin, PhD, Zoha Deldar, PhD candidate 

Don't miss the opportunity to hear from these accomplished women! Join us, and them, April 2 - 5 at our 40th Annual Scientific Meeting. 

Interprofessional Pain Management Special Interest Group's Pre-Meeting Workshop:

“How to navigate difficult conversations about pain: Interprofessional perspectives, strategies and skills for daily practice”

Tuesday April 2nd, 2019 | 1:00 - 5:00pm

Cost: $50

The Interprofessional Pain Management SIG strives to support evidence-based care from a biopsychosocial and interprofessional perspective. As an extension of the Interprofessional Pain Management SIG, this workshop will focus on providing attendees with new knowledge and applied skills related to navigating difficult conversations about pain from an interprofessional perspective.

Workshop speakers include Dr. Timothy H. Wideman, PT, PhD; Dr. Judy Watt-Watson, RN, PhD; Dr. Rebecca McDermott, C.Psych, PhD, and Dr. Stephen Henry, MD, MSc. The overarching purpose of this workshop is to bring together a diverse group of professionals with an interest in pain to engage in a day of interprofessional learning and networking. We hope to see you there!

Join us for our pre-ASM Workshop!  Click HERE for more information and to register. 

CPS Announces Inaugural Women in Learning & Leadership Session

Join us Thursday, April 4th as we launch our WILL program with three outstanding speakers: Janet Rossant PhD, CC, FRS, FRSC, Lisa Robinson MD, FRCP(C) and Jim Woodgett PhD

WILL has been established to provide a platform to inform, inspire, and promote women in academic, research, clinical, and policy environments related to the field of pain.  We also encourage men to be engaged in this platform to raise awareness and perspectives for/from men. Click HERE for more information.

2019 ASM Agenda
Click the button below to view our incredible roster of speakers!

Congratulations to Our First Round Award Winners!

Distinguished Career Award Dr. Karen Davis (University of Toronto, Krembil Research Institute) 
Early Career Award
Dr. Loren Martin (University of Toronto)
Outstanding Pain Mentorship Award Dr. Ruth Grunau (Alberta Children's Hospital)
Distinguished Service Award Dr. Ken Craig (University of British Columbia)

We are now Accepting Round Two Award Application. Click here for more details!


CPS wishes to partner with organizations that see a direct benefit in promoting shared values of professionalism and competency-based education. CPS sees a need to advocate on behalf of patients with acute and chronic pain by bringing together basic scientists and health professionals of various disciplines who have an interest in pain research and management.

Partnering and exhibiting during out Annual Scientific Meeting will expose your organization to the work and research being conducted by professionals and scientists across the field, and across the country. Partners increase their profile and leverage an improved return on their investment. Click below to explore the various options CPS has to offer.