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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.




May 19-22, 2020

Calgary, Alberta

Conference Registration Opening Soon!

Support our 41st Annual Scientific Meeting – Calgary 2020

CPS wishes to work 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.

Supporting and exhibiting during our Annual Scientific Meeting will expose your organization to the professionals and scientists across the pain management field, and across the country. Supporters benefit from increasing their profile with our attendees. CLICK HERE to explore the various options CPS has to offer.


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July 18, 2019 – Vancouver, BC – Pain BC and the Canadian Pain Society welcome the first report by the Canadian Pain Task Force, released to the public today by Health Canada. The report assesses the current state of chronic pain care, education and research in Canada and highlights the profound impact of chronic pain on Canadians. It notes the disparities in health care available to people with pain across the country and calls for policy coordination and resources to address existing gaps and inequities, and to improve care for all Canadians with pain.

Highlights of the report include:

  • There is a global consensus that chronic pain is a significant chronic disease in its own right and as such, needs concerted attention. This is not reflected in the current state in Canada.
  • Care for chronic pain is largely dependent on where people live and what type of insurance coverage they have.
  • People living with chronic pain need better access to a range of treatment services beyond medication, including psychological support, physical therapies, integrated healthcare services, and others.
  • There is a clear deficit in education of health professionals in the causes, types, underlying mechanisms, and effects of pain, as well as how best to treat it.
  • Efforts to reduce the number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Canada have had significant consequences on chronic pain patients, including increased stigma and reduced access to treatment. For some patients, it has also resulted in inappropriate prescribing practices such as abrupt stoppage of opioids or tapering without consideration of the risks associated with withdrawal or the medical needs of patients.
  • Data and evidence need to be improved to make more informed decisions on individual treatment, health system change, and policy.


Dear CPS Members,

It is with heavy hearts that we write about the dissolution of the American Pain Society (APS).

On behalf of the CPS Board of Directors and Senior Leadership, we extend our sympathies regarding the situation, and express admiration and appreciation for the work that continues to be done by our colleagues in the United States.

The pain community is a close-knit one and while we feel the loss of the APS keenly, we also know that the relationships forged between colleagues across the border will continue to flourish.

As we move forward in this new landscape, it’s important to recognize that it’s our collective voice that creates real impact.  While the primary focus of the CPS is the Canadian landscape, we will continue to value the expertise and knowledge of all contributors to the pain community worldwide.

We would also like to take this opportunity to reassure our CPS members that the folding of the APS (under U.S. Chapter 7 bankruptcy) has no direct financial, or other, repercussions on our Society.  CPS remains an active Society and a proud chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

Thank you for your membership in CPS and your support of our community. Working together is what allows us to improve pain care in Canada and live up to our motto: “Better Care, Less Pain, More Gain”.


The CPS Board of Directors & Senior Leadership


2020 CPS ASM Keynote Speakers Announced! 

We are delighted to announce the following Keynote Speakers for our 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting: 

Dr. David BennettMary Ellen Jeans Lecture Keynote

Dr. Sarah E. Ross, Plenary Keynote

Dr. Sean Mackey, Plenary Keynote

Watch this space for further announcements. 

CPS 41st Annual Scientific Meeting: May 19 - 22, 2020, Calgary, Alberta


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

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. 


In celebration of International Women's Day 2019 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 


Congratulations to Our 2019 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)