76th Annual Meeting

October 1 – 3, 2022
The Westin Bayshore Hotel, VANCOUVER, BC


“Planetary Health – Changing the Way We Operate”


Dr. Brian Westerberg, Vancouver, BC Dr. Vincent Lin, Toronto, ON Dr. Frederick Kozak, Vancouver, BC Dr. Melvin Schloss, Montreal, QC Dr. Manohar Bance, Cambridge, UK







Dr. Andrea MacNeill, Vancouver, BC (Bio) Dr. Nick Watts       London, UK (Bio) Dr. Courtney Howard, Yellowknife, YT (Bio)    


Message from the President

After two years in hibernation, I think it is safe to say, all of us are looking forward to crawling from our dens and socializing in person in Vancouver in October. With Fred Kozak at the helm as Local Arrangements Chair, it promises to be a spectacular meeting.  CONTINUE READING…



2022 Call for Abstracts - OPEN


Deadline for Submissions:  FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2022.


The Scientific Program Committee is now accepting abstract submissions for the 76th Annual Meeting to be held in Vancouver at the Westin Bayshore Hotel on October 1 – 3, 2022.  Presentations for the general program can include: (1) scientific papers, (2) electronic posters, and (3) workshops / panels.  The entire program will be published on this website.





All submissions to the general program will be reviewed by the Scientific Program Committee.  No names and/or affiliations should be included in the title or body of the abstract – if these are present, your abstract will not be reviewed.  Abstract information may be submitted in either French or English, with a maximum length of 250 words in a structured format.  All submissions MUST include learning objectives.  CLICK HERE to review the guidelines on how to write learning objectives.

Special Submissions:

Poliquin Resident Competition: Abstracts must be received by FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2022, via the submissions portal for the general program .   If you are selected for the competition, an electronic copy of your completed manuscript must be received by the Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Danielle MacNeil – [email protected] by MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2022.  CLICK HERE for complete instructions.   Papers not accepted for the Poliquin Competition will be considered for presentation during the general scientific program unless otherwise stated.


Hodge Award:  Abstracts must be received via the submissions portal for the general program by FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2022.   An electronic copy of the completed work must be received by Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Danielle MacNeil – [email protected] by AUGUST 1, 2022.  CLICK HERE for complete instructions.


Poster & Post Prize Competition:  Only electronic posters  will be considered for presentation at the annual meeting.  If you are accepted for the program you must submit your work in PDF format (vertical orientation only) to the Awards Committee Chair, c/o Kim Iverson [email protected]org no later than AUGUST 15, 2022.  Please make a notation in the email that you wish to stand for the competition.  Only those posters submitted by this deadline date will have the opportunity to be short-listed by the Selection Committee prior to the meeting according to preset criteria. CLICK HERE for complete instructions.


If you have any questions or issues, please contact Donna Humphrey at [email protected].



Our Green Initiatives

“Climate change is the ‘biggest global health threat of the 21st century’ and is causing an increase in heatwaves, wildfires, floods, droughts and crop failures, vector-borne diseases, mass migration, and is associated with an increase in air pollution. The evidence is unequivocal and the vast public health effects of the climate crisis  mandate that the medical community reconsider its role in contributing to this global catastrophe.”  Zotova, O., Petrin-Desrosiers, C.,  Gopferg, a. and Van Jove, M. (2020) Carbon-neutral medical conferences should be the norm. The Lancet [Post-print] (Vol 4, Issue 2) E48-E50; DIO;

This year the CSO-HNS is aiming for a carbon neutral annual meeting .  We have introduced a number of environmental initiatives to help us lessen our impact on the planet:




CSO-HNS Carbon Offset Program

The purpose of this undertaking is to offset the unavoidable emissions from flights to the meeting. This will be done through monetary donations to several certified carbon offset projects in Canada. In addition, the Society will commit to covering the carbon emissions from the flights of the staff and invited guests.   Delegates will be given an option on the registration form to purchase carbon offsets that will be put toward mitigating the CO2e associated with the annual meeting.


To get an estimate of emissions from flights, we will use the  data from the 2019 meeting to do carbon accounting for these emissions. This will then be compared to the CO2e that we offset through donation. An announcement will be made of the emissions offset as a result of this program.


  • Carbon offset projects are actions taken to directly offset the emissions of an activity.
  • A certain amount of money can go towards taking out GHGs from the atmosphere OR attempt to mitigate GHG emissions that would otherwise be released if the project was not undertaken.
  • Important to note that carbon offset projects are not a way to “pay your way” to emitting, but rather a way to avoid future emissions or sequester carbon to account for currently unavoidable emissions.
  • It is key to reduce emissions over purchasing carbon offsets.


The CSOHNS will support the following CARBON CAPTURE PROJECTS – 


Darkwoods Conservation Area (Nature Conservancy of Canada, BC – Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard) Conserved in 2008 and expanded in 2019, Darkwoods is the single largest private land conservation project in Canada. Spanning remote valleys, mountains and lakes, Darkwoods provides essential habitat for dozens of species at risk. The conservation area plays a central role in a network of parks, wildlife management areas and conservation lands that encompass over 1,100 km2. Read More


Nanaimo Landfill Methane Gas Capture Project (Carbonzero – CSA Clean Projects Registry  $25/tonne) This project reduces greenhouse gas emissions by using the methane that was previously vented to the atmosphere as fuel for electricity. The Nanaimo LFG Capture Project is located approximately five km south of downtown Nanaimo, British Columbia. Read More




Coastal First Nations Great Bear Rainforest (BC Carbon Registry – ISO 14064-2   $30/tonne)  In 2009, Coastal First Nations and the Province of British Columbia agreed to one of the largest carbon offset projects in existence.  The Great Bear Rainforest is a global treasure that covers 6.4 million hectares on British Columbia’s north and central coast – equivalent in size to Ireland. All British Columbians have a stake in protecting it. The historic agreement that secures the future of the Great Bear Rainforest means more old- and second-growth forest will be protected, while still ensuring opportunities for economic development and jobs for local First Nations. Read More



Guest Speakers on Planetary Health

Andrea MacNeill, BSc (Hon), MSc, MD, Vancouver, BC

Dr Andrea MacNeill is a surgical oncologist at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer, and a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia where she specializes in sarcoma and peritoneal malignancies.  She is the founder and principal investigator of the UBC Planetary Healthcare Lab, a novel interdisciplinary research collaborative dedicated to creating health systems that promote both human and planetary health. As the Medical Director of Planetary Health for Vancouver Coastal Health, she is working on a transformational planetary health strategy for the health authority, to mitigate the healthcare climate footprint while creating health and social value. She is an executive member of CASCADES, a pan-Canadian knowledge mobilization network dedicated to accelerating the transition to low-carbon, sustainable health systems in Canada. She is currently co-chairing a UBC/Yale-led Lancet Commission in sustainable healthcare.  Podcast:  Planetary Health in the Operating Room

Nick Watts, MBBS, MA, BMed Sci, FFPH, London, UK

Nick works as the Chief Sustainability Officer of the NHS, where he is responsible for leveraging the capacity of its 1.3 million staff and £110 billion annual budget to deliver the world’s first net zero emission health service. Nick completed his medical degree at UWA and is licensed in Australia and the UK, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians’ Faculty of Public Health. Prior to the NHS, Nick worked internationally with a range of health organisations including the WHO, and as the Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown.

Courtney Howard, MD, Yellowknife, YT

Dr Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Yellowknife, in Canada’s subarctic, and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is a nationally- and globally recognized expert on the impacts of climate change on health, and in the broader field of planetary health. For Dr. Howard, grounding her work in planetary health started a decade ago motivated by two experiences at the opposite ends of the earth.  Read More




CSO-HNS  Global Social Responsibility Awards



Corporate Partners

This new Society award is open to all our company partners (sponsors and exhibitors).


  • Health care is responsible for an estimated 5% of global CO2 emissions, and
  • The supply chain is a significant and major contributor to this impact, and
  • The global conference industry each year produced as much greenhouse gas emissions prior to the pandemic as was produced in the United States, and
  • In 2021, 220 Editors of high-profile medical journals called for a global response to climate change on the scale of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and
  • There is a global discrepancy in ability to access surgical care world-wide, and
  • The Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CSO-HNS) actively promotes minimizing the environmental impact while improving access to surgical care services globally in a fair and equitable manner,

the CSO-HNS calls for our corporate partners to help mitigate ongoing climate change. Full Document

Individual Members

This new Society award is open to all CSO-HNS members


  • The climate emergency is the single greatest threat to human health, and
  • Health care is responsible for an estimated 5% of global CO2 emissions, and
  • Provision of surgical services contributes a disproportionate measure, and
  • The global conference industry each year produced as much greenhouse gas emissions prior to the pandemic as was produced in the United States, and
  • In 2021, 220 Editors of high-profile medical journals called for a global response to climate change on the scale of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and
  • There is a global discrepancy in ability to access surgical care world-wide, and
  • The Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CSO-HNS) endorses the goal of net zero health care emissions while improving access to surgical care services globally in a fair and equitable manner,


the CSO-HNS calls to our members to help mitigate ongoing climate change.  Full Document



Research Articles 

Here are some current research articles concerning Planetary Health topics:


Operating in a Climate Crisis: A State-of-the-Science Review of Life Cycle Assessment within Surgical and Anesthetic Care (

Integrating planetary health into healthcare: A document analysis (

Carbon footprint modelling of national health systems: Opportunities, challenges and recommendations (

Integrating planetary health into clinical guidelines to sustainably transform health care (

What’s new in intensive care: environmental sustainability (

How the hospital context influences nurses’ environmentally responsible practice: A focused ethnography (

Carbon-neutral medical conferences should be the norm ( )



Big & Little Things To Do in Daily Life to be More Sustainable


Know what your carbon footprint is by using this carbon calculator 


  • Turn down your thermostat and put on a sweater!
  • Install a smart thermostat to save energy
  • Turn down the heat when you sleep and leave the house
  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room
  • Switch to high efficiency light bulbs, low flow faucets, and low flush toilets
  • Improve insulation in walls, ceilings, basement, windows, and doors to achieve efficiency while heating and cooling your home
  • Apply for Canada Greener Homes Grant to help with efficiency retrofits of your home
  • Calculate your home’s carbon footprint using the Project Neutral carbon footprint calculator Get an EnerGuide energy efficiency home evaluation
  • Switch off fossil fuels by installing and electric heat pump Consider if a smaller space would suite your needs


  • Commit to using active transportation like walking or biking
  • Buy a comfortable bike so you will want to use it
  • Use public transportation whenever possible!
  • Buy the smallest, most fuel-efficient car or commit to making your next vehicle electric
  • Advocate for active transportation and public transportation infrastructure in your own community
  • Turn off your car if you will be parked for more than 10 seconds
  • Become part of a community car share Group errands together to optimize excursions Become a 1 or 0 car household


  • Repair, share and use less
  • Compost organics in green bin service or set up at home composting
  • Avoid using single use plastics in your house
  • Participate in “Meatless Mondays” or adopt a plant-based diet
  • Shop at bulk store, with your own reusable containers
  • Complete a home waste audit
  • Educate yourself on what is locally recyclable
  • Rely on locally grown food and ask your local grocery store to carry more locally produced items create a personal produce garden at home or with your community!


  • Think of the land as something to exist alongside with, NOT something to be used
  • Educate yourself on equity, sovereignty, and accessibility and how they relate to sustainability
  • Share what you know about sustainability with as many people as you can
  • Encourage local government to prioritize sustainable projects
  • Be open, non-judgmental, and understand that everyone has varying ability to reduce their emissions
  • Value progress over perfection – to say climate change is challenging to solve is an understatement and moving forward is better than not moving at all.








Convention Hotel


The Westin Bayshore

1601 Bayshore Drvie

Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4

Tel:  (604) 682-3377

Meeting rate valid until August 29, 2022



Sponsors & Exhibits

October 1 – 3, 2022

Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC



“Planetary Health:  Changing the Way We Operate”



We cordially invite you to partner with us at the CSO-HNS 2022 annual meeting in Vancouver, BC this October.  For all the details click on – SPONSORS & EXHIBITOR INFORMATION MANUAL 





  • Message from the President explaining our “carbon neutral” goal for this conference
  • All company partnership & exhibition details
  • Program outline
  • Link to the sponsor & exhibitor agreement form including booth floor plan
  • Details on the new ‘CSO-HNS Corporate Social Responsibility Award’
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Quick Notes (hotel, exhibition times, booth details, show services and more)