Quebec City

72nd Annual Meeting

June 16 – 19, 2018
Conference Centre des Congrès de Québec /  Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Québec, QC

Dr. Erin Wright, Edmonton, AB

Local Arrangements Chair
Dr. Sophie Lachance, Québec, QC

Scientific Program
Dr. Brian Rotenberg, London, ON

Guest of Honour
Dr. Howard Lampe, Palm Beach, FL

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Dr. Saul Frenkiel, Montreal, QC

Scientific Program


“Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgeons – Leaders in Education”

Prof. Richard Harvey, Sydney, Australia (profile)
Prof. Claire Hopkins, London, UK (profile)

Mr. Andre Picard, Montreal, QC (profile)


This activity 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 and approved by the CSOHNS.  Total Credit Hours – 19.00 

The complete scientific program is available below. It is IMPORTANT to check the program periodically for UPDATES .

  • ALL podium and workshop presenters MUST include a disclosure slide in their presentation.  For a copy  click here


As in previous years, a special code is required to log onto the meeting app. There is a unique code for each attendee. This code has been emailed to you.  It is also printed on the back of your name badge insert.   It is the same code you will require to print your Certificate of Attendance.

The iOS app (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) is available on iTunes – click here to download

The Android app is available on Google Play – click here to download.


(Online Evaluations)
To receive your Certificate of Attendance, you are required to complete the session specific evaluations. To access the electronic version, you will require your personalized code available on the back of your name badge insert. This code has also been emailed to you if you were pre-registered. Evaluations can be completed after each session, daily or at the end of the conference. Your selections will be saved. A certificate will automatically be generated once finished. Save and print as needed.  Click here for the online evaluations.

Online Evaluations Deadline to submit evaluations: July 30, 2018.

For those of you who wish a paper copy of the evaluations click here. Print, complete and mail to the Society’s office. A Certificate of Attendance will be e-mailed / mailed to you within 14 days.


It is IMPORTANT for all those giving a workshop or podium presentation to read this information before attending the meeting:  audio/visual details.


This meeting provides learners in the specialty of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (including general and subspecialty Otolaryngology – Head and Neck surgeons as well as resident and medical student trainees) a significant opportunity to attend sessions of interest and acquire further understanding and knowledge in areas of perceived / unperceived weakness in the specialty. All branches of the specialty, including head & neck oncology, laryngology, rhinology, otology, neurotology, pediatric otolaryngology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, general otolaryngology, sleep disorders, and medical education, are part of the program.

We will run three concurrent sessions of workshops and podium presentations. This provides delegates with a great variety of learning opportunities. As always, there will be ample time allotted for enhanced dialogue and discussion with the various presenters. In keeping with the theme of this year’s meeting, guest speakers will present their areas of expertise through plenary talks and workshops. Increased numbers of workshops will give each learner practical and adoptable knowledge to use immediately in practice when they return home. We will also have a pre-convention course designed to give impactful hands-on experience to attendees.  This year’s program will include workshops and presentations for the community-based practitioners, continued information on technological advancements, and popular updates in a variety of topics.


Chair: Dr. Jeffrey Harris, Edmonton, AB

Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 13:45
Salon 200C, Quebec Convention Centre, Quebec City, QC


This year the time available to view poster presentations has been extended to the Tuesday –

Sunday, June 17 – 09:00 to 17:00
Monday, June 18 – 09:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, June 19 – 09:00 to 13:15

Exhibits Area, Salon 200AB (Exhibits area), Quebec City Convention Centre, Quebec, QC

The Society will award a $500 prize for the best scientific poster at the meeting. For more details on the competition’s rules click here

  • IMPORTANT – Vertical poster dimensions can be a maximum size of 4 feet(wide) x 8 feet”(high).
  • SET-UP – Saturday, June 16, 2018 – 12:00 to 18:00 and Sunday, June 17, 2018 – 06:00 to 09:00
  • DISMANTLE – Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – After 13:15
  • POSTER COMPETITION FINALISTS – Please make yourself available beside your poster during lunch on Monday, June 18, between 12:00-13:30 for judging.
  • IMPORTANT – You must REMOVE your poster at the appropriate time, otherwise we CANNOT guarantee its return.


Committee & Special Interest Meetings

2018 Schedule  View/Download PDF  (NEW June 13)

COHNS Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, June 19 @ 0745 in Salon 200C

Pre-convention Course

Pre-convention Course

“Reducing the Risk of Surgical Error:  Lessons Learned from the CMPA Files”

Saturday, June 16, 2017 @ 14:00-17:00
Salon 205ABC, Quebec City Convention Centre

This interactive workshop is for any surgeon interested in improving the care that they provide for patients and in preventing surgical error in their practice. Facilitated by experts from the CMPA and informed by data from CMPA files, the workshop will examine risks in both office-based and operative (pre-operative, intra-operative, and post- operative) care.  Participants in this workshop can earn credits in both MOC Section 2 and 3 (pending approval).

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify at-risk behaviours in surgical practice that expose surgeons to medico-legal liability.
  2. Analyze the impact of at-risk behaviour on patient care.
  3. Develop strategies to address at-risk behaviours in surgical practice and improve patient care.

Please indicate when registering for the 72nd Annual Meeting if you plan to participate.   Cost is FREE but participants must pre-register for the meeting.

Workshop maximum:  50 participants

Satellite Symposia (Industry)

Satellite Symposia (Industry)


“Coblation™ Surgery for Tonsil, Turbinate, Larynx and Soft Palate: Instructional Course”

Speakers:  Dr. Brian Rotenberg, London, ON Dr. Nico Jonas, Cambridge, UK

Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 12:00 
Salon 206AB, Quebec City Convention Centre, Quebec, QC

Please register here.  There is no charge if you are registered for the 72nd Annual Meeting.    For more information:   Brochure.



“Navigating Through Challenges in Sinus and Skull Base”

Speaker:  Dr. Enrique Iturriage, Caracas, Venezuela

Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 07:00 
Salon 205ABC, Quebec City Convention Centre, Quebec, QC

A hot breakfast will be served starting at 06:30.




“Management of Acute Otitis Media with Tympanostomy Tubes”

Speaker:  Dr. Issam Saliba, Montreal, QC

“Sialorrhea Treatment for Patients with Neurologic Conditions”

Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Moberg-Wolff, Milwaukee, WI

Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:30
Salon 200C, Quebec City Convention Centre, Quebec, QC




“Juvenile-Onset Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis in the Era of HPV”

Speaker:  Dr. Paolo Campisi, Toronto, ON

“Vaccination  Immunotherapy-Updates in the Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer”

Speaker: Dr. John Hilton, Ottawa, ON

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:45 
Salon 206AB, Quebec City Convention Centre, Quebec, QC




Registration Details


The Pre-registration option is now CLOSED. Onsite registration will be available starting Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 08:00. The registration desk will be located on the 2nd level, in front of Salon 200AB, Quebec City Convention Centre.

  • Saturday, June 16, 08:00 – 17:00
  • Sunday, June 17 07:30 – 17:00
  • Monday, June 18 07:30 – 17:00

A full refund of the registration fee will be given for cancellations received before June 1, 2018. A fee of $50 will apply thereafter. A receipt acknowledging registration will be EMAILED within 14 days of payment.


Your NAME BADGE will allow you access to the meeting rooms, exhibits and poster area as well as the other evening social activities. You will not be allowed admission without it.

Social Program



Sunday, June 17, 2018 – 18:30
This family-friendly event will be held at the Musée de la Civilization, just down the hill from the Château Frontenac Hotel. The evening will include food, drinks, entertainment as well as the option to view one of the museum’s current exhibits.  Dress is casual.  Shuttle transportation will be available for those who require it.


Monday, June 18, 2018 – 19:15
Erin Wright and Stacey Leavitt-Wright cordially invite you to join them for cocktails and dinner in the main ballroom of the Château Frontenac Hotel.  Guest Speaker will be former NHL Referee Stephane Auger.  There will be music and dancing after dinner to the tunes of Lost Fingers.  Dress is formal, black tie is optional.  Should there be a need, babysitting will be provided for children ages 3 – 12 years.


Monday, June 18, 2018 – 06:00
The run will be led by Dr. Sophie Lachance, start at Le Château and follow a 5 km route through the old city.  It’s likely a few stairs will be involved!  All level of runners are cordially welcome.  There will be water and a small snack at the end.   In case of rain, this activity will be cancelled.


Monday, June 18, 2017 – NEW TIME  for departure – 09:30
You will have the opportunity to visit one of Quebec’s greatest attractions:  Île d’Orléans.  This island, located about 20 minutes from downtown, is the home of many local fruit and vegetable producers, wineries and other other local delicacies.  The tour will include a stop at Chutes Montmorency, a spectacular waterfall which is higher than Niagara Falls!  Those who feel energetic can hike up the stairs to a suspension bridge for a truly breathtaking view.  The tour will include visits to three local producers and lunch at one of the island’s excellent restaurants.
Cost:  $75/person

Vous aurez la possibilité de visiter un joyau local : l’Île d’Orléans.  Située à 20 minutes de la ville, l’Île regroupe plusieurs producteurs de fruits et légumes, produits fins et même des vignobles.  Le tour comprendra un arrêt aux Chutes Montmorency, hautes (plus hautes que le chutes du Niagara) et puissantes chutes où vous pourrez admirer l’eau, et même monter les escaliers jusqu’à un point suspendu au sommet où la vue est imprenable.  Une fois sur l’Île, vous visiterez trois producteurs locaux et savourerez un lunch dans un des restaurants de l’Île.
Coût : 75 $/personne

Sunday, June 17 – Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – 08:00 to 10:00
Companion Hospitality Breakfast – Place Dufferin Restaurant, Château Frontenac Hotel

A modified continental breakfast will be served for registered companions.

Convention Hotel


Fairmont le Château Frontenac
1 rue des Carrières
Québec, QC G1R 4p5
Tel: (418) 692-3861

IMPORTANT: The Fairmont Château Frontenac Hotel convention rates and room block available until May 9, 2018 only. Reservations/rates cannot be guaranteed after that date.


Québec City Convention Centre (Centre des congrès de Québec)
1000 Boulevard Réne-Lévesque E.
Ville de Québec QC G1A 1B4

All SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS will be held at the Quebec City Convention Centre which is an approximate 6 – 8 minute walk from the Fairmont Château Frontenac. A shuttle bus will be available.

Company Exhibits



Salon 200AC, 2nd Level
Quebec City Convention Centre
1000 boul René-Lévesque E.
Ville de Québec, QC G1R 5T8
Tel: 1-888-679-4000 / 418-644-4400


Sunday, June 17 – 09:00 to 17:00
Monday, June 18 – 09:00 to 15:30 (following afternoon coffee break)


Saturday, June 16 – 12:00 to 18:00 and Sunday, June 17 – 06:00 to 09:00


Monday, June 18 – after 15:30. Everything must be moved out by 18:00.

Buffet lunches and coffee breaks will be served in the exhibits area each day.

Click on one of these links for …

 Exhibits Floor Plan (PDF)
 List of Exhibitors (PDF)
 Exhibitor Information and Contract (PDF)

Sponsor Acknowledgements Details

The Society would like to acknowledge and thank the corporate supporters of the Quebec City Annual Meeting:


Medtronic Canada
Merck Canada
Pediapharm Inc.
Smith & Nephew


Karl Storz Endoscopy
Takeda Canada


Interpace Diagnostics
Ethicon Surgical Care (Div. of Johnson & Johnson)