71st Annual Meeting

June 10 – 13, 2017

TCU Place / Sheraton Cavalier Hotel, SASKATOON, SK

President – Dr. S. Mark Taylor, Halifax, NS
Local Arrangements – Dr. Peter Spafford, Saskatoon, SK
Scientific Program – Dr. Brian Rotenberg, London, ON

Guest of Honour – Dr. Simon Kirby, St. John’s, NL (profile)
Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. David Ellis, Toronto, ON (profile)

Scientific Program


“Transformational Care in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery”

Dr. Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, New York, NY (profile)
Dr. D. Gregory Farwell, Sacramento, CA (profile)
Dr. Holger G. Gassner, Regensburg, Germany (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 – 19.25

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

  • 2017 Scientific Program (Updated JUNE 3/17)… Read More (.pdf)

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


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.

Building on the success of last year, 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, discussion and interaction 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 series of pre-convention courses designed to give impactful hands-on experience to attendees. Also, addressed in this year’s program will be workshops and presentations for the community-based practitioners, continued information on technological advancements in education, and popular updates in a variety of topics.


(for Certificate of Attendance)

  • PLEASE NOTE: to access the electronic version of the forms, you will require your personalized key code available on the back of the printed portion of your name badge. Evaluations can be completed after each session, daily or at the end of the conference. Your selections will be saved. A Certificate of Attendance will automatically be generated once finished. Save and print as needed. Online Evaluations    Deadline to submit evaluations: August 15, 2017
  • 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.


As in previous years, a special code is required to log in to the app. There is a unique code for each attendee, and this code will be provided to you with your name badge when you register at the conference.

The iOS app (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) can be downloaded at the following link: iTunes

The Android app can be downloaded at: Google Play

ATTENTION All Podium / Poster / Workshop Presenters

Building on the success of last year to expand the scientific exchange of ideas between presenters and attendees, we again strongly encourage you to submit your presentation to the electronic portal for upload and e-communication. The content and your contact details will reach a broader audience and be shared with other meeting attendees.

To upload your presentation details logon to: From there you’ll be able to see all the abstracts you submitted. Under each accepted abstract there will be a red box asking you to upload presentation files. You can click that link to upload. Once done, the box will turn green. Under each box is also a drop-down section. If you click on this grey box, you will see a unique QR code for that presentation. Attendees will be able to scan these codes with their smartphone to view your details. Please note that this process is completely voluntary, and is only designed to better our Society’s scientific discourse.


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


Chair: Dr. Jeffrey Harris, Edmonton, AB

Monday, June 12, 2017 @ 13:30
Salon C/D, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK


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

Sunday, June 11 – 09:00 to 17:00
Monday, June 12 – 09:00 to 17:00
Tuesday, June 13 – 09:00 to 13:15  (NEW DAY)

Exhibits Area, 1st Floor, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK

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 10, 2017 – 12:00 to 18:00 and Sunday, June 10, 2017 – 06:00 to 09:00
            • DISMANTLE – Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – After 13:15
            • POSTER COMPETITION FINALISTS – Please make yourself available beside your poster during lunch on Monday, June 12, between 12:00-13:30 for judging.
            • IMPORTANT – You must REMOVE your poster at the appropriate time, otherwise we CANNOT guarantee its return.

Pre-convention Course

Pre-convention Course

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

Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 14:00-17:00
Gallery A Ballroom, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK

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.

Cost:  FREE but participants must pre-register with CSOHNS.

Registration Form DOWNLOAD or simply contact the office at [email protected]

Workshop maximum:  40 participants

Attendees can earn section 2 and section 3 credit hours through RCPSC MOC program.


Committee & Special Interest Meetings

2017 Schedule View/Download PDF  (REVISED June 7/17)

COHNS Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, June 13 @ 08:00 Salon C/D, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK

Satellite Symposia (Industry)

Karl Storz Satellite Symposium

Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing:  Extending the Scope of Practice Workshop

Dr. Martin B. Brodsky, Ph.D., Sc.M., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Expertise – Dysphagia
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Rizwana Zaman, BSc
Speech & Language Therapist (SLT)
FEES Trainer (DGN)
Team Leader Dysphagia and Speech Pathology Department
Hospital zum Heiligen Geist
Kempen, Germany

FEES has become the gold standard for evaluatin oropharyngeal dysphaia and assessing swallowing function. This workshop will demonstrate assessment techniques and address the impact of endoscopy on FEES development.

Learning Objectives
1. Gain an overview of swallowing an assessment stages.
2. Develop insight into swallowing diagnostics and how to choose appropriate methods.
3. Learn about current endoscopy protocols, the international scene and an appropriate clinial caseload for FEES.
4. Experience passing endoscope, using protocols/swallowing strategies, and maneuvers.

Credit Hours: Attendees can earn Section 2 credit hours through the RCPSC MOC Proram.

RSVP by Friday, May 26, 2017 to [email protected]

Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 14:00 – 17:00
Gallery A, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK


Medtronic Satellite Symposium

Polypectomy in the Clinical Setting

 Dr. Shaun Kilty, MD, FRCSC, Ottawa, ON

  • Review the clinical benefits of in clinic polypectomy for patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with polyps.
  • Evaluate the cost effectiveness of the in clinic polypectomy treatment strategy compared to endoscopic sinus surgery.
  • Compare the clinical effectiveness of the in clinic polypectomy treatment strategy to that of endoscopic sinus surgery.
  • Evaluate patient satisfaction with the clinic polypectomy.

Credit Hours: Attendees can earn Section 2 credit hours through the RCPSC MOC Program.

Sunday, June 11, 2017 @ 17:00 – 18:00
Gallery A, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK


diapharm Satellite Symposium

A New Treatment Option for AOMT

Dr. John Ansley, MD, Orangeburg, SC

(1) Learn the efficacy and safety evidence of OTIXAL in treatment of AOMT;
(2) Discussion on how OTIXAL compares to current treatment options.

Credit Hours: Attendees can earn Section 2 credit hours through the RCPSC MOC Program.

Monday, June 12, 2017 @ 7:00 – 8:00
Gallery A, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK

Merck Satellite Symposium

HPV and Head and Neck Cancers

Dr. Nathalie Audet, Ste-Foy, QC
“Human Papillomavirus: Questions and answers from the oropharyngeal cancer patient”

(1) Discuss how to counsel patients diagnosed with HPV-OPC and their partners. (How did I get this? Am I contagious? Can I prevent this?); (2) Present a simple patient leaflet.

Dr. John Walker, Edmonton, AB
Medical Oncology: “The current and future management of recurrent / metastatic Head and Neck Cancer”

(1) Current management and treatment strategies for recurrent/metastatic head and neck cancers;
(2) New emerging treatment options for this patient population and how they will be incorporated in the current treatment algorithm;
(3) Efficacy and safety of immuno-oncology in the treatment of head and neck cancers.

Attendees can earn Section 2 credit hours through the RCPSC MOC Program.

Monday, June 12, 2017 @ 17:00 – 18:00
Gallery A, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK

RSVP: [email protected]



Social Program



Sunday, June 11, 2017 – 18:30
This family-friendly event will be held at the Gardens of the Bessborough Hotel, located across the road from the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel. The evening with include food, drinks and musical entertainment. Dress is casual.


Monday, June 12, 2017 – 19:15
Mark and Tammy Taylor cordially invite you to join them for cocktails and dinner in the main ballroom of the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel. Dress is formal, black tie is optional.


Monday, June 12, 2017 – 11:30                                                                                                           Lucky Bastard Distillery Tour, Tasting and Lunch
Lucky Bastard Distillers is Saskatchewan’s premier micro distillery started by a family physician, Dr. Michael Goldney.  Join us for a tour of the facilities including sampling some of their signature products.   Lunch will follow at Canada’s Top Chef winner, Dale Mackay’s Ayden’s Kitchen and Bar.

Cost per person $50 (transportation and lunch)

Convention Hotels


Sheraton Cavalier Hotel
612 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3G9
Tel: (306)652-6770

The James Hotel (profile)
520 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3T5
Tel: (306) 244-6446

The room blocks at the Sheraton Cavalier and the James hotels are now closed.


TCU Place (Convention Centre)
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K OC8

TCU Place is approximately a 10 – 12 minute walk from the convention hotels. Shuttle buses will be available.

Registration Details


The Pre-registration option is now CLOSED. You will be able to register onsite starting Saturday, June 10 @ 08:00

  • Saturday, June 10, 08:00 – 17:00
  • Sunday, June 11 07:30 – 17:00
  • Monday, June 12 07:30 – 17:00

A full refund of the registration fee will be given for cancellations received before MAY 31, 2017. 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.




1st Floor, TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK


Sunday, June 11 – 09:00 to 17:00
Monday, June 12 – 09:00 to 16:00


Saturday, June 10 – 12:00 to 18:00 and Sunday, June 11 – 06:00 to 09:00


Monday, June 12 – after 16:00. 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)
Exhibitor Information and Contract (.pdf)
Handy Special Events Manual (.pdf)
2017 Electrical Form (.xlsx)

Sponsor Acknowledgements Details

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


Karl Storz Endoscopy Canada
Medtronic Canada
Merck Canada
Pediapharm Inc.


Ethicon Surgical Care (Div. of Johnson & Johnson)
Takeda Canada


Meda Pharma