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GOC’s 40th Annual General Meeting


On behalf of the GOC AGM Program Planning Committee, we would like to personally invite you to attend our 40th Annual General Meeting in Halifax June 13-15, 2019.

We begin our exciting program on Thursday with the popular hereditary cancer course. This year’s focus is on Lynch syndrome. Register for the course while registering for our 40th Annual General Meeting.

Lynch Syndrome course_Poster

Please navigate this conference site for full details.

We then continue with a fun family-friendly evening, with the thrilling Harbour Hopper!  We'll have dinner and enjoy the beautiful surroundings while we hop in beautiful Halifax!

Friday morning will begin with our traditional annual Run for Her Life™. Bring your active gear and let's get ready for an exhilarating 2.5km run or walk along the boardwalk with friends while enjoying the city. The scientific program begins on Friday morning following the Run. We begin with the joint SOGC/GOC Symposium. Dr. Shannon Salvador will present the newly released GOC guidelines on endometrial hyperplasia. Following her talk, we will relocate to the GOC venue for the scientific abstracts. We are fortunate this year to have received a record number of abstract submissions so the oral presentations and posters are sure to be interesting! Back by popular demand are the 3 minutes/3 slides oral presentations, showcasing five outstanding posters. We conclude the first scientific day with an amazing Presidential Symposium presentation by Dr. Bill Cliby from the Mayo Clinic who will present on patient selection criteria for primary surgical cytoreduction in advanced ovarian carcinoma.

Following a busy day, we will get a chance to unwind and have some fun at the Casino Nova Scotia. The group will have a chance to socialize, have some drinks and play the slots! The medical student awards, abstract awards and the GOC Presidential Medal will be awarded during the dinner reception. We are very excited to unveil the well-deserving Presidential Medal Recipient – Dr. Robert Lotocki. It is promising to be a night to remember!

Saturday morning will begin with an interactive breakfast session. Next will be our Annual General Meeting where we will discuss GOC business. We will then proceed with a Tumor Board discussion of a fascinating case. This year, the Tumor Board leads are Dr. Patti Power and Dr. Anna Cameron. Finally, we will have our lunch-time Battle Royale. This year, the discussion is sure to be of epic proportion as Dr. Amit Oza and Dr. Al Covens debate the role of TPN in the palliative setting. Folks, you don’t want to miss this!

Lastly, we are proud to introduce the inaugural Cytoreductive Mutlivisceral Cadaver Course. This course will include didactic lectures and hands-on cadaver lab sessions focusing on complex pelvic and upper abdominal procedures. We are thrilled to have expert lead instructors including Dr. Bill Cliby (gynecologic oncology), Dr. Carman Giacomantonio (surgical oncology) and Dr. Ricardo Rendon (urologic oncology) amongst others.

We look forward to welcoming you in Halifax in June! Navigate this event website for all details!

On behalf of the AGM Program Planning Committee,

Taymaa May, MD, FRCSC, Chair, AGM Committee
James R. Bentley, MBChB, FRCSC, President




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Date Posted June 13, 2019
  • Event Date

    June 13, 2019 - June 15, 2019

  • Event Time

    All Day

  • Event Location

    Halifax Convention Centre
    1650 Argyle St., Halifax, Nova Scotia

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  • Program

    GOC’s 40th Annual General Meeting

    New this year, GOC’s Surgical Theater! Sit down, watch and discuss. We will looping close to one dozen surgical videos for your viewing pleasure.

    AGM Program Objectives:

    1. To analyze and appraise the presented research in gynecologic oncology
    2. To review patient selection criteria for primary surgical cytoreduction in advanced ovarian carcinoma
    3. To discuss a gynecologic oncology case from a multidisciplinary approach
    4. To debate the role of TPN in the palliative setting

    THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019


    Time Session Location
    9:00 –  10:00 Royal College Nucleus Committee Halifax Convention Centre Room 614
    10:15 – 11:45 Education Committee Meeting Halifax Convention Centre Room 614
    11:50– 14:25 GOC Board of Directors Meeting Halifax Convention Centre Room 614
    14:30 – 17:30 Hereditary Cancer Course for the Gyn Onc: Lynch Syndrome Halifax Convention Centre Room 201
    18:00 – 21:00 Harbour Hopper Fun time! To follow

    FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019



    Time Session/Location Speaker
    6:00 – 6:30 Run for Her Life ™ 2.5k run/walk  
    7:15 – 14:30 Conference Registration  
    7:15 – 8:10 Breakfast
    8:10 – 8:15 Relocate to SOGC Plenary
    8:15 – 8:45 SOGC/GOC International Symposium – Endometrial hyperplasia Dr. Shannon Salvador
    8:45 – 8:50 Relocate to GOC Plenary
    8:50 – 9:00 Welcome and announcements
    9:00 – 10:00 Scientific Session I
    9:00 – 9:15 The Prevent Ovarian Cancer Program (POCP): identification of women at risk for ovarian cancer using complementary recruitment approaches Dr. Marcus Bernardini
    9:15 – 9:30 Timely Access to Genetic Counselling for Women with Epithelial Ovarian Cancer in Nova Scotia Dr. Ashley Warias
    9:30 – 9:45 Cost-effectiveness of maintenance hormonal therapy in patients with advanced low grade serous ovarian cancer Dr. Andra Nica
    9:45 – 10:00 The Use of Hormone Replacement Therapy Amongst Women Undergoing Premature Surgical Menopause: A Population-Based British Columbian Study Dr. Ji-Hyun Jang
    10:00 – 10:25 Five times 3 minutes/3 slides presentation
    10:00 – 10:05 A cost-utility analysis of germline BRCA genetic testing of
    Canadian women with high-grade serous ovarian cancer
    Dr. Vanessa Carlson
    10:05 – 10:10 Impact of gynecologic oncology clinic-initiated BRCA testing
    on patient pathways and resource utilization in southern Alberta
    Dr. Vanessa Carlson
    10:10 – 10:15 Feasibility and Uptake of a Community-Based Prehabilitation/Rehabilitation Program for Gynecologic Oncology Patients Dr. Sarah Sinasac
    10:15 – 10:20 Same-day discharge among obese and morbidly patients
    undergoing laparoscopic gynecologic oncology surgeries
    Dr. Genevieve Lennox
    10:20 – 10:25 Outcomes of Adjuvant Therapy for Advanced Stage Endometrial Cancer in Lynch Syndrome Dr. Kathryn McRae
    10:25 – 10:45 Health break and Exhibits
    ARGYLE 1
    10:45 – 11:40 Posters Session Group I
    11:40 – 12:40 Scientific Session II
    11:40 – 11:55 Impact of Surgical Approach on Oncologic Outcomes in Women Undergoing Radical Hysterectomy for Cervical Cancer Dr. Maria C. Cusimano
    11:55 – 12:10 ​Adherence to Cervical Screening Guideline and Complexity of Referring Women with Low Grade Abnormalities Dr. Tiffany Zigras
    12:10 – 12:25 Dual Mechanical and Pharmacological Thromboprophylaxis
    Significantly Decreases Risk of Pulmonary Embolus after
    Laparotomy for Gynecologic Malignancies
    Dr. Julie Nguyen
    12:25 – 12:40 The Implementation of a Surgical Site Infection Prevention
    Bundle in Gynecologic Oncology Patients
    Dr. Brent Jim
    12:40 – 13:10 Lunch
    ROOM 202
    13:10 – 13:40 Dessert and Exhibits
    ARGYLE 1
    13:40 – 14:22 Six times five minute Surgical Video Presentations
    plus 2 min Q&A each
    13:40 – 13:47 Robotic and Laparoscopic Diaphragmatic Stripping and Resection for the Management of Advanced Stage Ovarian Cancer, the Trillium Health Partners Experience Dr. Tomer Feigenberg
    13:47 – 13:54 Education to improve screening and prevention of reproductive cancers: knowledge translation in action Dr. Shaina (Joohyun) Lee
    13:54 – 14:01 The Use of Lighted Ureteral Catheters in Difficult Minimally
    Invasive  Gynecologic Oncologic Surgery-Surgical Film
    Dr. Genevieve Lennox
    14:01 – 14:08 Laparoscopic radical trachelectomy for embryonal
    rhabdomyosarcoma of the cervix in a 2-year-old
    Dr. Taymaa May
    14:08 – 14:15 Safety and Feasibility of Managing Large Ovarian Masses with a Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach Dr. Sarah Sinasac
    14:15 – 14:22 Surgical Approach to Risk-Reducing Salpingo-Oophorectomy in BRCA Mutation Carriers Dr. Elisabeth Spenard
    14:22– 15:22 Scientific Session III
    14:22 – 14:37 Evaluating the Diagnostic Performance of Preoperative Biopsies in Patients Diagnosed with High Grade Endometrial Cancer. A Multi-Centre Canadian Experience Ms. Kizanee Jegatheeswaran
    14:37 – 14:52 Lymphadenectomy for High-risk Endometrial Cancer: Does it
    Impact Lymph Node Recurrence?
    Dr. Lilian T. Gien
    14:52 – 15:07 Use of Porphysomes to detect primary tumour, lymph node
    metastases, intra-abdominal metastases and as a tool for
    image-guided lymphadenectomy: proof of concept in
    endometrial cancer
    Dr. Lauren Philp
    15:07 – 15:22 Does mismatch repair (MMR) deficiency have prognostic
    significance in low-risk endometrioid endometrial cancers?
    Dr. Rachel Soyoun Kim
    15:22 – 16:10 Poster session II and health break
    16:10 – 16:15 GOC Awards

    • Winning projects for enhancing health advocacy role during the Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
    • Vote -People’s Choice Awards  for best oral, poster and video
    16:15 – 17:15 GOC Tumour Board

    Learning objectives:

    At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    1. Contrast different management strategies for recurrent endometrial cancer
    2. Appraise treatment options for different clinic scenarios
    3. Review the management options for high grade endometrial cancer
    4. Describe pathophysiology and clinical course of a patient with small cell ovarian cancer (Medical Expert, Scholar)
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of family history and genetic mutations associated with small cell ovarian cancers (Medical Expert, Scholar)
    6. Outline a reasonable management approach for a patient with small cell ovarian cancer (Medical Expert, Scholar, Health Advocate, Communicator)
    Dr. Anna Cameron and
    Dr. Patti Power
    17:15 Announcements and adjournment for the day  
    18:15 – 22:15 CASINO NOVA SCOTIA
    GOC Awards Dinner and Presidential Medal Award to Dr. Robert Lotocki

    • Medical student abstract awards
    • Abstract awards

    SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019


    Time Session/Location Speaker
    8:15 – 9:15 Breakfast with the experts – ROOM 202

    • Updated management in GTN
    • Building Institutional, Open Access REDCap Database
    • Management of Immune Therapy Adverse Effects
    • Update on ERAS Implementation

    Dr.  Lua Eiriksson
    Dr. Mark Carey

    Dr.  Hal Hirte
    Dr. Gregg Nelson

    9:20 – 10:30     Annual Business Meeting
    10:30 – 11:00 Health break & Exhibits
    ARGYLE 1
    11:00 – 12:00 President’s Symposium: Evidence based triage for primary management of ovarian cancer

    Learning objectives:At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe the important risk factors for morbidity and mortality after primary debulking surgery
    2. Compare the differences in short and long term outcomes between primary debulking surgery and neoadjuvant chemotherapy
    3. Predict the approximate risk of serious morbidity after primary surgery using a risk calculator
    4. Formulate plans to enhance or develop a team capable of providing high complexity surgery for ovarian cancer
    Dr. William Cliby
    12:00 – 13:00 Battle Royale – TPN in palliative patients: to do or not to do?

    Learning objectives:

    At the end of the session, the participant will be able to:

    1. Identify appropriate clinical opportunities where TPN use in patients with palliative care is feasible and warranted
    2. Survey institutional resources that support introduction of TPN use in palliative care at local institution
    3. Formulate and modify available resources to introduce opportunity for TPN use in palliative care at host institution
    4. Review the complications of TPN
    5. Appreciate the survival of recurrent ovarian cancer patients with a bowel obstruction
    6. Review the data associated with TPN in the above patients
    7. Appreciate the complexities of ethical, financial, and resource issues, in addition to QOL, and survival in the above patients
    Pro: Dr. Amit Oza
    Con: Dr. Al Covens
    13:00 – 13:05 Final remarks  
    13:05 – 13:15 Grab your Lunch to Go!  
    13:15 – 13:45 Luncheon Session  

    To consult  GOC’s 1st Biennial Cytoreductive Multivisceral Cadaver Course program, visit the program website by clicking here.

    GOC Hereditary Cancer Course: Lynch Syndrome

    14:30 –14:35 Opening Remarks, Course Overview, Definitions Katharina Kieser
    14:35 –15:05 The Genetics of Lynch Syndrome

    Learning objectives:

    · Genetics of Lynch Syndrome (HNPCC)
    · Understand the basics of a genetic cancer risk assessment and the selection of appropriate individuals for genetic testing
    · To identify the pedigrees and probands
    · Describe the cancer risks associated with mutations in the Mismatch Repair Genes
    · Define the incidence of MMR mutations in a woman with newly diagnosed endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer
    · Discuss cancer management for people with mutations in the Mismatch Repair Genes
    · Pathology MMR IHC and general pathology

    Vanessa Carlson
    15:05 –15:35 Risk Reduction Options I: Non-gynecologic cancers associated with Lynch Syndrome

    Learning objectives:

    · Outline current guidelines for non-gynecologic cancer screening and risk reducing options in Lynch Syndrome
    · Review how to counsel patients regarding decisions about timing of risk reducing options

    Katharina Kieser
    15:35 –15:45 Break
    15:45 –16:15 Risk Reduction Options II: Gynecologic cancers associated with Lynch Syndrome

    Learning objectives:

    · Outline current guidelines for gynecologic cancer screening and risk reducing options in Lynch Syndrome
    ·  Review how to counsel patients regarding decisions about timing of risk reducing

    Sarah Ferguson
    16:15 –16:45 Hormone Management around Lynch Syndrome

    Learning objectives:

    ·  Family planning
    ·  HRT post H+BSO

    Alon Altman
    16:45 –17:30 Case Working and Discussion


  • Registration

    On-line registrations no longer possible. Please register on-site on Thursday June 13th from 14:30-17:30 at the registration desk in foyer of Room 201.

     Event Fees


    Registration category AGM
    Early registration
    until April 22nd
    April 23rd – June 11th
    On-site registration  supplement as of June 11th
    Lynch Syndrome
      2 day
    1 day
    2 day
    1 day
    GOC member physicians $375 $245 $450 $320 +15% $50
    GOC member fellows $200 $130 $250 $180 +15% $50
    Other GOC members $125 $ 85 $175 $115 +15% $50
    Non-member physicians $525 $345 $600 $450 +15% $75
    Non-member fellows $225 $145 $300 $200 +15% $75
    Other non-members $175 $115 $225 $150 +15% $75
    Medical students $ 75 $ 45 $100 $ 60 +15% $75
    To register for GOC’s 1st Biennial Cytoreductive Multivisceral Cadaver Course, visit the event page by clicking here.

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    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Scientific Program: The entire fee will be refunded if a written notice of cancellation is received on or before Tuesday, May 21st. No refunds will be granted after that date. A $50 administration fee will apply.

    Social Programs: The entire fee will be refunded if a written notice of cancellation is received on or before Tuesday, May 21st. No refund will be granted after that date. A $25 administration fee will apply per social event.

    The 2-day GOC registration fee includes admission to the scientific program, two symposia, tumour board, a debate, interactive breakfast session, exhibits, conference materials, two breakfasts, two lunches, and three themed coffee breaks.

    The 1-day registration fee includes admission to the sessions on that day.

    Every participant must register on-line; speakers, abstract presenters and sponsors alike.

    Registration for this event is closed.

  • Accomodations & Travel


    Book your reservation by Friday, May 10, 2019, to take advantage of special rates offered to attendees and exhibitors.

    Please book your hotel rooms directly with the official SOGC ACSC hotels listed below. GOC and the SOGC are not affiliated with any third-party reservation system or housing bureau.  Please be aware of phone calls from fraudulent organizations claiming to be handling hotel reservations on behalf of the SOGC or GOC.  These organizations are not affiliated with the SOGC nor GOC and you should not, under any circumstances, provide them with your payment information. 

    All discounted rates listed below are based on single/double occupancy and do not include taxes, meals or other fees. Additional fees may apply.

    (Note: A limited number of rooms are available at the discounted group rates.  These rates may become sold out prior to the reservation deadline of Friday, May 10, 2019)

    Extend your stay!

    If you would like to add some vacation time in Canada’s beautiful eastern provinces and need additional nights at the hotels that may not be available online, please call the hotels directly by phone and they will be happy to assist.  Conference rates are not guaranteed on additional nights.

    Prince George Hotel – SOLD OUT

    Hotel Halifax (formerly Delta Halifax)

    Group rates starting from $209 per night
    Receive 1 Aeroplan point for each $1 spent during your stay (net of taxes)
    1990 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS
    Phone: 1-833-357-8155
    Reserve online

    Cambridge Suites Hotel Halifax

    – SOLD OUT

    Group rates starting from $175 per night
    1583 Brunswick Street, Halifax, NS
    Phone: 1-800-565-1263
    Reserve online

    Dalhousie Residence (medical students and residents only)

    Medical students and residents with a valid student ID can book single or double traditional-style dorms at Dalhousie University:

    Group rates starting at $30.50 for single rooms and $53.50 for double rooms.
    When making your reservation, please use promotional code ACSC19.
    Reserve online


    Air Canada

    No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S. For international travel, discounts apply to all fares including Tango.
    Travel period: Monday, June 3 – Friday, June 21, 2019
    Travel to/from: Halifax, NS (YHZ)

    Promotion code: X2RQRHJ1


    Domestic travel – 5% off Econo and EconoFlex, and 10% off Premium fares
    Transborder travel – 2% off Econo, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium fares.
    Travel period: Tuesday, June 4 – Friday, June 21, 2019
    Travel to/from: Halifax, NS (YHZ)

    Coupon code: 4W3H8LC
    Telephone: 1-888-493-7853
    For travel agents only please use Promo Code: WCC36

    Porter Airline

    Save 10% on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale)
    Travel period: Saturday, June 8 – Monday, June 17, 2019
    Travel to/from: Halifax, NS (YHZ)

    Promotion code: SOGC19

    National Car Rental

    Official Car Rental Agency

    Promotion code: XVC3113
    Contract: XVC3113

    Telephone: 1-800-227-7368

    Emerald Club is recognized at National and Enterprise locations.

    Plus Travel Group

    Official Travel Supplier

    Plus Travel Group

    Contact: Nadia Hamida
    Direct Line: (905) 212-2511
    Toll Free: 1 (800) 254-7598 ext. 284
    Email: nadia.hamida@plustravelgroup.com

    Taxi/Airport Shuttle

    Airport car services and seasonal shuttle bus service is available curbside in the arrivals area.
    Click here for more information

  • Social event

    Socially, we have organized three great activities!

    Thursday, June 13th – Harbour Hopper Tour

    Explore Halifax by Land and Sea!

    Aboard the Harbour hopper you will enjoy a fun tour of Halifax, seeing sites such as the Halifax Citadel, Public Gardens, and George’s Island. On this 1-hour tour, you will travel on both land and water aboard a renovated amphibious Vietnam War vehicle. The Harbour Hopper tour is a fully narrated amphibious tour which shares stories of the Halifax Explosion, Halifax’s connection to the Titanic tragedy, and the rich history of the Canadian Naval dockyards.

    After the Harbour Hopper Tour, join us for a great meal at the Stubborn Goat Gastropub. The Stubborn Goat Gastropub offers meal favorites with a chef-designed twist, while pouring the best selection of brews, and mixing up refreshing beverages. Better claim your seat for this fun filled adventure at AGM 2019!

    This event is open to GOC members and non-member health care providers only. 

    Register for this amazing family adventure for $37.65 per person, spots are limited. Each dinner attendee will pick up their individual tab. Children welcome to the Stubborn Goat.

    Meeting point: TBA
    Meeting time: 5:45pm
    Departure time: 6:00pm

    Friday, June 14th – Run for Her Life™

    If you are looking for your next ‘mini marathon’, we have you covered! We are organizing our annual Run for Her Life event which will be a 2.5km run this year. Run for Her Life™ is a fundraising run/walk organized during the Annual GOC Scientific Meeting. The goals of this event are to increase awareness about gynecologic cancer, to demonstrate commitment to wellness and fitness and to enjoy the local environment with our colleagues. Participants can walk or run along the boardwalk in beautiful downtown Halifax all the while supporting a local charity. All proceeds will be donated to a local group in support of gynecologic cancer patients and their families. This is a Walk/Run event is open to everyone so bring a friend! The Run For Her Life™ will start at 6am. What is better than exercising for a good cause!

    Cost: $25 to register.

    Friday, June 14th – GOC Social Event & Presidential Medal Award

    AGM 2019 Social is a sure bet!

    Close off your Friday with great food and great company at Casino Nova Scotia. Try your luck at any of the slots or gaming tables during cocktails then make your way to our private dining room which offers beautiful views of the Halifax harbour and boardwalk. There will be several awards handed out during dinner, the Bruce Galloway certificates will be presented to the past year recipients by Elisabeth Baugh who is the CEO of Ovarian Cancer Canada. The Abstract Awards ceremony will highlight this year’s winning abstracts. The GOC Social Event is also a platform to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of one of our colleagues, Dr. Robert Lotocki, you will be presented with GOC’s Presidential Medal.

    Come all to join in as we honour and celebrate Dr. Lotocki. It should be a night to remember!!

    Dinner cost: based on menu selection at registration.
    Children’s dinner: $15 plus HST

    Attire: business attire

    Agenda for the evening:
    18:30-19:30: Cocktails and slots
    19:45-20:30: Dinner and Awards
    20:30-21:30: Presidential Medal Ceremony

    Children welcome in the dining room but not in the gaming area.


  • Sponsors


    GOC’s 3-day conference program features national and international speakers and educational courses. We offer several sponsorship packages, starting at the Bronze level ($5,000).

    If you wish to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact hsoubliere@g-o-c.org.

    We would like to acknowledge the following companies for their support of our 40th Annual General Meeting in the form of sponsorship or educational grants:

    DIAMOND PLUS: AstraZeneca
    GOLD: Merck Canada
    SILVER: Minogue Medical Inc., Stryker
    BRONZE: GSK/Tesaro, Hoffmann-La Roche, Sanofi


Our Partners

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada welcomes and values industry partnerships.

GOC acknowledges the ongoing support of these dedicated partners for their commitment to gynecologic oncology in Canada. Thank you.

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