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GOC’s 39th Annual General Meeting

Join us in Victoria, BC for our 39th AGM!

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the GOC AGM Program Planning Committee, we would like to personally invite you to attend our 39th Annual General Meeting in Victoria June 28-30, 2018.

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GOC Abstract Program - Oral, Poster and Video

Submission deadline was Monday, February 5, 2018

Acceptance letters were emailed on March 12th.


Of possible interest - the SOGC ACSC Colposcopy/Oncology sub-specialty session on Thursday June 28. For details, visit the SOGC ACSC website, https://sogc.org/conference/2018acsc/program.html. It is sub-specialty session number 6 on June 28 and begins at 13:30 on.

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Date Posted June 28, 2018
  • Event Date

    June 28, 2018 - June 30, 2018

  • Event Time

    All Day

  • Event Location

    Victoria Conference Centre
    720 Douglas Street, Victoria, British Columbia

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  • Program


    THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018
    Time Session Location/Speaker
    8:00 – 13:00
    8:00 – 8:30
    8:30 – 8:45
    8:45 – 9:15
    9:15 – 9:45
    9:45 – 10:30
    10:30 –11:00
    11:00 – 11:30
    11:30 – 12:00
    12:00 – 12:30
    12:30 – 13:00
    Laparoscopic surgical course
    Registration and breakfast
    Opening notes
    Laparoscopy for obese and morbidly obese patients
    Laparoscopic para-aortic lymph node dissection
    Laparoscopic radical hysterectomy and radical robotic trachelectomy
    Laparoscopic upper abdominal surgery and debulking procedures
    The unique role of robotics in gynecologic oncology
    Hands-on trainers: laparoscopic vaginal closure
    Marriott Hotel, Pacific Ballroom
    Dr. Tomer Feigenberg
    Dr. Tomer Feigenberg
    Dr. Sarah Sinasac
    Drs. Danielle Vicus and
    Dr. Vanessa Samouëlian
    Dr. Tomer Feigenberg
    Dr. Shannon Salvador
    10:15 – 11:45 Royal College Nucleus Committee Hilton Double Tree, Olympic View Penthouse Suite
    11:15 – 12:15 SOGC/GOC/SCC Guidelines Committee Fairmont Empress, Library Room
    12:30 – 15:30 GOC Board of Directors Meeting Hilton Double Tree, Olympic View Penthouse Suite
    17:15 GOC Family Activity
    Whale watching tour and dinner
    Meeting point: lobby of Fairmont Empress Hotel
    FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018
    Time Session/Location Speaker
    6:00 – 6:40 Run for Her Life Meeting point: Lobby of Fairmont Empress Hotel
    7:15 – 14:30 Conference registration
    7:15 – 8:10 Registration and Breakfast
    Carson Hall Foyer
    8:10 – 8:15 Relocation to Lecture Theater
    8:15 – 8:45 SOGC/GOC International Symposium – Cancer in Pregnancy
    Lecture Theater
    Dr. Alexandra Sébastianelli
    8:45 – 8:55 Breaking News: HPV Vaccination Schedule Recommendation by the Quebec Immunisation Committee Dr. Chantal Sauvageau
    8:55 – 9:00 Relocate to Carson Salon C
    9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and announcements Dr. Alon Altman
    Dr. Walter Gotlieb
    9:10 – 9:25 Targeted sequencing of histologically defined serous endometrial cancer reflects prognosis and correlates with preoperative biopsy Dr. Liron Kogan
    9:25– 9:40 Clinical stage II endometrial cancer: Is there a benefit to radical hysterectomy? Dr. Geneviève Lennox
    9:40– 9:55 Does synchronous ovarian cancer influence outcome in premenopausal women with endometrial cancer? Dr. Shaina (Joohyun) Lee
    9:55 – 10:00 Recurrence after ovarian preservation in premenopausal women with early-stage endometrial cancer Dr. Shaina (Joohyun) Lee
    10:00– 10:05 Preoperative neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio: a predictor of 30-day postoperative complications after primary surgery for ovarian cancer Dr. Julie Nguyen
    10:05 – 10:10 Does the time interval off neoadjuvant chemotherapy before and after interval cytoreduction surgery affect overall survival of women with advanced-epithelial ovarian cancer? Dr. Mitchell Clark
    10:10 – 10:15 Secondary surgical resection for patients with recurrent uterine leiomyosarcoma Dr. Paulina Cybulska
    10:15 – 10:20 Characterization of clear cell carcinoma of the endometrium: molecular subtype assignment to inform treatment decisions and improve outcomes Dr. Rachel Soyoun Kim
    10:20– 10:25 The influence of morbid obesity on surgical wait times for endometrial cancer in Ontario Dr. Andrea Simpson
    10:25– 10:35 Introducing Poster session and Workplace Miss Carine Trazo
    10:35– 11:30 Health break
    Posters Session Group I
    Carson Salon B
    POSTERS 1 – 14
    11:30 – 11:45 Modified panel-based genetic counselling for ovarian cancer susceptibility: a randomized non-inferiority trial Dr. Marcus Bernardini
    11:45 – 12:00 Markers of MEK inhibitor response in low-grade serous ovarian cancer cell lines Dr. Marta Llaurado
    12:00 – 12:15 Homologous recombination pathway mutations in freshly isolated tumor cells from patients with ovarian cancer correlate with outcome Dr. Shannon Salvador
    12:15 – 12:25 GOC Awards

    • Medical student abstracts
    • Winning projects for enhancing health advocacy role during the Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
    Dr. Alon Altman
    12:25 – 13:20 Lunch
    Carson Salon A
    MODERATOR: Dr. Walter Gotlieb
    13:20 – 14:20 GOC President’s Symposium
    Evolution of surgery for EOC: How much is adequate? The role of peritonectomy and HIPEC
    Prof. Somashekhar (India)
    14:20 – 14:35 Survival of older women with cervical cancer: What is the impact of screening history? Dr. Mitchell Clark
    14:35 – 14:50 The clinical impact of 18F-FDG-PET/CT in patients with recurrent gynecological malignancies prior to planned pelvic exenteration Dr. Rachel Soyoun Kim
    14:50 – 15:05 Laparoscopic ovarian transposition prior to pelvic radiation for gynecologic cancer Dr. Brenna Swift
    15:05 – 16:00 Health break
    Posters Session Group II
    Carson Salon B
    POSTERS 15-29
    16:00 – 17:00 GOC Tumour Board Dr. Lilian Gien
    Dr. Stephen Welch
    17:00 Announcements and adjournment for the day
    17:45 – 19:15 Welcome reception
    Posters Session Groups I & II
    Carson Salon B
    19:30 – 22:15 GOC Dinner and Presidential Medal Award
    Empress Hotel, O’Shaughnessy Room
    SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018
    Time Session/Location Speaker
    7:30 – 8:30 Carson Salon A

    Breakfast with the Experts

    • VTE
    • Nodal Dissection in Cervical Cancer
    • HIPEC in Primary Ovarian Cancer
    • Maintenance Therapy After Primary Chemotherapy in Ovarian Cancer
    Dr. Walter Gotlieb
    Dr. Sarah Ferguson
    Dr. Vanessa Samouëlian
    Dr. Hal Hirte
    8:30 – 9:30      Annual Business Meeting
    9:30 – 9:40      Outgoing Presidential Address
    9:40 – 9:45      Induction of GOC’s 20th President
    9:45 – 10:15 Health Break
    Posters Session Groups I & II
    Carson Salon B
    10:15 – 10:40 MIS Symposium
    Robotics learning curve in gynecologic oncology : tips and tricks
    Prof. Somashekhar (India)
    10:41 – 10:48 Single site robotic hysterectomy for endometrial cancer Dr. Rachel Soyoun Kim
    10:48 – 10:54 Use of the monopolar hook for lymph node debulking Dr. Walter Gotlieb
    10:55 – 11:10 Impact of a preventive bundle to reduce surgical site infections in gynecologic oncology Dr. Julie Nguyen
    11:10 – 11:25 Rates over time and regional variation of radical minimally invasive surgery for cervical cancer in Ontario: a population based study Dr. Karla Willows
    11:25 – 11:40 Accessing care: experiences and perceptions of morbidly obese women diagnosed with low-grade endometrial cancer. A qualitative study Dr. Andrea Simpson
    11:40 – 11:45 Voting for People’s Choice Award for Best Poster, Best Oral and Best Video
    11:45 – 11:55 Grab your Lunch to Go!
    11:55 – 12:55 Luncheon Debate – East meets West
    Cervical cancer, cutting vs. zapping
    West gyn onc/rad onc:
    Dr. Helen Steed
    Dr. Saranya Kakumanu
    East gyn onc/rad onc:
    Dr. Jake McGee
    Dr. Magali LeCavalier
    12:55 – 13:00 Abstract Awards Dr. Alon Altman
    13:00 – 13:05 Final Remarks
    13:30 – 16:45 Hereditary Cancer Course
    BRCA Module 1 – for Gynecologic Oncology
    Pacific Ballroom, Marriott Hotel
    13:30 – 13:35 Opening Remarks and Course Overview Dr. Alon Altman
    13:35 – 14:10 Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: A genetics primer for the non-genetics clinician  Ms. Kim Serfas
    14:10 – 14:45 Ovarian Cancer Risk Reduction in BRCA carriers Dr. Robyn Comeau
    14:45 – 15:00 Break
    15:00 – 15:35 Management of Breast Cancer Risk in BRCA Mutation Carriers Dr. Sasha Lupichuk
    15:35 – 16:10 Menopausal Hormone Therapy in BRCA Mutation Carriers Dr. Debra Evaniuk
    16:10 – 16:40 Case Working and Panel Discussion
    16:40 – 16:45 Needs Assessment and Course Evaluation
  • Registration

    New this year – one  day registration fee!

    Registration list 18AGM_WebRegList

    Event Fees


    Registration category Early registration
    until June 3rd
    as of June 4th
    BRCA Course Surgical Course On-site registrations
      2 day rate 1 day rate 2 day rate 1 day rate      
    GOC member physicians $375 $245 $450 $320 $50 $50 +$125
    GOC member fellows $200 $130 $250 $180 $50 $50 +$100
    Other GOC members $125 $ 85 $150 $110 $50 N/A +$ 75
    Non-member physicians $525 $345 $600 $420 $75 $75 +$125
    Non-member fellows $225 $145 $275 $195 $75 $75 +$100
    Other non-members $175 $115 $200 $140 $75 N/A +$ 75
    Medical students $ 75 $ 45 $100 $ 60 N/A N/A +$ 25

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Scientific Program: The entire fee will be refunded if a written notice of cancellation is received on or before Thursday, May 31st. 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 Thursday, May 31st. No refund will be granted after that date. A $25 administration fee will apply per social event.

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

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

    View registration list

    Registration for this event is closed.

  • Accomodations & Travel

    Make your travel arrangements with one of the GOC’s official travel suppliers and receive discounted rates.

    Hotel deposit policy

    Did you know that last-minute hotel cancellations can prevent our delegates from attending? The GOC would like to discourage the practice of reservations being held by undecided delegates who may or may not attend the conference. This can prevent others from attending if the hotel becomes sold out by undecided delegates who then cancel their reservations at the last minute.

    To help keep rooms available for those committed to attend the event, the hotels will process a non-refundable deposit equal to one night’s stay for the room(s) reserved with our event code; if multiple rooms are reserved, each room requires a deposit. This deposit will be charged by the hotel to the credit card on file 6 weeks prior to the conference date, which in this case is Friday, May 11, 2018.



    Fairmont Empress


    Group rates starting from at $259 per night  SOLD OUT
    721 Government Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1W5
    Phone: 1-866-540-4429
    (refer to Group code SOGC0618)
    Reserve online before May 22, 2018


    Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour


    Group rates starting from at $229 per night
    728 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC V8W 3Z5
    Phone: 1-888-236-2427
    (ask for the SOGC Annual Clinical & Scientific Conference rate)
    Reserve online before May 25, 2018


    Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Victoria


    Group rates starting from $239 per night
    777 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2B5
    Phone: 1-800-222-TREE (8733)
    (refer to Group code SOG)
    Reserve online before May 23, 2018



    Save 10% on Flex fares or higher, through online booking.
    Promotion code: 9UTYZYM1

    NOTE: Discounted rates are available for online booking and are available for travel between June 18 and July 6, 2018. Only bookings made to the designated convention city are eligible for the discount. No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.

    Save 10% on Econo and 15% on Plus* base fares for travel between Victoria and anywhere WestJet flies in North America.
    Promotion code: EVA5WG9
    Telephone: 1-888-493-7853

    NOTE: The coupon code must be entered at the time of booking. The discount applies to WestJet flights into and out of  Victoria for travel from June 18 to July 5, 2018. Travel must be booked by July 5, 2018.
    Blackout dates:  June 28 to July 3, 2018.


    Flight Centre Business Travel - Glebe

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    Contact: Andrea Slevin
    Telephone: 1 877 565 5295
    Email: andrea.slevin@flightcentre.ca


    Promotion code: XVC3113
    Contract: XVC3113

    Telephone: 1-800-227-7368

    Emerald Club is recognized at National and Enterprise locations.

    Taxi/Airport Shuttle

    Victoria International Airport is served by Yellow Cab of Victoria and YYJ Airport Shuttle. Click here for more information.

    Additional Transportation Options

    There are many ways to arrive in beautiful Victoria. For additional information about helijets, seaplanes, ferries, and ground transportation click here.

  • Social event

    Socially, we have organized three great activities!

    Thursday, June 28, 2018 – Whale Watching Tour

    Experience the Wild! Join us on a wildly authentic whale watching tour that you won’t soon forget. Our 3-hour trip will be led by a certified marine naturalist whose knowledge and passion for Vancouver Island’s marine wildlife is unequaled. Our vessel? The Pacific Explorer. Click for details about Orca Spirit Adventures.

    Cost: $150 (plus GST) per person includes 3-hour tour and dinner.

    Tour departure: 6:00pm. We must be ready to board at 5:45pm
    Meeting time and point: 5:15pm in lobby of Fairmont Empress

    ***Space is limited to 60 passengers so register early.

    Friday, June 29, 2018 – Run for Her Life ™

    Resurrecting the Run!

    GOC is excited bring back the “Run For Her Life” to the GOC Annual General Meeting in Victoria on Friday, June 29, 2018.

    This event is intended to bring together members from GOC, patients, and their friends and families to participate in a 3 km walk or a 5 km run in beautiful downtown Victoria.   The goal is to raise funds for the gynecologic cancer clinic in Victoria, while promoting wellness and the spirit of community among participants.

    The event will begin at 6:00 am from the entrance of the Fairmont Empress.  While that may seem like an early start, it will be mid-morning for most of you who are not from the west coast!  It will be a great way to start the day.

    Registration will be $25, which can be paid in advance online, or on site on Thursday, June 28.


    Friday, June 29, 2018 – Welcome Reception

    The GOC Executive and AGM Program Planning Committee invites you to a Welcome Reception to be held at the conclusion of Friday’s sessions in Carson Salon B. Join us for cocktails and network with colleagues, poster presenters and conference exhibitors. After cocktails, we will move to the Fairmont Empress for the GOC Dinner and Presidential Medal Award ceremony.

    Cash bar. One complimentary beverage ticket per registrant.

    Friday, June 29, 2018 – GOC Dinner & Presidential Medal Award

    On Friday evening, join us for an evening of socializing over dinner at the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel during which the GOC Presidential Medal will be awarded to Dr. Dianne Miller, who will be recognized for her meritorious contributions to gynecologic oncology.

    Cost for GOC members: $60 plus GST
    Cost for non-members: $115 plus GST

    Dress: Cocktail attire

    Pre-registration is required. Pre-selection of main course required. View menu

  • Sponsors


    GOC’s 3-day conference program features national and international speakers, as well as over 40 oral and poster abstract presentations, as well as surgical videos, 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.

    Confirmed sponsors

    We would like to acknowledge the following companies for their support of our 39th Annual General Meeting in the form of sponsorship or unrestricted educational grants:

    DIAMOND PLUS: Astra Zeneca
    Merck Canada Inc.
    Minogue Medical Inc., Stryker
    ConMed, Ethicon, Hoffmann-La Roche, Sanofi, Southmedic

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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