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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. 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 Halifax Casino. 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

    AGM program objectives

    1. To review updates in hereditary lynch syndrome
    2. To review work up and management guidelines of endometrial hyperplasia
    3. To analyze and appraise the presented research in gynecologic oncology
    4. To review patient selection criteria for primary surgical cytoreduction in advanced ovarian carcinoma
    5. To discuss a gynecologic oncology case from a multidisciplinary approach
    6. To debate the role of TPN in the palliative setting
    7. To review surgical techniques and improve hands-on surgical skills in cytoreductive multi-visceral resection
    THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019
    Time Session Location
    8:00 – 9:30 Royal College Nucleus Committee Halifax Convention Centre Room 614
    9:45 – 11:15 Education Committee Meeting Halifax Convention Centre Room 614
    11:30 – 14:15 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 Argyle 203
    18:00 – 21:00 GOC Family Activity
    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 main plenary  
    8:50 – 9:00 Welcome and announcements  
    9:00 – 10:00 Scientific Session I  
    10:00 – 10:25 Five times 3 minutes/3 slides presentation  
    10:25 – 10:45 Health break and exhibits  
    10:45 – 11:40 Posters session group I and health break  
    11:40 – 12:40 Scientific Session II
    12:40 – 13:10 Lunch
    13:10 – 13:40 Dessert and exhibits
    13:40 – 14:05 Five times five minute surgical video abstract presentations  
    14:05– 15:05 Scientific Session III
    15:05 – 15:55 Poster session II and health break
    15:55 – 16:00 GOC Awards for winning projects for enhancing health advocacy role during the Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
    Voting session for the People’s Choice Awards for best oral, poster and video
    16:00 – 17:00 Tumour Board Drs. Patti Power and Anna Cameron
    17:00 Announcements and adjournment for the day  
    18:15 – 22:15 GOC Dinner and Presidential Medal Award Ceremony and best abstract awards and medical student abstracts awards  
    SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019
    Time Session/Location Speaker
    8:15-9:15 Interactive breakfast session
    9:20-10:30 Annual Business Meeting
    10:30 – 11:00 Health break, Posters & Exhibits  
    11:00 – 12:00 President’s Symposium: Evidence based triage for primary management of ovarian cancer Dr. Bill Cliby
    12:00 – 12:15 Grab your Lunch to Go!  
    12:15 – 13:15 Luncheon Battle Royale: TPN in palliative patients: to do or not to do? Pro: Dr. Amit Oza
    Con: Dr. Al Covens
    13:15 Final remarks  

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

  • Registration

     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% $100
    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% N/A
    To register for GOC’s 1st Biennial Cytoreductive Multivisceral Cadaver Course, visit the event page by clicking here.

    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.

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    Thursday, June 13th from 2:30pm-5:30pm

    Friday, June 14th

    Saturday, June 15th

    Thursday, June 13th from 2:30pm-5:30pm

    Friday, June 14th

    Saturday, June 15th

    GOC Attendance & Dinner Registration:

    GOC Dinner
    Ticket Type Price Spaces
    6#Non-member/Spouse dinner - surf and turf $125.00
    7#Non-member/Spouse dinner - turf only $100.00
    8#Non-member/Spouse dinner - vegetarian $70.00
    12#Dinner - Med student/Resident PRESENTER - surf and turf $60.00
    13#Dinner - Med student/Resident PRESENTER - turf only $50.00
    1#Harbour Hopper $37.65
    14#Dinner - Med student/Resident PRESENTER - vegetarian $35.00
    19#Run for Her Life $25.00
    21#Children's dinner (up to age 12) $15.00
    16#Industry/Speaker dinner - surf and turf $0.00
    17#Industry/Speaker dinner - turf only $0.00
    18#Industry/Speaker dinner - vegetarian $0.00
    2#Dinner at The Stubborn Goat (pay at restaurant) $0.00
    20#I will NOT attend the GOC dinner (please select 1 from pull down) $0.00
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  • 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

    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!

    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 ‘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:
    18:00-19:00: Cocktails and slots
    19:00-20:15: Dinner and Awards
    20:15-21:15: 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.
    BRONZE: Hoffmann-La Roche, Tesaro


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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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