Fellows Education Day (Trainee & Junior Faculty Workshop) Invitation – Sunday April 30

Attention all CCMG Trainees, RCPSC Residents, & Junior Fellows of the CCMG: 

You are invited to participate in the inaugural Fellows Education Day, a pre-conference workshop developed for trainees and junior faculty.  This workshop aims to provide important skills to augment the core training curriculum and to provide an opportunity to network with other trainees and mentors from across the country.   The full-day event takes place on Sunday April 30 on the opening day of the CCMG 41st Annual Scientific Conference "Celebrating Canada's Medical Genetics", April 30-May 3, 2017, Le Westin Montreal, Montreal, Quebec. 

The Training and E2P2 Committees have lined up talented faculty mentors to present: 

  • 10:00-10:45 Exams skills -Aspasia Karalis and Ryan Lamont
    11:00-11:50 Quality assurance of lab developed tests (organized by training committee) - Tracy Stockley
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch networking event with mentors from diverse institutions and careers paths who will be sharing through informal discussions what their life as faculty/staff looks like.
  • 13:15-14:00 Career paths - Bridget Fernandez
    14:00-15:00: How to write your CV and cover letter to respond to a job posting - interactive session so bring your CV/cover letters to get feedback! - Julie Richer with Karen Niederhoffer, Aspasia Karalis, Jim Stavropoulos
  • 15:15-16:15: How to write a manuscript and select a journal - Philippe Campeau

The workshop is free of charge to trainees though trainees are strongly encouraged to register and participate in the subsequent Scientific Conference, taking advantage of the opportunity to form valuable connections with their future colleagues – the $295 early registration includes all social events and most meals during the conference, increasing the opportunities for networking. Registration is now open – don’t delay!

If you are only able to attend the trainee workshop, please send an email to the CCMG office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to notify them that you will be attending for the purposes of the workshop and hospitality planning. There will be a ‘guest’ name tag provided at the registration booth.


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1. Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary
December 11, 2016 to December 31, 2017

Montréal is celebrating the 375th anniversary of its founding.

Type: Celebration 375th
Neighbourhood: Downtown
2. Cité Mémoire

Cité Mémoire brings the city’s rich past to life before our eyes using innovative projections.

Type: History
Neighbourhood: Old Montréal and Old Port
3. Pièces de collections
September 15, 2015 to September 17, 2018

This exhibition brings together an exceptional selection of published works that transcend periods and disciplines.

Type: History
Neighbourhood: Downtown
4. The stage at the Bistro Le Ste-Cath
See the schedule

The stage at the Bistro Le Ste-Cath presents music, comedy, improv, literary readings, and exhibitions.

Type: Entertainment
Neighbourhood: Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
5. Asteroid: Mission Extreme
June 7, 2016 to June 4, 2017

Asteroid: Mission Extreme and One Day... on Mars in double feature at Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan.

Type: Science and nature
Neighbourhood: Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
6. One day... on Mars
June 7, 2016 to October 29, 2017

Join our expedition to Mars and enjoy a thrilling immersive experience.

Type: Science and nature
Neighbourhood: Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
7. Atta Ants
September 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017

They are so tiny. They look so frail.

Type: Science and nature
Neighbourhood: Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
8. We are Stars
September 6, 2016 to June 4, 2017

We are Stars and One Day... on Mars in double feature at Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan.

Type: Science and nature
Neighbourhood: Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
9. École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal
Until October 7, 2017

A tour of the building where this institution of a major influence in Québec’s socioeconomic expansion was founded.

Type: History
Neighbourhood: Downtown
10. Choreographies for Humans and Stars
November 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017

Come play with the stars.

Type: Science and nature
Neighbourhood: Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
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Registration will open in February 2017 for the CCMG 41st Annual Scientific Conference, April 30-May 3, 2017, Le Westin Montreal, Montreal, Quebec.

The CCMG 41st Annual Scientific Conference will feature a multi-disciplinary scientific program, renowned guest speakers, an extensive two-day trade show and a great social program. It is a unique opportunity to update your skills and knowledge and to network with colleagues from a variety of disciplines. The Annual General Meeting of the organization will also be held during this conference.

 REGISTER NOW! Up to and including
April 1 2017
Between April 2
& May 3, 2017
Members1 $525 $725
Emeritus Members1 $295 $295
CAGC* Members1 $625 $725
Trainee Members (CCMG)1 $295 $295
Single Day Member Registration2,3,4,5,6 $250 $300
Non-Members1 $725 $825
Trainee/Technologist Non-Member1 $325 $355
Student Non-Member1 $325 $355
Single Day Non-Member Registration2,3,4,5,6 $350 $400

 *Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors: CAGC

  • Full Conference registration includes Opening Keynote (Sunday), Welcome Reception (Sunday), Wine & Cheese Reception (Monday), access to all Sessions and Exhibits (Monday-Wednesday), Breakfast Seminars (Monday-Wednesday), Lunch (Monday-Tuesday), Presidents' Reception & Gala Banquet (Tuesday).
  • Single Day rates apply for single day registrations only. Attendance at 2 or more days requires full conference registration.
  • Single Day Sunday registration includes Keynote (Sunday) and Welcome Reception (Sunday)
    Not included but available for purchase: Wine & Cheese Reception (Monday), Presidents' Reception & Gala Banquet (Tuesday)
  • Single Day Monday registration includes Wine & Cheese Reception (Monday), access to all Sessions and Exhibits (Monday), Breakfast Seminar (Monday), Lunch (Monday).
    Not included but available for purchase: Presidents' Reception & Gala Banquet (Tuesday)
  • Single Day Tuesday registration includes access to all Sessions and Exhibits (Tuesday), Breakfast (Tuesday), Lunch (Tuesday).
    Not included but available for purchase: Wine & Cheese Reception (Monday), Presidents' Reception & Gala Banquet (Tuesday)
  • Single Day Wednesday registration includes access to all Sessions and Exhibits (Wednesday), and Breakfast (Wednesday)
    Not included but available for purchase: Wine & Cheese Reception (Monday), Presidents' Reception & Gala Banquet (Tuesday)

Royal College Fellows and MOC Program participants who provided their identification number at the time of registration will have their MOC Section 1 credits automatically transferred to their MAINPORT holding area following the learning activity. To complete the entry participants will be required to record their learning outcomes.

Letter of Invitation
Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation in order to obtain a visa and authorization to attend the CCMG Conference should contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The invitation letter will be issued once the registration form and payment has been received by the CCMG. The letter does not constitute any financial commitment on the part of the Association.

Cancellation Policy:
Registration cancellation must be received in writing to the CCMG office on or before April 1, 2017. An administration charge of $50 will apply to all refunds. No refunds will be provided after April 1, 2017.



This page provides important information to speakers/presenters. If you are not a speaker or presenter at the Conference, the below information does not apply to you and you do not need to submit the forms. 

Thank you for your participation in the CCMG 41st Annual Scientific Conference "Celebrating Canada's Medical Genetics", April 30-May 3, 2017, Le Westin Montreal, Montreal, Quebec. 

This conference 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, approved by the Canadian Association of Pathologists. 

To meet the accreditation requirements all presenters are required to submit some information to the organizers. General information is provided below, however different types of sessions have different requirements – please ensure you review the communications that are sent to you by email from the conference organizing staff. 

Documents Required Prior to Conference

All presenters in non-commercial sessions (symposium, lecture, workshop, roundtable, oral, poster, SIG) are required to read the following documents and submit the Declaration of Conflict of Interest Form at your earliest opportunity.

• Session/Presentation Title and Learning Objectives

• Declaration of Conflict of Interest Form

• Guidelines for Writing Learning Objectives

• List of Verbs for Formulating Learning Objectives 

CPD Requirements for Your Presentation
At the beginning of your presentation, you must verbally notify the audience of any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of the program. As well, at the beginning of your presentation you must identify the learning objectives specific to your presentation which should also be inserted into your slides. If you are a speaker in a session with multiple presenters, please also review the overall learning objectives for the session that have been provided by the Chair. 

Your presentation requires a minimum of 25% of interactivity. You may choose a variety of formats for interactivity, e.g. case studies for the presentation, small group activities within workshops, Twitter, live polling, or of course, question and answer periods. 

Feedback will be solicited from the participants and will include and evaluation of clarity, organization, value, achievement of learning objectives for each session. You will receive a summary of your evaluation following the event, for your CV and/or teaching and academic portfolio. 

Biography & Photo
Your biography will be included on the website, and is also required for the CPD Accreditation application. Please email your biography as a Word document to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As a guideline, typically the biographies submitted by presenters are approximately 1-2 paragraphs in length. Please also send a headshot photo for the website and program. 

Learning Objectives
All speakers must submit the learning objectives of their session. These will be included on the website and are required for the CPD applications. If you are a speaker in a session with more than one presenter, please confer with the Chair of your session to clarify the general objectives for the session, and submit the learning objectives for your specific presentation. Please submit at least 3 specific learning objectives, in the following format (submit using Session Title and Learning Objectives Form above):

At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

Session Description
Please submit a short description of the topic of your presentation in paragraph format. This will be included on the website to provide information to participants about your presentation.

Presentation rooms will be equipped with a full set up for powerpoint presentations (laptop and projector). Please bring your powerpoint presentation to the Conference on a USB flashdrive to load onto the laptop provided onsite. An a/v technician will be present to help load the presentations.

All presenters are required to make their own accommodation arrangements. All scientific sessions will be held at the Le Westin Montreal. Please make your reservation as early as possible. Additional details are available on the accommodation page.

Registration Fee
All speakers are asked to register for the conference. Please select pay by cheque so that we can adjust your final registration amount owing. Speakers receive the day of their talk complimentary. Refer to the CCMG Speaker Reimbursement Policy for all of the details.

 We would like to assist in making your presentation run as smoothly as possible. Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at any time if you require information or assistance, and check this website for updated program information.

Thank you again for agreeing to participate in the CCMG 41st Annual Scientific Conference. Your involvement will contribute in making this meeting a success.


Did you know that your choice of hotel for the Annual Conference has a direct impact on the hosting associations? In order to secure sufficient meeting space for the conference we must guarantee a minimum number of bedroom bookings by our delegates. Although we understand that making your reservations outside of the conference block can sometimes be more economical, it may cause the association to have to pay attrition fees for unutilized rooms within the contracted room block, which over time may result in higher conference registration fees.

The CCMG depend on the annual conference revenues to fund other programs throughout the year and to keep future registration fees low. Please assist your associations by making your hotel reservation in the official conference block at Le Westin Montréal.

Le Westin Montreal - Exterior

Conference Location:

Le Westin Montreal
270 Saint Antoine Ouest
Montreal QC H2y 0A3

Reservations: Use the following link to make your hotel reservation https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1503307311&key=2AA0D8CC or call central reservations at 1-866-837-4262 to make a new reservation, modify or cancel it.  Please ensure that you identify yourself as a member of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists to book inside the CCMG Room Block.  All reserved rooms will be released for General sale on Friday March 31, 2017.

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel your reservations without penalty until 4pm local time, 2 days prior to your schedule arrival. Any cancellations made after this deadline will be charged a 1 night penalty, plus applicable taxes.

Rate: $249 CAD if you reserve by March 31.  Rates will be available 3 days prior and 3 days after the conference.

Extra person charge (3rd and 4th person) sharing a room is $30 CAD per person, per night. Additional charge for additional bedding (cot) is $30 per room, per night.
Please note that rooms with 2 beds cannot accommodate a cot. Children under 18 years old may share parent’s rooms at no extra charge with existing bedding.
Currently the applicable taxes are the following: a City tax of 3.5 % per room, per night plus Government sales taxes totaling 14.98% (5% Goods and services Tax + 9.975% Provincial Sales Tax). These taxes are subject to change without notice by the Province of Quebec.


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Melissa Carter

Melissa Carter is a clinical geneticist at The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), and Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. She came to CHEO in 2016, having worked at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto since 2011. She completed medical school at McMaster University, followed by residency in Medical Genetics in Ottawa. She also completed a clinical fellowship in Developmental Pediatrics in Toronto, and a research fellowship under the CIHR's Autism Research Training (ART) progam. Dr. Carter’s clinical and research interests include the genetic basis of autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders, in particular those associated with recurrent copy number variants. Her "favourite" CNVs are 15q11.2 microdeletion and 22q11.2 duplication.



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Margaret Nowaczyk

Margaret Nowaczyk is a pediatrician and a clinical geneticist. She is a Professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster University and DeGroote School of Medicine in Hamilton, Ontario.

 The major focus of Dr. Nowaczyk’s research is genetic disorders both at the basic sciences and clinical level. Her greatest scientific contributions lie in the area of Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, and new syndrome delineation where she is recognized as an expert internationally. She has participated in gene discovery of Cornelia de Lange syndrome, Floating-Harbor syndrome, and encephalocranio-cutaneous lipomatosis. Her other research endeavors relate to the way in which narratives shape the lives of patients and the patient-doctor interactions--a field called narrative medicine.

 Dr. Nowaczyk is also an award-winning writer. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at University of British Columbia. She has published non-fiction in Geist Magazine and The Examined Life Journal, and stories in literary magazines Prairie Fire and Numero Cinq. She lives in Hamilton with her husband and two sons.

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Allan Peterkin, M.D., FRCP(C), FCFP

Allan Peterkin is a Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he heads the Program In Health, Arts and Humanities (www.health-humanities.com) .

He is the author of 14 books for adults on medical humanities, cultural history ,human  sexuality and physician wellness  including "Staying Human During Residency Training-How To Survive and Thrive After Medical School (now in its sixth edition).  Two recent medical humanities titles (2016) are "Portfolio To Go-1000 Writing Prompts and Provocations For Clinical Learners" (University of Toronto Press) and "Keeping Reflection Fresh : A Practical Guide For Clinical Educators" (Kent State University Press) He has published  3 picture books for children ,"The Flyaway Blanket" (Magination Press) being the latest.

Dr. Peterkin is a founding editor of ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities (www.ars-medica.ca) and has been a humanities editor with the CMAJ  (Canadian Medical Association Journal)  and Medical Humanities (BMJ). He sits on advisory boards with the International Health Humanities Network, AMH (The Association of Medical Humanities-UK) and CREATING SPACE (Canada).

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Elizabeth Spriggs, PhD, FCCMG

Dr. Elizabeth Spriggs obtained her PhD in Medical Genetics from the University of Calgary under the supervision of one of our long-standing CCMG members, Dr. Renee Martin. Beth then returned to her hometown, Winnipeg, and completed a two-year CCMG fellowship in Molecular Genetics under the supervision of Dr. Nancy Carson. For the past 19 years, Beth has worked as a molecular geneticist at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre. Today, the Genomics Laboratory with its staff of 30 includes both cytogenetic and molecular services and is under the management of the non-profit organization, Diagnostic Services Manitoba (DSM). Beth is also cross-appointed to the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences in the University of Manitoba as an Assistant Professor. She has been involved with the CCMG since 1998 and has served as a member of the Molecular Genetics, Education, Accreditation of Centres, and Examinations Committees.



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Tracy L. Stockley, PhD, FCCMG, FACMG

Dr. Stockley is the Associate Director of Genome Diagnostics at University Health Network (UHN) which includes oversight of the Advanced Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center and the Genome Diagnostics Clinical Laboratory at Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Stockley is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Stockley’s role at UHN includes oversight of genetic testing for oncology including companion diagnostics, genomic test development for clinical laboratory use, and applications of next-generation sequencing to clinical care.  Dr. Stockley also has an interest in quality improvement related to high-complexity laboratory testing, and has participated in defining standards for molecular diagnostics with multiple national and international organizations including the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists, Health Canada, Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute, European Molecular Quality Network and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Dr. Stockley is currently the Chair of the Accreditation Advisory Panel for the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists.



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