2019 Conference

Conference: Living with Prostate Cancer!

Dates - October 4-5, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario at the RA Centre

Prostate Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for Canadian men. It is estimated that 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed during their lifetime, with over 21,000 men diagnosed in 2017 and over 4,000 dying. So, prostate continues to be a large problem.

PCCNO is pleased to host another conference in support of men who have either undergone treatment or soon will do so, and their families/friends. Together with a number of our partners we will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and authoritative views about living with prostate cancer.

A reception will take place on Friday October 4, 2019, 6 — 9 pm, followed by a full day of speakers on Saturday October 5, 2019, 7:30 am (breakfast) — 5:00 pm.


The conference is in Clark Hall (#17 on the building Map). Enter through the West Wing entrance near the parking lot (beside the inflatable gym).


Download a PDF version of the 2019 Conference Agenda.


Friday – October 4
6:00 PM – 7:00 PMRegistration
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM  

Networking and Reception (Light Snacks & Cash Bar)
Greetings & Opening Remarks: various dignitaries    

8:00 PM – 9:00 PMGroups From Outside Ottawa break-out meetings
Saturday – October 5
8:30 AM – 9:00 AMCONFERENCE OPENING - Chair PCCNO – Larry Peckford
Sponsor Representatives
9:00 AM – 10:00 AMDr. Luke Lavallee – The Ottawa Hospital Medical Staff
Q & A on the latest in treatment options.
10:30 AM – 11:30 AMCancer Coaching services from the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation by Patricia Barrett-Robillard RN, BScN, MNRS.
11:30 AM – 12:15 PMUse of cannabis to control pain, by Kim Lam, MD, from Apollo Cannabis Clinics
11:30 AM – 12:15 PMA Break-out session for women attendees to discuss coping with sexual issues experienced from Prostate Cancer led by Patricia Barrett-Robillard RN, BScN, MNRS, from the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, and Cynthia Beales-Alcock.
12:15 PM – 1:30 PMLUNCH
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Justin Lorentz, Cancer Genetic Counsellor

The current thoughts and research on Prostate Cancer Genetics

2:30 PM – 3:30 PMCancer Navigation - Understanding Available Resources and Choices, from the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC)
4:00 PM – 4:30 PMDr Anthony J Bella MD FRCSC - We wish. I wish. Patient and partner best-care practice based on data from over 2500 prostate cancer treated men
4:30 PM – 5:00 PMPelvic Floor Physiotherapy presented by Stephanie Simpson B.Sc. (PT) from Jeanne D’Arc ProPhysio, A Division of LifeMark

Details on the speakers are provided below the Registration Procedure:

Registration Information

Early bird registration commences immediately and has been extended until September 16, 2019. Delegates who register after that date will be charged the full conference rate. It will not be possible to sell tickets on the day of the beginning of the conference.

Currently, conference registration is set at a maximum of 125 participants. Early registration is strongly encouraged.

Delegate registration includes attendance to the opening reception on Friday, October 4 and participation in the conference program all day Saturday, October 5. Reception includes cash bar and light snacks. Registered delegates may bring a guest to the reception without cost. The Saturday conference program includes a catered breakfast and lunch. The program on Saturday is only accessible to paid registered delegates.

Registration Procedure:

Eventbrite Online Event Registration is the primary and preferred method of registration for the conference. It is the tool by which organizers track delegate attendance and plan all conference expenses. Delegates can obtain printed tickets through the electronic registration process. Persons without internet access or who are having difficulties registering on-line will be accommodated by contacting Al Carl at 613-747-5444. Ticket costs are not eligible for income tax purposes.

Transfer of registration to another individual or updating of registration information can be arranged by contacting Al Carl at 613-747-5444.  Refund of registration costs can only occur before 20 September.

The conference is considered a public event and may be video recorded for the future use of PCCNO.


  Dr. Luke Lavallee is a Surgical Urologic Oncologist at The Ottawa Hospital, an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, and an Associate Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He attended medical school at McGill University, followed by a urology residency at the University of Ottawa. He then completed a fellowship in urologic oncology and robotic surgery concurrent with a masters degree in epidemiology at the Ottawa Hospital within the Clinician Investigator Program.

  Dr. Lavallee is an active member of the International Evidence Based Urology Group, the Kidney Cancer Research Network of Canada, the Society of Urologic Oncology, and both Canadian and American Urology Associations.

  Dr. Luke Lavallee

  Justin Lorentz is a certified genetic counsellor through the American Board of Genetic counselling. He works out the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre in the Cancer Genetics and High Risk Program. He is also the lead of the Male Oncology Research and Education (MORE) Program; a registry for men with hereditary cancer. Justin is affiliated with the University of Toronto as a lecturer. His current academic interests are in hereditary cancer with a focus on male breast cancer and prostate cancer.

  Justin Lorentz

  ORCF When you or your loved ones are facing a cancer diagnosis, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is here to give you hope and help. We fund local clinical trials and research projects that provide hope for the future, and we offer Cancer Coaching to help families meet the stresses, challenges and changes that come with a cancer diagnosis. There is always something we can do, thanks to the support of our community. Learn more at www.ottawacancer.ca.

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  Patricia Barrett-Robillard RN, BScN, MNRS. Patricia has over 30 years of nursing experience in the Ottawa area, primarily working in the community health sector. She has worked with clients and their families through all stages of cancer and has been a Cancer Coach at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation since 2013.  She is passionate about health promotion as well as working with client to achieve their goals and experience the best quality of life possible.


  Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre. We provide naturopathic medicine, family therapy, physiotherapy, nutrition, acupuncture, massage therapy, lymphedema and lymphatic drainage, intravenous therapies, exercise therapy, yoga therapy and stress management. We work with you and your families to help decrease the side effects of cancer treatment; improve energy, well-being and overall quality of life; balance the body’s immune system; support the mind, body and spirit in the healing process; and provide strategies for cancer prevention and health maintenance. http://www.oicc.ca/en

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  Dugald Seely is a naturopathic doctor and clinician scientist with a keen interest in the application and evaluation of integrative oncology. This field of medicine is really a synthesis and ideally an integration of complementary medicine with standard conventional medicine for cancer care and prevention.

Dr. Seely is the founder and executive director of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC) and executive director for research & clinical epidemiology at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Seely has led numerous clinical studies and synthesis reviews with over 70 peer-reviewed publications. In clinic, Dr. Seely sees patients three days a week and is most appreciative and rewarded by the incredible courage and dedication of those he serves. Dugald is a father and avid outdoor traveler when time permits.

  Dugald Seely


  Apollo Cannabis Clinics is a network of medical cannabis clinics whose Healthcare practitioners prescribe medical cannabis for patients suffering from a variety of conditions and symptoms that impact one’s quality of life. Patients are educated on how to use medical cannabis specific for their needs and are provided with a personalized treatment plan. Apollo’s services, consultations, and ongoing education are offered free of charge, for patients living anywhere in Canada either through in-clinic consultations in their 4 Toronto locations or via secure telemedicine from the comfort of their own home. https://apollocannabis.ca/

  Apollo Cannabis Clinics logo


Our speaker, Kim Lam, MD, is an International Medical Graduate who works at Apollo Cannabis Clinics in Toronto as a physician’s assistant and patient educator. She looks to support patients who are looking to improve their quality of life with medical cannabis. She has done clinical training in Chicago, Toronto and Montreal where the focus has been on rehabilitation and pain management. Apollo is a doctor’s office in Toronto, that prescribes medical cannabis for patients suffering from conditions such as pain, sleep issues, PTSD, anxiety, and Apollo educates all their patients, and the larger community, about this alternative medicine.

      Kim Lam, MD


Ottawa Urology and Men’s Health

Dr Anthony J Bella MD FRCSC is a surgeon, physician, researcher, and innovator of national and global distinction. More than 60% of Dr Bella’s practice is dedicated to post-cancer care, with more than 300 post-cancer new patients seen annually. Among his academic accomplishments, Dr Bella held the Greta and John Hansen Chair in Men’s Health Research at the University of Ottawa and concurrently founded the neurourology laboratory at University of Ottawa (Associate Scientist, Neuroscience 2007-2013). Dr Bella received funding from multiple national and international granting agencies including the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and partnered with leading research groups worldwide including Johns Hopkins and UCSF. Dr Bella has authored more than 100 journal and textbook publications and has given over 200 lectures worldwide, including multiple keynote addresses and visiting professorships. Dr Bella’s awards list is lengthy, including Canadian, US and European distinctions.




Convention Title Sponsor - Janssen Inc.

Janssen Inc.

Conference Sponsor

Prostate Cancer Canada

Lunch Sponsor


Network/Breakfast Sponsor

Innovative Medicines Canada
Innovative Medicines Canada is the national voice of Canada’s innovative pharmaceutical industry. We advocate for policies that enable the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative medicines and vaccines that improve the lives of all Canadians. We support our members’ commitment to being valued partners in the Canadian healthcare system.

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Download a PDF version of the 2019 Conference Agenda.


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