On January 18 and 19, 2019 for the 11th Annual Ottawa Conference: State of the Art Clinical Approaches to Smoking Cessation, hosted by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute at the Shaw Centre located downtown Ottawa, Ontario.

What is the Ottawa Conference: State of the Art Clinical Approaches to Smoking Cessation?

Since its formation in 2009, the Ottawa Conference has become an important accredited opportunity for health professionals seeking to gain or enhance knowledge in clinical smoking cessation – an important area of clinical practice.

Why attend?

  • Hear from national and international smoking cessation experts on the latest ideas and evidence in clinical tobacco treatment, program development and smoking cessation research
  • Network with other health professionals including physicians, nurses, healthcare and community practitioners, researchers, and policy-makers
  • Learn of current and emerging concepts to apply to your clinical practice

The event will take place over two days and will feature plenary and breakout sessions, panel discussions, poster displays and networking opportunities. Take advantage of attending our pre-conference workshop hosted on Thursday, January 17, 2019. 

Pre-Conference Workshop Thursday, January 17, 2019 (accredited)





T1. Implementing the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation in Any Setting

*Explain the 5 key features of the Ottawa Model; describe the rationale for the program and the adaptability of implementation in a variety of clinical settings and specialty areas. 

Marie-Lyne Do Couto & Meghan Beking, University of Ottawa Heart Institute



T1. Smoking Cessation Approaches and Smoking Reduction Treatment for Individuals with Serious Mental Ilness and Co-occuring Substance Use Disorders

*Summarize the experiences of a smoking cessation program in a mental health and addictions agency, and increase practical knowledge and emerging approaches to assist this clientele and co-smokers.

Tomasz Kolaczyk, Parkwood Institute Mental Health
10:30-10:45 BREAK  

T1. Hacking Implementation System Challenges!

*Participants will be provided 5 different scenarios and have an opportunity to develop a business case.


Moderated by: Caroline Lawrance & Sarah Mackler

University of Ottawa Heart Institute

12:00-1:00 LUNCH

T2. Case Study Exercises

*Participants will be provided with two separate case studies and work together as a group to develop treatment plans.


Moderated by: Lori Scholtz & Priscilla Belanger

University of Ottawa Heart Institute

2:00-2:15 BREAK  

T2. Finding Personal Resiliency in the Journey to Becoming Smoke-Free  

*Determine the challenges individuals witth mental illness who smoke face when considering cessation and explore novel opportunities for healthcare professionals to assist.

Lisa Murata & Clients, The Royal 
2:55-3:00 Closing Summary Pamela Heise, University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Program - Friday, January 18, 2019 (accredited)


Introductory Comments

Jo-Anne Gagnier

Dr. Thierry Mesana, University of Ottawa Heart Institute


Clinical Smoking Cessation in 2019: Contemporary Issues and Contemporary Practice

*Interpret the philosophies and latest research underlying clinical smoking cessation interventions in the healthcare setting. *include dosing myths

Dr. Andrew Pipe & Dr. Robert Reid, University of Ottawa Heart Institute


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Reducing the Nicotine Content of Cigarette, E-Cigarettes and the Tobacco End Game

* Describe how reducing nicotine content in cigarettes and the emergence of non-combusted nicotine products like e-cigarettes can be viewed as complementary components of regulatory interventions.

Dr. Neal Benowitz, University of California San Francisco

10:00-10:20 BREAK



F1. The Master Class: A Conversation with Dr. Milan Khara

*Outline landmark approaches to smoking cessation through an open and informed conversation with an internationally renowned tobacco cessation expert.

Dr. Andrew Pipe

Dr. Milan Khara, Victoria Genral Hospital


F2.  Dependence and Cessation: Challenges and Opportunities Faced by Women who Smoke

*Identify the significant issues that surround tobacco addiction and cessation treatment in women.

Natalie Hemsing, Centre of Excellence for Women's Health


F3. Tobacco Intervention in the Oncology Setting: A Multidisciplinary Approach

*Summarize an overview of tobacco use, complications, and cessation strategies within a multidisciplinary setting.

Dr. Deborah Saunders, Health Sciences North

Dr. Lawson Eng, UHN - Princess Margaret Cancer Centre


F4. Latest Clinical Approaches for Addressing Tobacco Use Among Clients Dealing with Other Substance-Use Disorders

*Describe strategies based on best practice approaches among clients with other substance-use disorders.

Rosa Dragonetti & Peter Selby, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

12:00–1:00 LUNCH


What do Smokers Want? 

*Determine the challenges smokers face when considering cessation and explore novel opportunities for healthcare professionals to assist.

Panel of Current and Former Smokers

Moderated by: Rosa Dragonetti, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


Preventing Relapse: Individualizing Pharmacotherapy

*Examine the results of studies related to relapse prevention and apply these to clinical practice.

Dr. Milan Khara, Victoria General Hospital
2:30–2:50 BREAK


Behavioural Approaches to Smoking Cessation

*Illustrate behavioral treatment strategies with individuals regarding the why’s, when’s, and how’s of smoking cessation.

Dr. Robert Reid, University of Ottawa Heart Institute


E-Cigarettes in 2019: What We Know!

*Identify the challenges smokers face when considering the use of e-cigarettes and explore novel opportunities for healthcare professionals to assist.

Dr. David Hammond, University of Waterloo & Panel

4:15–4:30 Closing Remarks Dr. Robert Reid, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
4:30–6:00 Wine and Cheese Poster Sessions

Program - Saturday, January 19, 2019 (accredited)

8:30-8:45 Introductory Comments

Jo-Anne Gagnier, University of Ottawa Heart Institute


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Understanding and Treating Tobacco Dependence in Smokers with Mental Illness

*Interpret issues related to cessation challenges and strategies in psychiatric populations.

Dr. Megan Piper, University of Wisconsin


Quittingis Hard for the Patients and Clinicians!

*Illustrate the unique challenges clinicians face when providing tobacco treatment, and solutions for the overcoming these challenges.

Dr. Kerri Mullen with Marta Klepaczek, Anne Marie LaRue, & Donna Pittman,  University of Ottawa Heart Institute

10:00-10:20 BREAK



S1.  OMSC to the Rescue: Lessons Learned from Implementing Smoking Cessation in Specialty Populations

*Identify the needs, challenges and opportunities experienced by a smoking cessation champion within a psychiatric ward and a youth protection agency.

Dr. Mark-Andrew Stefan, CISSS de Laval

S2. Tobacco Cessation Programs in Canada’s Far North: A Nunavut Perspective

*Prioritize meeting the needs of a diverse population – adapting and applying smoking cessation intervention. 

Kristy Ste-Marie, Government of Nunavut

Pamela Heise, University of Ottawa Heart Institute


S3. Training the Professionals of Tomorrow: A Queen’s University Family Health Team Perspective

*Discuss the need and strategies for incorporating smoking cessation as part of the learning process early on.

Elizabeth Hughson, Queen's Family Health Team


S4. Motivational Interviewing:  Moving from Ambivalence to Change Talk

*Identify motivational interviewing principles, skills that are helpful in smoking cessation and list the challenges and solutions associated with smoking cessation and mental health.

Lisa Murata, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre




Rapid Fire Oral Presentations “5 mins, 3 slides!”

*Summarize new experiences, insights and interesting research results in the field of smoking cessation as presented by our conference delegates.

Multiple Presenters

Moderated By: Mustafa Coja, University of Ottawa Heart Institute


Federal Tobacco Control Strategy and its Implication

*Explain the implications of the new tobacco strategy in Canada.

Dr. Andrew Pipe, University of Ottawa Heart Institute




Cannabis and the Heart - Getting Into and Out of the Weeds

*Explain the pharmacology of cannabis and the different effects of THC and CBD, evaluate the medical evidence for or against potential uses of cannabis by cardiac clients and be aware of the adverse effects of cannabis (THC) on the cardiovascular system

Dr. Paul Oh, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute -UHN

2:45–3:00 Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks 

Dr. Andrew Pipe & Dr. Robert Reid, University of Ottawa Heart Institute


This event 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, and approved by the University of Ottawa’s Office of Continuing Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 16.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Ottawa’s Office of Continuing Professional Development for up to 16.0 Mainpro+ credits.

2019 Smoking Cessation Travel Award!

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