Program subject to change.

All presentations take place in Conference Room 1/2 unless otherwise stated.

Friday, September 30

Time Event Presenter

7:30 to 8:30 am

Registration & Breakfast sponsored by


8:30 to 9:00 am

Introduction & Welcome

Wendy Stewart, RDH, CDHA President

Regional Chief Kluane Adamek, Assembly of First Nations, Yukon Region

9:00 to 10:30 am

Keynote Address, sponsored by
The Weight of Reconciliation in Canada

When media started to report on the discovery of unmarked graves of Indigenous children at the sites of former residential schools, Canada turned the page to a new chapter in the era of reconciliation. There is now a palpable weight and responsibility to understand enough of the past to be an effective change agent for the future. It starts in the dental hygiene chair but doesn’t end there. It’s time for sector leaders to use their influence as allies and be a part of the change for reconciliation.

After hearing this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe opportunities to contribute to reconciliation both personally and professionally
  • Describe the role of allyship in reconciliation

Rose LeMay, CFNHM
Chief Executive Officer of The Indigenous Reconciliation Group

10:30 to 11:00 am

Nutrition Break sponsored by


11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Intensive Outpatient Addiction Programs: The Future of Recovery?
sponsored by

Dental hygienists are in a position to assess clients for drug use and mental health issues, and can make referrals to appropriate health care professionals. This presentation will review the impact of addiction and how intensive outpatient addiction programs are an important fixture in a recovery oriented system of care (ROSC). Concurrent disorders programs for individuals with mental health conditions and addiction are the gold standard. Trauma and PTSD are often comorbid with addiction. Treatment options for recovery from addiction and mental health and ways to enhance a ROSC will be explored.

After hearing this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence of mental health conditions in Canada and the complexity of conditions such as addiction, PTSD, trauma, moral injury, and chronic pain
  • Understand how intensive outpatient programs treat addiction and mental health conditions often at the root of addiction
  • Recognize the role of addiction medicine in the treatment of addiction in a ROSC

Robert Tanguay, BSc (Hons), MD, FRCPC, CISAM, CCSAM
Chief Medical Officer, The Newly Institute

12:30 to 1:30 pm

Lunch sponsored by


1:30 to 2:30 pm

Update from the Office of the Chief Dental Officer of Canada

This presentation will provide an update on current national oral health activities of the Office of the Chief Dental Officer of Canada, located at the Public Health Agency of Canada. You will learn about the Canadian Oral Health Screening Tool for Seniors, Cycle 7 of the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) now underway, and the federal government’s proposed national dental care program for low-income Canadians.

After hearing this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how oral health fits within the federal government health portfolio
  • Describe the type of work undertaken by the Office of the Chief Dental Office of Canada
  • Understand data collection and analysis of Cycle 7 of the Canadian Health Measures Survey
  • Understand the use of the Canadian Oral Health Screening Tool for Seniors

Lisette Dufour, RDH
Senior Oral Health Advisor, Office of the Chief Dental Officer of Canada/Public Health Agency of Canada

2:30 to 3:00 pm

Nutrition Break sponsored by


3:00 to 4:00 pm

Foundations of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Aligning with the importance of Truth and Reconciliation, this session will bring participants along on the equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) journey. It will provide foundational understanding of the core concepts of EDI, the importance of embedding lived experience in the workplace, and value of this journey for the dental hygiene profession. The session will also highlight the significance of the belonging continuum and equip participants to recognize when people feel welcomed, safe, engaged, and a sense of belongingness with colleagues and those they serve.

After hearing this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define key terms associated with equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Understand the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace
  • Describe the facets impacting belongingness in an organization

Shafana Mitha, CPA-CMA, MBA,CCIP
Principal aKollage Consulting

5:00 to 7:00 pm

Welcome to the Yukon! Reception sponsored by
Conference Room 3