2024 National Conference

Requesting Employer Support

Do you want to attend CDHA’s 2024 national conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario?

Have you ever asked your employer to subsidize your professional development?

There are many benefits to attending a CDHA national conference. Start planning now!

CDHA understands the economics of subsidizing professional development and acknowledges that a healthy and respectful workplace is one that offers the opportunity to request compensation for educational activities. Regardless of the merits of the opportunity, you will need to justify the expenditure and demonstrate to your employer how your attendance will enhance your clinical practice.

Helpful Resources

Use these resources to help you justify the expense of attending the conference to your employer:

  1. Download the request letter template to create a custom letter for your employer.
  2. Develop a budget using this simple cost analysis worksheet.
  3. Download and print the preliminary conference program, highlighting sessions that address your professional learning goals.
  4. Use these tips and talking points to convince your employer of the value of attending.

Conference registration* includes:

  • Over 10 hours of professional development
  • Access to all conference sessions and exhibit hall
  • Attendee tote bag with swag and samples
  • Exhibit hall opening giveaway to the first 100 attendees on Thursday
  • Exhibit hall welcome reception on Thursday
  • Opening ceremony and keynote presentation
  • Networking opportunities and refreshments
  • Breakfast¥ and lunch on Friday
  • Plated awards luncheon on Saturday
  • Evidence-informed scientific poster and oral presentations
  • Access to dental hygiene student project exhibits

*Special presentations and networking sessions are available for dental hygiene educators, independent practice business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs!
¥Spaces are limited so register early!

Cost-saving ideas:

  • Subscribe to email offers from major airlines such as Air Canada, WestJet, and Porter to stay informed about special offers and pricing
  • Access discounts, rebates, and special offers from VIA Rail Canada
  • Use your existing CDHA member discount to receive 5% to 10% off car rentals
  • Save a portion of your tax refund and put it towards to the registration fee or travel expenses
  • Share a hotel room with a friend or carpool to the conference if you live locally
  • Become a CDHA member and take advantage of early bird pricing and other member benefits
  • Create a budget and put aside some money every month