Inspired Breathing Conference

Inspired Breathing Conference


The Lung Association, Saskatchewan is pleased to introduce the Inspired Breathing Conference 2019 that will be held in Saskatoon at the Saskatoon Inn on May 24 & 25, 2019.

This inaugural conference will bring together patient voices, family physicians, respiratory specialists, allied respiratory health care professionals, and respiratory educators to learn together and to network with one another. This conference offers content that is diverse, current, and of value to all delegates. With its mix of plenary sessions, keynote speakers and participative workshops presented by experts and key opinion leaders in their respective fields of specialty, this professional education conference includes something for everyone.


This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Saskatchewan Chapter for up to 8.25 Mainpro+ credits.

CERTIFIED RESPIRATORY EDUCATORS - Log up to 8.25 hours towards your re-certification

HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS - Log up to 8.25 hours towards your professional discipline's portfolio

ACCOMMODATION - IBC CONFERENCE RATE - SASKATOON INN -  We have a block of rooms reserved under a special conference rate at the Saskatoon Inn on Fri May 24 and Sat May 25. Click here to book your room at $129/night (plus taxes): or call 306-242-1440 and ask for the Lung Association rate. This rate is subject to availability so be sure to reserve your room early.

DAY 1  - Friday, May 24, 2019 - Ballroom A
3:30 - 4:00 Registration and Sponsor Displays
4:00 - 4:10 Welcome Address
4:10 - 4:45 Indigenous Lung Health Research - Dr. Mark Fenton
4:45 - 5:30 Health Equity & Cultural Safety: Providing optimal care to vulnerable populations - Ms. Erin Beckwell
5:30 - 6:45 Dinner & Sponsor Displays
6:45 - 7:30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Disordered Breathing - Ms. Donna Turner & Ms. Jessica DeMars
7:30 - 8:00 Dessert & Networking
DAY 2  - Saturday, May 25, 2019 - Ballroom A
8:30 - 9:00 Registration & Sponsor Displays
9:00 - 9:05 Welcome Address
9:05 - 9:15 VIP BREATHE Ambassador Journey
9:15 - 9:45 FERGUSON LECTURE - PLENARY: COPD - The Canadian Thoracic Society Update - Dr. Darcy Marciniuk
9:45 - 10:30 Lung Cancer: Changes in diagnosis over the past 10 years - Dr. Anderson Tyan
10:30 - 10:50 Intermission & Sponsor Displays
10:50 - 11:20 The Global Initiative to Eliminate TB - Dr. Kris Stewart
11:20 - 11:50 Interstitial Lung Disease Clinic & Patient Support - Ms. Peggy McKee
11:50 - 12:45 Lunch Break, Networking & Sponsor Displays
12:45 - 1:30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Cannabis/Tobacco - Inhalation & Lung Disease - Dr. Erika Penz
1:30 - 2:00 A Debate: Marijuana vs. E-Cigarettes - Dr. Colin Ellis & Dr. Stacey Lok
2:00 - 2:15 Intermission Prior to Breakout Workshops & Forums
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Workshops for Health Care Professionals
2:15 - 5:00

SESSION A - Ballroom A - Spirometry Interpretation Workshop - Dr. Brian Graham & Dr. Jordan Olfert (limited to 30 registrants)

Workshop Objectives: At the completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to describe the role of spirometry as an objective measurement of lung disease; describe spirometry testing, terms and measurements; describe the criteria for test acceptability and repeatability; and gain confidence in the interpretation of spirometry.

SESSION B - Courtyard Room - Disordered Breathing Management & Airway Secretion Clearance Techniques Workshop - Ms. Donna Turner and Ms. Jessica DeMars (limited to 50 registrants)

Workshop Objectives: At the completion of this workshop, attendees will have learned management strategies and enhanced skills to optimize care for their patients with disordered breathing and those requiring airway secretion.

Forums for Persons, Families, and Caregivers affected by Lung Disease
2:15 - 4:00

SESSION C - Manitoba Room - Lung Health Patient Engagement Forum - Ms. Susan Cron, Dr. Donna Goodridge, Ms. Karen Davis (TBC)

This forum is an opportunity for patients and caregivers to share their stories and voice their experiences on living with lung disease in Saskatchewan. This forum will be facilitated by the Lung Association's Senior Leadership Team along with key experts in lung health.

SESSION D - Brass Lantern Room - Parents & Caregivers of Children with Asthma Forum - Ms. Liz Ochitwa & Ms. Crystal Spehar

This forum will provide information and an opportunity to ask questions about caring for children with asthma.  It will be facilitated by Certified Respiratory Educators who are leaders in the field of pediatric respiratory care.


Our conference sponsors​ will be recognized as they are confirmed.  

This conference is also supported by the University of Saskatchewan (Division of Respirology, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine), Lung Association, Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Thoracic Society (the health professional section of the Lung Association, Saskatchewan), the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF).



2019 Inspired Breathing Conference Planning Committee

  • Dr. Mark Fenton, Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Lung Association, Saskatchewan Medical Advisory Committee Chair
  • Dr. Anderson Tyan, Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, SK Thoracic Society Past President
  • Dr. Rashaad Hansia, ​Primary Health Care - Urban, Regina Area, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Family Physician Representation
  • Ms. Jennifer Salahub, Nurse Educator, Saskatchewan Health Authority, SK Thoracic Society President
  • Mr. Trent Litzenberger, VP Community Care, Lung Association, Saskatchewan
  • Ms. Lori Kleiboer, Program Manager, Professional Education, Community Care, Lung Association, Saskatchewan

For any questions regarding the Inspired Breathing Conference, please contact Lori Kleiboer at 306-667-3007 or email to


Conference attendees please note: The registrant or participant grants to the Lung Association, Saskatchewan, and its designees the irrevocable permission to use his or her likeness or voice in any media now or hereafter existing in connection with all or any part of the event or program, for any purpose whatsoever, including marketing, promotion or commercial purposes.

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