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Italo-Canadian Club

1174 Italia Lane

Kingston, ON K7L 4V3


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Kingston Health Sciences Centre is hosting the joint Emergency and Critical Care Conference Kingston, September 25, 2019. This year the conference is set to feature a wide range of exciting topics sure to be of value to Emergency and Critical Care nurses as well as interprofessional team members.

Engaging patient experiences, the clinical innovations of Point of Care Ultrasound and Endovascular Thrombectomy, insights into workplace violence, the Code Orange process, and transformative perspectives on addictions will be delivered by our valued community partners and Critical Care/Emergency clinicians alike.

Conference agenda and speakers are subject to change. We look forward to your participation and ask you to encourage colleagues and staff to attend.


0830-0845 Registration

0845-0900 Opening Remarks

0900-0950 The Opioid Crisis & How We Got Here

0950-1020 Break and Vendors

1020-1110 A Little Bit of Hocus Pocus!

1110-1200 Staff, Safety and Wellness

1200-1245 Lunch/prizes

1245-1335 Code Orange: The 401 Corridor and Who's Where?

1335-1425 Trauma

1425-1445 Break & Vendors

1445-1535 Endovascular Thrombectomy for Ischemic Stroke - Is It Really A Miracle?

1535-1545 Closing Remarks


JUSTINE MCISAAC, Harm Reduction Counselor

I have been a Harm Reduction advocate for the past 10 years, worked in a variety of Harm Reduction agency’s including the second approved SIS in North America. I have been with SHC the last 9 years as a harm reduction counselor. Hope that works


Hailey completed her medical school at NOSM in 2012, followed by internal medicine at Dalhousie University, Critical Care medicine at Western University, and a Critical Care Ultrasound Fellowship at Western University in London. She is currently working as intensivist and internist at Kingston General Hospital and can be easily identified as the one rolling the ultrasound with her on morning rounds. Lung ultrasound and advanced cardiac ultrasound for hemodynamic assessment are two specific areas of interest. Hailey teaches critical care ultrasound at courses across the country and has contributed to several articles and book chapters on the topic.

MURRAY HILLIER, RN, Dip. Adult Ed. (Can.)

Mr. Hillier is a Registered Nurse and has worked in various professional capacities in health care for 40 years. His areas of service have included: Administration, Education, Emergency, Mental Health and Psychiatric Emergency Services. His practice also included having been a Master level Instructor and Consultant in both Crisis and Suicide Intervention.His clinical experience and expertise has made him a sought after speaker, giving keynote speeches, and highly interactive workshops and seminars for all levels of Government, Academic Institutions and Private Corporations.

Currently he is a Clinical Educator, Professional Practice Department at Providence Care Hospital in Kingston Ontario and is also a Professor at Algonquin College in Ottawa, having held development and teaching positions in the Paramedic, Critical Care, Mental Health and Allied Health programs.


Brenda Conway is the Manager of Emergency Management, Parking and the Security Operations Centre for the Kingston Hospitals (KGH, HDH, PCH and BGH). Brenda has been employed at KHSC for 35 years; working as a registered nurse at Kingston General for 22 years before joining the Protection Services Department in 2005where she brought her nursing expertise to develop the CBRN, Emergency Response and Pandemic Programs. Brenda held her National Emergency Nursing Certification of Excellence for 10 years and is currently an Instructor for the Nursing Trauma Core Course.

Brenda has Emergency planning certifications from the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, OHA, Office of the Fire Marshall, Centennial College , The Oakridge Institute for Science and Education and the National Disaster Life Support Foundation. Brenda has worked with Health Canada, CRTI/ISR on research projects to develop national protocols for dealing with children exposed to a CBRN hazard and provide tools/guidelines for triage and measuring internal radiation contamination. She has been a guest speaker regarding Emergency response and Pandemic Planning initiatives for: SEO Health Care Network, Federated Press, Corrections Canada, the Eastern Inter-ministerial Emergency Management Council and the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety. Brenda has articles published in International Safety Research, Oxford Journal, Ontario Safety Association for Community & Healthcare, Canadian Security and The Nursing Journal.


Dr. Chris Parker is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Critical Care Medicine at Queen’s. He completed his undergraduate degree, as well as medical training and a graduate degree in physiology, in Kingston. After medical school, Dr. Parker pursued fellowships in Internal Medicine, Respirology, and Critical Care Medicine, and is a Harvard Macy Scholar.

In his current role at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Parker is a staff Respirologist and a co-director of the Intensive Care Unit at Kingston General Hospital. He is a Trauma Team Leader, and is the only respirologist in Canada who takes Trauma call at a tertiary centre. He is a respected educator and has held a variety of leadership positions in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, and continues to be actively involved in the training of future physicians.


Gord Boyd is originally from Thunder Bay, ON where he did his undergraduate degree in Psychology. He then moved to the University of Alberta in Edmonton to complete his PhD in Neuroscience, where he studied the role of growth factors in peripheral nerve regeneration. He moved to Kingston in 2001 to do a post-doctoral fellowship in spinal cord injury. Clearly, he fell in love with the limestone city, as he stayed here for medical school, Neurology residency, and a fellowship in adult Critical Care Medicine. He currently is a Clinician-Scientist and Associate Professor at Queen’s University in the Departments of Medicine (Neurology) and Critical Care Medicine. His program of research uses non-invasive technology to assess the relationship between cerebral oxygenation and neurological outcomes following critical illness, cardiac surgery, and chronic kidney disease. He is also a Regional Medical Lead and Donation Support Physician for the Trillium Gift of Life Network.

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1174 Italia Lane

Kingston, ON K7L 4V3


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