Whistler Anesthesia Summit

March 1 - 4, 2018 Westin Hotel

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Whistler Anesthesia Summit

March 1 - 4, 2018 - Westin Hotel

Register now

Whistler Anesthesia Summit

March 1 - 4, 2018 - Westin Hotel

Register now

The Whistler Anesthesiology Summit

March 1 - 4, 2018 - Westin Hotel

Register now

The Whistler Anesthesiology Summit

March 1 - 4, 2018 - Westin Hotel

Register now

The Whistler Anesthesiology Summit

March 1 - 4, 2018 - Westin Hotel

Register now

Our Mission

The mission of the Whistler Anesthesiology Summit is to deliver the highest standard in educational updates, covering all aspects of anesthesia care. Our conference is supported by UBC Continuing Professional Development, a division of the Faculty of Medicine UBC, and is eligible for 15.5 MOC Section 1 credits.

Our Venues

Whistler, BC, Canada, is regarded as one of the top resorts in North America and 2010 was an exciting year to be there because of all of the Olympic activity. Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains offer the highest lift-serviced vertical and the largest terrain of any ski area in North America, with large alpine bowls and forested glades, expert grooming and ski runs that last forever.


Our speakers are national and international leaders in anesthesia and health care. 10+ Influential and inspirational speakers including top Anesthesiologists. 20+ Dynamic sessions dedicated towards keeping you informed on the new processes/procedures and other information.

Other Activities

More information about Whistler Blackcomb is available on the Whistler Blackcomb website. To book pre-arranged discount passes and rentals for our conference participants.


Consider submitting an abstract for e-poster & oral presentation at the Whistler Anesthesiology Summit on March 1-4, 2018.

Our Speakers

Our speakers are national and international leaders in anesthesia. Come learn, and ski, with us.

Dr. Clyde Matava

Dr. Clyde Matava is a graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Zimbabwe. He completed his pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at the University of Toronto, where he is now Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia. As the Director of Innovation, Informatics and Technology, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, he was central to overhauling the medical education system, including eLearning modules for the 'flipped classroom' clerkship. His research around using virtual reality to combat preoperative anxiety and pain had success at IARS.

Dr. Edward Mariano

Dr. Edward Mariano, MD, MAS, graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his anesthesiology residency and pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital with emphases on clinical investigation and regional anesthesia and perioperative pain management for children. Dr. Mariano joined the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego, in 2004, where he started UCSD’s current training program in Regional Anesthesia and earned his Masters Degree in clinical research. He served as Division Chief of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine until 2010. The UCSD Regional Anesthesia Fellowship that he founded was the first fellowship in this subspecialty in California recognized by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. In 2010,Dr. Mariano returned to the Stanford community to serve as Chief of the Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care Service at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. His clinical research interests include the development of techniques and patient care pathways to improve postoperative pain control and other surgical outcomes in adults and children. He is particularly interested in regional anesthesia, the specific application of local anesthetics and adjuvants at the site of peripheral nerves, in the context of producing target-specific pain relief. You can follow Dr. Mariano on Twitter (@EMARIANOMD).

Dr. PJ Devereaux

Dr. PJ Devereaux , MD, PhD, FRCPC, completed medical school at McMaster University and pursued residencies in internal medicine at the University of Calgary and cardiology at Dalhousie University. He then obtained a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University, and for his research success he was honoured with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Career Investigator Award. He was the Co-PI of the POISE-1 Trial, the world’s largest cardiac randomized controlled trial in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery. Dr. Devereaux is the PI of the VISION Study that evaluated major vascular complications in a representative sample of 40,000 patients undergoing noncardiac surgery in 14 centres in 10 countries. He is also the PI of the POISE-2 Trial that evaluated the effects of clonidine versus placebo and ASA versus placebo in a factorial 10,000 patient trial among patients undergoing noncardiac surgery. Dr. Devereaux has published over 180 peer reviewed papers and 40 editorials, book chapters and commentaries. He is currently the Head of Cardiology and the Perioperative Medicine Program at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, and Associate Profressor Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University. He is also the Scientific Leader of the Perioperative Medicine and Surgical Research Group at the Population Health Research Institute.

Dr. Ellen O’Sullivan

Chair, Scientific Committee on Respiration & Airway Management, European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA); Board Member, Society Airway Management (SAM); Professor of Anaesthesia & Airway Management, Difficult Airway Society

Dr. Michael Negraeff

Chair, Board of Directors, Pain BC; Associate Member, International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries (ICORD); Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of British Columbia

Dr. Barton Thiessen

Royal College examiner in anesthesia from St. John's currently on sabbatical working as a mountain physician. Skiing pow and chucking bombs under the guise of searching the coast mountains of BC for the ultimate oral exam question!

Dr. Ainsley Sutherland

Dr. Sutherland recently complete her fellowship in Transitional Pain at Toronto General Hospital. The Transitional Pain program is a new program designed to prevent chronic post-surgical pain and opioid use after surgery. Dr. Sutherland recently joined the Department of Anesthesia at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver where she will be helping to develop a similar program.

Dr. Roanne Preston

UBC Department Head Anesthesiology, Pharmacology an& Therapeutics Obstetric anesthesiologist working primarily at BC Women's Hospital in Vancouver

Dr. Tino Piscione

Dr. Tino Piscione joined the CMPA as a Physician Advisor in July 2014. Previously, Dr. Piscione practiced as a paediatric nephrologist at SickKids Hospital in Toronto where he held appointments of Assistant Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto and Clinician-Scientist at SickKids Hospital Research Institute. He was also Associate Director of the Paediatric Nephrology Residency Training Program. Dr. Piscione graduated in Medicine at Queen’s University in 1991 and completed residency training in Paediatrics at SickKids in 1995. He subsequently completed clinical and research fellowship training in Paediatric Nephrology at SickKids before being recruited as a faculty member in 2001. Since joining the CMPA, Dr Piscione has been keenly involved in the design and development of educational content on communication and patient safety.

Dr. Trina Montemurro

I graduated from University of Calgary's medical school in 1999. I completed a residency in Family Medicine at UBC in 2001. After working as a Family Physician for 4 years, I decided to retrain in Anesthesiology. In 2009, I obtained my FRCPC in Anesthesiology and have worked as a Staff Anesthesiologist at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver since that time. I have a passion for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement and have completely extra training in both these areas.

Dr. Andrea MacNeill

Dr MacNeill is a surgical oncologist at Vancouver General Hospital and the BC Cancer Agency, and a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. She is also the provincial education coordinator for the BCCA Sarcoma Tumour Group and a founding member of the BCCA Sarcoma Outcomes Unit and the Canadian Abdominal Sarcoma Collaborative. She completed General Surgery residency at the University of British Columbia followed by a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the University of Toronto. She pursued additional fellowship training in sarcoma surgery at the Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori in Milan, Italy and the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, UK, and subspecialty fellowship training in peritoneal malignancies in Basingstoke, UK. She completed a Master’s of Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford and has research interests in sustainable health care as well as clinical outcomes of soft tissue sarcoma and peritoneal malignancies.

Dr. Alana Flexman

Dr. Alana Flexman (MD, FRCPC) is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is Head of the Division of Neuroanesthesia and a staff anesthesiologist at Vancouver General Hospital.

Dr. Laura Duggan

Medical education enthusiast, airway researcher, and twitterphile.

Dr. Stuart Marshall

Stuart is a practicing anaesthetist, simulation educator and researcher with interests in Patient Safety and Human Factors / Ergonomics. His research includes investigation of the effects of cognitive aids (checklists and algorithms) on team functioning during emergencies and on simulation as an educational technique to teach patient safety and improve patient and health worker outcomes. He has been involved in the development of several innovative patient safety courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate students and has been closely associated with the Masters of Perioperative Medicine for which he co-supervises a unit. Stuart is also connected to health professional education groups, supervising students and regularly contributing to the HealthPEER Masters of Health Professional Education and Clinical Simulation streams. He has served on the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH) executive committee and the Victorian Simulation Alliance (VSA) board and is an active reviewer for Anaesthetic, Human Factors and Simulation journals and conferences. He is the convenor of the 7th International Clinical Skills Conference in Prato, Italy in 2017 and associate editor for the Advances in Simulation journal.

What the Attendees Say


For 2018 we are pleased to be back at the Westin Whistler Resort and Spa! Situated beside the Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas in Whistler Village, the Westin a highly desirable and convenient venue for exploring all that Whistler has to offer. All rooms are equipped with a full kitchen which helps to make our conference even more family friendly. And Westin Heavenly Pet Beds also available upon request! Special conference accommodation rates are now available.

Read more about the Westin Whistler Resort at their website: www.westinwhistler.com. *Subject to availability!

Conference rates start at: $299 CDN per night (plus taxes - other rates also available).
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Reservation Deadline: Feb 1, 2018 
Please note we anticipate rooms to sell out by December 2017 - book early to avoid disappointment!

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Whistler Anesthesiology Summit

4090 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada

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