CAPA Conference Day 1

Attending Day 1 of the conference was very exciting! I noticed we had a significant increase in social media participation (via Facebook and Twitter) this year which I’ve captured in through tweets and pictures. Its certainly encouraging as increased exposure puts us in the radar in the national conversation around Canadian Health Care.

Overview of #CAPA2015 Day 1

PAs active on social media tweeted to build up momentum and excitement around #CAPA2015 conference.

We were all excited about seeing our PA colleagues again as well as the high calibre presenters that were going to be speaking at the conference.

The day began with Breakfast and Opening remarks from Ontario Medial Association President-Elect Dr. Virginia Walley and a discussion on a Need for a National Senior Strategy with Dr. Cindy Forbes, President-Elect for the Canadian Medical Association.

The CPD Sessions for today included one from UHN ER Physician Dr. Don Melady:

We then had the Awards Ceremony with opening remarks from the Brigadier General MacKay (Surgeon General), and awards for the Poster Session, Honour Roll, and Tom Ashman PA of the Year:

In the afternoon, we had excellent round table discussions on Regulation and Medical Directives, as well as the Ontario Chapter Forum led by our Chapter President Deniece O’Leary.

The evening finished off with the Annual Members Meeting led by Chris Rule, CAPA President and Patrick Nelson, Executive Director of CAPA.

We voted on issues affecting the membership, including a change to the the Mission and Value Statement, membership fees in light of changes to funding for CAPA’s operational budget.