CAHNference 2021 Recap

Thank you to the CAHNference 2021 Planning Committee: Leeya Brind’Amour (Chair) Elizabeth Lee (President), Lesley Gallagher (Vice President), Donna Zukowski (Past President), Danae Sale (Administrator)

CAHNference 2021 was a great success. It was wonderful to see so many people sign in to CAHN’s second virtual event. The conference planning committee thanks each and every one of the 124 people who attended and participated!

The CAHNference theme, Riding the Waves, was very applicable as we all continue to navigate our way through changing healthcare challenges, one of which is adjusting to living in an ever-increasing virtual world of conferences and zoom meetings. For the conference, we were privileged to have well-informed, interesting speakers, some touching on new topics, some giving great updates, and some were our very own members giving case studies and others sharing touching accounts of working on the front lines. Discussions following the presentations were always engaging and anyone fortunate enough to win one of the many great door prizes was most appreciative!

Click here to read the full summary of highlights.

Although CAHN’s members show great skill in meeting the new technological expectations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, on one point we all definitely agree – we are really looking forward to when we can meet again in person!!

CAHNference 2022 is being planned as a hybrid (virtual and in-person) event in Fall 2022. The in-person component allows delegates to network face-to-face, while the virtual component removes travel as a barrier to education for our more remote delegates.

The platform and recorded sessions remain open to CAHN members until February 27, 2022.

Please do take a moment to complete the evaluations which are incredibly valuable to our planning committee as they choose topics and speakers for our future events. Check your spam folder!

Congratulations to our prize winners! Laurie Clarida, Tiffany Turnbull, Alannah Cooper, Tracey Kusk, Roxanne D’souza, Christine Blomquist, Kelsey Secord, and Shelly Archibald! Prizes are sourced from local businesses coast to coast.


Canadian Liver Meeting 2022

We are pleased to invite you to the 5th Annual Canadian Liver Meeting, delivered online and in-person on May 13 – 15, 2022, in Ottawa at the Westin Ottawa. CAHN members can receive travel reimbursement for attending this conference in person or registration reimbursement for attending virtually. Read the 2022 Member Benefits section below to learn more.

The Canadian Liver Meeting is a collaborative effort of the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL), the Canadian Network on Hepatitis C (CanHepC), the Canadian Association of Hepatology Nurses (CAHN), and the Canadian NASH Network (CanNASH). The meeting program offers a forum for presentation and discussion of basic science, translational and clinical aspects of liver disease. This is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, promote collaboration and foster knowledge translation among Canadian researchers, healthcare practitioners, and community-based groups with an interest in Hepatology.

CAHN will announce the nurse program in the new year. Suggest a topic or volunteer to present by sending an email to admin@cahn.ca.

You are invited to submit abstracts for poster and/or oral presentation by Wednesday, February 2, 2022 (5:00 PM MT). Click here for more information.

Many of our CAHN members are also CASL members. CASL members are eligible for the Young Investigator Travel Grant. Qualifying first authors of abstracts submitted to the Canadian Liver Meeting may apply for a Young Investigator Award. The grant application is completed by ticking a box within the abstract submission system linked above. 


CAHN’s 2022 Annual General Meeting

CAHN’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday, May 15 at the Canadian Liver Meeting in Ottawa. To help us gauge the number of members who plan on attending virtually vs. in-person, please take a moment to complete this Doodle Poll.

Recognition Ceremony

A highlight of every AGM is the recognition ceremony. In these turbulent times, recognizing the amazing work our members are doing is more important than ever. Nominate a nurse you know and be entered into a prize draw worth $50!

CAHN executives are ineligible for awards other than the Distinguished Service Award. Executives may make a nomination; however, they are ineligible to enter the prize draw.

Executive and Board Nominations

CAHN will elect three Board of Directors at the 2022 AGM. Please put your name forward before May 15. You may also nominate a colleague or yourself at the AGM.

CAHN is also taking nominations for Vice President, Conference Co-Chair, Membership Chair, and Communications Chair. These positions will be appointed by the Board of Directors at the June 2022 board meeting. Please put your name forward before June 6.

Each position is a two-year term. Click here to read the role descriptions and responsibilities or contact admin@cahn.ca.

Click here to put your name forward or to make a nomination.


November CAHNference Byte now Available On-Demand

Building a Community-Engaged Research Program A Fireside Chat with Bernadette and Kate from The Toronto Community Hep C Program is now available on-demand for CAHN Members.

CAHNference Bytes will begin again in February 2022. We have some exciting series being planned!


BCIT Bursaries Awarded

Congratulations to our two BCIT bursary recipients.

Alannah Cooper from Richmond, BC

I am an LPN currently working in the Downtown Eastside with clients dealing with mental health and addictions issues. I have been working with this community for the last 7 years and have a strong passion for the work I do on a daily basis already. I will use this education to help work with my clients who are managing hepatitis as well as educate those on harm reduction strategies to reduce the risk of acquiring this illness. I will continue to build a practice of client-first care and collaborative practise with clients in a variety of healthcare settings.

Tracey Kusk from Red Deer, AB

This is an excellent course, I use the information I learned – every day working with our G.I. specialist to treat and cure Hep C patients in our clinic. I work very independently – up assessing and treating our patients, once G.I. physician has had their initial consult. Without the learnings of the BCIT course, there would be many basic understandings I would’ve had to seek out from other resources. I really enjoyed taking it.


2022 Membership Renewals

We apologize for the multiple renewal reminders. There was a glitch in our system that is now corrected. We appreciate your understanding!

2022 Member Benefits:

CAHN’s executive team acknowledges the immense skill and perseverance of CAHN members throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As an organization, we support and adhere to all public health guidelines, and we are looking forward to welcoming back in-person conferences once government regulations allow.

Because of the continued uncertainty around future travel restrictions, 2022 member benefits may change; however, at this time, we are hoping to support the following in 2022:

  • Travel Reimbursement Benefits – CAHN reimburses members’ travel and accommodation expenses to attend the Canadian Liver Meeting in Ottawa May 13-15, 2022 as well as CAHNference 2022 in the fall. Click here to read the Conference Travel Policy.
  • Registration Reimbursement Benefit – Members who choose to attend the 2022 Canadian Liver Meeting virtually will receive a registration reimbursement of 100% of the fees.
  • International Presentation Travel Grant – CAHN is committed to supporting members in disseminating knowledge on a national and international stage. Members can apply for a maximum $5,000 grant to assist with expenses incurred while presenting at an international conference or symposium. Click here to access the IPT Grant Application.

Attendance at the AGM on May 15 is a requirement of all reimbursement benefits.

All CAHN members also receive:

At this current time, when so many of us feel extra isolated, both in our working and personal lives, being able to connect and reach out to colleagues who understand the challenges and needs of a hepatology nurse is an unmeasurable benefit of your CAHN membership.


HEROES Nurses Summit: Participant Invitation

AbbVie is proud to support this series of “Nurse Summits” to be held regionally in January-February 2022. This program will aim to provide Canadian nurses with a forum that fosters learning, peer-to-peer discussion, and experience-sharing relative to HCV screening, linkage to care, treatment options, and simplification. It is being developed under the direction of both a National Scientific Committee (Lesley Gallagher, Mia Biondi, Barbara Kotsoros, and Dr. Alnoor Ramji), and Regional Scientific Planning Committees, as outlined below:

HEROES Ontario & Atlantic Canada Virtual Nurses Summit

  • Saturday, January 22nd (10∶00 am-1∶30 pm ET)
  • Regional Scientific Planning Committee: Mia Biondi, Sarah DeCoutere, Lynn Vignola

HEROES Western Canada Virtual Nurses Summit

  • Saturday, January 29th (9:00 am-12:30 pm PT)
  • Regional Scientific Planning Committee: Jo-Ann Ford, Lesley Gallagher, Kate Newcombe

HEROES Quebec Virtual Nurses Summit (se déroulera en français)

  • Vendredi 25 février 2022 (8 h 30 à 12 h, heure de l’Est)
  • Comité régional de planification scientifique: Barbara Kotsoros, Isabelle Thibeault

For more information, nurses can contact Maria Del Giacco at maria.delgiacco@abbvie.com or their local AbbVie representative.


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Thank you to our Partners for Participating in CAHNference 2021


Thank you to our Generous Sponsors for Supporting CAHN in 2021!