The Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada (PHA Canada) is pleased to invite you to the
3rd National Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Conference.

Keeping the PHlame of Hope Alive is the theme for PHA Canada’s 3rd National PH Conference. Every two years, PHA Canada hosts a conference to gather patients, friends, family, and supporters in one city to discuss issues facing the PH community and share experiences. Conference participants engage with topics ranging from the basics of PH, to updates on the latest developments in PH diagnosis and treatment. This year, conference sessions will focus on the day-to-day challenges of living with this disease as well as opportunities to get involved in the fight against PH. 

  Keeping the PHlame of Hope Alive is significant because we believe that the passion, dedication and spirit of the PH community in the fight against PH helps tend the figurative PHlame of hope. It so happens that Ottawa, the conference host city is home to the Centennial Flame. A flame that was lit by Lester B. Pearson on January 1, 1967 in commemoration of Canada’s 100 years of confederation.  The Centennial Flame is not eternal; however it celebrates confederation, which could be considered the coming together of peoples and institutions to create a unified voice.

The figurative PHlame being tended by the Canadian PH community is an energy that is as real as any physical manifestation thereof. The PHlame is embodied in the work of volunteers, the care provided by PH medical professionals, the words shared by our PHenomenal Youth, the funds raised and donated by dedicated contributors, the art created to inspire the PH community and the activities organized to celebrate PH patient achievements. Each act is by itself is like the flame of a candle, and when these acts come together we are witness to a great shining PHlame of hope that burns within the PH community.

PHA Canada’s 3rd National PH Conference will be an opportunity to learn and to share with the greater PH community. Help PHA Canada tend the PHlame and join us this September in Ottawa, Ontario for Keeping the PHlame of Hope Alive.

Here are some highlights from the 2nd National PH Conference held in Toronto in 2011, we hope to see you in Ottawa!