Eastern Regional PH Symposium

You’re invited to attend PHA Canada’s first Eastern Regional Symposium, which will be held at the Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto on October 13-14, 2017. Join us Friday night for a special welcome reception and Saturday for a full day of educational sessions featuring medical experts and panel discussions with experienced PH patients, caregivers, and parents. 

Dates: Friday, October 13 (evening) and Saturday, October 14 (breakfast and registration 8 a.m., program 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Location: Westin Prince Hotel, 900 York Mills Road, Toronto, ON
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PHA Canada is committed to bringing the PH community together to learn more about PH and make valuable connections with one another. Every year we support patients, caregivers, and medical professionals to get together to share their knowledge and experiences. This year’s Eastern Regional Symposium is an opportunity to learn more about current research and treatment developments, acquire skills to successfully manage life with PH, and connect with members of the Canadian PHamily.

The symposium program will have something for everyone, including recently diagnosed patients, long-term survivors, primary caregivers, and parents of children with PH. While sessions will primarily be in English, we are pleased to present a portion of the program in French.

Scroll down for information on registration, hotel booking, and the scholarship program.

Avis aux participants francophones :
Veuillez noter que la majorité du symposium se déroulera en anglais, avec certaines sessions présentées en français. Nous ne sommes malheureusement pas en mesure d’offrir un service de traduction simultanée. 

Étant donné que l'événement se tiendra en grande partie en anglais, nous avons décidé de ne produire les formulaires d'inscription et de demande de subvention qu'en anglais. Les personnes éprouvant de la difficulté à remplir les formulaires en anglais peuvent obtenir de l’assistance en téléphonant au 1-877-774-2226.

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Attending the Symposium

Registration is free and includes meals and parking! Accommodation is not included with registration, but participants will be eligible for special group rates (see below for details) at the Westin Prince Hotel. Participants living in/east of Manitoba may also apply for a scholarship to help cover travel and accommodation costs (see below for details).

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Register as soon as possible to save your spot!
Everyone is welcome; you do not need to be a PHA Canada member to register. 

  • Registration opens June 1, 2017
  • Register online: Visit www.phacanada.ca/easternsymposium2017/registration to fill out our online registration form. 
  • Register by phone: Call PHA Canada's office at 1-877-774-2226 to register by phone (office hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time).

HOTEL INFORMATION
If you are NOT requesting financial assistance to help cover accommodation costs and plan on staying at the Westin Prince Hotel, we encourage you to book your stay as soon as possible to secure your room and benefit from special group rates. 

If you are requesting financial assistance to help cover accommodation costs, you DO NOT need to book your stay until after scholarship results are announced. PHA Canada will book rooms on behalf of participants who are awarded financial assistance for accommodations. 

Book your room: Visit www.phacanada.ca/easternsymposium2017/roombooking to book your room at the Westin Prince Hotel and benefit from special group rates.

  • If you require a fridge/freezer in your room to keep your medication/icepacks chilled and/or require a wheelchair-accessible room, please make sure to indicate this need to the hotel when booking your accommodations. 

Special Group Rates (for bookings made by September 11, 2017):
Single/double occupancy: $175/night
Triple occupancy: $195/night
Quadruple occupancy: $215/night

Apply for a Symposium Scholarship

PHA Canada has limited funds to help cover participants’ travel and/or accommodation costs. Patients and primary caregivers living in/east of Manitoba can apply for travel assistance scholarships (some restrictions apply). 

Please review our scholarship guidelines for more information on scholarship eligibility criteria and application process. 

  • Make sure you register for the symposium before applying for a scholarship. 

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION INFORMATION

  • Scholarship application period: June 1-30, 2017*
  • Apply online: Visit www.phacanada.ca/easternsymposium2017/scholarship to fill out our online application form. 
  • Apply by phone: Call PHA Canada's office at 1-877-774-2226 to apply by phone (office hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time).

*Late applications will continue to be accepted from qualified patients (including parents/guardians) diagnosed within three months of the deadline, for as long as scholarship funds are available. 

Additional Information

CHILD-MINDING
PHA Canada's Eastern Regional Symposium is a family-friendly event. Child-minding will be provided on site for children aged 3-15.

MEALS
Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday, October 14. 

Low sodium meal options will be available. Please indicate any other dietary needs and restrictions when filling out the registration form. 

ON-SITE MOBILITY 
The symposium area is accessible via elevator and escalator and is equipped with wheelchair-accessible washrooms.

PHA Canada is unable to provide mobility aids (wheelchair, scooter, walker). Participants who require mobility aids should make their own arrangements. Eligible participants can make a request for financial assistance to cover mobility needs in their scholarship application.

ON-SITE REFRIGERATOR/FREEZER 
A central refrigerator and freezer will be available on site for conference participants to keep medication/icepacks chilled during the event.

ON-SITE OXYGEN
PHA Canada is unable to provide oxygen at the event.

Participants who require oxygen should make their own arrangements. Eligible participants can make a request for financial assistance to cover oxygen needs in their scholarship application.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION NEEDS
For hotel guests applying for scholarship: If you are applying for scholarship and require a fridge/freezer in your room for keeping your medication/icepacks chilled and/or require a wheelchair-accessible room, please indicate this need when filling out your scholarship application form.

For hotel guests not applying for scholarship: If you are not applying for scholarship and require a fridge/freezer in your room to keep your medication/icepacks chilled and/or require a wheelchair-accessible room, please make sure to indicate this need to the hotel when booking your accommodations. 

QUESTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS
If you have any questions about the event, are interested in getting involved, or have presentation topics to suggest, please contact our Executive Director, Jamie Myrah, at jmyrah@phacanada.ca.

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