General Conference Information

The 2019 Conference is now concluded.

For any questions about the conference, please email

Download the Conference Agenda (PDF)

Early bird pricing in effect until April 1, 2019

Before April 1

ONE DAY $225 $275

After April 1

ONE DAY $275 $325

Due to an overwhelming response to the workshops last year and many attendees disappointed as you were unable to register for the workshop you wanted due to limited offerings, the conference committee decided to put all the workshops as a pre-conference learning day and that way no one misses the amazing line-up of speakers on Saturday and Sunday.

The workshops are NOT included in the conference registration fee and require separate registration. In order to keep the costs down, breakfast/lunch on Friday is not included. Some of the workshops have a lab fee included as outlined below.

Seating is limited in all sessions. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Workshops | Friday, May 24, 2019

Registration for Workshops is separate from your conference registration, but you must be registered for the conference to register for a workshop. Once you have completed and paid for your conference registration, you will receive a link to the Workshop Registration page.

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Workshop #1 – Take Your Assessment Skills to the Next Level!

Sponsored by PEDEd
Presenters: Tannis Sorge & Sandra Tetrault

Join us for a ‘hands on’ interactive 90-minute session to assist you with assessment skills, including:

  • PAD/vascular review and assessment
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy review and assessment tools

Cost: $70 includes $20 lab fee; Limit of 30 participants 3 SPOTS LEFT

Workshop #2Reflexology

Presenter: Joanne Garrison
Reflexology is a combination of pressure and massage of the feet. Points of the top, bottom and sides of the foot represent various organs, glands and systems of the body. Stress and tension can restrict blood flow, causing you to become sluggish. As a result, tissues becoming oxygen-deprived and the energy in the body becomes depleted. Reflexology can help the body’s circulation. This workshop will show you how the benefits of reflexology as another option for your foot clients.
Cost: $50; Limit of 40 participants

10:30 AM – 12 noon

Workshop #3 – Take Your Assessment Skills to the Next Level

(see 8:30 AM)

Workshop #4 – Padding & Off-loading

This workshop is sponsored by CPC Healthcare Inc.
Presenter: Dr. Peter Stavropoulos
A variety of padding and off-loading techniques may be used to treat or prevent corns, calluses, blisters and pressure lesions of the foot. This interactive workshop will provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about and practice padding techniques and other interventions to avoid and address such lesions. We will examine the use of an array of over-the-counter products along with learning to fabricate custom padding toward achieving those therapeutic objectives.

Cost: $70, includes $20 lab fee; Limit of 20 participants FULL
NB – Please wear or bring a pair of shoes with removable liners/insoles to practice making custom padding. Be prepared to remove your shoes to make removable padding for toes.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Workshop #5 – Padding & Off-loading

(see 10:30 AM)

Workshop #6 – Foot Care Instrument Reprocessing 101

Presenter: Gale Schultz
This workshop will provide a comprehensive review of the requirements for reprocessing foot care instruments including pre-cleaning, decontamination, inspection & packaging, sterilization, storage and transportation.
Cost: $50; Limited to 50 participants

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Workshop #7 – Custom Orthodigitals

Sponsored by Quality FootCare Products
Presenter: Dr. Peter Stavropoulos

This interactive workshop will provide a practical, hands-on opportunity to learn how to make advanced off-loading digital silicone molds. Learn about the various types of orthodigitals, their indications and how to make them successfully to improve your client’s foot health.

Cost: $70 includes $20 lab fee; Limit of 20 participants FULL

Workshop #8 – The Foot Nurse’s Toolbox

Presenter: Arlene Van Doorn
Which nipper do I choose?  Straight, curved, pointed or double spring with lock? Which rotary device is best suited for my needs?  Finding the correct tool can be confusing at best. Not all nippers are equal.    What type of bur is best? Ceramic, diamond, carbide, multi or single use? Enjoy hands on experience as well as tool maintenance.   Learn what to purchase and what to avoid. This workshop will alleviate some of your concerns.  “One size does Not fit all”

Cost: $50; Limit of 30 participants

Refund Policy

Refund requests will be honoured, less a $50.00 processing fee, if received in writing prior to May 3rd, 2019.

After this date, refunds will not be issued, but substitutions are permitted.

Friday, May 24

4:00 – 6:00 Conference Registration
6:30 AGM registration
7:00 – 8:30 AGM
8:30 – 9:30 Wine & Cheese Networking Reception

Saturday, May 25, 2019

7:00 – 7:50 Registration & Breakfast
7:50 – 8:30 Welcome & Opening Remarks; Greetings

8:30 – 9:15 Peripheral Arterial Disease & the Diabetic Foot – Dr. Robyn Evans
This session will provide an overview of peripheral arterial disease and the diabetic foot highlighting the pathophysiology, incidence, prevalence, diagnosis and treatment and the impact of both diseases on the patients quality of life.

9:15 – 10:00 Your Role in Diabetes-related Amputation Prevention Mariam Botros
Across Canada diabetes-related amputations are increasing in prevalence, are associated with high morbidity and mortality and have become one of the most feared complications of people with diabetes. This interactive session will explore your role as a front-line clinician to amputation prevention strategies to ensure outcomes that support healthier and productive patients.

10:00 – 10:30 Nutrition Break
Vendor Shopping time/Networking with Colleagues

10:30 – 12:00 Provincial Roundtable (continue thru lunch)

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 Peripheral Neuropathy in the Diabetic Foot including CharcotDr. Jim Hill
Peripheral neuropathy caused by diabetes is a result of microvascular complications affecting the nerves: sensory, motor, autonomic or all three. This session will provide an overview of symptoms, clinical presentation, risk factors and treatment.

2:30 – 3:00 Nutrition Break
Vendor Shopping time/Networking with Colleagues

3:00 – 3:45 Targeted Nutritional Therapy for the Treatment of Diabetic NeuropathyDr. Evan Lewis
Dr. Lewis has recently completed the first clinical trial to show nerve regeneration in people with Diabetes. This presentation will highlight current gaps in neuropathy management, clinical trial findings and relevant case studies. Case studies will also be used to identify how evidence-based targeted nutritional therapy can be discussed with clients and implemented in clinical practice.

3:45 – 4:30 Electronic Medical Record (EMR)Michelle De Grandmont
This session will provide an overview of different EMR systems used for scheduling, documentation, communication and billing. Both pros and cons as well as the legal implications and security concerns will be addressed. As a busy entrepreneur learn techniques to save time, energy and how to streamline actions.

4:30 – 5:30 Spotlight sessions: Exhibitors are invited to showcase a particular product or service in 10-minute rotating sessions.

8:00 Saturday Evening Social Event (additional $25)
Meet us on on the Fallsview Terrace for tastings from local brewmasters and wineries, a hot cocoa bar and specially created hors d’oeuvres while we watch the spectacular fireworks over Niagara Falls.

Saturday Evening Social

Fireworks in Niagara Falls

With so many options for places to eat and to see in beautiful Niagara Falls, we’re leaving it to you to enjoy dinner on your own and inviting you to join us on the Fallsview Terrace at 8 pm for an evening of camaraderie with colleagues, enjoy tastings from local brewmasters and wineries, as well as a hot cocoa bar and specially created hors d’oeuvres and take in the spectacular fireworks over
Niagara Falls.

There is an additional cost of $25 to participate in this event.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

7:15 – 8:00 Breakfast
Vendor Shopping time/Networking with Colleagues

8:00 – 8:45 Shoe Fit, Shoe Lacing and Vinegar: Three simple-to-implement cost-effective strategies, to enhance foot health, balance and quality of lifeKate Clayton-Jones
The sharing of knowledge and approaches that support good skin and foot health of a patient is an important role for any nurse providing foot care. This presentation will provide an overview of the science and strategies behind using vinegar, knowing how a shoe should fit and how lacing a shoe can be used to change a patient’s weight and balance.

8:45 – 9:30 Shoe Modifications: A therapeutic/orthopedic approach to offloading problem areas of the footPhil Watson
This session will present an overview of footwear design considerations and modifications using various internal/external approaches and remedial devices. The focus will be on definitions and examples that will help clients and clinicians better understand foot support.

9:30 – 10:00 Nutrition Break
Vendor Shopping time/Networking with Colleagues

10:00 – 11:00 Legal Considerations for the Foot Care NurseTim Langlois, Canadian Nurses Protective Society
This one-hour presentation will consider the legal questions most often asked by Foot Care Nurses. Issues include insurance requirements, professional liability protection, documentation, professional practice/competence and consent.

11:00 – 12:00 First Ray ProblemsDr. Tej Sahota
This session will provide an overview of the most common pathologies afflicting the 1st MPJ in normal patient populations.

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch

12:00 – 1:30 Educators Lunch – If you are a nursing foot care educator, please join us for lunch. Must be an educator to attend.
12:15 – 1:00 Principles of Adult Learning
1:00 – 1:25 Standards for Recognition of NFC Education Programs (Self-Study Guide)

1:30 – 2:15 Patient Centered AdvocacyMichelle De Grandmont
As an independent practice foot care nurse learn how to develop tools to advocate, educate and support your clients and the foot health team. This session will provide an overview of ways to streamline the tools you need to build trusting relationships that will promote your professionalism and lead to referrals from your colleagues.

2:15 – 3:00 Advanced Nursing Foot Care Practice in Canada: Practice Environment and Perceptions of Barriers and Facilitators to Foot CareJennifer Densmore & Kathleen Stevens
Advanced nursing foot care practice is a growing specialty with the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses (CAFCN). The purpose of this presentation is to present the findings of a descriptive exploratory study that explored the perceptions of advanced foot care nurses regarding their practice environment and their perceptions of barriers and facilitators to foot care.

3:00 – 3:30 Nutrition Break
Vendor Shopping time/Networking with Colleagues

3:30 – 4:15 Using Pure Aqueous Iodine for The Treatment of OnychomycosisManny Moniz
Half of all nail disorders are caused by onychomycosis and is considered to be the most common nail disease in adults.
In this session, Manny will introduce a new and simple method to treat onychomycosis and how to effectively incorporate this into your practice for better patient outcomes.