2022 World Federation Of Right To Die Societies International Conference

Toronto skyline from the islands
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Dying With Dignity Canada was pleased to host the 2022 World Federation of Right to Die Societies (WFRTDS) International Conference. This event, bringing international delegates and local attendees together, provided an opportunity for networking, education and information sharing from across the globe. It was the must-attend event for clinicians, lawyers, advocates, and supporters who wanted to learn more about assisted dying in Canada and around the world.

Where: The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

When: November 3-6, 2022

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

World Right to Die Reception and Remarks
Asunción Álvarez, President, World Federation of Right to Die Societies 


8:00 – 9:00 a.m. 
Breakfast and Registration

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
WFRTDS General Assembly
Rob Jonquière, Executive Director, WFRTDS

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. 
Coffee Break and Networking 

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
CAMAP Medical Assistance in Dying Training Workshop
Dr. Stefanie Green, President of CAMAP
Willi Kirenko, Nurse Practitioner

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

2:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
WFRTDS General Assembly,  Continued
Rob Jonquière, Executive Director, WFRTDS

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. 
Welcome reception

6:00 p.m. 
Dinner on your own

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. 
Breakfast and Registration

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. 
Opening Remarks

8:45 – 9:30 a.m. 
Keynote Address
Dr. Jeff Myers, MD, MSEd, CCFP(PC)

9:30 – 9:40 a.m. 
Room Change

9:40 – 10:30 a.m. 
MAID in Canada: An Update on How Changes Have Affected Patients and Practitioners
Dr. Stefanie Green, President of CAMAP, DWDC Clinicians Advisory Council
Dr. Ellen Wiebe, CAMAP Board Member, DWDC Clinicians Advisory Council

9:40 – 10:30 a.m. 
Accurate Language is Critical for Law Reform
Anne Bunning, B Ag Ec, MA
Susan Desjardins, BA, MA, MBA

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. 
Coffee Break & Networking

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
MAiDHouse – Creating a Space for a Peaceful MAiD Death
Dr. Chantal Perrot
Tekla Hendrickson

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Bridging the Gap – Importance of Establishing Peer to Peer Connections in MAID
Lauren Clark, President & CEO of Bridge C-14 and Social Worker
Signy Novak, Founder and Director of the MAiD Family Support Society 1:1 Peer Support Program
Alicia Freeborn, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Volunteer Facilitator

11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. 
An Alzheimer’s Odssey – Coming Full Circle – Moving Forward Towards Healing
Jule Briese, retired educator, poet and songwriter and the author

11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. 
Hanne’s Story
Dr. Mary Valentich, Professor Emerita, University of Calgary

12:10 – 1:30 p.m. 

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking: A Lesser Known but Widely Available End-of-Life Option
Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD, HEC-C

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
The Final Report of the Expert Panel on MAiD and Mental Illness
Rose M. Carter

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Pharmacology and Physiology of a Quicker, Simpler and More Predictable Intravenous Procedure for MAID Providers
Colin Brewer, retired British psychiatrist/addition physician, Board Member My Death, My Decision

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. 
Coffee Break & Networking

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Assisted Dying Around the World: Panel One
Dr. Derryck Smith (Canada)
Jane Morris (Australia)
Dr. Gary Payinda (New Zealand)
Dr. Erika Preisig (Switzerland)

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Day One Wrap Up

5:00 p.m.
Free Time / Dinner on Own

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. 
Breakfast and Registration

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. 
Opening Remarks

8:45 – 9:15 a.m. 
Keynote Address
Senator Pamela Wallin

9:15 – 9:25 a.m. 
Room Change

9:25 – 9:55 a.m. 
Organ Donation After MAID (ODE) – An International Perspective
Hans Sonneveld

9:25 – 9:55 a.m. 
Media & Euthanasia: Changing How We Talk About Self-Determined Death
Camila Jaramillo Salazar, Lawyer and associate researcher at DescLAB

10:05 – 10:40 a.m. 
The Canadian Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Curriculum Development Project
Dr. Gord Gubitz, Clinical Lead for the MAID Program in Nova Scotia, Chair of the Canadian MAID Curriculum Development Committee

10:05 – 10:40 a.m. 
Dying with dignity with dementia; the first case in Canada.
Dr. Konia Trouton, MD, MPH, FCFP

10:40 – 11:10 a.m. 
Coffee Break and Networking 

11:10 – 11:40 a.m.
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority – Medical Assistance in Dying Program
Felor Javadi Vashar, Patient, Family and Staff Experience
Laurel Plewes, Director of the Assisted Dying Program at VCH.

11:10 – 11:40 a.m.
Issues at End-of-Life for Patients with Dementia in Japan
Dr. Reiko Miyamoto, MD

11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
The three roles of NVVE: advisor (for our members), driver of the public debate and leader of the community that supports our ideals
Dick Bosscher, Board Member and former journalist

11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Dying with a smile, just knowing that someone’s listened to me: End-of-life care and medical assistance in dying in Canadian prisons
Dr. Jessica Shaw, Associate Professor, University of Calgary

12:20 – 1:40 p.m. 

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Psychosocial Reasons for Hastening Death
Mary Ewert, PhD, Executive Director of Final Exit Network

1:40 – 2:25 p.m.
Deepening our Understanding of MAID through Digital Storytelling
Kathy Kortes-Miller, MSW, PhD
Keri-Lyn Durant

2:35 – 3:20 p.m.
Grief and Bereavement Related to Medical Assistance in Dying: A Scoping Review
Dr. Han Yan
Tekla Hendrickson, Executive Director of MAiDHouse

2:35 – 3:20 p.m. 
Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Laws & Discrimination
Silvan Luley, DIGNITAS – To live with dignity – To die with dignity

3:30 – 4:40 p.m.
Assisted Dying Around the World: Panel Two
Dr. Derryck Smith (Canada)
Annie Wallet
Johannes Agterberg

4:40 – 5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m.
Awards & Farewell Dinner

[If needed]
WFRTDS General Assembly Business Meeting – Members only  

Optional Excursion

For questions, please contact us at conference@dyingwithdignity.ca.  

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