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The Ontario PeriAnesthesia Nurses Association is excited to host the National Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses of Canada's 2023 conference this year at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario.


Scroll down to see our detailed conference schedule.

We are so lucky to have so many incredible PeriAnesthesia leaders from across the country, as well as the United States, presenting at this years conference. 


Want to be a member of our professional organization?

Make sure to click the buttons below to be redirected to the OPANA and NAPANc websites to learn more. 


The city of Ottawa is absolutely beautiful this time of year.

We have put together a list of some great things to do that are in walking distance of the Westin Hotel. 

Day one

Saturday, may 13th

Day 1

MAY 13TH, 2023 


Registration & Breakfast


Opening Remarks

Presidents: Leigh-Anne Marshall (NAPANc)

and Tanya Lachapelle (OPANA)


Opening Keynote Speaker: Dr.Munro

Prevention Does Not STOP When the Procedure Ends


'Stretch With Lex' and Nutritional Break

A light stretch led by Capital Strength Trainer Alexis followed by snacks and coffee


Dr. Rajaleelan

Perioperative Services in North Western Africa, A Humanitarian Outlook and my Tryst with Humanitarian Aid


Dr. Malic

Surgical Site Infections and Nasal Decolonization


Tali Cahill, RN

Substance Use Disorders in the Perioperative Setting

Day 1

MAY 13TH, 2023






President: Leigh-Anne Marshall


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Filteau

Perioperative Potpourri: An Exploration of Current Topics of Relevance to the Perioperative Healthcare Team





Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD:) Where We've Come from & Where We're Going


Emily Evans

Dispelling the myths of organ donation: A Day in the life of an Organ Donation Specialist


Closing Remarks

OPANA President: Tanya Lachapelle



day two

sunday, may 14th


Sunday, May 14th, 2023


Breakfast & Opening Remarks

OPANA President: Tanya Lachapelle


Nathalie Gould, RN



Leigh-Anne Marshall, RN, NAPANc President

Care of the Paediatric Surgical Patient…What’s the big deal about these tiny people?


Nutritional Break 


Dr. Polis

Ultra Low Dose Ketamine and Naloxone in Perioperative Pain Management

Day 2

Sunday, May 14th, 2023





Dr. Duggan & Gisele Eustace, RN

Teamwork During an Airway Emergency Can Save a Life: But What is Real Teamwork?





Massive Blood Transfusion Review - Sarah Crowe, NP


Acute Pain Services Review - Alison Carter, APN


Conference Survey & Closing Remarks 



The Westin Ottawa is a modern hotel located in the business district near popular attractions like the Rideau Canal and Rideau Centre Shopping Mall. It is just steps away from the spires of Parliament Hill and is walking distance to a wide variety of popular restaurants and shops. Downtown Ottawa is easy to navigate on foot and it offers world-class entertainment as well as a variety of attractions. 

11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4


Check in: 3pm 
Check out: 12pm

Daily parking: $30
Valet: $48 

Bike rental available: $10 

things to do IN

THE NATION's capital

the canadian tulip festival

Not only can you see tulips blooming across the city, but the Canadian Tulip Festival also runs from May 13th to 23rd.

Commissioners Park is the place to be to see the most flowers (over 300,000 tulips!) and join in on the festivities. 

The Canadian Tulip Festival is an event that was established to commemorate the historical gift of tulips from the Dutch to Canadians as a sign of international friendship after World War II. The Festival also honors the contribution of the Canadian troops in liberating the Netherlands and Europe, and recognizes the birth of Dutch Princess Margriet in Ottawa during the war. She is the only royal figure ever born in Canada.

the National GALLERY of art

Housed in one of Canada’s most iconic public buildings, the National Gallery of Canada is among the world’s most respected art institutions. Check out the exhibitions and galleries that will be on during your visit to the Nation's Capital.

Open 10am-5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Admission: $20


The Rideau Canal is a wonderful destination for tourists due to its numerous historic lock stations and 202 kilometers of beautiful waterway. It runs from Kingston, located at the base of Lake Ontario, all the way to Ottawa, which is the capital city of Canada. The canal is maintained by the Parks service of Canada and is considered by many to be the most picturesque and historic waterway in North America. The canal was inaugurated in May 1832 and has been functioning continuously since then.

If you're interested in learning about the history of Ottawa, a visit to the Bytown Museum is highly recommended. The museum provides an overview of Ottawa's past, from the construction of the canal to the city's rise as the capital of Canada. The museum is located in the oldest stone building in Ottawa, which was originally utilized as a treasury and storehouse during the canal's construction.

The dedicated multi-use pathways that run along both sides of the Rideau Canal are popular for cycling, running and walking. The land is mostly flat with gardens, parks and neighborhoods lining the way. Rent a BMW bike for up to 4 hours from the Concierge Desk at the Westin Hotel for $10.00. All proceeds will benefit Ottawa's local children’s hospital.

visit the byward market

The ByWard Market is where Ottawa was born.  Established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets. Today, the Market is Ottawa’s number one tourist attraction and is the premier destination for shopping, dining, and the arts. 

Make sure to start at 69 George Street so that you can pick up a delicious Beavertail along the way!



play food & wine

Play Food & Wine has graciously gifted our conference attendees with 10% off coupons. These can be found in your goodie bags.

Play is a modern, small-plates restaurant that serves large appetizer-sized portions of market-driven cuisine. They prepare meals from scratch with care in their open-concept kitchen that overlooks the second floor dining room and kitchen bar. Play uses local, sustainable and seasonal products where possible, and believes in supporting area farmers as much as possible. Typically, most guests order three small plates at dinner for a full meal

Check out the Play Food & Wine Instagram page to see photos of their delicious dishes or, visit their website to book your reservation in advance

the grand pizzeria

The Grand Pizzeria has graciously gifted our conference attendees with 10% off coupons. These can be found in your goodie bags.

The Grand serves wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and handcrafted pastas, as well as many other southern Italian-inspired dishes.

Check out The Grand's Instagram page to see photos of their delicious meals or, visit their website for more information about the food and beverages that they have to offer.

JOEY restaurants

Located in Ottawa’s historic downtown, Joey Rideau's updated turn-of-the-century design boasts a theater kitchen, chef’s table seating, sushi bar, wrap-around lounge and patio. We'd like to thank Joey Restaurants for their generous support! Head on in to have some delicious food and drinks.

zak's diner

Zak's Diner has graciously gifted our conference attendees with 10% off coupons. These can be found in your goodie bags.

Locally World Famous! You’ll feel right at home the moment you walk through the doors of Zak's Diner. Rediscover that classic diner experience—the fun, the great food, the amazing service.

Check out Zak's website for more information about the food and beverages that they have to offer.

drip house

Visit one of Drip House's three Ottawa locations for delicious eats, treats, coffee and cocktails.

Check out the silent auction to get your hands on a gift card!


Metropolitan Brasserie & Restaurant has graciously gifted our conference attendees with 10% off coupons. These can be found in your goodie bags.

Fantastic food, outstanding drinks, and an oyster bar that you can’t be beat!

To learn more about this 'Paris in Ottawa' restaurant, check out Metropolitan Brasserie & Restaurant's Instagram and website


York on William has graciously gifted our conference attendees with 10% off coupons. These can be found in your goodie bags.

York on William (YOW), at 54 York St, is one of the oldest buildings in Ottawa, dating back to 1875 (older than our current parliament buildings). There are three venues at YOW - Starling Restaurant and Bar, Rooftop and Apothecary Cocktail Lounge. 

To learn more about all that these venues have to offer, check out YOW's website and Instagram page

thank you to our

conference sponsors


Argyle Associates Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons is one of the largest, most established groups of its kind in Canada. Since 1976, they have provided the complete scope of oral and maxillofacial procedures.

Argyle's goal is to be the centre of choice for dental and medical professionals whose patients require oral and maxillofacial surgery. Their surgeons, nurses, and treatment coordinators work with dentists to achieve the best possible results.


Ondine Biomedical Inc. is a Canadian life sciences company that has become a global leader in photodisinfection-based therapies to prevent and treat a broad spectrum of infections, including those caused by drug-resistant pathogens. This patented platform technology can help address infections across many therapeutic areas in healthcare and industry settings.

GE HEalthcare

As a leading global medical technology, pharmaceutical diagnostics, and digital solutions innovator, GE HealthCare enables clinicians to make faster, more informed decisions through intelligent devices, data analytics, applications, and services, supported by its Edison intelligence platform.

capital strength training systems and therapy

Specifically designed to deliver high-end programming for athletes, the general public and rehabilitation clients, The Capital includes 3600 sq ft of training space loaded with 10 squat racks, a massive artificial turf, cardio equipment, battle ropes and much more. Click here to find out more information about Capital Strength's onsite and remote training options.

Book an appointment with one of their  great chiropractors or physiotherapists today!


Island Health provides health care and support services to more than 860,000 people on Vancouver Island, the islands in the Salish Sea and the Johnstone Strait, and mainland communities north of Powell River. With more than 27,000 staff and over 2,900 physician partners, 1,000 volunteers, and the dedicated support of foundations and auxiliaries, Island Health delivers a broad range of health services, including: public health services, primary health care, home and community care, mental health and addictions services, acute care in hospitals, and much more across a huge, geographically diverse region.

Mölnlycke Health Care

A world-leading medical solutions company, MÖLNLYCKE HEALTH CARE designs and supplies medical solutions to enhance performance in healthcare – from the hospital to the home.


Check out your conference goodie bag for a delicious protein snack donated by Optimal Show Experience.

Art by Sarah 

Make sure to check out the silent auction for some beautiful still life oil paintings by local artist  Sarah Hempinstall.


For more than 130 years, Merck has brought hope to humanity through the development of important medicines and vaccines. Merck aspires to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world. Merck fosters a diverse and inclusive global workforce and operates responsibly every day to enable a safe, sustainable and healthy future for all people and communities.


Ontario Health (Trillium Gift of Life Network) is responsible for delivering and coordinating organ and tissue donation and transplantation services across the province, as well as for planning, promoting and supporting all health care and allied professionals, advocates and the Ontario public in fulfilling their shared and integrated
responsibilities in saving the lives of Ontarians waiting for a life-saving transplant.

post-Conference survey

Complete our conference survey to receive your certificate of completion.