CNRC's National Respiratory Care & Education Conference will take place November 16-18th, 2023 at the Vancouver Hyatt Hotel in Vancouver, BC.


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This diverse conference program will cover a wide range of topics that showcase excellence and innovation in the critical thinking and application skills needed for today’s respiratory and tobacco educators, including:

  • Health Promotion & Education
  • Asthma, COPD, Allergy & Other Lung Diseases & Comorbidities
  • Infectious Respiratory Diseases, including COVID-19
  • Tobacco, Cannabis, Vaping Prevention & Cessation

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CNRC National Respiratory Care & Education Conference

  • November 16 - 18, 2023
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver
    655 Burrard St.
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    V6C 2R7

Event Workshops

Not Applicable - I Will Not Be Attending Workshops.

November 16, 2023  08:00 - 10:00
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:75

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Workshop 101 - Breathing Life Into Inhaler Education: A CRE’s Perspective

November 17, 2023  13:45 - 15:00
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:72

In theory, the use of each inhalation device seems relatively straightforward, as it only comprises a limited number of steps. However, due to the plethora of devices, considerable confusion among patients and healthcare professionals exists about their use. As CRE’s we understand just how critical medication technique and adherence are to our patients’ quality of life and disease management. We recognize how crucial it is to match the inhalation device with the characteristics and wishes of an individual patient. The respiratory market was competitive before the pandemic started, and it has become even more challenging over the past 1.5 years. This has increased the pressure on CREs to know everything and anything related to lung health including the latest treatment options, while balancing very busy clinics and continuous changes to guidelines.

This interactive, hands-on workshop will focus on the core competencies and key messages on client education for new medications, including single inhaler triple therapy (SITT), biologics, along with older therapies. Following Canadian Guidelines, we will review where these new therapies fall on the Continuum of Care. Utilizing placebos, participants will have the opportunity to handle all the available devices on the market and engage with the facilitator so they will feel confident in education and assisting patients to choose the right device upon returning to their clinics. At the conclusion of the workshop a Q&A session will be held. 

Learning Objectives

  • Review the role of the inhaler in optimizing the management of Asthma and COPD, consideration of technique (critical errors), dosing, and inspiratory flow
  • Explain the different inhalers available, have the skills necessary to demonstrate proper device technique to patients, and to understand the importance of adherence and compliance
  • Discuss the latest evidence supporting the use of single inhaler triple therapy (SITT)


Ellen Fleming-Michaud RRT CRE has over 20 years of experience in both acute, critical, and primary care settings. Ellen is passionate about lung health and a strong advocate for her clients. Ellen has a diverse background and has provided Asthma & COPD education, spirometry testing, smoking cessation counselling, and pulmonary rehab maintenance services to patients living in rural, remote areas of Renfrew County.

Ellen is currently the Interim Lung Health Coordinator with ConnectWell Community Health.  Although she is currently not participating in direct patient care, she brings her years of experience, wealth of knowledge, and passion, to mentor her colleagues while working on expanding the program.

Workshop 301 - Allergy Hot Topics

November 18, 2023  11:00 - 12:15
Fee: $0.00
Seats Remaining:81

Join Dr. Harold Kim for an engaging and interactive workshop exploring hot topics in allergy care. Dr. Kim will cover a range of topics, including: food allergy, eczema, environmental allergies, insect allergy desensitization, sublingual immunotherapy.

Connect with fellow educators to exchange ideas, experiences and best practices. Bring your questions! Be prepared to discuss your challenging allergy cases.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss evidence for current management strategies and therapies for common allergies seen in practice.
  2. Explore updates on food and insect allergy desensitization therapies and the latest research on prevention.
  3. Explain recent advances in allergy immunotherapy, including sublingual and subcutaneous options, and explore their applications in practice.

Harold Kim MD FRCP has been in private practice in Kitchener for over twenty years. He has an appointment at McMaster as an Assistant Clinical Professor and at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) as an Adjunct Professor.

He graduated with his MD from UWO and completed Internal Medicine and Allergy training at UWO. His clinical interests include allergic conditions including asthma, allergic rhinitis, food allergy, atopic dermatitis, drug allergy and sinusitis. Although clinical research has been an interest in Dr. Kim, his "extra-practice" activities include participating in the Canadian Asthma Guidelines and Canadian Rhinitis Guidelines and the Canadian Immunotherapy Guidelines. Dr. Kim is the past president of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the Canadian Network for Respiratory Care. Dr. Kim is happily married with five daughters.