We are putting together a packed agenda that address the themes and topics our clinical trials community is talking about. Plus, plenty of networking opportunities to meet and mingle with other delegates and organizations working to innovate and improve the environment for clinical trials.

See below for key sessions and themes on each day and stay tuned for the full agenda!


November 8 & 9
7:30am – 8:45am

Join us in the morning to pick up your badge, enjoy some breakfast and explore the Innovation Showcase before the plenary sessions begin. 

Morning Sessions

November 8
9:00am – 12:15pm

KEYNOTE: Accelerating Clinical Trials Across Canada

  • Dr. PJ Devereaux, Director, Division of Perioperative Care, and Professor, Departments of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact and Medicine, McMaster University; Associate Deputy Director and Senior Scientist, Population Health Research Institute

Clinical Trials at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

  • Dr. Megan Bettle, Executive Director, Clinical Trials, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Life Sciences Strategy in Ontario 

Rare Disease and Clinical Trials 

Afternoon Sessions

November 8
1:40pm – 5:00pm

Pragmatic Trials 

  • Dr. Amit Garg, MD, FRCPC, FACP, MEd, PhD, Associate Dean for Clinical Research, at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Western University

Designing trials for vulnerable populations: An adaptive solution to studying cannabinoids and pediatric cancer

  • Dr. Lauren Kelly, Associate Professor, Depts. of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba; Clinical Trials Director and Scientist, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba; Clinical Trialist, George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, Winnipeg, MB Scientific Director, the Canadian Collaborative for Childhood Cannabinoid Therapeutics (C4T); Director, Increasing capacity for Maternal and Paediatric Clinical Trials

KEYNOTE: Diversity in Medicine

  • Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa, Physician, Changemaker, Transformative Leadership, Advocate for Diversity and Inclusion


November 8
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Special Remarks

The Honourable Jill Dunlop shares special closing remarks and kicks off the CTO 2023 reception in the Networking Hall.

CTO 2023 Reception

Join us in celebrating the achievements of our clinical trials community over the past year.

Morning Sessions

November 9
9:00am – 12:10pm

KEYNOTE: A psychiatrist’s perspective on clinical trials: from therapeutic misconception to implementation science and points in between

  • Dr. David Goldbloom, former Senior Medical Advisor, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, former Chair, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, author

What’s Needed and What’s Next? Mental Health, Psychedelics, and Clinical Trials

  • Moderator: Clive Ward Able
  • Dr. Claudio Soares, MD, PhD, FRCPC, MBA; Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, Queen’s University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Amy Reichelt, Chief Innovation Officer at Purminds Neuropharma
  • David Clements, Executive Director of the Dimensions Health Research Collaborative, located at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Health Sciences

Data for Health Innovation

  • Dr. Jane Philpott, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Director of the School of Medicine at Queen’s University; CEO of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization
  • Dr. Jay Shaw, Canada Research Chair in Responsible Health Innovation (Tier 2); Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy; Research Director, Artificial Intelligence, Ethics & Health, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto; Scientist, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care

Advance Consent 

  • Michel Shamy MD MA FRCPC, Attending Neurologist, The Ottawa Hospital; Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute; Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine & Epidemiology, University of Ottawa; Lead, Ethics & Humanities in Medicine, University of Ottawa

Afternoon Sessions

November 9
1:10pm – 4:00pm

Navigating Developments in the Clinical Research Landscape

  • Rebecca Barnes, Executive Director, N2 Canada
  • Erin Cherban, Chief Clinical Research Officer for the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network and the Centre for Advancing Health Outcomes

The Next Generation of Lived Perspectives in Clinical Trials

  • Trinity Lowthian, Youth Mentor in Patient Engagement; Student, Honours Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences, University of Ottawa; Team Canada Para-Fencer

Attendance at our conference may be eligible for SOCRA continuing education credits. All conference delegates may request a certificate of attendance.