2023 CMF Conference on Mesothelioma


Attend to learn about early detection, promising research directions, and new treatments for mesothelioma. Together, we can develop a comprehensive Canadian response to asbestos and asbestos disease.

Date: November 16, 2023

Location: MaRS Discovery District, 101 College St., Toronto, ON

Conference objectives:

  • Provide information on asbestos and mesothelioma to health and safety practitioners, patients, family members, advocates 

  • Provide information on early detection and innovative treatment for mesothelioma for general practitioners and specialists

  • Engage researchers, clinicians, health and safety professionals, and advocates in Canada and internationally

  • Promote asbestos awareness and support for mesothelioma research

  • Link these efforts to the broader efforts to develop a comprehensive Canadian response to asbestos and asbestos disease

Preliminary Program:

7:30 am

Registration, coffee/continental breakfast


8:30 am

Dr. Eudice Goldberg, Chair Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation

Keynote Presentation

8:40 am

The Honourable Hassan Yussuff, Senate of Canada: Canada’s Asbestos Ban

9:15 am

   Q and A

Session 1: From the Frontline – preventing current and future exposure to asbestos (9:30 am – 10:30 am)


Moderator: Dr. Paul Demers, Occupational Cancer Research Centre

9:30 am

   Dr. Paul Demers: Epidemiology of mesothelioma in Canada

9:45 am

   Dr. Cheryl Peters, CAREX Canada: Prevalence of exposure to asbestos in Canada

10:00 am

   Sean Douglas, Pinchin Ltd: Asbestos in the built environment

10:15 am

   Q and A

Refreshment and Networking Break (30 minutes)

Session 2: Voices of those affected by asbestos and mesothelioma (11:00 am – noon)


Moderator: Dr. Erik Vakil

11:00 am

   Lee Loftus (Canada): The experience of an asbestos-exposed worker

11:30 am

   Eric Jonckheere (Belgium): A patient, family and country point of view of mesothelioma experience

Buffet Lunch and Networking Break (60 minutes)

Session 3: Issues related to the recognition/compensation of mesothelioma (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm)


Moderator: Dr. Linn Holness

1:00 pm

   Alec Farquhar: Compensation of mesothelioma claims in Canada

1:15 pm

   Dr. Nancy Lightfoot: The impacts on caregivers of patients with an asbestos-related cancer

1:30 pm

   Dr. Sherry Mongeau: The experience of worker advocates who assist families with compensation claims

1:45 pm

    Q and A

Session 4: Screening and Early Detection of Mesothelioma (2:00 pm – 2:45 pm)


Moderator: Dr. John Cho

2:00 pm

   Dr. Erik Vakil: Screening for mesothelioma – when those exposed to asbestos should be investigated

2:15 pm

   Dr. Katarzyna Czarnecka-Kujawa: Diagnostic considerations in suspected mesothelioma

2:30 pm

   Q and A

Session 5: Aspects of Mesothelioma Management in Canada (2:45 pm – 3:45 pm)


Moderator: Dr. Jocelyne Martin

2:45 pm

   Dr. Camille Munro: Managing pain and symptoms – supportive and palliative care for mesothelioma patients

3:00 pm

   Dr. Marie Florescu: Immunotherapy

3:15 pm

   Dr. Andrea McCart: Peritoneal mesothelioma

3:30 pm

   Q and A

Networking Break (15 minutes)

Session 6: Panel Discussion – Challenges of Treating Mesothelioma (4:00 pm – 5:00 pm)

4:00 pm

Moderator: Dr. Chris Lee        

   Panelists: Dr. Camille Munro, Dr. Marc de Perrot, Dr. Marie Florescu, Dr. Erik Vakil, Dr. Andrea McCart

4:45 pm

   Q and A

Closing Remarks

5:00 pm

Drs. Eudice Goldberg and John Cho: closing remarks and invitation to reception

Post Conference Reception (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm)



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