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The Better Breathing Conference is presented by:

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With its two professional societies: Ontario Thoracic Society (OTS) & Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS)The Better Breathing Conference brings together health-care professionals from many disciplines all focused on the respiratory health of the people of Ontario, including academic and community respirologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, physiotherapists and pharmacists.

New this year will be a Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario (RTSO) education program featuring acute and community sessions, as well as the RTSO sponsored poster session and cocktail reception.

Registration Opens Fall 2017.


We have a great program lined up for Better Breathing 2018. Topics and speakers have been selected to appeal to professionals working in all areas of respiratory health, including – but not limited to – respirologists, researchers, RTs, PTs, NPs, OTs, PFTs and pharmacists. A few program highlights are listed below.

Friday plenary speakers (OTS and ORCS joint program):

Transplant Innovations – Shaf Keshavjee, MD, Mac, FRCSC, FACS, Surgeon-in-Chief, University Health Network; Direct, Toronto Lung Transplant Program, Toronto General Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children; Professor of Thoracic Surgery, University of Toronto.



CRISPR TechnologyRon Cohn, MD, FACMG, Chief of Paediatrics,
The Hospital for Sick Children; Chair of Paediatrics, University of Toronto




The Friday ORCS program will also feature Dr. Andrea Gershon discussing multimorbidity in individuals with lung disease, Amy Lang from Health Quality Ontario speaking about how to involve patients in their own care, and a debate on pulmonary rehabilitation versus general rehabilitation between Dr. Dina Brooks and Shelley Prevost.

The OTS Friday program includes the extremely popular Team Challenge lunch, which provides MOC3 credits, talks from Dr. Shawn Aaron on overdiagnosis of asthma, Dr. Elizabeth Tullis on what’s new and exciting in CF therapy, and Dr. Chris Li on the use of apps and new technology in sleep medicine. The afternoon will include a paediatric stream, with presentations from Drs. Adam Byrne and Reshma Amin.

Saturday morning will kick off with a debate in the OTS stream between Drs. Roger Goldstein and Ron Grossman on the role of ICS in COPD, while the ORCS program will feature a workshop by trauma specialist Tom Walker on compassion fatigue for health-care workers.

The ORCS program also features a Respiratory Health Educators Interest Group afternoon session on Thursday afternoon, featuring talks on:

  • Medically Assisted SuicideBob Parke, Clinical Ethicist, Humber River Hospital
  • Working with lung cancer patientsMargaret I. Fitch, RN, PhD, Professor (Adjunct), L. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto; Expert Lead, Person-Centered Perspective, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer



Click here to view our 2018 sponsorship opportunities.

To secure your sponsorship or for questions about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amy Rice at 416-864-9911 x 220 or by email at


The Better Breathing Conference is a fragrance-free and smoke-free event.

Call for Abstracts: Poster Presentations 



The Better Breathing Conference brings together health-care professionals
from many disciplines all focused on the respiratory health of the people of Ontario,including academic and community respirologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, physiotherapists and pharmacists.


There will be speakers discussing informative topics relevant to our interdisciplinary audience of health professionals who work in hospitals, community care,primary care and educational institutions. We hope to see you there!

Travel and Accommodations

A limited block of rooms is being held at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre at a rate of $189.00 per room, per night for single or double occupancy (applicable taxes).