SPEAKERS

AWCM WEST 2019

Join us in Calgary September 19 & 20, 2019

Hear from today’s leaders in the field of menopause.

Imagine how good your life could be if you had the proper tools and information to manage your health and know you are doing everything possible to live the best life you can.

Our speakers are expert health practitioners who have the latest information, research, tools and strategies to help you manage your way through menopause.

Meet the AWCM presenters we have lined up just for you!

Janet S. Carpenter, PhD, RN, FAAN

Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana

Presentation Title • Taking Steps to Nonhormonal Hot Flash Treatments that Work (Podium presentation), Hot flashes? Cool!™ (art exhibit)

Presentation Overview: I will discuss evidence based non-hormonal therapies for menopausal hot flashes as outlined in the 2015 NAMS Position statement, with updated information where applicable. I will share the concept graphics art for the exhibit that uses art to teach the public scientific facts about menopausal hot flashes.

Profile:
Janet S. Carpenter, PhD, RN, FAAN is a scientist and artist in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is a Distinguished Professor and the Associate Dean for Research at the Indiana University School of Nursing. She is one of the world’s leading experts on measuring and treating menopausal hot flashes without hormones. Over the last 20 years, she created a hot flash measurement toolkit and tested different treatments for hot flashes from medications to slow, deep breathing. Her Hot Flash Related Daily Interference questionnaire is available in 12 languages. She is a 2016 Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame inductee. As an artist, she has experience in dance, theatre, music, creative writing, needle arts, painting, and jewelry making. One of her paintings was competitively selected for a special exhibition in Indianapolis in 2017. Her most recent project uses art to teach the public the scientific facts about menopausal hot flashes. The “Hot flashes? Cool!™” exhibit (www.hotflashescool.com) uses sculptures, digital visual media, music, and interactive elements to create a new collective image of hot flashes, challenge myths, tackle misinformation, reduce use of unproven therapies, and provide accurate and culturally relevant information. She has studied the impact of the exhibit through public focus groups and public viewing events and is working towards building and showing the exhibit internationally.

Dr. Fiona Mattatall MD MSc FRCSC

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Rockyview General Hospital, Assistant Professor, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

Presentation Title • The ABC’s of Hormones

Presentation Overview: Dr. Mattatall will discuss what hormones are, where they come from, what they do, and how they change over a woman’s life.

Profile:
Dr. Mattatall is a native Calgarian who moved east to Queen’s University for medical school. She did her specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Dalhousie University then returned to Calgary to setup her medical practice in women’s health. She has a community based practice that focuses on women’s health and an a hospital based practice at Rockyview General for maternity care and surgery. Dr. Mattatall continues her interest in menopausal health with attending national conferences such as Sigma and NAMS and teaches both medical students and residents.

Dr. Marla Shapiro C.M.

Medical Contributor to CTV’s Canada AM and Medical Consultant for CTV News, Toronto, Ontario

Presentation Title • The Vagina Dialogues: Everything You Need to Know but Never Talk About!

Presentation Overview: Despite increasing knowledge about menopause many women are unaware of options for the genitourinary changes that happen with loss of hormones. This talk will demystify the  hush hush changes of midlife sexuality and changes known as the genitorurinary syndrome of menopause.

Profile:
Dr. Marla Shapiro C.M.‎ ,MDCM, CCFP, MHSC, FRCPC, FCFP, NCMP, Medical Contributor to CTV’s Canada AM and Medical Consultant for CTV News, Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Shapiro completed medical school at McGill University and trained at the University of Toronto for her Masters of Health Science. She concluded her specialty training in Community Medicine, receiving her Fellowship in Preventive Medicine and Public Health from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She also holds a Fellowship in Family Medicine and is currently a Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Shapiro is seen on CTV NewsChannel and is the medical consultant on CTV’s National News. She appears on special assignment for W5, Canada’s most watched investigative news show and has completed several documentaries. She writes a weekly blog for CTV.  She is the author of the bestselling book, Life in the Balance: My Journey with Breast Cancer.

Dr. Shapiro is a member of several advisory boards, including Research Canada and the Board of Trustees of the North American Menopause Society. She was the President of the North American Menopause Society in 2017.

She received an Award of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and was awarded the Excellence in Creative Professional Activity by the University of Toronto. Dr. Shapiro was also chosen in the top 10 of the 50 most powerful doctors in Canada by the Medical Post.

In 2015 Dr. Shapiro was named a Member of the Order of Canada for her contributions as a family physician and trusted source of health information. One of this country’s highest civilian honours, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation.

Dr. Brynn Winegard

Dr. Brynn Winegard, DrBrynn.com, Toronto, Ontario

Presentation Title • The Aging Brain: Maintaining Health, Accuracy, Functionality through Menopause & Beyond.

Presentation Overview: Our brains naturally and normally change with age more than we think— ‘like a fine wine’ some things get better with age, while other abilities decline. Learn about the brain’s natural ‘change agent’: Mr H. SKIMP – who will ‘skimp’ on our cognitive functionality and health if we let him! Our brains will change over time – but they don’t have to age! Learn the brain-based steps you can take to maintain your cognitive accuracy, neural functionality, and brain health throughout and beyond menopause.

The Experience:

  • 60-min Interactive, High-Energy Keynote
  • Learn what normal brain aging looks and feels like
  • Discover tips and tricks for keeping your brain healthy and youthful
  • Modules include: maintaining brain functionality; maintaining cognitive accuracy; maintaining cognitive, neural, and psychological health through menopause and beyond.

Profile:
Dr. Brynn Winegard is an award-winning professor, speaker, and writer. Brynn completed her formal education at the Schulich School of Business (MBA, PhD) in business and McMaster University in Neuroscience and Psychology. After over a decade in corporate marketing working for Pfizer Inc., Nestle Inc., and Johnson & Johnson Inc, Brynn has dedicated herself to speaking about ‘Building a Better Business Brain’ to groups, organizations and companies, stemming from her research, which combines neuroscience and management phenomena (‘neuromanagement’). Dr. Winegard retains positions as Faculty at Schulich School of Business’s Executive Education Centre, an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University, and Executive Faculty in Guelph University’s College of Business and Economics.

Brynn combines real-world experience with frontier research to deliver impactful programming that will be sure to please your audiences and elevate their daily business. Clients include: IEEE, CIBC, BMO, ScotiaBank, Kruger Paper Products, Deloitte, Coca-Cola, Club Coffee, InfraReady Foods, CuBe Plastics, MROO, OASBO, OMERS, USAA, Brystol Myers Squibb, Novartis, Toyota, Canadian Blood Services, among more than 50 notable others.