28th OAGS Annual Meeting (2022)

  • Details
  • Hotel/Parking
  • Committee
  • Program
  • Speakers
  • Exhibitors
  • Banquet
  • Award/Prize
  • Evaluation
  • Register
  • Payment
  • OAGS Election
  • Non-Accredited Symposia

2022 Details

DATE: Weekend of November 12, 2022

LOCATION: Hilton Toronto Hotel, 145 Richmond St. W., Toronto, ON (Hilton Website)

Meeting: Toronto Ballroom I & II (lower/conventions level)
Exhibiting & Buffet: Toronto Foyer (lower/conventions level)
Lunch Seating: Toronto Ballroom III (lower/conventions level)
Wine/Brew Reception: Toronto Ballroom III (lower/conventions level) - RSVP Only
Dinner Banquet: Toronto Ballroom III (lower/conventions level)- RSVP Only

TARGET AUDIENCE: General Surgeons, General Surgery Residents, Fellows, Physician Assistants

RSVP: Everyone MUST RSVP/register in advance if they wish to attend the annual meeting - regardless of membership status.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL FINAL EXTENTION Oct.9: Register and pay well in advance to avoid an additional $100 registration service fee.

COVID Health & Safety Policy:

OAGS will be following health and safety measures that meet or exceed those currently set by the Health Authority of Ontario, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Hilton Hotel. The OAGS reserves the right to change or update the requirements at any time. The OAGS requires all attendees to have at least 2 doses of any Canadian gov’t-approved COVID vaccinations or equivalent thereof. Although not currently mandated by the province of Ontario, the OAGS strongly recommends wearing face masks. Additional face masks, hand sanitizer will be available on site also. Attendees should have proof of vaccination ready upon request and sign Vaccination Attestation at the time of registration.  Attendees should not attend if experiencing Covid symptoms.

CME/CPD Accreditation:

This event is seeking accreditation as an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approval by the Canadian Association of General Surgeons.

Board Election:

UPDATE: The next OAGS Board Election is slated for November 12, 2022 during the 28th OAGS Annual Meeting. The deadline for nominations will be 2 weeks prior (October 28, 2022). If you are interested in running for election, please complete and submit the online nomination form. For more details, please click here.

Flyer - Help Us Get the Word Out:

Please help us get the word out about this event to your colleagues by posting our flyer in the surgeon's lounge at your hospitals, clinics, offices.... Download Flyer

Hotel - Accommodation

Hilton Toronto Downtown Hotel
145 Richmond St., Toronto, ON, Canada

NOTE: Hotel Room Group Rate is just $189/standard until Oct.28, so book soon!!


OAGS Terms

Discounted OAGS Room Rate   

$189 (plus tax/fees)

Room Rate Dates Nov.11-13, 2022
Room Rate Deadline/Cut-off October 28, 2022

Hotel Reservations

Make a reservation online now!   

Phone Reservations 1-800-HILTONS
Group Code OAGS2022
Hotel Policies details
Check In Time 3pm
Check Out Time 12pm noon
Bldg Parking Clearance 6' 4" (scroll down for more details/options)


Hilton Toronto Downtown Hotel
145 Richmond St. W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hotel Directions: Click here
NOTE: Don't forget, if you're flying into Pearson International Airport, there is new easy access from the airport to downtown Toronto via the new Union Pearson Express - 25 minute express train every 15 minutes!

Click on +/- to redefine map and locate hotel location below.

Parking Options:

NOTE: The OAGS will NOT be validating parking this year.  Below are several parking options:

* Hilton Toronto downtown Underground Parking: clearance 6'4"

Self Park  (no in/out privileges)
- Weekend/holiday day (7am to 6pm) - $10.00
- Weekend/holiday evening (6pm to 7am) - $10.00
- M-F Evenings (6pm to 7am) - $10.00
- M-F day (7am to 6pm) - $32.00 max
- Lost Ticket - $71
- $45.00 - flat rate for 24 hours (includes in/out privileges)
- $35.00 - flat rate for 24 hours (NO in/out privileges)

* Green P (City Hall/Nathan Phillips - underground): clearance 6'4" ( ... just 1.5 blocks north of the Hilton
* Green P (Adelaide/Spadina - street level): street level lot - no height restrictions ( ... 5+ blocks west of the Hilton (check GreenP for other nearby surface lots)
* Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (underground): $25 (
* Other: Green P - website; - website


OAGS Annual Meeting Committee

  • Dr. Jennifer Macmillan (Chair)
  • Dr. Luke Bui
  • Dr. Tim Jackson
  • Dr. Kevin Lefebvre
  • Dr. Husein Moloo
  • Dr. Scott Rieder
  • Dr. Andrew Smith
  • Dr. Julie Ann Van Koughnett
(NOTE: The board-at-large also advises the committee.)

2022 Annual Meeting Program

2022 PROGRAM - download
International Keynote Speaker
Dr. Geeta Lal, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA

Chair: OAGS President Dr. Kevin Lefebvre
Co-Chair: OAGS Annual Meeting Committee Chair Dr. Jennifer Macmillan
Business Meeting Chair: OAGS Vice President Dr. Rav Singh

CPD Accreditation: This event is seeking accreditation as an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approval by the Canadian Association of General Surgeons (approx. 1 credit/ 1 hr attended).

Tentative Topics Speaker
International Key Note: Ergonomics - An Overlooked Component of Surgeon Wellness Finally Comes of Age Dr. Geeta Lal
Debate: Antibiotics for Appendicitis in 2022
a)Pro Antibiotics
b)Pro Surgery
a) Dr. Ashlie Nadler
b) Dr. Kelly Vogt
Pearls Panel: Endoscopy - Biopsies are Back!...Now What?
a)Upper GI
c)Microscopic Colitis

a) Dr. Akshay Shetty
b) Dr. Marylise Boutros
c) Dr. Yvonne Tse

Does Diverticultis Need Antibiotics Dr. Marylise Boutros

Pearls Panel: Technology in MIS - What We Need to Know
a)Energy sources in endo suite and OR
b)EUS (electrosurgery)
c)Safe peritoneal MIS entry in the patient with high BMI
d)Non invasive fluorescent cholangiography (NIFC)

a) Dr. Joseph Sadek
b) Dr. Luke Hartford
c) Dr. Caolan Walsh
d) Dr. Ephraim Tang

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Dr. Kristina Lutz
Breast SLNBx: Who can do without it? Dr. Allison Maciver
Perioperative Pain Management Dr. Collin Clarke
Panel: Efficiency in the OR - Success Stories
b)Quality and Efficiency Initiatives (i.e. Smoothing)
c)Northern Perspective
d)Community Perspective - Offsetting Academic Load
a) Dr. Ken Leslie
b) Dr. Tim Jackson
c) Dr. Rav Singh
d) Dr. Scott Rieder
Quality Update: NSQIP Dr. Tim Jackson
Billing Corner Dr. Kevin Lefebvre
Business Meeting (OAGS & Section) Dr. Rav Singh
Banquet Talk: Developing Career Resiience in Surgery - Change is the Only Constant" Dr. Geeta Lal

Registration: 7:30am-9am
Meeting Begins: 9am
Mid-Morning Break: 10:30am (25min)
Lunch: 12:15pm
Mid-Afternoon Break: 3:10pm (25min)
Business Meeting: 5:00pm
Social Hour Reception: 6:00pm
Banquet: 7:00pm
Banquet Presentation: ~8:30pm
Wine/Brew Draw: 9:00pm
Meeting Ends: 9:20pm


2022 OAGS Annual Meeting Guest Speakers (Plenary)

Featuring this year's International Key Note Speaker
for Saturday, November 12, 2022:

Dr. Geeta Lal, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Associate Professor, Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Iowa City, Iowa, USA
More biographical details


Dr. Marylise Boutros, MD, FRCSC
Program Director, Colorectal Surgery Residency
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, McGill University
Staff, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal QC

Dr.Collin Clarke, MD< FRCPC
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Western University
Staff, LHSC, University Hospital, London, ON

Dr. Luke Hartford, MD, FRCSC
Staff, General Surgery, Health Sciences North, Sudbury, ON

Dr. Tim Jackson, MD, FRCSC, MPH
Associate Professor of Surgery, Unoversity of Toronto
Clinical Investigator, Krembil Research Institution
Staff, Divison of General Surgery, UHN Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON
Dr. Ken Leslie, MD, FRCSC
Professor, Dept. Surgery and Oncology, Western University
Staff, LHSC University Hospital, London, ON
Dr. Kristina Lutz, MD, FRCSC
Adjunct Professor, Division Head, Plastics, Western University, London, ON
Staff: Windsor Regional Hospoital, Windsor, ON

Dr. Allison Maciver, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Assistant Professor, Surgery and Oncology, Western University
Staff: Victoria Hospital, London, ON

Dr. Ashlie Nadler, MD, MPH, FRCSC, FACS
Assistant Professor, Dept. Surgery, University of Toronto
Staff, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON
Dr.Scott Rieder, MD, FRCSC
Dept. of General Surgery
Staff, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Kingston, ON
Dr. Joseph Sadek, MD, FRCSC
Dept. of General Surgery
Staff: UHN, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON
Dr. Akshay Shetty, MD, FRCPC
Dept. of Gastroenterology and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Michael Garron Hospital, Toronto East Health Network, Toronto, ON
Dr. Ravinder Singh, MD, MBA, FRCSC
NOSM Site Director
Chief of Surgery, Head of General Surgery
North Bay Regional Health Centre, North Bay, ON
Dr. Ephraim Tang, MD, FRCSC
Department of General Surgery, Multi-Organ Transplant Program, Western Universit
Staff, LHSC University Hospital, London, ON
Focus/Interest: general surgery, breast surgery
Dr.Yvonne Tse, MD,FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, University of Toronto
Division Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Staff: Toronto Western Hospital, UHN, Toronto, ON
Dr. Kelly Vogt, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Surgery, Western University
Staff: LHSC University Hospital, London, ON
Dr. Caolan Walsh, MD, MBA, FRCSC
Dept. of Surgery, The University of Ottawa
Staff: The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON


Interested in exhibiting with us this fall?
Application Package: download.

2022 OAGS Annual Meeting Exhibitors

We would like to take this opportunity to thank these companies for their support!


(Includes on-site symposia & post-mtg webinars)



(Includes on-site symposium & post-mtg webinar)



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Winery & Brewery

2022 OAGS Annual Meeting Social Hour & Banquet

RSVP ONLY: General Surgeons, Resident/Fellows, Exhibitors/Guests by invitation/RSVP only.
Registration deadline Nov4.

SOCIAL HOUR / WINE & BREW RECEPTION -complimentary for attendees
Winery: TBA
Start Time: 6:00pm
Location: Toronto Ballroom III, Hilton Hotel (lower level)
Duration: 1 hour

EVENING BANQUET (separate RSVP ONLY - Deadline Nov.4) - $100/person
Start Time: 7:00pm
Location: Toronto Ballroom III, Hilton Hotel (lower level)
Duration: 2 hours
(Wine Pairing courtesy of TBA)

PRESENTATION: "Developing Career Resilience in Surgery - Change is the only constant" - Dr. Geeta Lal

PRIZE DRAW: Stay for the popular wine and brew prize draw!




NOTE: Alternate mains have been arranged only for those requests made with the OAGS well in advance.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Allergies and dietary/cultural restrictions can be accommodated, but MUST be requested well in advance before the deadline. Please contact the OAGS office: 1-877-717-7765 by Nov.4. No changes/credits/refunds can be made after this date, as the order will have already been submitted to catering. If you have to cancel after this deadline, you are still requested to notify the office. Thank you.

OAGS is pleased to present this year's Ontario Winery & Brewery...

2022 Awards and Prize Draws



Saturday, Nov.12




Annual Meeting Prize Draws
Saturday, November 12, 2022

NOTE: To be awarded before/after breaks.

  1. FREE OAGS Membership 2022...Includes 2xBanquet!
    Courtesy of the OAGS. One Active and one Resident winner will be drawn from list of attendees for a free 2023 fiscal membership..

  2. $50 Gift Card
    Several cards will be given to those who answer the exhibit quiz correctly.


2022 OAGS Annual Meeting Evaluations

Meeting Evaluation-General Feedback: TBA
Guest Speaker Evaluations: TBA

Registration is still open!.

2022 OAGS Annual Meeting Registration: (Part 1of2)

Register Online here.
OAGS Attendee Terms & Conditions: download
Early Bird Special Deadline FINAL Extension: Oct. 9, 2022



Payment: (PART II of II)

Proceed to payment.
(NOTE: If you're uncertain whether you've paid yet, please call the office first: 705-745-5621 / 1-877-717-7765)

NOTE: EVERYONE MUST RSVP/REGISTER IF THEY WANT TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING - regardless of membership status. Be sure to register on the previous "Register" panel before proceeding any further.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL FINAL EXTENSION Oct.9: Register and pay well in advance to avoid an additional $100 registration service fee.

Tax receipts will not be mailed out until the fiscal year-end.

Annual Dues & Meeting Admission Rates


Early Bird Rate

Rate After OCT. 9

OAGS Member - Active Surgeon (ON)

$395 (includes membership)


OAGS Member - Inactive General Surgeon (ON)

$200 (includes membership


OAGS Member - Resident/Fellow (ON)

$50 (includes membership


Non-Member Surgeon/Out-of-Province/Industry



Non-Member -Physician Assistant



Non-Member -Resident/Fellow



Saturday Evening Banquet Fee/person
Members and Non-Members



NOTE: To be an OAGS member, you must be currently practising/living/training within Ontario and hold a RCPSC license or equivalent.  See full membership requirements/benefits here.


OAGS Election: Board of Directors

Original Details:

Election Date: Saturday, November 12

Nomination Deadline: Friday, October 28 (2 wks prior)

Election Location: Hiton Toronto Hotel, 145 Richmond St. W. (during 28th OAGS Annual Meeting - Business Portion)

Nomination Form: Click here

This is a staggered election in which only half of the 14-person board stands for re-election every second year;  the remainder stand every other year. We have at least 2 vacancies coming up!  Election will occur during the 28th OAGS Annual Meeting.

OAGS Board Members Up for Re-election for 2-Year Staggered Term: (Jan.2023-Dec.2024)
Note: Any number of candidates can run, but only 7 candidates can be voted onto the board.*  Seven board members up for re-election will be running again (see below), but new candidates are also welcome to run. Deadline for nominations is Oct. 18. Scroll down for more details and requirements.

*This year, an 8th position will be open due to a mid-term vacancy.

  1. Dr. Luke Bui, Toronto- incumbent
  2. Dr. Sean McIlreath, Belleville - incumbent
  3. Dr. Scott Rieder, Kingston - incumbent
  4. Dr. Rav Singh, North Bay - incumbent
  5. Dr. Andrew Smith, Thunder Bay - incumbent
  6. Dr. Julie Ann Van Koughnett, London - incumbent
  8. VACANCY - mid-term
  9. new candidates...

Nomination Requirements:

  • Actively practising General Surgery in Ontario
  • Current OAGS Active Member
  • 2 confirmed supporting nominees who are also current OAGS Active Members
  • Have an interest in professional and healthcare policy

More Details: election

Additional Non-Accredited Symposia

The following symposia are complimentary to those attending the 28th OAGS Annual Meeting, however space is limited. Please note that these symposia ARE NOT CPD-ACCREDITED.

Saturday Lunch symposia

SUNday, Nov.13 @ 8:30am

The 4th
Resident Symposium Breakfast

Preparing for Acute Care Surgery

Target Audience:
New General Surgeons/Grads, Fellows, Residents

Date & Time:
Sunday, November 13
8:30am - Breakfast Buffet
9:00am-11:40am - Program

Hilton Toronto Hotel, Osgoode Room, 3rd Floor
, 145 Richmond St. W., Toronto, ON

Fee: Free

Tentative Program:
8:30am - Breakfast
9:00-9:05 - Welcome, Introductions

9:05-9:30 - Marc Kraichati,MDFM Early Career Education Specialist (Topic: Incorporation & Investment - When or Should ACS specialists incorporate?)
9:30-10:05 - Dr. Kelly Vogt & Dr. Adam Maruscak (Topic: Models of ACS: In preparation of going into practice - academic vs community)
10:05-10:30 - Dr. Peter Glen (Topic: What to look for in an ACS contract)
10:30-10:55 - Dr. Ana Igric (Topic: What to do with your non-ACS time)
10:55-11:20 - Dr. Rahima Nenshi (Topic: Managing Burnout/Fatigue or Maintaining Resilience as an ACS Surgeon)
11:20-11:40 – Panel Discussion and Additional Q&A

Deadline to RSVP/Register: Nov.7

MDFM Website:

NOTE: This is complimentary/no charge, courtesy of MD Financial Management. The presentation is non-accredited. Breakfast buffet will be available in the Osgoode Foyer,Hilton Hotel,3rd floor commencing at 8:30am. RSVP is required.