Thank you to all who joined us at the 2019 National Lymphedema Conference. 

The Canadian Lymphedema Framework was proud to host the 2019 National Lymphedema Conference, which was held in Toronto November 1-2, 2019 at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel.

Over the course of two days, patients and health professionals shared stimulating ideas, new research and innovative solutions to the many issues faced by people who live with lymphedema as well as the health professionals who provide their care.

Your Host

Canadian Lymphedema Framework

Founded in 2009, the Canadian Lymphedema Framework (CLF) is an academic and patient stakeholder collaboration promoting lymphedema research, best practices and clinical development. The CLF is modeled on, and has a partnership with the International Lymphoedema Framework, and links with other national lymphedema frameworks and provincial associations in order to contribute to the global advancement of lymphedema care. The CLF core mission is to improve the management of lymphedema and related disorders in Canada.

Scientific Committee

The conference was organized by a strong 2019 Conference Scientific Committee including multidisciplinary and national representation.


Kristen Campbell
Physical therapist (MScPT), PhD

Tracy Gardikiotis
Physical therapist (BScPT), Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT-LANA), and Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist (CCES); Canadian Lymphedema Framework board member.

Pamela Hammond
Registered Massage Therapist ceritified in Combined Decongestive Therapy, Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship Clinic at Princess Margaret Hospital; provides education and teaches lymphedema management strategies to patients with cancer-related lymphedema.

Dr. David Keast – Co-Chair
Physician specializing in wound care and lymphedema and Clinical Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, London; Co-Chair of the Canadian Lymphedema Framework

Dr. Catherine McCuaig
Pediatric Dermatologist managing vascular anomalies including lymphedema, CHU Sainte-Justine, University of Montreal; Co-Chair of the Canadian Lymphedema Framework

Margie McNeely, PhD – Co-Chair
Associate Professor, University of Alberta and Cross Cancer Institute; performs research on rehabilitative treatments for cancer-related lymphedema.

Shirin Shallwani, PT
Physiotherapist & PhD candidate specialized in cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema management, University of Ottawa School of Rehabilitation Sciences, McGill University Health Centre Lymphedema Program & Physiotherapy Department

Conference Theme

10 Years Strong

Celebrating a decade of partnerships and engagement with the lymphedema community.

Target Audience

The conference was for primary care as well as specialist health professionals and patients from across Canada and abroad, with an interest in lymphedema.

  • Patients with or at risk of lymphedema, their caregivers and lymphedema advocates
  • Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, registered massage therapists, therapist assistants, social workers, psychologists and nurses
  • Oncologists, surgeons, radiologists and general medical practitioners
  • Research scientists
  • Graduate and medical students
  • Compression garment fitters
  • Health Ministry representatives and policy advisors


The Scientific Committee planned a thought provoking and nationally relevant conference agenda. The conference included both interactive and open discussion sessions to promote collaboration between sectors of the lymphedema community, with the aim to foster innovation and promote positive change.

Presenters addressed current issues in research, surgery, exercise and self-care for lymphedema. The program also included plenary sessions, workshops, poster presentations, an Exhibit Hall, as well as a networking reception on Friday evening.

The Final Program is available here:

National Lymphedema Conference – FINAL Program and Conference Guide

  • Dr. Machteld Huber (The Netherlands) on Positive Health; The New Definition of Health

  • Dr. Pierre-Yves von der Weid (Alberta, Canada) on Scientific Developments in Lymphedema Research 

  • Dr. Anna Towers(Montreal, Quebec) on Palliative Care and Lymphedema 

  • Susan Harris, PhD (British Columbia, Canada) on Challenging Myths of Exercise-induced Lymphedema

2019 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Diamond Sponsor

Essity –


Platinum Sponsors

Juzo Canada Ltd. –

Medi Canada Inc. –

Silver Sponsors

3M –

InBody Canada –

Bronze Sponsors

Mitaka USA –


Additional Support

Alberta Lymphedema Network (ALNET) –

Lymphedema Research and Education Program


Canadian Lymphedema Framework

Canadian Lymphedema Framework

Dr. Vodder International

Durham Medical

Head to Foot Oasis Wellness Clinic
Specializing in Lymphedema Care

Klose Training

L&R Canada Inc.


Lymphedema Association of Ontario

The Lymphology Association
of North America



Mansueta Medical Garment Fitters



Paradigm Medical Inc

Recovery Garment Centre

Sigvaris Corp.

The Complete
Lymphedema Management and Nutrition Guide


Wellwise by Shoppers Drug Mart