Scientific Committee

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


Tracy Gardikiotis

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

Organizing Committee

Anna Kennedy
Founding Member and Executive Director, Canadian Lymphedema Framework; Editor, Pathways magazine

Kim Avanthay
Co-founder, Lymphedema Association of Manitoba; Board Secretary, Canadian Lymphedema Framework; parent of child with lymphedema

Shannon Moore
Conference management professional; lymphedema community volunteer.