Conference Theme

10 Years Strong

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


This 2-day event offers industry sponsored symposia, plenary sessions and workshops specifically geared for health professionals and patients, as well as poster viewing and evening reception. Final program can be viewed here: National Lymphedema Conference – Final Program.

Target Audience

The conference is 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 has planned a thought provoking and nationally relevant conference agenda. The conference will include 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 will address current issues in research, surgery, exercise and self-care for lymphedema. The program also includes 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

Key Topics

Chronic Wounds and Lymphedema
Gynecological Cancer
Exercise including Aquafit and Yoga 
Palliative Care
Pediatric Lymphedema
Psychosocial Aspects 
Relaxation Therapy
Research Advances  
and a special Panel on Surgical Solutions

Keynote Speakers

  • 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

Plus don’t miss the much-anticipated panel on Surgical Solutions for Lymphedema, led by Canadian surgeons: Dr. Sibal Haykal (Surgeon at UHN) and Amy Beaith (a patient’s perspective on Quality of Life After Surgery)  


Every delegate who has registered as a health professional will be provided with a certificate of attendance that can be submitted to your professional licensing board following the conference.  The National Lymphedema Conference provides 3.75 educational hours on Friday and 6.75 hours on Saturday for a total of 10.5 hours if you attend both days.