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2020 AHPA Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Annual General Meeting of the Arthritis Health Professions Association will be held on Friday February 28, 2020 at 12:30 pm MT at Fairmont Empress Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia

Please refer to home page for AGM documents (sign in required).


The AHPA Board is a dynamic group of individuals, with national representation, all with a common interest in care provision, education, and research related to arthritis.  

We are currently accepting nominations for 5 positions on the AHPA Board of Directors.  Elections will be held at the AHPA Annual General Meeting on Friday February 28, 2020 12:30 – 2:00 pm in Victoria, BC, during the 2020 Annual CRA Scientific Meeting and AHPA Annual Meeting Feb 26 – 29, 2020.

We are seeking individuals with an interest in the following Board responsibilities [Click to see position description]:

Secretary, Treasurer, Professional and Career Development Chair, Sponsorship and Marketing Chair, and Member at Large Eastern

Links to Forms

Nomination Form

Proxy Voting Form

Please complete the nomination form and email the required documents to the Member at Large Eastern Canada, Lynne Broderick,

AHPA Pre-course
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Victoria, British Columbia

Fairmont Empress Victoria & Victoria Conference Centre, Room: TBA

AHPA Precourse Agenda PDF
0700 – 0730 
0730 – 0745 
Welcome Remarks
Angelo Papachristos, Susan MacQueen
0745 – 0830
The Cervical Spine in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Considerations for Surgery
Christopher Nielsen
0830 – 0915
An Overview of Vasculitis
Natasha Dehghan
0915 – 1000
Impact of Arthritis in the Workplace
Diane Lacaille
1000 – 1030
1030 – 1100
Canadian Spondylitis Association: Patient and Health Professional Resources
1100 – 1215
CollaboRAtion: An Interprofessional Dialogue on the Role of Current and Novel JAK Inhibitors in Optimizing RA Patient Care
Phillip Baer, Meghan McKenna & Angelo Papachristos
1215 – 1300
Networking Lunch
Kim Hall
1300 – 1345
Therapy for the Arthritic Hand: Biologics and Beyond
Maureen Riley
1345 – 1415
Yoga for Arthritis
Lindsay Knazan
1415 – 1500
Paediatric Rheumatology and Sports Involvement
Tommy Gerschman
1500 – 1515
Family Feud
Sue MacQueen
Closing Remarks
Angelo Papachristos

The Twelfth Annual AHPA Pre-course will be held at the Canadian Rheumatology Association/Arthritis Health Professions Association annual meeting on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Fairmont Empress Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia

Bursary application is now closed.

Contact Angelo Papachristos if you have any questions regarding the bursary.




Due to a decrease in sponsorship funds, there are a limited number of travel bursaries available for distribution; please read carefully the information below:

Applications for travel bursaries will open on December 6, 2019 at noon EST. Successful applicants will be notified by December 13th.

You MUST be an AHPA member in good standing for the 2020 membership year at the time of your application to apply for the travel bursary.  All applications for non-members will be rejected. 

Bursaries will be awarded on a criteria basis.  Criteria are as follows:

Receipt of prior bursary: Priority will be given to those who have not received funding in the past.

  1. Involvement in rheumatology
  2. AHPA involvement (e.g. committee member, contributor etc)
  3. Essay question (Why attending the pre-course would benefit you?),
  4. First come first serve. 
  • Numbers are very limited.  A wait list will be maintained beyond the numbers available.  Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail
  • Registration for the Pre-course and the CRA meeting will be done through the CRA website. This is separate from the Pre-Course bursary application process.  You must register for the CRA/AHPA ASM on the CRA registration website.  
  • You may register for the ASM or the Pre-Course even if you have not received a bursary. Contact for details on how to register for the one day Pre-Course only.

Please ensure the following criteria are met in order to receive your bursary:

  • You must send proof of CRA registration within 5 days of receiving bursary to
  • You must attend the entire full day AHPA Pre-Course on Wed Feb 26, 2020
  • You must attend the AHPA Annual General Meeting on Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:00 – 1:30 pm. Bursary cheques will be distributed at the conclusion of the AGM.

Contact Angelo Papachristos if you have any questions regarding the bursary.

AHPA and ARP are collaborators!