Inspired Breathing Conference 2021


Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre, Saskatoon SK

We thank YOU for your expertise, dedication, and tireless service to assist our communities and families during the COVID-19 crisis.  As you move through this journey, please know we stand with you at the Lung Association, Saskatchewan.  

To support your important work and opportunities for education, we have postponed the Inspired Breathing Conference until June 4 & 5, 2021. Those who are currently registered will automatically have their registrations moved forward to the new date(s). We look forward to gathering in June 2021 to hear from our experts and share valueable knowledge and experience as health care collaborators.  Please reach out to us if you have any questions by emailing to:  

The Inspired Breathing Conference will bring together patient voices, family physicians, respiratory specialists, allied respiratory health care professionals, and respiratory educators to learn together and to network with one another. This conference offers content that is diverse, current, and of value to all delegates. With its mix of plenary sessions, keynote speakers and participative workshops presented by experts and key opinion leaders in their respective fields of specialty, this professional education conference includes something for everyone.

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Saskatchewan Chapter for up to 8.25 Mainpro+ credits.


This educational offering has been approved for 8.25 continuing education credit/professional development credits by the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists. The Lung Association, Saskatchewan maintains all responsibility for this offering and its content.



(Biographies are featured below the program)


DAY 1 - Friday June 4, 2021 - Ballroom B


3:15 - 3:55 pm - Registration & Sponsor Displays

3:55 - 4:10 pm - Welcome - Mr. Trent Litzenberger & Ms. Lori Kleiboer, Lung Association

4:10 - 4:45 pm - Your Asthma Patient: When is it time to consider a referral to a respirologist? - Dr. Darryl Adamko, MD, FRCPC, Pediatric Respirology

4:45 - 5:30 pm - Lung Disease and Its Impact on Mental Health - Dr. Rachana Bodani, MD FRCPC, Psychiatry

5:30 - 6:45 pm - Dinner & Networking/Sponsor Displays

6:45 - 7:30 pm - KEYNOTE: McPherson Lecture: The Role of Vaccinations in Respiratory Disease - Dr. Stephen Shafran, MD FRCPC  FACP, Infectious Diseases

7:30 - 8:30 pm - Networking


DAY 2 - Saturday June 5, 2021 - Ballroom B


8:00 - 9:00 am - Registration, Sponsor Displays & Breakfast

9:00 - 9:05 am - Welcome - Mr. Trent Litzenberger & Ms Lori Kleiboer, Lung Association

9:05 - 9:15 am - BREATHE Story - A Lived Experience of Lung Disease; Athletics and Asthma - Mr. Josh Websdale 

9:15 - 10:00 am - KEYNOTE: Ferguson Lecture: End-of-Life Care & COPD: Beyond the Guidelines - Dr. Tara Lohmann, MD FRCPC, Respirology

10:00 - 10:45 am - Access to Medications in Canada for Rare (and not so rare) Diseases - Dr. Martha McKinney, MD MPH, Pediatric Respirology

10:45 - 11:00 am - Wellness Break & Sponsor Displays

11:00 - 11:30 am - Vaping & New Legislation - Dr. Erika Penz, MD FRCPC, Respirology & Ms. Jennifer May, Lung Association

11:30 - 12:00 pm - Sleep Apnea - An Update - Dr. Robert Skomro, MD FRCPC, Respirology

12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch & Sponsor Displays

1:00 - 1:45 pm - KEYNOTE: Inspired Breathing Lecture: A Comprehensive COPD Update - Dr. Darcy Marciniuk, MD FRCPC, Respirology

1:45 - 2:20 pm - COVID-19: Reflection & Learnings:  Dr. Jeffrey Marciniuk, MD & Dr. Pierre Landry, MD 

2:20 - 2:30 pm - Wellness Break Prior to Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Concurrent Breakout Sessions - DAY 2 Only  (Choose A or B)


2:15 - 5:00 pm - SESSION A - Spirometry Interpretation Workshop - Ballroom B (seats limited to 30 registrations) - Dr. Brian Graham, PhD & Dr. Jordan Olfert, MD FRCPC, Respirology

Workshop Objectives: At the completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to describe the role of spirometry as an objective measurement of lung disease; describe spirometry testing, terms and measurements; describe the criteria for test acceptability and repeatability; and gain confidence in the interpretation of spirometry.


2:15 - 5:00 pm - SESSION B - Home Oxygen Workshop - Courtyard Room (seats limited to 30 registrations) - Ms. Jaimie Peters, MN CRE & Ms. Deb Gray, RRT

Workshop Objectives: At the completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to describe the Saskatchewan Aids to Independent Living (SAIL) Home Oxygen Program’s criteria, testing and renewal processes; describe the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) home oxygen criteria and testing and retesting processes; demonstrate the use of the SAIL Home Oxygen Application Forms; and identify home oxygen testing locations in Saskatchewan.


2021 Inspired Breathing Conference Key Opinion Leaders

Dr. Darryl Adamko, MD FRCPC, Pediatric Respirology

After completing medical school in 1989-1993, Dr. Darryl J. Adamko continued on to specialty training in Pediatrics at the University of Saskatchewan (1989-1997). He then became a Pediatric Pulmonary Specialist with a strong bench research background after training in a Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland (1997-2001).  He was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta since 2001. He is now at the University of Saskatchewan in a similar position that is focused on clinical, research, and educational aspects of pediatric pulmonary diseases.  Dr. Adamko continues to enjoy teaching students in medical school, as well as graduate and postdoctoral students in his lab. He was an AHFMR Clinical Investigator and has had funding through the Sick Kids Foundation, CIHR, ALA, and AllerGen.


Dr. Rachana Bodani, MD FRCPC, Psychiatry

Dr. Rachana Bodani is a Saskatoon-based psychiatrist who graduated with her BSc and MD from the University of Saskatchewan, before moving to Ontario to complete her residency at Western University in London.  She has a particular interest in patients with psychiatric and medical comorbidity, as well as sleep disordered patients, and is currently enrolled in a postgraduate Sleep Medicine program through the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, at the University of Oxford.


Dr. Stephen Shafran, MD FRCPC FACP, Infectious Diseases (McPherson Keynote)

Dr. Stephen D. Shafran is a native of Toronto and a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. After completing his training in internal medicine in Toronto, he moved to Vancouver where he completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at UBC. In 1986, he accepted his first academic faculty appointment in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. In 1989, he moved to the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where he remains. In 1998, he was promoted to full professor and appointed as the director of the Division of Infectious Diseases.  He has participated in numerous clinical trials, and remains recognized internationally for CTN clinical trial 010, which changed the treatment of disseminated MAC infection and led to a primary publication in the New England Journal of Medicine with several secondary publications.

(U of A photo credit)


Dr. Tara Lohmann, MD FRCPC, Respirology (Ferguson Keynote)

Dr. Tara Lohmann is a Respirologist practicing in Calgary, Alberta. She has a clinical and academic interest in improving the lives of people with severe lung disease by providing palliative care earlier in the disease trajectory.   After completing her respirology fellowship at the University of Calgary, she received additional clinical training in Palliative Medicine at the University of Cambridge, UK and at the University of Calgary.  She works at the local, regional and provincial levels to improve the quality of care for patients with advanced lung disease; she recently created the Calgary Advanced Respiratory diseasE (CARE) clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic designed to meet the palliative care needs of people with severe lung disease and provide support for their caregivers.

(U of C photo credit)


Dr. Martha McKinney, MD MPH, Pediatric Respirology

Dr. Martha McKinney recently joined the Pediatric Respirology team at the Jim Pattison’s Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon, SK. Dr. McKinney's training includes a fellowship in pediatric pneumology at the Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA; a Master of Public Health - Epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Seattle, WA; and a departmental fellowship in pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology at the University of Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. McKinney also served as Clinical Assistant, Professor, Pulmonary Medicine Service, Department of Pediatrics, CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal. Her research interests are the epidemiology of asthma and the clinical and epidemiological research of cystic fibrosis. Since the beginning of her career, she has participated in multiple research projects and has several publications to her credit. 


Dr. Erika Penz, MD FRCPC, Respirology

Dr. Erika Penz is a respirologist and faculty member at the Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Penz has research training and expertise in health economics and health policy, specifically cost-effectiveness analysis alongside clinical trials, use of decision analytic models in cost-effectiveness studies, and systematic review and meta-analysis in diagnostic accuracy studies.  She is a researcher, investigator, and collaborator on a number of projects, including evaluating lung cancer screening and costs of care, sleep-disordered breathing diagnostic pathways, chronic inflammation in the lung, COPD clinical pathway implementation and the effect of tele-health interventions on patient satisfaction, wait times and healthcare resource utilization.


Dr. Robert Skomro, MD FRCPC, Respirology

Dr. Robert Skomro is currently the Department Head of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.  His clinical interest includes sleep medicine and he is recognized as a global leading expert in sleep medicine. His portfolio includes Chairing the Canadian Thoracic Society Sleep Disordered Breathing Assembly, as well as a Board Member of the CTS Home Mechanical Ventilation Committee.

 (USask photo credit)   


Dr. Darcy Marciniuk, MD FRCPC, Respirology (Inspired Breathing Keynote)

Dr. Darcy Marciniuk, is a Professor of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, and Associate Vice-President Research at the University of Saskatchewan.  Dr. Marciniuk is a past-President of CHEST (2012-2013) and the Canadian Thoracic Society (2006-2007), and served as a founding Steering Committee member of Canada’s National Lung Health Framework (2007-2011), and member and Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Respirology Examination Board (1999-2007).  He is recognized internationally as an expert and leader in clinical exercise physiology, COPD, and pulmonary rehabilitation.


Dr. Jeffrey Marciniuk, MD, Respirology Fellow

Dr. Jeffrey Marciniuk completed his medical school training and Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Saskatchewan. He is currently a 2nd year Fellow in the Respirology Subspecialty Training Program and is hoping to undergo additional Fellowship Training starting in 2021. Raised in Saskatchewan he enjoys fishing and camping, and is a big fan of our Riders.




Dr. Brian Graham, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Dr. Brian Graham is a world-renowned researcher on pulmonary function studies.  He is currently a Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan in the Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and has been a member of the Division since 1976.  He served as the CEO of The Lung Association – Saskatchewan from 1985-2016.  He served on several, provincial, national, and international committees and task forces related to lung health.  He has most recently been a co-chair of the joint American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society task force in charge of developing international standards for the measurement of diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide (DLCO). 

(USask photo credit)


Dr. Jordan Olfert, MD FRCPC, Respirology

Dr. Jordan Olfert recently finished his respirology fellowship at the U of S in June of 2015.  He is working as a respirologist with the U of S Division of Respirology, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, and recently started as a tuberculosis consultant with TB Prevention and Control Saskatchewan. He lends his expertise to facilitate spirometry interpretation workshops for the Lung Association, Saskatchewan.

(USask photo credit)



Ms. Deb Gray, Registered Respiratory Therapist

Deb Gray is a respiratory therapist graduated from London, Ontario. She moved to the prairies for a three month contract - 13 years ago.  She is one of three respiratory therapists located at the Moose Jaw hospital.  She works within all areas of respiratory care: ICU ventilation, pulmonary function tests, and oxygen assessments. Deb and her colleagues run the only government Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber in the province of Saskatchewan.





McPherson Keynote Lecture:

The McPherson Keynote Lecture honours the memory of Lilian and Russell McPherson. Lilian McPherson was a nurse who worked in the Fort San and Prince Albert TB sanatoria. Dr. Russell McPherson was a physician who spent his entire career of 35 years fighting tuberculosis.

Dr. Russell McPherson joined the medical staff of the Saskatchewan Anti-Tuberculosis League in 1929 at the Fort Qu'Appelle Sanatorium (Fort San).  He served at the Prince Albert Sanatorium for seven years and the Saskatoon Sanatorium for 18 months before returning to Fort San.  

Dr. McPherson enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1941 and was discharged after the war ended with the rank of Major. He was also awarded the M.B.E for his service (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). He returned to Fort San following his discharge. In 1949 he transferred to the Saskatoon Sanatorium where he served as Medical Superintendent from 1959 until his retirement in 1964. 

It is our great honour to commemorate the McPherson family’s generous contributions to lung health in Saskatchewan through the McPherson Keynote Lecture.


Ferguson Keynote Lecture:

The Ferguson Keynote Lecture commemorates Dr. Robert George Ferguson - physician, teacher, scientist, persuader, father of the Saskatchewan Tuberculosis program and humanitarian.  When George Ferguson and Tuberculosis met in Saskatchewan in October 1917, all the ingredients were there for epic achievement. 

After his appointment as acting medical superintendent of the first provincial sanatorium, Dr. Ferguson became secretary of the Saskatchewan Anti-Tuberculosis Commission and was thereby able to plan his lifetime campaign against the disease. On January 1, 1929, Saskatchewan was the first jurisdiction in North America to provide free tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment.  

The Saskatchewan Thoracic Society established the R.G. Ferguson Lecture in 1994. We are pleased to continue this commemoration as our Ferguson Keynote Lecture.

Inspired Breathing Keynote Lecture:

The Inspired Breathing Keynote Lecture was established by the Lung Association, Saskatchewan to honour remarkable and visionary leadership in lung health, aligning with the mission of the Lung Association, Saskatchewan; to improve lung health, one breath at a time.  Key opinion leaders in respiratory health on a provincial, national and/or international level will be celebrated through this lecture series. Their inspiration, passion, and dedication to serve the residents of our province lends a voice to all families with a lived experience of lung disease. 

We are delighted to introduce the Inspired Breathing Keynote Lecture to this annual professional education conference.



This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Saskatchewan Chapter for up to 8.25 Mainpro+ credits. (Session ID-191469)


CERTIFIED RESPIRATORY EDUCATORS - Log up to 8.25 hours towards your re-certification

HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS - Log up to 8.25 hours towards your professional discipline's portfolio



We have a block of rooms reserved under a special conference rate ($129.00/night plus taxes) at the Saskatoon Inn. Call 306-242-1440 or Toll Free: 1-800-667-8789 and ask for the Lung Association rate. This rate is subject to availability so be sure to reserve your room early. The Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre is located at 2002 Airport Drive, Saskatoon, SK  S7L 6M4.  

Map to Venue Location


Our 2020 conference sponsors​ will be recognized as they are confirmed.  

This conference is also supported by the University of Saskatchewan (Division of Respirology, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine), Lung Association, Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Thoracic Society (the health professional section of the Lung Association, Saskatchewan), and the City of Saskatoon.



2021 Inspired Breathing Conference Planning Committee

  • Dr. Mark Fenton, Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Lung Association, Saskatchewan Medical Advisory Committee Chair
  • Dr. Donna Goodridge, Professor, College of Medicine, Director of the Respiratory Research Centre, University of Saskatchewan
  • Dr. Anderson Tyan, Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, SK Thoracic Society Past President
  • Dr. Rashaad Hansia, ​Primary Health Care - Urban, Regina Area, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Family Physician Representation
  • Ms. Jennifer Salahub, Nurse Educator, Saskatchewan Health Authority, SK Thoracic Society President
  • Mr. Trent Litzenberger, VP Community Care, Lung Association, Saskatchewan
  • Ms. Lori Kleiboer, Business and Education Manager, Community Care, Lung Association, Saskatchewan

For any questions regarding the Inspired Breathing Conference, please contact Lori Kleiboer at 306-667-3007 or email to


Conference attendees please note: The registrant or participant grants to the Lung Association, Saskatchewan, and its designees the irrevocable permission to use his or her likeness or voice in any media now or hereafter existing in connection with all or any part of the event or program, for any purpose whatsoever, including marketing, promotion or commercial purposes.


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