Inspired Breathing Virtual Conference 2021

INSPIRED BREATHING CONFERENCE: Re-Imagined Virtually - JUNE 1, 2 & 3, 2021

12:00 noon - 4:00 pm (SK Time - CST)

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 are pleased to offer the Inspired Breathing Conference as a virtual event on June 1, 2, and 3, 2021. Those who are currently pre-registered from the postponed 2020 event will be contacted in the coming weeks to verify their registration preferences. 

We look forward to gathering virtually 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 brings us together and unites us in lung health: family physicians, respiratory specialists, allied respiratory health care professionals, and respiratory educators. This conference offers content that is diverse, current, evidence-based and of value to all delegates. With its mix of lectures, keynote speakers and participative intensives presented by experts and key opinion leaders in their respective fields of specialty, this professional education conference truly includes something for everyone.  Explore our agenda below and join us in 2021!



For Physicians: This one-credit-per-hour 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.



*Day Three Intensives: Choose from Spirometry Interpretation OR Virtual Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Spirometry Interpretation Intensive will: enable you to describle 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.

The Virtual Pulmonary Rehabilitation Intensive will: review national tools available to support pulmonary rehab; demonstrate how pulmonary rehabilitation can be adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic; provide practical tools to help mitigate limitations/risks to virtual rehabilitation; review effectiveness of virtual pulmonary rehabilitation.

ALL Conference attendees will also receive exclusive access to an online resources section,

sponsored by the Lung Association and our Industry Partners.


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.

Ms. Jennifer May, B.Ed.

Jennifer May is the Vice-President of Health Promotion & Government Relations at The Lung Association of Saskatchewan.  






Dr. Colin Ellis, MD FRCPC, Respirology 

Dr. Colin Ellis is a Respirologist and Sleep Medicine specialist based in Saskatoon. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and Respirology fellowship at the University of Saskatchewan. He then completed a fellowship in Sleep Disorders Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He has clinical interests in sleep disordered breathing and the respiratory management of neuromuscular disorders. 





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 will be starting a year of subspecialty training in Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Airways Disease in Montreal, starting November 2021.




Dr. Pierre Landry, MSc, MD, Respirology Fellow 

Dr. Pierre Landry is a final year Respirology Fellow at the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his undergraduate degree at Mount Allison University, and an MSc in Global Health and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Landry completed his medical school training and an Internal Medicine Residency at Dalhousie University. Dr. Landry grew up in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.




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. Michael Stickland, PhD, Professor of Pulmonary Medicine

Dr. Stickland obtained his PhD and University of Alberta and conducted post-doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Michael Stickland is a Professor in the Pulmonary Division within the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. Dr. Stickland is the Director of the G. F. MacDonald Centre for Lung Health, which delivers the primary pulmonary rehabilitation program in Edmonton. Dr. Stickland is also the Scientific Director for the Respiratory Section of the Alberta Health Services Medicine Strategic Clinical Network. His research interests include developing clinical innovations to improve the delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation, understanding exercise intolerance in patients with pulmonary and cardiovascular disease, and examining the cardiovascular consequences of chronic lung disease. His research is funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canadian Respiratory Research Network, the Canadian Foundation of Innovation, Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, and the Lung Association of Alberta.


Virginia Huynh, BScKin, MScPT

Virginia Huynh completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Master's of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta. During her time there, she became involved in both research and clinical work at the GF MacDonald Centre for Lung Health- Breathe Easy pulmonary rehabilitation program.

She started working as a physiotherapist at GF MacDonald Centre for Lung Health in November 2017 after previously working in private practice and Burns and General Systems ICU at the University of Alberta Hospital. Her main area of interest includes exercise limitations in people with COPD, and its impact on health outcomes as well as training parameters during pulmonary rehabilitation.



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.



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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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