Events/Talks & Lectures

St. Mary's Research Center hosts several monthly knowledge transfer events. Do not hesitate to step in!   

These presentation can be credited to clinical staff (Continuing Medical Education). Contact: Christina Raneburger

SMRC Scientific Series


SMRC Scientific Series take place twice a month on Thursdays from 12pm to 1pm    

April 20th 2023 - Dorothy Williams PhD

Exploring Black care-giving in Quebec predating the 20th century


  • Origins of Blacks as caregivers during Quebec's period of enslavement. 
  • Evolution of Black caregivers as household and institutional labour. 


Dr. Williams will address caregiving's legacy of marginalization affected community development, migration, and demography in Quebec throughout the past centuries.

Photo by Muhammad-taha Ibrahim  (Unsplash)




March 30th, 2023 - Dan Bilsker Phd

Supported self-management (SSM) for depression: 

A 15-year project 

Dr. Dan Bilsker is a Director of Vancouver Psych Safety, a consulting firm,  Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of BC and an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University.  The conference will focus on The Antidepressant Skills Workbook, a tool developed to improve supported self-management of depression.

The Antidepressant Skills Workbook was developed to enhance supported self- management of depression. It is available for free download in 7 languages and is evidence-based, user-friendly and feasible for wide dissemination. It has been downloaded over 2 million times globally.

The surprising potential of supported self-management for depression will be discussed. 



March 16, 2023 - Jeannie Haggerty Phd & Victoria Wicks MSc(c)

Jobs To Be Done:

A new perspective on needs assessment

Needs assessments are used to identify how product or services can better meet the gap between a current state and a desired outcome for a target group. The Jobs to Be Done Theory focuses on why that gap matters.

What started out as a project to understand patients’ top needs in navigating the health system turned into a broader exploration of the functional, emotional and social dimensions of that need to better identify relevant solutions.

Photo by Maksym Kaharlytskyi on Unsplash



February 16, 2023 - Miriam Carver et Tamara Carver

Let’s Talk Conflict!

We all experience differences of opinion and conflicts every single day in both our work and home lives. Yet for the most part we are not educated in how to talk to each other in these situations, so we either avoid them all together because we’re afraid to make things worse, or perhaps we jump right in and create the outcomes we most fear. The reality is that however good or bad we are at dealing with conflict we can learn to be better. 
Following this talk you will be able to:

  • Define what conflict is 
  • Identify approaches to use when you are facing differences of opinion or conflicts 
  • Explore triggers to escalating conflict 
  • Apply a simple and effective process to use when having difficult conversations 

It will be a highly interactive and engaging session and we look forward to meeting and working with you.  

Invited Speakers:

Miriam Carver  MEd, President of Carver Institute Inc., an organizational development firm providing learning and consulting services to a wide variety of clients across North America and globally. She is an expert in the field of conflict resolution and is a certified international workplace mediator.

Tamara Carver PhD, Director of the Office of Ed-TECH (Education Technology and E-learning Collaboration for Health) for the McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Health Sciences Education and an Associate Member of the Department of Surgery.

Photo by Tim Gouw sur Unsplash



January 26,  2023 - John William Kayser RN, PhD, CPMHN(C)®

The implementation of Strengths-Based Nursing and Healthcare at the Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre 

John William Kayser is a Senior Nursing Advisor in the Nursing Directorate of the Montréal West Island CIUSSS, a member of the SBNH Clinical Partnership Group, and a lecturer at the Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University. 

Strengths-Based Nursing and Healthcare Leadership (SBNH-L) provides a value-driven philosophy intending to humanize our fragmented healthcare system. This approach is founded upon a unique partnership across three health networks and their academic centre, the Ingram School of Nursing, McGill that shares a common goal and commitment to a culture of lifelong learning and excellence in nursing.

The challenge is how to translate this philosophy into nursing leadership and clinical practice, which targets behaviours, beliefs and attitudes of care among diverse stakeholders at all levels of our healthcare system.

The objective of this presentation is to describe the strategic approach to implementation of SBNH at the Montréal West Island CIUSSS and across three University Health Networks in Montreal. 



December 15, 2022 - Guillaume Fontaine, RN, PhD

An introduction to Implementation Science and an overview of key considerations for successful implementation efforts

This webinar will explore the historical roots, disciplinary origins and rationale of Implementation Science and provide an overview of models, theories, frameworks and tools that can be used in research and on the field to implement and evaluate innovations.

Guillaume Fontaine is a researcher at the Center for Nursing Research at the Jewish General Hospital and a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (CIHR) in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He is also a member of the Center for Implementation Research and the Psychology and Health Research Group at The Ottawa Hospital. (Presentation in French)



Joint conferences with McGill University

Where are the missing cancer cases? How the pandemic will keep impacting cancer prevention and care into the future

February 2nd 2023, 12pm to 1pm 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire continuum of cancer control and care, from prevention to screening to diagnosis to treatment. These changes are expected to influence cancer outcomes for years to come.

This presentation will focus on how decision modeling can help predict and prepare for changes in the future, how decisions made today can influence cancer tomorrow, and what are the data gaps that still exist for assessing and improving future trends in cancer, especially in more vulnerable populations. 

Talía Malagón is an epidemiologist, mathematical modeller, and academic associate in the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology at McGill University.

Leveraging the Power of the Community to Improve Cancer Survivorship

January 19, 2023, 12pm-1pm 

Dr Garland will describe how her partnerships with people with lived experience and community cancer organizations has helped to:

  1. Build the evidence base for the effectiveness of interventions to improve sleep health and other symptoms in cancer survivors
  2. Understand and advocate for the needs of young adults with cancer
  3. Increase access to research opportunities and evidence-based treatments through virtual and mobile technologies.

Dr. Sheila Garland is a registered clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychology and oncology at Memorial University and Senior Scientist with the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute. Her research bridges the areas of psychology, oncology, and sleep medicine.

Towards excellence in cancer control research

January 12, 2023, 12pm to 1pm 

Dr Anita Koushik will present her research on cancer in females. 

  • Influence of modifiable lifestyle factors on cancer risk and survivorship 
  • Biological factors considerations 
  • Secular trends in lifestyle and other behaviours 

Dr Koushik is a full professor at the University of Montreal (Department of Social and Preventive Medicine) and a researcher at the CHUM Research Center (CRCHUM) in the Health Risks axis. 

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