Events and News – Fall 2019

Cannabis use in Parkinson’s Disease

In this webinar Dr. Susan Fox will cover the myths and facts around cannabis use in Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Susan Fox is the Director of Division of Neurology at the University Health Network, Associate Director of the Movement Disorder Clinic at Toronto Western Hospital, and Professor of Neurology at the University of Toronto.

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We want to make Parkinson’s an election issue and we need your help!

The election is taking place next week giving us only a few more days to elevate the issues of Parkinson’s disease to the people who will form our country’s next government.

An election hub is available on Parkinson Canada’s website. The hub includes Parkinson Canada’s election infographic that we want delivered to all candidates across the country, as well as a toolkit for how to get involved this election to elevate the issue of Parkinson’s disease with your candidates.

The election hub is available at:

Join our 200+ Ambassadors across Canada this election and raise awareness about Parkinson’s, find new champions, and prepare the groundwork for a plan for Parkinson’s, post-election.

Let us know what you’re up to in your communities. Send your photos and feedback to


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Important and unique events coming to Hamilton and London, Ontario in November!!!

Seating is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

1. Saturday, November 9: Dance for Parkinson with David Leventhal 

Parkinson Canada and Hamilton City Ballet Dance for Parkinson’s, both members of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network, present Dance and Parkinson’s: A Dance of Art and Science—Hamilton, Ontario on November 9, 2019. This free half-day event (9:00AM—12:30pm) features keynote speaker David Leventhal, founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, a complimentary continental breakfast and a dance class with live musicians. Space is limited and registration is NOW OPEN

Venue: Michelangelo’s Banquet Centre, 1555 Upper Ottawa St, Hamilton, ON  L8W 3E2

2. Saturday, November 16 Advancing Parkinson Research, Advocacy & Awareness Conference-London, ON (en anglais seulement)

Featuring keynote speaker Dr. A. Jon Stoessl, UBC, Neurologist Researcher, this full-day event (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM) will also include an introduction to the new Canadian Open Parkinson Network (C-OPN), presentations by Parkinson Canada researchers; sessions on advocacy and education; lunch and snacks. This is Dr. Stoessl’s only speaking appearance in eastern Canada this year—do not miss out on hearing from this internationally sought expert on Parkinson’s disease. Tickets start at $15 and must be reserved in advance. Online Registration NOW OPEN. Student $10, Individual $15, Couples $20.

Dr. A. Jon Stoessl is professor, Head of Neurology and co-director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia. He holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Parkinson’s, is deputy editor of the journal Movement Disorders and sits on numerous other editorial boards, including Lancet Neurology. He is president of the World Parkinson Coalition, a member of the Order of Canada and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He has 14,000 citations and has published more than 300 papers and book chapters.

The audience will receive complimentary copies of the comprehensive Canadian Guideline for Parkinson Disease, 2nd Edition, which provides practical guidance for physicians, allied health professionals, people with Parkinson’s and families on Parkinson’s disease management.

Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, 300 King Street, London, ON  N6B 1S2

Do not miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Stoessl in person!


Contact Name: Paul Scibetta
Contact Telephone: 1-800-565-3000 ext. 3337
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Calling Family Physicians – New Resource 

Parkinson Canada invites family doctors and anyone attending the Family Medicine Forum to connect with us in Vancouver, B.C. from October 30th to November 2nd.

Stop by our booth to get your complimentary copy of the new Canadian Guideline for Parkinson Disease, 2nd Edition. The guideline includes 97 recommendations based on the best published evidence in five sections to guide healthcare professionals in clinical practice:

  • Communication (including families and caregivers)
  • Diagnosis and progression
  • Treatment
  • Non-motor features
  • Palliative care

Did you know that the average time a Parkinson’s patient spends with their neurologist each year is 15 minutes? So what about the other 8,759 minutes? Parkinson Canada is here to provide education and resources to health professionals to help improve outcomes for their patients. Download the new Guideline at or contact for questions related to your specific area of practice.


Parkinson Canada Research Program—2019–2021 Funding Cycle

Since 1981 the generosity of donors enables Parkinson Canada to invest more than $30 million in 577 research projects. As of September 2019, Parkinson Canada and its partners are proud to support 25 new grant, fellowship and student awards. The new awards include:

  • 7 Pilot Project Grants
  • 5 New Investigator Awards
  • 4 Basic Research Fellowships
  • 1 Clinical Movement Disorders Fellowship
  • 8 Graduate Student Awards

For more information, visit  


HAPPENING TONIGHT: Dr. Tiago Mestre in Winnipeg

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
6:30—8:00 PM
The United Church in Meadowood
1111 Dakota St, Winnipeg, MB 

Dr. Tiago Mestre, the Co-Principal Investigator, along with Lead Investigator, Dr. Susan Fox, are conducting a pilot study on oils made from cannabinoids (THC and CBD)—the active compounds in marijuana. They are exploring the potential benefit of cannabinoids for pain. We invite you to learn about the study and its potential implications for the future clinical use of cannabinoids. Dr. Mestre will respond to your questions following his presentation.

You must register to attend this event—registration coming soon. Call 1-800-565-3000 Ext: 3440 or visit

Toronto Event: Gaining Ground in Parkinson’s Research

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time: 11 AM—3 PM

Toronto Botanical Gardens—Floral Hall
777 Lawrence Avenue East
Toronto, ON
M3C 1P2

The event will focus on the future of Parkinson’s research and the importance of clinical trials and patient advocacy. The event will feature a principal investigator from the Canadian Open Parkinson Network (C-OPN), Ben Stecher, a Parkinson’s patient advocate and Dawn Richards of Clinical Trials Ontario.

TICKETS : Student $10, Individual $15, Couples $20

See more and register on

Alison Li    1 (800) 565-3000 ext. 3373


Davis Phinney (L)
and Evan Siddall
Ottawa, 2019

Parkinson Canada and the Davis Phinney Foundation, along with more than a dozen community partners welcomed more than 450 people at this year’s only Canadian Victory Summit™ stop, in Ottawa on October 5th

Victory Summit events bring together people in local communities for a day of inspiration and learning. This year’s event delivered up-to-date information on non-motor symptoms, cognitive challenges, exercise and a session specifically geared to caregivers. The day was filled with information and practical tools that people with Parkinson’s can use to live well today.

Participants were encouraged to connect with one another, make new friends, share experiences and learn from one another. It’s not surprising that many living with Parkinson’s isolate themselves to avoid embarrassing situations or having to explain their condition to others.

Davis Phinney, the foundation’s namesake and the spark behind the Victory Summit™ events,  has lived with Parkinson’s for 19 years. “Make no mistake, isolation is as crippling as your symptoms,” says Phinney. 

Parkinson Canada delivered a special breakout session; you may also read and download a copy of Care Partnering: Managing Parkinson’s Disease Together here or contact for your complimentary copy.

In the words of grateful participant Dwight R. from Orleans, Ontario, “The conference was not ONE of the best conferences that I have attended (there were many) … it was THE BEST … right from entering the parking garage to directions of where to park to the volunteers (who were amazing), to the displays, the lunch, and the excellent presenters. Everything on time. Thank you.“

Davis Phinney Foundation will be providing links to the information sessions via email to registered attendees.