The RCN was extremely privileged to have Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz, the medical director of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, deliver the keynote address for our first annual retreat. (Pictured  with Dr. Eduardo Franco, chair of McGill's Department of Oncology and member of the RCN Executive Committee).

As the past president of the Union for International Cancer Control, Dr. Gospodarowicz spoke with conviction about what makes great cancer centres, highlighting the importance of accountability, collaboration and initiative.

Close to 100 clinicians, researchers and allied health professionals involved in cancer care in the McGill University-affiliated hospitals came together to learn about the work being done across the RCN, as well as to offer feedback.

Project leaders from key RCN initiatives presented the work accomplished to date in their workstream.

Dr. Geneviève Chaput, project workstream lead for the RCN's survivorship initiative, answered audience questions after her presentation. 

Dr. Wilson H. Miller, Jr., the clinical lead of the RCN, discussed one of the network's key priorities, the Disease Site Teams.

Dr. Terrence Sullivan, president of the RCN's International Advisory Committee and chair of the Board of Public Health Ontario, gives his perspective to Dr. Ari Meguerditchian, program lead for the RCN's Cancer Quality & Innovation Program. 

The lively discussions continued between sessions and during the breaks. 

Two members of the RCN Executive Committee, Dr. Armen Aprikian (far left), chief of the MUHC's Cancer Care Mission, and Dr. Eduardo Franco (far right)  join keynote speaker Dr. Mary Gaspodarowicz and Dr. Morag Park, Director of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre.

Dr. David Eidelman (right), Dean of McGill University's Faculty of Medicine and Chair of the RCN's Governance Group, chats with Dr. Wilson H. Miller, Jr., the RCN's Clinical Lead.

Dr. Samuel Benaroya, chair of the RCN Executive Committee and Assistant Vice-Principal, Health Affairs for McGill's Faculty of Medicine, catches up with Manon Allard, the Cancer Care program manager for St. Mary's Hospital Centre, and a member of the RCN Program Steering Committee.

The Retreat was also an opportunity for those involved in cancer care in the McGill-affiliated hospitals  to connect with colleagues.

Two of the physicians leading the RCN's Disease Site Teams, Dr. Franck Bladou (left) and Dr. Simon Tanguay (right), discuss the morning session with Dr. Alice Dragomir, one of the RCN's 2014 Cancer Quality & Innovation grant recipients. 

Penny Chipman, coordinator of the Centre for Innovative Medicine at the RI-MUHC, offers her insights to Dr. John Storring, the lead for the RCN's Hematologic Malignancy Disease Site Team.

Andréanne Robitaille, Director of Cedars CanSupport discusses the challenges faced by cancer survivors with dietitian Jonathan DiTomasso, who was awarded the 2014 RCN-Kuok Fellowship.

Dr. Anna Towers, coordinator of the McGill Lymphedema Research Program and a 2014 RCN Research Grant recipient, met up with Dr. Marc Hamel, the co-lead for the RCN's distress screening initiative and the director of Psychosocial Oncolgy for the MUHC. 

RCN Retreat 2015

The Rossy Cancer Network held its First Annual Retreat at the Mont-Royal Centre in Montreal on June 6, 2015. To view or download material from the retreat, please click on the links below to access the PDF files.


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