Annual Respiratory Health Symposium

The New Brunswick Lung Association's 28th Annual Respiratory Health Symposium has gone digital! We are dedicated to providing an important resource in continued education for respiratory professionals, healthcare workers, and students, and will be holding our Symposium online in the form of a free webinar which took place on September 24th, 2021. We are currently planning our 2022 event which takes place on: September 30th 2022 8:30am – 11:30am AT. Check back soon for more details.

Join NBLA's panel of lung health experts for a morning of continued learning as they discuss a variety of topics, including: Long COVID, Canada's Vaccine Roll Out, Implications of Air Pollution and Climate Change on Chronic Lung Disease, and more.

2021 Respiratory Health Symposium Recording




The Post COVID-19 condition: Research on the long-term Health Effects of COVID-19

Dr. Margaret S. Herridge is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, a Senior Scientist in the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute and Director of the RECOVER Program/Grace RECOVER LTV Program and most recently co-lead (with Dr. Angela Cheung) of CANCOV (Canadian multi-centre 1-year follow-up of patients/caregivers after COVID-19). She has been the lead or co-lead on 5 publications in the New England Journal of Medicine and has published almost 200 original articles and book chapters on patient and caregiver outcomes after critical illness.

She has received several international research distinctions including the Dr. F. Marguerite Hill Lecturer (2015), Honorary Member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (2016), Lifetime Achievement Award in Critical Care from the American Thoracic Society (2018), the University of Toronto Eaton Scholar Researcher of the Year Award (2019) and the Deborah Cook Mentorship Award from the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (2020).

Dr. Angela M. Cheung is Professor of Medicine, KY and Betty Ho Chair in Integrative Medicine at University of Toronto (UT) and Senior Scientist at University Health Network (UHN). She is currently holding a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal and Postmenopausal Health and has held a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Senior Investigator award, the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine (CSIM) David Sackett Senior Investigator award, the Ontario Premier Research Award and the University of Toronto Eudenie Stuart Mentorship award.

She obtained her M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1988, and her PhD degree from Harvard University in 1997. She is a member of the Endocrine Society Clinical Guidelines Committee, and is the Co-Lead of CANCOV, a Canadian COVID-19 Prospective Cohort Study. She is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and has been in clinical practice for >30 years. Twitter @AngelaMCheung


“Update on Canadian Covid Vaccine Roll Out” - An overview on COVID-19-related Vaccines: National Attitudes, Concerns, and Results of Vaccine Roll Out

Dr. Shelly McNeil completed her medical education and internal medicine residency at Dalhousie University followed by a three-year fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. McNeil returned to Dalhousie in 2000 and is currently Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Dr. McNeil is a Clinician Scientist and Deputy Director of the Canadian Center for Vaccinology where her research focuses on immunization policy and program evaluation, the evaluation of the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases in adults with a focus on the elderly, assessment of the effectiveness of vaccines in the prevention of serious outcomes in adults and clinical trials of new vaccines targeted at adolescent and adult populations. She is the Principal Investigator of the Serious Outcomes Surveillance Network of the Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN), past Chair of Immunize Canada and a past member of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). Dr. McNeil is currently the Senior Medical Director of COVID Planning and Implementation for Nova Scotia Health.


“IPF NB Virtual Support Group 2021 and Providing a Virtual Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program for Patients” (for those affected by pulmonary fibrosis and their family)

Amanda Babineau is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Respiratory Educator. She graduated from Canadore College in 2004 and began working as a respiratory therapist in Moncton at the Dr Georges L. Dumont Hospital. She also worked for 7 years in the PFT lab, before becoming a Certified Respiratory Educator. She is now the coordinator for Zone 1b, in chronic lung disease program management.


“A Virtual Support Group for People Living with COPD” (offered in Nova Scotia & New Brunswick)

Lacey Sutherland has a BSc. in Health Promotion from Dalhousie and is the Operations Coordinator at the Lung Association of Nova Scotia. Through her time at the Lung Association she has developed a passion for lung health, bringing awareness to the importance of protecting our lung health and supporting Nova Scotians impacted by lung disease.


“Implications of air pollution and climate change on chronic lung disease and infection”

Melanie Langille is an environmental scientist with a background in human health risk assessment and contaminated site assessment with a specialization in vapour intrusion assessment. Melanie began her tenure with the New Brunswick Lung Association as the Director of Program Development (environmental health) and brought to life a long-term vision for the organization of the Foundation for Resilient Health. She brings to the organization a strong science background, with a Bachelor’s degree in biology and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and a passion for knowledge sharing. Her previous experience in environmental and human health risk assessment, environmental impact assessment, and contaminated sites management gives her a unique perspective on the importance of the environmental and social determinants of health


“Live Well | Bien Vivre - “Pandemic Well Being

Courtni Soucy is a Health Coach with Live Well | Bien Vivre Health Promotion, Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick. Courtni is a Live Well | Bien Vivre Health Coach who works to support and guide New Brunswickers through behaviour change. She originally grew up in Grand Falls, NB and moved to Fredericton in 2013 where she obtained a Bachelor and Masters in Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick. She is also a CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist and has had training in Chronic Disease Management from York University. In her free time, she loves to read, watch movies with her partner and her two cats, and hike!

Lynn Ann Duffley is the Senior Manager with Live Well | Bien Vivre, Health Promotion, Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick. Lynn Ann has over thirty-five years’ experience in health promotion, working across the spectrum in programs, policy, research, and evaluation. She has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from St. Francis Xavier University and has partially completed a Master of Education at the University of New Brunswick. Lynn Ann helped develop several health-related coalitions including: the New Brunswick Anti-Tobacco Coalition, the Healthy Eating & Physical Activity Coalition, and the Children’s Environmental Health Collaborative. In 2004, Lynn Ann’s work to protect public health was nationally recognized by the Non-Smokers’ Rights Association. She appreciates time spent with her daughters, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and snowshoeing with her dogs.



Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible. The New Brunswick Lung Association has partnered with the following organizations to ensure that we can continue providing this great opportunity for healthcare professionals and students:








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