Annual Respiratory Health Symposium

2022 Respiratory Health Symposium

The New Brunswick Lung Association's 29th 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 online webinar: September 29th, 2022, 8:30AM - 12PM.

2022 Agenda- Speakers & Topics


Recording: 29th Annual Respiratory Health Symposium

Click here to watch Dr. Matthieu Poirier's presentation: Chronic Fibrosing Interstitial Lung Disease


2022 Speakers Bios

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.


Rita Berry - Rita Berry has been an RN at The Moncton Hospital for the past 35 years which includes:
29 years - Staff nurse in Neuro Intensive Care Unit
8 years - Staff Educator for Neurosciences/Neuro ICU/Rehab Program
9 years - Organ Donor Resource Nurse for New Brunswick Organ and Tissue Program


Melissa Smithers is the Team Lead for the Tobacco Free New Brunswick Quitline, and she has been working in the smoking cessation field for over 10 years. She graduated from Western University in 2006 and pursued a career in addiction counselling. As a lifelong learner, she completed her master’s degree in social work in the fall of 2020 and is a Registered Social Worker. Melissa is passionate about helping people with their behaviour change goals and enjoys her role leading a team of Quit Coaches to provide the evidence-based approaches to several Quitlines across Canada.


Darren Tarr is the Supervisor of the Industrial Hygiene /Air Quality Laboratory at New Brunswick’s Research and Productivity Council in Fredericton. He attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (Dalhousie University) in Truro, Nova Scotia, obtaining his degree in Environmental Science (Agriculture). He joined RPC’s Process and Environmental Technology group in 2008 and eventually found himself interested in the air quality side of the business, leveraging a move into that sector of RPC. Since that move, Darren has been helping people with their air quality concerns and questions.


Neebun Bear is Wolastoqiyik from Neqotkuk First Nation (Tobique First Nation). She started as the Project Support Manager for the Kmawuhsahtipon Togi Pematioog Cancer Plan in 2020. Before that she worked in income support in the community for 11 years. Neebun graduated from Dalhousie University in 2006 with a BA in sociology and social anthropology, graduated from St. Thomas University in 2020 with her Bachelor of Social Work, and is currently working on her Graduate Certificate for counselling in Indigenous Communities from the University of New Brunswick.


Dr. Matthieu Poirier, F.R.C.P. Respiratory Medicine and Internal Medicine, Georges Dumont Hospital, Moncton. Dr. Matthieu Poirier is a Respirologist/Internal Medicine at the Georges Du Mont Hospital in Moncton, NB. He is a Graduate of Respirology and Internal Medicine from Sherbrooke University and an Assistant Clinical professor with Sherbrooke University. He is currently a member of the Canadian Thoracic Society as well as a Member of the American College of Chest Physicians.


Erica Dehmel has been a Registered Respiratory Therapist in Nova Scotia for almost 16 years, and the past 14 years has been a part of The Snore Shop team treating those with Sleep Disordered Breathing. Her main priority has been to help people recognize, understand and treat their sleep disordered breathing, and helping them discover the improvement in their quality of life once their sleep health is optimized. In her current role with The Snore Shop, Erica's job is to educate physicians, health care professionals and the general public about the importance of testing and treating sleep apnea and other forms of sleep disordered breathing.


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2021 Respiratory Health Symposium Recording




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