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Scientific Session

Dear Colleagues,
 
I have three children aged 29, 25 and 18. Watching them grow up has been one of my most cherished life experiences. I have been Scientific Session chairperson for the past six years and watching it grow up has been a similarly amazing experience.

Did you know that the 2018 CAO Scientific Session was supposed to be held in Montebello, Quebec? The committee originally considered booking the Fairmont Chateau Montebello resort, and by that I mean the entire resort. An entire resort for the CAO would have been so awesome. Unfortunately, with all the good, there’s always some not so good. As the CAO meetings have gotten better and better, the numbers have gotten bigger and bigger. The CAO has grown to the point where it had to scratch Montebello because it just wasn’t big enough. That is, unless some of the delegates didn’t mind sleeping in tents around the outdoor pool. I bet you didn’t know that hotels are booked five years out for meetings like the CAO. When we discovered Montebello wouldn’t work, Vancouver was a relatively last minute alternative. The Westin Bayshore was booked every weekend except for the first week in September. Yet despite being the first week of school, over 740 doctors, auxiliary staff and exhibitors attended the meeting. That number is second only to the all-time high of 916 attendees in Toronto. All I can say is…WOW!!! It is wonderful to see how much value our members put into one of the biggest membership benefits.

Vancouver was an amazing meeting from all angles. The speaker line-up was controversial, with discussions on the topics of the changing orthodontic landscape in practice/ownership and Class II management, but also included, forward-thinking topics on gender identity and technology. The Gastown Gas rocked well beyond closing time. Besides the great food, some really neat interactive experiences took place at the Telus Science World during the President’s Banquet the following evening. The Exhibit Hall needed proverbial street lights to control the traffic and at the end of the meeting, a lucky attendee walked away with an iTero Element scanner as a raffle prize. I would love to tell you who won, but with privacy laws being what they are today, those who know, know. For those who attended, I am so glad that you had a great time (thanks to Dr. Monkey Survey for that intel). For those who couldn’t attend, don’t miss 2019. And like Vancouver, Toronto, Charlottetown, and other locales, Fredericton is going to be another monster hit!

I look forward to seeing you there. You make the meeting all that it is.

Howard

 

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