About Speakers


2021 Presentation Speakers

Conference Chair

Head & Neck Cancer
Dr. Denis Soulières – CHUM

Dr. Soulières trained both in pediatric and adult hematology and medical oncology. His activity involves both clinical and diagnostic practice as he heads the Special Hematology laboratory and the Hematology section of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at CHUM. He is involved in clinical research as well as translational research in sickle cell disease and in various rare oncology diseases.

Lung Cancer
Dr. Normand Blais – CHUM

After completing his medical degree at the Université de Sherbrooke in 1990, Dr. Blais trained in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology at the Université de Montréal. Thereafter, he took a year’s sabbatical to receive specialized training at McMaster University where he completed a Master’s degree in Physiology. He currently practices at the CHUM’s Cancer Centre where he is Chair of the thoracic oncology program, director of the thoracic oncology fellowship program and director of the clinical research unit. He also serves on the genitourinary oncology team.

Dr. Blais is the vice-president and webmaster of GEOQ, the Oncology Task Force of Quebec (Groupe d’étude en oncologie du Québec, please visit since its creation in 1998. He participated as an organizer and speaker in several of the workshops sponsored by GEOQ, as well as in many other continuing medical education events. He is principal investigator in many studies related to lung cancer, cancer of the pleura and bladder cancer. He holds a position as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Montréal.

GI Cancer
Dr. Sharlene Gill – BC Cancer

Dr. Sharlene Gill is a medical oncologist specializing in gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies at BC Cancer – Vancouver.  She received a BSc. in Pharmacy, and MD from the University of British Columbia in 1996 followed by residencies in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology, subsequently completing a fellowship in Gl Oncology at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, MA) before returning to Vancouver where she is presently Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.  In 2017, she completed an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina.  Her areas of clinical expertise are in colorectal, pancreatic and hepatobiliary cancers.  She is actively engaged in education and clinical research, with over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters to her credit.

Genitourinary Cancer
Dr. Sebastien HotteJuravinski Cancer Centre

Dr. Hotte is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology at McMaster University and is a staff oncologist at the Juravinski Cancer Centre.  He is also the Chair of Department of Oncology Fellowship Program and the medical oncology fellowship program director. One of his main research interests is in Developmental Therapeutics with clinical research interests in genito-urinary (GU) malignancies and he is active in the field of translational research. He is the co-chair of the Cancer Care Ontario Program for Evidence Based Care GU disease site group, the Chair of the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG) GU disease site group and a member of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) GU Steering Committee.  He is a frequent reviewer for multiple journals and grant panels and the principle or co-author of over 150 peer-reviewed articles and over 300 original abstracts.  However, first and foremost he is a husband and the proud father of two exceptional children, as well as a road cycling weekend warrior and Zwifter.

Gynecologic Cancer
Dr. Jessica McAlpine – BC Cancer

Dr. Jessica McAlpine is a Gynecologic Oncologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia and BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, Canada. She completed her medical school at Johns Hopkins, residency at Stanford and Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Yale University school of Medicine. She currently splits her time equally between clinical/surgical practice and translational research. She is part of the OVCARE research team (British Columbia’s Ovarian Cancer Research group) and Director of the OVCARE Tissue Bank. Her research focuses on molecular characterization of ovarian and endometrial cancers, and prevention.

Breast Cancer
Dr. Sandeep Sehdev – The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre 

Dr. Sandeep Sehdev is a Medical Oncologist and lead of the breast cancer medical oncology group at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre. His interests include medical education, patient and community education, and teaching.

He is also a Board Member at the Canadian Breast Cancer Network, and a scientific advisor for the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network, and cofounder of the Physician Alliance for Cancer Care and Treatment (PACCT). 

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