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Dear GOC colleagues and partners, 


We are finally back in person! 


It is our great pleasure to invite you to join us at the 40+ Annual General Meeting (AGM 2023), which will take place from June 6, 8-10, 2023 in Ottawa, Ontario. 


As Canada's capital, Ottawa is the perfect place to experience some of the country's best attractions, celebrations, and flavours in one welcoming city. With its unique blend of urban and rural beauty, year-round outdoor activities, and vibrant neighbourhoods, the Ottawa region is best explored over three days or more. Learn more about this beautiful city and how you can explore it during your time with us in June. 


We will take you on a learning journey as AGM 2023 is planned to build on the knowledge that will be shared during CPD 2023 on April 27-28, 2023, in Toronto, ON. We will go from theory to action to the future of gynecologic oncology. From attendees to speakers to sponsors, we hope to attract a great number of participants from across Canada, from various disciplines and with the eagerness to share the latest advancements in research and practice in the field of gynecologic oncology. 


As a standing meeting, AGM 2023 is an engaging professional development event that will offer access to local, national, and world-renowned speakers. The AGM Program Planning Committee meticulously designed a captivating program which will feature plenary talks, abstract presentations, a tumor board, debate and so much more. Additionally, select experts will lead various knowledge-sharing opportunities such as the HPV course and the Joint SCC-GOC Colposcopy Workshop outlining the latest on the management of HPV and colposcopy. 


The long-overdue celebration for our 40th anniversary will take place during the gala. The pandemic did not permit us to have a full celebration in 2020; we now can put on our dancing shoes and to also reflect on the great work GOC has done over the past 40+ years with the help of all its members, partners, and sponsors. We will celebrate Dr. Walter Gotlieb as the presidential medal recipient and all those who contributed to the good functioning of the Society in 2020, 2021, and 2022. We will say good-bye to Carine Trazo, our current Managing Director whose efforts in transforming the Society cannot be understated but we also welcome Cidalia Hodnett Sluce, the new National Manager who will continue to build on the foundation that has been established over the past few years. 


We are excited for you, for GOC and for the future of gynecologic oncology in Canada as we strive to improve the care of women with or at risk of gynecologic cancer by raising standards of practice, encouraging ongoing research, promoting innovation in prevention, care, and discovery, and advancing awareness. 


Join us at AGM 2023 in Ottawa, where the future of our discipline awaits us! 


We are looking forward to seeing you in person again! 




Alon Altman, MD 

President, GOC 


Tomer Feigenberg, MD 

Chair, AGM Program Planning Committee 


Program learning objectives


At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Examine the current state of research in Gynecologic oncology in Canada
  • Interpret the future of endometrial cancer treatments
  • Review the current data and next steps in the role of MIS/Robotic surgery in Ovarian cancers
  • Determine the stage for an update on Canadian research focused on gynecologic oncology.
  • June 6, 2023

  • June 8, 2023

  • June 9, 2023

  • June 10, 2023

June 6, 2023

Track 1

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM
Symposium: Joint SCC-GOC Colposcopy Workshop
By the end of the Colposcopy Course, participants will be able to:
• Understand the role of HPV in colposcopy including: 1. HPV and the development of cervical dysplasia; 2. HPV testing as a triage in colposcopy; and 3. HPV vaccination as primary prevention
• Recognize common presentations in colposcopy including variations of the normal cervix, low grade lesions, high grade lesions and glandular lesions
• Perform cervical biopsies, endocervical curettage and LEEP procedures safely using commonly encountered equipment in the colposcopy clinic
8:10 AM - 8:25 AM
LAST Terminology | HPV
8:25 AM - 8:40 AM
Initial Colposcopic Assessment
8:40 AM - 9:00 AM
Low Grade Lesions
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
High Grade Lesions | CIN2
9:20 AM - 9:40 AM
Glandular Lesions / AIS
9:40 AM - 9:55 AM
9:55 AM - 10:10 AM
Networking Break
10:10 AM - 10:25 AM
Treatment – Intro to Colposcopy Instruments
10:25 AM - 10:40 AM
10:40 AM - 11:10 AM
11:10 AM - 11:25 AM
Post-Treatment High Grade Lesions
11:25 AM - 11:40 AM
Post-Treatment Adenocarcinoma in situ
11:40 AM - 11:55 AM
11:55 AM - 12:00 PM

Track 2

No Scheduled items for this day


Alon Altman (Professor, Gynecologic Oncology at University of Manitoba, Cancercare Manitoba)

Alon Altman

Professor, Gynecologic Oncology at University of Manitoba, Cancercare Manitoba

Boris Bahoric, MD, FRCPC (JGH)

Boris Bahoric, MD, FRCPC


Josee-Lyne Ethier (Medical Oncologist at Queen's University)

Josee-Lyne Ethier

Medical Oncologist at Queen's University

Anna Fagotti (Director of the Ovarian Cancer Unit at Polyclinico Gemelli)

Anna Fagotti

Director of the Ovarian Cancer Unit at Polyclinico Gemelli

Tomer Feigenberg (Gynecologic Oncologist at Trillium Health Partners)

Tomer Feigenberg

Gynecologic Oncologist at Trillium Health Partners

Sarah Ferguson, MD, FRCSC (Director of Research for Gynecologic Oncology at University Health Network)

Sarah Ferguson, MD, FRCSC

Director of Research for Gynecologic Oncology at University Health Network

George Gray (Gynecologic Oncologist at Kingston Health Sciences Centre at Kingston General Hospital)

George Gray

Gynecologic Oncologist at Kingston Health Sciences Centre at Kingston General Hospital

Patricia Trbovich (Associate Professor at University of Toronto)

Patricia Trbovich

Associate Professor at University of Toronto

Stephen Welch (Medical Oncologist at London Regional Cancer Program)

Stephen Welch

Medical Oncologist at London Regional Cancer Program

Thank you for registering.

Early bird prices will be available until April 22nd, 2023 at 11:59pm EST.  Note that the listed price does not include taxes. HST will be added at the end of your checkout as the event takes place in Ottawa, ON.

Cancellation and refund policy

All registration fees are non-refundable. 

GOC Member Physicians - AGM only

Member Early Bird PriceC$500.-

GOC Member Fellows - AGM only

Member Early Bird PriceC$325.-

Other GOC Members - AGM only

Member Early Bird PriceC$250.-

Non-Member Physicians - AGM only

Early Bird PriceC$575.-

Non-Member Fellows - AGM only

Early Bird PriceC$375.-

Other Non-Members - AGM only

Early Bird PriceC$315.-

Sponsors and Partners - AGM only

*This fee is for additional registrants outside the sponsorship complimentary registrations.*

Early Bird PriceC$575.-

Retired GOC Members - AGM only

Early Bird PriceC$150.-

Medical Students - AGM only

Early Bird PriceC$150.-

GOC Member - Gala Ticket

Member PriceC$165.-

Non-Member - Gala Ticket

Public PriceC$260.-

GOC & SCC Members - Joint Colposcopy Workshop only

Public PriceC$150.-

Non-Members - Joint Colposcopy Workshop only

Public PriceC$250.-

GOC Executive - AGM only

This ticket is only for GOC Executive Members.

Member PriceComplimentary

GOC Executive - HPV course only

Member PriceComplimentary

GOC Executive - Joint Colposcopy Workshop only

Member PriceComplimentary

GOC Executive - Gala Ticket

Member PriceComplimentary

AGM Speaker

Public PriceComplimentary

Invited Partner Rep

This ticket is only for partners who have received a special invitation letter.

Public PriceComplimentary

GOC Staff-AGM full event

Public PriceComplimentary

Presidential Medal Award

Abstract Submission

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada (GOC) invites researchers from around the world to submit abstracts for presentation at the 40+ Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be held at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Ontario from June 8th to June 10th, 2023. 

The meeting will feature a wide range of exciting talks, discussions, and networking opportunities with experts, researchers, trainees and leaders in the field of gynecologic oncology. Investigators at all career stages are encouraged to submit as many abstracts as they would like.

Your best-ranking abstract will be included in the competition for oral presentation, all other abstracts will be presented as posters and/or video presentations.


  • The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday, March 17, 2023, at 11:59pm PST. No extensions will be accepted.
  • All abstracts must be received through the online abstract submission form before the deadline. Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted.
  • A clear and concise abstract should not include graphs, tables and references.
  • Title: formatted in sentence case, not Title Case of UPPERCASE. The title should be brief and clearly indicate the nature of the abstract.
  • A list of all authors including their full names, designations and institutional affiliations.
  • Abstract text should be a maximum of 300 words and include:
  • Objective(s): state the study purpose in a concise manner.
  • Study methods: indicate the location, number and type of human subjects, non-human species or material being studied, the principal test(s) performed, and the type(s) of statistical analysis if applicable.
  • Results: confirm or refute the hypothesis, supported by statistics if appropriate.
  • Conclusion: State the summary of the results and the impact the study has in the related field of research.
  • Professional Status: MD (attending staff), Fellow-in-training including those doing their research year, Resident, Medical Student, Scientist, Ph.D. or MSc student, Registered Nurse, or Other. Note: it is key to the program that you select the correct professional status.
  • You will be asked to complete a disclosure of any conflict of interest if your abstract is selected for presentation. 
  • The abstract text will be published exactly as submitted therefore please proofread before submitting to ensure it is published without typos!


  • Abstract type: Completed work, *Work in Progress, Video. *Work in Progress provides a venue to present new ideas and preliminary studies and research in progress. Work in Progress submissions are invited in the form of ePosters only.
  • Abstract Categories: Cervical Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Vulvar Cancer, BRCA, Other.
  • Abstract Sub-Categories: Clinical, Health Services Research/Health Policy, Basic Science or Translational, Innovations in Care/Education.


  • GOC continues to encourage original video submissions for peer-review. Your surgical video must pertain to a topic related to gynecologic oncology.
  • Submit a written summary describing the content of the video that is no more than 300 words by the abstract submission deadline. The video submission will be required later if the written submission is accepted.
  • Hospital protocol for video recording with patient permission or equivalent must have been followed.
  • All video presentations must be edited and narrated on the audio track in English.
  • No music is allowed in video recordings.
  • Total video length should not exceed 5 minutes including title, introduction and spoken narrative.
  • The video file must be in MP4 format. The video cannot be promotional or commercial in nature.


Submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria (each on a five-point scale):

  • Relevance to gynecologic oncology;
  • Clarity of the research question and appropriateness of the methods;
  • Trustworthiness of the results/findings;
  • Potential impact of the findings or conclusions;
  • Overall interest to healthcare provides who treat or have an interest in gynecologic oncology.

Features that increase the likelihood of results being trustworthy:

  • Cohort/observational studies: inclusion criteria are clear; sample size is sufficient; validated and reliable measures are used; response rate is greater than 80 per cent; follow-up rate is greater than 80 per cent (if longitudinal); statistical analysis is appropriate; conclusions are justified by the results/findings;
  • Trials: inclusion criteria are clear; allocation is randomized; randomization is concealed; blindness is considered; sample size is sufficient; valid and reliable measures are used; follow-up rate is acceptable; statistical analysis is appropriate; conclusions are justified by the results/findings;
  • Qualitative studies: methodology is stated (e.g., grounded theory, phenomenology); sampling is justified (e.g., purposive, theoretical, snowball); data are collected; type of analysis is described (e.g., iterative, thematic, constant comparison); conclusions are justified by the findings.


  • The primary presenter will have to register for the meeting.
  • The event is in-person only and those invited to present will be able to present from the AGM event in Ottawa in June 2023.
  • Information will be sent to the original submitter only; therefore, we ask that this individual share all correspondence/instructions with co-presenters.
  • It is important to state all conflicts of interest upfront upon submission. If any affiliations exist, with you or any of your co-presenters, please state how these will be mitigated with your submission. The primary presenter of each session is responsible for ensuring all co-presenters complete and submit a Conflict-of-Interest form.
  • If your abstract is accepted for the program, it is extremely important that you honour the commitment to present. You will have to confirm your attendance if you receive a selection email. It is also greatly appreciated if you submit a copy of your poster/slides/recording/etc. in advance of your presentation. . All presentations are retained and used exclusively by GOC for educational and promotional purposes as needed.


  • All abstracts submitted for consideration for oral, poster and video presentations will be peer- reviewed. Oral, Video and Poster abstracts will be presented during the Annual General Meeting. 
  • Top-scoring abstract submissions will be invited to present as oral presentations. Each presenter may only present one oral presentation during the meeting.
  • Video submissions will be presented in a designated session.
  • All submissions are eligible for peoples' choice awards in their respective categories.
  • Once accepted, the abstract final presentation files will be requested, the deadline for the submission will be communicated to you. Any presentation that is not submitted by this deadline will be withdrawn from the AGM meeting.
  • For any assistance or questions, please contact us via email at

Accomodation and Travel

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Located in the downtown core, with ByWard Market on one side and the Rideau Canal locks on the other, Fairmont Château Laurier has been revitalized to offer you even more luxurious accommodations in a historic chateau. From traditional guest rooms to the luxury of Fairmont Gold, Fairmont's sophisticated signature can be found throughout the majestic castle.

We have negotiated room discounts and secured a limited number of group-rate hotel rooms. The group rate rooms are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Book early for the best selection and price by clicking on the image above.

A valid credit card is required to secure a group rate.


Cancellation policy 48 hours prior to arrival.


We charge an Early Departure fee of 50% of the applicable group room rate for guests who depart prior to their confirmed departure date after check-in. Guests will be able to change their departure date to an earlier date without charge up to and including the time of registration.


Children ages 18 and under stay free in a room with their parents. If a guest is on a package including meals or activities, extra child rates may apply.

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