BC Cancer’s interdisciplinary summit provides education, professional development and unique relationship-building opportunities for oncology professionals from all specialties and disciplines.  The 2023 Summit is a hybrid event, held in-person at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver and online via a virtual platform.

The Summit will feature keynotes, plenary sessions, collaborative sessions with this year’s theme of “Lifting our Spirits and Rising to Challenges”. In addition we will host virtual poster sessions and awards.


Jillian Horton, MD

Award-winning medical educator, writer, musician and podcaster who leads the development of new programs related to physician wellness and winner of the 2020 AFMC-Gold Humanism Award.

Joe Gallagher

PHSA’s first Vice President, Indigenous Health and Cultural Safety, and formerly the founding Chief Executive Officer of the First Nations Health Authority, the first and only health authority of its kind in Canada.

Key Dates

  • August 18: Poster Abstract submission opens
  • September 1: Summit registration opens
  • September 25: Poster Abstract submission closes
  • September 29: Early Bird Registration deadline
  • November 1: Summit guestroom block and rate deadline
  • November 13: Virtual Platform access
  • November 16: Summit opens with Sessions
  • November 17: Summit Plenary, Bright Spots, Sessions and Awards Dinner
  • November 18: Summit Bright Spots, Sessions and Summit closes

Summit Faculty

Ruby Gidda, RN
  • Co-chair, BC Cancer Summit
  • Executive Director, BC Cancer Abbotsford
  • Provincial Professional Practice (Nursing & Allied Health)
Christine Simmons, MD, MSc, FRCPC
  • Co-chair, BC Cancer Summit
  • Medical Oncologist, BC Cancer
  • Program Director, Medical Oncology Training Program
  • Clinical Associate Professor, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Heena Vadgama
  • Co-Chair, BC Cancer Summit
  • Project Manager
  • BC Cancer