Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan


HSAS Annual Convention – 2020

Click here to view the 2020 HSAS Annual Convention Book!

For the first time in its 48-year history, the HSAS Annual Convention and Annual General Meeting will be held virtually – using a web-based platform.  A decision has been made by the Annual Convention Committee to hold this year’s event using Zoom.

Mental health and personal growth are the focus of this year’s speaker presentations.

Margo Talbot’s presentation The Vitality Spectrum: Moving the Needle on Mental Wellness will provide Delegates with tools and techniques that help move toward a life of vitality, both at work and at home.

Tools for resilience and personal growth are part of Warren MacDonald’s The Challenge of Change: Finding Opportunity in Adversity presentation.

48th Annual HSAS Convention
October 22, 2020
Digital via Zoom

See map below for this year’s Convention Delegates. 

2020 Annual Convention Speakers

Margo Talbot

Convention Speaker

Margo Talbot is an author, speaker and climber based in Canmore, Alberta. She works with youth-at-risk, addictions programs, and organizations looking to enhance their wellbeing through a focus on vitality in the work place. A sponsored athlete with Outdoor Research, her travels have taken her from the High Arctic to Antarctica, and the mountain ranges in between.

She is the co-author of Waterfall Ice Climbs in the Canadian Rockies, the author of All That Glitters: A Climber’s Journey Through Addiction and Depression, and the creator of The Vitality Spectrum, an essential tool for both recovery and optimal mental health as outlined in her 2013 TEDx talk (150,000+ views as of August 2018).

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Warren MacDonald

Convention Speaker

Warren MacDonald works with innovative, forward thinking organizations and associations looking to foster a shift in perception. 

Warren’s life’s boundaries were redefined in April 1997 with his accident on North Queensland’s (Australia) Hinchinbrook Island. Climbing to the Island’s tallest peak, he became trapped beneath a one-ton slab boulder in a freak rock fall. Two days later he was rescued, only to undergo the amputation of both legs at mid thigh.

Just ten months later, he climbed Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants.

In February 2003, he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,222ft), and more recently, in a spectacular effort requiring more than 2,800 pull-ups over 4 days, created history once again in an ascent of America’s tallest cliff face, El Capitan. He is also the only above knee amputee to make an ascent of Canada’s landmark frozen waterfall, the 600 ft “Weeping Wall” in Alberta.

Warren’s first book, “A Test of Will” is an Australian bestseller and the subject of the “Trapped under a Boulder” episode of the Discovery Channel series “I Shouldn’t Be Alive”. His film documenting the epic four-week journey to Federation Peak, Australia most challenging mountain summit, “The Second Step”, has been acclaimed worldwide, screening on National Geographic Television and winning eight international awards including Grand Prize at the prestigious “Banff Mountain Film Festival”. 

Warren has appeared on numerous news and current affairs programs, including “Larry King Live”, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, and “The Hour” with George Stroumboulopoulos.

He lives in Canmore, Alberta with his partner Margo Talbot.

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Union Region

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Delegates Representing Union Region 3:

Rebecca Wells – Psychologist

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Delegates Representing Union Region 7:

Anil  Sarkar – Respiratory Therapist
Jodi Posehn – Addictions Counsellor
Karen Schmid – Respiratory Therapist
Meagan Haarstad – Speech Language Pathologist
Natasha Prince – Occupational Therapist
Pam Ritsco – Assessor Coordinator
Rachel Vanneste – Genetics Counsellor
Bonnie Quiring Gallen – Speech Language Pathologist
Marnie Walliser – Speech Language Pathologist
Lisa Peberdy – Speech Language Pathologist
Kayla Klassen – Pharmacist
Katelynn Foth – Dietitian
Nadine Thompson – Pharmacist

Seats 1 of 2 OPEN

Delegates Representing Union Region 8:

Glenda Erickson – Occupational Therapist


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Delegates Representing Union Region 9:

Anna Angelinas – Health Educator

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Delegates Representing Union Region 10:

Deb Gray – Respiratory Therapist

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Delegates Representing Union Region 11:

Bill Fischer – Advanced Care Paramedic
Kelly Fuchs – Health Educator
Mary Deren – Health Educator
Rob Snell – Primary Care Paramedic
Scott Boucher – Dietitian
Stephanie Bobetsis – Assessor Coordinator
Lisa Diewold – Assessor Coordinator
Nikkoli Hubic – Primary Care Paramedic
Sheila Kerr – Physical Therapist
Amanda Leong – Pharmacist

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Delegates Representing Union Region 12:

Lisa Johnson Hallberg – Social Worker
Sandy Johnson – Social Worker

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