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CNAR 2024 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Roberta Bondar!

Dr. Roberta Bondar

CNAR is very pleased to announce Dr. Roberta Bondar as CNAR 2024’s keynote speaker! CNAR is proud to open our Conference on October 8th with this extraordinary Canadian woman - Canada's first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space.

Dr. Roberta Bondar is globally recognized for her pioneering contributions to space medicine research, fine art photography and environment education.

Aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-42 in 1992, Dr. Bondar conducted experiments for 18 countries in the first International Microgravity Laboratory, a precursor to the International Space Station. For over a decade after her spaceflight, Dr. Bondar headed an international research team working with NASA on neurological symptoms seen after spaceflight, and their connections to neurological diseases on Earth.

Trained as a member of NASA’s Earth Observation Team, Dr. Bondar expanded her professional photographic expertise as an honours student in Professional Nature Photography. Her fine art photographic works are held in private, corporate, and institutional collections in Canada, the U.S. and England. She is the author of four best selling books featuring her writing and photography.

Dr. Bondar’s distinctions are diverse and include: Companion of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the NASA Space Medal, induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and into the International Women’s Forum’s Hall of Fame, 28 honorary doctorates from Canadian and American Universities, Chancellor of Trent University 2003-2009, six Canadian schools in her name, a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an Honorary Fellow and Honorary Vice-president of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and her own star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

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Canada's Premier Event in Professional Regulation

Registration now open to members, Partners, & suppliers!

From April 30th through May 7th, registration for CNAR 2024 is available exclusively to members, suppliers, and CNAR Corporate Partners. Be sure to book your place. Last year, CNAR’s in-person Conference sold out quickly!

Join CNAR today to enjoy this exclusive offer

CNAR 2024 will be held from October 7th (workshops) and October 8th and 9th at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa.

This pre-sale includes early access to pre-Conference workshop tickets, including those for Master Class, Fundamentals of Regulation, and Partner Workshops.

Don't forget to book your hotel room early!

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CNAR's Annual National Conference is the premier event in Canadian professional regulation, where attendees can network, exchange ideas, explore the use of innovative technologies, and develop best practices as they navigate their journey towards regulatory excellence.

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CNAR 2024 features speakers in Canadian professional regulation from across the nation representing a variety of regulatory sectors and topic tracks including Truth and Reconciliation, Discipline, Testing, Human Resources, Governance, Quality Practice and Continuing Competence, Investigations, and more (see the full Program-at-a-Glance at the link below).


CNAR Workshop Agenda: October 7th, 2024

Separate Registration Required (In-Person Only)

Fundamentals of Regulation Full Day Workshop

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Fundamentals of Regulation 8 am - 4 pm ET

The Fundamentals of Regulation Workshop will appeal to anyone who is seeking to learn more about professional regulation in the Canadian context. This compact yet comprehensive program is designed to provide attendees with content that is both practical and informative, featuring presentations from experts in their respective fields in regulation.


Master Class Workshops

(Program subject to change)

2024 Master Class I - Morning 8 am - 12 pm ET

2024 Master Class II - Afternoon 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

Critical Foundations in Trauma-Informed Regulation

Trauma-Informed Practice in Professional Regulation 

How can and do regulators regulate in a trauma-informed way? In this interactive workshop, attendees will learn about and critically examine what it means and looks like to use trauma-informed, human-centered approaches in professional regulation.

Take a deep dive into trauma-informed practices in professional regulation. Attendees will be equipped with knowledge, skills, and tools to apply and enhance trauma-informed practice in their work. While certain content will be framed in relation to particular regulatory functions, it will be possible for attendees to extrapolate insights to apply to other regulatory areas.

(Registrants can select half-day session 'a la carte' or select a Full-Day Master Class Session Package)


Partner Workshops

(Program subject to change)

Advanced Strategies for Navigating Complex Situations

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Human Rights Issues for Professional Regulatory Organizations - Understanding Obligations and Ensuring Compliance

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Evidence to Action: Leveraging Research and Evaluation for Risk-Based Regulatory Excellence

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ABCDE&I: Assessment Based Considerations for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Content Development

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Which Rights Where? Understanding the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the Regulatory Context

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Capacity Issues in Registration, Discipline, and Fitness to Practice – a Balancing of Rights and Responsibilities

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Thank You to our Participating Partners!

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