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Keynote Speaker

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is delighted to announce Mitch Joel, founder of Six Pixels Group, as its keynote speaker for the 2019 CHHA Educational Conference & Trade Show. Mitch Joel has been named “one of North America’s leading visionaries” and the “Rock Star of Digital Marketing” by Strategy Magazine. Mr. Joel will kick off the program on Thursday evening at the Opening Session.

For more information on Mitch Joel, please read our recent Press Release.



Thursday May 30, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.     Exhibit & Attendees Registration Open
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.     Newcomers Session – Welcome to CHHA
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.     Opening Session
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.     Exhibit Hall Grand Opening & Reception
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   Comedy for Cause (Ticketed event/fundraiser for CHIP)

Friday May 31, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.        Exhibit & Attendees Registration Open
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.        Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.     CHHA Talks: Our Stories, Our Journeys, Our Future
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.     CHIP 40th Anniversary Celebration Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.       Educational & Network Development Workshops

  • Tinnitus: What It Is and What It Is Not. Exposing common misconceptions about tinnitus
    Presented by Cindy Potechin; Ph.D – Clinical Psychology

    Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ears when no noise external to the body is present. In the absence of a specific and reliable cure for chronic tinnitus, people who are extremely bothered by their tinnitus symptoms have been known to go to extreme lengths to treat the condition. This workshop will expose common myths and misconceptions about tinnitus and provide factual information about the condition and treatment.
  • Putting Self Care First When You Have a Hearing Loss
    Presented by Martha Perusse; BA, MSc(A) Certified Professional and Personal Coach, CHHA Certified Speechreading Instructor, CHIP – President

    This session will explore essential the joys for everyday living are especially with hearing loss. It will explore self-care techniques, develop communication strategies and teach you how to become a better advocate for your needs. How can you make self-care a bigger part of your life.
  • Finding our HOHselves
    Presented by Mr. Bowen Tang, Director, Youth Peer Support Program; CHHA-BC; Jennifer Brown is a hard of hearing first-year engineering student and a director on the board for the CHHA-NL branch and an active member for the CHHA Young Adults Network (YAN), Hart Plommer is a Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry (Memorial University) and currently resides in his hometown of Kamloops, BC. He has served on the YAN board since 2016.

    Do you view hearing as a part of you or a burden to be rid of? There are many hard of hearing people out there hiding in plain sight. This workshop will facilitate discussion on the challenges of connecting with other hard of hearing people.
  • Smart Technology and Digital Literacy
    Presented by Dan Willis – Millennial Motivator

    This presentation will demonstrate how YouTube equips hard of hearing persons with the tools necessary in order to communicate their passions, visions and businesses to the world through the use of video/closed caption.


3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.       Educational & Network Development Workshops

  • Brain, the Final Frontier: To boldly go beyond the cochlea
    Presented by Dr. Joanne DeLuzio; BSc, MClSc (Audiology), PhD (Speech-language pathology), Audiologist, reg. CASLPO

    What is the journey of sound beyond the cochlea and how do we process speech? This presentation will describe, in a down-to-earth way, the hearing pathways to the brain and the brain structures associated with spoken language.
  • Healthy Living for Kids & Young Adults Who Live with Hearing Loss
    Presented by Jade Coultman; BA, Psychology and Minor Business Management

    This workshop will engage participants in identifying barriers to full participation in community life & demonstrating effective application of resources and strategies in examples of successful accessibility initiatives.
  • Inspire Democracy: Accessible Voting and Getting Involved in the 2019 Federal Election
    Presented by Elections Canada

    In the 2015 federal election, most voters were unaware of the tools and services that Elections Canada offers to make voting more accessible. Elections Canada will share information about registration and voting, and explore other ways to get involved in the election, whether it is by working as an elections official or running as a candidate.

Saturday June 1, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 9:00am             Chapter & Branch Leadership Forum
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.          Exhibit & Attendees Registration Open
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.          Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.       Educational & Network Development Workshops

  • Meaningful Accessibility in the Built Environment
    Presented by Sarah McCarthy; MSc Pharmacology and Therapeutics MBA Strategic Management

    57% of people with disabilities who do not work believe they could if barriers were removed, allowing more than half a million people to find meaningful employment and contribute millions of dollars to our GDP. This workshop will teach participants how to analyze a building’s access for all users, develop a strong understanding of Universal Design, and understand the economic and societal importance of ensuring that the built environment is accessible for all.
  • A Love Story About Hearing
    Presented by Andreas Schwabe; BA, RTA (Honours) and Caroline Schwabe; CI Recipient

    Caroline has a cochlear implant. Andreas is a human microphone. What happens when a deaf and hard of hearing server and a media producer with exceptional ears decide they should get married? It’s a long story, with a happy ending. This workshop will teach participants how to recognize and create opportunities for hearing conversation, improve the understanding of sound through audio/video.
    Presented by Abby Stonehouse; DEC in Social Sciences, BA in Psychology

    An estimated 1.1 billion young adults are at risk of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL): permanent hearing loss resulting from unprotected, repeated, and prolonged exposure to loud sounds. CHIP’s HEAR-ENTENDRE, the only bilingual program of its kind in Quebec, aims to promote awareness about this issue. In this presentation participants will learn about sound, the ear, and consequences of NIHL and how to prevent it.
  • Toward Accessible Communities: How you can make a difference
    Presented by Anne Griffin, Audiologist, Dr. Janine Verge; Clinical Audiologist, Dana Song; M.Sc.

    This interactive session will identify barriers to full participation in community life and provide examples of successful initiatives to improve accessibility and available resources and opportunities. Participants will learn accepted principles for effective communication and develop skills and strategies for advocacy and awareness, which they can use immediately to build connections and improve accessibility in their communities.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Educational & Network Development Workshops

  • Engaging the Hearing Loss Community in Patient-oriented Research
    Presented by Dr. April Pike, Joanne Smith-Young RN, PhD, Ms. Anne Griffin, Audiologist, Myrtle Barrett, Patient Representative

    In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the process of developing a Patient-Oriented Research (POR) Project. An example of a POR project currently underway in NL with seniors (aged 50+) affected by hearing loss (HL) will be presented that will highlight some of the challenges faced by this community. The audience will be invited to participate in a brainstorming session to provide input into criteria regarding the development of a national strategy to support the HL community.
  • A Toolkit for Navigating the First Year of Postsecondary Education with a Hearing Loss
    Presented by Dr. Pam Millett, Audiologist

    This workshop will address navigating the first year of post-secondary education, by an educational audiologist/university professor. This workshop will address strategies for researching programs, preparing for September, organizing support from the accessibility office, managing classes and coursework, maximizing technology (assistive devices, apps, etc.) and working with professors.
  • On-line Mentoring for Hard of Hearing Persons
    Presented by Dr. Ruth Warick, PhD, Med, MA.

    Often persons who are newly affected by a hearing loss have questions about what it is like to live with a hearing loss, what to do in potentially awkward or embarrassing situations, how to deal with disclosure and situations of a la ck of hearing. In this session we will discuss the development of the project including establishing a website platform for the program, content development for the website and training programs, recruitment and selection of mentors, the development of resources, and the evaluation process.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.       Exhibit Hall Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.         CHHA Annual General Meeting of the Members
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.          Exhibit Hall Ice Cream Social
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.          CHIP Annual General Meeting of the Members
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.          CHHA Foundation Meeting of the Members (pending)
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.          CHHA Town Hall
6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.       Closing Reception & Banquet & Awards Ceremony

Sunday June 2, 2019

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.        Montreal City Tour (on your own)

*This is a tentative schedule and CHHA reserves the right to make final changes