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April 25 - 27, 2018

Hilton Toronto
145 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON
M5H 2L2

CVAA will be hosting its 43rd annual conference in 2018. This meeting will bring together over 150 healthcare professionals to discuss clinical and scientific issues, present and exchange new data, and enhance collaborations in the national community. In 2018 we will continue to grow on the success of our past meetings by inviting world class speakers to share their expertise.

The Conference Planning Committee is working to create an exciting program that will feature presentations on the latest developments in patient care and clinical and laboratory research breakthroughs. The format for the 2018 CVAA conference will include plenary sessions, keynote presentations, multidisciplinary and discipline-specific concurrent sessions, poster presentations, and hands-on skills labs.

Do you need help receiving approval from your manager to attend the conference?  Download and edit this Letter to Managers as a tool to introduce and advocate for your attendance this year!

Check out the FINAL Program here

Download the poster here and post in your organization.


CVAA Member
March  30, 2018

March 30, 2018

CVAA Member
March 30, 2018

March  30, 2018

Student Rate

Full conference
(Three days)


(incl. HST $508.50)


(incl. HST $632.80)


(incl. HST $655.40)


(incl. HST $785.35)


(incl. HST $169.50)

Two-day rate
April 25/26 or
April 26/27 or April 25/27


(incl. HST $367.25)


(incl. HST $491.55)


(incl. HST $474.60)


(incl. HST $598.90)


(incl. HST $152.55)

One-day rate
April 26 (full day)


(incl. HST $197.75)


(incl. HST $248.60)


(incl. HST $254.25)


(incl. HST $327.70)


(incl. HST $141.25)

One-day rate
April 25 or 27 (half days)


(incl. HST $141.25)


(incl. HST $180.80) 

(incl. HST $226.00) 

(incl. HST $282.50)
(incl. HST $124.30)


Remember, CVAA national membership costs only $110 + HST!  

You can become a member HERE before registering for the conference to get the member rate!




If you would like to register offline, download and print the following form and mail to CVAA National Office with your cheque or money order:

Download Individual Conference Registration Form (for off-line registration)


If you would like to register on-line with a credit card/PayPal account, select one of the options below:

Please login HERE before continuing to the link below:




You must be enrolled in a full-time education program and be able to provide documentation.

Cancellation and Refund Policy 
All registration cancellations must be made in writing to CVAA and will be refunded only if received prior to April 1, 2018.  All refund requests are subject to a $50 cancellation fee.  No refunds or credits will be issued for any reason after April 1, 2018.  No exceptions will be made. “No shows” forfeit all registration fees paid and are not eligible for any refunds or credits.  Cancellation of hotel reservations cannot be made through CVAA.


The conference takes place at:

Hilton Toronto
145 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON
M5H 2L2

A block of rooms has been reserved for the conference.  The conference rate is $199 (plus applicable service charges and local taxes) for a single standard room.  Hotel reservations must be made directly with the Hilton Toronto no later than April 10, 2018.  After April 10, 2018, the hotel may not be able to guarantee room availability or the group rate.  

By telephone: 1-800-HILTONS and reference CVAA18
Or online, click: Book your group rate for Canadian Vascular Access Association  (select ATTENDEE option)

In order to obtain the CVAA room rate please ensure that you book under the CVAA Conference. 

$45.00 - 24 hours -  with in & out privileges
$35.00 - Day Rate  - NO in & out privileges
Self Park
Monday - Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm:  $28.00 
Monday - Sunday from 6:00pm to 7:00am: $10.00


CVAA has arranged for travel discounts for those travelling with WestJet, Porter, VIARail and Air Canada.  We identify Air Canada as the official Canadian airline for the conference however you are able to use any travel provider you wish.

Air Canada 

Discounted travel is available with Air Canada (5%-10%) by using a promo code (YJGNZ4Q1).  Once ready to book, go on to and input the promo code to get the discount.  No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S. 

Discounted travel is available with West Jet (10%) by using a promo code (YYZ02) and coupon code(ZRQCPG8). For details on how to complete a booking with these discount codes, please visit Please use the Promo and Coupon code if booking with a Travel Agent.

Discounted travel is available with Porter (10%) by using a promo code (CVAA43). Please visit Porter here or book through your travel agent using promo code “CVAA43”.

10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper class using discount code (13661).
Online booking tips >> You have to log in to your profile, or create one prior to booking. On the Passenger information screen, select "Convention fare" from the “Discount Type” drop-down menu, and enter the discount code for your convention or event in the “Discount code” field. This code has been given to you by the conference organizer. The conference fare will be shown on the next page.

NEW this year - Union Pearson Express (UP)
Visit before April 25, 2018 and use promo code CVAA2018 to get your discount on adult return tickets from Pearson Station to Union Station. To get the 25% discounted group rate, attendees just have to use the promo code CVAA2018  on your adult return tickets (Pearson Station to Union Station) during purchase. 


We are excited to be in Toronto this year! Take advantage of all that the city has to offer hereMore to come.


Take a moment and download the app NOW before you arrive in Toronto.

1. Go to your App Store on your phone/tablet.
2. Search “Crowd Compass Directory” - download.
3. Search “43rd Annual CVAA Conference” in Crowd Compass.
4. From the main menu “Log in” - you will get a confirmation code emailed to you.
5. Enter in the code, click Verify and you’re all set!


Join us for the Party!
At the CVAA conference this year we are pleased to bring back a CVAA Dinner & Social Event for ALL attendees.

The event will take place Wednesday April 25, 2018 from 6:00pm onsite at the Hilton Toronto.

Tickets are $35 (HST included) for delegates and $60 (HST included) for vendors.  We look forward to a fun night with entertainment and a way to socialize together!  

Purchase your tickets here or with your full conference registration process above.


At the CVAA conference this year, we are thrilled to once again collaborate with one of our Corporate Members, BD Canada, to offer CVAA conference attendees the opportunity to register for the pre-conference activity: BD Vascular Access Management: Building Blocks for Successful  PIV Insertion, Utilizing Assessment, Skill and Technology

Wednesday April 25, 2018
8:00am - 11:30am
onsite location at the Hilton Toronto (145 Richmond Street)

Space is limited - only 40 spots!
The cost is $25 + HST per person ($28.25)
Registrations for this Pre-Conference Workshop are only available to those delegates who have registered for the full conference.  As you register, if you wish to attend this pre-event, please select the option and the cost will be added to your total.

If you have already registered for the full conference and wish to add on the pre-conference workshop, register here.

The BD workshop is designed to provide an integrated understanding of the knowledge and skills required for the safe and effective insertion of peripheral vascular access devices.  The opening session will discuss anatomy; function of the vein related to peripheral vascular access including, criteria for vein selection, vein location and strategies to optimize vessel health. 
The attendees will then be divided into 2 pre-selected groups (as per registration) for a 2 hour hands-on lab workshop.
Group 1: Vascular Access Management: An Integrated Approach to Peripheral Vascular Access Care
This lab for novice to competent clinicians offers a hands on opportunity to practice IV insertion demonstrating vein assessment, PIV insertion techniques and tricks of the trade, to support insertion success and IV longevity. 90% of hospital inpatients receive an VAD, yet 35-50%1 of those IVs fail.  These outcomes are unacceptable to the clinician, the organization and, most importantly, the patient. PIV restarts may not only painful and frightening to the patient, but can lead to complications affecting  patient outcomes. This interactive skills lab aligns with the INS and OHSA standards and guidelines. Vein assessment and insertions will be performed on anatomical models with the support of skilled clinicians.  
Group 2: Ultrasound Guided Peripheral IV insertion
“Line It Up: Accept Only High Success Rates of Peripheral Intravenous Cannulation Using Ultrasound Guidance”.  This interactive lab will provide clinicians with  IV skills, an  opportunity develop or improve ultra-sounded guided peripheral IV insertion. Patients with difficult venous access, pediatrics and older adult population will benefit from this visualization technology supported by the INS guidelines, to support insertion success.   This workshop will assist (support) you with accessing optimal peripheral veins while learning helpful visualization and cannulation techniques. Participants will have time to practice U/S guided catheter insertion with the support of skilled professionals, offering guidance and support.  

The attendees will:  
1. Identify and select appropriate veins for venipuncture 
2. List strategies that can improve vasculature and successful insertion.
3. Attendees in group 1: Perform pre-insertion assessment and demonstrate PIV insertion skills 
4. Attendees in group 2: Demonstrate how ultrasound guidance can improve the success rate IV insertion. 

Let me know if you have any questions – see you there!