Agenda

Please note: this agenda is a working version and therefore subject to change

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2019

Time Event Description Location
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM HQP and Trainee Development Day
Sponsored by adMare BioInnovations AbCellera Biologics Inc.
HQP and trainees click here for schedule
Registration and lunch 12:00 - 2:00 PM (Registration opens at 11:30 AM)
Opening Remarks at 1:15 PM
12:45 – 3:00 PM Meeting of the Board of Directors (Closed Meeting)
Lunch will be provided
The Library (Fairmont)
2:30 – 7:00 PM General Registration Carson Hall Foyer
5:30 – 6:30 PM Learning Institute Meet and Greet Sidney Room
6:15 – 7:15 PM Welcome Reception
Browse our sponsor exhibits: Speakers and conference delegates will gather for light refreshments and conversation.
Sponsored by Novartis
Carson Hall Foyer
7:15 – 8:15 PM Welcome Dinner
Enjoy a delicious dinner with your colleagues and kick off the 2019 Summit for Cancer Immunotherapy in style!
Sponsored by Novartis
Carson Hall BC
8:00 – 8:15 PM Welcome: John Bell, BioCanRx
8:15 – 9:30 PM Opening Keynote Session
Chair: John Bell, BioCanRx
8:15 – 8:30 PM – Patient Representative: Alyssa Vito, McMaster University
8:30 – 9:15 PM – Len Seymour, University of Oxford. Genetic Medicine – Are We There Yet?

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2019

Time Event Description Location

Additional Meeting Rooms on Monday:

7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Metchosen: Drop in meeting room
7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Colwood/View Royal: On-hold meeting room
7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Sidney: Learning Institute Meeting Room


Registration Desk open 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Browse sponsor exhibits 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast Carson Hall Foyer
7:00 – 8:00 AM Learning Institute Knowledge Exchange Session (Closed meeting) Sidney Room
8:00 - 8:10 AM Morning Welcome: John Bell, BioCanRx Carson Hall BC
8:10 – 9:50 AM Plenary Session 1: Immunotherapy 101
Chairs: Jeanette Boudreau, Dalhousie University and Ismael Samudio, Virogin Biotech Ltd.

Speakers:
8:20 – 8:50 AM Rebecca Auer, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Surgery-induced MDSCs and postoperative cancer recurrence
8:50 – 9:10 AM Julian Lum, BC Cancer Agency. Targeted Radiation and Immunotherapy
9:10 – 9:30 AM HQP Talk: Natalie Firmino, BC Cancer Research Centre. Germinal center hypoxia develops during exposure to tumor antigens and modulates anti-tumor immune responses
9:30 – 9:50 AM John Bell, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Title TBA
Carson Hall BC
9:50 – 10:15 AM Sponsor Pitches: Presentations from our exhibitors Carson Hall BC
10:15 - 10:30 AM Coffee Break: Refreshments available. Browse sponsor exhibits. Carson Hall Foyer
10:15 AM - 4:00 PM Poster Session 1 Preparation: Put up posters Carson Hall A
10:30 AM - 12:15 PM Plenary Session 2: Gene Editing in Cancer Immunotherapy
Chairs: Kevin Hay, BC Cancer Agency and Brad Nelson, BC Cancer Agency

Speakers:
10:40 – 11:05 AM Cliona Rooney, Baylor College of Medicine. Title TBA
11:05 – 11:30 AM Jason Moffat, University of Toronto. Exploring the landscape of cancer-intrinsic immune evasion
11:30 AM – 11:50 AM HQP Talk: Gillian Carleton, Deeley Research Centre. Metabolic engineering of chimeric antigen receptor T cells for cancer immunotherapy
11:50 – 12:15 PM Michael Jensen, Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Targeting Cancer with CAR T Cells- Beyond Remission Induction
Carson Hall BC
12:15 – 2:30 PM Lunch & Networking Break
Sponsored by Kite
Carson Hall Foyer
12:15 – 2:00 PM Meet the Experts Networking Session
Lunch Provided (12:15-12:40 PM)
HQP will have the opportunity to meet and discuss with leading experts from across different sectors in cancer immunotherapy
Crystal Ballroom (Fairmont)
2:00 – 2:30 PM Learning Institute Small Group Meeting (Closed meeting) Sidney Room
2:30 – 4:00 PM Plenary Session 3: Oxford-style debate - "Cancer Vaccines have no place in the era of Cell Therapy"
Chair: John Bell, BioCanRx
Combattants: Jonathan Bramson, McMaster University (FOR) and Rebecca Auer, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (AGAINST)
HQP Moderator: Julian Smazynski
Carson Hall BC
4:00 – 4:30 PM Trainee Speed Poster Session Carson Hall BC
4:30 – 5:30 PM CSA Working Group Meeting (Closed meeting) Colwood/View Royal
4:30 – 6:30 PM Poster Session 1 & Reception: Light snacks available.
Sponsored by Novartis
Carson Hall A
Dinner on own tonight.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2019

Time Event Description Location

Additional Meeting Rooms on Tuesday:

7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Metchosen: Drop in meeting room
7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Colwood/View Royal: On-hold meeting room
7:00 AM – 10:00 PM Sidney: Learning Institute Meeting Room


Registration Desk open 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Browse sponsor exhibits 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast Carson Hall Foyer
7:00 – 8:00 AM Learning Institute Knowledge Exchange Session (Closed meeting) Sidney Room
8:00 - 8:10 AM Morning Welcome: Jennifer Quizi, BioCanRx Carson Hall BC
8:10 - 9:50 AM Plenary Session 4: Highlighting BioCanRx Clinical Trials
Chairs: Natasha Kekre, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Marcus Butler, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Speakers:
8:20 – 8:50 AM Kevin Hay, BC Cancer Agency. Canadian-Led Immunotherapies in Cancer: CLIC-1901 for the Treatment of Patients With Relapsed/Refractory CD19 Positive Hematologic Malignancies
8:50 – 9:10 AM Marcus Butler, University Health Network. Optimizing Cell Therapies for Solid Tumors
9:10 – 9:30 AM HQP Talk: Sandy Pelletier, CRCHUM. Improving immunotherapy with clinical-grade cell sorting of tumor infiltrating T lymphocytes
9:30 – 9:50 AM Jonathan Bramson, McMaster University. Demonstrating the boosting capacity of Maraba virus in humans
Carson Hall BC
9:50 – 10:15 AM Coffee Break: Refreshments available. Browse our sponsor exhibits. Carson Hall Foyer
9:50 AM – 3:30 PM Poster Session 2 Preparation: Put up posters. Carson Hall A
10:15 – 11:55 AM Plenary Session 5: Biomarkers and Mechanisms of Resistance
Chairs: Tommy Alain, CHEO Research Institute and Megan Mahoney, BioCanRx

Speakers:
10:25 – 10:55 AM Arta Monjazeb, UC Davis. Paradoxical effects of obesity on cancer immunotherapy
10:55 – 11:15 AM Uri Tabori, Sick Kids. Replication Repair Deficiency and Hypermutation in Childhoood Cancer
11:15 – 11:35 AM HQP Talk: Julian Smazynski, BC Cancer. The TIGIT:CD155 axis as a potential checkpoint pathway in immunologically cold cancers
11:35 AM – 11:55 AM Sam Workenhe, McMaster University. Activating Desirable Inflammation Overcomes Tumor Resistance to Immunotherapy
Carson Hall BC
11:55 AM – 2:00 PM Lunch & Networking Break Carson Hall Foyer
11:55 AM - 2:00 PM Patient Researcher Round Table Lunch
Invitation Only
Oncology patients and representatives from charities and patient-advocacy NGOs from across Canada will join junior and senior BioCanRx researchers for a roundtable lunch where they will present their research projects and discuss ideas around opportunities and challenges for patient-researcher partnerships.
Sponsored by Merck
Colwood/View Royal
2:00 – 4:00 PM Plenary Session 6: Patient Plenary - Innovation, Access and Affordability
Chairs: Nicole Mittmann, CADTH and Alex Chambers, Novartis

Speakers:
2:05 – 2:20 PM Marianne Taylor, BC Cancer. Is there room for innovation in the Canadian cancer drug review and approval processes?
2:20 – 2:35 PM Imagine Lecture (HQP) - Brittany Umer, PhD Candidate, University of Alberta. Why patient engagement is here to stay-The value of patient-researcher partnerships from the HQP perspective
2:35 – 2:50 PM Christopher Longo, McMaster University. Canadian cancer patients' financial burden: A National and Provincial examination
2:50 – 3:05 PM Blair Henry, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Ethical Issues at the Edge of Innovations in Medicine
3:05 – 3:20 PM Kathy Barnard, Save Your Skin Foundation. Beyond the Curve

Q&A for this session will take place during a panel discussion following the talks.
Carson Hall BC
4:00 – 4:30 PM Trainee Speed Poster Presentation Carson Hall BC
4:30 – 6:00 PM

Public Forum - Cancer Immunotherapy: Game-Changing Research
In partnership with BC Cancer and the Victoria Chamber of Commerce

Join us to hear from a panel of national experts about one of the most promising new areas of cancer research happening right here in Victoria: immunotherapy.
Featuring Dr. Brad Nelson, Dr. Kevin Hay, Dr. John Bell, Dr. Natasha Kekre, Patty Pitts and moderated by Catherine Holt, CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce.

Reception and refreshments to follow.

The Crystal Ballroom
4:30 – 6:30 PM Poster Session 2 & Reception - Light snacks available.
Sponsored by BC Regenerative Medicine Initiative
*Poster Session 2 Take down posters: Posters must be removed by 9 p.m.
Carson Hall A
6:45 – 11:00 PM Join us at CANOE Brewpub for an informal evening including dinner and refreshments. The venue is a 15-minute walk from The Fairmont Empress.
You must be registered for this event to attend.
Please drink responsibly.
Sponsored by Turnstone Biologics
Night Out – CANOE Brewpub

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019

Time Event Description Location

Additional Meeting Rooms on Wednesday:

7:00 AM – 1:00 PM Metchosen: Drop in meeting room
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM Colwood/View Royal: On-hold meeting room
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM Sidney: Learning Institute Meeting Room


Registration Desk open 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Browse sponsor exhibits 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

7:00 – 8:20 AM Breakfast Carson Hall Foyer
7:20 – 8:20 AM Learning Institute Knowledge Exchange Session (Closed meeting) Sidney Room
8:20 - 8:30 AM Morning Welcome: Stéphanie Michaud, BioCanRx Carson Hall BC
8:30 – 10:10 AM Plenary Session 7: Brain Cancer Immunotherapy
Chairs: Sheila Singh, McMaster University and Jennifer Quizi, BioCanRx

Speakers:
8:40 – 9:10 AM Hideho Okada, University of California, San Francisco. Development of T Cell-Based Immunotherapy for Brain Cancer – Challenges and Opportunities
9:10 – 9:30 AM Frank Tufaro, DNAtrix. Oncolytic Virus Immunotherapy for Glioblastoma: Challenges and Rewards
9:30 – 9:50 AM HQP Talk: Sabra Salim, McMaster University. Assessing the safety of a CD133 CAR-T strategy in preclinical models
9:50 – 10:10 AM Nicholas Vitanza, Seattle Children’s Hospital. CART T Cell Targeting of Pediatric Central Nervous System Tumors
Carson Hall BC
10:10 - 10:30 AM Coffee Break: Refreshments will be available. Browse sponsor exhibits. Carson Hall Foyer
10:30 - 11:30 AM Closing Keynote Session
Chair: John Bell, BioCanRx
10:40 – 11:30 AM: Isabelle Rivière, Memorial Sloan Kettering. Advances in CAR T-Cell Therapy: The CD19 Paradigm
Carson Hall BC
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Awards & Closing Remarks
Chair: John Bell, BioCanRx
Carson Hall BC
11:35 AM - 12:05 PM Trainee Award Ceremony
Harold Atkins, Chair, BioCanRx HQP Development Committee
Sponsored by Merck
12:05 - 12:15 PM Closing Remarks John Bell, BioCanRx
12:15 Lunch – 'Grab & Go' bag lunches provided. Carson Hall Foyer
Conference Ends