Chair/Speaker Information | CNSF Congress

2021 CNSF Congress Cancelled

COVID-19 Update | September 10, 2021

We have been diligently monitoring the rise in Covid-19-Delta and the resulting safety concerns for our October 2021 Congress Chairs, Speakers, delegates and all other Congress participants.

Many of the folks mentioned above have also expressed their concerns and several have withdrawn their participation.

The CNSF Board has decided to cancel the October Congress and move the Program to the QE in Montreal, June 26 to 29, 2022. This was a difficult decision but one that we felt was necessary in order to ensure the safety of all.

There are, obviously, many things we have to sort out going forward and these will be dealt with in the upcoming days and weeks. We hope you can be part of our 2022 Congress in Montreal.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Note: Those who have already registered for the Congress will receive full refunds from the Registration office at Intertask Conferences.

Questions on course scientific content or focus, please contact either:
Scientific Program Committee (SPC) Chair, Joe Megyesi: or
Vice-Chair, Gerald Pfeffer:

All other requests, please contact:
Nicole Rozak: 403-229-9544, ext. 104

Please watch your email for communications from the CNSF Secretariat ( regarding your session / presentation information.

The CNSF uses an online event management system (Cadmium’s Conference Harvester) to collect, manage and share Congress details through the 'CNSF Congress' mobile app and website.

This system will give chairs and speakers direct access to add/or amend their session and presentation information. If you are new to the Conference Harvester, the system is task based and you will need to complete each task before the assigned due date.

Please watch your email for your CNSF Congress | Conference Harvester™ login credentials.

Course/Session Guidelines

Carefully review the following important guidelines surrounding the development and delivery of a course/session at the CNSF Congress.


  • Every session must have a chair. A chair may also act as a speaker.

  • Chair and speaker positions are voluntary. No honorarium or expenses are paid except in special conditions listed in the > Course Budget

  • It is preferred that Course Chairs are a member of at least one CNSF Society (CNS, CNSS, CACN, CSCN, CSNR); however the CNSF recognizes this is not always the case or in the best interests of the Congress, particularly for chairs from outside of Canada or who are not neurosurgeons, neurologists, or neuroradiologists.

  • Additional speakers, do not have to be a member of CNSF. However, speakers who are Canadian neurosurgeons, neurologists, or neuroradiologists are encouraged to consider membership.

  • Each person attending the CNSF Congress must complete the registration process. This includes invited speakers, chairpersons, and all delegates. > Registration

  • Eligible chairs and speakers receive the day of their session free and will be emailed a discount code to attend the remainder of the Congress for $400. Make sure to use this special code when registering. * Due to the nature of the Clinical Case Studies and Lunch 'n Learns there are no Congress registration discounts available. Chair and speakers for these sessions must register for the Congress at regular rates.

  • By agreeing to participate at the Congress, you agree to the terms and deadlines detailed here. > Timelines

  • If you are speaking in 2 sessions, please ensure you use different content and avoid duplication.

  • All courses are 2.5 hours, except Clinical Case Studies on Monday and the Hot Topics session on Covid-19 on Thursday, which are 2 hours.

  • When planning a session, we encourage a variety of formats including case discussions and workshops. Should you adopt the traditional format, consisting of invited speakers who each lecture on specific topics, please maintain the following ratios:

    • 1-2 hour sessions – 2-3 speakers
    • 2.5 hour sessions – up to 4 speakers

    For an Interactive Workshop-Style format, which could require more speakers, please discuss with the scientific program committee chair first. > Alternative Formats

  • As the Congress is accredited Section 1 Learning Activity with the Royal College, sessions must have at least 25% interactive content. At a minimum, this may take the form of formal question-and-answer periods during the session. > Interactivity

  • It is the responsibility of the chair to recruit speakers for their session and to communication these guidelines to all potential speakers.

  • Chair's are responsible to confirm their speakers' participation and completeness of presentation materials.

  • After chair's confirm their 'Speakers' and 'Agenda Outline' (tasks), the CNSF Secretariat will officially invite Speakers to the Congress and give them access to the online event management system.

  • The session chair will introduce each speaker by title, name and affiliation.

  • The Chair is responsible to maintain the course duration within the allotted time, including time required for discussions / questions and answers.

  • At the end of the course/session, chairs are asked to remind the audience to fill in the 'Specific Course Evaluation' survey. > Evaluation

  • Speakers will be asked to make their Slides / Course Notes available to Congress delegates through the Conference Harvester 'upload' task. Password protected and viewable through the Congress App/Website as a pdf link alongside their presentation title. > Course Notes (pdf)

  • Each room will be equipped with; a laptop, LCD projector and screen, laser pointer, microphone and speakers. Additional AV requirements must be submitted by (TBD) to determine if funds are available. *Requests must be emailed to 

  • Speakers 'PowerPoint' presentations need to be loaded at least 3 hours prior to the session in the Speakers Ready Room onsite. > Speaker Presentation (ppt)


Any changes should be announced by the chair at the beginning of the session. In the event that a scheduled presentation is cancelled, and no other speaker has been recruited to replace them, that particular time may be used for longer talks or a longer discussion period. This is at the discretion of the chair.


*Details "subject to change". Please keep checking back for the latest information.

  • Chair harvester tasks - TBD
  • Speaker harvester tasks - TBD
  • Congress Registration - TBD (early bird ends TBD) *use discount code sent by email
  • Hotel Reservation details - TBD
  • Additional AV - TBD
  • Live Polling/ARS via Mobile App (interactive Q&A) - TBD
  • Agreement to Participate and Disclosures (harvester tasks) - TBD
  • Upload 'Course Notes' pdf (harvester task) - one day prior to session
  • Load 'Presentation' PowerPoint slides - 3 hrs prior to session in Speaker Ready Room onsite

Course Budget

ONLY Chairs and Speakers who are not practicing Canadian neurologists, neurosurgeons or neuroradiologists are provided economy flight and 2 nights’ accommodation.

The course budget allows for ONLY one of these speakers per Course; other special circumstances are considered such as courses developed by individuals who are not neurologists, neurosurgeons or neuroradiologists.

*Requests must be emailed to


Each person attending the CNSF Congress must complete the registration process. This includes invited speakers, chairpersons, and all delegates.

Eligible chairs and speakers receive the day of their session free and will be emailed a discount code to attend the remainder of the Congress for $400. Make sure to use this special code when registering.

* Due to the nature of the Clinical Case Studies and Lunch 'n Learns there are no Congress registration discounts available. Chair and speakers for these sessions must register for the Congress at regular rates.

International Speakers

Any International Speakers and Delegates, hoping to attend the 2021 CNSF Congress, are strongly encouraged to consult the Government of Canada website for the latest regulations regarding entry to Canada.

Travel restrictions may change with little warning and may include mandatory quarantine, COVID-19 testing and other requirements.


Courses will be evaluated by Congress delegates and CNSF CPD Auditors to ensure compliance with Royal College MOC Standards.

The CNSF can provide previous Congress Evaluation Summaries for your course, if available, in order to assist with planning. Where evaluations are not available, chairs are encouraged to dialogue with the Scientific Program Committee members who were responsible for the selection of session topics.

Course Notes (PDF)

Are highly valued and always requested and sought after by Congress delegates.

You will be given direct access to upload your 'Course Notes' through the online Conference Harvester system. By uploading your slides, you agree to have them published within the 'CNSF Congress' App and Website which will be password protected and accessible by Congress delegates.

  • PDF format
  • Save file using: presentation title
  • Speaker Presentation materials can also be used instead of providing separate Course Notes
  • If submitting Journal articles or other copyrighted information, it is the responsibility of the speaker to obtain written permissions. The CNSF assumes that all materials provided have the necessary waivers. Please keep copies of waivers on file in case of audit.
  • Login and complete upload Course Notes task
  • Course Notes must be submitted - one day prior to session

Speaker Presentation (PPT)

  • Follow PowerPoint order of information listed below
  • Save file using: firstname_lastname_presentation title
  • Load your presentation in the Speaker Ready Room onsite at least 3 hours in advance of your session
  • Speakers must allow at least 25% of their presentation time for questions and feedback from the audience
  • Patient material that is presented must be completely anonymized with no identifiers, include require written informed consent and REB approval where applicable

PowerPoint - Order of Information:

  1. Cover Page - Title, Author Name and Affiliations – first slide
  2. Learning objectives – second side
  3. Disclosure Statement – third slide **Speakers must include a Disclosure Statement on the 3rd slide of their presentation
  4. If utilizing the Audience Response System – ‘How to access Live Poll Questions’
  5. Course materials
  6. References - if any
  7. Figures - if any

Alternative Course Presentation Formats

You may want to consider whether your course lends itself to a different format than the traditional set of back-to-back lectures. Some examples of alternative formats:

Case-based discussions. These are held in high regard by Congress delegates. If your topic is particularly clinical, consider anchoring your didactic content to clinical cases to make the clinical application of your course material more immediate. Course chairs can consider encouraging their speakers to integrate an illustrative clinical case along with their talks. Course chairs can also consider developing out a single exemplary clinical case that is woven throughout all of the talks and helps to tie them together.

Workshop formats. Workshops allow delegates to directly manipulate the information being presented to them leading to higher knowledge retention. Examples of topics that lend themselves particularly well to workshop formats include topics on methodologies such as “critical appraisal of neurosurgical literature” or on examination techniques such as “how to perform a neuro-ophthalmological exam.” In a workshop format, didactic lectures will be complemented by breakout groups with facilitators. In the first example, the facilitators would go through the exercise of critically appraising an article with small groups of delegates. In the second example, a series of stations could be set up around the room where delegates could rotate through and practice different parts of the exam with workshop facilitators.


Traditional lecture formats are acceptable and may be preferred for certain topics. However, there are methods to increase interactivity within traditional lecture formats.

At the most basic level, you should ensure that your courses contain enough time set aside for questions and answers from the audience (25%). This can either take the form of a Q&A section after each individual lecture, or a panel Q&A at the end of the entire course, or both. Speakers are encouraged to trim off some of their material if they fear there will not be sufficient time for ‘interaction’. More adventurous lecturers may want to consider incorporating “real-time” questions from the audience into their talks.

There are many “interactive classroom” strategies that can be employed to move beyond the standard Q&A. One of these is involving audience members to think actively about your material by interspersing quiz questions throughout your presentation. This format is particularly useful when coupled with case discussion. Such questions can occur with a simple show of hands, but incorporating the use of an audience response system where audience members can see their peers’ answers is a particularly useful strategy. We strongly encourage you to include audience response questions into your presentations. Please consider adding slides to your presentation that include multiple choices, true/false, or other similar questions for the audience into your presentation.

Read more on Interactive Learning in Continuing Professional Development: "at Least 25 Per Cent of Time" offered by The Royal College – CPD Activity Toolkit.