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Canada IDDSI Festival 2024

Feb 16, 2024
Humber College, Toronto North Campus
205 Humber College Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M9W 5L7

Note:  All prices listed below are subject to GST/HST and the pricing as shown will increase on Sept. 3, 2024.

Meet our Keynote Speakers        


New in 2024!  Pre-Event “Master Class” Sessions

Tuesday, October 22, 2024
1:00pm - 4:30pm (Refreshment Break Included)
Cost:  $140.00 per person

These workshops are intended to enhance your IDDSI knowledge and skills in your area of expertise.

Before registering for a session, please review the target audience to ensure the workshop aligns with your expectations.

Advanced Workshop Option #1:   IDDSI Implementation:  Essential Tools and Resources
Audience: IDDSI Team Leads (maximum 50 registrants)

Learning Objectives:  
  • Identify key tasks of the IDDSI implementation process.
  • Identify tools and resources that are essential for a successful IDDSI implementation.
  • Recognize opportunities to build efficiencies into the process.
  • Create networks with other IDDSI Team Leads.

Advanced Workshop Option #2:  A Culinary Exploration of IDDSI in Healthcare Food Services
Audience: Culinary/Food Service Team Members (maximum 25 registrants)

Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand culinary descriptors for each IDDSI level.
  • Experience hands on, lab-based learning of IDDSI-friendly culinary techniques.
  • Troubleshooting during the meal delivery and service process
  • Create networks with other Culinarians.

Advanced Workshop Option #3:  Integrating IDDSI Into Clinical Practice
Audience: Clinicians (e.g., OT, RD, SLP) (maximum 50 registrants)

Learning Objectives: 
  • Conceptualize how IDDSI impacts clinical assessment and dysphagia management.
  • Learn how to balance quality of life and safety within the context of IDDSI.
  • Understand how nomenclature and diet definitions support care transitions.
  • Identify IDDSI-friendly changes that can be immediately implemented into clinical practice.
  • Create networks with other Clinicians.

NEW in 2024!

Pre-Event “IDDSI Festival Social & Networking Event”
Tuesday, October 22, 2024
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Cost:  $40.00 per person (Includes Refreshments and Cash Bar)

Connect with colleagues while savoring some IDDSI-friendly recipes and beverages.

IDDSI Festival Event
8:30am – 4:00pm
Cost:  $130.00 per person (Includes Lunch & Refreshments)

Program Overview:

  • Welcome and Introductions:  Canada IDDSI Reference Group. 

  • Understanding the Patient and Caregiver Experience:  A Day in the Life with Dysphagia 

  • Keynote Speaker: Parmis Gourdarzi-Malayeri (B.L.P. Law)

Topic:  Advocacy, autonomy, and choice in dysphagia. 

  • IDDSI Quick Fire Sessions with the Experts 

  1. Food Services:  Marianne Katusin, Director Support Services at Halton Healthcare, CSNM Member

  2. Industry:  Declan Henderson, RD at Apetito/HFS

  3. Transition Story: Khashayar Amirhosseini, RD and Natalie Noar, RD from Seniors Services and Long Term Care at the City of Toronto 

  • Championing IDDSI Together – Quick Fire “Q & A” Session 

  • Vendor Fair - Vendors will feature IDDSI-friendly samplings.  There will be competitions, draws, prizes, prizes, prizes!!! 

  • Closing Remarks and Prizes


IDDSI Festival Full Pass
Get the best value for your learning.  Attend all three events on October 22 & 23, 2024
Cost: $225.00 per person

Event Hotel Accommodation Details: 
Attendees can use the booking link and code below to reserve a room at a discounted rate at the Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto:
Booking Link: https://reservations.gctoronto.com/book/dates-of-stay?identifier=GCSOCIAL
Rate Access Code: GCSOCIAL



We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!