Presidents Message

A Message from our CARDP President

Dear CARDP friends and colleagues,

As we move into 2021, we are making final arrangements for our annual meeting this September 30th to October 3rd in Vancouver.

The importance of our annual meeting cannot be overstated.  We postponed last years meeting which was to be in Halifax.  We recognize the extremely high value of our annual meeting which provides for us the opportunity to “meet & greet” as well as participate in arguably the finest Continuing Education conference in our country.  For 2021, this will not be an exception.

The scientific program is outstanding this year.  The theme is “Digital Dentistry, Where Are We Today?”

As you may well appreciate, the topic of Digital Dentistry has itself invested in all aspect of our field, changing forever how we exam, diagnose, treatment plan and perform our professional responsibilities.  However, change is only progressive and not everyone has the knowledge base and sometimes the means to incorporate these technologies.  This year our goal is to provide as much information as possible to assist our members to understanding how digital technology is incorporated into general and specialized dentistry.  When technology advancements are brought to the profession, even the most seasoned dentists are once again neophytes.  Our speakers this year are prepared to bring to you many of the basic principles which you can take back to your practices the next day.  Just because there is a technology improvement doesn’t always mean that it is better.  We will also be discussing the relative clinical value of digital technology compared to the older “tried and true” analogue technology.  I believe there is something for everybody in this year’s program.

The elephant in the room is the COVID-19 epidemic and the directives designed by health officials and government.  Let not your heart be troubled, my friends, we will have a meeting.  While we are hopeful a physical meeting will be possible, we are preparing for a fully virtual meeting as well.  In all likelihood, there will be a blended meeting.  All our speakers are supporting either objective.

The success of our meetings is always based on getting as many members and guests to the program as possible.  I encourage each and every one of you to register for the meeting and invite at least one guest.  We will keep you posted on health developments and their impact on how our meeting will be conducted.

I look forward to seeing you all in Vancouver at the Pan Pacific Hotel this September.

Dr. Ron Zokol

CARDP President 2021