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Shervin Abbaszadeh
Dr. Shervin Abbaszadeh

Dr. Abbaszadeh attended the University of Toronto where he obtained his Bachelor of Science, Doctor of Dental Surgery degree as well as his Master’s degree in Orthodontics. In addition to maintaining a private practice in Toronto, he is also a staff orthodontist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital, in the craniofacial department, where he is involved in the orthodontic management and treatment of various complex anomalies. Dr. Abbaszadeh is also a part time instructor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry, as well as an examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. He is currently President elect of the Ontario Association of Orthodontists and is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists as well as Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy

Early Orthodontic Treatment  |  April 15, 2020 | 08:15 -  09:15
Surgical Orthodontics  |  April 15, 2020 | 09:30 -  10:30
Invisalign: the good, the bad and the ugly  |  April 15, 2020 | 10:30 -  11:30
Mr. Ralph Weekes

Ralph’s career in the wealth management industry has spanned over 40 years and during that time period he was one of the leading lifetime producers at what grew to be one of the largest wealth management firms in Canada.

In 2019, Ralph came out of retirement and formed Weekes Wealth with his two sons Matthew and David under the Mandeville Private Client dealership.

He has been a local and international keynote speaker at conferences on investment, financial planning and medical conferences.

Ralph has received many accomplishments over his career but most most cherished would be the establishment of a scholarship in his name at McMaster University.

Rethinking Conventional Wisdom  |  April 15, 2020 | 15:00 -  16:30
Dr. Mike Hughes

Dr. Mike Lloyd Hughes, BDS (Cardiff); MFDS RCS (Eng); PG Cert Endodontics (Ches); Dip Rest Dent RCS (Eng); MSc (Leeds); FFGDP (UK); ITI Fellow (UK)

Mike, a fluent Welsh speaker graduated with merit from Cardiff Dental School in 2004 and is a Dental Surgeon with special interest in Implantology, Periodontics, and Restorative Dentistry. He is the Lead Clinician at the Menai Bridge Dental Practice (BUPA platinum), Anglesey, where he has been working for 12 years. Mike is also the Study Club Director of the International Team for Implantology (ITI) for Anglesey and North Wales and being an ITI Fellow and speaker, lectures frequently to local dentists on implant treatment planning in an informal forum.

He has also lectured numerous times at the Welsh Language Dental Society Annual Conferences and is a member of the British Periodontal Society. In 2013 he was rewarded with a Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Clinical Restorative Dentistry from the University of Leeds. His thesis was based on periodontal disease and the evidence for the use of “full mouth disinfection” in treating gum disease in primary dental care. Mike has won the “Best Young Dentist South West and Wales Award” in 2010, 2011 and 2012 at the Dentistry Awards.

He was an invited speaker at the Caribbean Dental Program in Barbados in 2013, and in June 2016 was invited to lecture in Porto Alegre, Brazil on the topic of Advanced Treatment Planning. His main lecture interests are advanced restorative dentistry with splitting treatment into more manageable phases and treatment planning sequencing. In 2014 Mike was awarded a fellowship of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (FFGDP) from the Royal College of Surgeon of England. He is also a faculty member and supports Geistlich Biomaterials Company with their symposiums in London along with supporting other dentists on their advanced bone grafting courses.

A -Z of Implant Dentistry  |  April 18, 2020 | 08:15 -  09:15
Simple and Complex Dentures Placed on Teeth and Implants  |  April 18, 2020 | 09:30 -  10:30
Long Term Stability of Complex Cases  |  April 18, 2020 | 10:30 -  11:30
Mr. Michael Lee-Chin

Mr. Michael Lee-Chin is widely regarded as a visionary entrepreneur who is President and Chairman of Portland Holdings. His philosophy of “prosperitas cum caritate” –which in Latin speaks to his goal that businesses must “not only do well, but also do good” is the true measure for his success. This Portland mantra has resulted in extraordinary business success while inspiring philanthropic initiatives. He is a Caribbean man (Jamaica) who immigrated to Canada in 1970 to study Civil Engineering at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. After beginning his post-graduate studies, Michael’s trajectory changed and, at the age of 26, he became a financial advisor and subsequently a branch manager.

In 1983 he borrowed money ($500,000) to purchase Mackenzie Financial Corporation stock and four years later, the stock appreciated seven-fold. He acquired a small Ontario-based investment firm, Advantage Investment Counsel (AIC), whose profits grew from $800.00 to $15 billion within 20 years. It was sold in 2009 to a leading Canadian financial services group.Michael remained firmly committed to creating wealth for investors as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Portfolio Manager of Portland Investment Counsel Inc., an investment fund manager, portfolio manager, and exempt market dealer.

As the founder of Portland, Michael’s business accomplishments span various countries and numerous sectors. Michael has established an investment philosophy with guiding principles for each of the companies under Portland. Although some companies may not have possessed strong balance sheets or a guiding framework at the time of acquisition. Under Michael’s stewardship, each of these companies has come to display the following attributes: • Solid returns on equity; • Positioned in a long-term growth industry; • Entrepreneurial, competitive and hard-working management; • Potential to be a global leader; • Possessing competitive advantages (for example, brands, relationship networks, licenses, etc.); and • Possessing quality tangible assets.

In October 2008, Michael was awarded one of Jamaica’s highest national honours, the Order of Jamaica, for his significant contributions in business and philanthropy. In 2013, the Government of Ontario awarded him with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and, in 2017, he became a member of the Order of Ontario (the province’s highest honour), in recognition of his exceptional achievements in Canada and beyond. Michael has received Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from: McMaster University, the University of Toronto, Northern Caribbean University, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of the West Indies, and York University. From 2011-2016, he held the position of Chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and in 2016, Michael was appointed Chair of the Government of Jamaica’s newly established Economic Growth Council (EGC), to bolster economic development. Michael is now tasked with leading a team from the private and public sectors to advise the Government of Jamaica on the adoption of a framework of growth initiatives.

Michael has many publications and you are invited to see his exemplary CV here.


Rethinking Conventional Wisdom  |  April 15, 2020 | 15:00 -  16:30
Dr. Keyvan Abbaszadeh

Keyvan Abbaszadeh obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1994. His post-graduate education included internship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, followed by completing a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Illinoisat Chicago in 1999. He has been in private practice in London, Ontario since then. His clinical interests are orthognathic, trauma, and implant surgery. Keyvan is a Fellow of, and an examiner for, the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the Western University in London. Keyvan is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a past president and the current Executive Director of the Ontario Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Lecture Synopsis: Incorporating Digital Workflow in Dentistry and Implants

Digital radiography and imaging are ubiquitous in dentistry. They allow for highly accurate and real-time use of information in diagnosis and treatment of our patients. Now, CAD/CAM technology is becoming more widely available, it allows for the practice of dentistry to take another leap forward by shortening treatment time, reduce complications, and enhancing patient and professional satisfaction.In this talk we will review basics of digital workflow. We will also illustrate the utility of computed tomography (CT) imaging as well as digital intra-oral scans. Cases of implant dentistry as well as corrective jaw surgery will be provided.

Incorporating Digital Workflow in Dentistry & Implants  |  April 15, 2020 | 11:45 -  13:45
Prof. Richard Ibbetson

Professor of Restorative Dentistry, University of Aberdeen, Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, NHS Grampian, Honorary Professor, University of Edinburgh

Richard Ibbetson graduated from Guy’s Hospital in 1974 and spent nearly two years in general practice in Devon before leaving the UK to work in Canada as a dentist for the Grenfell Association in Newfoundland and Labrador. He returned to the UK in 1978 to take an MSc at the Eastman Dental Institute in London where he then spent 20 years on the staff as a teacher of conservative dentistry and fixed prosthodontics. In 1999 he was appointed Professor and Director of the Postgraduate Institute at the University of Edinburgh. From 2011-14, he was Dean of the Faulty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh whilst also holding a Chair in Restorative Dentistry at QMUL in London. He then spent a short period of time at UCLAN before taking up the post of Director of Dentistry at the University of Aberdeen in 2015 from which he stepped down in late 2018. He remains a Professor in Restorative Dentistry at Aberdeen and teaches both undergraduates and postgraduates.

When Does A Tooth Need A Crown?  |  April 16, 2020 | 11:45 -  12:45
Is The Tooth Supported Fixed Bridge Obsolete In The Age Of Implant?  |  April 16, 2020 | 12:45 -  13:45
Dr. Kathryn Harley

Miss Kathryn Harley BDS(Hons); MSc; FDS RCS(Ed); FDS RCS(Eng); FFGDP(UK); FDS RCPSG; FFD RCSI; Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London & Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, UCL & Eastman Dental Hospital.

Kathryn Harley qualified from Guy’s Hospital Dental School in 1981. During her undergraduate training she was inspired to pursue a career in Paediatric Dentistry determining that there should be no barriers to children receiving high quality dental care. To further this aim, she completed a Master’s degree in Conservative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute in 1986 and was subsequently appointed Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry at the Eastman in 1991. Her main area of clinical interest dating from this time is in the restorative treatment of children with dental anomalies. Following a move to Scotland in 1999 she became Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry in Edinburgh where she was Head of Department at the Dental Institute. In 2000. She was appointed to the Board of Dental Protection Ltd and was Chairman of the Board from 2006-10. In 2011, she became Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. She completed her Deanship in June 2014 and at the beginning of 2015 returned to London to take up the post of Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital. In March 2018 she moved from the Eastman to join the Paediatric Dental team at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She has continued to speak out about the need to prevent oral disease in children and is resolute in her aim to ensure that age is no barrier to receiving the very highest standard of dental care.

Hypodontia – Restorative Management in The Young Patient  |  April 16, 2020 | 09:30 -  10:30
The Restorative Management of Enamel Defects  |  April 16, 2020 | 10:30 -  11:30
Sally Safa
Dr. Sally Safa

Dr. Sally Safa is a board certified Periodontist and a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.She received her doctor of dental surgery degree as well as her Masters in Periodontology from the University of Toronto.She also completed a one-year dental residency program at Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto) where she was trained in management of complex and medically compromised patients.

Dr. Safa is passionate about the field of periodontology and keeps current by regularly attending continuing education seminars as well as sharing this knowledge with her colleagues and other dental professionals.Dr. Safa has a keen interest in soft tissue (gum) and bone grafting as well as implant therapy.

Continuing education is of great importance to Dr. Safa and she shares her knowledge with the dental community regularly, lecturing on various topics within periodontology and implant dentistry and most recently,in Mindfulness in Dentistry. She has stayed active at the University of Toronto both as a clinical instructor and guest lecturer.

Dr. Safa is currently working her way towards a degree in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction).

Mindfulness in Dentistry  |  April 14, 2020 | 09:45 -  11:00
AAP New Periodontal Classification System  |  April 14, 2020 | 11:00 -  12:15
Soft tissue grafting for teeth and implants  |  April 14, 2020 | 13:30 -  14:45
Peri-implantitis. Diagnosis and Treatment  |  April 14, 2020 | 14:45 -  16:00
Dr. Fred Peck

Dr. Fred Peck is a third-generation dentist, who has been practicing in Cincinnati for over 30 years. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Dentistry and completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Peck has been focusing his practice on full mouth reconstruction and cosmetic treatments with a high-tech approach over the past several years.

Dr. Peck is an Accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. He has presented at several major dental meetings on cosmetic dentistry, dental lab communication and direct resin bonding including hands-on seminars. He is active in the Cincinnati Dental Society, has been a member of the scientific program committee, and program chair several times. He is Chairman of Utilization review/quality assurance and is on the Board of Dental Care Plus, a Cincinnati based dental insurance company.

Achieving Predictability & Excellence in Everyday Dentistry  |  April 17, 2020 | 08:15 -  09:15
Achieving Predictability & Excellence in Everyday Dentistry  |  April 17, 2020 | 09:30 -  11:30
Achieving Predictability & Excellence in Everyday Dentistry  |  April 17, 2020 | 11:45 -  13:45
Dr. Carly Gordon

Dr Carly Gordon received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Toronto. Dr Gordon practices a broad range of dentistry which includes certification in IV sedation, implants and oral surgery. Dr Gordon gained a passion for oral surgery and pursued this focused interest and completed a fellowship with the Academy of Oral Surgery. In addition, Dr Gordon is a clinical instructor and lecturer for an accredited course on oral surgery, specifically on wisdom tooth extractions. Dr Gordon is a member of the Ontario Dental Association, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry and a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology. She also is a clinical instructor in the department of restorative dentistry at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry and maintains a private practice in Toronto, Ontario.

Extraction of Wisdom Teeth. When to Extract and Complications  |  April 18, 2020 | 11:45 -  12:45
Atraumatic Extractions and Socket Preservation for Implant Preparations  |  April 18, 2020 | 12:45 -  13:45
Dr Carol-Jean Bushell

Dr Carol-Jean Bushell is a Paediatric Dentist in the beautiful island of Barbados where she has been practicing for 11 years.

Dr Bushell earned her DDS from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad in 2006 and her Master of Science in Paediatric Dentistry from Kings College, London, UK in 2015.

Her practice philosophy revolves around empowering and motivating parents and children to take pride in their oral health and confidently managing it. She aims to eradicate her patient’s dental anxiety by introducing a positive experience catered to each developmental stage and building a dynamic bond with patients and their families.

Oral healthcare advocacy is paramount on her agenda as a dental practitioner. She accomplishes this not only within the dental operatory but also through her blog and via oral health talks in schools.

Presently she serves as a voluntary Clinical Director for Special Olympics International Healthy Smiles Program. In addition to her love and passion for the dental care and management of children, she loves singing, travelling with her husband and family and absolutely adores dogs.

Managing Dental Anxiety in Children  |  April 16, 2020 | 08:15 -  09:15
Mrs. Cindy Mark

Cindy Mark has been working in the dental industry for the last three decades. She is a confident, enthusiastic and passionate personality who has her own agency called “Benchmark Practice Management Consulting.”

When working with clients and their teams, her expertise lies in assessing practice opportunities and providing customized solutions that enables communication to integrate with dentists and team members in a way that transforms their dental practices. Cindy will therefore help in achieving victories that often provide less stress within the practice, with the use of improved systems that have been implemented. She is an effective listener and communicator who will always provide a customized plan for improving or making a healthier practice.

Cindy has lectured throughout her career and generally speaks about short-term or long-term solutions for practices to meet higher efficiency while helping their staff to reach their potential. She is an effective communicator and speaker who can provide her participants with action items that can be implemented as soon as they return to the office.

Leadership Skills 101 – Developing The Skill of Assessing the State of Business and Personnel  |  April 19, 2020 | 08:30 -  09:45
Setting Realistic Goals and Communicating Them to Your Team  |  April 19, 2020 | 10:00 -  11:15
Understanding Practice Assets. Significance of Data Retrieval & it’s interpretation For Analyzing Performance  |  April 19, 2020 | 11:15 -  12:30
Ms. Steff Le Mieux
Yoga Instructor

Steff Le Mieux origin is Montreal, Canada but now resides with her son in PARADISE (Sunny Barbados) where she teaches different types of yoga as will be demonstrated throughout the convention except on Saturday. She is married to her practice and is extremely passionate about teaching varying styles of relaxation cum exercise since she was a teenager involved in dancing that blossomed her love for yoga. She has been practicing and teaching for over 20 years and loves to see what the human body can do. Her teaching involves many aspects, all of which are beneficial to persons in the field of dentistry and include breathing for relaxation, healing of the body, bending to improve flexibility etc. A list of the format will be listed within the Convention Itinerary.

Outside of the convention, Stef teaches Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Yoga where she is known as the “Mermaid”. This title is reserved for persons in love with the ocean and her quote is “Yoga is about union and this is accessible to everyone”.

Yoga On The Lawn  |  April 23, 2019 | 07:45 -  08:30
Yoga On The Lawn  |  April 24, 2019 | 07:00 -  08:30
Yoga On The Lawn  |  April 25, 2019 | 07:00 -  08:30
Yoga On The Lawn  |  April 26, 2019 | 07:00 -  08:30
Yoga On The Lawn  |  April 28, 2019 | 07:00 -  08:30
Yoga on the lawn  |  April 14, 2020 | 07:30
Yoga on the lawn  |  April 15, 2020 | 06:45 -  07:30
Yoga on the lawn  |  April 16, 2020 | 06:45 -  07:30
Yoga on the lawn  |  April 17, 2020 | 06:45 -  07:30
Yoga on the lawn  |  April 19, 2020 | 06:45 -  07:30
Dr. Victor H. Eastmond

Dr. Victor H. Eastmond, GCM; BDS(Lon.); LDSRCS Eng.); DSR(R.)

Dr. Victor H. Eastmond is the Chairman of Caribbean Dental Program Inc. He qualified at the Royal Dental Hospital (RDH), University of London in 1974 and subsequently did house jobs at RDH and St. Georges Hospital in Maxillo-Facial Surgery before moving to Edgeware General Hospital as Senior House Surgeon. Nine months after graduating, he left the hospital post to work in a General Dental Practice in South London.

He returned to his native home, Barbados, in 1979 and retired in 2016. He and his wife still own the ten-chair dental practice at Rosedale Dental Centre with a complement of 30 persons working therein. The practice is currently being restructured with CBCT and is in transition with Human Resource, Clinical and Administrative managers.

In 1968 he gained his certification as a diagnostic radiography from the Royal Free Hospital, U. Lon. then in1998 he gained his certification in Forensic Odontology from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

He is a past Chairman of the Barbados Dental Council, the Barbados Examination Board for Technicians and later for Dentists; a past President of the Barbados Dental Association, the Caribbean Atlantic Regional Dental Association and the Commonwealth Dental Association. He has acted as a consultant for the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) to produce guidelines for accreditation for dental education within CARICOM. His term as a member of CAAM-HP was renewed in April 2018.

He has received many awards. In November 2007 he was honoured by the Bahamas Dental Association with “The Distinguished Service Award’ which was presented by the President of FDI, Dr. Burton Conrod. He has received The NLG Hope Award from the Barbados Dental Association and in November 2015 he received a National Award (The Gold Crown of Merit) for his work in the field of dentistry.

Although now retired, he continues to focus on continuing education such as CDP and to provide oral health lectures to schools and dental associations. He was recently appointed to The Sandals Foundation Advisory Board in November 2016.

Chair  |  April 3, 2018 | 06:00
Chair  |  April 14, 2020 | 06:30
Chair  |  April 15, 2020 | 06:30
Chair  |  April 16, 2020 | 06:30
Chair  |  April 17, 2020 | 06:30
Chair  |  April 18, 2020 | 06:30
Chair  |  April 19, 2020 | 06:30