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Theatre Arts: The CMPA surgical safety course
April 29 to May 1, 2020 | Ottawa

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Theatre Arts: The CMPA surgical safety course. This intensive course has been designed to empower physicians and their perioperative teams to improve their OR environment and foster safe surgical care.

Here is some of the educational and logistical information you will need over the course of the three days.

Course Material and Pre-Course Reading

Your experience at Theatre Arts will be enhanced if you have completed the pre-readings before arriving in Ottawa. Journal club materials are selected on the basis of content to foster discussion around unifying themes, rather than value for critical appraisal.

Pre-Course Reading

Day 1 Journal Club Material

Day 2 Journal Club Material

Course Material

Course Agenda

Thursday, April 28

  • 18:30 Registration, introduction, and welcome reception at Le Germain Hotel

Day 2 – Wednesday, April 29

  • 07:15 Shuttle from Le Germain Hotel to the CMPA
  • 08:00 Welcome
  • 08:30 Plenary 1: Individual Competence
  • 9:45 Plenary 2: Collective Competence
  • 10:45 Break
  • 11:00 Journal Club
  • 11:45 Lunch
  • 12:30 Plenary 3: Introduction to Quality Improvement
  • 14:00 Break
  • 14:15 Team work
  • 16:30 Shuttle from the CMPA to Le Germain Hotel

Day 3 – Thursday, April 30

  • 07:15 Shuttle from Le Germain Hotel to the CMPA
  • 08:00 Team Dynamics
  • 09:00 Plenary 4: Measuring Success
  • 12:00 Group Photo
  • 12:15 Lunch
  • 13:00 Journal Club
  • 14:00 Break
  • 14:15 Team Work
  • 16:30 Shuttle from the CMPA to Le Germain Hotel

Day 4 – Friday, May 1

  • 07:15 Shuttle from Le Germain Hotel to the CMPA
  • 08:00 Team Dynamics
  • 09:00 Plenary 5: Elevator Pitch
  • 09:30 Final team presentation
  • 10:00 Summative Presentations 1
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:45 Summative Presentations 2
  • 14:15 Break
  • 14:30 Awards and Next Steps
  • 16:00 Shuttle from the CMPA to Le Germain Hotel and the Ottawa International Airport

Logistical Information

Participant List

The CMPA will be providing participants with a list of all participants’ names, institutions, and email addresses at the beginning of the course. Certain participants may have opted out of being included on this list.

Networking Reception

The CMPA will host a networking reception on Tuesday, April 28 from 18:30 to 21:00 at Le Germain Hotel, Norca Restaurant, The Conservatory Room. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Travel and Accommodation

Participants are responsible for booking and covering the cost of their travel and accommodations. The CMPA has reserved a block of rooms at Le Germain Hotel in Ottawa at a preferred rate of $259 per night. The group rate is on room availability within the block.

This rate is valid for the nights of April 28 to 30, 2020. Should you require room reservations for days leading up to or after Theatre Arts, please contact the hotel directly to make separate arrangements.

Reservations must be made before March 27, 2020. After this date, space and rates will be based on availability.

If booking by telephone, please use group reservation ID “Canadian Medical Protective Association”.

Le Germain Hotel
30 Daly Ave.
Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2

Shuttle Schedule

A complimentary daily shuttle bus will be available between Le Germain Hotel and the CMPA Offices. The shuttle will also transport participants to the Ottawa International Airport at the end of the course.

Wednesday, April 29

  • 07:15 Hotel to CMPA
  • 16:30 CMPA to Hotel

Thursday, April 30

  • 07:15 Hotel to CMPA
  • 16:30 CMPA to Hotel

Friday, May 1

  • 07:15 Hotel to CMPA
  • 16:00 CMPA to Hotel and to Airport


For those travelling in daily by car, there is a very limited number of free underground parking available on-site on a first come, first served basis. Please follow these steps:

  • Park in green spots designated “Visitors” on the main level (turn right at Stop sign upon entering garage).
  • Do not pay at the meter.
  • Take elevator up to the Conference Centre on the 2nd floor in Tower 2.
  • Provide license plate number to the reception desk. This will ensure parking fees are waived for the day. In the event of already having paid for parking, the CMPA will not be able to reimburse you.
  • Alternative offsite parking is available at Dows Lake Pavilion (1001 Queen Elizabeth Drive). Parking rates are $14.00/day.

Meals and drinks

Breakfast is included in the hotel rate. Continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, and lunches will be provided by the CMPA during the course. Please email us at to let us know of any dietary restriction or allergies as soon as possible.

Dress Code

Business casual

Video Recording / Photography

The CMPA will be taking photographs and video recordings during the course that may be used for marketing, promotional, educational, or other purposes. If you do not wish to have your image recorded, please email us at before April 24, 2020.

CMPA Contacts

Logistical questions
Valerie Quan, Knowledge Transfer Stream Coordinator,

Educational questions or emergency contacts while in Ottawa:

Photo of Dr. Liisa Honey

Dr. Liisa Honey
Physician Advisor

Photo of Dr. Rob Johnston

Dr. Rob Johnston
Physician Advisor

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Dr. Richard Mimeault
Physician Advisor