2018 CSS Québec City Education Meeting
Dr. Mansoor Ahmed
Graduated from King Edward Medical College, Pakistan, Dr. Mansoor completed his medical training and fellowship in medicine, pulmonary, critical care and sleep research from McGill University, Toronto General Hospital and Health Science Center, Winnipeg Canada. After his training and academic work in Canada, in 1992, he joined the faculty of medicine and international health at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio. For all practical purposes, ever since his fellowship, he dedicated 22 plus years of his career to the field of sleep medicine. He also served as Chair International Affairs at American Academy of Sleep Medicine where his committee developed first of its kind Mini-Fellowship training program in sleep for International Physicians.Currently, Dr. Ahmed is directing Cleveland Sleep Research Center and Clinic, an entity that he established in year 2000. The center also established sleep programs at UH and Cleveland Clinic affiliated community hospitals. The clinical program has served 18000 plus patients. Majority were OSA patients but also a very large number of patients with narcolepsy and chronic insomnia .The sleep center activities also included research, sleep-health education and mentorship initiatives. He established and directed sleep programs at Bedford-University Hospital System and Lutheran-Hospital Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Ahmed has served as principal investigator on several research trials in area of Insomnia, persistent sleepiness in OSA, Narcolepsy, and shiftwork related sleepiness. He has been awarded funded research grants related to CFM and sleep, Restless leg syndrome at Cleveland Sleep Research Center. He has published his research work in area of respiratory control, Restless leg Syndrome, chronic Fibromyalgia and Sleep. He published text book chapters on CPAP Therapy in OSA, Sleep and Mental Health.Both at a local level and International arena, he has been an invited speaker on topic of sleep. Dr. Ahmed has been involved in many mentorship initiatives in sleep medicine as well as public education.
Célyne Bastien
After postdoctoral fellowships at the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur in Montreal and at the Center for Sleep Disorders of the CERVO Research Center in Quebec, Dr. Bastien held a position as Research Associate at the School of Psychology of laval University from 1999 to 2001. Fellow of the FRSQ in 2001, she was then appointed Assistant Professor in 2003, thanks to a CIHR New Investigator Grant. In 2005, she became Associate Professor and was awarded professorship in 2006. She was appointed Full Professor in June 2009. Specialist in the use of cognitive evoked potentials in sleep and wakefulness, she is the director of the Human Neurosciences and sleep laboratory. She has received CIHR grants to measure cortical activation in people with insomnia. Her experience with quantitative measurements of EEG and sleep phasic events is used in several collaborative research projects, including night work and circadian rhythms, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer's disease. She held the positions of Vice-President (Research) (2010-2013) and Communications Officer of the Canadian Sleep Society (2013-2018) and Director of Undergraduate Programs (2011-2015). She currently is Director of Master and PhD programs (2018 - present) at the School of Psychology.
Élyse Chevrier
Élyse Chevrier has been a medical electrophysiology technologist since 1985 and a member in good standing of OTIMROEPMQ since the profession joined in 2012. Ms. Chevrier has always worked in the field of research and the clinic. Among other things, she participated in the development of bioelectrical signal acquisition software, helping the transition between paper and computers in polysomnography. She has developed a particular expertise in the rating of sleep stages, spectral analysis of EEG and diagnostic support of various sleep disorders. For the last sixteen years, she has been a research coordinator, and specifically a chief technologist at the Clinic for Sleep Disorders at the Rivière-des-Prairies Hospital, which specializes in the evaluation of sleep and sleep in children with mental health problems. She works closely with a multidisciplinary team including a university research psychologist, a clinical nurse and a developmentalist pediatrician. She also assists master and doctoral students in their sleep research and EEG and regularly participates in training trainees in medical electrophysiology.
Alanna Cornish B.Kin, RPSGT, RST

After completing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Alanna entered the field of sleep medicine. She completed her RPSGT and RST and has a special interest in pediatric sleep medicine

Dr. Fabien Côté
Dr Coté graduated from Medical school at Laval University in Quebec city in 1993. He is a pulmonologist in the pneumology service of the CHU Quebec since 2000 and completed his training in sleep medicine in CHU Grenoble, France in 2000.
Lori Davis
Started at West Park Healthcare Centre in 1991 to create a sleep laboratory that specializes in managing patients with complex medical needs including nocturnal ventilation, movement disorders, brain injuries and mobility issues Currently, Manager, Respiratory Diagnostic Service which encompasses the sleep, pulmonary function and exercise labs. Member of Canadian Sleep Society, American Association of Sleep Technologists, American Academy of Sleep Medicine In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, being on the water in the summer and on the ski hill in the winter. I am patiently waiting for the day my “adult” children are off the payroll.
Michael Eden
Michael Eden HonBA RPSGT RST Michael has dedicated 22 years to the field of Sleep Medicine and Technology. Michael was an owner/operator of the Cobourg Sleep Clinic, and is the Director of Operations for a group of laboratories across Ontario. He was the inaugural winner of the CSS Technologist Service Award in 2016. He is an assessor and member of the Task Force for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. He currently sits on the exam board for the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM), and is on the CME Committee of the AAST. He is an Executive Board Member for the CSS, and is the Chair of both the Education Committee and the CEC Committee for the Canadian Sleep Society.
Professor Stuart Fogel
Dr. Stuart Fogel is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Ottawa and Director of sleep neuroscience at the Royal’s Institute for Mental Health Research. His research focusses on the function of sleep for learning, memory and cognition. He helped lead the discovery that bursts of brain activity during sleep are associated with overnight enhancement of newly formed memory, and are an electrophysiological marker of intellectual abilities. He has published highly cited peer-reviewed papers in high-impact journals, and has given dozens of talks about his research around the world where he advocates for the importance of sleep to support good physical and mental health.
Laree Fordyce
Laree has been actively participating in sleep medicine for over 20 years, working in multiple capacities throughout her career. She is a Director at Large for both the Canadian Sleep Society and the AAST. Laree currently works at Maple Respiratory Group (MRG), as the Director of Sleep Services. She is also the Program Director for the MRG Sleep Solutions Tech Training Program. She speaks at numerous regional, national and international sleep meetings every year.
Alexandre Gaucher
Mr.Gaucher is a technologist in medical electrophysiology specialized in polysomnography since 2010. He has worked on several research projects with Célyne Bastien and Charles Morin. Since 2015, he is also a teacher at cégep de Lévis-Lauzon where he teaches polysomnography in the electrophysiology program.
Dr. Luc Gauthier
Dr. Gauthier obtained his D.M.D. from the University of Montreal in 1986. From 2004 to 2007, he enrolled in the master's degree in biomedical sciences of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montreal. During his master's degree he conducted a clinical study on the efficacy of two mandibular orthoses to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Following his research, he published two scientific articles in the international journal "Sleep Medicine". His research has earned him several awards including the Clinical Research Award from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in San Antonio in 2010. In 2011, he received the prestigious title of "Graduate Emeritus of the University of Montreal", title awarded to the best graduates of the University of Montreal in 1986 who made an exceptional contribution in his field of activity. Since then, he has participated in various national and international conferences as a speaker. In 2007, he founded the Canadian Academy of Dental Forensic Sleep, which has been an integral part of the Canadian Sleep Society since 2015. In 2012, he published the Canadian guidelines on the use of mandibular orthoses in the treatment of apnea obstructive sleep in collaboration with dentists and physicians, from east to west of the country, from Halifax to Vancouver.
Nelly Huynh
Dr. Nelly Huynh is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral Health Department, at the Université de Montréal and the CHU Sainte- Justine Research Center. She completed her Ph.D at Montreal on sleep bruxism. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in OSA and imaging, in addition to paediatric sleep disorders at Stanford University, and training in global health at the World Health Organisation in Geneva. She has over 30 peer-reviewed published articles in the field of sleep medicine and dental sleep medicine.
Suzie Laroche

Suzie started her career at the Ottawa General Hospital’s sleep lab, as a technologist and shortly after as a trainer. She then joined the team working at Stellate Systems where she learned all the secrets regarding the equipment used in polysomnography. Along the years, she created PSG courses for technologists of all backgrounds and today she teaches at College Ahuntsic and is well known for her passion for the field of polysomnography.  

Having a background in medical electrophysiology puts her at ease with the EEG analysis. She maintains her RPSGT accreditation since 1996 and pursue her training in pedagogy.

Dr. Gilles Lavigne
Gilles Lavigne is a dentist from the University of Montreal. After a few years in practice he embarked on a career in pain, bruxism and sleep research. It was completed with oral medicine training at Georgetown University (Washington, USA) and a NIH pain neuropharmacology research internship (Bethesda, USA). He also holds a PhD in trigeminal neurophysiology (University of Toronto). In 2009, he received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Medicine-Dentistry at the University of Zurich. Currently, he is i) a professor at the Faculty of Dentistry and Medicine at the Université de Montréal, ii) a Canada Research Chair in Pain, Sleep and Traumatology at the Hôpital du Sacré Cœur from Montreal, iii) Orofacial Pain and Sleep Disorders Consultant at the CHUM Stomatology Clinic and a private ENT Clinic and iv) Acting Director of Research at the CIUSSS North Island of Montreal.
Dr. Jean-François Masse
Jean-Francois Masse, DMD graduated from Laval University in Quebec City where he teaches dental sleep medicine. Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Masse is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Colin Massicotte
Colin completed his Honours thesis project on sleep mentation and EEG at Brock University under Dr. Robert Ogilvie, and completed his clinical training at Niagara Snoring and Sleep Centre, becoming a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist in 2001. Colin is currently the Sleep Laboratory Team Lead at Sickkids hospital in Toronto where he has been performing and scoring sleep studies on children since 2003.
Dr Charles M. Morin PhD
Charles Morin is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Sleep Research Center at Université Laval in Quebec City. He currently holds a Canada Research Chair on Behavioral Sleep Medicine and is President-Elect of the World Sleep Society. He is an Associate Editor for the journals Sleep and Behavioral Sleep Medicine, and is on the editorial board of several other journals. He was a member of the DSM-V workgroup in charge of revising diagnostic criteria for sleep disorders. He has published six books and more than 250 papers on insomnia. His main areas of interests include the epidemiology and treatment of insomnia, with a special expertise in cognitive-behavioural and combined psychological and pharmacological approaches for treating insomnia.
Natalie Morin
Co-founder, President of Sleep Strategies and of Somnocor, Natalie Morin has formal education as a Respiratory Therapist and two decades of sleep medicine experience. Natalie has worked as a registered polysomnographic technologist in both Canada and the United States. Prior to establishing Sleep Strategies, Natalie was a product application specialist and clinical engineer for Tyco Healthcare in their sleep software division. With extensive knowledge of the sleep medicine landscape, Natalie has become an industry veteran and was a Canadian Sleep Society officer as Member-at-Large (technologist representative) for 11 years (2006-2017).
Dr. Indra Narang
Dr Indra Narang is the Director of Sleep Medicine and a Staff Respirologist at the Hospital for Sick Children and an Associate Professor at University of Toronto, Canada. Her clinical and research interests are related to OSA in obese youth. Specifically, Dr Narang is interested in evaluating effective therapeutic interventions for obesity related OSA and understanding the consequences of untreated OSA in youth. She is the paediatric lead and an executive member of the Canadian Sleep and Circadian Network (CSCN), which will evaluate OSA across the lifespan.
Dr. Annie Valllières
Professor Vallières is specialized in sleep and insomnia treatment for more than 20 years. Professor Vallières runs a research program on the CBT-I adaptation to other populations such as shift workers or insomnia with comorbidities. She has an interest in sociocultural aspects of sleep and sleep disorders. She offers clinical training to graduate students in psychology and professional psychologists since she opened the sleep clinic at University Laval in February 2015. Professor Vallières was a lecturer invited several times in Buenos Aires, Argentina and a psychologist adviser at the Somnos clinic in 2013-2014.
Dr. Jean-Philippe Vézina
I did my medical course and my residency in otolaryngology at Laval University. I completed a postdoctoral training in sleep apnea surgery in the department of Professor Frédéric Chabolle at the Foch Hospital in Paris. I work as an ENT in the CHU de Québec and IUCPQ I am a clinical professor at Laval University. I am the head of the ENT section of the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University. I am a member of the International Sleep Surgery Society.