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REGISTER NOW for the GIST Day of Learning (IN-PERSON or VIRTUAL) – June 18, 2022

Registration is now open for the GIST Day of Learning on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

This will be our first conference which offers a choice to attend IN-PERSON or to attend VIRTUALLY via Zoom video conferencing. Our plan is to offer the entire in-person conference via Zoom and allow both IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL attendees to participate in the roundtable discussions as well as the Q&A during the presentations.

This GIST Day of Learning conference will begin at 12:00 PM (Eastern) so as to provide reasonable start and end times for all Canadian time zones.

For those unfamiliar with our GIST Day of Learning conferences,  Life Raft Group Canada has been hosting these GIST patient and caregiver conferences across Canada since 2012, to provide support and education for those living with GIST. This conference is open to those who have GIST, caregivers, family members, friends, healthcare providers, and anyone who wishes to learn more about GIST.  This will be our 11th GIST Day of Learning.

There is no charge for attending the GIST Day of Learning.

This conference will include:

  • Informative sessions
  • Roundtable discussions in which all attendees can participate
  • Lots of opportunity to meet informally with other attendees as well as the speakers
  • Buffet lunch and refreshments

Saturday June 18, 2022

12:00 – 4:00 PM (Eastern)


Toronto Don Valley Hotel
175 Wynford Drive
Toronto, Ontario


Attend VIRTUALLY via Zoom videoconferencing


When you register, you will be asked to indicate if you are attending IN-PERSON or attending VIRTUALLY via Zoom. 

After registering, both IN-PERSON attendees and VIRTUAL attendees will receive the SAME CONFIRMATION EMAIL from Zoom. 

If you are already registered and want to change from VIRTUAL to IN-PERSON, simply register again and select “I will attend in-person”


Alannah Smrke, MD

Alannah Smrke is a Medical Oncologist at BC Cancer – Vancouver Centre who treats sarcoma and gynecological cancers. She completed her Medical Oncology training at the University of British Columba and completed a fellowship in Sarcoma at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London, UK. She has an interest in adolescent and young adult oncology, and precision oncology for sarcomas.

David Josephy

President, GIST Sarcoma Life Raft Group Canada
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, retired.

David has been involved with GIST for over 20 years

Hazel McLeod

Director, GIST Sarcoma Life Raft Group Canada.

Since 2018, Hazel has been leading roundtable discussions with GIST patients and caregivers across Canada

Fourth speaker, to be announced


11:00 – 12:00
IN-PERSON check-in at registration desk

Buffet Lunch
12:00 – 12:15Opening remarks & introductions
12:15 – 1:00Treatment of metastatic GIST beyond imatinib
Dr. Alannah Smrke
Medical Oncologist
BC Cancer
1:00 – 1:15 Break – refreshments
1:15 – 2:00Roundtable Discussion
Hazel McLeod 
Life Raft Group Canada
2:00 – 2:15Break – refreshments
 2:15 – 3:00The genetics of GIST, and the campaign for standard-of-care mutational testing in Canada
David Josephy
Life Raft Group Canada
 3:00 – 3:15Break – refreshments
 3:15 – 4:00Presentation #3
Speaker to be announced
 4:00Closing Remarks

If you have any questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

We hope you can join us.


Malcolm Sutherland