CAPO 2024


The mission of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) is to foster the science and practice of psychosocial oncology to improve the care for people affected by cancer through partnerships, research, public policy, advocacy and education.

Our 2024 Conference marks the 39th year that CAPO has brought together a national body of health care professionals. This forum encourages new partnerships and allows for the dissemination of ground-breaking research to professionals and the general public about psycho-oncology, that is, the psychosocial (psychiatric, psychological, social, behavioural, ethical) and psychobiological aspects of oncology. Finally, this forum allows us to recognize exceptional contributions from around the country to the field of psycho-oncology through our awards of excellence.


All fees are NOT subject to tax - CAPO is a charity and does not charge tax. 


  • $800 - Regular Member
  • $925 - Non-Member 
  • $950 - Non-Member Join & Go 
  • $485 - Student Member 
  • $575 - Student Non-Member 
  • $545 - Student Non-Member Join & Go 

  • $485 - Patient Advocate Member 
  • $575 - Patient Advocate Non-Member 
  • $545 - Patient Advocate Non-Member Join & Go




"The courage to act: Hope as fundamental to clinical engagement and institutional organization in psychosocial oncology"

Guy Maytal, MD

Dr. Guy Maytal is Forge Health’s Chief of Integrated Care and Psychiatric Services. In this role, he is leading Forge Health’s initiatives to provide the highest quality care to clients with coexisting medical conditions, and to enhance the interface of Forge Health’s mental health & substance use services with medical specialties – including primary care medicine, oncology, and others.

Most recently, Dr. Maytal served as Chief of Integrated Care and Psychiatric Oncology at New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medicine (2018-2023), where he provided clinical leadership in the development and growth of clinical services, provided expert consultation and clinical care for patients across a broad spectrum of diagnoses, and taught students and peers across multiple medical specialties. Previously, Dr. Maytal spent 11 years on the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School, where he served in several leadership positions, including Medical Director of Psychiatry Ambulatory Services.

Dr. Maytal graduated with high honors from Harvard College and attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University. He completed residency in adult psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital / McLean Hospital, and Fellowship in Psycho-oncology and Psychosomatic Medicine at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Dr. Maytal has written widely in his areas of clinical expertise, and has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed papers, review articles, and book chapters in various areas of psychosomatic medicine. Furthermore, Dr. Maytal is a dedicated and passionate teacher who is committed to training early-career clinicians as well as to the ongoing education of practicing clinicians. Dr. Maytal continues to serve as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and as a Distinguished Fellow of the APA since 2018.

"You have lessons to learn"

Leslie Horton

Leslie has her own history with Psychosocial Oncology after a battle with cancer in 2021. It was while healing from a radical hysterectomy that Leslie’s doctor put her in touch with the Psychosocial Oncology program at Tom Baker Cancer Centre. The support she received and continues to receive from the Program has been instrumental in her ongoing recovery.

Leslie Horton delivers comprehensive traffic coverage and community events weekdays on Global News Morning and Global News at Noon. 

A graduate of the University of B.C., she also graduated from Broadcast Journalism program, her broadcast career has taken her to Terrace, B.C.; Red Deer, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; and back to Red Deer before moving to Calgary in 1995.   

Leslie can be found supporting events around the community and reporting live around our city. 

The visionary behind Global Calgary’s hugely successful Morning/Month of Giving initiative, which raises money to bring Christmas cheer to Calgarians who need it, she also volunteers her time for many charities and organizations each year.

"The Science and power of hope"

Angela Pharris Ph.D., MSW

Dr. Pharris is an Assistant Professor in the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma, Director of the Center for Child Welfare Training and Senior Research Fellow at the Hope Research Center. Her research is focused on the application and implementation of hope-centered and trauma-informed practices that impact human service programs. Angela’s current research is in child welfare and human service organizations and the application of the Hope Centered and Trauma-Informed framework. This research informed the development of the “Hope Centered and Trauma Informed” training program. Hope is a psychological strength, buffer to stress, adversity, and burnout, and a hopeful mindset that improves organizational and individual outcomes.



"Exercise Oncology as Supportive Care to Build Hope"

This symposium will present evidence for exercise as supportive cancer care for individuals living with and beyond cancer. The symposium will highlight exercise oncology programs within the Exercise for Cancer to Enhance Living Well (EXCEL) study that supports underserved rural/remote individuals, as well as highlighting programs to meet unique regional needs. Specifically, representation from teams leading work in Eastern Canada, Quebec, and Alberta will be included. Dr. Melanie Keats (Dalhousie University) will present on ACCESS and integration into clinical care, Dr. Isabelle Doré (Université de Montréal) will present on the translation and delivery of French exercise oncology training and programming, and  Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed (University of Calgary) will present on implementation of tailored exercise oncology programming across the cancer care journey. In addition, a patient partner will share how exercise oncology resource access lends hope to their cancer journey. 

"Facilitating hope as an essential part of quality cancer care? Considering diverse perspectives"

As two key Canadian organizations committed to enhancing experiences and outcomes for people affected by cancer – the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) and the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) have undertaken collaborative processes to advance our collective mission to enhance care for all affected by cancer.

In the context of cancer, hope is increasingly construed as a dynamic concept throughout the cancer journey, evolving in its nature and significance across the trajectory. For many people living with cancer, hope manifest itself as a quest for cure, while at end-of-life, it may transform into quests for more peaceful transitions. Moreover, hope may operate across diverse domains, encompassing personal, familial, and contextual settings such as in interactions with health care systems. For healthcare providers, there are often nuances in how hope may be represented, and we need to be cognizant to this diversity among individuals affected by cancer. Despite its pivotal role, research on hope remains scant and there is a need for more whole person and inclusive approaches. In addition, there is a need to integrate concepts related to hope and its expression among more vulnerable groups within education and training. How can we equip healthcare professionals with the understanding and skills necessary to cultivate and nurture hope within their practice?

Join us in this symposium which includes 4 presenters as we explore the concept of hope and its essential components within cancer care, weaving together insights from research, practice, and cultural understandings.



Dr. Fiona Schulte, PhD, RPsych (she/her)

Planning Committee Members

  • Julia Daun
  • Megan Easton
  • Doris Howell
  • Dana Male
  • Celestina Martopullo
  • Emma McLaughlin
  • Christine Wu