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Thank you to those who participated in the one-day Uniting Unbreakable Spirits Regional Conference Program in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Saturday, June 3, 2017! The meeting was held at the Shriners Hospital for Children- Canada, located at 1003 Decarie Blvd, Montreal, QC.

Bringing together over 140 attendees, the OI Foundation’s Uniting Unbreakable Spirits Regional Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on June 3rd was a tremendous success! The meeting shared current information about OI research and managing the medical care for children and adults living with OI. Conference speakers included OI Foundation Medical Advisory Council Chair Dr. Francis Glorieux, OIF Medical Advisory Council Members Dr. Cathleen Raggio and Dr. Laura Tosi, Dr. Francois Fassier, Dr. Jean-Marc Retrouvey, Dr. Argerie Tsimicalis, Jennifer Brown, Khadidja Chougui, Natalie Cinman, Reggie Hamdy, Collin Laflamme, Marie-Elaine Lafrance, Corinne Mercier, Kathleen Montpetit, and Susie Wilson.

The audience consisted of both new and familiar faces, traveling from near and far. To accommodate French-speaking attendees, most informational sessions were translated through a professional interpreter using a wireless headset system. The Kids Game Room incorporated crafts, games, and movies, and featured special appearances from a magician and characters from the movie Star Wars. Immediately following the meeting was a successful version of the Fine Wines reception, the OIF’s signature fundraising event.

The OI Foundation would like to thank all of the meeting speakers, volunteers, and attendees for your participation and contribution to the success of this meeting. We owe a very special thank you to Dr. Francis Glorieux, Dr. Reggie Hamdy (Chief of Staff Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada), Bill Miller (Chairman of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada Board of Governors), Emmanuelle Rondeau and the entire team at the Shriners Hospital for Children - Canada for their hospitality and help with organizing the OI Foundation’s first event in Canada!

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