Canadian Sleep Society

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Canadian Sleep Society
Typeprofessional association
HeadquartersSt. Catharines, Ontario
Official language
Charles Samuels, MD, CCFP, DABSM

The Canadian Sleep Society (CSS) / Société Canadienne du Sommeil (SCS) is a professional organization whose membership is made up of Physicians, sleep researchers, polysomnographic technicians, dentists, clinical psychologists, students/trainees, and other certified allied health professionals (e.g., Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Recreational Therapists, RRTs, RCPTs, etc...).


Healthy Sleep for Healthy Canadians

Mission Statement[edit]

The Canadian Sleep Society is a national organization committed to improving sleep for all Canadians through: support for research; promotion of high quality clinical care; education of professionals and the public; and advocacy for sleep and sleep disorders medicine.


The official newsletter of the CSS, Vigilance[1] provides information to its membership and to the public about the activities of the society. Vigilance is typically published in electronic format biannually.

A number of educational brochures are also freely available in English and French from the CSS[2]

Recently, the CSS partnered with the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) to publish a position paper on portable monitoring for sleep apnea in the Canadian Respiratory Journal.


The Canadian Sleep Society Congress gathers biannually to present information on sleep research and sleep medicine. Approximately 500 to 800 people attend the meeting, and is the largest of its kind in Canada entirely devoted to sleep. The meeting is composed of scientific presentations, an exhibition hall, public lectures, education courses, a technologists program and a student day.[3]

The host cities for our past meetings:

Calgary || 2017
City Year
Ottawa 2001
Quebec 2004
Montreal 2007
Toronto 2009
Quebec 2011
Halifax 2013
Toronto 2015

To access the abstracts from past conferences, go to the CSS Past Meetings page

Past Presidents[edit]

Years President
1986-1988 Roger Broughton, MD, PhD
1988-1990 Robert D.Ogilvie, PhD
1990-1993 Meir H. Kryger, MD
1993-1996 Alistair MacLean, PhD
1996-1999 Charlie George, MD
1999-2002 Joseph DeKoninck, PhD
2002-2005 Charles Morin, PhD
2005-2008 Gilles Lavigne, DMD, PhD
2008-2011 Helen S. Driver, PhD, RPSGT, DABS
2011-2014 Shelly Weiss, MD
2014-2017 Kimberley Cote, PhD

Current Board of Directors[edit]

Position Member
President Charles Samuels, MD, CCFP, DABSM
Past-President Kimberly Cote, PhD
Vice President Research John Peever, PhD
Vice President Clinical John Fleetham, MD, FRCP(C)
Secretary/Treasurer Najib Ayas, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Member-at-Large (Website) Simon Warby, PhD
Member-at-Large (Membership) Lynda Belanger, PhD
Member-at-Large (Media) Reut Gruber, PhD
Member-at-Large (Communications) Célyne Bastien, PhD
Member-at-Large (Dental) Leslie Dort, DDS, Diplomate, ABDSM
Member-at-Large (Technologist) Michael Eden, RPSGT, RST(ABSM)
Member-at-Large (Technologist) Laree Fordyce, B.TECH, CCSH, RPSGT, RST, CCRP
Member-at-Large (Trainee) Samuel Laventure, PhD
Member-at-Large (Trainee) Kevin Grace, PhD

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Archived 2014-05-25 at the Wayback Machine. Vigilance, the Official Newsletter of the Canadian Sleep Society
  2. ^ Archived 2014-05-25 at the Wayback Machine. Sleep Health and Disorders Brochures
  3. ^ Archived 2014-05-25 at the Wayback Machine. Meetings of the Canadian Sleep Society