2024 Conference Social Events


Sunday September 8, 2024
Tee off at 9:00 am
Osprey Ridge Golf Course
492 Harold Whynot Rd., Lunenburg Country, NS B4V 7Y8

A creation of internationally recognized golf course architect Graham Cooke, Osprey Ridge is an 18-hole championship course that provides a worthy challenge and a unique and pleasurable golfing experience for players of all skill levels. Four sets of tees play from 5,300 to 6,600 yards, and feature tree-lined fairways, with varying elevations, speckled with 54 sand traps, water in play on ten holes, and large undulating greens.


Tickets: $130 before July 31; $150 after July 31
*must register in advance on CHES National Conference Registration form*

Golf rentals $50 + HST.  To book golf club rentals, please call 902-514-7620.

Tentative Schedule:
7:00 am Departure from hotel
8:30 am Arrival at Golf Course
9:00 am Tee off
3:30 pm Depart Course
4:30 pm Arrival back at hotel


Sunday September 8, 2024

IWK Health – NICU / PICU & Children’s Emergency Building

*must register in advance*

IWK Health is the Women’s & Children’s tertiary care teaching and research hospital for the entire maritime provinces and for some patients from Newfoundland and Labrador. The main campus recently opened modern neonatal (NICU) and pediatric (PICU) intensive care units (occupying ~36,000 square feet) and is currently constructing an advanced children’s emergency care building (~72,000 square feet) with underground parking garage for ~300 vehicles (102,000 square feet).

Please join us for a tours of active / operational NICU and PICU units demonstrating modern architectural lean designs to facilitate the latest intensive care procedures. Critical care design guidelines and principles were adhered to by utilizing CSA Z8000 guidelines and the Society for Critical Care Medicine’s Guidelines for Intensive Care Unit Design. The units host 55 single patient rooms including both airborne infection isolation rooms (negative pressure), and protective environment rooms (positive pressure); All with attention to privacy, including switchable privacy e-glass to help maintain adequate sight lines for monitoring of critically ill patients. Boom mounted equipment, medical gases, power, and data provide 360 degrees access to the patient bed. All supported by our award winning “Dial-For-Dining” / room-service style catering for patients and families.

As well please join us for a “behind-the-walls” tour of the new children’s emergency care building actively under construction. This green building will meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED® – Silver) certification. The emergency care unit will incorporate pre-triage area and private triage spaces for increased confidentiality; Be divided into four zones of acuity (trauma/resuscitation, high acuity, low acuity, and mental health); With each zone hosting their own waiting space and consultation / exam rooms to improve efficiency and to bring patients closer to the care team earlier in their visit. Personal Protective Equipment is required and will be provided as this is an active construction site.



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Sunday September 8, 2024

1730-1830 Museum Tour-Pier 21 (must register in advance)
1830-2030 Opening Reception and Entertainment-Pier 21

Sponsored by     

Canadian Museum of Immigration

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is Canada’s sixth national museum. Our mission is to share the ongoing story of immigration to Canada—past to present and coast to coast to coast. The Museum is located in the Pier 21 national historic site at the Halifax seaport where nearly one million immigrants landed in Canada from 1928 to 1971.

From immigration terminal to national historic site to national museum of immigration, our own story of becoming has its twists and turns. .Journeys of courage, hope, hardship and resiliency are at the heart of the immigrant experience. Understanding these journeys helps us understand ourselves and our country.

Our exhibitions are rich with first-person accounts, intimate oral histories, archival photographs, artifacts and immersive experiences. We explore themes of journey, arrival, belonging and contributions situated within larger historical, political and social contexts.

The Museum is the trusted caretaker of the individual voices that, woven together, reveal Canada’s ongoing story of identity and belonging.Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

Research your family history before the conference here: Scotiabank Family History Centre​.


Pat Wardell is a talented multi-instrumentalist and singer who has been on the South Shore music scene for more than a decade. A native of Lunenburg, Pat grew up in a musical household where his mother had a love for the piano and his father had a passion for playing the keys, and his brother for the drums. He began playing the piano at the age of five, and then added the guitar and eventually the drums – singing the whole way through.

Beginning with a series of cover songs, and a particular passion for the blues, Pat has recently been feverishly writing original tunes. His musical style can be described as a diverse sound of blues, country and rock. He currently plays in two bands called Radio in Colors and The Essentials.

An elementary school teacher, Pat now lives in Chester Basin with his wife and baby girl – who has proven to be the inspiration of his newfound love of writing.


Monday September 9, 2024
C2-C3-C4-C5 Halifax Convention Centre

1800 – 1900

Sponsored by

1900 – 2400

Sponsored by


     The Rostova String Quartet

Formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Rostova String Quartet is a chamber music group composed of emerging string performers. Though the ensemble officially formed in 2023, its members have performed together for several years in various chamber and orchestral settings. The quartet performs a vast classical and popular repertoire, while also premiering new works by young Canadian composers. The ensemble’s name “Rostova” commemorates the first piece the musicians played as a quartet: “Rostova” from the War and Peace Suite by James Thomas, an active pianist and composer in Halifax.


    Ian Stewart has been in the entertainment business for over 30 years. In that time he has performed over 2000 live shows around the world. He’s also appeared on such television programs as Americas Got Talent, Penn & Teller Fool Us, The Late Show with David Letterman and the Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

In addition to hypnosis, Ian holds more Guinness World Records than any other Canadian. His records range from records with fire eating, doing magic tricks very fast, and even juggling chainsaws.

Ian studied hypnosis originally for the therapy side of it. His specialties included smoking cessation, weight loss, fears, and even pain management. On stage, Ian uses his skills with hypnosis to share laughter, and makes his volunteers not only feel amazing, but also makes them the stars of the show!

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