CAOT Virtual 2020

CAOT Virtual 2020 was a great success!

Our first ever digital Conference, CAOT Virtual 2020, has wrapped up- and we want to extend a big thank you to the over 535 delegates from Canada and around the world; presenters of the over 104 live and 20 pre-recorded sessions and 29 posters; our sponsors; and the over 157 people who engaged by using the #CAOT2020 hashtag on Twitter! Your contributions and participation ensured that the digital format was a huge success.

If you didn’t attend live, all recorded sessions, including recorded live sessions, pre-recorded sessions, and uploaded posters are now available for purchase to add to your digital professional development library!

Get CAOT Virtual 2020 now.

We received lots of great feedback on the event:

“I actually really enjoyed the virtual conference! As a student, I would have been unable to attend the conference in Saskatoon, however since it was online, I was able to attend virtual sessions around my class schedule. Thought it was well organized and easy to access the sessions that I was interested in”

"It was practically perfect given the short lead time to make the switch from live to virtual. It was just the right number of options (having too many can be overwhelming, I wouldn’t have more than 5 or 6 rooms at any one time) and this ensured a decent sized audience for presenters. Very few technical glitches, quickly overcome with support from moderators or audience members. Like the 90 minute break due to intensity of virtual viewing, enabled me to attend live for all three days. Access to recordings eased any pressure to attend knowing they’d be available.”

“Due to the need to travel, I have been unable to attend a CAOT conference in the past 5 years. I appreciated being able to attend the conference live. Through the presentations and discussions, I was able to feel connected to my colleagues even though we were all learning at a distance. It was a unique experience! I also found it to be good value, especially since I have access to watch these sessions again.”

“Fantastic! The flexibility between pre-recorded and live sessions was fantastic.”

We also heard from some of you about features you would have liked to see included and have begun to consider options for future digital events. We appreciate your patience as we learn and strive to offer an event accessible to as many people as possible.

Thank you to our Virtual Sponsors


Connect and follow along online with live #CAOT2020 tweets by @caot_ace and updates on all our social media platforms.         Instagram

CAOT Conference 2020 Saskatoon

We have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel CAOT Conference 2020, May 6-9, in Saskatoon. This includes the pre-conference workshop planned for May 6. The continued rapid spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) prompted our public health agencies to advise against both high-density gatherings and non-essential personal travel.


CAOT would like to acknowledge the Host Committee. We thank them deeply – co-convenors Alicia Carey and Loralie Clark, social co-chairs Karin Diedrich-Closson and Debbie Waring, Accessibility Chair Melanie Coutts, and our Volunteer Chair Richelle Love. As an association, we are committed to getting back to Saskatoon for a conference.

We would also like to acknowledge the work of our Conference Scientific Program Committee(CSPC) that deliberated all last fall to sort through conference submissions and construct a multi-streamed program of the highest quality.

A huge team of close to 100 Abstract Reviewer Board Members contributed to this process. Now that the virtual conference will be recorded so that everyone can view all of the presentations and posters, not one second of their collective work will go unnoticed. Thank you to CSPC Chair Natalie MacLeod Schroeder, and members Cara Brown, Juliette (Archie) Cooper, Lisa Diamond-Burchuk, Susan Hales, Leslie Johnson, Julie Lapointe, Rambel Palsis.

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