Innovation and Renewal


We are thrilled to congratulate Yvonne and fellow RT and ORCS member Dave Wall and her team for these incredible strides in the The Code Life Ventilator Challenge. a joint project between The Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center the race was to design a low-cost, simple, easy-to-use and easy-to-build ventilator that can serve the COVID patients, in an emergency timeframe.

Their team, Fanshawe-Toyota-RT are one of nine in the running out of 2639 Participants on 1029 teams from 94 countries across the world! The team is rounded out by, Engineers Leon Drasovean (Yvonne’s husband) Moe Bdeir, Chris Loates and Daniel Adam.

Yvonne is also the chair of the Ontario Respiratory Care Society Editorial Board.and Professor at Fanshawe College, School of Health Sciences. We want to thank her for all of her amazing work and wish her all the best in the Challege going forward!

Check out more on the team and the competition.

Covid Predictions

Dawn Bowdish, PhD. is a Member of the Ontario Thoracic Society, an immunologist and currently a professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster University. Read her predictions in this article with Zoomer.

“If all goes well, there will be a winding-down, and our lives will return to some semblance of normal in June-July. But we are expecting a fall outbreak as we lift measures of social distancing and travel sort of starts up again. ..”

News & Resources

We’ve created a one-stop resource for information, research and tools for our members. Updates Weekly! 

Lung Health Foundation COVID-19 Toolkit

CTS COPD Pharmacotherapy Update Online Module 


Airways Group (Archived from April 23rd) How to do a COPD Virtual Visit During COVID-19. Alan Kaplan, MD, CCFP(EM) FCFP

Event Notice:

Choosing Wisely- Wednesday, April 29th
Weekly Virtual Gatherings During COVID-19 | Safety Considerations with Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin in the Management of COVID-19
12:00pm EST – 1:00pm EST
with Dr. David Juurlink. Dr. Juurlink, internist and head of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, will be discussing his recent article published in CMAJ.

Spring is here! Renewal Time!

We have extended our renewal deadline until June 1, 2020

Renew using the link below. If you do not wish to purchase Liability Insurance, simply do not fill out the information and move ahead to your renewal.

We would like to thank everyone who has taken advantage of early registration and has already renewed for the upcoming year! Your membership is important, more, now than ever.

Together we make a difference in Respiratory Care.

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