Subspecialties | Canadian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (COFAS)


COFAS 2023 Think Tank Meeting – Toronto

COFAS members are invited to the 2023 COFAS Think Tank in Toronto on November 10 and 11, 2023. Please take a look below for more details and to register. The deadline to register is October 24, 2023.

  • There will be a dinner on Friday night in Toronto hosted by ConMed.
  • Participating Virtually in the meeting is possible.
  • COFAS members will be able to attend a Hockey game on Saturday night.


COFAS Think Tank Meeting Schedule


Housing for the COFAS 2023 Think Tank Meeting

Housing is available and a group rate discount at the InterContinental in Toronto has been provided for COFAS members wishing to book a room. Please carefully read the linked document below. The booking link is included in the document. The deadline to book is October 10, 2023.

Important: Please note that travel and accommodation will be self-funded.

Book Housing Here

15th Biennial Canadian Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Symposium

The 15th Biennial Canadian Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Symposium will take place on April 5-6, 2024, at the InterContinental Toronto Centre.

The Biennial Foot and Ankle Symposium is Canada’s largest surgical Foot & Ankle meeting. Not only does it provide a centralized forum for practising orthopaedic surgeons to stay current, but it also allows for an opportunity to meet face to face. Biennial Foot & Ankle Symposium is the yearly hub for the Canadian orthopaedic community.

COFAS members, Johnny Lau MD FRCSC and Timothy Daniels MD FRCSC from University of Toronto will serve as Program Directors.

Learn More or Register

Hot Topics

  • Orth Biologics
  • Minimally invasive (MIS) foot surgery and trauma
  • Post-traumatic reconstruction
  • External/circular ring fixators
  • Total ankle replacement

Thursday Skills Lab

A national panel of Canadian experts from coast to coast will offer an accredited surgical hands-on teaching lab at the Mount Sinai Hospital on Thursday, April 4, 2024.

Our surgical lab meeting will focus on orthobiologics, minimally invasive (MIS) foot surgery and trauma, post-traumatic reconstruction, external/circular ring fixators, and total ankle replacement. This will be a fully accredited hands-on surgical lab with one-on-one teaching by expert faculty.

This symposium has incorporated a minimum of 25% interactive Q&A period in every speaker presentation. To further increase opportunities for engagement, the conference committee provides online tools that allow for the submission of questions and participant comments.

Additional registration is required for this surgical lab. Enrollment is limited.

2022 COA Annual Meeting – Quebec City

Wednesday June 8

17:15-18:15 Opening Ceremonies
18:15-20:15 Welcome Reception – drinks and snacks in the exhibit ball

Thursday June 9

08:00 – 18:30 – General COA programming includes a little something for everyone – paper sessions, symposia, case-based roundtable sessions, and more. View the program.
17:15-18:15 Case-Based Roundtable: Foot and Ankle – Attendees are encouraged to bring cases of their own to discuss within a group setting with two moderators being set for each table.

Friday June 10

08:00-17:45 General programming
13:00-15:00 Your COA: Business Meeting, Strategic and New Programs Update, and Transfer of Office (inauguration of Laurie Hiemstra)
16:00-17:45 2022 Meeting Highlights Paper Session – See the top papers in each subspecialty
19:00-23:00 COA Gala – purchase your tickets through the online registration (limited tickets available on site)

Saturday June 11 – Subspecialty Day – see the program for all the details

08:00-09:30 Paper Session: Foot and Ankle
09:45-11:15 OCLs of the Talus: Do we Finally Have an Answer?
11:30-12:30 COFAS Business Meeting – All members are encouraged to attend
13:30-15:00 Foot and Ankle Symposium: Ankle Arthritis
15:15-16:45 Foot and Ankle Symposium: Foot Deformities

For speaker guidelines, registration, and all the meeting details;

Visit the COA Annual Meeting Website
Visit the Full Program Details

2021 COA Virtual Annual Meeting

Thu, June 17 at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
COA Paper Session: Foot and Ankle

Brad Meulenkamp, The Ottawa Hospital
Nicholas Smith, Memorial University

Thu, June 17 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM ET
COA Symposium: Foot and Ankle – The Anatomic Approach to Ankle Fracture Fixation

Herman Johal, McMaster University
Angela Scharfenberger, University Orthopaedic Consultants


    1. Philippe-Hugo Champagne
    2. Joel Morash
    3. Melissa Laflamme
    4. Andrea Veljkovic
2020 COA Virtual Annual Meeting
  • COFAS still delivered a great, yet reduced, program virtually at the first COA, CORS, and CORA Virtual Annual Meeting on June 19 and 20, 2020. Please see below the Subspecialty day foot and ankle programming:2:30 – 3:30 pm EDT
    COA Paper Session: Foot and Ankle
    Andrea Veljkovic, BCTalk:
    BOFAS Research Comparing Ankle Replacements and Ankle Fusions
    By Guest Speaker – Andy Goldberg, UK
    3:45 – 4:45 pm EDT
    COA/COFAS ICL: Foot and Ankle and Anesthesia
    Timothy R. Daniels, ON
     – 6:15 pm EDT
    COFAS Past Presidents Panel
    Monika Volesky, QC and Peter J. Dryden, BC

    Panel Topic:
    Cases in the Last Two Years that I now Approach Completely Differently than Before?

    Panelists: Kevin Wing, Gord Golplen, Murray Pennar, Mark Glazebrook, Johnny Lau, Peter Dryden, Alastair Younger, Tim Daniels, Karl LaLonde

2019 COA Annual Meeting – Montreal QC

The 2019 COA/COFAS Annual Meeting in Montreal was a great success.  See below for highlights.

Foot & Ankle Highlights at Annual Meeting

We were pleased to welcome COFAS Visiting Professor, Dr. Thibaut Leemrijse, who joined us all the way from from Luxenbourg, Belgium. See his bio here


11:15-12:45 COA Foot and Ankle / Hip and Knee Arthroplasty ICL: Common Challenges for Lower Extremity Arthroplasty Surgeons

Moderators: Karl-André Lalonde, ON; Etienne Belzile, QC

15:30-17:00 Foot and Ankle Round Table

SATURDAY – Subspecialty Day

7:30-9:10 COA Paper Session: Foot and Ankle
Moderators: Christina Bakir, AB; Peter Dryden, BC

9:15-10:30 COA/COFAS Foot and Ankle Symposium and Guest Speaker

COFAS Visiting Professor: Thibaut Leemrijse, Belgium

  • Forefoot Surgery, Our Concepts of Reconstruction
  • Can AI and Modelization Revolutionize Foot Surgery?
  • Triple Athrodesis, Techniques and Causes of Failures

 10:35-11:45 COFAS Business Meeting

12:00-17:00 COFAS Lab: Foot and Ankle Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Techniques Lab •  McGill Lab-Offsite

Moderators: Monika Volesky, QC; Ian Le, AB
Shuttle pick up: Departs from the Westin Hotel at 11:30 for Shriners Pediatric Simulation Centre

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