Experts to set actions for improving women's heart health research, prevention and care in Canada

April 18, 2023

VANCOUVER, April 18, 2023 — National and international experts, health professionals, and women living with heart disease will gather in Vancouver, BC to attend The Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit, the largest conference in the world exclusively dedicated to the unique aspects of heart, brain, and vascular health of women.

Members of the media are invited to attend this unique event to learn about the latest research findings, emerging trends, and strategies and action plans required to advance women's health in Canada.

Summit details

Heart disease is the number one killer of women worldwide, killing more women each year than breast cancer and all gynecological cancers combined. In Canada, heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of premature death for women. Experts say it’s time for action and will be identifying next steps during the Summit, April 28-29, 2023, at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Suite 300-999, Canada Place, in downtown Vancouver, BC.

The Summit is hosted by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute's Canadian Women's Heart Health CentreHeart & Stroke, the University of British Columbia, the Centre for Cardiovascular Innovation and the Leslie Diamond Women's Heart Health Clinic. This year’s theme is Women's Heart, Brain and Vascular Health: We Know the Gaps; How Will We Close Them?

Visit for more information or to review the summit program.

Media opportunities

Media interviews with summit co-chairs can be arranged before and during the summit.

  • Thais de A. Coutinho, MD
    Co-Chair, Canadian Women's Heart Health Summit
    Chair, Executive Steering Committee
    Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance
    Chair, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre
    Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation
    University of Ottawa Heart Institute
    Associate Professor of Medicine,
    University of Ottawa
    Ottawa, ON
  • Karin H. Humphries, MBA, DSc, FAHA
    Co-Chair, Canadian Women's Heart Health Summit
    Associate Professor Emeritus
    University of British Columbia
    Vancouver, BC
  • Tara Sedlak, MD, FRCPC, MBA
    Co-Chair, Canadian Women's Heart Health Summit
    Cardiologist, Vancouver General Hospital and British Columbia Women’s Hospital
    Medical Director, Leslie Diamond Women's Heart Health Clinic 
    Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
    Vancouver, BC
  • Allen and Karen Wong
    Honorary Co-Chairs, Heart & Stroke
    Vancouver, BC

To request access to pre-recorded presentations, attend a live presentation, or to arrange an interview with a summit delegate, please contact the liaisons below.

Media contacts

Leigh B. Morris
Communications Officer
University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Kate Comeau
Communications Advisor
Heart & Stroke