Congratulations to 2020 CSE Annual Achievement Award Recipient – Dr. Cam Joyner

Congratulations again to Dr. Cam Joyner, the 2020 recipient of the CSE Annual Achievement Award. Dr.  Joyner is the former Director of the Echocardiography Lab at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, University of Toronto.  He is recognized as a superb clinician and echocardiographer, an outstanding teacher (received a U of T Cardiology Teaching Award in 2020), and a wonderful, compassionate physician. He has trained many cardiology residents and fellows over many decades. He is also a regular and loyal attendee of the Annual CSE Echo Weekend.

Western University 1st Annual Virtual Echo Symposium

Saturday, February 6, 2021. 08:00-16:00


  1. To review an approach to challenging echocardiograms
  2. To review newer technologies in valvular heart disease and the role of echocardiography
  3. To review imaging options in advanced heart failure
  4. To discuss the anatomical and physiological principles underlying echocardiography images


Registration and Program links available at:

CSE at CCC 2020 Virtual

Thursday, October 22,

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3:00 PM – 3:40 PM EDT


5:10 – 6:00 PM EDT

Friday, October 23, 2020



11:00 – 11:40 AM EDT



2:00 PM – 2:55 PM EDT


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Saturday, October 24, 2020


10:00 AM – 10:50 AM EDT


11:55 AM – 12:50 PM EDT

The CSE is offering a Spotlight Session focusing on the future of echocardiography. The practice of echocardiography has come a long way, starting from A-mode and M-mode echocardiography in the 1950s all the way to present date, with 3D echocardiography, strain imaging, contrast echocardiography and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). Along the way, applications and protocols have expanded, training guidelines have been developed and standards have been set for acquisition and reporting of studies, supported by society guided appropriate use criteria. Advanced technology is continuously being developed with new applications based on changing clinical practice, such as structural heart disease interventions. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world and has changed how we practice medicine and echocardiography. The uncertainty we experienced during this unprecedented time has prompted the CSE to ponder the future state of the practice of echocardiography.

CSE Call for Directors and Treasurer Nomination Submission Deadline: 25 September 2020

The Canadian Society of Echocardiography (CSE) is seeking nominations for members of its Board of Directors for the following positions:

  • Representatives-at-Large (4 positions available) (2020-2022)
  • B.C. Representative (2020-2022)
  • Quebec Representative (2020-2022)
  • Atlantic Provinces Representative (2020-2022)
  • EACVI Representative (2020-2022)
  • Treasurer (2020-2022) (renewable)
  • Vice President (ladder position to President) (2020-2022)

Members of the Board (provincial and at-large) are expected to contribute to shaping the vision of the Society as well as directing its operations, including its educational and research missions. Participation involves two face-to-face (or virtual as mandated) meetings – one during the April Annual Echo Weekend, and the second at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. In addition, on average one to two teleconferences per year are held. Board of Directors members are voting members.

The EACVI Representative will work to foster collaboration with the EACVI in a number of domains, including joint sessions at the EuroEcho/Imaging meeting and at the CSE’s Annual Echo Weekend, joint statements/position papers, membership growth, collaborative research and other areas of mutual interest. In addition, s/he will coordinate with the CSE’s early career (Heart Imagers of Tomorrow) representative to the EACVI. The applicants should have a national/international presence and be known to the EACVI leadership.

The Treasurer position is a two-year (renewable) term as a member of the CSE Executive. Oversight and presentation of budgets, accounts and financial statements to the Board of Directors and general membership on a regular (at least annual) basis. S/he also chairs the finance committee that makes decisions regarding significant expenditures or revenue streams and is responsible for ensuring that the CSE is in compliance with federal regulations as pertains to non-profit organizations. Since joining the CCS’s One Heart Team model, many of the administrative and management tasks may be outsourced to the CSE but the Treasurer maintains oversight over annual governmental and financial reports and control separate bank accounts maintained by the CSE. Basic principles of accounting, the ability to understand a balance sheet and present a budget are an asset. Some assistance in the transition will be assured. The full Terms of Reference can be found here.

The Vice President position is a two-year term but a six-year commitment as it transitions to the Presidency (2022-2024) and Immediate Past President (2024-2026) responsibilities. The Vice President is expected to work closely with the President in setting Societal priorities and strategies for implementation. In addition, the VP serves as the Secretary at Board meetings. VP candidates should have demonstrated excellence in leadership ability, fostering collaboration across diverse groups, organizational skills and should have both national and international recognition in the field in order to foster international collaboration. Proof of accomplishment on CSE and other international committees is a plus. Strong time-management skills are a requirement and proficiency in the use of social media is a strong asset. 

Applicants for BOD positions are requested to submit their candidacy in either official language to close of the business day (COB) on Friday, September 25, 2020. Applicants should provide their curriculum vitae, one or two letters of reference from CSE members, a brief (less than one page) statement describing their previous involvement in the CSE and vision for the Society. Applicants to these positions should have had significant participation in prior Society activities. The applicants for the Vice President role should provide a more detailed outline of a vision for the Society, have two letters of reference, of which one should ideally be from their Division/Section Chief or Head, offering a commitment to support the candidate as pertains to time commitment associated with the position of President of a national society.
The CSE welcomes applications from its membership and seeks diverse candidates and candidates at varying stages of career to ensure a balanced Board, representing our members and users across Canada. Members may self-nominate.
In addition, the CSE is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and clinical excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, the Chair of the Nominations Committee.

Selection ProcessNominees/Applicants will be vetted by the Nominations Committee and a slate of recommended candidates will be recommended to the CSE Board and will be announced on the CSE Website. Those candidates recommended by the Nominations Committee will be voted on at the CSE’s virtual Annual General Meeting.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Lawrence Rudski MD, Immediate CSE Past President & Chair of Nominating Committee

Recommendations for resumption of echocardiographic services during COVID-19 – A CSE position paper

In response to the COVID pandemic, echocardiographic facilities across Canada have drastically reduced their activity in compliance with hospital and public health directives. This required deferral of large volumes of previously scheduled examinations. With the easing of restrictions, providers of echocardiographic services are now faced with the dual challenges of modifying service provision in a manner that ensures compliance with public health requirements, while engaging the accumulated backlog of deferred examinations. These deferred examinations themselves pose a patient safety risk in that the identification of significant pathology may be delayed, and must be engaged as new referrals continue to be received. This necessitates an expansion of activity relative to previous levels.

This document has been developed with the intention of providing recommendations to guide the resumption of activity within this environment, and rational engagement of deferred examinations. It is recognized that echocardiography is provided in a variety of settings, and that marked interprovincial and even regional differences exist which impact service delivery and will influence the manner in which these recommendations are implemented.

To access the English version, please click the link below …