By Geoffrey A. ThompsonCanada is always a hospitable and convivial place to visit (for those of us from south of the border) and the venue for the 86th Annual Scientiﬁc Session of the Academy of Prosthodontics in Niagara Falls was no exception. What an awe inspiring backdrop the Horseshoe Falls provided for this years session! The falls actually embodies our organization, ever present, powerful and yet ever changing.
The meeting got off to a splendid start on Tuesday with the Dr. Louis Blatterfein Welcome Reception and Dinner, always a highlight of the meeting. It is a time for sharing collegial and personal time with those that we have grown with and to talk with new members and invited guests we had not had a chance to speak with before. The dinner was excellent and was just a taster of more culinary treats to come later in the week. The slide show, as always, was a big hit. Our hats go off to our local arrangements committee co-chaired by Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Jarvis for a ﬁne sampling of Canadian hospitality. It could not have been done any better, thank you very much! We would also be remiss if we did not acknowledge our corporate sponsors for their generous contributions, we appreciate it.
The scientiﬁc session started as it always does, with a call to order, invocation, followed by the introduction of guests and recognition of distinguished fellows. I think the number distinguished members in attendance even surprised our immediate past president, Dr. George Murrell, for he later commented that it would have taken less time to introduce those who were not prominent in the profession of prosthodontics.
This year’s theme, Creating Change with Innovations in Prosthodontics, was jump-started with an effective and humorous look at our ability to be creative presented by Roger Firestien. How many of you have implemented your ideas for your “dream bathroom”? Hope you also took a look at your home and life insurance policies. Completing the ﬁrst mornings presentations on creativity and effecting changes in the future were academy fellows Dr. Tom McGarry, Dr. Charles Goodacre and Dr. Eric Rasmussen.
The second day looked at the implant interface to include lectures on predictable esthetics, prostheses design, treatment planning, and surgical and post-surgical considerations. Presentations were made by Dr.’s Peter Schϋpbach, Carlo Ercoli, Alper Çomut, Heidi Myshin, Joseph Kan, Bernard Touati, and Associate Fellows Jeffrey Rubenstein, Christopher Marchack and Steven Sadowsky.
The afternoon social outing gave us an up close and personal look at just where all the water goes when it crosses the falls. Magniﬁcent! From the perspective below the falls, it is unbelievable that anyone of sound mind would venture a crossing over or down the falls. In the evening, we headed to the uproariously funny Oh Canada Eh! for dinner and a show. A good time was had by all and a very good time was had by “Johnnie” Agar and Stephen Campbell.