The Forum on arthritis


The Arthritis Society began in 1948 with one very clear goal – to alleviate the suffering of people crippled by arthritis. To this effect, we invest in innovative solutions to deliver better health outcomes for people affected by this disease. One of these solutions is the Arthritis Forum – an event aimed at improving quality of life. With 26 seminars, 4 interactive workshops, an exhibitor fair, and various webinars and satellites events, the Forum offers great opportunities to learn and connect.

Since 2014, the Arthritis Forum has alternated between the Palais des congrès de Montréal and the Centre des congrès de Québec. Since its first occurrence, over 4,000 people have taken part in the Forum. The Arthritis Society fully believes this type of event satisfies a very real and legitimate need for trustworthy information and opportunities to network with others affected by rheumatic diseases.

Members of the steering committee :

  • Kim Arrey, nutritionist
  • Dr. Julie Barsalou, pediatric rheumatologist
  • Dr. Éric Boilard, rheumatologist and researcher
  • Dr. Monique Camerlain, rheumatologist
  • Jean Légaré, patient-expert
  • Réjean Lemay, pharmacist
  • Dr. Laëtitia Michou, rheumatologist and researcher
  • Marie-Josée Rivard, psychologist
  • Ken Gagnon, Arthritis Society
  • Yves Genest, Arthritis Society
  • Audrey Houle, Arthritis Society

The Arthritis Society


The Arthritis Society is a national health charity, fueled by donors and volunteers, with a vision to live in a world where people are free from the devastating effects that arthritis has on lives. Begun in 1948 with one very clear goal – to alleviate the suffering of people crippled by arthritis – that same volunteer-led passion carries on today in communities across Canada. Through the trust and support of our donors and sponsors, the Arthritis Society is Canada’s largest charitable source of investment in cutting-edge arthritis research, and a leader in proactive advocacy and innovative solutions that will deliver better health outcomes for people affected by arthritis. The Arthritis Society is accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, visit

We benefit from the advice of subject matter experts on our National Board, our Division Advisory Boards and Medical, Scientific and Patient-centric committees along with countless committed volunteers.