I am pleased to offer greetings from the Canadian Dental Association (CDA). Congratulations to each and every one of you for choosing to enter the best profession in the world.
I commend the Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Associations (FCDSA) for organizing the 2018 Canadian Dental Student Conference dedicated to the specific needs and interests of Canadian dental students. This event provides you with an opportunity for additional learning, designed by students for students. It also serves as a venue to help you connect face-to-face with your colleagues in a fun, collegial environment.
Staying connected with your peers is important and so is staying connected with your professional associations like the CDA. In addition to the knowledge, camaraderie and support you’ll receive when you become involved in organized dentistry, you’ll also have access to a variety of resources to help you at every stage of your career.
CDA is a federation of provincial dental associations, and we work closely with these member dental associations to address both today’s pressing professional issues, as well as future issues. We recently launched an extensive project to examine the many challenges that will impact the future of our profession. You are that future. So I encourage you to become involved in your profession and help shape the future of dentistry in Canada.
I sincerely hope that you enjoy your time at this conference and I look forward to seeing you there.