Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists

Helping Canadians Reduce Radon Risk




 CARST2023 - Canada's 12th Annual Radon Conference

12-16 April 2023 - Victoria, BC

 Building Today for Healthy Tomorrows

We are excited to be back in person.  This conference promises to be a great opportunity to reunite and network in person with colleagues in radon from across the country and around the world.

Register for the conference here.

Here is what all the days will look like:

  • April 12 evening - Conference kick off and Meet and Greet
  • April 13 and 14 - 8:30am-5pm Conference presentations
  • Dinner Out - Thursday, April 13 6pm
  • April 15 - 8:30am-5pm Continuing Education Courses
  • April 16 - 8:30am-5pm Hands on practical field trip   

Conference Exhibits will be up from the evening of April 12th to lunch on April 14.

Check out the current draft schedule here. We are looking forward to some great presentations which will have relevance to all who are interested in protecting Canadians from the effect of radon.

We want you to be part of it! As usual, at CARST we love to go the extra mile for our radon family.  We think you will find joining us this year a great experience.  We strive to give you great opportunities to connect with radon industry participants from across the country.

This year we are hosting the conference at the Victoria Conference Centre (VCC).  The VCC has been carbon neutral since 2020. They have achieved the Offsetters Carbon Neutral Company 2022 status by supporting The Great Bear Forest Carbon Project. Along with the climate benefits it provides, it supports the First Nations communities of the Great Bear Rainforest. 

Thank you to our PLATINUM SPONSOR:

Thank you to our GOLD and SILVER SPONSORS:

Travel information:

Hotel: Victoria is a great, walkable city with lots of hotel options.  We have reserved a hotel block with the Fairmont Empress, you may want to book this quickly as we expect these rooms to fill up quickly.  When you register for the conference, you will receive a link to book your hotel room.

Airline: Airplane, train, car, ferry... there are many options for travelling to this year's conference destination.  Let us know if you need help figuring out how to get there.  We will be highlighting somethings in our weekly eBlasts as the conference approaches.  We have registered for a travel discount through Westjet.  Details will be provided in your registration confirmation email.

Meals: We want to look after you while you join us and so we will feed you!  Breakfast and Lunch are included in the Thursday and Friday sessions as well as snacks in the morning and afternoon.  Dinner is included Thursday evening.  If you have signed up for Saturday's CE Courses and/or Sunday's Field Trip day, we will feed you lunch and provide some snacks through the day.  If you have any dietary issues at all, please let us know on your registration form, please let us know.  We will do our best to accommodate them.  We value you and want to make this a positive experience! 

Local Discounts: Registration to the conference, gets you VIP discounts on transportation, restaurants, attractions, spas and outings throughout the city. Find more information here.

Pricing information:

Basic registration includes all session for Thursday and Friday, breakfast, lunch and Thursday dinner.  Saturday and Sunday sessions are an additional fee.

Early-bird Member Rate: $650+taxes

Early-bird Non-Member rate: $750+taxes

Saturday CE Courses with registration: $300+ taxes

Sunday Field Trip Day: $300+ taxes

Saturday & Sunday without registration: $750+taxes

(early-bird rates are good until March 14, 2023. )  Contact for membership information.

Late Registration Member rate: $750+taxes

Late Registration non-member rate: $850+taxes

Sponsorships include conference registrations for two attendees and qualify for member rates for all additional attendees.  Saturday and Sunday are additional fee.

Exhibit booths include registrations for one attendee and qualify for member rates for all additional attendees. Saturday and Sunday are additional fee.

Conference Schedule:

Wednesday, April 12 

7-8:30 pm - Conference kick off and Meet and Greet

Thursday, April 13 

7:30am - 8:30am - Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:30am - 10am - Conference Kick off: Radon and Lung Cancer, medical community's response to radon

  • Doctor and Patient Story of Radon and Lung Cancer, Dr. Khoo
  • Using regional smoking rates to improve estimates of radon-attributable lung cancer rates in BC, Dr. McVea
  • Tackling Radon in Schools: The Interior Health Outreach Project, Dr. Mema

  • White Ribbon and Patient Advocacy, Crystal Lytle

10am -10:30am - Break in Exhibit Hall

10:30am - noon - Radon in Canada - Research Updates

  • Health Canada - National Program Update, Pawel Mekarski and Kelley Bush
  • Update on RadoNorm: Overview of regulatory approaches to control radon in dwellings, workplaces and large-scale buildings: lessons learned and recommendations, Angelika Kunte
  • Radon Recommendations for BC Radon Action Plan, Noah Quastel

noon - 1pm - Lunch

1:00pm - 2:30pm  Practical Concurrent Sessions - Breakouts in the following topics

  • Practical Sessions in Mitigation:

  • Turning Basements into Valuable, Comfortable, Healthy, and Safe Living Areas, Luis Faria
  • Performance of Airwell® in Mitigating Radon (222Rn) in Water: A Real-Life Study on Two Household Wells in Georgia, USA, Dr. Uttam Saha
  • Peace of Mind from The Ground Up with RadonX™, Fadi Basmaji
Making use of Radon Data:
  • Radon Mapping Update, Jean-Philippe Drolet
  • From Mapping of Radon in Soil to Inventory of Radon Indoors, Linda Aguirre

2:30pm -3:00pm - Break in Exhibit Hall

3:00pm - 4:30pm - Making Testing for Radon more Accessible

Thursday Evening Dinner Out - included with Conference Registration

* details to follow

Friday, April 14 

7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:30am - 10am - Building Today

  • Radon and Energy Efficiency, Dr. Noah Quastel and Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol
  • Health Canada Halifax Research, Robert Stainforth
  • Indoor radon – How do New Homes in Winnipeg Compare?, Dr. Janet Gaskin 
  • Real Time Radon Monitoring Reveals the Influence of Building Air Dynamics on Residential Radon Levels Across Time, Dustin Pearson

10am -10:30am - Break in Exhibit Hall

10:30 - noon - Radon and New Construction

  • Researching BC's Building Code, Chantal Wilson
  • Update on the National Building Code, Corey Carson
Other presentations waiting for confirmation.

noon - 1:30pm Lunch in Exhibit Hall 

  1pm-2pm - Practical Sessions in Large non-residential Buildings

  • Austria’s new guideline for radon mitigation measures for water supply facilities, Angelika Kunte
  • Follow-Up Measurements in Workplaces and Schools – Comparisons Between 2 and 7 Days Measurement Periods, Patrik Starck
  • Soil Gas Mitigation System Design Strategies for Institutional Buildings, Alexander Grams
  • Changing activity patterns since the COVID-19 pandemic and increased radon gas exposure for some workers and younger people, Cheryl Peters

2pm - 2:30pm - Break

2:30-4:30pm - Looking forward to Healthy Tomorrows

  • Workshop on Building a Better Tomorrow
  • Lifetime radon exposure as a future lung cancer screening eligibility criterion in Canada: pilot study outcomes and upcoming clinical trial details, Dr. Aaron Goodarzi

Saturday, April 15 

*registration for these courses is extra

Continuing Education Courses will be posted as they are confirmed.  

Section A:

8:30am - 10:00am 

  • A Review of Radiation Biology, Dr. Joseph Hayward

10:00-10:30 - Break

10:30 am - noon

          • Radiation As Easy As 1, 2, 3, Ali Shoushtarian and Jill Robertson

Section B:

8:30am - 10:00am

  • Free Mobile Customizable Mitigation Report, Colin Dumais

10:00-10:30 - Break

10:30 am - noon 

          • Commercial Building Workshop, Colin Dumais

Lunch - provided

1-2 pm

  • C-NRPP Code of Ethics, Pam Warkentin

2-2:15pm - Break

2:15pm to 4pm 

  • Practical aspects of radon progeny sampling, Brian Bjorndal

2:15pm to 4pm 

  • Fan Curve Secrets, Colin Dumais


  • Controlling Radon in New Canadian Homes, Jeff Leblanc

Sunday, April 16 

*registration for the field trip is not included in the base registration; book early to reserve your space as there are a very limited number of spaces available

The details of the Field Trip day are being developed; the day will include hands on experience in the field with trainer Colin Dumais and guests.  We are working on the following topics: health and safety, mitigation in crawlspaces; slab sealing; testing radon rough-ins for efficacy; passive house; school mitigation and measurement.

The day includes transportation to an off-site location and lunch included in the registration cost.

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