Welcome to the Canadian Spondylitis Association

The Canadian Spondylitis Association is a Non-Profit national patient association formed in April 2006 to support and to advocate for those suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis and associated spondyloarthritis diseases including Psoriatic Arthritis, Enteropathic Arthritis and Reactive Arthritis. Learn more about the CSA, click here.

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Notice of Special General Meeting of the Members of the Canadian Spondylitis Association

The new Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations (NFP) Act establishes a new set of rules for federally incorporated not-for-profit corporations (of which the Canadian Spondylitis Association is one). These new rules replace Part II of the Canada Corporations Act and we must transition to the new rules by October 17, 2014.  

We must therefore replace our Letters Patent and By-Laws with new charter documents by submitting articles of continuance to obtain a Certificate of Continuance and create and file new by-laws that comply with the new NFP Act.     

As part of the transition process a Special General Meeting of Members is required to review and approve the Articles of Continuance and the new By-Laws. Below is a Notice of the Special General Meeting and information about voting by proxy. We encourage you to attend.

The meeting will be held in Toronto, Ontario on Friday, October 10, 2014, at the hour of 12:00 noon ET

See details of the meeting under the Events page.



2014 Ankylosing Spondylitis Patient Forums

Presented by
Canadian Spondylitis Association
Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada
The Arthritis Society  

Patients with AS and their family members are encouraged to attend.


SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 St. JOHN’s, NL.

Main Auditorium, Health Sciences Centre, 300 Prince Phillip Parkway from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. 

This forum is free of charge and refreshments will be provided.  


Dr. Proton Rahman, Rheumatologist, “Trends and Treatment”. 

Michael Luke, Kinesiologist, on the Power of Movement. 

Cyril Lee, AS Patient, a Patient’s Perspective. 

Please pre-register by calling The Arthritis Society (705) 579-8190 

Or Message us on Facebook “Ankylosing Spondylitis Support Group (ASSG) of NL”.




University of Alberta, Bernard Snell Hall, 8440 112 Street from 9:30 am to 12:00 Noon. Registration opens at 9:00 am. 

This forum is free of charge and refreshments will be provided.   


Dr. Walter Maksymowych, Rheumatologist, “Early Diagnosis of Spondylitis; How do we make it and why does it matter?” 

Physiotherapist and Patient Speaker – To Be Announced. 

Please pre-register online at http://www.ankylosingspondylitis.eventbrite.com/ 

Or by contacting Doug Batchelder on (780) 457-7494 or by email at gdb@cruzinternet.com

October 19, 2014, Victoria B.C,

The BC Chapter of the CSA and The Arthritis Society BC & Yukon are co-sponsoring a free Spondyloarthritis forum.  Patients and family members are invited to attend this forum. This will be a perfect opportunity for you to learn more about the diseases and their treatment regimens in a relaxed atmosphere. Refreshments will be provided.  

Location: Fairfield Gonzales Community Centre 1330 Fairfield Rd., Victoria

Time: 1:30 to 3:30 PM., Parking at Sir James Douglas School next door

Speakers: Rheumatologist Dr. Andy Chalmers will do a presentation on the diseases in the Spondylitis group and answer your questions.

Please pre-register by calling The Arthritis Society at 1-866-414-7766 or online at registration@bc.arthritis.ca


 Toronto Western Hospital, Main Auditorium
Thursday – March 27, 2014; 6:30 – 8:30PM

Video Presentations 

Mr. MICHAEL MALLINSON, President – Canadian Spondylitis Association (CSA)
Welcoming Remarks, Overview of the CSA 
 Dr. NIGIL HAROON, Rheumatologist, Co-Director – Spondylitis Clinic, Toronto Western Hospital  
Video Presentation - Welcome & Current concepts on the cause of Ankylosing Spondylitis 

 Dr. ROBERT D. INMAN, Rheumatologist, Director – Spondylitis Clinic, Toronto Western Hospital
Video Presentation - Update on the medical treatment of AS 

Mr. CHRISTOPHER HAWKE, Physiotherapist, Spondylitis Clinic, UHN – Toronto Western Hospital
 Video Presentation - Non-pharmacologic treatment of AS: Exercise 

Debra MacGarvie (Registered Dietitian)
Video  Presentation – Eating Well

Mr. Ken Wong, AS Patient
Video Presentation - Living with AS

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