On behalf of Dr. Anthony S. Russell, The Arthritis Society, and Beth Shalom Synagogue, we would like to thank all event guests, sponsors, volunteers, and advertisers for supporting this worthwhile cause. We are thrilled you were able to join us for a wonderful evening at The Joint Affair.

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The Arthritis Society Alberta and Northwest Territories Division is excited to announce the launch of The Joint Affair, a one-of-a-kind event that will celebrate tradition and advancement within the rheumatology community. The Joint Affair, being held on March 26, 2017 will recognize and honour Dr. Anthony S. Russell, who has been a leader in his professional field of Rheumatology for almost 50 years. In partnership with Dr. Russell’s congregation at the Beth Shalom Synagogue, this event is about coming together to honour the rich history of Dr. Russell’s career, while profiling the advancements of arthritis research and celebrating the power of community.

The Arthritis Society

The Arthritis Society has been setting lives in motion for over 68 years. Dedicated to a vision of living well while creating a future without arthritis, The Society is Canada’s principal health charity providing education, programs, and support to the over 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis. Since its founding in 1948, The Society has been the largest non-government funder of arthritis research in Canada, investing over $190 million in projects that have led to breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of people with arthritis. The Arthritis Society is accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. Click here to make a donation.

The Beth Shalom Synagogue

Beth Shalom Congregation is a 300 family traditional egalitarian synagogue committed to Conservative Judaism. Our strength is our members, who actively engage in our community through ritual, social, and educational experiences. We have been located near the heart of downtown Edmonton for 65 years, located proudly and prominently on Jasper Avenue. Beth Shalom is a member of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, an international organization committed to a dynamic Judaism that is learned and passionate, authentic and pluralistic, joyful and accessible, egalitarian and traditional.


Anthony Russell was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK of parents who later each became-in their own right-Lord Mayor of the city. His undergraduate years were spent at Cambridge University, followed by medicine at Guy’s Hospital in London. There was further postgraduate training at the Postgraduate Medical School in London, the Canadian Red Cross Memorial hospital outside London and then 2 research years in Dallas where he worked on the problem of some drugs causing autoimmune disease. He arrived in Edmonton in 1971 first as assistant professor of medicine and subsequently as full professor and head of the rheumatic disease unit.

He has published over 450 peer-reviewed papers on various rheumatologic and immunologic topics and has been invited to lecture in countries around the world; eg. Lithuania and Chile as well as places in between. The Canadian rheumatology association elected him as president and later as a “distinguished rheumatologist”. Read more...

The Dr. Anthony S. Rheumatology Scholarship Fund

A portion of the funds raised from this event will be used to establish Dr. Anthony S. Russell Rheumatology Scholarship Fund.

The purpose of this new Fund is to encourage scholarship, advanced training, and research opportunities for members or trainees within the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Alberta. The Fund will be held by The Arthritis Society Alberta and Northwest Territories Division. Funding will be provided upon request annually to the Division, up to 20% of the initial value of the fund, to projects deemed valuable and worthwhile by a majority of members from the Division of Rheumatology. Examples of appropriate funding include:

  • A year of post-residency training for recent Rheumatology Residents at the University of Alberta residency program
  • Further and substantial training for current Division of Rheumatology members (e.g. Masters or PhD program, new skill development, or as deemed appropriate by divisional members)
  • Seed Funding for substantial new and/or updated basic science or clinical research by Divisional members
  • No more than 15% of available funding in a given year is to be allocated to provide financial support to medical students or residents conducting research projects with members of the Division

If funds are not allocated towards a project in a given year, they may be added to the following year’s allocation. All funds must be spent by December 2027, as the remaining funds will be returned fully to The Arthritis Society at that time.

Online ticket sales for the Joint Affair are closed.


Additional advertising opportunities are available in the event souvenir program. The Joint Affair will offer advertisers a dedicated marketing channel that is guaranteed to reach approximately 350 attendees at our event.


Become a Sponsor

The Joint Affair will offer sponsors and donors a dedicated marketing channel that is guaranteed to reach approximately 350 attendees at our event. We pride ourselves on strong partnerships with organizations that believe in the value of giving back, community, and lending a hand in the fight against arthritis. Demonstrate your organization’s commitment and dedication to the field of rheumatology by becoming a sponsor today!

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Alex Rachey at or 1-800-281-0697 – ext.1



Getting Here

The Joint Affair will be held at the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta. This one-of-a-kind venue is located right inside West Edmonton Mall and features 235 classically decorated guest rooms and 120 fantasy-themed rooms designed to recreate a specific place or era.


6:30 PM – Reception
7:15 PM - Dinner

Venue Address

Fantasyland Hotel
17700 – 87 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5T 4V4


The Arthritis Society and Beth Shalom Synagogue have secured a preferred guest room rate for a Superior Room at the Fantasyland Hotel for the dates of Saturday, March 25, 2017 to Monday, March 27, 2017.

Please note that the rate will change depending on the day of the week:

Sunday – Thursday: $174.00
Friday – Saturday: $210.00

Reservations can be made by contacting the Hotel Reservations Department directly at 1-800-737-3783. Please mention the group code number 2321309 in order to receive the discounted rate. The deadline to book your reservation is Thursday, February 23, 2017.

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Contact Us

The Arthritis Society Toll free: 1-800-321-1433 Email: