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On May 3, we had our first VANSUG Meeting since the pandemic. It was great to see SAS Users gather together to share their knowledge and reconnect, in-person!


Here was the agenda for the day.

8:30am - 9:00am Registration and Refreshments
9:00am - 9:05am Welcome Remarks
Colleen McGahan, VANSUG President
9:05am - 9:20am What's New at SAS?
Alice Yuan, SAS Canada
9:20am - 9:40am Form Over Function? Why Not Both? - Using SAS to Complete a Form
Jeremy Hamm, BC Cancer
9:40am - 10:25am Modernizing Your SAS Platform From SAS 9 to SAS Viya
Suellen Ventura, SAS Canada
10:25am - 10:45am Networking Break
10:45am - 11:25am

Journey of Open Source Programming in SAS Viya
Deep Jariwala, SAS Canada

  • Understanding Open source connection with SAS Viya
  • Custom Demo 1: Python Coding in SAS Studio
  • Custom Demo 2: Integrating SAS and Python Code using SAS Flows
  • Custom Demo 3: Python Coding in Model Studio
  • Custom Demo 4: Connecting Jupyter NB with SAS Viya environment
  • R integration with SAS Viya
  • SAS Studio extension and integration with Visual Studio Code
11:25am - 11:50am

SAS RWI: Putting the cell in Excel
Mike Atkinson, BC Ministry of Health

The SAS Report Writing Interface lets you wield a lot of control over the content and format of Excel workbooks.  This presentation shows how to create a client‑ready Excel workbook that doesn’t need any manual tweaking afterwards.

11:50am - 12:00pm Closing Remarks              


In this post, you'll find the PDF versions of the presentations. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to me (


Hope to see you at the next one!



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