Keynote Speakers

 Speakers are listed in alphabetical order.

Sajel Bellon Ed.D, CTSS

Keynote Presentation - Friday May 13th, 2022 at 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT

Sajel Bellon, Ed.D, RP, CTSS is a Canadian Psychotherapist, Stress Specialist, Professor, and Professional Speaker, who teaches people to put their pain into context, so they can see the possibilities of what’s next. 

As the Founder of Mind Armour® & SOS Psychotherapy, Sajel specializes in the sciences of well-being, human connection, and human systems. As an Organizational Behavioural Science Professor, she has developed Canada’s first Positive Psychology and Positive Education Certificate programs at Wilfrid Laurier University.  She has delivered talks around the globe for a variety of international institutions, global organizations and federal government agencies like Harvard, Berkeley, Purolator, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Revenue Agency and TEDx.

Sajel teaches people to put their pain into context so they can cope, adapt, and see the possibilities. She has a passion for educating others about the ‘human’ experience of mental health and life. Her hope is to inspire and support leaders in moving their staff towards the goal of promoting workplace cultures that foster psychological safety & connection, ultimately, positively influencing productivity and the bottom line!  Learn more at or

Dr. Naheed Dosani, MSC, MD, CCFP(PC), BSc

Closing Keynote Presentation - Sunday May 15th, 2022 at 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Dr. Naheed Dosani, MSC, MD, CCFP(PC), BSc – Palliative Care Physician, Department of Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital at Unity Health Toronto

As a palliative care physician, Dr. Naheed Dosani is passionate about advancing equitable access to health care for people experiencing homelessness.

After a transformative experience providing care to a Toronto homeless man, Dr. Dosani was motivated to develop Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless (PEACH).
Based at the Inner-City Health Associates, the PEACH program delivers community-based hospice palliative care to society’s most vulnerable individuals regardless of their housing status or factors such as poverty or substance use. PEACH brings housing, mental health, and healthcare providers together to plan an individual’s care while recognizing, but not judging, a persons’ circumstances. This care model has inspired similar programs in cities across the continent and the development of Journey Home Hospice, Toronto’s first hospice for people experiencing homelessness, which opened in May 2018.

With COVID-19, Dr. Dosani’s leadership efforts include serving as Medical Director for the Region of Peel’s COVID-19 Isolation/Homeless Program. He also recently was appointed as the Health Equity Lead at Kensington Health in Toronto.

A tireless advocate, Dr. Dosani brings attention to the correlation between health and a wide range of social issues through social media, public speaking, and national media. He is co-founder of Doctors for Defunding Police, Doctors for Justice in Long-Term Care and holds faculty appointments at the University of Toronto and McMaster University. Dr. Dosani's research interests include care models for people experiencing homelessness and access to palliative care among culturally diverse

Dr. Dosani has received many prestigious honours for his trailblazing work. These awards include the Meritorious Service Cross for Humanitarianism from Canada’s Governor General in 2018, a humanitarian award from the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians in May 2019, the Early Career Leader award from the Canadian Medical Association in 2020 and being recognized as a “Change Maker” by the Toronto Star in 2021.

Carol Kennedy, BScPT, FCAMPT, MSK 

Enid Graham Award Recipient Lecture - Saturday May 14th, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT

Carol Kennedy graduated with a BScPT from Queen’s University in 1979, completed her Advanced Diploma of Orthopaedic and Manipulative Therapy in 1984 and then her Clinical Master of Science in Manipulative Therapy from UWO in 2010. She has practised at Treloar Physiotherapy Clinic since 1984, became a partner in 1989 and retired from that position in 2022. She has taught extensively in the Canadian Manual Therapy Course System, now referred to as the Advanced Integrated Musculoskeletal (AIM) physiotherapy program, as well as internationally and also developed and teaches specialized courses on cervical spine management. Carol was deeply involved in the establishment of the Graduate Certificate of Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy (GCOMPT) advanced post-professional program at UBC and has been the Lead Instructor and Program Coordinator from its inception in 2017 until 2021. She has been an Examiner for the National AIM Program since 1990 and served as Chief Examiner and Chair of that committee for 18 years. 

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Dr. Kevin Lamoureux

Opening Keynote Presentation - Thursday May 12th, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. EDT

Kevin Lamoureux is a Faculty member at the University of Winnipeg and a well known public speaker. He has served as Associate Vice President for the University of Winnipeg, Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and as Scholar in Residence for several school divisions.

He is an award-winning scholar with an impressive publication and research grant record, and has consulted for governments, organizations and institutions across Canada. His most recent book contribution, for Ensouling Our Schools with Dr. Jennifer Katz, is being used by educators across Canada working to create inclusive spaces for all students. He has been seen on TV, in documentaries, in print, and in the media. More than anything, Lamoureux is committed to reconciliation and contributing to an even better Canada for all children to grow up in.



Speakers are listed in alphabetical order.

Madeline Aarts

Rapid Fire Presentation

Madeline Aarts completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Guelph, where she became involved in research in the Human Performance and Health Research Laboratory. She then pursued her Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Toronto during which this research project took place. She graduated in October 2021 and now is working as a Physiotherapy Resident, with interest in the area of orthopedics, pediatrics, and pelvic health. She hopes to eventually return to academia to complete her PhD and Clinical Teaching Certification.  

Mona Al Onazi, BScPT, MScRS, CLT

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Mona Al Onazi is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. She is also a certified lymphatic therapist, with clinical experience working with breast cancer survivors. Mona’s clinical practice and current research interests involve breast cancer-related impairments, including lymphedema, and she is currently focusing on developing lymphedema specific resistance exercise programming for breast cancer survivors.

Lisa Arcobelli

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Lisa M. E. Arcobelli is a physiotherapist with 14 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including acute and out-patient care, stroke rehabilitation, pediatric rehabilitation, and several years living and working in northern Indigenous communities within Canada. She recently completed a Master of Science at McGill University where her research explored how Canadian physiotherapy curricula are changing in relation to Indigenous Peoples and their communities. She is an Executive Committee member of the Global Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and a member of the Global Health Division’s Indigenous Health Subcommittee.

Nathan Augeard

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Nathan Augeard is a physiotherapist, PhD student at McGill and active member of the Pain Education in Physiotherapy project. His research focuses on improving how PT students learn to manage pain across Canada. He advocates for improving access to education and received the Common Good Award from Glasgow Caledonian University for his positive contribution to local communities.

Dr. Nora Bakaa

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Dr. Nora Bakaa is a practising chiropractor with a special interest in addressing health disparities in the Canadian health care system, as well as chronic pain rehabilitation. She is in the process of completing her PhD at McMaster University.

Maggie Bergeron

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Maggie was born in Virginia, raised in Ottawa, and lives in Toronto. She played waterpolo at Ottawa U while completing her BSc in Human Kinetics. After spending hours in physio for several shoulder injuries, she decided to apply for PT. She went to McMaster and completed her MSc in PT in 2009. She worked in severak private practices before starting her own, and shortly after she co-founded Embodia with a chemical engineer turned software developer.

Embodia started as a side hustle and became her full-time job in 2017. Embodia has evolved over the years and is now a complete platform for PTs including an EMR and Practice Management System, continuing education, telerehab and HEP.

Dr. Stéphanie Bernard

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Stéphanie Bernard is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. Trained in pelvic health physiotherapy, she has been a clinician for over 15 years where she treats various pelvic floor dysfunctions, with a special interest for patients who have been treated for pelvic cancers. Understanding radiation-induced injury to the pelvic floor muscles and the effects of physiotherapy interventions after oncology treatments constitute her main research interests.

Brittany Bruinooge

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Brittany is a certified athletic therapist and strength and conditioning specialist with a background of working in high-performance sport and presently in orthopaedic research at Pan Am Sports Medicine Clinic. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Manitoba exploring performance and psychological influences following ACL injury and surgical intervention.

Amanda Brunne

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Amanda Brunne is a graduating student of the MScPT program (2021) at the University of Toronto. She previously completed a Bachelor of Science, Honours in Kinesiology (2019) at the University of Guelph. Amanda is planning to work within the GTA upon graduating, with hopes to work within an inpatient acute care setting. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys baking, yoga, and camping.

Dr. Scotty Butcher

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Scotty is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Saskatchewan and a licensed physiotherapist. He conducts research in exercise and strength training for rehabilitation and ageing. With a long personal history of anxiety and successful management with mindfulness practice, Scotty is both a patient and a professional advocate for mindfulness, meditation, and mind-body integrative care. Recently trained as a Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, Scotty currently provides education, consultation, and formal meditations to MPT and MD students at the U of S and has begun incorporating mindfulness assessment and interventions into his research program with strength-trained older adults. Scotty is the CEO of Mind Body Strength Consulting and provides continuing education and mentorship to health care practitioners on integrative mind-body strength training in rehabilitation.

Kristin Campbell

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT

Kristin Campbell, BSc, PT, PhD is a licensed physical therapist and a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She also an Affiliated Scientist in the Cancer Control Program at the BC Cancer Research Institute. Her research focus is on the role of exercise in cancer rehabilitation and survivorship has been funded by the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada and others.  She is the co-lead of the 2019 exercise guidelines for cancer survivors from the American College of Sports Medicine and in 2020 received a Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence Mid-Career from the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.   

She is a member of the Oncology Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.  She is also an associate editor for Physical Therapy, the journal of the American Physical Therapy Association, and the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (TJACSM). 


Jamie Coleman

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. EDT

Jaimie Coleman is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Jaimie teaches in the cardiorespiratory physical therapy unit and is the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for the MScPT program.  Jaimie was a part of the Canadian Interdisciplinary Advisory Panel on Long COVID. She was involved in the curation and organization of the physiotherapy and occupational therapy sections of the Ontario professional development website.

Melissa Cursons

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Melissa Cursons became a Physical Therapist in 2003 after completing her training at the University of Saskatchewan.  She has spent the majority of her time as a PT working in rural Saskatchewan with a Children's Therapy Program.  Her experience and collaboration with this interdisciplinary team fuels her passion to help others evolve services to meet the needs of all families.  

Melissa is presently the Chair of the Paediatric Division with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. As a lifelong learner, she is currently pursuing graduate studies at McMaster University.  It is very important to her that research provides a voice to the experience of those living in rural and remote regions of Saskatchewan and Canada with the aim to improve access to services.

Outside of her favourite roles as wife and mother, Melissa enjoys gardening, photography and painting.

Andrew Daly

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Andrew Daly is a graduating student of the MScPT program (2021) at the University of Toronto. He has previously completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (2019) at York University and a Bachelor of International Business (2015) at Carleton University. Andrew is returning to Kitchener-Waterloo to start his career working with a multidisciplinary team in a private orthopaedic clinic. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys travelling, Krav Maga, and golf.

Lisandra Almeida de Oliveira

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Lisandra Almeida de Oliveira is a physiotherapist and currently a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University. Almeida is interested in investigating the effectiveness of exercise interventions for non-specific low back pain and older adults after lumbar spinal stenosis surgery and the effectiveness of telerehabilitation for these populations.

Don Davies, M.P., Federal Health Critic, New Democratic Party

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT


Don Davies is the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway. He was first elected in 2008, and has been re-elected four times since. Don is the NDP Critic for Health, a post he has occupied since 2015, and Deputy Critic for Foreign Affairs and International Development. Prior to that, he served as Official Opposition Critic for International Trade, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and Public Safety and National Security. Don has introduced more legislation in the House of Commons than any MP in the country.  These include detailed plans for a national school nutrition program, a pan-Canadian perinatal mental health strategy, and free post-secondary tuition for students with special needs.

As Health critic, Don drove the concept of universal Pharmacare onto the Parliamentary agenda in 2016 and is the architect of the current plan to provide access to dental care for all low-income Canadians without insurance coverage. A strong proponent of public healthcare and comprehensive services, Don passionately believes in head-to-toe healthcare, the value of prevention and in the team-based approach to healthcare delivery.

Don is married to Sheryl Palm, a Speech-Language Pathologist at BC Children’s Hospital, and they have three lovely children and a much doted-upon granddaughter.


Dr. Laura Desveaux

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT

Dr. Laura Desveaux is the Scientific Director of the Institute for Better Health at Trillium Health Partners and the Lead for the Learning Health System Portfolio. She is also the founder and Executive Director of Women Who Lead, an organization dedicated to supporting the career advancement and leadership development of women in the health sector. Her career focuses on closing the gap between current performance and what science and experience tell us is possible. She realizes this passion through her noted roles and as a career coach, where she helps scientists, clinicians, and professionals identify and unlock their potential. Dr. Desveaux’s work in behavioural science tackles healthcare’s most persistent problems by examining what drives behaviours, how and why things work, and identifying how context influences success (and failure). This approach provides insights into how to effect change at both individual and system levels.

Jasdeep Dhir

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT

Jasdeep Dhir (she/her) PT, MClSc(MT), TDPT, FCAMPT is the Director of Clinical Education for the Master of Science (Physiotherapy) Program and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy and has also earned the Clinical Specialist, Musculoskeletal designation from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). She is an advocate for the profession as demonstrated by her numerous Committee involvements. She is currently the Past-Chair of the National Orthopaedic Division of the CPA. She is also involved in providing and facilitating a variety of post-professional educational courses and has presented at symposia provincially, nationally, and internationally. Jasdeep has been recognized and awarded for excellence in mentorship by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (2016), for Innovation and Advancement by the Ontario Physiotherapy Association (2021). In May 2021 Jasdeep was recognized for making a notable impact within the Profession with a Centenary Medal of Distinction from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. 

Karly Doehring

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT

Karly is a Physiotherapist (McMaster University) who has focused the last eight years of her practice treating individuals with dizziness, vestibular dysfunction, concussions and TMJ dysfunction. Herself having lived with dizziness from repeat concussions, she has a unique perspective and passion for working with this population.

She completed the Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency-Based Course through Emory University, Atlanta in 2017 and passed all examinations. Since then she has completed the Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation course series with Richard Clendaniel (concussion, neck, other causes of dizziness). She is currently involved with a team doing research on post-traumatic dizziness.

Outside of work, you'll find Karly enjoying the outdoors with her family, on the water, slopes or trails or in her garden

Michelle Dueckman

Thursday May 12, 2022 at 6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. EDT

Since completing her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Guelph, Michelle has worked in a variety of healthcare settings from cancer prevention to mental healthcare. This is where she has been working to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice to make real, positive impact. Now supporting the Fall Prevention Program at Parachute, she provides leadership on the Fall Prevention Communities of Practice for adults and older adults (Loop), and children (Loop Junior). She helps bring together practitioners, caregivers, researchers, and policy planners to share knowledge, expertise and inform practice to advance the field of fall prevention.

Kira Ellis 

Thursday May 12, 2022 at 6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. EDT

Kira Ellis has practised physiotherapy for 24 years and is the Clinical Manager of the Alberta Health Services’ Rehabilitation Advice Line (RAL).  Kira is actively supporting the development, implementation and evaluation of the advice line since its launch in May 2020.  

Hélène Gagné

Thursday May 12, 2022 at 6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. EDT

Hélène is the Director of the Fall Prevention Program at Parachute. She was instrumental in the development and ongoing success of communities of practice (Loop and Loop Junior) and the annual Fall Prevention Month campaign. Hélène has also been involved in numerous research projects as a funder, advisor, and published author. She currently facilitates the work of the Ontario Fall Prevention Collaborative which is a large group of professionals from key organizations involved in the planning and implementation of fall prevention interventions in Ontario. Hélène holds a master’s degree in Applied and Experimental Social Psychology from the University of Guelph.

Kim Hall

Thursday May 12, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. EDT

Kim Hall is a Physiotherapist and entrepreneur from Vancouver, Canada. Since starting Physio2U, an in-home physiotherapy company in 2012, Kim has developed her business acumen, leadership and entrepreneur skills. She contributes to the physiotherapy industry as a member of the Board of Directors for the College of Physical Therapists of BC and as a mentor for internationally educated physiotherapists through the University of British Columbia. As a strong believer in life-long learning, Kim completed a pilot study and presented her abstract investigating the effects of a community-based exercise program on physical function in people with joint replacements at five conferences in 2014.  Kim is an active member of the Physiotherapy Association of BC, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Arthritis Health Professions Association and the Arthritis Continuing Education Network. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences including the World Physiotherapy Congress in Geneva, Switzerland in 2019.

Anne Hudon

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Anne Hudon is an assistant professor at the School of Rehabilitation at Université de Montréal. Ethical aspects of practice are a key theme in her research, including professional ethics and equity in care. Her research interests include health policy analysis (organization of care, roles of professionals), rehabilitation after a work injury and improving rehabilitation services for people living with physical disabilities and persistent pain. She is part of a national project that aims to improve Canadian physiotherapy students education about pain (Pain Education in Physiotherapy - PEP project).

Marize Ibrahim

Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. EDT

Marize Ibrahim graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Physical Education and attained a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from McGill University. Marize is a member of the Professional Order of Physiotherapy of Quebec, (OPPQ), the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), and is an executive oncology division team member with the CPA. In 2020, the Physiotherapy Specialty Certification Board of Canada granted her the designation of Clinical Specialist Oncology. 

Her ongoing research experience in oncology rehabilitation demonstrates her professional leadership and commitment to advancing the science and practice of physical therapy. She has published articles in journals including: Current Oncology, The Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology, Journal of Cancer Survivorship, Clinical Breast Cancer, International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Clinical Oncology, and Rehabilitation Process and Outcome. She participated in yielding an evidence-based educational resource tool to minimize fractures in patients with bone metastasis using a patient-education resources education booklet.  Currently, she is a co-coordinator of the Oncology Rehabilitation course offered through the School of Physical and Occupation Therapy at McGill University and has taught continuing education courses offered through the OPPQ and CPA. Marize has been an invited guest speaker in several conferences nationally, and internationally including India.

Marize is also a licensed Casley-Smith Lymphedema Therapist and a certified Lymphedema therapist with the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA). She is working at the McGill University Hospital Center Lymphedema Clinic with the well renowned Dr. Towers and her multidisciplinary team. She is Bone Fit Trained Specialist through Osteoporosis Canada and has specialized training in posture and movement system imbalance. In her spare time, Marize is a Canadian National Paralympic Medical Swimming Classifier who volunteers with an incredible and inspiring group of Canadian para-swimming athletes across the country, and currently working towards becoming an International Classifier with the ultimate goal of attending the Paralympic Games.


Dr. Navaldeep Kaur

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Dr. Navaldeep Kaur is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, Canada. She trained as a physiotherapist and did her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from McGill University. Her doctoral research contributed evidence towards the role of cognitive reserve in protecting cognitive ability in people with HIV. She was mentored by Dr. Nancy Mayo, a seasoned epidemiologist, and acquired expertise in various research methodologies, including conducting meta-analyses and applying modern statistical methods for measuring brain health outcomes. The current focus of her research is on the adaptation of in-person, community-based exercise programs for virtual delivery for people with balance and mobility limitations.

Michelle Kleiner

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT

Since graduating from the physiotherapy program at the University of Toronto in 1991, Michelle has primarily worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist. She credentialled as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists in 2000. In 2022, Michelle completed her PhD at Western University where she studied the intersection of technical competence and relational ways of practising as a ‘good’ physiotherapist. She co-owns a private practice in Barrie, Ontario where she maintains a busy, orthopaedic practice that also includes vestibular rehabilitation and concussion management.  

Adam van Koeverden, M.P.


Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Sport

Liberal Party of Canada 

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT


Adam van Koeverden was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Milton in 2019.

Mr. van Koeverden previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Sport). Mr. van Koeverden is a dedicated community leader and one of Canada’s most accomplished athletes. He has represented Canada at four Summer Olympic Games, winning a gold, two silvers, and a bronze medal. He served as Canada’s flag-bearer in Athens and Beijing, and won the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete in 2004.

A first-generation Canadian, Mr. van Koeverden grew up at Chautauqua Co-op in Oakville with his younger brother and mother. He joined the Burloak Canoe Club as a teenager and rapidly became one of Canada's premier athletes. In addition to being a world, Olympic, and Canadian champion, he has volunteered extensively for organizations like Right To Play, WaterAid, Special Olympics Canada, and the David Suzuki Foundation. Along with his father, Mr. van Koeverden is also a strong advocate for Parkinson Canada.

Before entering politics, Mr. van Koeverden worked as a managing consultant with Deloitte, and as a broadcaster, writer, and producer with CBC Sports. He also served as Chair of the Canadian Olympic Athletes’ Commission and was a member of the Government of Canada Working Group on Gender Equity in Sport, promoting safe sport and addressing gender-based violence. He is a leading public speaker who has spoken to tens of thousands of students at schools in the Halton region and across Canada.

Mr. van Koeverden graduated as valedictorian with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University. He lives in Milton with his dog, Cairo.

Bethany Lam

Rapid Fire Presentation

Bethany Lam is a graduate of the University of Toronto Master of Science in Physical Therapy program where she developed an interest in how overarching systems and processes impact the quality of patient care. She is currently working as a Physiotherapy Resident at Providence Healthcare (Unity Health Toronto) as part of the Orthopaedic and Amputee Rehab program. When Bethany is not busy empowering her patients in the rehab gym, she can be found reaching new heights in the climbing gym or baking her way through new recipes for her friends and family.

Bernice Lau

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Bernice Lau is a recent graduate of the MScPT program at the University of Toronto, class of 2021. She, along with her student research group members, completed their MScPT research project surrounding HIV and tele-coaching under the supervision of Drs. Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco, Soo Chan Carusone and Kelly K. O'Brien. She is interested in pursuing future research in the areas of virtual care and telerehabilitation.

Rick Lau

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Rick has built and exited many healthcare businesses (clinics, ecommerce, SaaS) over the past 15 years including a network of 127 physical therapy clinics with over 1400 employees. Rick founded CallHero, a call recording and conversation analysis software that helps clinics get even more new patients over the phones from their marketing. CallHero helps healthcare businesses (chiropractic, physical therapy, dental, medical, etc) get even more new patients over the phones by giving you complete visibility of your inbound and outbound calls. Our Hippa compliant call recording, call tracking, and conversation analysis software gives you conversion rates by staff. Plus easily find out whether each call converted to a sale without wasting hours listening to thousands of phone calls. Head to to learn more.

Christian Lopez

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT


Christian Lopez is a Registered Kinesiologist working in the Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto.  He is also a PhD student in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, supervised by Dr. Jennifer Jones. His research interests include understanding ways to implement evidence-based interventions for cancer rehabilitation. His PhD focuses on implementing an online system to screen patients for cancer-related impairments and connect them with rehabilitation services based on need.


Joy MacDermid

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT

Dr. Joy MacDermid is a clinical epidemiologist, physiotherapist, and Distinguished University Professor of Physical Therapy at Western University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, holds a Canada Research Chair in MSK Health Outcomes and Knowledge Translation, and the Dr. James Roth Chair in Musculoskeletal Measurement and Knowledge Translation.  Dr. MacDermid’s research focuses on musculoskeletal health, implementation science, orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation interventions, sex and gender as determinants of musculoskeletal and work health, and high-risk populations (e.g., firefighters). Her research integrates a biopsychosocial perspective on the determinants of health, design of interventions, and measurement of outcomes.

Connor Massimo

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Connor was born and raised in Peterborough and grew up in many local youth sports.  He graduated in 2009 from McMaster University with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.  He continued at McMaster to complete his Master’s in Physiotherapy in 2011.  After graduating, Connor quickly returned to the city he loves and began his career as an orthopaedic physiotherapist.  In 2014, Connor teamed up with Adam Summers to open Pulse Physio & Performance – Chemong. Connor and Adam added jay Martin to the partnership team in 2022 and opened Pulse Physio – Lansdowne.  Connor enjoys providing mentorship to newer colleagues to help ensure that everyone who comes to Pulse receives the same, high standard of quality care.  Connor has advanced training and a special interest in helping people with sports injuries, headaches, dizziness, persistent pain or prolonged concussion symptoms return to the activities they love.

Susan Massitti

Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. EDT

Susan graduated with Clinical Masters from the University of Queensland in Australia,  is a Specialist in Musculoskeletal has her Diploma in is a Registered International Sports Physical Therapist, is certified in Acupuncture, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Concussion and is mentor and examiner for the Sports Physiotherapy Division and is a senior instructor in UBC Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (Gunn IMS)  program.  For the last few years, she has been the secretary for the CPA acupuncture division. Susan is a classical Pilates instructor always curious about how to optimize movement.

Susan has worked at a multitude of international sporting events, including five Olympics. Susan competed at the 1998 Nagano Olympics in Long Track speed skating. She provides a wealth of knowledge, innovative and integrative solutions and strategies, collaborating to stimulate the body’s innate wisdom to heal to be your healthiest, connect to their bodies, move optimally and prevent injuries.


Dr. Caitlin McArthur

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Caitlin McArthur is an assistant professor in the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University. Her research focuses on falls, fractures, and functional impairment for older adults across the continuum of care with a particular focus on home and long-term care. She has expertise in rehabilitation for persons living with dementia, and is currently leading development of a resident-centred rehabilitation program for long-term care residents living with dementia.

Dr. Erin McCabe

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Erin McCabe is a post-doctoral fellow in the School of Public Policy and the department of paediatrics at the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on the implementation of patient-reported measures in the health system. She is also interested in therapeutic relationships in physiotherapy practice, health measurement methodology and the musculoskeletal management of inherited bleeding disorders.

Erin has been a registered physiotherapist in Canada since 2008. Clinically, she works clinically with patients with inherited bleeding disorders at the University of Alberta Hospital

Dr. Emer McGowen

Saturday May 14, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT

Dr. Emer McGowan, BSc (Physio) PhD, is presently an assistant professor at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. Dr McGowan is also a Board Member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. Dr McGowan's main research interests include leadership, leadership development, health professional engagement and refugee health. Dr McGowan has presented her research at several international conferences and has designed and developed leadership development programmes for physiotherapy professionals. Dr McGowan is also a member of the Erasmus+ funded research project, Persons with Refugee Experience Project – Interprofessional (PREP-IP), and the Health Research Board funded project, RESTORE.

Dr. Margaret McNeely

Saturday May 14, 2022 at 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Margaret (Margie) McNeely is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta, in a jointly funded position with the Department of Oncology, Cancer Care Alberta. She is also the Director of the Cancer Rehabilitation Research Clinic at the University of Alberta. Her research explores the benefit of cancer rehabilitation and exercise interventions, with a focus on implementation. 

Karim Meghji

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

@Physiokarim is a Behavioural Psychology Scientist. He’s a graduate of PT from the University of Toronto and carry’s with him over 2 decades of clinical experience. @Physiokarim’s special interests are Dry Needling and the business of rehab, specifically independent contracting and building brands. By day @physiokarim is a Dry Needle Ninja and by night, a physio philanthropist. He is an international lecturer in advanced clinical therapeutics and practice management and the current chair of the CPA’s Private Practice Division.

Jim Millard

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT

A lifelong resident of London ON, Jim graduated from UWO as a Physiotherapist in 1991. He has also completed a Clinical Master’s Degree in 2010, and a clinical DPT in 2013. Jim is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists. He teaches post-graduate Physiotherapy courses via The Mulligan Concept in Canada and internationally. Jim is passionate about communication in healthcare. He coaches clinical relationship building skills across Canada. Jim is currently pursuing a Coaching certification through Co-Active to build further on his leadership skills. Jim is set to release his first book of poetry and prose in 2022. Jim is currently the National Director of Clinical Training and Development at CBI Health exploring and creating in the intersection between personal and professional development.

June Norris

Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. EDT

June Norris is the Director – Provincial Physiotherapy Practice for Alberta Health Services.  June is a physiotherapist and has worked for over 40 years in various healthcare sectors in AB and British Columbia. June was involved in creating the Rehabilitation Advice Service in April 2020, in partnership with AHS Health Link and the Allied Health Professional Practice and Education team. June is passionate about the potential of the Rehabilitation Advice Service to serve Albertans who need wayfinding and support to manage their health conditions.

Dan Ogborn

Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. EDT

Dan Ogborn PT MSc(PT) PhD is a Senior Research Associate and Physiotherapist at the Pan Am Clinic Foundation, the Director of the Resident Research Program in Orthopedic Surgery and an Adjunct, Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His research program and clinical practice focus on return to sport assessment for patients following orthopaedic surgery and injury.

Hetavi Patel

Rapid Fire Presentation

Hetavi Patel completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology & Health Science at York University. Following the undergraduate degree, she pursued a Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto and completed it in October 2021. The presentation for CPA’s Congress 2022 is based on research conducted in partial fulfillment of the graduate program. In addition, she is interested in the CPA divisions of Neurosciences, Orthopedics, and Pain Science. To make a meaningful impact in the community, she would like to pursue a PhD program and continuing education courses.

Vinh Pham

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Vinh Pham has been decoding the body for over a decade, with an emphasis on a holistic approach to manual therapy and movement. Reimagining the traditional therapy and rehab experience, Vinh co-founded Myodetox, a company destined to change the way the world thinks about health by eliminating pain and improving the way people move. Vinh is a Physical Therapy graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Adria Quigley

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Adria Quigley is a postdoctoral fellow at the McGill University Health Centre where she is investigating whether a cognitive rehabilitation program called Goal Management Training can improve adherence to lifestyle interventions and brain health among people living with HIV. Her research is focused on exercise, cognitive function, and mobility among people living with HIV and other people with cognitive deficits.

Asya Shiloff-Rogers

Rapid Fire Presentation

Asya Shiloff-Rogers is a graduate of the University of Toronto Master of Science in Physical Therapy program. She is currently practicing as a Physiotherapy Resident in private neurological and orthopedic settings. Asya also works in neurological rehabilitation in the public sector. Asya is dedicated to providing holistic patient care in a variety of practice settings. In her free time, Asya enjoys being outdoors with her pets and taking courses to advance her clinical skills. 

Dr. Geoff Schneider

Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. -8:45 p.m. EDT 

Dr. Schneider is a clinical specialist in musculoskeletal physiotherapy at Evidence Sport and Spinal Therapy in Calgary, Alberta.  Geoff is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Radiology, Cumming School of Medicine, at the University of Calgary.  He also holds adjunct faculty appointments at Andrews University and the University of British Columbia in their respective Departments of Physical Therapy. Geoff completed his physiotherapy training from McMaster University and became a Fellow in Manual and Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT) in 2002. Geoff completed his doctoral studies (DSc) from Andrews University.  His research involved cervical spine facet joint mediated pain and its effect on sensory hypersensitivity in chronic whiplash patients. He is a co-developer and instructor of a modular-based, evidence-based course in the management of whiplash-associated disorders.  He completed his PhD (focus in clinical epidemiology) at the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Medicine with his research involving the derivation of a clinical prediction guide in the diagnosis of facet joint mediated pain in the cervical spine.  Geoff was awarded a CIHR doctoral research award Canada Graduate Scholarship.  Geoff has published numerous peer-reviewed papers in the area of musculoskeletal pain. He completed a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta.

Stephanie Scodras

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT 

Stephanie Scodras is a licensed physiotherapist in Ontario and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Toronto Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. Her clinical work focuses on orthopedics and pelvic floor rehabilitation with a special interest in working with strength athletes. Her doctoral research focuses on competency in physiotherapy, pelvic floor physiotherapy education, curriculum development, and knowledge translation, and is funded by a CIHR Doctoral Award (Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship).


Dr. Ashley Smith

Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. EDT 

Ashley completed his undergraduate physiotherapy studies at LaTrobe University and his PhD at the University of Queensland in Australia.  His PhD, post-doctoral and current research evaluates mechanisms underlying persistent pain in people with whiplash-associated disorders.  In particular, his studies investigate whether clinical features associated with persistent pain can be modulated, with a specific interest in the role of nociception and orthobiologic therapies.  Ashley also enjoys being surrounded by a team of passionate health care providers in an interdisciplinary clinic, to assist people with chronic musculoskeletal pain improve their health-related quality of life.  Outside of work responsibilities, Ashley enjoys the outdoors, especially when shared with his family.

Dr. Sapna Sriram

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT 

Dr. Sapna is a proven healthcare entrepreneur serving currently as the Founder & CEO of Integra Health, bringing 15 years of experience with award-winning experience in the medical, health and wellness industry. Integra Health works with leading Canadian organizations to deliver outstanding patient experience and is on a mission to "Change the way healthcare is delivered in Canada".

Dr. Sapna is a mentor and educator having been a clinical and business mentor to clinic owners and clinicians across Canada and has worked with several organizations and schools including the Schulich School of Business, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, The Ontario Chiropractic Association, etc.  Dr. Sapna is also the Program Director for the Schulich Mini-MBA Clinical Entrepreneurship Program to help deliver business acumen to clinicians.

As a media personality, Dr. Sapna is Canada’s go-to Injury Expert having been featured in multiple media interviews including CityLine, The Social, Breakfast Television, Global Morning Toronto, The Huffington Post, CTV Morning Live, CTV News, City TV News, CP 24, CHCH Morning Live, 680 News, Rogers Daytime, The Globe & Mail, Global News, The Toronto Star and much more. In 2018 Dr. Sapna became the first Canadian featured on the cover of American Magazine CEO Mom. 

Dr. Sapna has a passion for building health care systems that are patient-experience focused and believes in collaborative and integrative models being a key to bridging the gaps in healthcare using digital solutions, transformative processes and outstanding communication. She has successfully combined private and public healthcare solutions to deliver a comprehensive and refreshing approach to patient care and corporate health and wellness. Integra Health Centre is a proud BIPOC female owned and operated business.

Dr. Peter Stilwell

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT 

Dr. Peter Stilwell is a Postdoctoral Researcher at McGill University and is currently the Ronald Melzack Fellow in Pain Research at the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain. He has both clinical and research degrees, including a Bachelor of Kinesiology, Doctor of Chiropractic, Master of Science (Rehabilitation Research in Physiotherapy), and Doctor of Philosophy in Health. His clinical background as a chiropractor informs his research interests, including theoretical and qualitative work on musculoskeletal pain and clinician-patient communication.

Dr. Emma Stokes

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT 

Professor Emma Stokes, as Vice President of Global Engagement, has the responsibility for strengthening the University of Dublin’s international strategies and external relationships. In 2021, Emma was the head of the newly established Department of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Science at Qatar University. Dr. Stokes has worked in education for almost 25 years as an associate professor and fellow at Trinity College Dublin. Her research and teaching focus on professional practice issues for the profession. She has taught and lectured in over 40 countries around the world. In 2015, she was elected to serve as president of World Physiotherapy. She was re-elected for a further four years in 2019. She has experience as a member and chair of boards in Ireland and internationally in a diversity of settings including education, health, research and regulation.

Sharon Switzer-McIntyre

Poster Presentation

Sharon Switzer-McIntyre is an Associate Professor, Continuing Teaching Stream, at the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy, Temerty Faculty of Medicine where she is the Program Director for both the MScPT and the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program.  Sharon holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy a Master’s degree in Adult Education with a focus on Organizational Development and a PhD with a focus on Occupational Health and Function all from the University of Toronto. Sharon’s current research interests focus in the area of curriculum design and implementation and competency assessment for both entry-level-M to practice MScPT and Bridge education as well as the integration of internationally educated physical therapists into the Canadian workplace.  


Maria Tassone

Poster Presentation

  Maria Tassone is currently Executive Director, Education at the University Health Network (UHN) and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Her work focuses on the interface between education and practice, with particular attention to health workforce needs, team-based learning and care, and continuing education and professional development for advanced practice. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Maria was the Provincial Education Task Force Chair and Project Lead for, an online platform that supported over 15,000 health care workers for redeployment to hospital and long-term care settings. From 2009- 2021 Maria was the inaugural Director of the Centre for Interprofessional Education, a strategic partnership between the University of Toronto and UHN. Maria was the co-lead of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Leadership Collaborative, one of four international innovation collaboratives awarded by the Institute of Medicine in Washington. Her experiences in collaborative leadership for health system change contributed to the development, implementation and evaluation of the Collaborative Change Leadership™ program, for which Maria is currently Co-Director. Over the course of her career, Maria has been recognized as a leader in innovation related to interprofessional education and care, with the 3M Team Innovation Award and the Ontario Hospital Ted Freeman Award for Education Innovation. She is also seen as a mentor for emerging leaders within and beyond her profession, and for this she was awarded the Canadian Physiotherapy Association National Mentorship Award. Maria holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from McGill University, a Master of Science from the University of Western Ontario, and she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Throughout her career, Maria has held a variety of clinical, education, research and leadership positions across a multitude of professions. She is most passionate about the interface between research, education, and practice and leading change in complex systems.

Palak Vakil

Poster Presentation

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Shrey Vazir

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT 

Shrey is a Registered Physiotherapist, Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator, and an educator specializing in chronic pain, stress management and employee well-being. Having practiced mindfulness for over 12 years during his personal journey with Fibromyalgia, Shrey is a strong advocate for mindfulness meditation for both physical and mental well-being. With his advanced training in the Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™) program and a Certificate in Mind Body Medicine from Harvard Medical School, Shrey has integrated the principles of mindfulness meditation to teach patients and professionals on how they can better cope with chronic pain, stress, and burnout. As founder of Mind Body Horizons, Shrey has been invited to deliver webinars, workshops, courses, and keynotes that have garnered much praise and attention from an international audience of rehabilitation professionals. As a passionate clinician who is well-versed with neuroscience and evidence-based practice, Shrey’s mission is to inspire current and future rehabilitation professionals to incorporate mind-body approaches in their personal and clinical lives.

Linda Walker

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT 

Linda is the co-owner of the clinic and has a Masters of Physical Therapy from McMaster University.  She has worked in private practice in Greater Victoria for 20+ years.  She has a strong background in Biomechanics, Sports Injury/Performance, and Manual Therapy.  She has worked with Chronic Pain patients for 10+ years and finds this work very rewarding.

She is an associate of the Physiotherapy Association of BC, Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and is a Pain Champion with Pain BC. She is a Clinical Instructor for the UBC/UVIC Island Medical Program. Linda is the Online Education Director of the Animal Rehab Division of CPA and does Equine Physio to help horse and rider performance. She has taught Iyengar Yoga for 10 years to inject Primary Prevention into her community.
She has done speaking engagements for PABC, Olympic Athletes, Running Room, YMCA, Panorama Rec Centre, local Physiotherapists, local GP’s, and the Pain Modules for GP's General Practice Support Initiatives. When not problem-solving in the clinic, you can find her road or mountain biking, horseback riding, golfing, hiking with her 2 whippets, meditating, or doing yoga.

Dr. Dave Walton

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT 

BScPT, MSc, PhD is an Associate Professor with the School of Physical Therapy at Western University, cross-appointed to the Dept. of Psychiatry, and an Associate Scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute. He is Co-Director, of Innovative Solutions for Spinal Pain with the Western University CANSpine rehabilitation research lab. He has published over 130 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals largely around pain, prognosis, measurement, and clinical training. He is co-author of the book 'Musculoskeletal Pain - Assessment, Prediction, and Treatment' from Handspring Publishers (2020.)

Dr. Timothy Wideman

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT 

Dr. Timothy Wideman is an associate professor at McGill University and an experienced physiotherapist. His research focuses on better understanding and managing pain and pain-related suffering. He has published his work in the leading pain and rehabilitation journals and received several national awards for excellence in research, teaching and mentorship.

Dr. Jennifer Green-Wilson

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT 

Dr. Jennifer Green-Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Healthcare Studies at SUNY Brockport. She is also the principal of the Institute for Business Literacy and Leadership and the founding Director of LAMP Leadership for HPA the Catalyst of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Previously serving as a Director on the Board of Directors of the APTA, she speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to leadership, business literacy, and management in healthcare, and recently published a new textbook - Learning to Lead in Physical Therapy. Dr. Green-Wilson holds an Ed.D. degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, a MBA degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BS degree in physical therapy from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  

Darryl Yardley

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT 

Darryl Yardley is a physiotherapist, educator, researcher, and healthcare entrepreneur. He has mentored over 1000 clinicians on how to grow their confidence (and caseload) in private practice. He is the founder of Mentorship Bootcamp and pt harmony, the Chief Clinical Officer for Clinic Accelerator, and holds faculty positions at Western University and Queen's University. His clinical practice focuses on lumbopelvic hip conditions and consults with orthopaedic and neurosurgeons.

Tanja Yardley

Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT 


Tanja has 30 years of experience in private sector healthcare leadership; orchestrating strategy and operations across 50+ sites while coaching/developing leaders and teams of all types across multiple business streams.  Her past role as Healthcare Innovation Lead with a national healthcare company positioned her in the emerging technology space, where she developed relationships with numerous inventors and start-ups redefining the healthcare landscape. This insight into future-facing innovations brought her to Healthtech Connex, where she currently pursues her passion for neuroscience as the Brain Health Integration Lead, working with clinical, research and medical device teams. Through her consulting business, Wellspring Coaching, Tanja continues to work with business leaders, inventors, researchers and clinicians to create innovation-focused, cross-functional leadership teams that thrive as a result of their diversity.    

Tanja is also part of the global faculty of The Complete Leader (Leadership Development programs) and The Innovator’s Advantage Academy (Innovation Training- Coaching).

In her spare time, you’ll find Tanja in gumboots, driving a tractor or digging in the soil on her farm-retreat on Vancouver Island - where some see dirt, she sees potential!