The Canadian Physiotherapy Association held its inaugural Leadership Forum from November 2-4, 2017, in Ottawa. More than 250 Canadian and international delegates engaged in three days full of networking and gaining valuable information on:

  • Leading a team
  • Self-improvement
  • Innovation
  • Practice and change management

The variety of presentations and workshops provided participants take-home information from experienced physiotherapists and professionals, including:

  • Deri Latimer, Positivity Speaking
  • Anne Sado, George Brown College
  • Dave Walton, Physio Moves Canada
  • Emma Stokes, WCPT

And our many other talented and engaging speakers and presenters.



A few highlights:

  • Deri Latimer reminded us about positivity and the neuroscience of leadership;
  • Anne Sado encouraged us to #OwnIt and create our own opportunities;
  • A panel of five physiotherapy leaders shared stories and thoughts about leadership;
  • Dave Walton shared lessons learned during his Physio Moves Canada adventures;
  • We focused on leading a team, self-improvement, innovation, and practice management;
  • Everyone was put to work solving the Physio Challenge during the Think Tank (recap on this is coming soon);
  • Emma Stokes closed off the Forum reminding us about joy at work.



Below we are pleased to share three personal stories from delegates who attended.

Anthony Teoli shares his “leadership lessons”, calls the event an “unforgettable experience”, and looks forward to moving forward “as a collective”.

Emma Tallman and Shannon Mulholland of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association, share their perspectives here.

Emma left Ottawa “full to the brim with inspiration, motivation, and a new-found dedication to our profession.”

Shannon is equally excited. “I will make choices on how I want to interpret information so that I can be productive in my relationships with others.”

PT Pub Night for the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada

Sponsored by Performance Health, #PTPubNight was an overwhelming success. The event’s participants took over the top floor of the 3 Brewers, where they networked with each another and accessed “Human Library” leaders in the physiotherapy profession from across Canada.

Roughly 100 delegates helped to raise over $3,000 for the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada (Canada’s only registered charity dedicated to the funding of physiotherapy research) by bidding on a silent auction, investing in mugs, water bottles and shirts, and trying their luck with the 50/50 draw.

Thanks again for coming out, networking into the early hours, and helping to support PFC!


We are also pleased to provide you with a Storify, capturing our social media activity.

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