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Friday, November 20, 2020 (All times in EST)

17:00 - 18:00

President's Welcome and Opening Keynote with World Physiotherapy's Dr. Emma Stokes
Speakers: Viivi Riis and Dr. Emma Stokes

18:00 - 18:10


18:10 - 18:55

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • ADVOCACY - Canada's Health Care System Reset: Lessons Learned & Actions Needed Following COVID-19
    Speakers: Amanda de Chastelain, Dave Walton & Jordan Burgess
    Session Description: Hear from members of the CPA's Foresight Working Group* as they explore policy and advocacy opportunities stemming from physiotherapy's experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic to date. President of the CPA, Viivi Riis, will moderate a panel discussion that considers the academic, public practice, and clinic owners' experiences, as well as recommendations on where we can act to meet the systemic challenges exposed by the pandemic.
    *Launched in the spring of 2020, the CPA Foresight Working Group's purpose is to provide critical insight and guidance to the CPA's Board of Directors and senior management, including the CPA's CEO, on what a post-COVID-19 future looks like for the physiotherapy profession in Canada as the CPA moves out of response and into a recovery phase. Group composition reflects the many facets of the profession and includes representatives from clinics and private practice, academia, regulators, Branches, and the CPA's Board of Directors.
  • ACUPUNCTURE - Advanced Acupuncture for Physiotherapists: An Introduction to Fascia-Energy Technique for Immediate Pain Relief
    Speakers: Enoch Ho, MPh, RPT, RAcu & John Chan, PT, Rac, FCAMPT
    Session Description: Over the past 10 years, there has been an increasing interest in treating various pain syndromes with acupuncture or dry needling and many courses developed to teach Canadian physiotherapists are based on a neuro-anatomical approach (or, the Western approach). However, are you able to integrate acupuncture and physiotherapy within the same treatment session at the same time? Are you able to achieve immediate pain relief with acupuncture and are you feeling the acupuncture points you are using are quite limited? In this introductory session of the advanced course of acupuncture for physiotherapists, we are going to discuss a few concepts in applying acupuncture based on the knowledge of fascia nowadays. It is a course designed by physiotherapists for physiotherapists to integrate acupuncture into physiotherapy practice. 
  • NEUROSCIENCES - The Use of Arts in Physiotherapy for People with Neurological Conditions
    Speakers: Dr. Kara Patterson & Dr. Kristin Musselman
    Session Description: This abstract describes our proposal for a 90-minute education session on the use of arts in physiotherapy for people with neurological conditions. Drs. Musselman and Patterson are physiotherapists and scientists with expertise on the therapeutic use of photography and dance, respectively. This education session will use lectures, cases, videos, photo displays, and audience participation to achieve the learning objectives.

18:55 - 19:05


19:05 - 19:50

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • INSURANCE - You Are Not Alone: Navigating a College Complaint
    Speakers: Maggie Green, Managing Director, Affinity, BMS Canada Risk Services Ltd.; John Sharoun, Executive General Adjuster, Crawford and Company; & Andrew McKenna, Partner, Gowling WLG
    Session Description: Join the CPA's insurance program partners, BMS Canada Risk Services, Crawford and Company, and Gowling WLG Canada, as they take you through the patient complaint process. Ms. Maggie Green, Managing Director at BMS Canada Risk Services Ltd., will speak about the types of complaints made against physiotherapists and the insurance coverage available under the CPA's Member Liability Insurance program. She will identify the breakdown of College complaints and provide examples of common complaints. Mr. John Sharoun, Executive General Adjuster at Crawford and Company, will discuss the role of the claims adjuster in the complaints process, from the time a claim is reported to the final resolution. Mr. Andrew McKenna, Partner at Gowling WLG (Canada), will review the regulatory complaints process, including possible outcomes and emerging legal practices in the defence of physiotherapists. Learn more about how the CPA has you covered through specialized insurance protection, legal defence, and risk management support.
  • CARDIORESPIRATORY - COVID-19 and the Future of Research
    Speakers: Pat Camp, PT, PhD; Alison Hoens, PT, MSc; & Michelle Kho, PT, Phd
    Session Description: This panel session will discuss the future of research in the current COVID-19 health environment. Chaired by Dr. Camp, the session will feature questions related to COVID-19 research from critical care populations to rehabilitation environments, as well as the ever-increasing importance of implementation science and knowledge translation during the pandemic and beyond.
  • WOMEN'S HEALTH - Mastitis and Breast Inflammation: Etiology and Physiotherapy Management
    Speaker: Mercedes Eustergerling
    Session Description: This education session is targeted to women's health and musculoskeletal physiotherapists. It provides a foundational overview of the anatomy and physiology of the lactating breast, etiology of inflammatory conditions, and physiotherapy approach to management.

19:50 - 20:00


20:00 - 20:45

Keynote Address: Physiotherapy Leadership and Resilience in COVID-19
Speaker: Dr. Michelle Kho
Session Description: Physiotherapists faced unprecedented challenges at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This talk will summarize the development of early international guidance for clinical management of patients with COVID-19 in the acute hospital setting. It will also highlight the challenges and resilience of physiotherapists, physiotherapist assistants, and student physiotherapists in Canada amidst the pandemic.

20:45 - 21:00

Closing Remarks


Saturday, November 21, 2020 (All times in EST)

11:00 - 12:00

President's Welcome and Enid Graham Lecture: What's Past is Prologue - Visioning the Next 100 Years of Physiotherapy in Canada and Beyond
Speaker: Dr. Michel Landry
Session Description: A century ago, and against all odds, Enid Graham cultivated a nascent physiotherapy profession in Canada and courageously established an organization that would eventually become the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. The life and times of our founder were complex, but with grit, perseverance, and passion, she laid the foundation upon which a modern physiotherapy profession has flourished and transformed the lives individuals, families, and communities across Canada and around the world. Advances in science, technology, clinical practice, and professional standards have propelled the legitimacy of physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants in an ever-changing and complex global health ecosystem. Recent global events have challenged our widely held assumptions and beliefs about health, society, and the economy and a fundamental question for the global physiotherapy community is the degree to which we are prepared to transform, grow, and pivot in the face of current and upcoming challenges. In his 2020 Enid Graham Memorial Lecture, Dr. Michel Landry will share lessons learned from 25 years of working in global health and discuss how our current challenges create important opportunities for those who wish to re-imagine and re-engineer a new reality in physiotherapy. The best way to predict the future is to create it; in this talk, Mike will launch a ‘call to action’ for the global physiotherapy community to collectively and actively define the next 100 years of physiotherapy. 

12:00 - 12:30

Physitrack Lunch Session: Advanced Technology & Mobile Apps for Everyday Patient Management

12:30 - 13:15

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • GLOBAL HEALTH  - Best Practices in Optimizing the Mental Health of Humanitarian Physiotherapists
    Speaker: Jennifer Allen, Anik Goulet & Allison Kraby
    Session Description: Humanitarian workers, including physiotherapists, are known to experience higher levels of trauma and burnout and are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety at higher rates than the general population. Individuals and organizations may mitigate these high levels of burnout and trauma through various means, as explored and discussed in this educational session.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Exploration and Discussion of What Diversity Means in Today's Physiotherapy Practice to Students in the Profession
    Speakers: Prateek Gupta, Dustin Murdock, Marquise Swaby, Hana Dibe & Mari Udarbe Han
    Session Description: An interactive opportunity to hear from a panel of the profession’s student voices as they engage in a conversation about their experiences with diversity, inclusion, equity, and racial awareness. This discussion will explore the actions needed in the physiotherapy community so the profession can intentionally become more inclusive.
  • SPORT - The Effects of Sub-Concussive Impacts on University Hockey Players
    Speaker: Dillon Richards
    Session Description: This study focuses on the effects of impact accumulation on university hockey players. This is through the use of impact trackers, EEG, and saccade tracking. This is of vital relevance for understanding the risk of sport and return to play.

13:15 - 13:25


13:25 - 14:10

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • ORTHOPAEDIC - Personalized Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training: The Safety, Mechanisms, and Clinical Application to this Novel Exercise Intervention to Enhance Strength, Hypertrophy, and Endurance in Young, Adult, and Elderly Populations
    Speaker: Susan Deslippe
    Session Description: Exercise training with blood flow restriction (BFR) enables muscle strengthening, hypertrophy, and cardiorespiratory gains to be accomplished using lower workloads, fewer repetitions, and shorter durations. Clinical research has also demonstrated enhanced angiogenesis and bone quality after surgery. This presentation will outline the history of BFR, safe and precise application methods, mechanisms, and transition from healthy athlete to elderly patient.
  • ANIMAL REHABILITATION - Assessment of the Canine Patient
    Speaker: Sue Van Evra, BSc, MSc, BHSc(PT), Dipl. Canine Rehab
    Session Description: This session is targeted to clinicians who are interested in canine rehabilitation. The session will include education on the key components of a neuromusculoskeletal assessment of a dog, recognizing signs of pain and dysfunction, and a comparison of human and canine anatomy.
  • ONCOLOGY - The Exercise Oncology Knowledge Mobilization Initiative: Identifying Key Research and Clinical Priorities to Promote Exercise for Cancer Survivors
    Speakers: Dr. Jenna Smith-Turchyn & Dr. Scott Adams
    Session Description: This abstract describes the research project which set out to develop a vetted list of high-priority knowledge mobilization research themes to support the implementation and permanent adoption of exercise as a standard of care in oncology.

14:10 - 14:20


14:20 - 15:05

Keynote Address: Empathy is the #1 Job Skill: The Future of Work and Learning
Speaker: Ilana Ben-Ari
Session Description: What does it mean to be human in the age of intelligent machines? What are the job skills of the future? How can we train ourselves — and our employees — to be indispensable to business success? In this interactive keynote, entrepreneur and inventor of The Empathy Toy, Ilana Ben-Ari identifies creativity and emotional intelligence as two of the top skills workers need — now and in the future. Much of our work is becoming automated, she says. But, a successful interaction between two human beings or a creative way of thinking, can’t be automated. It can, however, be taught.

15:05 - 15:15


15:15 - 16:00

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • PAIN SCIENCE - Community-Based Interventions for People with Chronic Pain: Current Initiatives, Patient Preferences, and Future Steps for Physiotherapists
    Speakers: Kyle Vader & Neil Pearson
    Session Description: This workshop will focus on two main topic areas: 1) the provision of physiotherapist-led pain education and movement programs in community-based settings and 2) preferences, barriers, and facilitators to community-based exercise opportunities from the perspective of adults living with chronic pain. After both topics have been presented, guided questions will be used to engage audience members in an interactive discussion.
  • LEADERSHIP - Elevating Your Leadership: Developing and Implementing Your Career Strategy
    Speaker: Dr. Laura Desveaux
    Session Description: This session draws on best practices from business, psychology, and health care to outline a process to support attendees in developing individual career strategies that align with their personal and professional goals. Attendees will practically apply these steps to develop a personalized career strategy, as well as identify opportunities to implement their career strategy within and beyond the profession.
  • OTHER - Adapting, Implementing, and Evaluating a Patient-Oriented Discharge Summary to Support Rehabilitation Transitions in Care for Complex Clients
    Speakers: Angie Andreoli & Denise Taylor
    Session Description: As Patient-Oriented Discharge Summary (PODS) continues to spread across Ontario, so does the need to adapt this tool to not only support complex disability, but also to clinicians interested in QI and co-design. This session offers two different models of how PODS has been adapted, implemented, and evaluated for rehabilitation for the physiotherapist and leader interested in scale and spread.

16:00 - 16:10


16:10 - 16:55

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • PRIVATE PRACTICE - State of Private Physiotherapy: How We Stay Competitive & What is Our Profession Going to Look Like in 20 Years
    Speaker: Karim Meghji, Wendy Coombs, Nick Lo, Paul Moon & Laura Patrick
    Session Description: Whether you're a clinician who is looking for a future trend, a new practice to align with, or a clinic owner who wants to not just survive but thrive in the coming years - all are invited to attend and inspire. There will be an opportunity to ask our Titan panel your most burning questions!
  • SENIORS' HEALTH - Assessing Mobility and Safety of People with Dementia Using Mobility Aids to Prevent Falls
    Speaker: Dr. Susan Hunter
    Session Description: Balance and gait problems are progressive in dementia, leading to impaired mobility and falls. People with dementia fall twice as often as their cognitively-healthy peers, at 60-80%. Mobility aids are common for balance and gait problems; yet, paradoxically, mobility aids in people with dementia increases falls three-fold. This workshop will provide clinicians with up-to-date research to optimize rehabilitation.
  • PAEDIATRIC - The Certain Uncertainty: Managing Pain in the Adolescent Athlete through Neuroscience Pain Education
    Speakers: Karen Hurtubise, Michael Sangster & Laura Brunton
    Session Description: Conventional physiotherapy approaches in managing complex pain in adolescent athletes focus on structural pathology paradigms. Often insufficient in explaining symptoms, these models can lead to diagnostic uncertainty and negative pain cognitions in these youth and their parents. To be effective, physiotherapists require a broad understanding of pain neurosciences and the skills to translate this knowledge to younger patients and parents.

19:00 - 20:00

The CPA's 100th Anniversary Virtual Gala
Description: You are invited to a Gala evening... at home! This event will feature messages from the CPA's leaders, the announcement of our CPA Awards recipients for 2020, entertainment, fun competitions, and networking opportunities with your peers.


Sunday, November 22, 2020 (All times in EST)

12:00 - 13:30

CPA Town Hall



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