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(Day 1)

1100-1900

Board & Conference Committee Retreat

Board and Program Committee Meeting & Dinner
1900-2200

(Day 2)

0830-1700

Registration

Open all day, every day.
Convention Centre Foyer
0900-1245
1200-1300
1300-1700
1700-1800

CPRDF AGM

Bedeque/Cardigan
1800-2100

Welcome Reception with Vendors

Exhibit Hall Reception
Hillsborough/Malpqeue/Rustico
1900-2200

Resident Social

Merchantman Pub

(Day 3)

0700-0800

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

Light breakfast with the Exhibitors
Hillsborough/Malpqeue/Rustico
0800-0815

Opening Message

A few quick words before we start the day!
Bedeque/Cardigan
0815-0900
0900-0945
0945-1015

Coffee & Networking Break

Grab a coffee and peruse the Poster Boards and the Exhibitors
Hillsborough/Malpqeue/Rustico
1015-1145
1145-1345
1345-1515
1515-1630
1630-1700

Free Time

Freshen Up, Walk About, Get Ready
Elm
1700-1700
1800-2200

CPRDF Fundraising Dinner

Music and Auction - Super casual & comfortable evening.
Fisherman's Wharf World Famous Lobster Suppers

(Day 4)

0700-0800

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

Light breakfast with the Exhibitors
Hillsborough/Malpqeue/Rustico
0800-0815

Opening Message

A few quick words before we start the day!
0815-0900
0900-0925
0925-0935
0935-0945
0945-0955
0955-1000

Q&A

Panel Questions with the Awardees
Bedeque/Cardigan
1000-1100
1100-1110
1110-1118
1118-1126
1126-1134
1134-1142
1142-1150
1150-1200

Q&A

Panel Questions with the Awardees
Bedeque/Cardigan
1200-1300

Lunch with Exhibitors

Exhibitor Move Out 13:00
Hillsborough/Malpqeue/Rustico
1300-1430
1315-1700

Bike Adventure

(Optional)
1800-2200

Non-Hosted Dinner

(Optional)

(Day 5)

0700-0800

Light Breakfast

Nothing fancy
Bedeque/Cardigan

Networking Breakfast

Breakfast in the plenary
Bedeque/Cardigan
0800-0815

Opening Message

A few quick words before we start the day!
Bedeque/Cardigan
0815-0900
0900-0945
0945-1015
1015-1100
1100-1140
1140-1150
1150-1235
1235-1250
1250-1300
1300-1400
1400-1405
1405-1530
1530-1545

Quick Break & Transition

1545-1700
1600-1700
1800-2200

Brian MacEachern

Canadian Armed Forces Veteran




Mary Marcolin

Beechwood Physical Medicine


EMG Course Presenter


Dr. Devon Rubin

Mayo Clinic

Dr. Devon Rubin is a Professor of Neurology and neurologist, electromyographer, and educator at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Rubin specializes in clinical electromyography and neuromuscular diseases and has served as the Director of the EMG laboratory for over 15 years. He is a past board member of the AANEM and ACNS, and current chair of the ABPN CNP examination committee. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. He has developed numerous educational products to teach interpretation of EMG, and has published over 80 articles and 30 book chapters related to various aspects of clinical electromyography and is editor of the 5th edition of the textbook, Clinical Neurophysiology. Dr. Rubin has been recognized for his contributions in education by receiving the Jun Kimura Outstanding Educator award from AANEM and Mayo Clinic Distinguished Education Award.


Dr. Larry Robinson

University of Toronto

Dr. Larry Robinson serves as Professor and Chief of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Toronto. Dr. Robinson is based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he serves as Program Chief. He also holds the John and Sally Eaton Chair in Rehabilitation Sciences and is the President of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Robinson has published extensively on rehabilitation and electrodiagnosis with >200 publications in peer-reviewed literature. He has recently served as is the President of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and chief examiner for the EMG section of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology. He developed a method for diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome known as the Combined Sensory Index (he prefers the name "Robinson Index"). In 2017 he received the lifetime achievement award from the American Association of Electrodiagnostic and Neuromuscular Medicine (AANEM). He is will serve as chair of the 2026 ISPRM Congress in Vancouver.


Dr. Tom Miller

Dr. Thomas A. Miller, is a graduate of Queen's University (MD), in Kingston Canada. He trained in physical medicine & rehabilitation and did fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology and intraoperative neurophysiology (Sydney, Australia, UNSW 1993-1994). Tom is an associate professor in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada). He is director of the Electrodiagnostic laboratory, consultant physiatrist with the Hand and Upper Limb Centre, and co-director of the Peripheral Nerve Clinic, St Joseph's Health Care. His areas of academic and clinical interest include medical education, and peripheral nerve injury and its rehabilitation and spasticity. He is a past president of CAPMR.


Keynote Speaker

Diane LeBlanc

After leading and collaborating with people aiming to transform the telecommunications industry, Diane shifted her focus to her own education. She completed an BSc (Hon) in psychology and statistics, and MSc and Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology. Driven by a need to understand behaviour, armed with knowledge that workplaces are critically important to well-being, and excited by the power of collaboration, Diane has developed practical approaches that help people and organizations to realize their potential. In addition to her formal education, Diane has substantial knowledge and experience in organizational development activities related to project management, process improvement, leadership, change, and organizational design. Diane's goal is to partner with leaders to implement evidence-based changes designed to improve organizational health and performance.


Katharine Lowings

Katherine Lowings is the owner and operator of KL Therapy & Wellness in Charlottetown, PE. She holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy (BMT) from Acadia University and a Master of Counselling (MC) from the University of Lethbridge. She is a Registered Counselling Therapist (CT) through the College of Counselling Therapy PEI, a Certified Music Therapist (MTA) through the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, and a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Katherine works within the community to provide services on an individual and group basis with a wide variety of clients. Some populations include adults and children with developmental disabilities, youth at risk, mental health, neurological disorders, grief and loss, and palliative care. Katherine uses a client centered approach and uses creative tools to connect, communicate, and advocate with the clients' she works with.


Stephanie Plamondon

University of Calgary

Stephanie Plamondon, MD, FRCPC is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary, member of Hotchkiss Brain Institute and Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education. Dr. Plamondon trained in Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor, and completed MD and PM&R residency at McMaster University. She is a former program director for the PM&R Residency Training program, PMR Quality Improvement lead, Member of Cumming School of Medicine UCalgary Health Humanities Committee, Arts and Neurosciences community group, ACRM, and co-founder of a Neuroarts Coalition "HEAR Music Alberta" (Health Education, Advocacy and Research for Music) . She has led the Calgary Zone Music therapy inpatient program for the last 7 years, obtained certification in Patient Safety and Quality management, co-founding and cochairing the Division Patient Safety and Quality Council. Her area of clinical practice is Adult Neuromuscular R


Plenary Speaker

Dr. Amra Saric

Dalhousie University

Amra Saric, received her MD degree from University of Sarajevo, and her specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was carried out at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. Dr Saric is associate professor at Dalhousie University in Canada, and she is the division head for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University. Dr Saric is the Chair of the Specialty Committee in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada. Her areas of interest include neurorehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, spasticity management, and electromyography. Dr. Saric has presented at local and international PM&R conferences and has been involved in several national and international research studies.


Dr. Anita Mountain

University of Halifax

Dr. Anita Mountain is a physiatrist and assistant professor at Nova Scotia Health and Dalhousie University in Halifax.


Dr. Caitlin Cassidy

Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr. Cassidy completed her MD at the University of Ottawa (2009), and her residency training in PM&R at Western University (2014). She is an Associate Professor in the Departments of PM&R and Paediatrics at Western University. Her main clinical focus is in the Transitional and Lifelong Care (TLC) Program, providing long term rehabilitative care to people with chronic and sometimes complex conditions of childhood onset, including Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and others. Her research is focused in this area as well, assessing the transition to adult care with a chronic condition and developing peer support programs for individuals with CP, SB and others.


Dr. Christine Short

Nova Scotia Health Authority

Dr. Short is a physician leader and academic clinician. She is currently Head of the Department of Medicine for the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie. She is Senior Medical Director of Redevelopment for the Hospital. Dr. Short is a Royal College specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and an Associate Professor at Dalhousie Medical School. The rehabilitation medicine philosophy is grounded in team-work and innovative thinking. Dr. Short has carried this approach into her clinical, academic and leadership work. Her research focus is on improving function in persons with neurologic disorders and access to health care for women with disabilities. She also has an interest in educating on and promoting physician leadership with a focus on equity, diversity, inclusion and women in medical leadership. When not at work Dr. Short is a wife, Mother and Grandmother. She loves spending time on the lake, reading, cooking and walking her two Doodles.


Colleen O'Connell

Truly an East-coaster, and never far from water, Colleen completed medical school at Memorial in Newfoundland, residency in PM&R at Dalhousie in Nova Scotia and is Medical Director at New Brunswick's Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation and Clinical Research Director of UNB Institute of Biomedical Engineering. She married a Campbell from Prince Edward Island, thus establishing connection with all four Atlantic provinces. She holds appointments at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine, as well as the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Kinesiology. Believing in the strength of collaboration, or perhaps having difficulty saying no, she is a member of many networks: Canadian ALS Research Network, Praxis Spinal Cord Institute, Canadian Neurologic Diseases Network, Atlantic Mobility Action Project. Research interests and outputs are broad, reflecting a tendency to being an early adopter (FOMO), including applied technologies for mobility impairment and function, pain and spasticity management. Development of best practice recommendations are priorities, and she contributes as member of the PVA SCI Guidelines Consortium, Heart and Stroke's Best Practices Advisory Committee, Canadian SCI Pain Guidelines Committee, ALS Canada Best Practice Recommendations Working Group and the Canadian Thoracic Society Home Mechanical Ventilation Guidelines Committee.

International health work predates medical training. With husband Jeff Campbell and a team of rehabilitation volunteers she founded Team Canada Healing Hands in 2002, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing rehabilitation capacity in lower resourced countries. She has had opportunity to work in areas of rehabilitation care, training, and disaster response in many countries. She is chair of the Disaster committee of the International Spinal Cord Society, and is currently appointed to the Spinal Cord Injury technical working group of the WHO Emergency Medical Teams and SCI Modules for national health systems, and steering committee of the WHO World Rehabilitation Alliance.

She is a hockey mom of her young adult sons Sam and Vénel. In another life, she would have been an adventure travel agent.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Truly an East-coaster, and never far from water, Colleen completed medical school at Memorial in Newfoundland, residency in PM&R at Dalhousie in Nova Scotia and is Medical Director at New Brunswick's Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation and Clinical Research Director of UNB Institute of Biomedical Engineering. She married a Campbell from Prince Edward Island, thus establishing connection with all four Atlantic provinces. She holds appointments at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine, as well as the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Kinesiology. Believing in the strength of collaboration, or perhaps having difficulty saying no, she is a member of many networks: Canadian ALS Research Network, Praxis Spinal Cord Institute, Canadian Neurologic Diseases Network, Atlantic Mobility Action Project. Research interests and outputs are broad, reflecting a tendency to being an early adopter (FOMO), including applied technologies for mobility impairment and function, pain and spasticity management. Development of best practice recommendations are priorities, and she contributes as member of the PVA SCI Guidelines Consortium, Heart and Stroke's Best Practices Advisory Committee, Canadian SCI Pain Guidelines Committee, ALS Canada Best Practice Recommendations Working Group and the Canadian Thoracic Society Home Mechanical Ventilation Guidelines Committee.

International health work predates medical training. With husband Jeff Campbell and a team of rehabilitation volunteers she founded Team Canada Healing Hands in 2002, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing rehabilitation capacity in lower resourced countries. She has had opportunity to work in areas of rehabilitation care, training, and disaster response in many countries. She is chair of the Disaster committee of the International Spinal Cord Society, and is currently appointed to the Spinal Cord Injury technical working group of the WHO Emergency Medical Teams and SCI Modules for national health systems, and steering committee of the WHO World Rehabilitation Alliance.

She is a hockey mom of her young adult sons Sam and Vénel. In another life, she would have been an adventure travel agent.


Heather MacNeill


Dr. Jennifer McDonald

The Ottawa Hospital

Dr Jennifer McDonald is a physician in the Department of Medicine, Division of PMR at The Ottawa Hospital and lecturer at University of Ottawa. She is cross-appointed to Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. Her clinical interests include complex musculoskeletal medicine and pain management including interventional procedures. Dr McDonald persued additional fellowship training in Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto, Department of Anesthesia and Pain medicine. She is an EMG CSCN diplomate and ASRA- MSK Ultrasound certificate recipient. She teaches at several pain and MSK ultrasound workshops in Canada and the United States.


Mark Bayley

Mark Bayley is Program Medical Director & Physiatrist-in-Chief at UHN-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He is a Professor at the University of Toronto in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine. Mark has held a number of health system leadership roles including Chair of the Stroke Evaluation Committee at Corhealth Ontario, Brain injury committee at Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, the Canadian Stroke Best Practices committee and the Vice Chair of the GTA Rehab Network. His work has help redesign rehabilitation systems in Canada. He has led large randomized controlled trials including the Stroke Canada Optimization of Rehabilitation by evidence (SCORE), Fluoxetine to open the Window of Stroke Recovery (FLOW) study, the Getting on with Life after stroke and the EVREST (Efficacy of Virtual Reality Exercises using Wii gaming technology in STroke Rehabilitation). He has been very interested in implementing evidence at a health system level in the areas of stroke and brain injury initially through development of stroke rehabilitation guidelines then a leadership role in development of Canadian Stroke strategy (www.strokebestpractices.ca), a smartphone app to determine post stroke arm rehabilitation (www.viatherapy.org) and guidelines for concussion and traumatic brain injury (www.braininjuryguidelines.org). He is also actively involved in research to promote neurological recovery.


Monique Taillon

Dalhousie University

Dr. Paul Winston

UBC

Dr. Paul Winston He is a clinical associate professor with the University of British Columbia and the Island Medical Program. He is the Past President of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Medical Director of Rehabilitation and Transitions for Island Health and Medical Lead of Rehabilitation Medicine at Victoria General Hospital. Dr. Winston obtained his BSc. in Human Biology at the University of Toronto and his Medical Degree from the University of Western Ontario. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at U of T and obtained his EMG exam diploma from the Canadian Neurological Sciences Foundation. Dr. Winston practices a wide physiatry practice, with both hospital based in-patient and out-patient neurorehabilitation medicine with a focus on spinal cord Injury, brain injury and spasticity management.


SIG Speaker

Dr. Alice Kam

University of Toronto

Dr. Alice S. H. Kam is a Clinician Teacher, Department of Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto (U of T). She completed her MD at the University of Manitoba and her residency at University of Toronto. To further develop her expertise in medical education, she obtained her Master of Science in Community Health (Health Practitioner Teacher Education) at the University of Toronto in December 2021, following her completion of the Master Teacher Certificate, U of T, in 2018. She has been actively engaged in teaching medical students, residents, physicians and other health professionals for most of her career. In recognition of her exemplary contribution to the U of T residents in a scholarship project, she was the recipient of the University of Toronto Student Leadership Award in 2022.


Amanda Mayo

Sunnybrook

Dr. David Berbrayer

Dr. David Berbrayer is Medical Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Sunnybrook Health Sciences , University of Toronto. He is also an active Consultant at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab, University of Toronto. He is Pediatric SIG Chair CAPM&R. Dr. David Berbrayer is the first graduate of the 2 year program Master Teacher at University of Toronto. Dr. David Berbrayer is a Harvard Macy graduate and alumni of Harvard. Dr. David Berbrayer is active in AAPM&R, AAP, AACPDM and American Congress. Dr. David Berbrayer is an Associate Professor Medicine , University of Toronto.


Dr. Hadi Shojaei

Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre and St. Joseph's Care Group

Dr. Hadi Shojaei received his Medical Doctorate in 1995 from Tehran Medical University, Iran. He then attained specialty certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2002, and came to Canada when he was accepted as a clinical fellow in Chronic Pain Management at the Comprehensive Pain Program of the Toronto Western Hospital by Dr. Angela Mailis (2010-2012). Hadi continued working at the Pain & Wellness Centre with Dr. Mailis and her team and then completed a-2-year clinical fellowship of Comprehensive Integrated Pain Program at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute with Dr. John Flannery and the Pain & Wellness Centre with Dr. Angela Mailis (2016-2018). He successfully completed all the Medical Council of Canada requirements and obtained his LMCC in 2017. He is known as a warm and congenial individual who always cares the most for his patients. As of July 1, 2018, Dr. Shojaei started his academic endeavour as an Assistant Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine University, and he has promoted to Associate Professor in May 2023. He has published multiple papers and presented multiple oral and poster presentations in Canada and other counties. He works as a Physiatrist/Chronic Pain Medicine Specialist at Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre and St. Joseph's Care Group.


Julio Furlan

Julio C. Furlan is a staff neurologist and a Clinician Investigator at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Scientist at KITE Research Institute, and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Toronto. He is a trained head and neck surgeon from Brazil, who holds a MBA degree in Health Administration, an MSc degree in Clinical Epidemiology, and a PhD degree in Neuroanatomy. He completed residency training in Adult Neurology at University of Toronto in June 2014, and he completed a two-year clinical fellowship in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the University of Toronto in June 2016. Dr Furlan´s research has been focused on outcome measures and predictors of outcome after traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury. In addition he has interest and expertise in autonomic dysfunction after spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and economic analyses.


Dr. Nicolas Fernandez

Université de Montréal

Nicolas Fernandez, PhD is Adjunct Professor at Université de Montréal School of medicine. Nicolas leveraged his experience in teaching and higher education research to design and direct, since 2012, an on-line Master's (M.Ed.) programme in pedagogy for medical educators. He has also embarked on two research tracks that are of interest to him: competency-based medical education and experiential knowledge creation and recognition by patients and families. As such, he is a co-author of the 2014 Future of Graduate Medical Education report for the Association of Canadian Medical Faculties and published highly regarded papers on the concept of competence, reflexive practice, Learning by Concordance and Patient partnership targeted to Health Sciences educators. He has also contributed, as an Adult Education specialist, to the development of the Université de Montréal School of Medicine patient partnership program since 2014.


Robert Simpson

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Dr. Sean Dukelow

University of Calgary

Dr. Sean Dukelow is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Calgary and is the Medical Director of Stroke Rehabilitation for the Calgary Stroke Program. He is a physician specialist in and Section Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Calgary. He acts as the Research Director for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency training program. His research interests include: 1) the development of robotic assessment tools to accurately quantify sensory, motor and cognitive function and recovery after stroke 2) improving understanding of brain function and neuroplasticity after stroke using tools such as robotics and neuroimaging techniques 3) the development of novel robotic rehabilitation techniques for therapies for individuals with neurologic disorders and 4) the use of non-invasive brain stimulation to enhance sensory, motor and language recovery after stroke 5) The conduct of clinical trials to enhance recovery after stroke.



US Guided Workshop Presenter

Dr. Arun Gupta

Dr. Gupta's clinical practice focuses on musculoskeletal health with a special interest in sports medicine, interventional spine care, ultrasound-guided joint/soft-tissue injections and electromyography. He has published books, abstracts and papers in various peer-reviewed journals and continues to work on a number of independent research projects aimed at improving knowledge in sports medicine and spine care. He has a particular interest innovative medical techniques. This includes various nerve blocks for joint related pain and orthobiologics. The goal of his team is to improve patient mobility, function and quality of life using technology. He is the the Team Physician for the Alberta Ballet. His passion for health care and innovation made him the CEO and Medical director for Infini Health. Infini Health has now expanded out East and Dr. Gupta is leading their expansion. Dr. Gupta is now the acting President of the AMA Sub-section in Pain.


Harpreet Sangha


Dr. Jennifer McDonald

The Ottawa Hospital

Dr Jennifer McDonald is a physician in the Department of Medicine, Division of PMR at The Ottawa Hospital and lecturer at University of Ottawa. She is cross-appointed to Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. Her clinical interests include complex musculoskeletal medicine and pain management including interventional procedures. Dr McDonald persued additional fellowship training in Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto, Department of Anesthesia and Pain medicine. She is an EMG CSCN diplomate and ASRA- MSK Ultrasound certificate recipient. She teaches at several pain and MSK ultrasound workshops in Canada and the United States.


Jody Young

Canadian Armed Forces

Jordan Farag

Jordan Farag currently holds a full-time academic position as a Clinician-Teacher in the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. He works at the Toronto Rehab Institute, where he is a consultant Physiatrist in the Interventional and Electromyography outpatient clinics, in addition to the Musculoskeletal and Multi-System Rehab inpatient program. He is the medical lead for the EMG Lab at Toronto Rehab. His clinical focus includes assessment and treatment of complex neuromusculoskeletal pain conditions, polytrauma and peripheral nerve injuries. He is a diplomate of both the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (Dip CSCN – EMG) and Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine (Dip CASEM – Sports Medicine).


Dr. Najam Mian

Dr. Mian is triple-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (RCPSC), Pain Medicine (RCPSC), and Sport Medicine (CASEM). He sees a wide variety of patient populations from disabled workers to professional athletes; recognizing that an individualized treatment approach is required, following a multi-dimensional, biopsychosocial assessment. As co-founder of the Canadian Pain & Regenerative Institute (CPRI) in Vancouver and New Westminster, his goal is to help create a multi-disciplinary team and environment that can comprehensively treat non-surgical musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain conditions. He is also a consultant at the Transitional Pain Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital, Clinical Lead of the BC ECHO for Chronic Pain, and PM&R Representative on the RCPSC Pain Medicine subspecialty committee.


Dr. Nimish Mittal

Univerity of Toronto

Dr. Nimish Mittal is an Assistant Professor at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Mittal holds a cross-appointment in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He holds a Master's in Health Research Methodology. Dr. Mittal is a frequently invited speaker at multiple international and national pain and physiatry conferences. He holds more than $2 million in peer reviewed grants and has published several articles in indexed high impact peer-reviewed journals. He has a particular interest in advancement of innovative best clinical practices in chronic musculoskeletal joint pains with use of image guided (Ultrasound/X-Ray) injections. He is also passionate


Workshop Presenter

Prof. Andrei Krassioukov

University of British Columbia

Prof. Krassioukov is a clinician scientist who obtained his medical degree from Volgograd State Medical School, Russia and his PhD degree at the Ivan Pavlov Institute of Physiology, Russian Academy of Science, St. Petersburg, Russia. He has authored and co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and reviewed articles. His research is supported by numerous national and international agencies such as Christopher and Dena Reeve Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, British Columbia Neurotrauma Fund/RickHansen Institute and others. For the last three eyars he served as a President of the American Spinal Injury Association. He is well recognised leader in arae of autonomic assessment following spinal cord injury.


Dr. Andy Haig

U. Michigan

Andrew Haig M.D. is founding president of the International Rehabilitation Forum (IRF). After a successful career in academics he used that influence to bring together colleagues around the world to advance medical rehabilitatoin around the world through that organization. The IRF has gone on to launch the academic field of disaster rehabilitation, form sub-Saharan Africa's first board-certifiable Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation training program, and mentor many young leaders around the world.

Professor Emeritus of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Haig built the Spine Program, Work Rehabilitation Program and Cancer Rehabilitation program at the University of Michigan. he's author of over 150 scientific papers in the areas of back pain, electrodiangnosis, work disability and global rehabilitation, and recipient of some of the top global research, education, and advocacy awards. he lives and works in Vermont, USA.


Dr. Anna McCormick

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Dr. Anna McCormick is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa with Royal College Certification in both Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Presently, she is the medical director of pediatric rehabilitation at The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and a rehabilitation consultant at The Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. McCormick has a special interest in use of technology in rehabilitation to enable children including; Robot assisted gait training, virtual reality facilitated exercise and artificial intelligence aided early recognition of communication challenges. Other research initiatives of interest have included treatment of hypertonicity in cerebral palsy, transition of young adults to adult care, development of an evidence-based review of acquired brain injury and database development to enable research including the Integrated Neuroscience Discovery Network (CP-Net) and The Canadian Neuromuscular Data Registry (CNDR).


Courtney Frengopoulos

McMaster University

Courtney Frengopoulos completed her undergraduate degree in Health Science with an honour's specialization in Rehabilitation at Western University. Following that she completed a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Sciences, with her thesis focusing on cognitive impairment and functional outcomes following lower extremity amputation. She then attended medical school at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Currently she is in the second year of her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at McMaster University. Her current research interests are diverse -with a passion for improving functional outcomes for patients across the breadth of physiatry populations.


Dr. Elizabeth Condliffe

University of Calgary

Dr. Condliffe is a clinician-scientist in the University of Calgary's department of Clinical Neurosciences. Her clinical work and research are driven by an interest in improving clinical interventions to promote neuroplastic change and reduce multisystem impacts of impairments throughout the lifespan of people with cerebral palsy and other causes of long-term neurodisabilities. As a biomedical engineer, neurophysiololgist and physiatrist, the Pediatric Onset Neuromotor Impairment (PONI, @ponilabresearch) lab Dr. Condliffe leads uses technological innovations including robot-assisted gait training, neurophysiologic as well as clinical tools for assessment, rehabilitation and as assistive devices. She co-leads the Movement Impairment team of the RESTORE Network at the University of Calgary and is Medical lead for the Youth Functional Independence Clinic at Alberta Children's Hospital and recently became Vice-Chair of your CAPM&R Research Committee.


Gabriella Ghanem

McMaster University

Gabriella Ghanem completed her undergraduate degree in the School of Public Health and Health Systems with a specialization in Health Informatics at the University of Waterloo. Following this, she completed medical school at the University of Toronto and subsequently began her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at McMaster University. She is currently in her third year. Gabriella's clinical interests are quite broad at this point as she enjoys exploring the breadth of PMR.


Dr. Gihan Perera

McMaster University/Hamilton Health Sciences

Dr. Gihan Perera is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist at Hamilton Health Sciences. He completed his medical degree (2011) and residency training (2016) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. His clinical focus is in musculoskeletal medicine, chronic pain, post-concussion syndrome (PCS) and acquired brain injury rehabilitation. He holds the position of Assistant Professor at McMaster University within the Faculty of Health Sciences. His research focuses on traumatic brain injury, specifically PCS, functional rehabilitation and the impact of patient compliance on recovery. In 2020, in response to an unmet need in his patients, Dr. Perera developed MyHeadHealth (MHH), a patientfocused, web-based application for PCS recovery. MHH connects patients with free, evidence-based resources to aid in the management of common PCS symptoms. In his spare time, he enjoys running, cycling and playing hockey, and trying his best to make his 3- and 6-year-old nieces laugh.


Dr. Jaime Yu

University of Alberta

Dr Jaime Yu is a physiatrist and associate professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB. She completed her PM&R training at the University of Calgary, and started her early career as a general community physiatrist in Kelowna, BC. Her clinical practice is focused in stroke rehabilitation and spasticity, and her academic focus is in medical education with several leadership roles at the undergradute and postgraduate levels. She is one of the course directors of the Canadian Comprehensive Review Course in PM&R and has served on the CAPM&R board of directors since 2018.


Dr. Jason Peeler

University of Manitoba

Dr. Jason Peeler is a PhD trained Certified Athletic Therapist, and tenured Associate Professor in the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He has served as the course director for the medical program's preclinical MSK course since 2011. As a clinical educator, he possesses more than 30 years of experience in course/curriculum development and program accreditation across medical and health science fields. His current research is focused on exploring how curricular design and educational activities influence MSK learning and knowledge retention across the health sciences.


Jessica Murphy

McMaster University

Dr. Karen Ethans

University of Manitoba

Dr. Ethans is an Associate professor at the University of Manitoba, and is a PM+R specialist with a American Board certified subspecialty in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. She completed her medical school training and PM+R residency at Dalhousie University. She practices at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, where she has been for over 23 years, as well as doing outreach clinics at many personal care homes in Winnipeg and to some remote northern communities. She is active in teaching and research, as well as the inpatient and outpatient clinical care of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and people with spasticity from many causes such as stroke, MS, and Cerebral Palsy. With her long-term follow up program with people with SCI, her particular interests are management of spasticity, neuropathic pain, neurogenic bladder, and generally hoping to help improve quality of life for those living with SCI.


Markus Besemann

Canadian Armed Forces

LCol. Besemann is the RETIRING CANADIAN ARMED FORCES CHIEF OF REHABILITATION MEDICINE. A graduate of the University of Ottawa(MD'88), he has practised medicine since 1989 and since 2008 has devoted his career to the rehabilitation of injured soldiers, conducting research to improve outcomes for military members who have experienced combined physical and psychological trauma. In 2012 he became the expedition physician for the TRUE PATRIOT LOVE FOUNDATION and assisted injured CAF members in climbing mountains in the Himalayas and Antarctica as well as ski to the North Pole. Since 2016 he has been a volunteer with PROJECT TRAUMA SUPPORT, and has accompanied no less than 800 first responders and veterans on their healing journeys. In 2014, he was awarded the esteemed Rehabilitation Award by the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) for his contributions to the discipline of military rehabilitation medicine since 2008.


Dr. Mary Halpine

Dr. Mary Halpine is a community physiatrist at the Moncton Hospital in New Brunswick. She completed her PM&R training at Dalhousie and is now an associate professor at Dalhousie University and Memorial University of Newfoundland. She was originally the resident representative on the planning committee, and despite the 3 year delay and no longer being a resident, she is proud to still be on the committee and to welcome everyone in person in PEI.


McKyla McIntyre

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

McKyla McIntyre is a physiatrist in the Brain and Spinal Cord Program at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, with clinical focus in Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), Stroke and Spasticity. She holds a full-time clinical academic appointment as a Clinician Teacher in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto (Assistant Professor). She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto. She also completed her Masters' degree (MSc) in System Leadership and Innovation from the University of Toronto's Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. She has a special interest in virtual care and education, including harnessing technology to improve access to specialist care in underserved communities. She has worked on distance education projects across Ontario, as well as in rural areas of Uganda and Nepal.


Robert Simpson

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Ryan Kelly

McMaster University

PGY2 at McMaster University. Completed medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Born in Charlottetown, PEI


Dr. Steve Mann

Queen's University

Dr Steve Mann completed his residency training in orthopaedics at Queen's University, followed by an adult trauma fellowship, also at Queen's, and a lower-extremity arthroplasty fellowship in Auckland, New Zealand. He is an Assistant Professor at Queen's with a complex primary/revision arthroplasty and trauma practice. He completed a Masters of Medical Education through the University of Dundee and is involved in a variety of educational activities both locally and nationally, including service as Orthopaedic Competence Committee Chair, Course Director of the Queen's medical school MSK curriculum, and Education Vice-Chair at the Canadian Arthroplasty Society.



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2021 (17 Webinars)

Dec 15th Compassionate care in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Oct 8th Resource Stewardship, PM&R & the Choosing Wisely Movement

Sep 10th Can Real of Artificial Exercise Improve Peripheral Nerve Regeneration Following Injury? From Bench to Bedside

Sep 7th MSC - Post Covid-19 Recovery Rehab & Persistent Symptoms - Dr. Jill Calder

Jul 28th How Physiatrists Can Make an Impact in Medical Politics

Jul 7th Common Peripheral Mononeuropathies

Jun 11th Everything You Wanted to Know About Ulnar Neuropathy But Were Afraid to Ask - And More!

Jun 10th 2021 Update to the CanPainSCI Clinical Practice Guidelines For Neuropathic Pain

Jun 9th Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation: A primer for medical students: Dr. Matti Allen

Jun 4th Social Media & the Professional: A User's Guide

May 28th VE Day - Gallery - Update on Diagnosis and New Treatments for Concussion and the Consequences of Concussion

May 19th Spinal Muscular Atrophy 2021

May 11th Physiatry Spasticity Assessment: A Field Guide for Medical Students - Dr. Alana Fleet

May 7th Why Should We Care About the Lower Motor Neuron in Spinal Cord Injury?

Mar 3rd The Rewarding World of Rural Rehab; A Coast to Coast Tour

Mar 1st MSC: Approach to Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) - Tiffany Got

Jan 15th A Case Based Update on Neurogenic Bladder

2020 (21 Webinars)

Dec 17th Bill C-7 - Potentially Devastating and Literally Lethal Changes to Medical Assistance in Dying

Dec 11th CAPM&R Amputee SIG Virtual Learning Activity (Osseointegration & COVID-19)

Dec 10th Applying to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Part 2

Dec 8th Applying to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Part 1

Dec 3rd Spasticity Managemnet During COVID-19 Pandemic

Dec 3rd Arranging Pretty: Piecing Together Meaningful Rehabilitation Relationships

Nov 17th Integrative Approaches to Muscle Weakness in a Physiatry Setting

Nov 12th New Development in Myotonic Dystrophy

Oct 30th Medicine Through Movement: Virtual Workshop

Oct 15th Introduction to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Oct 13th Assessment and Treatment of Chronic Migraine Patients in Your Practice

Oct 8th 2020 Canadian Nursing Best Practice Recommendations for IC

Oct 8th Dance & Sports Injury with DTRC

Oct 7th Assessment and Treatment of Cervical Dystonia Patients in Your Practice

Sep 29th Dance & Sports Injury with DTRC

Jul 23rd Virtual Physical Examination for PM7R During COVID-19 and Beyond

Jun 12th Neuromuscular Virtual Short Course

May 29th Ultrasound-Guided Tendon Fenestration and Prolotherapy for Bilateral Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy: A Case Report

Apr 29th And the Rehab Goes On - Virtual Rehabilitation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Apr 20th Virtual Teaching (Interactive Webinar)

Apr 15th Virtual Care - Managing Liability Concerns

Apr 6th Mindfulness and Wellness During the Pandemic

Mar 30th Patients and the Virtual World: Dealing with COVID-19


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Brian MacEachern

Canadian Armed Forces Veteran




Mary Marcolin

Beechwood Physical Medicine


Dr. Jaime Yu

PresidentYear:2

Dr Jaime Yu is a physiatrist and associate professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB. She completed her PM&R training at the University of Calgary, and started her early career as a general community physiatrist in Kelowna, BC. Her clinical practice is focused in stroke rehabilitation and spasticity, and her academic focus is in medical education with several leadership roles at the undergradute and postgraduate levels. She is one of the course directors of the Canadian Comprehensive Review Course in PM&R and has served on the CAPM&R board of directors since 2018.


Dr. Grace Li

DirectorYear:2

Dr. Grace Li provides specialized rehabilitation services at a variety of Lower Mainland hospitals and outreach for post-neurologic injury and post- orthopedic trauma rehabilitation. Her other interests include EMG and nerve conduction studies and complex upper extremity rehabilitation. Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation consultations are provided for patients with neurologic, musculoskeletal, or complex injuries.

For the UBC Division of PM&R, she is the contact person for medical students interested in elective experiences in physiatry in Vancouver.


Dr. Denyse Richardson

DirectorYear:2

Dr. Denyse Richardson is a Professor, Department Head and a Clinician Educator at Queen's University. Subsequent to her fellowship in Physiatry (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation), she completed a Master in Education, specializing in Health Professions Education. Her academic activities are spread between education and research while maintaining a busy clinical practice. She is passionate about collaborative relationship-centered care, demonstrating this daily, having often been recognized by colleagues, learners and patients for her dedication to and advocacy for her patients and families needs. She holds numerous awards for research and education and in 2022, she earned international recognition as the first Canadian to win the American Association of Academic Physiatrists Innovation and Impact Award in Education, which recognizes outstanding new developments and improvements in education that benefit the academic and physiatric communities. Her current primary educational focus, nationally and with international collaborators, is furthering the knowledge, practice, and implementation of Competency Based Education and in particular, she had led the development of the Coaching Model being implemented across Canada, in all specialty programs as part of the RCPSC's Competence by Design (CBD) Transformation Project. Her clinical researchpursues innovation in motor control assessment and spasticity management. Her utltimate goal, both from a clinical and scholarship perspective, is to work together to improve Health for all Canadians.


Dr. Brad Selk

TreasurerYear:3

Currently in his 12th year of practice, Brad has enjoyed a vibrant community practice with a focus on Neuromuscular and Musculoskeletal medicine. He serves as the lead clinician educator for neuromuscular medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program. He enjoys teaching residents and medical students alike. Brad is also the Co-Director of the Neuromuscular lab at Saskatoon City Hospital in Saskatoon.


Dr. Ranita Manocha

DirectorYear:2

Dr. Ranita Manocha is a physician-scientist in the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She received her BA in Cross-Disciplinary Studies at Western University in 2008, followed by her MD at the University of British Columbia in 2012. Dr. Manocha completed specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Clinician Investigator Program at Western University (2018), during which she obtained an MSc in Medical Biophysics. Dr. Manocha specializes in connective tissue disorder rehabilitation, neurophysiological diagnostic testing, and bracing and wheelchair seating.


Dr. Paul Woolfrey

DirectorYear:2

Dr. Woolfrey received his MD from Memorial in 1992 and Fellowship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from Dalhousie University in 1997. He is Physiatrist for a 10 bed in-patient Unit at Western Memorial Hospital in Corner Brook, NL. He has a special interest in the management and rehabilitation of Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Spasticity, Amputees, Neuromuscluar Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury and Pain. Dr. Woolfrey has been on the CAPM&R executive since 2018 and Education Committee since 2016. He was Chair of the CAPM&R Pain Special Interest Group from 2014 -2016. He was Co-Chair of the Annual Scientific Meeting CAPM&R and course in Clinical Pearls in Non- Malignant Pain and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in 2014. He served on the Newfoundland and Labrador Integrated Stroke Strategy (ISSAC) and was recognized by the Canadian Paraplegic Association in 2006. He is presently on the steering committee for the Spinal Cord Injury Network of the Atlantic Provinces (SCINAPS). He has been recognized for his contribution teaching and has published review articles in the Journal of CME in Fibromyalgia and Repetitive strain Injury. He enjoys teaching medical students and residents and is an advocate for persons with disabilities.


Dr. Jehane Dagher

Director

Dr. Jehane Dagher serves as an Associate Professor at the Université de Montreal. Dr. Dagher is a physiatrist based at the Montreal Rehab Institute where she is the Traumatic Brain Injury Program Chief. She is actively involved in teaching residents and medical students. She is a consultant on the Neurosurgical Trauma ward at the Montreal General Hospital, McGill University. Dr. Dagher publishes on TBI rehabilitation, epidemiology & outcomes. She presents at national and international conferences. To educate the public about concussion prevention, she is often called by journalists for interviews on radio & television.


Dr. Larry Robinson

Past-President & ISPRM 2026 Chair

Dr. Larry Robinson serves as Professor and Chief of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Toronto. Dr. Robinson is based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he serves as Program Chief. He also holds the John and Sally Eaton Chair in Rehabilitation Sciences and is the President of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Robinson has published extensively on rehabilitation and electrodiagnosis with >200 publications in peer-reviewed literature. He has recently served as is the President of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and chief examiner for the EMG section of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology. He developed a method for diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome known as the Combined Sensory Index (he prefers the name "Robinson Index"). In 2017 he received the lifetime achievement award from the American Association of Electrodiagnostic and Neuromuscular Medicine (AANEM). He is will serve as chair of the 2026 ISPRM Congress in Vancouver.


Ms. Heather Dow

Executive Director
  • 25+ years of leadership in Charities, Not-for-Profits (NFP) and National Specialty Societies (NSS)
  • Senior Manager at Events & Management Plus Inc. in Kingston, ON.
  • Credentials; Certified Association Executive (CAE); 2015 and Certified Professional in CPD (Healthcare) (CPC(HC)) awarded June 2021 (1 of 8 recipients & only individual representing an NSS).
  • Holds the title of ED/CEO for the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (CAPM&R); Canadian Advances in Neuro-Orthopedics for Spasticity Congress (CANOSC) (co-Founder); Canadian Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Association (CSCI-RA) (co-founder); Toronto Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Conference (TPMRC) (co-founder); Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP); and the Canadian Society of Gastroenterology Nurses & Associates (CSGNA).
  • Chair of the CEO Roundtable of Canadian National Medical Organizations, member of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) CEO Working Group, CPD Rapid Response Committee, CPD-A Virtual Reality program Committee, and CPD Accreditation Committee. Member of the Community of Interest Working Group for the Coalition for Physician Learning and Practice Improvement and Director for Mountain Bike Kingston.
  • Several published peer-reviewed journal articles in both physical medicine and rehabilitation and pathology specialties.
  • Hobbies; riding my Tennessee Walker mare Georgie, autocross or lapping (Shannonville, Tremblant, or Calabogie), touring on my 1100cc Honda Shadow, Highland Dancing, riding single track on a mountain bike, weight training, hanging at cottage and enjoying time with family.

EMG Course Presenter


Dr. Devon Rubin

Mayo Clinic

Dr. Devon Rubin is a Professor of Neurology and neurologist, electromyographer, and educator at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Rubin specializes in clinical electromyography and neuromuscular diseases and has served as the Director of the EMG laboratory for over 15 years. He is a past board member of the AANEM and ACNS, and current chair of the ABPN CNP examination committee. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. He has developed numerous educational products to teach interpretation of EMG, and has published over 80 articles and 30 book chapters related to various aspects of clinical electromyography and is editor of the 5th edition of the textbook, Clinical Neurophysiology. Dr. Rubin has been recognized for his contributions in education by receiving the Jun Kimura Outstanding Educator award from AANEM and Mayo Clinic Distinguished Education Award.


Dr. Larry Robinson

University of Toronto

Dr. Larry Robinson serves as Professor and Chief of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Toronto. Dr. Robinson is based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he serves as Program Chief. He also holds the John and Sally Eaton Chair in Rehabilitation Sciences and is the President of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Robinson has published extensively on rehabilitation and electrodiagnosis with >200 publications in peer-reviewed literature. He has recently served as is the President of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and chief examiner for the EMG section of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology. He developed a method for diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome known as the Combined Sensory Index (he prefers the name "Robinson Index"). In 2017 he received the lifetime achievement award from the American Association of Electrodiagnostic and Neuromuscular Medicine (AANEM). He is will serve as chair of the 2026 ISPRM Congress in Vancouver.


Dr. Tom Miller

Dr. Thomas A. Miller, is a graduate of Queen's University (MD), in Kingston Canada. He trained in physical medicine & rehabilitation and did fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology and intraoperative neurophysiology (Sydney, Australia, UNSW 1993-1994). Tom is an associate professor in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada). He is director of the Electrodiagnostic laboratory, consultant physiatrist with the Hand and Upper Limb Centre, and co-director of the Peripheral Nerve Clinic, St Joseph's Health Care. His areas of academic and clinical interest include medical education, and peripheral nerve injury and its rehabilitation and spasticity. He is a past president of CAPMR.


Keynote Speaker

Diane LeBlanc

After leading and collaborating with people aiming to transform the telecommunications industry, Diane shifted her focus to her own education. She completed an BSc (Hon) in psychology and statistics, and MSc and Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology. Driven by a need to understand behaviour, armed with knowledge that workplaces are critically important to well-being, and excited by the power of collaboration, Diane has developed practical approaches that help people and organizations to realize their potential. In addition to her formal education, Diane has substantial knowledge and experience in organizational development activities related to project management, process improvement, leadership, change, and organizational design. Diane's goal is to partner with leaders to implement evidence-based changes designed to improve organizational health and performance.


Katharine Lowings

Katherine Lowings is the owner and operator of KL Therapy & Wellness in Charlottetown, PE. She holds a Bachelor of Music Therapy (BMT) from Acadia University and a Master of Counselling (MC) from the University of Lethbridge. She is a Registered Counselling Therapist (CT) through the College of Counselling Therapy PEI, a Certified Music Therapist (MTA) through the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, and a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Katherine works within the community to provide services on an individual and group basis with a wide variety of clients. Some populations include adults and children with developmental disabilities, youth at risk, mental health, neurological disorders, grief and loss, and palliative care. Katherine uses a client centered approach and uses creative tools to connect, communicate, and advocate with the clients' she works with.


Stephanie Plamondon

University of Calgary

Stephanie Plamondon, MD, FRCPC is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary, member of Hotchkiss Brain Institute and Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education. Dr. Plamondon trained in Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor, and completed MD and PM&R residency at McMaster University. She is a former program director for the PM&R Residency Training program, PMR Quality Improvement lead, Member of Cumming School of Medicine UCalgary Health Humanities Committee, Arts and Neurosciences community group, ACRM, and co-founder of a Neuroarts Coalition "HEAR Music Alberta" (Health Education, Advocacy and Research for Music) . She has led the Calgary Zone Music therapy inpatient program for the last 7 years, obtained certification in Patient Safety and Quality management, co-founding and cochairing the Division Patient Safety and Quality Council. Her area of clinical practice is Adult Neuromuscular R


Plenary Speaker

Dr. Amra Saric

Dalhousie University

Amra Saric, received her MD degree from University of Sarajevo, and her specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was carried out at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. Dr Saric is associate professor at Dalhousie University in Canada, and she is the division head for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University. Dr Saric is the Chair of the Specialty Committee in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada. Her areas of interest include neurorehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, spasticity management, and electromyography. Dr. Saric has presented at local and international PM&R conferences and has been involved in several national and international research studies.


Dr. Anita Mountain

University of Halifax

Dr. Anita Mountain is a physiatrist and assistant professor at Nova Scotia Health and Dalhousie University in Halifax.


Dr. Caitlin Cassidy

Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr. Cassidy completed her MD at the University of Ottawa (2009), and her residency training in PM&R at Western University (2014). She is an Associate Professor in the Departments of PM&R and Paediatrics at Western University. Her main clinical focus is in the Transitional and Lifelong Care (TLC) Program, providing long term rehabilitative care to people with chronic and sometimes complex conditions of childhood onset, including Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and others. Her research is focused in this area as well, assessing the transition to adult care with a chronic condition and developing peer support programs for individuals with CP, SB and others.


Dr. Christine Short

Nova Scotia Health Authority

Dr. Short is a physician leader and academic clinician. She is currently Head of the Department of Medicine for the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie. She is Senior Medical Director of Redevelopment for the Hospital. Dr. Short is a Royal College specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and an Associate Professor at Dalhousie Medical School. The rehabilitation medicine philosophy is grounded in team-work and innovative thinking. Dr. Short has carried this approach into her clinical, academic and leadership work. Her research focus is on improving function in persons with neurologic disorders and access to health care for women with disabilities. She also has an interest in educating on and promoting physician leadership with a focus on equity, diversity, inclusion and women in medical leadership. When not at work Dr. Short is a wife, Mother and Grandmother. She loves spending time on the lake, reading, cooking and walking her two Doodles.


Colleen O'Connell

Truly an East-coaster, and never far from water, Colleen completed medical school at Memorial in Newfoundland, residency in PM&R at Dalhousie in Nova Scotia and is Medical Director at New Brunswick's Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation and Clinical Research Director of UNB Institute of Biomedical Engineering. She married a Campbell from Prince Edward Island, thus establishing connection with all four Atlantic provinces. She holds appointments at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine, as well as the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Kinesiology. Believing in the strength of collaboration, or perhaps having difficulty saying no, she is a member of many networks: Canadian ALS Research Network, Praxis Spinal Cord Institute, Canadian Neurologic Diseases Network, Atlantic Mobility Action Project. Research interests and outputs are broad, reflecting a tendency to being an early adopter (FOMO), including applied technologies for mobility impairment and function, pain and spasticity management. Development of best practice recommendations are priorities, and she contributes as member of the PVA SCI Guidelines Consortium, Heart and Stroke's Best Practices Advisory Committee, Canadian SCI Pain Guidelines Committee, ALS Canada Best Practice Recommendations Working Group and the Canadian Thoracic Society Home Mechanical Ventilation Guidelines Committee.

International health work predates medical training. With husband Jeff Campbell and a team of rehabilitation volunteers she founded Team Canada Healing Hands in 2002, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing rehabilitation capacity in lower resourced countries. She has had opportunity to work in areas of rehabilitation care, training, and disaster response in many countries. She is chair of the Disaster committee of the International Spinal Cord Society, and is currently appointed to the Spinal Cord Injury technical working group of the WHO Emergency Medical Teams and SCI Modules for national health systems, and steering committee of the WHO World Rehabilitation Alliance.

She is a hockey mom of her young adult sons Sam and Vénel. In another life, she would have been an adventure travel agent.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Truly an East-coaster, and never far from water, Colleen completed medical school at Memorial in Newfoundland, residency in PM&R at Dalhousie in Nova Scotia and is Medical Director at New Brunswick's Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation and Clinical Research Director of UNB Institute of Biomedical Engineering. She married a Campbell from Prince Edward Island, thus establishing connection with all four Atlantic provinces. She holds appointments at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine, as well as the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Kinesiology. Believing in the strength of collaboration, or perhaps having difficulty saying no, she is a member of many networks: Canadian ALS Research Network, Praxis Spinal Cord Institute, Canadian Neurologic Diseases Network, Atlantic Mobility Action Project. Research interests and outputs are broad, reflecting a tendency to being an early adopter (FOMO), including applied technologies for mobility impairment and function, pain and spasticity management. Development of best practice recommendations are priorities, and she contributes as member of the PVA SCI Guidelines Consortium, Heart and Stroke's Best Practices Advisory Committee, Canadian SCI Pain Guidelines Committee, ALS Canada Best Practice Recommendations Working Group and the Canadian Thoracic Society Home Mechanical Ventilation Guidelines Committee.

International health work predates medical training. With husband Jeff Campbell and a team of rehabilitation volunteers she founded Team Canada Healing Hands in 2002, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing rehabilitation capacity in lower resourced countries. She has had opportunity to work in areas of rehabilitation care, training, and disaster response in many countries. She is chair of the Disaster committee of the International Spinal Cord Society, and is currently appointed to the Spinal Cord Injury technical working group of the WHO Emergency Medical Teams and SCI Modules for national health systems, and steering committee of the WHO World Rehabilitation Alliance.

She is a hockey mom of her young adult sons Sam and Vénel. In another life, she would have been an adventure travel agent.


Heather MacNeill


Dr. Jennifer McDonald

The Ottawa Hospital

Dr Jennifer McDonald is a physician in the Department of Medicine, Division of PMR at The Ottawa Hospital and lecturer at University of Ottawa. She is cross-appointed to Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. Her clinical interests include complex musculoskeletal medicine and pain management including interventional procedures. Dr McDonald persued additional fellowship training in Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto, Department of Anesthesia and Pain medicine. She is an EMG CSCN diplomate and ASRA- MSK Ultrasound certificate recipient. She teaches at several pain and MSK ultrasound workshops in Canada and the United States.


Mark Bayley

Mark Bayley is Program Medical Director & Physiatrist-in-Chief at UHN-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He is a Professor at the University of Toronto in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine. Mark has held a number of health system leadership roles including Chair of the Stroke Evaluation Committee at Corhealth Ontario, Brain injury committee at Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, the Canadian Stroke Best Practices committee and the Vice Chair of the GTA Rehab Network. His work has help redesign rehabilitation systems in Canada. He has led large randomized controlled trials including the Stroke Canada Optimization of Rehabilitation by evidence (SCORE), Fluoxetine to open the Window of Stroke Recovery (FLOW) study, the Getting on with Life after stroke and the EVREST (Efficacy of Virtual Reality Exercises using Wii gaming technology in STroke Rehabilitation). He has been very interested in implementing evidence at a health system level in the areas of stroke and brain injury initially through development of stroke rehabilitation guidelines then a leadership role in development of Canadian Stroke strategy (www.strokebestpractices.ca), a smartphone app to determine post stroke arm rehabilitation (www.viatherapy.org) and guidelines for concussion and traumatic brain injury (www.braininjuryguidelines.org). He is also actively involved in research to promote neurological recovery.


Monique Taillon

Dalhousie University

Dr. Paul Winston

UBC

Dr. Paul Winston He is a clinical associate professor with the University of British Columbia and the Island Medical Program. He is the Past President of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Medical Director of Rehabilitation and Transitions for Island Health and Medical Lead of Rehabilitation Medicine at Victoria General Hospital. Dr. Winston obtained his BSc. in Human Biology at the University of Toronto and his Medical Degree from the University of Western Ontario. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at U of T and obtained his EMG exam diploma from the Canadian Neurological Sciences Foundation. Dr. Winston practices a wide physiatry practice, with both hospital based in-patient and out-patient neurorehabilitation medicine with a focus on spinal cord Injury, brain injury and spasticity management.


SIG Speaker

Dr. Alice Kam

University of Toronto

Dr. Alice S. H. Kam is a Clinician Teacher, Department of Medicine, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto (U of T). She completed her MD at the University of Manitoba and her residency at University of Toronto. To further develop her expertise in medical education, she obtained her Master of Science in Community Health (Health Practitioner Teacher Education) at the University of Toronto in December 2021, following her completion of the Master Teacher Certificate, U of T, in 2018. She has been actively engaged in teaching medical students, residents, physicians and other health professionals for most of her career. In recognition of her exemplary contribution to the U of T residents in a scholarship project, she was the recipient of the University of Toronto Student Leadership Award in 2022.


Amanda Mayo

Sunnybrook

Dr. David Berbrayer

Dr. David Berbrayer is Medical Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Sunnybrook Health Sciences , University of Toronto. He is also an active Consultant at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab, University of Toronto. He is Pediatric SIG Chair CAPM&R. Dr. David Berbrayer is the first graduate of the 2 year program Master Teacher at University of Toronto. Dr. David Berbrayer is a Harvard Macy graduate and alumni of Harvard. Dr. David Berbrayer is active in AAPM&R, AAP, AACPDM and American Congress. Dr. David Berbrayer is an Associate Professor Medicine , University of Toronto.


Dr. Hadi Shojaei

Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre and St. Joseph's Care Group

Dr. Hadi Shojaei received his Medical Doctorate in 1995 from Tehran Medical University, Iran. He then attained specialty certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2002, and came to Canada when he was accepted as a clinical fellow in Chronic Pain Management at the Comprehensive Pain Program of the Toronto Western Hospital by Dr. Angela Mailis (2010-2012). Hadi continued working at the Pain & Wellness Centre with Dr. Mailis and her team and then completed a-2-year clinical fellowship of Comprehensive Integrated Pain Program at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute with Dr. John Flannery and the Pain & Wellness Centre with Dr. Angela Mailis (2016-2018). He successfully completed all the Medical Council of Canada requirements and obtained his LMCC in 2017. He is known as a warm and congenial individual who always cares the most for his patients. As of July 1, 2018, Dr. Shojaei started his academic endeavour as an Assistant Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine University, and he has promoted to Associate Professor in May 2023. He has published multiple papers and presented multiple oral and poster presentations in Canada and other counties. He works as a Physiatrist/Chronic Pain Medicine Specialist at Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre and St. Joseph's Care Group.


Julio Furlan

Julio C. Furlan is a staff neurologist and a Clinician Investigator at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Scientist at KITE Research Institute, and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Toronto. He is a trained head and neck surgeon from Brazil, who holds a MBA degree in Health Administration, an MSc degree in Clinical Epidemiology, and a PhD degree in Neuroanatomy. He completed residency training in Adult Neurology at University of Toronto in June 2014, and he completed a two-year clinical fellowship in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the University of Toronto in June 2016. Dr Furlan´s research has been focused on outcome measures and predictors of outcome after traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury. In addition he has interest and expertise in autonomic dysfunction after spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and economic analyses.


Dr. Nicolas Fernandez

Université de Montréal

Nicolas Fernandez, PhD is Adjunct Professor at Université de Montréal School of medicine. Nicolas leveraged his experience in teaching and higher education research to design and direct, since 2012, an on-line Master's (M.Ed.) programme in pedagogy for medical educators. He has also embarked on two research tracks that are of interest to him: competency-based medical education and experiential knowledge creation and recognition by patients and families. As such, he is a co-author of the 2014 Future of Graduate Medical Education report for the Association of Canadian Medical Faculties and published highly regarded papers on the concept of competence, reflexive practice, Learning by Concordance and Patient partnership targeted to Health Sciences educators. He has also contributed, as an Adult Education specialist, to the development of the Université de Montréal School of Medicine patient partnership program since 2014.


Robert Simpson

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Dr. Sean Dukelow

University of Calgary

Dr. Sean Dukelow is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Calgary and is the Medical Director of Stroke Rehabilitation for the Calgary Stroke Program. He is a physician specialist in and Section Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Calgary. He acts as the Research Director for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency training program. His research interests include: 1) the development of robotic assessment tools to accurately quantify sensory, motor and cognitive function and recovery after stroke 2) improving understanding of brain function and neuroplasticity after stroke using tools such as robotics and neuroimaging techniques 3) the development of novel robotic rehabilitation techniques for therapies for individuals with neurologic disorders and 4) the use of non-invasive brain stimulation to enhance sensory, motor and language recovery after stroke 5) The conduct of clinical trials to enhance recovery after stroke.



US Guided Workshop Presenter

Dr. Arun Gupta

Dr. Gupta's clinical practice focuses on musculoskeletal health with a special interest in sports medicine, interventional spine care, ultrasound-guided joint/soft-tissue injections and electromyography. He has published books, abstracts and papers in various peer-reviewed journals and continues to work on a number of independent research projects aimed at improving knowledge in sports medicine and spine care. He has a particular interest innovative medical techniques. This includes various nerve blocks for joint related pain and orthobiologics. The goal of his team is to improve patient mobility, function and quality of life using technology. He is the the Team Physician for the Alberta Ballet. His passion for health care and innovation made him the CEO and Medical director for Infini Health. Infini Health has now expanded out East and Dr. Gupta is leading their expansion. Dr. Gupta is now the acting President of the AMA Sub-section in Pain.


Harpreet Sangha


Dr. Jennifer McDonald

The Ottawa Hospital

Dr Jennifer McDonald is a physician in the Department of Medicine, Division of PMR at The Ottawa Hospital and lecturer at University of Ottawa. She is cross-appointed to Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. Her clinical interests include complex musculoskeletal medicine and pain management including interventional procedures. Dr McDonald persued additional fellowship training in Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto, Department of Anesthesia and Pain medicine. She is an EMG CSCN diplomate and ASRA- MSK Ultrasound certificate recipient. She teaches at several pain and MSK ultrasound workshops in Canada and the United States.


Jody Young

Canadian Armed Forces

Jordan Farag

Jordan Farag currently holds a full-time academic position as a Clinician-Teacher in the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. He works at the Toronto Rehab Institute, where he is a consultant Physiatrist in the Interventional and Electromyography outpatient clinics, in addition to the Musculoskeletal and Multi-System Rehab inpatient program. He is the medical lead for the EMG Lab at Toronto Rehab. His clinical focus includes assessment and treatment of complex neuromusculoskeletal pain conditions, polytrauma and peripheral nerve injuries. He is a diplomate of both the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (Dip CSCN – EMG) and Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine (Dip CASEM – Sports Medicine).


Dr. Najam Mian

Dr. Mian is triple-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (RCPSC), Pain Medicine (RCPSC), and Sport Medicine (CASEM). He sees a wide variety of patient populations from disabled workers to professional athletes; recognizing that an individualized treatment approach is required, following a multi-dimensional, biopsychosocial assessment. As co-founder of the Canadian Pain & Regenerative Institute (CPRI) in Vancouver and New Westminster, his goal is to help create a multi-disciplinary team and environment that can comprehensively treat non-surgical musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain conditions. He is also a consultant at the Transitional Pain Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital, Clinical Lead of the BC ECHO for Chronic Pain, and PM&R Representative on the RCPSC Pain Medicine subspecialty committee.


Dr. Nimish Mittal

Univerity of Toronto

Dr. Nimish Mittal is an Assistant Professor at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Mittal holds a cross-appointment in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He holds a Master's in Health Research Methodology. Dr. Mittal is a frequently invited speaker at multiple international and national pain and physiatry conferences. He holds more than $2 million in peer reviewed grants and has published several articles in indexed high impact peer-reviewed journals. He has a particular interest in advancement of innovative best clinical practices in chronic musculoskeletal joint pains with use of image guided (Ultrasound/X-Ray) injections. He is also passionate


Workshop Presenter

Prof. Andrei Krassioukov

University of British Columbia

Prof. Krassioukov is a clinician scientist who obtained his medical degree from Volgograd State Medical School, Russia and his PhD degree at the Ivan Pavlov Institute of Physiology, Russian Academy of Science, St. Petersburg, Russia. He has authored and co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and reviewed articles. His research is supported by numerous national and international agencies such as Christopher and Dena Reeve Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, British Columbia Neurotrauma Fund/RickHansen Institute and others. For the last three eyars he served as a President of the American Spinal Injury Association. He is well recognised leader in arae of autonomic assessment following spinal cord injury.


Dr. Andy Haig

U. Michigan

Andrew Haig M.D. is founding president of the International Rehabilitation Forum (IRF). After a successful career in academics he used that influence to bring together colleagues around the world to advance medical rehabilitatoin around the world through that organization. The IRF has gone on to launch the academic field of disaster rehabilitation, form sub-Saharan Africa's first board-certifiable Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation training program, and mentor many young leaders around the world.

Professor Emeritus of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Haig built the Spine Program, Work Rehabilitation Program and Cancer Rehabilitation program at the University of Michigan. he's author of over 150 scientific papers in the areas of back pain, electrodiangnosis, work disability and global rehabilitation, and recipient of some of the top global research, education, and advocacy awards. he lives and works in Vermont, USA.


Dr. Anna McCormick

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Dr. Anna McCormick is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa with Royal College Certification in both Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Presently, she is the medical director of pediatric rehabilitation at The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and a rehabilitation consultant at The Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. McCormick has a special interest in use of technology in rehabilitation to enable children including; Robot assisted gait training, virtual reality facilitated exercise and artificial intelligence aided early recognition of communication challenges. Other research initiatives of interest have included treatment of hypertonicity in cerebral palsy, transition of young adults to adult care, development of an evidence-based review of acquired brain injury and database development to enable research including the Integrated Neuroscience Discovery Network (CP-Net) and The Canadian Neuromuscular Data Registry (CNDR).


Courtney Frengopoulos

McMaster University

Courtney Frengopoulos completed her undergraduate degree in Health Science with an honour's specialization in Rehabilitation at Western University. Following that she completed a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Sciences, with her thesis focusing on cognitive impairment and functional outcomes following lower extremity amputation. She then attended medical school at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Currently she is in the second year of her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at McMaster University. Her current research interests are diverse -with a passion for improving functional outcomes for patients across the breadth of physiatry populations.


Dr. Elizabeth Condliffe

University of Calgary

Dr. Condliffe is a clinician-scientist in the University of Calgary's department of Clinical Neurosciences. Her clinical work and research are driven by an interest in improving clinical interventions to promote neuroplastic change and reduce multisystem impacts of impairments throughout the lifespan of people with cerebral palsy and other causes of long-term neurodisabilities. As a biomedical engineer, neurophysiololgist and physiatrist, the Pediatric Onset Neuromotor Impairment (PONI, @ponilabresearch) lab Dr. Condliffe leads uses technological innovations including robot-assisted gait training, neurophysiologic as well as clinical tools for assessment, rehabilitation and as assistive devices. She co-leads the Movement Impairment team of the RESTORE Network at the University of Calgary and is Medical lead for the Youth Functional Independence Clinic at Alberta Children's Hospital and recently became Vice-Chair of your CAPM&R Research Committee.


Gabriella Ghanem

McMaster University

Gabriella Ghanem completed her undergraduate degree in the School of Public Health and Health Systems with a specialization in Health Informatics at the University of Waterloo. Following this, she completed medical school at the University of Toronto and subsequently began her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at McMaster University. She is currently in her third year. Gabriella's clinical interests are quite broad at this point as she enjoys exploring the breadth of PMR.


Dr. Gihan Perera

McMaster University/Hamilton Health Sciences

Dr. Gihan Perera is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist at Hamilton Health Sciences. He completed his medical degree (2011) and residency training (2016) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. His clinical focus is in musculoskeletal medicine, chronic pain, post-concussion syndrome (PCS) and acquired brain injury rehabilitation. He holds the position of Assistant Professor at McMaster University within the Faculty of Health Sciences. His research focuses on traumatic brain injury, specifically PCS, functional rehabilitation and the impact of patient compliance on recovery. In 2020, in response to an unmet need in his patients, Dr. Perera developed MyHeadHealth (MHH), a patientfocused, web-based application for PCS recovery. MHH connects patients with free, evidence-based resources to aid in the management of common PCS symptoms. In his spare time, he enjoys running, cycling and playing hockey, and trying his best to make his 3- and 6-year-old nieces laugh.


Dr. Jaime Yu

University of Alberta

Dr Jaime Yu is a physiatrist and associate professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB. She completed her PM&R training at the University of Calgary, and started her early career as a general community physiatrist in Kelowna, BC. Her clinical practice is focused in stroke rehabilitation and spasticity, and her academic focus is in medical education with several leadership roles at the undergradute and postgraduate levels. She is one of the course directors of the Canadian Comprehensive Review Course in PM&R and has served on the CAPM&R board of directors since 2018.


Dr. Jason Peeler

University of Manitoba

Dr. Jason Peeler is a PhD trained Certified Athletic Therapist, and tenured Associate Professor in the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He has served as the course director for the medical program's preclinical MSK course since 2011. As a clinical educator, he possesses more than 30 years of experience in course/curriculum development and program accreditation across medical and health science fields. His current research is focused on exploring how curricular design and educational activities influence MSK learning and knowledge retention across the health sciences.


Jessica Murphy

McMaster University

Dr. Karen Ethans

University of Manitoba

Dr. Ethans is an Associate professor at the University of Manitoba, and is a PM+R specialist with a American Board certified subspecialty in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. She completed her medical school training and PM+R residency at Dalhousie University. She practices at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, where she has been for over 23 years, as well as doing outreach clinics at many personal care homes in Winnipeg and to some remote northern communities. She is active in teaching and research, as well as the inpatient and outpatient clinical care of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and people with spasticity from many causes such as stroke, MS, and Cerebral Palsy. With her long-term follow up program with people with SCI, her particular interests are management of spasticity, neuropathic pain, neurogenic bladder, and generally hoping to help improve quality of life for those living with SCI.


Markus Besemann

Canadian Armed Forces

LCol. Besemann is the RETIRING CANADIAN ARMED FORCES CHIEF OF REHABILITATION MEDICINE. A graduate of the University of Ottawa(MD'88), he has practised medicine since 1989 and since 2008 has devoted his career to the rehabilitation of injured soldiers, conducting research to improve outcomes for military members who have experienced combined physical and psychological trauma. In 2012 he became the expedition physician for the TRUE PATRIOT LOVE FOUNDATION and assisted injured CAF members in climbing mountains in the Himalayas and Antarctica as well as ski to the North Pole. Since 2016 he has been a volunteer with PROJECT TRAUMA SUPPORT, and has accompanied no less than 800 first responders and veterans on their healing journeys. In 2014, he was awarded the esteemed Rehabilitation Award by the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) for his contributions to the discipline of military rehabilitation medicine since 2008.


Dr. Mary Halpine

Dr. Mary Halpine is a community physiatrist at the Moncton Hospital in New Brunswick. She completed her PM&R training at Dalhousie and is now an associate professor at Dalhousie University and Memorial University of Newfoundland. She was originally the resident representative on the planning committee, and despite the 3 year delay and no longer being a resident, she is proud to still be on the committee and to welcome everyone in person in PEI.


McKyla McIntyre

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

McKyla McIntyre is a physiatrist in the Brain and Spinal Cord Program at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, with clinical focus in Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), Stroke and Spasticity. She holds a full-time clinical academic appointment as a Clinician Teacher in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto (Assistant Professor). She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto. She also completed her Masters' degree (MSc) in System Leadership and Innovation from the University of Toronto's Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. She has a special interest in virtual care and education, including harnessing technology to improve access to specialist care in underserved communities. She has worked on distance education projects across Ontario, as well as in rural areas of Uganda and Nepal.


Robert Simpson

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Ryan Kelly

McMaster University

PGY2 at McMaster University. Completed medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Born in Charlottetown, PEI


Dr. Steve Mann

Queen's University

Dr Steve Mann completed his residency training in orthopaedics at Queen's University, followed by an adult trauma fellowship, also at Queen's, and a lower-extremity arthroplasty fellowship in Auckland, New Zealand. He is an Assistant Professor at Queen's with a complex primary/revision arthroplasty and trauma practice. He completed a Masters of Medical Education through the University of Dundee and is involved in a variety of educational activities both locally and nationally, including service as Orthopaedic Competence Committee Chair, Course Director of the Queen's medical school MSK curriculum, and Education Vice-Chair at the Canadian Arthroplasty Society.



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