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Friday, October 27

7:45 Bus Arrives                                                                                                             
8:00 - 11:00 p.m. Reception
Courage Inside the Fire: Darby Allen’s Story of Trust, Teamwork, and Leadership
Darby Allen

Saturday, October 28

8:00 a.m. Continential Breakfast
8:25 - 8:30 Welcome Remarks
8:30 - 9:30 Lessons from Abroad: The Opportunities of a Borderless World
Richard Heinzl
9:30 - 9:45 Break
9:45 - 10:45 The Opioid Crisis: How Did We Get Here?
Karen Mazurek
10:45 - 11:00 Break                                                                                            
11:00 - 12:15 Panel Discussion: Bold Ideas for Addressing the Opioid Crisis
Dave Walton, PT, PhD; Kate Gerry, PT, BScPT; Karen Hurtubise
The Spin on Understanding the New Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Peripheral Vestibular Hypofunction: Are you up to date?
Sheelah Woodhouse, PT, BScPT
"Oh, He's Just Clumsy!" Understanding Developmental Coordination Disorder
Sylvia Schell, PT, B.Sc.R.; Deborah Massey PT, B.Sc.PT.; Holly Duchow  M.Sc, R.SLP, S-LP(C); Kayla Roth M.Sc. OT (C)
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 Physiotherapy + Chronic Pain: A Practical and Self-Compassionate Approach to Effectively Manage Complex Patients
Kate Gerry, BScPT U of A, BPE(ODPU) U of C
Concussion Part 1: Sport-related concussion - Translating Research into Practice
Kathryn Schneider, PhD Codi Isaac, PT
Melding Clinical Practice and Research: A feasibility study on the use of the FallProof™ program at the Calgary Fall Prevention Clinic.
Cathy Harbidge, PT, BScPT; Oluwaseyi Osho, PT Ph.D.
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 3:45 Remember the Patient's Voice in Opioid Discussions
Dave Walton, PT, PhD
Concussion Part 2: Applying "The Toolkit" To Improve Concussion Mangement and Recovery
Kathryn Schneider, PhD Codi Isaac, PT
The Paediatric Chronic Pain Puzzle: How to Put Humpty Back Together Again                         
Karen Hurtubise Reg PT, BSc P.T., MRSc, PhD (c)
3:45 Movement Break
4:00 - 5:00 Activity Break           
6:00 - 6:45 Cocktails
7:00 - 10:00 Dinner and Awards Presentation

Sunday, October 29

7:30 a.m. Continential Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 The State and Future of Physiotherapy in Canada: Where are we now? Where are we going?
Dave Walton, PT, PhD
9:00 - 10:00 The Future of the Professions
Daniel Susskind
10:00 - 10:45 Break
10:15 - 11:15 Virtual Reality in Physiotherapy Practice
Martin Furguson-Pell, PhD                                                                
Short Snappers 1.0: Stroke and Sedentary Behavour, Stroke and Sleep, The Potential for Poles in your Practice, Acupuncture and Bell's Palsy
V. Ezeugwu; C. Cooke, PT; Audrey Lowe, PT
Barbell Strength Training for Seniors Part One: Case Study and Research
Scotty Butcher
11:15 - 11:30 Break  
11:30 - 12:30 The Use of Teams and Technology to Enhance Access to Care in Rural and Remote Areas
Stacey Lovo Grona
Short Snappers 2.0: The Calgary Pain Tele-Consult Line, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Motor Function, Pediatric Asthma, Motivational Interviewing for Injured Workers
Kate Gerry PT, BScPT; Sylvia Schell, PT, BScR & Leah Rasmuson, BScOT; Jessica DeMars PT; J. Park
Barbell Strength Training for Seniors Part Two: Practical Exercise Modifications
Scotty Butcher
12:30 Closing Remarks  
12:45 Boxed Lunch Available  
1:15 Bus Departs









Courage Inside the Fire: Darby Allen’s Story of Trust, Teamwork, and Leadership
Speaker: Darby Allen
Description: The 2016 Albertan wildfire was the costliest disaster in Canadian history—destroying 2,400 buildings and homes and displacing the entire community of Fort McMurray. And through it all, from beginning to end, was Fire Chief Darby Allen. A figure of stability to his community, a reliable source of information to the press, and a humble leader, Allen became the human face of both incredible tragedy and courage. With Allen’s leadership, Fort McMurray was successful evacuated—and the fire claimed zero lives.
Today, Allen is bringing the riveting inside story of the rescue operations to audiences everywhere. Framed as a personal narrative, his keynotes take you through his day-to-day struggles against the fire. How did the teams make their countless, critical decisions? How did they maintain composure in life-or-death conditions? Simply—what was it like to endure, and overcome, a disaster of such magnitude in one’s own backyard? Beyond the personal, Allen also offers actionable takeaways for leaders in any field: lessons on encouraging and trusting your teammates wholeheartedly; never losing focus on the moment by worrying about the larger story; and establishing unbreakable relationships—before it’s too late.


Lessons from Abroad: The Opportunities of a Borderless World
Speakers: Dr. Richard Heinzl
Description: Heinzl shares lessons from his experiences at the far corners of the world: major moments, like working through a humanitarian crisis during the Iraq War, or witnessing South Africa’s first democratic elections. He also captures the quieter, no less wondrous, moments. Like seeing how a simple Frisbee, given to a group of kids at the frontlines, can bring joy half the world away. Or how, in most places he went, the Internet had beat him there, shrinking the globe. (Still, in other places, the Internet was absent—developing in him a visceral need for something like it to come along.) Heinzl takes us past the expected sphere of humanitarian aid stories to reveal a remarkable world with universal lessons and incredible human stories (beginning with the story of how his experiences changed his life). Zooming out, he points to the exponential change in our borderless world. Why, for instance, it is more important than ever for individuals and organizations to have a non-conventional approach to problem solving. We need to embrace this change, he says, and to see what is truly valuable in our world—and how we are all connected in it.


The Future of the Professions
Speakers: Daniel Susskind
Description: This talk is based on The Future of the Professions, the best-selling book by Daniel Susskind and Richard Susskind. It sets out two futures for the professions. Both rest on technology. One is reassuringly familiar. It is a more efficient version of what we have today. The other is transformational – a gradual replacement of professionals by increasingly capable systems. The authors predict the decline of today’s professions and discuss the people and systems that will replace them. In an Internet society, we will neither need nor want professionals –doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, architects, the clergy, consultants, accountants, and many others -- to work as they did in the 20th century.


The State and Future of Physiotherapy in Canada: Where are we now? Where are we going?
Speakers: David Walton, PT, PhD
Description: Physiotherapists are being branded as experts in mobility, but what does mobility mean? How do physiotherapists and their patients conceptualize mobility across Canada? How is it the same, how does it differ? What unique and innovative ways are Canadian physiotherapists currently optimizing mobility for their patients and their communities? These questions stimulated the pan-Canadian ‘Physio Moves Canada’ project, a unique and ambitious project that saw Dr. David Walton, Associate Professor (Western University) travel from coast-to-coast in Canada, conducting focused ethnographic observational research and holding focus groups of front-line clinicians. This talk will describe the results of this first-of-its-kind project and provide a compass for the profession as we navigate the ‘knowledge revolution’ that we are currently witnessing.
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the similarities and differences in the ways that clinicians conceptualize mobility across geography, across patient populations, and across communities.

  2. Define what is meant by the knowledge revolution, how it is likely to change physiotherapy practice, and prepare to engage in fruitful discussion about the relative merits and drawbacks of harnessing or resisting that change.

  3. Reflect upon their current clinical practices from a new lens that considers not only the near-term future but also things that other clinicians in the country are already doing to push the evolution of the profession.



Barbell Strength Training for Seniors
Speakers: Scotty Butcher, PT, PhD
Description: Exercise training has long been recognized as an integral component of the
rehabilitation management of the sequelae of aging. While all types of exercise have been shown to result in significant improvements in health, functional performance, and reduction in morbidity and mortality in the short term, long term adaptations can be better attained using a foundation of strength training.
Part one of this presentation will present a case study of the use of strength training in an older adult population. Relevant research findings will be presented to highlight the key features of both the training program design, and the outcomes achieved in this population.
Part two of this presentation will present practical considerations for the teaching, coaching, and prescription of the barbell based lifts. The main focus will be to assist practitioners in assessing, modifying, regressing, and progressing the lift patterns to individualize the techniques for common limitations in aging.
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Assess the fundamental movement patterns required for lifting.

  2. Use the assessment findings to modify and/or regress the movements on an individual basis.

  3. Progress the movement patterns to achieve long term loading appropriate to the individual.


Concussion Part 1: Sport-related concussion - Translating Research into Practice
Speakers: Kathrine Schneider, Codi Isaac, PT
Description: This session will highlight current and recent concussion research and their application to physiotherapy practice.
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the 11 Rs in concussion management from the 5th International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport.

  2. Apply evidence based assessment techniques in the case of a suspected concussion.

  3. Understand the evidence based treatment techniques for individuals who do not recover in the initial time period following a concussion (2 weeks in adults and 4 weeks in children).


Concussion Part 2: Applying "The Toolkit" To Improve Concussion Mangement and Recovery
Speakers: Kathrine Schneider, Codi Isaac, PT
Description: This workshop will focus on how to use the toolkit in an assessment. As well as what we can learn from the individual’s concussion presentation using evidence to guide our investigation. We will use our assessment findings to guide treatment rationale and justify referrals for multidisciplinary care of individuals with concussion.
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Use cervicogenic headache tests with individuals and understand the implications for treatment or referral.

  2. Use the VOMS and understand how its assists understanding of concussion and its limitations.

  3. Understand the rationale and timeframes for referral to multidisciplinary settings.


Melding Clinical Practice and Research:  A feasibility study on the use of the FallProof™ program at the Calgary Fall Prevention Clinic
Speakers: Cathy Harbidge, PT, BScPT; Oluwaseyi Osho, PT Ph.D.
Description: This workshop will discuss findings from the feasibility study completed at the CFPC by Cathy Harbidge, Dr. Allyson Jones, and Oluwaseyi Osho, with support from Physiotherapy Alberta.  Both quantitative and qualitative measures were completed, providing a comprehensive  picture of the impact of this program on the older adults who participated.  The presentation will also highlight components of the FallProof™ program and its specific application to the population of older adults at the CFPC, ways to apply the program during both exercise classes and individual treatment, and provide a case study highlighting one of the study participants.
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Improved understanding of older adults who fall, and ways to improve their balance.

  2. Enhanced knowledge of the FallProof™ program, and application of key components.

  3. Provide learnings on successful implementation of a clinical -academic research partnership.


"Oh, He's Just Clumsy!" Developmental Coordination Disorder
Speakers: Sylvia Schell, PT, BScR, Deborah Massey, PT, BScPT, Holly Duchow, M.Sc, R.SLP, S-LP(C), Kayla Roth, MScOT (C)
Description: Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a neuro-motor disorder affecting up to 9% of children in their ability to perform motor, self-care, academic, and leisure activities. Children with DCD are often described as clumsy or lazy; over time, they tend to participate in more sedentary activities, which can lead to reduced physical activity, loss of self-esteem, mental health concerns, difficulties with academics, and obesity. Understanding and identifying this disorder is paramount in supporting children and families to reduce their daily struggles, be successful in all environments, and improve long-term outcomes. Connecting therapists and families to resources and services is crucial.
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify parent comments and observations that indicate possible DCD

  2. Understand assessment, the diagnostic process, common co-morbidities, and management principles

  3. Use DCD resources such as the DCDQ, Canchild website, and AHS Clinical Reference Papers to guide practice and support children and families


Panel Discussion: Bold Ideas for Addressing the Opiod Crisis
Speakers: Dave Walton, Kate Gerry, Karen Hurtubise
Description: Join us for an interactive discussion of the role of physiotherapists in the management of chronic pain. Our panel will discuss how chronic pain and pharmacological interventions impact people across the lifespan, and the role of non-pharmacologic management for people with chronic pain. The panel will share their bold ideas for how to leverage the skills and knowledge of physiotherapists in addressing chronic pain and the opioid crisis.


Physiotherapy + Chronic Pain: A Practical and Self-Compassionate Approach to Effectively Manage Complex Patients
Speakers: Kate Gerry, BScPT U of A, BPE(ODPU) U of C
Description: Join Kate for a fresh perspective on how to set meaningful expectations for your patients, while expending your own energy resources wisely. Explore self-management principles and chronic pain resources designed to make life easier for everyone, including highlights from the Towards Optimized Practice Clinical Practice Guidelines for headache, low back pain & sleep (plus other goodies).
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Define your therapeutic relationships more clearly:  empower, encourage and share the responsibility.

  2. Navigate the system, access resources & refer with confidence.

  3. Troubleshoot a few common clinical conundrums.


Remember the Patient's Voice in Opioid Discussions
Speakers: David Walton, PT, PhD
Description: Current estimates place the incidence of true addiction in those using prescription opioids for legitimate purposes at about 12%, yet those numbers may be inflated by disparate operational definitions of addiction, in some cases including physical dependence and pseudo-addiction. True addiction is a mental health disorder that should not be taken lightly, and many would argue that even one death from overdose is too many. The ‘opioid epidemic’ has become a term laced with legitimate tragedy but also political rhetoric, and while the true nature of the problem is somewhat murky, what we do know is that, at minimum, 88% of people who are legitimately prescribed opioids to help manage unremitting pain and suffering are not addicts, have already been the target of significant scrutiny, and in many cases have exhausted reasonable alternatives. While efforts to curb addiction are well-intentioned, the current trend of drawing a ‘line in the sand’ beyond which patients are unable to easily access higher strength doses, and the general public and political scrutiny of all those using opioids leaves patients in pain with few alternatives. This talk will remind the audience that the legitimate patient’s voice has been lost in much of the current discussion, and unless we consider all stakeholders when creating hard-lined prescribing guidelines, we may end up trading one public health concern for another.
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe and discriminate between Tolerance, Physical Dependence, Psychological Dependence, Addiction and Pseudo-addiction and define the role that physiotherapists have in educating stakeholders about the differences to avoid contributing to opiophobia through misinformation.

  2. Describe the role of opioids as part of a comprehensive plan of care for people in pain, and reflect upon reasons that some patients may require higher doses including genetics and prior experience.

  3. Seek and integrate the patients’ voice into their own positions on the current opioid discussions, and use empathy to prevent demonization of those who legitimately require opioids for well-being and to prevent catastrophe.


The Paediatric Chronic Pain Puzzle: How to Put Humpty Back Together Again
Speakers: Karen Hurtubise Reg PT, BSc P.T., MRSc, PhD (c)
Description: Pain is a part of every child’s life experience. Unfortunately, for an alarming number of youth, pain is becoming chronic, and is having a significant impact on their normal development. Chronic pain is often challenging to treat and merits interdisciplinary treatment, including physiotherapy interventions. Building on adult pain theory and paediatric developmental disabilities knowledge, the presenters will provide a review of paediatric chronic pain theory, assessment tools, and pain management strategies specific these youth and their families. Case vignettes will be used to highlight principles of condition recognition, assessment and interventions with youth with chronic pain. Small group discussion and audience participation will also be encouraged.
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify chronic pain conditions in children and youth and their consequences.

  2. Articulate the role of the physiotherapist in an interdisciplinary  paediatric chronic/complex pain team.

  3. Describe physiotherapy management strategies for youth with chronic pain-related disability.


The Spin on Understanding the New Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) for Treating Peripheral Vestibular Hypofunction: Are you up to date?
Speakers: Sheelah Woodhouse PT, BScPT, Certificate in Vestibular Rehabilitation
Description: Vestibular Rehabilitation has undergone an impressive amount of research and has changed significantly since its genesis in the 1940s. However, remnants of original treatment approaches continue to be regularly utilized despite lack of support from research and expert opinion. If you are providing Vestibular Rehabilitation, this session will help you ensure that your practise is in line with the recommendations from CPGs developed by the American Physiotherapy Association and published in 2016, which the presenter was a co-author of. The CPGs for BPPV (if you don’t know what that stands for, this session is not for you!) released by the American Academy of Otolaryngology in March 2017 will also be briefly reviewed.
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the research quality and recommendations pertaining to the key questions the CPGs strive to answer (i.e., effectiveness, exercise types, dose, stopping rules and outcome expectations)

  2. Implement the CPG action statements into clinical practice

  3. Appreciate where gaps in the research exist in guiding our care of this population, hopefully sparking research ideas


The Use of Teams and Technology to Enhance Access to Care in Rural and Remote Areas
Speaker: Stacey Lovo Grona BScPT, MSc. PhD Candidate
Description:This workshop will review evidence that supports use of teams and technology to enhance access to physical therapy care in rural and remote regions. It will review traditional and laptop-based Telehealth technologies, as well as a case study using remote presence robotics.  
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe components required in addressing privacy, confidentiality and regulatory considerations in use of videoconferencing technology.
  2. Discuss research evidence in the use of videoconferencing technologies in physical therapy care.
  3. Discuss ways of modifying traditional physical therapy assessments to include teams and technology in the care of patients.


Short Snappers

"Short Snappers" are brief presentations by local clinicians who have engaged in clinical research or quality improvement work. They are meant to be an opportunity to highlight excellence and innovation in clinical practice in Alberta.


Acupuncture and Bell's Palsy
Speakers: Audrey Lowe, PT
Description: Bell's palsy is facial paralysis caused by damage to the 7th cranial nerve. The facial nerve swells causing damage to the myelin sheath/nerve leading to problems which may include twitching, weakness, or paralysis of the side of the face, drooping eyelid and corner of the mouth, drooling, dryness of eye or mouth, impaired taste, and excessive tearing, pain or discomfort around the jaw and behind the ear, ringing in ears, headache, loss of taste, hypersensitivity to sound, impaired speech, and dizziness. If non-pharmacological treatments are used physical therapy and acupuncture are recommended. This presentation discusses an integrative treatment approach combining understanding of neuroanatomical topography of the facial nerve with knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine acupoints to lay the foundation for treatment using laser or needles.
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Label the course of the facial nerve

  2. Describe acupoints used for the treatment of bell’s palsy

  3. Match the neuroanatomy of the facial nerve with acuponts

  4. Apply physiotherapeutic modalities (i.e., needling or laser) to treat local and systemic pathophysiology of bell’s palsy


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Motor Function
Speakers: Sylvia Schell, PT, BScR and Leah Rasmuson, BScOT
Description: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe physical characteristics and disabilities that result from maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. Estimates in Canada are that more than 3,000 babies a year are born with FASD (Health Canada, 2016). Physical Therapists have an important role in FASD diagnosis through assessment of fine and gross motor function, which are commonly impacted in this population.  Our team has completed a research study to determine the most accurate method of identifying a motor impairment and which subtest scores are most indicative of pervasive brain dysfunction when assessing for FASD. 
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the importance of the Physiotherapist's role in supporting the diagnosis of FASD

  2. Understand the motor difficulties often associated with an FASD diagnosis

  3. Be familiar with the most accurate motor assessment method when assessing for an FASD diagnosis


Motivational Interviewing for Injured Workers
Speaker: Joanne Park
Description: Work rehabilitation clinicians routinely address psychological and behavioral barriers that lead to work disability. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered approach focusing on intrinsic motivation for change, identifying and resolving conflicts of ideas or attitudes. There is currently little evidence as to the effectiveness of MI with injured workers. We evaluated whether integrating MI into occupational rehabilitation improves return-to-work (RTW) rates for injured workers. The presenter will share results of a study indicating MI in addition to a routine functional restoration rehabilitation program is more effective than routine rehabilitation programs alone in improving RTW rates among unemployed workers. This study provided an opportunity to evaluate a new clinical approach that has not been evaluated in work rehabilitation.
Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how MI can provide the means to facilitate behaviour change process with injured workers.


Pain Teleconsult Line
Speaker: Kate Gerry
Description: Kate will describe the Chronic Pain Teleconsultation Service, its intended audience and objectives and highlight early outcomes from the first year of the program.
Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be aware of the teleconsultation service, and its target population and potential application to their own clinical practice.
  2. Attendees will understand the impact of the teleconsultation service on the management of individuals with chronic pain in Alberta.


Pediatric Athsma
Speakers: Jessica DeMars, PT
Description: This session reviews results from research conducted on a pediatric asthma population to determine if physiotherapy treatment aimed at correcting breathing patterns and respiratory muscle strength could improve quality of life measures. 
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify measures of dysfunctional breathing

  2. Understand the role of inspiratory muscle training in breathing pattern retraining

  3. Recognize the role physiotherapists have in treating children with asthma


Stroke and Sedentary Behaviour
Speakers: Victor E. Ezeugwu, PT, MSc, PhD Candidate;a Patricia J. Manns, PT, PhDb
Description: Sitting too much is a problem after stroke. This session talks about the systematic development and preliminary evaluation of a sedentary behavior change intervention for people with stroke following discharge from organized hospital care. Developing and implementing innovative home-based sedentary behavior change intervention is a critical need for people with stroke. Participants will learn about strategies to reduce and interrupt prolonged sedentary time after stroke including ways to enhance self-efficacy to sit less and move more as an important step towards activity promotion for people with stroke.
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. After attending this session, participants will learn about the application of Intervention Mapping in the development of a home-based intervention for people with stroke

  2. After attending this session, participants will learn about the preliminary effects of a sedentary behaviour intervention delivered in the home environment

  3. After attending this session, participants will learn about the remote application of wearable technology  to enhance monitoring of adherence to activity programming for people with stroke



Stroke and Sleep
Speakers:  Victor E. Ezeugwu, PT, MSc, PhD Candidate;a Patricia J. Manns, PT, PhDb
Description: Our work examined whole-of-the-day activity behavior (including sleep) after stroke inpatient rehabilitation to determine how people with stroke are adapting to the home environment. Previous reports with people with chronic stroke (>6months) have shown that they spend over 80% of their day in sedentary behaviour. Interestingly, physical ability or ambulatory capacity does not fully account for the high sedentary time among people with stroke. Understanding the pattern of whole-day activity behavior, especially in the early period after stroke rehabilitation, might help in the development of successful behavior change strategies and maintaining or improving upon the gains made in stroke rehabilitation.
Key Learning Objectives:

  1. After attending this session, participants will learn about stroke survivors' whole-of-the-day activities (including sleep) within one month after inpatient stroke rehabilitation

  2. After attending this session, participants will learn about the relationships between clinical and demographic factors with objectively measured sedentary and physical activity behaviours in people with stroke

  3. After attending this session, participants will learn about functional ability of people with stroke within the first month of discharge from inpatient rehabilitation


Using Urban Poles with People with Parkinson's
Speaker: Cari Cooke
Description: This session will provide a brief review of the researched health benefits of pole walking (PW) and conditions which have shown to benefit from PW. Introduction to the Activator (rehabilitation) pole will occur as will a summary of current Canadian research specific to this pole type. It will highlight how poles can be used to achieve specific goals in the treatment of persons with Parkinson’s disease.
Learning Objectives
By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  1. Identify three health benefits of pole walking
  2. Identify three patient populations/conditions which have been shown to benefit from pole walking
  3. Differentiate between Activator poles for rehabilitation and other general pole types








Cathy Harbidge, PT, BScPT is a physiotherapist who has been working as the Calgary Fall Prevention  Clinic (CFPC) Coordinator / Physiotherapist within Specialized Geriatric Services, Alberta Health Services for the past 16 years, and worked for 10 years prior to that in geriatrics in acute care.  Cathy became a certified FallProof™ Balance and Mobility Specialist in January 2008, a certified Master Instructor in 2011, and she successfully completed the Vestibular certification course at Emory University in 2014.  Her passions are both providing direct clinical care to older adults who fall, and providing education on how others can improve their practice in this area. 
Workshop title: Melding Clinical Practice and Research: A feasibility study on the use of the FallProof™ program at the Calgary Fall Prevention Clinic


Codi Isaac, MScPT works in private practice and sporting environments. Her expertise is in restoring function and participation in life, work and recreational activities with her patients. She completed her Duke Vestibular Competency and Sport Physiotherapist Certificate. Codi continues to provide “on-field” care for athletes in both minor sports and professional settings covering sports such as hockey, gymnastics, soccer, rugby and curling. A passion for assisting individuals recover from concussion drives Codi into research, seeking ways to implement research in clinic settings.   
Workshop title: Concussion Part 1, Concussion Part 2: Applying "The Toolkit" To Improve Concussion Mangement and Recovery


Daniel Susskind is a Fellow in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he teaches and researches. Previously he worked in the British Government – as a policy adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, as a policy analyst in the Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street, and a senior policy adviser in the Cabinet Office. His book, The Future of the Professions (2015, paperback, 2017), co-authored with Richard Susskind, was widely acclaimed. It was a Financial Times ‘Book of the Year’, a Times Literary Supplement ‘Book of 2016’, and a New Scientist ‘Best Read of 2015’.
Workshop title: The Future of the Professions


Darby Allen shot to global acclaim during the Alberta wildfire of 2016 for guiding the 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to safety with no loss of life—the largest evacuation in Canadian history. Now, he offers guidance on how to be a stoic, quick-thinking leader in tough situations. We all face emergencies and crises—Allen shows us how to stay the course. A native of Birmingham, England, where he worked as a firefighter for the Hampshire Fire Brigade, Allen emigrated to Canada in 1990. He began work as a firefighter with the Calgary Fire Department in 1992, moving up in rank from Training Officer to Assistant Deputy Chief of Operations, before moving on to Fort McMurray Fire Service in 2009, where he became Regional Fire Chief in 2013.


Dave Walton, PT, PhD is an Associate Professor with the School of Physical Therapy at Western University (London Ontario), an Associate Scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute, and Director of the Pain and Quality of Life Integrative Research Lab. He currently holds the titles of Faculty Scholar and Teaching Fellow at Western, and is active in professional associations including the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, International Association for the Study of Pain, North American Spine Society and the Canadian Pain Society. Dave has authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has provided talks at conferences around the world. He currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Musculoskeletal Science and Practice.
Workshop title: Remember the Patient's Voice in Opioid Discussions


Karen Hurtubise Reg PT, BSc P.T., MRSc, PhD (c) is a paediatric physiotherapist for 25 years, developed a keen interest in paediatric pain and childhood disability. She co-managed the development, implementation and initial evaluation of donor-funded rehabilitation programs for youth with childhood disabilities and chronic pain at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.  Her PhD thesis entitled “Is it worth it?: Is an intensive pain rehabilitation program making a difference to youth with pain-related disabilities” aims to evaluate the effectiveness and efficacy of an intensive paediatric pain rehabilitation program. Karen is a Vanier Scholar, and the recipient of the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Career Enhancement Award.
Workshop title: The Paediatric Chronic Pain Puzzle: How to Put Humpty Back Together Again, Panel Discussion: Bold Ideas for Addressing the Opioid Crisis


Kate Gerry, BScPT U of A, BPE(ODPU) U of C holds a BSc PT from U of Alberta and a B of Physical Education in Outdoor Pursuits from U of Calgary. She is a physiotherapist and yoga teacher at the AHS Chronic Pain Centre in Calgary, AB.  Recently Kate launched the AHS CPC Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Teleconsult Pilot Service, a new consultation service for health professionals, in both the private & public sectors. The aims are to enhance the knowledge of existing services, provide professional support and help optimize physiotherapy service access & delivery for the chronic pain population. Kate has physiotherapy experience in Hawaii, Ethiopia & Haiti. A dedicated yogi who enjoys hanging upside down, she firmly believes movement that feels good becomes a reward in itself.
Workshop title: Physiotherapy + Chronic Pain: A Practical and Self-Compassionate Approach to Effectively Manage Complex Patients, Panel Discussion: Bold Ideas for Addressing the Opioid Crisis


Kathryn Schneider PhD, is an Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist (physiotherapist) in the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary.  Her research focuses on the prevention and treatment of sport-related concussion, with a focus on the role of the cervical spine and vestibular systems. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her research on clinical management of sport –related concussion.
Workshop title: Concussion Part 1, Concussion Part 2: Applying "The Toolkit" To Improve Concussion Mangement and Recovery


Oluwaseyi Osho, PT, PhD is registered as a full-term Ph.D. student under the guidance of Dr. Allyson Jones at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta. Her doctoral research projects which address a key geriatric issue such as fall will lay the foundation to build on in achieving her goals to lead a team-based, cost effective, and efficient interventions/approaches that focus on the functional and health-related quality of life outcomes of the older adults. Her clinical experience as a physiotherapist at Carewest Innovative Health Care, a subsidiary of Alberta Health Services, provided a solid base for developing her ultimate career goal to become a clinician/scientist within the area of geriatrics. Her mission is to foster integration of clinically-relevant research for the frail older adults within a multidisciplinary driven and motivated environment through evidence-based practice. Her intention is to plan and implement effective falls prevention program aimed to improve overall physical function as a means of preventing falls and to enable easy accessibility of the program to the older adults irrespective of their locations in the urban or rural communities.
Workshop title: Melding Clinical Practice and Research: A feasibility study on the use of the FallProof™ program at the Calgary Fall Prevention Clinic


Richard Heinzl is the founder of Doctors Without Borders Canada: the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization that has inspired a movement among medical professionals to help the world’s most vulnerable populations. Modest and deeply passionate, he shares stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the midst of war and other challenges—and how technology is changing the face of medicine around the globe.In 1988, just out of medical school, Richard Heinzl founded the first North American chapter of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, the Nobel Prize-winning humanitarian organization. Shortly thereafter he became its first field volunteer, spending an extraordinary year in remote Cambodia. (These experiences are movingly captured in his memoir, Cambodia Calling.) Hundreds of volunteers have since followed in his footsteps, bringing their healing skills to help many of the world’s most vulnerable people. For his work, Heinzl has been named one of Report on Business’s Top 40 Under 40. Today, Dr. Heinzl continues to work with DWB/MSF on technology issues as an advisor on their Telemedicine Advisory Committee. He is also the new Global Medical Director of the Boston-based, Harvard-affiliated WorldCare International: a leader in providing access to quality second opinions from physicians at some of the world’s top academic medical centers. A renowned speaker, Dr. Heinzl shares his stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the midst of war and other challenges.


Dr. Scotty Butcher, BScPT, PhD, ACSM-RCEP is an Associate Professor in Physical Therapy at the University of Saskatchewan, co-founder of Strength Rebels, and consultant at Synergy Strength and Conditioning in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Formerly certified as a CSCS and currently training as a powerlifter and part time CrossFitter, he has a passion for strength training and translates this to promoting quality exercise training and rehabilitation practices for clinicians and students. His focus in research, teaching, and clinical work is on the hybrid rehabilitation/strength training approach, and shares his views through blogging and vlogging. Connect with Scotty on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
Workshop titles: Barbell Strength Training for Seniors, Part 1 and 2


Sheelah Woodhouse PT, BScPT, graduated as a Physiotherapist from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine in 1991. Vestibular Rehabilitation soon became her primary focus and passion, and she has pursued extensive post-graduate education in the field, including her Certificate in Vestibular Rehabilitation in 2000, Advanced Certification several times since, and now is part of the invited faculty at Emory University providing this ‘gold standard’ competency-based training annually. In 2000, she started one of Canada’s first clinics exclusively dedicated to providing Vestibular Rehabilitation and now trains and supports a team of over 100 therapists at 70+ locations across the country for Lifemark Health. She co-authored the recently published CPGs for Vestibular Hypofunction for the American Physical Therapy Association and is Past-President of the Vestibular Disorders Association. 
Workshop title: The Spin on Understanding the New Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Peripheral Vestibular Hypofunction: Are you up to date?


Stacey Lovo Grona BScPT, MSc. PhD Candidate, has been the Program Director of Continuing Physical Therapy Education at the University of Saskatchewan for 10 years. She is completing her PhD in Health Science through the College of Medicine. Stacey’s research focus is on access to physical therapy in rural in remote regions using technology and team based care.  She is also interested in continuing development of interprofessional health care providers.  Stacey’s clinical work was in outpatient orthopedics, and for 10 years in spinal triage specifically. 
Workshop title: The Use of Teams and Technology to Enhance Access to Care in Rural and Remote Areas


Sylvia Schell, PT, BScR, Deborah Massey, PT, BScPT, Holly Duchow, M.Sc, R.SLP, S-LP(C), Kayla Roth, MScOT (C) are members of multidisciplinary teams within Children’s Rehabilitation Services, scattered across different sites in Central Zone East.  We have a combined experience of 85 years working in rehabilitation. We have been the drivers of the DCD Resource Team within our zone, have written three clinical reference papers on assessment, diagnosis, and management of DCD, and have established a provincial DCD Community of Practice to support clinicians across the province.  We have recently presented at the 12th International DCD Conference in Perth, Australia, have submitted a DCD Knowledge Translation article for publication, and are involved in a research study to determine the prevalence of DCD in children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
Workshop title: "Oh, He's Just Clumsy!" Developmental Coordination Disorder

Accommodation and Location

The Connect + Learn conference will be held at the Delta Lodge in Kananaskis, Alberta. Click here to book your room rate!

1 Centennial Drive
Kananaskis Village, Alberta


Round trip bus transportation from both Calgary and Edmonton is available at a fee of $40. For those interested, be sure to select this option when registering.

Where: Century Park LRT station Park and Ride located at 2302-111 Street
When: 3:30 p.m. Friday, October 27, arriving in Kananaskis at 7:45 p.m.
Departs: 1:15 p.m. Sunday, October 29 from Kananaskis, arriving in Edmonton at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Bus departs from Red Arrow Calgary North Office at 304 35 Ave NE. Street parking available.
When: 6:45 p.m. Friday, October 27, arriving in Kananaskis at 7:45 p.m.
Departs: 1:15 p.m. Sunday, October 29 from Kananaskis, arriving in Calgary at 2:15 p.m.

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