Session: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Bernard is a Physiotherapist who graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986. He has extensive experience in neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation. Since 1993 he has worked in the private sector and in 1997 became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists. He has completed numerous courses in Vestibular Rehabilitation and in 2001 successfully completed a competency-based certification course in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been assessing and treating clients with vestibular dysfunctions since 1995. Since 2000, he has instructed courses in Vestibular Rehabilitation throughout Canada as well as internationally.

Sessions: Creating Social Media Content That Converts

Beverley Theresa began her career freelancing as a social media manager and went on to start the social media department at one of Alberta’s largest digital marketing agencies. Now she uses her hands-on experience to work with select businesses which have included Rogers Communications and the United Nations Association in Canada. She undoubtedly has the know-how, but audience members also love her humour, authentic viewpoint, and real-life examples that clearly illustrate what to do and what not to do. She’s consistently recognized as a crowd favourite speaker and has been featured in publications such as Forbes and Business News Daily.

Sessions: More than Touch: Integrating Trauma-Informed Care into Daily Practice

Candice Schachter is adjunct professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan. She received physiotherapy training at USask and doctorate at Western University. She led the Sensitive Practice Project that generated research-based guidelines on trauma-informed care for health-care providers and co-authored The Handbook on Sensitive Practice for Health-Care Practitioners. Candice is currently a consultant on an NIH grant to train cancer care providers to implement sensitive practice guidelines, with faculty at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City. She believes trauma-informed care can foster more positive health-care experiences for survivors and more positive survivor-clinician relationships.

Session: More than Touch: Integrating Trauma-Informed Care into daily Practice

Carol practiced social work in mental health settings before her appointment to the Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University in 1994. She worked intensively with women survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and her PhD dissertation explored factors contributing to resilience in survivors. She was a co-investigator in the research that culminated in the Handbook on Sensitive Practice for Health-Care Practitioners. She invites health-care providers to examine not only the degree to which their practice conforms to the principles of trauma-informed care, but also whether the cultures of the organizations where they work are informed by these principles.

Session: Exercise, a SMART Tool to Decrease Burden in Pediatric Cancer

Dr. Carolina Chamorro-Viña completed a Masters in Exercise and Chronic diseases and a Ph.D. in Biomedicine and Health, at the University Europea de Madrid in Spain. She completed her Post-doctoral appointment at the Health and Wellness Lab in the University of Calgary. Dr. Chamorro-Viña has been working in the field of pediatric cancer and exercise since 2004. She created the Pediatric cancer patients and survivors Engaging in Exercise for Recovery (PEER) program, a community-based exercise program for children with cancer and the Pediatric Oncology Exercise Manual (POEM), an exercise guideline for children with cancer.

Session: Predicting and Preventing Functional Decline in Older Adults: Tools to Optimize your Practice

Cathy Harbidge is a physiotherapist who has been working as the Calgary Fall Prevention Clinic Coordinator/Physiotherapist within Specialized Geriatric Services, Alberta Health Services for the past 18 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.

Twitter: @hollyaftergbs

Sessions: Back from the Brink…Why Patient-Centered Care Matters Most!

Holly Frances is the author of Happily Ever After, her comeback story as paralyzed new mother that overcame the impossible, learned to walk again, and is now in the best shape of her life. Holly's incredible recovery videos have inspired over 200 million people around the world.

Twitter: @innerchildca

Session: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Can You Recognize It? Do You Know How to Treat It?

Janet is a Clinical Specialist in Pain Science with 27 years experience in complex pain. As a Clinician Researcher at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, her projects include: Virtual reality as a treatment for CRPS and the use of big data analytics to study ´The language of the autonomic nervous system’. She is an assessor for the CPA Specialty Program and Chair-elect of the Pain Science Division. She has participated in the International Association for the Study of Pain CRPS COMPACT group and Physiotherapy Alberta's Chronic Pain working group. She is a member of the International Research Consortium for CRPS.

Twitter: @jenrussill

Session: Failure to Thrive: Exploring Frailty in Older Adults

A physiotherapist for 20 years, Jennifer Russill has been working in the field of Geriatrics since 2006. Her current role in home living involves completing Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments for older adults with complex medical, functional, social, and cognitive concerns. Jennifer has presented on exercise for the frail elderly and has been involved in implementing the Edmonton Frail Scale in community-based clients in the Edmonton Zone.

Session: Physiotherapy EMR – Don’t Miss the Forest while Saving the Trees

Jeremy graduated from UBC in 1996. After 15 years of clinical practice, he completed a Master of Health Administration degree at UBC. It was during this time that he developed a strong interest in digital health and its potential application to physiotherapy in Canada. He subsequently developed the Physiotherapy EMR Adoption Toolkit which was adopted by the Physiotherapy Association of BC and then CPA. Jeremy is currently eHealth Manager for PABC and Project Manager for UBC's Program for Excellence in Telerehabilitation Education and Research. He also continues to work in orthopaedic physiotherapy practice and management in Chilliwack, BC.

Twitter: @bodymechjim

Session: Physiotherapist Hero Complex

Jim graduated with a BSc(PT) from UWO in 1991 and a MClSc from Western in 2010. He is a founder of Compass Interactive, a teaching group whose goal is to improve and enhance communication skills for clinicians in health care. Jim is passionate about relationship centered-care and translating current communication science knowledge to the clinical world. Jim believes we are truly in the people business serving physiotherapy as clinicians and that coaching skills should be a standard part of clinician training. He lives and works in London, Ontario.

Sessions: Medical Cannabis, Sorting “doobie”-ous Claims from “high”-level Evidence

Dr. Joey Ton currently works as Clinical Evidence Expert with the PEER team and the CFPC (College of Family Physicians of Canada). He is a pharmacist by background and his work involves the development and delivery of physician education programs and primary care guidelines that utilize evidence-based medicine. Joey was one of the authors on the simplified guideline for prescribing medical cannabinoids published in 2018.

Sessions: Concussion Update

Kathryn is an Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary.  Her research focuses on the assessment and treatment of individuals with dizziness, neck pain and headaches following concussion. She has served as a member of the Expert Consensus Panel at the 4th and 5th International Consensus Statements on Concussion in Sport. Kathryn is a Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. She has completed her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Therapy (2004); holds certificates in Vestibular Rehabilitation (Emory University, 2003) and Advances In Vestibular Rehabilitation (Duke University, 2009); and a Doctor of Science degree (DSc) (Andrew’s University) (2008).

Twitter: @AWEBusiness

Sessions: Let’s Start Your Business Plan

Kiran Sagoo is currently the Financing Specialist with Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE). Since 2016, she has helped start, build and grow businesses through one-on-one advising with entrepreneurs, facilitating business workshops and providing loans to qualified businesses all across Alberta. Along with completing her Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting at the University of Alberta, Kiran's various experiences of crunching numbers as a project accountant for a construction company to a customer service & sales trainer at a major retail company also give her a unique skill set and perspective to bring to her role at AWE.

Twitter: @lktphysio

Session: Unraveling the Current Evidence to Managing ACL Injuries

My clinical experience and PhD work specifically focuses on ACL injuries. I currently serve as the lead physiotherapist for the Multi-Disciplinary Knee Team at the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic where I work with surgeons, sport medicine physicians, and physiotherapists to improve the efficiency of diagnosing and managing traumatic knee injuries. I am a PhD trainee at the University of Alberta and teaching assistant with the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta. My personal research focuses on the impact of psychological, social, and contextual factors on overall recovery following a traumatic sport-related knee injury.

Twitter: @margiemcneely

Sessions: Alberta Cancer Exercise Program: Exercise Training in Adult Survivors of Cancer

Margaret (Margie) McNeely is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She currently holds a joint appointment in the Department of Oncology (Division of Radiation Oncology) and performs clinical research in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the Cross Cancer Institute.

Sessions: Back from the Brink…Why Patient-Centered Care Matters Most!

Marilyn Rose is the mother of Holly Frances, the author of Happily Ever After, her comeback story as paralyzed new mother that overcame the impossible, learned to walk again, and is now in the best shape of her life. Holly's incredible recovery videos have inspired over 200 million people around the world.

Sessions: Business Bootcamp: Accounting Basics for Business Owners + Startups

Shannon has been working in Accounting for over 15 years. She completed her CGA designation in 2008, which then merged to CPA in 2012. She has worked in many different industries in a variety of positions within the full-cycle of accounting. She started in health care in Nova Scotia in 2012 with a focus on seniors and mental health. She moved to Alberta in 2015 to find challenging opportunities, which also include owing her own Sole Proprietor Consulting Company that has grown to over 400 clients in four years. Shannon also works as the Manager of Corporate Services with Physiotherapy Alberta.

Twitter: @Worldofmybaby

Sessions: Pregnancy-Related Diastasis Rectus Abdominis: State of the Science and Lifestyle Interventions: The Case for Health Coaching

Sinéad currently works as an academic clinician. She holds faculty appointments in both the Schools of Medicine and Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. When not at McMaster, she is busy at her clinical practice, the World of my Baby (the WOMB), a family of perinatal care centers in the GTA. Her earlier academic work focused on health-care system design related to team-based primary health-care models and models of empowering individuals to become successful self-managers. Her current academic pursuits align with the areas of women’s health and pelvic health.

Session: Predicting and Preventing Functional Decline in Older Adults: Tools to Optimize your Practice

Todd Wolansky is a clinical physiotherapist currently working in Canmore, AB. His areas of passion and expertise are in seniors’ health, chronic disease management and health behavior change. Todd has achieved the designation of Clinical Specialist in Senior’s Health through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. More info regarding his bio can be found here (