Horn-Miller’s public life began in 1990 at the age of 14. During the Oka Crisis, she protested the planned development of condos and a golf course on traditional Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) lands and burial grounds near Montreal. After nearly 80 days of stand-off with the RCMP and armed forces, she was stabbed in the chest by a Canadian soldier wielding a bayonet. The image of her wounded, holding her young sister, was shared across national media—and further galvanized Canadians to better understand, and care about, Indigenous issues. This near-death experience marked a turning point in her life. Instead of succumbing to very real traumas, including PTSD, she found the strength to pursue, and achieve, incredible things. One of Horn-Miller’s greatest achievements has been in athletics. After winning gold with her water polo team at the Pan Am Games in 1999, and after winning MVP of the Canadian Senior Women’s Water Polo National Championships, she became the first Mohawk woman from this country to ever compete in the Olympic games, co-captaining Team Canada in Sydney in 2000. That same year, she appeared on the cover of TIME magazine. She went on to win bronze at the 2001 FINA World Championships and became a torchbearer for the Winter Olympics in Turin. She has been named one of Canada’s most influential women in sport by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity.

Katz has evolved from a nervous first-timer at an open mic night into to a JUNO Award, Canadian Screen Award, and two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominated singer-songwriter with five albums under his belt. He has toured the world for the past decade in support of his music, sharing the stage and studio with legendary musicians like Academy Award winner and Grammy nominee Glen Hansard, and Garth Hudson (from The Band). A gifted storyteller, Peter infuses his presentations with songs which inspire audiences to create their own path, overcome obstacles, and find success in whatever they desire.

In 2010, following a 25-year mining career, Martin Parnell started his "Quests for Kids" initiative. Over the next five years he completed 10 "Quests". These included running 250 marathons in one year, setting five Guinness World Records in endurance events and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in 21 hours. At the end of 2014, he had raised over $1.3m for the humanitarian organization Right To Play and 27,000 children had been given the gift of hope. Martin's first book "Marathon Quest" was published by Rocky Mountain Books and CBC Radio listed him as one of Alberta's top five authors, for 2014. His second book, “Running to the Edge”, was released in November 2016. The final book of The Marathon Trilogy, “The Secret Marathon-Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan through sport” was published in 2018.

Session: Short Snapper #1

Audrey Long is a physical therapist and Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) instructor. She is an internationally known MDT instructor and has co-authored a highly cited randomized controlled trial of MDT treatment for low back pain.

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: Parkinson's Disease: Current Trends, Evidence to Support Them

Cari Cooke is a physiotherapist who has spent the last 16 years working specifically with persons with PD. Previously as a Deep Brain Stimulation Coordinator, Research Assistant, and clinician at the Movement Disorders Program in Edmonton, she has worked with clients and families at all stages of the disease. She currently consults for the Parkinson Association of Alberta, running group and individual exercise and education sessions. Cari has obtained certifications in NDT, LSVT BIG, PWR Moves, and Urban Poling.

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.


Session: Scared to Move: Kinesiophobia Following a Knee Injury

Christina Le is a MScPT graduate (University of Alberta) and current PhD candidate (Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta). After working for over 8 years and frequently treating individuals with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, Christina decided to pursue research to better understand knee injury rehabilitation. Her research goals include identifying factors that impact health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and developing strategies to improve long-term HRQOL in injured, young athletes. Christina continues to work part-time as a physiotherapist at the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic.

Session: Short Snapper #1

Geoff Bostick is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta. His research interests are in the areas on entry-to-practice pain education and pain assessment.

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.

Session: Short Snapper #1

Jason Daoust is a Physiotherapy Clinical Lead for the North Zone of Alberta Health Services. Prior to this role, Jason was the sole charge Physiotherapist providing acute care, continuing care, and outpatient services to the communities of Smoky Lake, Radway, and Redwater. Jason completed his undergraduate Kinesiology degree at the University of Calgary, leading to a 4 year career as a Kinesiologist before completing his Masters of Physiotherapy degree at the University of Alberta. Outside of work, Jason volunteers as a community basketball coach and a Clinical Director for the FUNfitness health screening program with Special Olympics Alberta.

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.

Session: Short Snapper #2

Jessica DeMars is a private practice physiotherapist with an expanded skill set in assessing and treating dysfunctional breathing patterns in a variety of populations, including women's health.

Over the past 12 years I have been dedicated to investigating the role of dysfunctional breathing in individuals, having traveled around the world to be trained by experts in the field, as well as taking numerous courses in women's health. I have engaged in previous research looking at the role of inspiratory muscle training in children with asthma, and clinically use inspiratory muscle training on a daily basis.  I have also collaborated clinically with my co-presenters, which is what inspired us to engage in the current research project.

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.

Session Title: Scared to Move: Kinesiophobia Following a Knee Injury

Josh Kennedy is a current 4th year BSc KIN student (Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta) who has been a research assistant with the Alberta Prevention of Youth Early Osteoarthritis (PrE-OA) Cohort for the past 2 years. Josh's research focus within the study has involved assessing kinesiophobia in relation to knee function and physical activity levels in youth after a sports-related knee injury. Using this experience, Josh's current career aspiration is to become a physician specializing in the musculoskeletal aspects of health.

Session: Short Snapper #1

Karin Eldred is a sole charge physiotherapist working at Seton-Jasper Healthcare Centre. Since graduating with her BSc from the University of Alberta in 2003, she earned an MSc in Rehabilitation Science (2008) and a Graduate Certificate in Pain Management (2018). She practices in all areas of physiotherapy including outpatients, inpatients, and supported living. She is passionate about physiotherapy, hosting over 20 PT students at her site and serving as a council member for Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association. Outside of work, Karin enjoys skiing, biking and hiking with her family and friends in Jasper National Park.

Session: Short Snapper #1

Kate Gerry 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. Kate launched the AHS CPC Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Teleconsult Pilot Service province-wide in 2017. This service provides consultations for health professionals, in both the private & public sectors, to enhance the knowledge of existing services, provide professional support and help optimize chronic pain service access & delivery. Kate has physiotherapy experience in Hawaii, Ethiopia & Haiti.


Sessions: Sport-Related Concussion: An Update on the Evidence

Kathryn Schneider is an Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist (Physiotherapist) at the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, University of Calgary. Her research focuses on the prevention, detection and treatment of concussion. She is a Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists and has expertise in vestibular rehabilitation. She was received the 2018 JOSPT Award for Excellence in Research.  Invited speaking highlights include the 4th and 5th International Consensus Conferences on Concussion in Sport, International Olympic Committee (IOC) medical meetings at the Sochi, Rio and PyeongChang Olympic games.

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.

Session: Short Snapper #1

Krista Shore is a physiotherapist living in Jasper and working in the neighboring community of Hinton at the Hinton Healthcare Centre. Krista works in a mixed caseload seeing both inpatients and outpatients, with a special interest in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion Management. Krista is passionate about physiotherapy, loves her carpool, and enjoys skiing and biking in Jasper with her family and friends.

Session: Short Snapper #2

Kristen Grovue is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist who works at the AHS Pelvic Floor Clinic as well as The Downtown
Sports Clinics in Calgary, Alberta. Kristen took her rst Pelvic Health course in 1993 and has actively worked in this eld for 15 years. Her orthopeadic background serves her well in addressing the relationship of the pelvic floor to other parts of the body. Clinically, she notes that the diaphragm can have a signicant impact on pelvic oor and she has often collaborated with Jessica DeMars when treating patients which inspired her to engage in the current research project.

Session: Short Snapper #1

Lauren Park received her MScPT from the University of Alberta in 2008. Since then she has developed a passion for the critical care patient. She started working at Foothills Medical Centre, initially in the ICU and then in CVICU (U94). For the past 10 years her focus has been cardiac surgery patients. Recently in addition to her clinical work, she is happy to have taken action with her colleagues to amend movement guidelines for post-sternotomy patients to an evidence-based practice.

Session: What Kind of Interprofessional Collaborator Am I?

Lesley Bainbridge is a retired faculty member from the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of BC. She served as Associate Principal of the College of Health Disciplines and Director of Interprofessional Education for the Faculty of Medicine for 10 years. As a member of the Western Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (WCIHC), lead for BC Health Canada IPE projects, and a member of national/international interprofessional networks, she has published and presented widely on the topic. She was co-author of the National Interprofessional Competency Framework and assisted with the WCIHC on-line modules for internationally educated health professionals on interprofessional collaboration.

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.

Session: What Kind of Interprofessional Collaborator Am I?

Liz Harrison is a PT faculty member in the School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan. Her healthcare team experiences over the past 40 years in acute care, outpatients, neurological rehabilitation, seniors care and sports physical therapy ignited her research interests related to interprofessional collaboration. As a member of the Western Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (WCIHC) research team, lead for Saskatchewan’s Patient-Centered Interprofessional Team Experience project, and a member of national/provincial Interprofessional networks/organizations she has published and presented on the topic. Most recently her WCIHC team developed on-line modules for internationally educated health professionals interested in advancing interprofessional collaboration competencies.

Session: Short Snapper #2

Dr. Magali Robert is the principle investigator on this project. It received ethics approval. The research was carried out at the University of Calgary, Department of Kinesiology Human Performance Laboratory.

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: Parkinson’s Disease: Current Trends, Evidence to Support Them

Dr. Wieler’s research primarily focuses on investigating and understanding the underlying mechanisms and potential treatments for people living with Movement Disorders (Parkinson disease, Huntington disease, dystonia, essential tremor) and other central nervous system disorders. Her administrative and academic leadership was instrumental in developing an internationally recognized Centre of Excellence in Movement Disorders in the Division of Neurology, building an interdisciplinary team of clinicians and researchers. More recently, she was involved with the cutting-edge application of novel radioisotopes for the diagnosis and treatment of multiple cancers.

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.

Session: Short Snapper #2

Meaghan Evans is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist who works within Alberta Health Services at the Pelvic Floor Clinic and the Chronic Pain Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

Session: Supporting You and Your Patient's Recovery

Riikka is a Physiotherapist with a graduate degree from University of Alberta. Currently she works with WCB-Alberta. Her team develops partnerships to ensure injured Albertans have the right services in place to recover from their injuries to return to work and life quickly and safely.

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 (https://physiotherapy.ca/todd-wolansky).