Brain Injury Canada National Conference

Brain Injury Canada National Conference 2018 

October 18 & 19, 2018

Ottawa Conference and Event Centre
Ottawa, Ontario

The Brain Injury Canada National Conference is designed to bring together brain injury survivors to be inspired, learn about new research and innovation, share ideas and create new friendships.

Join us for a unique conference experience! We have changed the format of our conference this year to meet the changing needs of our audience. While the conference is happening at the same conference centre for two days, each of the days will be a stand-alone conference with its own theme. Attendees can attend one or both days, dependent on their interests.


Thursday, October 18, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Friday, October 19, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Both days will feature interesting and innovative speakers and will be of interest to a broad audience, including:
  • Persons living with the effects of ABI (individuals and family members/caregivers)
  • Case Managers
  • Legal Professionals
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physicians and Nurses
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Researchers
  • Speech and Language Pathologists
Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn and network with the ABI community.

Register for Brain Injury Canada National Conference 

For more detailed information about the conference, including speaker bios, sponsorship information and frequently asked questions:



Thursday, October 18, 2018, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Correction Services Canada – Title and Speaker to be announce.

Virtual Reality: The virtual world within patient rehabilitation experiences – Alex Theodorou, Founder, Ocutherapy

Cannabis 101 & Brain Injury – Sabrina Ramkellawan, Founder and CEO, Canadian Institute for Medical Advancement

You, Me & A Brain Injury – Melissa & Jason Jirovec

Performing Music as Part of the Journey of Recovery – Dan Washburn & Mary Ellen Thompson PhD, Speech-language Pathologists, Brain Injury Association Quinte District

Panel: Exploring the Challenges to Health and Well-being for Women & Girls Living with Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Dr. Angela Colantonio PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.) (researcher): A gendered approach to TBI research 
  • Melissa Biscardi BScN, RN -Women & girls with TBI: Implications for the reproductive system 
  • Halina (Lin) Haag MSW, RSW (researcher/lived experience): Helping the helpers: Developing a TBI Toolkit for Frontline IPV workers
  • Reema Shafi MA, OTReg. (Ont.) (researcher/service provider): Sex-specific alterations in the brain post-concussion
Surviving the Perfect Storm: Brain Injury, Mental Health and Addictions – Janelle Breese Biagoni, Cridge Centre Brain Injury Service

Meaningful Activity: Somewhere to Live and Something to Do – Geoff Sing and Bob Embury, Centre Brain Injury Service


Friday, October 19, 2018, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Guidelines for Concussion/ mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Persistent Symptoms: Introducing the 3rd Edition – Shawn Marshall MD MSc (Epi) FRCPC Division Head Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The Ottawa Hospital/ University of Ottawa

Persisting symptoms following pediatric concussion: Prevalence, impact and approaches to care – Nick Reed, PhD, Clinical Scientist Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital Concussion Centre

Cervical Spine and Vestibular/Balance Considerations – Kathryn Schneider, Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist (physiotherapist and epidemiologist) at the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary.

Concussion and the Vision Connection: The Role of Optometry in the Village of Post-Concussion Care – Dr. Shirley Blanc, B.Sc., O.D. Member of NORA (Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association), COVT&R (Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation), and the Ontario Association of Optometrists

Evidence Based Nutritional and Functional Medicine Strategies For TBI and PCS – Paul Hrkal, ND, Chief Naturopathic Doctor, The Pain & Wellness Centre, associated with the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI). Member of the Canadian and Ontario Assocaition of Naturopathic Doctors

Applying FITTT exercise principles in the management of concussion – Michael Hutchison, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Director, Concussion Program, MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic

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