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Brain Injury Canada 2020 National Conference

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Ottawa Conference and Event Centre

200 Coventry Road

Ottawa, ON K1K 4S3


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Our national conference is designed for healthcare professionals, caregivers, and individuals living with acquired brain injury. Join us for pre-conference workshops and learn from dynamic speakers from across Canada.

New : Conference workshops

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

This year, we've added something new to our conference - workshops run by some of our speakers! These workshops will take place on Wednesday, April 29 2020 at the Ottawa Conference and Events centre and cover a wide range of topics.

8:30 – 10 am | Constructing and Re-Constructing an Identity Following Brain Injury: Becoming the Me I Want to Be

Workshop administrator: Tim Feeney, Ph.D., Chief Knowledge Officer, Belevedere Health Services

10:30 – 12 pm | When Love Hurts: Understanding traumatic brain injury in intimate partner violence

Workshop administrators: Dr. Paul van Donkelaar & Karen Mason

1 – 2 pm | Traumatic brain injury: sex and gender implications for clinicians, patients, and their significant others

Workshop administrators: Dr. Tatyana Mollayeva & Sara Hanafy, Ph.D student

2:30 – 4 pm | LoveYourBrain: Experience the benefits of Yoga & Meditation, without leaving your chair

Workshop administrator: Kate Durie, Ottawa instructor for the LoveYourBrain Yoga program at PranaShanti Yoga Centre, brain injury survivor

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Navigating the trends of brain injury

Thursday, April 30, 2020

8:00am | Registration

8:30 - 8:45am | Opening Remarks

8:45 - 9:30am | Title - TBD

Tim Feeney, Ph.D., Chief Knowledge Officer Belvedere Health Services Albany, NY The Mill School Essex Junction, VT

9:30 - 10:15am | Bridging Between Obstacles: Surviving the ABI Journey from Acute to Community Care

Judith Johnston, brain injury survivor and;
Shanda Hunter-Trottier, B.A., M.S., CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO - Director and Founder of S.L. Hunter SpeechWorks.

10:15 - 10:45am | Break and visit exhibit tables

10:45 - 11:30am | Objective Assessment and Monitoring of Cognitive Function in Coma, Vegetative State, and Concussion: Assisting Healthcare from Hospital to Home

John Connolly, PhD. Professor, Department of Linguistics and Languages, McMaster University, Co-Director, Language, Memory and Brain Lab, McMaster University.

11:30 - 12:15pm | New Normal: What does it mean to recover?

Ovey Yeung - brain injury survivor

12:15 - 1:15pm | Lunch and visit exhibit tables

1:15 - 2:00pm | Moving Ahead. Exploring Incidence, Consequences, and Supports for Women Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury in Intimate Partner Violence

Paul van Donkelaar, Ph.D. - Co-founder and Principal Investigator for SOAR (Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research), and;
Karen Mason - Co-founder for SOAR (Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research)

2:00 - 2:45 | Sex and gender implications for clinicians attending to patients with traumatic brain injury

Tatyana Mollayeva, MD, RPSGT, RST, PhD - Postdoctoral research fellow (Occupational Sciences and Occupational Therapy), University of Toronto, and;
Sara Hanafy, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

2:45 - 3:15pm | Break and visit exhibitor tables

3:15 - 4:00pm | Cannabis and brain injury: help or harm?

Dr Mark A. Ware MBBS MSc; Chief Medical Officer, Canopy Growth Corporation; and Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Anesthesia, McGill University

4:00 - 4:45pm | Building bridges and enhancing capacity: Improving client outcomes through collaborative programming between community rehabilitation and acute hospital settings

Presenters: Stacie Dertinger M.ADS, BCBA and Jane Savage MSW RSW, Head Injury Rehabilitation Ontario

Healthy brain and well-being

Friday, May 1, 2020, 8am - 1pm

8:00am | Registration

8:30 - 8:45am | Opening remarks

8:45 - 9:15am | Challenging your limits

Shanda Hill, Ultra-athlete and brain injury survivor

9:15 - 9:55am | How nutrition can positively impact cognition, depression and anxiety following a TBI

Kylie James, B.Sc. (OT), CNP, RNCP

9:55 - 10:20am | Break and visit exhibitor tables

10:20 - 11:00am | The New Brain Health - Natural Help for Anxiety, Trauma and Sleep

Tom Diamond, PhD, Certified Neurofeedback Specialist, Registered Clinical Counsellor

11:00 - 11:40am | Discovering Day-to-Day Living Following a TBI

Pauline Hoffman, Certified Professional Organizer, Cleaning Specialist

11:40 - 12:05pm | Break and visit exhibitor tables

12:05 - 12:45pm | Yoga and meditation for brain injury: evidence, innovations, and ways forward

Kimberly Baker MPA, RYT-200, Love Your Brain

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