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Day 1 Thursday November 12, 2020
9:00‐9:15 Opening Remarks

Keynote Presentation

Treating Fatigue and Sleep Disturbance after Brain Injury
Jennie Ponsford, AO, BA (Hons), MA (Clin Neuropsych), PhD, MAPsS
School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University
Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre, Epworth Hospital
Melbourne, Australia

10:15‐10:45 Networking Break

Concurrent Sessions
  • How to Complete a Situational Assessment on the GOS‐E Criterion
    Galit Liffshiz, MA, OT Reg (Ont)
    Galit Liffshiz & Associates
    Hadassah Lebovic, MSc OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
    University of Toronto
  • Is the Problem of Chronic Pain Possibly an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) That has been Missed?
    Gloria Gilbert, MSc (PT)
    Diplomate, Canadian Academy of Pain Management, Consultant, Neuphysio Rehabilitation
  • LEAP ‐ Legal Education Awareness Project
    Melissa Vigar, RSW
    Brain Injury Society of Toronto
    Katie Manikas
    Alexander Jordan Mongkonrob, BA, Bed
    Brain Injury Society of Toronto
11:30‐12:15 Lunch Break & Networking

Concurrent Sessions
  • A Voice for Survivors and Caregivers: Building a Provincial Stakeholder Engagement Network for the Brain Injury Community
    Gazal Kukreja, MA
    Ontario Brain Injury Association
  • Stepping Beyond the Diagnosis: Objective Assessment and Monitoring of Cognitive Function in Coma, Vegetative State, and Concussion
    Kyle I. Ruiter, PhD
  • Tips for Favourably Advancing Attendant Care Claims
    Stacey Stevens
    Thomson Rogers
    Stephen Birman
    Thomson Rogers
    Matthew Rose
    Gina Matesic
    Karla Forgaard-Pullen
  • No Patient Left Behind: The Toronto Rehab Toolkit for Implementing Virtual Rehabilitation within Outpatient Rehabilitation Programs
    Angie Andreoli, MSc, BSc(PT)
    Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network
    Dr. Meiqi Guo, MD, FRCPC
    Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network
    Edith Ng, OT Reg (Ont), BSc (OT), MSc
    Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network
    Lais Vanzella, PT, MPT
    Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network
1:00‐1:30 Networking Break

Keynote Presentation
Hiking to the Top of Mount TBI
Holly Kostrzewski, MPH
Hope, Humor, Inspiration, Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor and Educator
2:30‐2:45 Closing Remarks
2:45‐ 4:00 Networking

Day 2 Friday November 13, 2020
9:00‐9:15 Opening Remarks

Keynote Presentation

Valerie Spironello, MSW, RSW
Choose Wellness

10:15‐10:45 Networking Break

Rapid Podium Presentations
  • Movement Medicine: A systematic review on the effect of early aerobic exercise initiation on symptom recovery following concussion
    Ainsley Kempenaar, MD, BScH (Kin)
    University of Toronto
  • Health Care Utilization of the Ontario Concussion Cohort
    Laura Langer, BSc (Hon)
    Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network
  • Making Sense of the Nonsense: A Narrative Inquiry into the Meaning‐Related Processes of Resiliency in Caregivers of Children with TBI
    Zara Szigeti, MSc, BASc
    University of Toronto, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Re‐Gifting Health Care Advice
    Samantha Hudson
  • Therapeutic Rock Climbing: A New & Engaging Way to Achieve Multidisciplinary Goals
    Kate Stewart, MSc
    Canadian Adaptive Climbing Society
    Ellie Lapowich, BA, RSSW, RRP, CCRC, CVP
    Innovative Case Management
11:45‐12:30 Lunch Break & Networking

Concurrent Sessions
  • Resiliency in the Context of Traumatic Brain Injury
    Emily Nalder, PhD, OT Reg (Ont)
    University of Toronto
    Jérôme Gauvin-Lepage, PhD (Nursing)
    Université de Montréal
  • Exercise and Sport for Recovery after Moderate‐Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
    Enrico L. Quilico, BEd, MA
    University of Toronto
  • Taste of Motivational Interviewing: Strategies to help people with ABI make positive health behavior changes
    Charles Bombardier, PhD
    University of Washington
  • Sex and Gender in Traumatic Brain Injury: Implications for Rehabilitation
    Angela Colantonio, PhD (Rehabilitation Science)
    University of Toronto
    Sara Hanafy, MSc, PhD Candidate (Rehabilitation Sciences)
    University of Toronto
    Tatyana Mollayeva, MD, PhD (Rehabilitation Sciences)
    University Health Network
1:30‐1:45 Closing Remarks

This program is a working document. The ABI Conference Planning Committee reserves the right, at its discretion, to amend, update or otherwise change this program without prior notice.


November 12-13, 2020




Regular Rate $150
Survivor/Caregiver Rate $100
Student Rate $100


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