Thursday Opening Keynote Address

with Bernard Petiot from Cirque du Soleil


Bernard holds a bachelor in Physical Education and has a Masters in Science and Physical Activity from the Université Laval. He also taught Physical Education at the Université de Montréal from 1980-1997. As one of the main organizers of the first international conferences for the development of talent in gymnastics (World Gymnastics Championships held in Montréal in 1985), he was often asked to analyze international competitions such as the Sabaë World Championships and the following Olympic Games: Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio de Janiero in 2016.

Renowned coach at Gymnix de Montréal from 1980-1998, Bernard has contributed to the development of some of Canada’s best gymnasts, including Cathy Giancaspro (Seoul 1988), Mylène Fleury (Barcelona 1992) and Marilou Cousineau (five-time World Championships winner). He has also coached the Canadian Olympic Team, through 13 World Championships and 2 Olympic Games.

Bernard Petiot has been part of the Cirque du Soleil management team for 19 years and currently holds the title of Vice President of Casting and Performance. His Vice Presidency consists of the following departments: Acrobatic Performance and Equipment Design and Development / Performance Medicine / Artist Training / Coaching / Casting.

Friday Plenary Session: Opioids Crisis Panel

with Dr. Linda Woodhouse, Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Dr. Maxi Miciak, and Melissa Anderson


Dr. Cara Tannenbaum

With over 10 years of consecutive funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research as well as an FRS-Q chercheur-boursier senior award, Dr. Tannenbaum is a leader in cutting-edge geriatric research both nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of a 2004 New Investigator Award from the American Geriatrics Society and the 2008 May-Cohen Gender Equity Award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. In 2008, Dr. Tannenbaum became the inaugural Chair of the Michel Saucier Endowed Fund in Geriatric Pharmacology, Health and Aging of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Université de Montréal. In 2013, the Institute of Aging of the Canadian Institutes Health Research presented her with the Betty-Havens Knowledge Transfer Award. She holds an appointment as Full Professor in the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Université de Montréal. As Director of the Geriatric Incontinence Clinic at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, her clinical practice fuels her vision for her patient-oriented research program. Dr. Tannenbaum obtained her medical degree at McGill University in 1994 and subsequently obtained specialty training in geriatric medicine and older women’s health. She pursued a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2002 at McGill University.

Dr. Tannenbaum was appointed Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health commencing January 2015. In this role she works with the Canadian gender, sex and health research community and stakeholders to identify research priorities, develop research-funding opportunities, strengthen research capacity, build partnerships and translate research evidence to improve the health of Canadians.

Saturday Plenary Session: Physiotherapy Approaches in Medically-Complex and Frail Elderly: Resetting Our Perspective

with Dr. Jennifer M. Bottomley and Dr. Hans Hobbelen

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Dr. Jennifer M. Bottomley

Jennifer M. Bottomley, PhD, MS, PT A degree in Physical Therapy - University of Wisconsin; A masters degree Physical Therapy - MGH Institute ; A doctoral degree in Gerontology (Univ of Massachusetts) and a second PhD in Health Service Administration, Legislation, and Policy Management with a specialty in Gerontology (Union Institute). She’s practiced since 1974. Currently, she’s an academic and clinical educator in teaches Internationally and throughout the US. Jennifer is an Associate Professor at Simmons College and an Adjunct Professor at the MGH Institute in Boston, MA. She serves on several federal advisory boards for Medicare and the White House Advisory Panel for Health Care Reform. She practices in homeless shelters on a pro bono basis for the Committee to End Elder Homelessness/HEARTH in Boston and on the Board of Directors for HEARTH. Jennifer is the current President for International PhysioTherapists working with Older People (IPTOP), WCPT.

Dr. Hans Hobbelen

Hans Hobbelen (PhD, PT) started his career as a physiotherapist in a nursing home in the City of Eindhoven the Netherlands and stayed at this job for 22 years. In 2001 he received his Master degree in human movement sciences. He received his PhD in 2010 on the topic of paratonia, A distinctive form of hypertonia in dementia. This made him a leading scientist in the field of Paratonia and movement disorders in dementia. He is currently professor in Healthy Lifestyle, Ageing and Health Care at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, The Netherlands.  Besides movement disorders in dementia his main field of interest is frailty, in specific the Prevention of frailty. Hans is since 2010 board member of the Dutch association of geriatric Physiotherapists (NVFG) and since 2015 elected Vice President of The International association of Physical Therapists working with Older People (IPTOP). He is also an active member of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, a platform commissioned by the European Commission. Furthermore, dr. Hobbelen is Program Leader of the Living Lab Active Ageing Elderly, which is part of the national Centre of Expertise on Healthy Ageing and funded by the Dutch government and Front man of the master study Healthy Ageing Professional at the Hanze University of Applied sciences Groningen .

Saturday Closing Keynote Address 

provided by Dr. Emma Stokes, President WCPT

 Emma Stokes is Deputy Head of the Department of Physiotherapy and a Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin. She teaches on the university's entry to practice programmes in Dublin and Singapore. Her research focuses on matters related to professional practice such as leadership in the profession. She has been a member of the WCPT Executive Board since 2007 and was elected President in 2015.

Alison Hoens, 2018 Recipient of the Enid Graham Memorial Lecture


Alison Hoens is the recipient of the Enid Graham Lecture Award, the most prestigious award of the CPA.Alison Hoens holds two positions: (1) Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker and Clinical Professor within the University of British Columbia Department of Physical Therapy, and (2) Research, Education, and Practice Coordinator for Physiotherapy at Providence Healthcare (PHC). She is currently on secondment from these two positions to serve as Knowledge Translation Specialist at the BC SUPPORT Unit (one of 10 Units established across Canada as part of the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), a national initiative led by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to support, streamline and increase patient-oriented research).

Ms. Hoens received her B.Sc. in Physical Therapy from UBC and her postgraduate degrees from Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Ms. Hoens’ contributions to the profession span the realms of clinical practice, pre-and post-licensure education, and research provincially, nationally, and internationally. At PHC she is responsible for research, education, and evidence-based practice support for over 130 Physiotherapists and Rehabilitation Assistants across the spectrum of acute, rehabilitation, and residential care settings. In her unique role as Knowledge Broker she has facilitated partnerships in over 50 projects between more than 400 researchers, clinicians, decision makers, and patients in clinically relevant research and in the development of resources and tools to support evidence-informed practice. These partnerships have been successful in procuring more than $3 million in research funding. The 22 resources and tools that have been developed to support clinical practice have been accessed ~200,000 times worldwide.