Thursday Opening Ceremony

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.


Creativity at Cirque du Soleil: Culture, Mindset and Leadership

Cirque du Soleil (CDS) is recognized as a creative leader in live entertainment. With now more than 20 different shows in operations the challenge for CDS is to keep striving to be creative, surprise its spectators and innovate in a fast changing world. This presentation will allow you to dive into CDS creative process. The tango between the nonlinear creative process and the production timeline and constraints will be discussed. From a leadership perspective, the management of an environment favorable to innovate and support creative minds will also be addressed. The intent of the presentation is to share and inspire creative people and leaders to set their creative environment in order to face the challenges of the future.

Friday Plenary Session: Opioids Crisis Panel

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

Linda Woodhouse

Associate Professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta in Canada and a Research Affiliate at the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health in Calgary.

PT, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta in Canada and a Research Affiliate at the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health in Calgary. Linda served as an Endowed Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta (2011-2016); as Scientific Director for Alberta Health Services’ Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network (2012 to 2015); and as President of CPA (2015-2017). As President of CPA, Linda attended the Federal Minister of Health’s Conference on the Opioid Crisis in November 2016. Following that meeting, she had CPA National work with the Provincial Branches and Partners across Canada and with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to release joint statements on the role of physiotherapy in the opioid crisis. Linda is a researcher, educator, and clinician with 30 years experience in clinical trials and musculoskeletal research. Her work is predominantly in the areas of osteoarthritis, sarcopenia and physical function. She has developed and evaluated innovative models of integrated interprofessional care for patients with musculoskeletal disorders. In the past 10 years she has held or collaborated on over $30 million in peer-reviewed grants. She has over 75 peer-reviewed journal publications, 140 presented abstracts and over 130 invited presentations, including international keynote addresses. She continues to be an advocate for integrated data systems and the use of data to drive high quality new models of cost effective health care delivery.

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.

Maxi Miciak

Fellow Performance Management and Evaluation Alberta Innovates Edmonton, AB.

Dr. Maxi Miciak, PT, PhD completed her doctoral studies in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. She is currently a post doctoral fellow jointly at Alberta Innovates and the University of Alberta as the inaugural Cy Frank Fellow in Impact Assessment. She is interested in understanding and evaluating how the implementation of health services, policy and research impact health systems. Her doctoral work focused on operationalizing patient-centred care by developing, implementing and evaluating care models that impact the patient-practitioner therapeutic relationship, including how health services policies and support this relationship. Her interest in this area developed as a clinician working in private practice and on interdisciplinary rehabilitation teams supporting people with chronic physical conditions and psychological dysregulation. Maxi’s ability to work interprofessionally with large teams has benefited her pan-Canadian post-doctoral work that has been focused on developing frameworks to evaluate research impact on informed decision making. She convened a pan-Canadian, multi-stakeholder group of health services and policy and research impact experts to determine a core set of key performance indicators (KPIs) using an impact framework in order to assess the impact of health services and policy research on decision-making in the healthcare system. This work enables the scale and spread of research and innovation into the health system to insure not only the adoption of evidence-based practice, but also the deadoption of inappropriate clinical practice. Maxi’s research informs what factors influence patient-centered practice and quality of care from personal (e.g. engagement), social (e.g. patient support networks) and systems (e.g. policy barriers) perspectives.

Melissa Anderson

Director of Advocacy, Professional Practice and Advancement with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).

Melissa Anderson PT, MPA is the Director of Advocacy, Professional Practice and Advancement with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). Prior to this, she worked for Horizon Health Network in New Brunswick as both a front-line clinician and manager in the physiotherapy department. Melissa holds a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy and a master’s degree in public administration, both from Dalhousie University. In the past, Melissa has served as branch president of NBPA and has been a member of several other volunteer boards. Melissa serves as CPA's Senior Policy Advisor and spokesperson for its Opioids and Pain Management advocacy campaign.

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

with Jennifer M. Bottomley, PhD, MS, PT and Hans Hobbelen (PhD, PT)

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Jennifer M. Bottomley, PhD, MS, PT

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.


Hans Hobbelen (PhD, PT)

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

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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.