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ABI Conference 2014

The 2014 conference was held on November 20-21, 2014 at the Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place in Toronto. 

The conference included:

  • Two days of stimulating presentations by leading ABI researchers, providers, advocates and individuals living with the effects of ABI
  • Interactive, facilitated workshops and concurrent sessions by invited guest speakers
  • Rapid Podium presentations by leading professionals in the field
  • A networking reception hosted by the Toronto ABI Network



The conference featured a roster of leading ABI keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Marc G. Berman, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago, will discuss research findings into how spending time with nature refreshes our brain, improves attention and memory performance. His work has been cited in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker Magazine and the Boston Glove as well as other media and news outlets. 
  • Dr. Robin Green, will speak to the mechanisms of recovery from TBI, in particular impediments to recovery. Dr. Green is a Senior Scientist in Cognitive Rehabilitation Neurosciences at Toronto Rehab and a Canada Research Chair (II) in traumatic brain injury.
  • Dr. James Malec, has been active in research and the clinical practice of brain injury rehabilitation for over 35 years.  He is a Professor and Research Director at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Malec's keynote will focus on brain rehabilitation and outcome measurement. 
  • Ian McCallum, father of a brain injury survivor and author of From Grave to Cradle to Now - the Healthcare Professional Edition, will share his experience "from the other side of a supposedly fatally brain injured child's bed".

As well as interactive, facilitated workshops featuring:

  • Blaine Katzberg & Carol Farmer (Manager and Physiotherapist, respectively, from the Saskatchewan South ABI Outreach Team) & Kealee Playford (Government of Saskatchewan ABI Provincial Evaluator) will share their knowledge and learnings from the Saskatchewan ABI Partnership Program.
  • Tim Godden, a Social Worker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health with 15 years' experience in motivational interviewing, will discuss motivational interviewing in the context of brain injury.
  • Dr Michelle Keightley, a Senior Clinician Scientist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, will present on concussion in children and youth - from identification to management.
  • Jaisa Sulit will bring her previous experience as a patient, combined with her extensive training in mindfulness, to her presentation on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program.  She is currently an Occupational Therapist at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare.

Who attended?

  • Service providers
  • Rehabilitation professionals
  • Individuals living with the effects of ABI, their family members and caregivers
  • Legal representatives
  • Insurers
  • Others working with individuals with brain injury

Click HERE for the Conference Program


We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Conference!