About the Conference

The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA), in collaboration with participating community associations, is pleased to present the Virtual 2021 Provincial ABI Conference.

The conference includes two days of multi-disciplinary educational sessions as well as distinguished keynote speakers. We anticipate an audience including, but not limited to, ABI Rehabilitation Professionals, Psychologists, Legal Representatives, Social Workers, Nurses, Personal Support Workers, Advocates and Persons with Brain Injury, their Family Members and Caregivers.

A certificate of attendance for CEU credits will be available to download during the conference. Participants are encouraged to contact their professional/college association for continuing education credits.

Delegates who participate in the scavenger hunt will be eligible for prizes.

The cost to attend the conference $150.00 per person.

Keynote Speakers

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Thursday, October 28, 2021

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Virtual Doors Open, Networking, Platform Orientation

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and Introductions , Platform Instructions

Welcome and Introductions

9:15 am - 10:15 am
10:15 am - 10:30 am

Exhibits and Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Concurrent #1 A

Substance use following mild head injury: Relationships among injury-related factors and problematic alcohol and cannabis use.

Dawn Good, PhD, CPsych – Depts. of Psychology and of Neuroscience, Brock University, Caitlyn Gallant, MA, Psychology; PhD Candidate, Psychology, Francesco Amodio, BA (Hons), Psychology; MA Candidate, Psychology, Rachel Luczon, BSc (Hons), Neuroscience; MA Candidate, Psychology, Smit Patel, BA (Hons), Psychology; MA Candidate, Psychology, Michael Curiaso, BSc (Hons) Candidate, Neuroscience, Sunny Qureshi BSc (Hons) Candidate, Neuroscienc

10:30 am - 11:15am

Concurrent #1 B

Practical Strategies for Health Care Professionals: Testifying Without Fear

Aleks Mladenovic, Nick Smith, Nick Todorovic
Join Aleks Mladenovic from Thomson Rogers, Nick Smith from Oatley Vigmond and Nick Todorovic from McLeish Orlando, the founding firms of PIA Law for an interactive session for all experts, health care professionals and those who may be called to testify, regardless of level of experience.

10:30 am - 11:15am
11:15 am - 11:30 am

Screen Break

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Concurrent #2 A

Ripping Off The Band-Aid: The relevance of anti-Black racism in ABI Rehabilitation

Maxine Fyffe-Roberts, MSW, RSW, B.Sc. (Hons) in Social Work, Sade Akande-Jones, M.Sc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.), Lindis Collins-Bacchus, PT Reg. (Ont), Nakema Walker, Service Director

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Concurrent #2 B

Developing and delivering a virtual version of an OT/PT circuit training group for persistent symptoms after mTBI

Shannon McGuire BHSc (PT), Becky Moran, OT Reg. (Ont.), Monica Collins, OT Reg. (Ont.)

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Concurrent #2 C

Support, Hope & Resiliency: An Education and Training Program for Caregivers of Acquired Brain Injury Survivors.

Nancy LaJoie, BASc, BEd, MEd, Caron Gan, RN, MScN, RP, AAMFT Clinical Fellow, Brenda Agnew, Client Liaison/Parent Advocate and Family Leader

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch Break and Prizes

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Exhibits and Networking Break

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Screen Break

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Exhibits and Networking Break

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Concurrent #3 B

Menopause, anti-Müllerian hormone and cognition in a cohort of women with persistent symptoms following TBI

Melissa Biscardi, MS RN, DOMP, Other authors on the work: Reema Shafi, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), Nora Cullen, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Gillian Einstein, PhD, Angela Colantonio, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.)

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Concurrent #3 C

ABI Justice - Educational and Functional Support Initiatives

Melissa Vigar, BSW, RSW, Katie Manikas, SSW, Colleen Worsley, MSW, RSW

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Exhibits, Networking, Draws

Friday, October 29th, 2021

9:00 am - 9:15 am


9:15 am - 10:15 am

Keynote #3 - Introduced by McLeish Orlando

Helping People to Get a Life: The Evolving Use of Contextual Positive Behaviour Supports

Tim Feeney, PhD

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Exhibits and Networking

10:45 am – 11:30 am

Concurrent #4 B

Rehabilitation Strategies To Help Concussion Patients Manage Persistent Pain And Other Unpleasant Sensations

Gloria Gilbert, PT, MSc, Diplomate, Canadian Academy of Pain Management

10:45 am – 11:30 am

Concurrents #4 C

Forging New Pathways: Creativity Driven Breakthroughs

Judith A. Johnston, ABI Survivor, Supported by (not co-presenting): Shanda Hunter-Trottier, BA, MS, CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO (Speech-Language Pathologist)

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Screen Break

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Keynote #4

I Am Who I Am Because of What I Didn't Know

Katie Hill, Rehabilitation & Recreation Professional in ABI

12:45 pm - 1:15 pm

Closing Remarks and Prizes


Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, you need to register for this online event. Click the “Register Here” link at the top of the page and submit your information. You will receive an email confirming your unique login for the event.
No, there is no one-day registration
Thanks to the generosity of the Thomson Rogers Diamond Sponsorship, a limited number of delegates will be able to receive a subsidized conference rate of $50 (only one subsidized rate per family). For more information, contact Terry Bartol, Conference Coordinator at conference@obia.on.ca .
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We anticipate an audience including, but not limited to, ABI Rehabilitation Professionals, Psychologists, Legal Representatives, Social Workers, Nurses, Personal Support Workers, Advocates, Persons with Brain Injury, their Families and Caregivers.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet from a computer, tablet or mobile device.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event.
The event will remain open to paid registrants 24/7 for 30 days. Therefore, you can attend whenever it is convenient for you during this period of time. We understand your schedule may not allow you to attend all of the live sessions of the event.
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have Internet access. The event is accessible from computer, tablet or mobile device.
  • Watch online presentations from professionals, researchers, persons with brain injury and caregivers.
  • Download valuable educational materials to refer to later.
  • Visit Virtual Booths and chat live with Lead Sponsors and Corporate Exhibitors.
Yes. We will have a virtual swag bag for you! You can add all of the documents available to the virtual swag bag in your account and then email them to yourself or share items with your colleagues by simply entering their email.
Yes, there will be networking opportunities during the conference using video messaging and text chats.
Send an email to ontarioabiconference@getvfairs.io for any technical issues that occur during the conference.
VFairs recommends using Chrome or Firefox to access the conference.
You can contact Terry Bartol, Conference Coordinator at conference@obia.on.ca

Contact Us

Ontario Brain Injury Association


  • P.O. Box 2338
  • St. Catharines, ON
  • L2R 7R9

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