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Dr. Kenneth Rockwood 

Professor of Medicine (Geriatric Medicine and Neurology)
The Kathryn Allen Weldon Professor of Alzheimer Research, Dalhousie University and staff physician at the Nova Scotia Health Authority

Prof. Rockwood has had a longstanding interest in clinical and epidemiological aspects of frailty, dementia and delirium. Professor Rockwood had published more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific publications and nine books. He was the National Lead for the Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network. He is a member of the research executive committee of the Canadian Collaboration on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). He leads the CCNA's Knowledge Translation Program and co-leads the Quality of Life research theme. 

Prince Amponsah

Mr. Prince Amponsah is a young Toronto actor who survived devastating burns in an apartment fire several years ago. Rehabilitation has played a key function in defining Prince’s new way of life.

Prince’s powerful story has been featured by a variety of media outlets, including the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, CBC radio and NOW.

Karen Truter, RN(EC), MN, CHPCN(C) 

Nurse Practitioner, Post Acute Specialty Services, Northumberland Hills Hospital

Karen Truter is the Nurse Practitioner (NP) for Gerontology and Post-Acute Specialty Services in Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH), Cobourg, Ontario. She graduated as a RN in 1985 in Bristol, England, immigrated to Canada in 1996 and has nursed in Quebec and Ontario. She obtained her MN/NP degree in 2013. Her expertise is in palliative care and gerontology.

Karen is the lead NP in the Assess & Restore pilot, and has developed a process for direct admissions from emergency to a rehab bed, for those elderly patients that are failing at home and require intensive assessment and intervention as inpatients.

Karen’s focus of assessment incorporates both a medical and gerontological approach through comprehensive gerontological assessment. She, along with the interprofessional team at NHH, emphasizes the identity of gerontological syndromes as key to successful restoration of wellness for older adults.

Jill I. Cameron, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and an Affiliated Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - UHN

Dr. Jill Cameron is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and an Affiliated Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - UHN. She has held Ministry of Health, Ministry of Research and Innovation, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Awards.

Her primary research interest is to understand the experiences and needs of family members who assume the role of informal caregiver for individuals with disability. Dr. Cameron aims to develop timely and relevant programs to assist them with their care-giving activities and pursuit of other valued activities and interests. The ultimate goal of her research is to support families as they transition across care environments with the aim of optimizing life in the community.

Pearl Gryfe, M.Sc., B.Sc.OT Reg (ON)

Clinical and Managing Director
Assistive Technology Clinic, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Baycrest Brain Health Centre

Pearl Gryfe, is the founder as well as the Clinical and Managing Director of the Assistive Technology Clinic based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Baycrest Brain Health Centre. 

Pearl is an Occupational Therapist with many years of professional experience in the fields of neurology, geriatrics, trauma, orthopedics, rheumatology, ergonomics and assistive technology. She is renowned for developing and implementing innovative interprofessional models of practice for neurodegenerative diseases including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Stroke and Parkinson’s disease and is cross appointed to the University of Toronto in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science. 

During her career, Pearl has won multiple teaching and professional awards including the Alumni Achievement Award (U of T 2004), has published a number of papers in peer reviewed journals and has consulted to many notable corporations. Currently, Pearl continues her duties carrying a caseload of complex clients, directing over 40 staff on two sites, managing multiple neuro-rehabilitative programs, and overseeing many new and exciting  assistive technology projects with the goal of improving the quality of life of all those suffering from neurodegenerative conditions.

Vincent Lo, PT, BSc.PT.

Lecturer, University of Toronto
Critical Care Physiotherapist, Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Toronto General Hospital, UHN

Vincent Lo is a critical care physiotherapist working in MSICU at the Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network. He has 20 years experience working in critical care units across Toronto including Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital and has been at Toronto General Hospital since 2007.

Vincent holds a status appointment at the University of Toronto at the rank of Lecturer and has been involved in teaching in the Physical Therapy Program as a lecturer, lab instructor, and clinical skills examiner since 2001. Vincent was awarded the Exceptional Achievement Award from the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy in 2006-2007.

Vincent is currently pursuing and leading clinical research trials in the specialty area. Vincent has presented at numerous speaking engagements, courses and conferences on topics ranging from Chest X-ray Interpretation, Clinical Decision Making in Medically Complex Patients, Early ICU Mobility and Mobilizing ECLS Patients both locally and internationally.

Edith Ng, MSc, BSc(OT), OT Reg.(Ont.) 

Brain Services, Process Improvement Lead, Stroke Services, Toronto Rehab, University Health Network

Edith Ng is an Advanced Practice Leader and Process Improvement Lead at Toronto Rehab, UHN.  She obtained her Occupational Therapy degree in 1996 and her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science in 2011.   She has a special interest in Neuro-Rehabilitation.  Her clinical and research experience have primarily focused on Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury.  Some of her recent foci include behaviour and patients and caregivers’ experiences in Care Conferences. She also holds a Status-Only Appointment as a Lecturer with Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto.

Nathalie Brown, RP, BA (Hons) Psych

Registered Psychotherapist, Behaviour Therapist, Acquired Brain Injury-Neuro Cognitive Service, Toronto Rehab-University Health Network

Nathalie Brown is an experienced behaviour consultant who has worked training staff, teachers and students in Social Services, Education and Health Care Agencies in both English and French across Niagara, Central West and Toronto Regions. She specializes in supporting people who are exhibiting behaviour that is creating distress and difficulty with integration into their community using Applied Behaviour Analysis from a Positive Behaviour Support first framework incorporating Psychotherapy techniques to teach replacement behaviours. The clientele she has supported include people who have brain injuries, developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and dual diagnosis in populations ranging from the age of 2 to 97.

Joan DeBruyn, MSc BScOT OT Reg.(Ont.)

Project Manager, Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre

Joan DeBruyn is an occupational therapist who is passionate about improving rehabilitation care at clinical, organizational and system levels. Joan works as a Project Manager and Project Lead at the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre. In addition to implementing and evaluating the Rapid Recovery Therapy Program, she has worked with hospital sites and CCAC coordinated bed access to implement the provincial Rehabilitative Care Framework for bedded levels of care and improve transitions to rehabilitative care. Joan has worked as an occupational therapist in inpatient rehabilitation in Canada and the US, and as a clinical educator, manager and project manager for inpatient, ambulatory and community rehabilitation. She has also conducted research in stroke motor learning as part of a Master’s of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University.

Helen Janzen Ezekiel, HBSc (Bio), Registered PT, BHSc (PT)

Director of Patient Services with the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre (Post- transition Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network) and Physiotherapist. Waterloo Wellington CCAC

Helen Janzen Ezekiel is a Physiotherapist who has an advanced diploma in Manual and Manipulative therapy.  She graduated from McMaster University in 1998 and went on to publish research on motor learning principles and how to incorporate them into everyday practice.  Her career has seen her working in private practice, homecare and hospital settings.  She has utilized her diverse experiences to find ways to improve the rehabilitative experience for homecare patients.  In 2006 she joined the Community Care Access Centre and has been a Care Coordinator, Manager and currently a Director of Patient Services with a portfolio that encompasses Hospital discharge planning, Long Term Care and Coordinated Bed Access programs.  She has also worked within homecare as the therapy lead for many years.  She is actively engaged in system work looking to improve patient experience and integrated discharge planning processes.


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