2019 Spring Professional Development Summit

Posted Mar 12th, 2019 in Education

The Ontario Kinesiology Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Spring Professional Development Summit taking place on May 4, 2019 at the University of Waterloo.

The 2019 PD Summit promises a full day of educational opportunities to assist Kinesiologists in their professional practice, and also to assist in satisfying your regulatory college self-assessment requirements.

We are once again utilizing the excellent facilities at the University of Waterloo Applied Health Sciences Building to bring this opportunity to kinesiologists.


Full Details on the program are as follows:

2019 Spring Professional Development Summit

Date: May 4, 2019

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Location: University of Waterloo AHS Expansion Building (map to parking and building location on campus at this link)


Fees: Early-Bird Rate After April 19, 2019
Members $99.00 + HST $149.00 + HST
Non-Member $199.00 + HST $299.00 + HST
Students $59.00 + HST $69.00 + HST

Accommodation: Coming from out of town and spending the night in Waterloo? Check out the closest hotel options below

Program Schedule (subject to change)

8:00 - 8:45am - Registration opens and light Breakfast served, Exhibitor setup and Networking
8:45 - 9:00am - Welcome and Introductory Remarks
9:00 - 10:00am - Keynote Speaker - Dr. Chris Gatti, The Academic Acrobat (http://www.chrisgatti.com/)

  • Bio: Dr. Chris Gatti is a gymnast-turned-acrobat that likes to think. He splits his time between training, coaching, and working on programming projects in a variety of domains. Chris grew up and trained as a gymnast in Massachusetts, and went on to compete for the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, from 2001—2005. He studied engineering and obtained a BSE in mechanical engineering. After graduating, he started working in a biomechanics lab studying the shoulder and stayed at the University of Michigan and went to grad school for an MSE in biomedical engineering.  A second stint of graduate school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY followed, where he received a PhD, focusing on machine learning and data analysis. Since stopping competing in 2005, Chris continued training and playing in the gym for the next 9 years. When he was nearing the completion of his PhD in the spring of 2014, he put together a demo tape for Cirque du Soleil just to see what might come of my athletic and acrobatic talent. Cirque liked the demo tape, and two weeks after defending his thesis, he was in Montreal training for Corteo. Chris toured with the show for 16 months in South America doing a high bar act called Tournik, until the show closed in December of 2015. After rehabbing his shoulder, he rejoined Cirque du Soleil, this time as the Head Coach of Volta, their newest big top production. In August 2017, Chris left that position, and now teaches handstand workshops, takes short-term coaching contracts, and does independent research. Though his passion is acrobatics, he still think like an academic.

10:00 - 10:30am - OKA Annual General Meeting 2019 (Members Only)
10:30 - 10:45am - Break
10:45 - Noon - Session 2a: Fueling for Pre and Post-Exercise and an Update on the Loblaws Dietitian/Kinesiologist Partnership Program, Lauren Baker, MHSc, RD

  • Course Outline:  In this session delegates will learn the importance of nutrition and meal planning for exercise and physical activity performance. Lauren will discuss pre- and post- fueling best practices for exercise and other physical activity, including the role of dietary carbohydrates & proteins in your performance. Lauren will also touch on protein supplements, sports drinks, and proper hydration; and will review the important role of physical activity in chronic disease management or prevention. Finally, Lauren will discuss the benefits of interprofessional collaboration between Kinesiologists and Dietitians to support client centered care.
  • Bio: Lauren Baker is a Registered Dietitian with Loblaws Glen Erin and Loblaws Heartland in Mississauga. Lauren graduated from the University of Guelph with a BASc in Human Nutrition & pursued a dietetic internship with Mt. Sinai Hospital. She then completed a MHSc in Nutrition Communication with Ryerson University, specializing in knowledge translation and health literacy. She has worked as an In-Store Dietitian with Loblaws since 2013, in stores among the Zehr’s Markets, Fortinos, and Loblaws banners. Lauren’s role as an In-Store Dietitian is engaging & unique as she provides counselling on nutrition, label reading, and meal planning for a variety of needs including weight management, chronic disease management & prevention, digestive health & allergies, sports or exercise nutrition & meal planning, and other nutrition needs across the lifespan. She is also able to help her clients apply this information where they make their food decisions – in the grocery store. To learn more, visit www.loblaws.ca/dietitians or follow Lauren on Facebook & Instagram @laurenbee.rd.

10:45 - Noon - Session 2b: Bringing Return to Work into the Modern Era, Dr. Mike Sonne

  • Course Outline: The goal of this session is to talk about the research and development the MyAbilities team has performed to try and automate every aspect of return to work. From physical demands analyses, to functional capacity evaluations and risk assessment, MyAbilities has been working hard to leverage new technologies and improve the return to work process, with the goal of getting workers back to work, and preventing them from getting hurt in the first place at the forefront.
  • Bio: Mike Sonne is the Vice President of Innovations and Research at MyAbilities Inc. Mike has a history of introducing technologies to automate ineffective processes in the ergonomics industry. In 2010, Mike developed the Rapid Office Strain Assessment - a method for conducting self-guided, office ergonomics assessments, and tracking risk throughout entire organizations. Implementation of ROSA resulted in reductions in workload for on-site ergonomists, reductions in musculoskeletal injuries in workers, and improved ergonomics throughout workplaces. Since then, Mike has helped develop global standards for assembly lines, established thresholds for repetitive work, and provided models for the evaluation of muscle fatigue in complex workplaces. Mike is an adjunct professor at Brock University, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and continues to publish in peer reviewed journals and hold research grants through MITACS and CRE-MSD. 

Noon - 1:00pm - Lunch, Networking, and Exhibitors in the AHS Lobby
1:00 - 2:15pm - Session 3a - Strategies for Good Record Keeping, Sue Behari, MHSc, RD - The College of Kinesiologists of Ontario

  • Course Outline: This session will cover a review of the College Record Keeping Standard and other CKO record keeping guidance, a review of common Record Keeping problems identified through the Peer and Practice Assessment process, and what you need to do to make sure you are in compliance with the College's expectations. The session will conclude with a Question and Answer period.
  • Bio: Sue Behari, MHSc, Rd, is the Director, Quality Assurance at the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario

1:00 - 2:15pm - Session 3b - Human Anatomy Lab, Tamara Maciel, MSc, Program Director, University of Waterloo School of Anatomy**

  • Course Outline: Come and see our brand new School of Anatomy laboratory facilities. Review anatomy (typical and pathological) using 6 cadaveric donors and our extensive collection of prosected specimens. Undergraduate kinesiology student volunteers will help demonstrate at each of 5 stations. Participants will rotate through these stations throughout the 90-minute workshop. Lab coats and gloves will be provided.

    Station 1: Skeletal System and Joints
    Station 2: Muscles of the Anterior Limbs and Trunk
    Station 3: Brachial Plexus
    Station 4: Muscles of the Posterior Limbs and Trunk, Nervous System
    Station 5: Cardiovascular System

2:15 - 2:45pm - Break
2:45 - 4:00pm - Session 4a - Blood-Flow Restriction for Augmenting Human Performance, Dr. Jamie Burr

  • Course Outline: In this session we will examine the novel technique of manipulating blood flow using tourniquet cuffs for human health and performance. We will explore the rationale and effects of manipulating flow both prior to competition, and during an exercise training session for rehabilitation and strength training purposes. 
  • Bio: Dr. Burr is an associate professor and the director of the Human Performance and Health Research lab at the University of Guelph. He serves a dual role as a researcher and member of the integrated support team for the local Olympians and elite athletes who live and train in Guelph with the SpeedRiver Track club. Dr. Burr’s research shares a joint focus on the role of exercise for promoting health and improving human performance. In this regard his work has focused on the cardiovascular and cardio-metabolic effects of prolonged and novel forms of exercise exposure in humans, with a specific focus on vascular flow and stiffness. 
2:45 - 4:00pm - Session 4b - Human Anatomy Lab, Tamara Maciel, MSc, Program Director, University of Waterloo School of Anatomy** (Repeat Session - details as above)
4:00 - 5:00pm - Networking Reception and Exhibitors

**Please note that the Human Anatomy Lab sessions are strictly limited to a maximum of 40 persons per session**


Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities are available, Please review the 2019 Exhibitor and Sponsorship Prospectus at this link. If you have any questions please contact the OKA office.

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