Conférenciers

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Rebecca H Affoo

Rebecca H Affoo, PhD, CCC-SLP, SLP-Reg, S-LP(C)

Rebecca Affoo is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Dalhousie University. Her work focuses on studying oropharyngeal swallowing and oral health in older adults, then translating the findings into assessment practices and treatments, and developing and implementing evidence-based education for speech-language pathologists.

Maya Albin

Maya Albin, MSc, Reg. CASLPO

Maya completed her MSc (SLP) at McMaster University, and now works as a speech-language pathologist in Toronto, Ontario. She works at an interdisciplinary private practice and continues to be involved in a variety of research projects.

Lisa Archibald, PhD

Lisa Archibald, PhD

Lisa Archibald worked as a clinical Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP) for over 15 years providing services to children and adults, in schools, hospitals, and other facilities. Currently an Associate Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Western Ontario, Lisa studies links between memory and language processes in individuals with communication disorders. Lisa’s work has also focused on S-LP-educator school-based collaborations. She was part of an international team of researchers and stakeholders considering terminology and profile for children with an unexplained, persistent language disorder, now known as developmental language disorder (DLD). As a member of the international committee of RADLD.org and founding member of DLDandMe, Lisa has been active in advocacy campaigns for DLD. Recently, Lisa developed The DLD Toolbox, an online resource for S-LPs to support diagnostic decision regarding DLD.

Jessica Ball, M.P.H., PhD

Jessica Ball, M.P.H., PhD

Jessica Ball is a professor at the University of Victoria’s School of Child and Youth Care. She is known for her path-finding work on First Nations English dialects, Indigenous language revitalization in Canada and Southeast Asia, and community-engaged collaborations in research and service delivery. Her interdisciplinary research program responds to requests from Indigenous and other non-dominant cultural groups to partner in studies aimed at improving the quality of life and wellness of children and youth (www.ecdip.org). Indigenous children’s speech and language development is a priority consistently identified by communities for better research and improved practice.

Myriam L H Beauchamp

Myriam L H Beauchamp, MS, S-LP, PhD

Dr. Myriam L H Beauchamp is a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University and a licensed S-LP with 10 years of clinical experience. Her research examines language development and use in bilingual children with and without an ASD diagnosis, and the influence of bilingualism on their cognitive and social development.

Glenis Benson, PhD

Glenis Benson, PhD

Dr. Benson has focused on autism her entire career. She was Senior Advisor to the United Nations for the Middle East for ASCs, Director of the Autism Program and Assistant Professor at USD. She taught for the Kentucky Autism Training Center and for UW Madison. Her first teaching assignment was with the Edmonton School for Autistic Children, long ago. Glenis has a video, Autism Spectrum Disorders, numerous articles and chapters, and recently an article published with AideCanada. Glenis trains nationally and internationally from her private practice in Calgary, Alberta.

Jeudi 04/28
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Vincent Bourassa Bédard

Vincent Bourassa Bédard, MPO, PhD Candidate

Vincent Bourassa Bédard is a speech-language pathologist in a school and a PhD candidate at Université de Montréal. His research focuses on word-finding difficulties among school-aged children. Vincent is also interested in the delivery of inclusive services to the LGBTQ+ community.

Caitlin Buchel, R.SLP, M.Cl.Sc., S-LP(C)

Caitlin Buchel, R.SLP, M.Cl.Sc., S-LP(C)

Caitlin Buchel is the owner and managing clinician of Buchel Speech and Language Group, a private speech-language pathology practice in Manitoba. She has been a consulting speech-language pathologist (S-LP) on the provincial Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) team since shortly after its formation in April 2016. Caitlin has been involved in more than 50 MAID cases – facilitating communication between patients and the interdisciplinary MAID team, from eligibility assessments through to provision. Caitlin has presented at several venues regarding the role of S-LPs in MAID. She has also contributed to the development of recommendations to assess for MAID currently in use nationally.

Peter Cahill

Peter Cahill, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO

Peter Cahill is a speech-language pathologist and current doctoral trainee at McMaster University. His work focuses on identifying, measuring, and modeling meaningful service outcomes, specifically for tiered, non-categorical approaches to childhood disability services.

Rosalind Catchpole

Dr. Rosalind Catchpole, Registered Psychologist

Dr. Catchpole received her Ph.D. in child-clinical psychology from Simon Fraser University. She is a director at Cornerstone Child and Family Psychology Clinic in Vancouver and head of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital where she regularly conducts assessment and treatment of Selective Mutism (SM) and other anxiety disorders. Additionally, she is a clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at UBC. She has published a research study on the effectiveness of individually-delivered behavioural treatment of SM, and is currently evaluating the effectiveness of a group-based treatment program. She regularly gives professional and parent workshops on SM, and co-leads “Camp Brave,” an intensive treatment program for SM. She has worked with Anxiety Canada and the Kelty Mental Health Centre to develop educational materials about SM. She also worked on the development of the Confident Parents, Thriving Kids Anxiety program, a free video and phone-based coaching programs delivered by the Canadian Mental Health Association – BC Division. She is the mother of two children who regularly remind her she is not as funny as she thinks she is.

Samedi 04/30
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Laurence Charest

Laurence Charest, MScS

Laurence Charest is an S-LP at the CSSPÎ and in private practice. She has also worked with Dr. Joanette, helping develop iMel.fr – an app to evaluate language/communication in adults with TBI, strokes or neurodegenerative disorders. As a member of GAAROA she co-authored a report on systemic racism in Quebec.

Janine Chesworth

Janine Chesworth, S-LP(C), R-SLP, Doctoral student, Special Education, Educational Psychology

Janine’s 18-year background as an S-LP includes many diverse practice settings, most recently being that of a rural Indigenous Head Start program. Janine is also a doctoral candidate in Special Education, Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. The work she is engaged in focuses on creating relationally ethical spaces.

Staci Cooper, MSLP, RSLP, S-LP(C)

Staci Cooper, MSLP, RSLP, S-LP(C)

Staci Cooper has been a registered speech-language pathologist since 2004, starting her career working in Southern Alberta. In 2015, she returned to her hometown of Kelowna, BC where she now runs a small private practice alongside her full time job as an Allied Health Manager with Interior Health. Over Staci’s career, she has worked with all ages and stages, from early intervention to acute care adult services. In 2009, she was introduced to Karen Stagnitti while working in Tasmania Australia, and her passion regarding the importance of imaginative play skills for children’s language and social success was ignited.

BJ Cunningham

BJ Cunningham, PhD, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO

BJ Cunningham is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western University, CanChild scientist, and associate at Children’s Health Research Institute. Her work is focused on outcomes in preschoolers with communication impairments and includes integrated knowledge translation to improve clinical services.

Lyne Defoy

Lyne Defoy

Lyne Defoy est orthophoniste, membre de l’OOAQ. Diplômée de l’Université de Montréal, Mme Defoy se spécialise dans le domaine des troubles de la voix au CHU de Québec-Université Laval. Elle participe à l’enseignement et à la recherche clinique en troubles de la voix. Elle est certifiée Estill Master Trainer (EMT) de Estill International.

Chantal Desmarais

Chantal Desmarais, PhD

Chantal Desmarais is a professor at Université Laval in Quebec City. She graduated from McGill University and worked as a S-LP in French and English in Ottawa, Vancouver, Québec City and Madison, Wisconsin. Her research focusses on DLD with a special interest in intervention and interprofessional collaboration.

Mélissa Di Sante

Mélissa Di Sante, MPO, PhD

Mélissa Di Sante holds a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology (Université de Montréal, 2013) and completed a PhD at Université Laval (2020). She is currently completing postdoctoral studies in the field of public health (CResP, Université de Montréal). Her research focuses on the environmental factors that shape language development.

Charlotte Enns

Charlotte Enns, PhD

Charlotte Enns is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. My primary research interest is multilingual education for deaf students, with a particular emphasis on the connection between signed and written language literacies. I believe it is critical to involve deaf people in research about deaf people.

Caroline Erdos, PhD, S-LP(C)

Caroline Erdos, PhD, S-LP(C)

Caroline Erdos, speech-language pathologist, is the coordinator of Speech-Language Pathology at Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board and S-LP advisor for SAC. Previously, she was the Advancing Learning in Differentiation & Inclusion coordinator for the 10 English school boards in Quebec, where she supported resource teachers through various professional development initiatives. With over 20 years experience as a pediatric S-LP in a tertiary care centre, her areas of expertise include bi/multilingualism, reading and language disorder, FASD, and craniofacial differences. Caroline has lectured at several Canadian universities. She has also been invited to present at numerous conferences across North America and has written and collaborated on several publications.

Samedi 04/30
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Pamela Filiatrault-Veilleux, PhD, RSLP

Pamela Filiatrault-Veilleux, PhD, RSLP

Pamela Filiatrault-Veilleux completed a PhD at Université Laval, in Quebec City, Quebec. Her program of research explored inferential comprehension abilities of young children aged 3-6 years. In 2020, she completed a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship within the Centre for Research on Early Child Health and Education at Simon Fraser University which aimed to explore the impact of plurilingualism on language and cognitive processes involved in early literacy and reading comprehension. Dr. Filiatrault-Veilleux currently works as a Sessional Instructor at Simon Fraser University and as an S-LP with the French-language school board of British Columbia.

Samedi 04/30
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Angele Fournier

Angele Fournier, M.Sc., R.SLP, S-LP(C), CASLPO

Angele Fournier a speech-language pathologist with her Level 5 PRT certification. She facilitates a caregiver coaching group as well as provides training to other staff members, stakeholders, and members of the community in the utilization of PRT strategies to support communication development.

Elissa Gadwa

Elissa Gadwa

tansi, niya okisikiw iskwew nitsikason kinokamasihk ohci niya. Elissa is a mother and an early-learning educator from Kehewin Cree Nation. She comes from a traditional family always in ceremony following the seasons. Elissa believes in carrying on these teachings. Through Kinship and wahkohtowin, we can build healthy children and families.

Marie-Christine Hallé

Marie-Christine Hallé, PhD

Marie-Christine Hallé (she/her) is a research professional at the School of Speech- Language Pathology and Audiology, Université de Montréal (UdeM). Her training includes a PhD in S-LP (UdeM) and a postdoctoral fellowship in Knowledge Translation (McGill University). Her research activities focus on the social participation of adults with acquired communication disorders.

Janet Harder

Janet Harder, MSLP

Janet Harder is a speech-language pathologist (S-LP), Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), parent coach trainer, certified Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) trainer and therapist. She believes that parents are both the experts and critical lifelong advocates for their children and parent coaching is central to her work with families.

Jeudi 04/28
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Kathryn Hardin

Kathryn Hardin, PhD, CCC-SLP, CBIST

Kathryn Hardin is a certified speech-language pathologist who is both a practicing clinician and clinical researcher in the US. Her work focuses on improving awareness and longitudinal outcomes for those with cognitive-communication disorders. In addition, Dr. Hardin thoroughly enjoys educating students and clinicians on best practices in S-LP and TBI.

Stacey N Harpell

Stacey N Harpell, BS, MS, CCC-SLP, RSLP

Stacey Harpell has 22 years’ experience specializing in AAC and AT. She was an associate professor at the University of Alaska; developed several AAC clinics and consulted on AAC to Saskatoon Health Region inpatients. Her publications include an ALS/AAC manual, an introduction to AAC treatment manual as well as various papers. She has presented on numerous AAC topics at the Provincial, National and International level. She is the Client Services Manager at CAYA.

Samantha Jansen, M.S. Ed., Reg. CASLPO

Samantha Jansen, M.S. Ed., Reg. CASLPO

Samantha Jansen has been working as a speech-language pathologist for more than ten years and currently works at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) in Ontario. In her acute care career, she has participated in countless end-of-life discussions with patients and families, so diving into the world of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) felt like a natural extension of her practice. Samantha has been working with the MAiD team since its inception in June 2016 and has been their consulting S-LP in their interdisciplinary framework. Several years ago, she obtained a part-time role as the MAiD coordinator, which has allowed her the privilege of working with many more patients and caregivers in their end-of-life journey. During these five years, Samantha has participated in assessments and provisions with physicians in order to facilitate communication during these difficult conversations and has demonstrated the value of having an S-LP as part of the MAiD team.

Michaela Jelen

Michaela Jelen, MEd

Michaela Jelen is a special educator, behaviour consultant, and a doctoral student. Her PhD studies are focused on parent coaching in early intervention. Michaela is a certified Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapist and trainer, a parent coach and trainer, and has a strong interest in evidence-informed practice.

Jeudi 04/28
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Sophie Laurence

Sophie Laurence

Sophie Laurence is currently an assistant professor for the programs of speech-language pathology at the school of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario). Her main research interests include literacy skills in the aging population, language impairment in adults with acquired brain injury, and bilingualism.

Adalie Le Nguyen

Adalie Le Nguyen, MPO

Adalie Le Nguyen is a speech-language pathologist and member of the Groupe d’action antiraciste en orthophonie et audiologie. Her experience and interests include acquired communication impairments in multilingual settings and inclusive practices based on social participation. She currently works at the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay.

Laura MacGrath, MSc(A)

Laura MacGrath, MSc(A)

Laura MacGrath is a speech-language pathologist at the English Montreal School Board and in private practice, where she specializes in helping children and adolescents with literacy and language difficulties. She believes in promoting the role of S-LPs as key team members in schools, advocating for evidence-based practice in literacy instruction and intervention in the classroom.

Samedi 04/30
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Stefka H. Marinova-Todd, Ed.D

Stefka H. Marinova-Todd, Ed.D

Dr. Marinova-Todd is an Associate Professor at the UBC’s School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. The main goals of her research program are to establish what bilingual children can do in each one of their languages, and how bilingualism affects their cognitive and academic performance. More recently, she has been studying bilingual children with autism and her research has consistently shown that children with autism are capable of being successful bilinguals and are equivalent to monolingual counterparts in language and metalinguistic abilities. She was an associate editor at Applied Psycholinguistics and Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.

Rosemary Martino, MA, MSc, PhD

Rosemary Martino, MA, MSc, PhD

Dr. Rosemary Martino is a Professor, ASHA Fellow and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Swallowing Disorders. Her primary position is in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. She practiced clinically for over 15 years and has served as president of the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS). Her research is focused on early identification of dysphagia, patient-reported outcomes and large multi-centered trials assessing dysphagia treatments.

Geneviève Meloni

Geneviève Meloni, MSc, PhD Candidate

Geneviève Meloni is a PhD candidate at Université Grenobles Alpes in France and at Université de Montréal. She is passionate about social sciences; she is particularly interested in gender and sexual orientation issues.

Pat Mirenda, PhD, BCBA-D

Pat Mirenda, PhD, BCBA-D

Pat Mirenda is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia and past Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA). In 2004, she was named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; and in 2008, she was named a Fellow of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. The fourth edition of her co-authored book “Augmentative and alternative communication: Supporting children and adults and complex communication needs” was published in 2013. Her current research includes a Canada-wide, longitudinal study of developmental trajectories in children with autism and a study of the effectiveness of parent coaching for toddlers at risk for autism.

Sharla Mskokii Peltier, PhD, M.Ed., B.Sc.

Sharla Mskokii Peltier, PhD, M.Ed., B.Sc.

Sharla Mskokii Kwe, member at Mnjikaning (Rama) First Nation, Ontario, is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. Her research and teaching experiences in community and post secondary contexts are rich with storytelling, community culture land-based pedagogy and relational ideologies. Mskokii Kwe’s scholarship centers Indigenous teaching-learning practices. She facilitates the honoring of the child's voice and language through the oral tradition and story.

Laura L. Murray, PhD

Laura L. Murray, PhD

Laura L. Murray is a Professor in and Director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western University. Her research and teaching focus on typical aging and acquired neurogenic cognitive and communication disorders, with specific research interest in not only examining how extra-linguistic cognitive deficits interact with language abilities in aphasia, right hemisphere disorders, traumatic brain injury, or progressive neurological diseases, but also in developing procedures for assessing and treating both acquired language disorders and related, extra-linguistic concomitant symptoms.

Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald, PhD, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald, PhD, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald is a speech-language pathologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. Her overarching research goal is to develop a more comprehensive and collaborative approach to dysphagia management that unites the biomedical and psychosocial aspects of care. Ashwini’s current research focuses on developing multidisciplinary interventions to prevent impairment and maintain swallowing function in older adults and understanding dysphagia in older adults with dementia as well as dysphagia-related caregiver burden in caregivers of older adults. She is highly motivated to conduct clinically salient research that impacts patient care to improve health and quality of life.

Sally Nandee

Sally Nandee, R.SLP, S-LP(C), BCBA

Sally Nandee is a speech-language pathologist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. She is also certified in Pivotal Response Treatment at level V: Trainer of Trainers. Sally works as a clinical supervisor at the Centre for Autism Services Alberta providing oversight to multi-disciplinary teams that support autistic children and their families.

Kimberly Noble, MSLP, RSLP, S-LP(C)

Kimberly Noble, MSLP, RSLP, S-LP(C)

Kimberly grew up in Vancouver, attending the University of British Columbia for her Bachelor of Science before venturing abroad to receive her Masters of Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Sydney. She has been a member of the S-LP team at Vancouver General Hospital since 2015, and the interim practice leader since July 2021. Kimberly is passionate about collaborative, patient-centered practice. She has participated in several quality improvement initiatives and two frontline research projects. Kimberly is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC and has mentored numerous students and health care professionals, including through SAC’s Career Development Program.

Jeudi 04/28
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
JB Orange

JB Orange, PhD

JB Orange is Professor in and Acting Director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western University, London Canada. He also is Scientific Director of the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging at Western. Professor Orange’s research addresses language and cognitive-communication disorders of adults and older adults with special emphasis on discourse and communication of individuals with various types of dementia.

Basiliki Passaretti

Basiliki Passaretti, MA, Reg, CASLPO, S-LP(C), Speech-Language Pathologist

In Basiliki’s career as an SAC certified S-LP, she has developed an interest in conducting research that advances clinical practice. She currently works in school-based services, collaborating with educators to support student success in the language and literacy curriculum. Basiliki is also a graduate student in McMaster University’s Rehabilitation Science program.

Melissa Paul

Melissa Paul

tansi okisikiw Iskwew nitsikason, kinokamasihk ohci niya. Melissa Paul is from Kehewin Cree Nation. She was born into a family where Cree was fluently spoken in the home. Melissa was also fortunate to be raised by parents who instilled traditional values, teachings and the importance of culture and ceremonies.

Shaun Pearson, M.Sc.A., R.SLP, S-LP(C)

Shaun Pearson, M.Sc.A., R.SLP, S-LP(C)

Shaun Pearson is a registered Speech-language pathologist, currently residing in Calgary, Alberta. He is passionate about helping people of all ages improve their communication skills. Shaun obtained his Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from McGill University. He has since demonstrated a devotion to ongoing professional development, by attending and presenting at a variety of conferences and workshops. A fun, energetic, and dedicated clinician, Shaun provides online and in-person speech-language therapy services to children and adults. Shaun is also enthusiastic about providing consultation and training on a range of topics, particularly those related to AAC.

Vendredi 04/29
3:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Theresa Pham

Theresa Pham, PhD, MClSc

Theresa Pham completed her PhD and clinical training in speech-language pathology (MClSc) at Western University. Her doctoral research focused on exploring the role of working memory and linguistic knowledge on language performance. Her postdoctoral research aims to investigate language development and processing in children with and without a language disorder.

Natalie Phillips

Natalie Phillips, PhD

Natalie Phillips is a Professor of Psychology and the Concordia University Research Chair in Sensory-Cognitive Health in Aging and Dementia. She is an Associate Scientific Director of the Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA).

Michelle Phoenix

Michelle Phoenix, PhD, Reg. CASLPO

Michelle Phoenix is an Assistant Professor in McMaster University’s School of Rehabilitation Science. She is a CanChild Scientist and Adjunct Scientist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Phoenix advances access and equity in children’s rehabilitation by studying models of service delivery and family engagement in research.

Kathy Pichora-Fuller

Kathy Pichora-Fuller, PhD

Kathy Pichora-Fuller is a Professor Emerita (Psychology, UofT) and Adjunct Professor (Gerontology, SFU). She is the audiology expert for the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging and Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, and works with the WHO and International Federation on Ageing.

Susan Rafaat, MSc, R.SLP, S-LP(C)

Susan Rafaat, MSc, R.SLP, S-LP(C)

Susan Rafaat is Deputy Registrar of the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA). Her primary responsibilities focus on the regulatory work of the College, including registration policy and process, the Continuing Competence Program, and professional practice standards and guidelines. Susan has extensive experience as a pediatric S-LP, university educator, and healthcare administrator. She has always appreciated the variety and opportunities for learning as part of the profession!

Jeudi 04/28
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Marilyn Reed

Marilyn Reed, MSc

Marilyn Reed is Practice Advisor for Audiology at Baycrest Health Sciences. Her clinical focus has been audiologic rehabilitation in older adults. Her clinical research is in the area of hearing and cognition, with recent projects including hearing screening in Memory Clinics and providing community-based hearing rehabilitation program for older adults.

Susan Rvachew, PhD, S-LP(C), ASHA Fellow

Susan Rvachew, PhD, S-LP(C), ASHA Fellow

Susan Rvachew, PhD, S-LP(C), ASHA Fellow is currently director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University. Her research is concerned with speech development from infancy through early childhood, evidence-based practice for the assessment and treatment of speech sound disorders, and the prevention of literacy delays in this population.

Sarah Sark, M.Sc. S-LP

Sarah Sark, M.Sc. S-LP

Sarah is an S-LP and proud Mi’Kmaq woman from Lennox Island First Nation. She completed her education at Dalhousie University (1994). She has worked as an S-LP, a team Coordinator, a Director and continues to look for new challenges. She draws on her S-LP skills and experience every day in her role.

Jeudi 04/28
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Stacey Skoretz, MSc, PhD, R.SLP, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP

Stacey Skoretz, MSc, PhD, R.SLP, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP

Dr. Skoretz is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Director of the Swallowing Innovations Lab (Si-Lab). She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta. Dr. Skoretz aims to improve health outcomes following dysphagia. Her research includes: understanding multi-system integration during swallowing, particularly following critical illness, effect of invasive and non-invasive ventilation on the upper aerodigestive tract, patient engagement, and linking research to practice through knowledge synthesis and translation. She is a 2020 recipient of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar award – an award for exceptional early career researchers.

Veronica R Smith

Veronica R Smith, PhD

Veronica Smith holds a PhD and is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. As a former S-LP, she is interested in the intersections between practice, research, and capacity in applied settings and teaches courses in child development, evaluation, community-based research, and assessment and intervention for children with complex needs.

Jeudi 04/28
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Bonita Squires

Bonita Squires, PhD, S-LP(C)

Bonita Squires is a postdoctoral fellow working on morphosyntax and writing assessment projects at UBC (Vancouver). She has been studying linguistic structure for over 20 years, including collecting and analyzing English/French child language samples through Dalhousie University (Halifax) since 2013. She looks forward to geeking out over language with you.

Emma St-Laurent-Roberge

Emma St-Laurent-Roberge, MPO

Emma St-Laurent-Roberge graduated from Université de Montréal in speech-language pathology (BS and MPO) and now works in a school. She is passionate about equal accessibility to health and education services for LGBTQ+ folks.

Dr. Michael Stolte

Dr. Michael Stolte, PhD (Special Education), CCC, R. Psych

Dr. Michael Stolte is the Director of Clinical Services at the Centre for Autism Services Alberta, a non-profit autism service provider in Edmonton, where he leads multi-disciplinary clinical teams. Dr. Stolte has a passion for bridging the gap between research and practice for individuals impacted by autism.

Jaris Swidrovich, PhD

Jaris Swidrovich, PhD
Conférencier d’honneur

CIHR funding recipient, National Pharmacy Leadership Award winner and named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s "Future 40", Dr. Jaris Swidrovich is Canada's first and only First Nations Doctor of Pharmacy. Lecturer, Mentor, Community leader Swidrovich brings his experience of bridging organizational needs with Health Care mandates. Jaris is passionate about health, education, and how Indigenous and marginalized people are impacted at all levels. He integrates personal stories to explain complex issues which resonates with both young and old. His powerful presentations illustrate how we can all be part of the cure and partake in the TRC’s Calls to Action.

Dr Swidrovich's maternal grandmother was a residential school survivor and his mother is a '60s Scoop survivor. Jaris is a member of Yellow Quill First Nation and was born, raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Jaris graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSP), completed a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Toronto in 2013 and is currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

In his earlier years as a health professional, Jaris noticed the lack of representation of Indigenous people in health care and the inadequate education of health care workers on Indigenous history, health, and culture. In his work as a clinical pharmacist and as an Assistant Professor at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, Jaris is dedicated to educating health care workers on Indigenous issues and reconciliation. He has spoken at all 10 Schools of Pharmacy in Canada, educating both staff and students about the importance of Indigenous perspective in health care.

Jaris was the Principal Investigator for a Canadian Institute of Research Funding grant into “Two Spirit peoples’ experiences accessing and receiving care in community pharmacies”. In March 2020 he was also a part of the new Saskatchewan First Nations and Metis Health and Wellness Research team which received the Canadian Institutes of Health Research funding to establish nine Indigenous health research centres across the country.

Jaris has worked as a Clinical Coordinator of Pharmaceutical Services with the Saskatoon Health Region, where his work involved caring for adult inpatients living with HIV/AIDS and substance use disorders. Within this area of expertise, Jaris works with and advocates for, the LGBTQ and homeless populations who may be living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and poverty. Jaris was also an active member of the City of Saskatoon's Cultural Diversity and Race Relations Committee and was a Director on the board of Sanctum Care Group until his recent move to Toronto.

Elin Thordardottir, B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathologist-Audiologist (OOAQ)

Elin Thordardottir, B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathologist-Audiologist (OOAQ)

Elin Thordardottir completed a double clinical M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and a Ph.D. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been faculty at McGill University for over 20 years. Her research focuses on bilingualism and multilingualism, and on Developmental Language Disorders, its underlying nature, assessment and intervention. She conducts research in Montreal and in Iceland, and has had leadership roles in large European research networks.

Vendredi 04/29
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Sandrine Umunoza

Sandrine Umunoza, MScS, S-LP(C)

Sandrine Umunoza is a speech-language pathologist and co-owner of a private practice, the Cabinet d’orthophonie l’Envol. She offers training about educational practices in multilingual and sociolinguistic minority contexts. As a member of the Groupe d’action antiraciste en orthophonie et audiologie (GAAROA) she co-authored a report on systemic racism in Quebec.

Ingrid Verduyckt

Ingrid Verduyckt, Ph. D., Professeure agrégée

Ingrid Verduyckt (elle/she) est professeure agrégée à l’école d’orthophonie et d’audiologie de l’UdeM et chercheure régulière, CRIR – Institut universitaire sur la réadaptation en déficience physique de Montréal (IURDPM), pavillon Lindsay, CIUSSS Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. Elle détient une Maîtrise en orthophonie de l’Université de Lund en Suèdeet un doctorat en Sciences psychologiques et de l’éducation de L’Université Catholique de Louvain en Belgique. Ses intérêts de recherche portent sur le développement de la pratique et du rôle de l’orthophoniste dans le cadre d’interventions novatrices et interdisciplinaires, ainsi que sur la participation sociale des personnes avec un trouble de la communication.

Susan J Wagner

Susan J Wagner, BSc(SPA), MSc(CD), Reg. CASLPO, S-LP(C)

Susan J Wagner is Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She has provided departmental leadership in admissions, the academic program and clinical education and led the development of the university-wide health sciences interprofessional education curriculum. She is co-chair for the development of the Canadian Assessment of Clinical Competence. Susan’s teaching, research and professional/faculty development presentations focus on clinical education, interprofessional education and competency-based education.

Catherine Wiseman-Hakes, PhD, Reg. CASLPO

Catherine Wiseman-Hakes, PhD, Reg. CASLPO

Catherine Wiseman-Hakes is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Speech-Language Pathology, at McMaster University and an affiliate scientist with the KITE Research Institute at UHN Toronto Rehab Institute. Catherine has devoted her clinical and research career toward a better understanding of the factors which impact recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as developing interventions to support positive outcomes and quality of life. She has a particular interest in vulnerable populations with TBI. She has authored numerous research publications, a book chapter and contributed to provincial and international practice guidelines, a textbook, and a rehabilitation manual.

Walter Wittich

Walter Wittich, PhD

Dr. Wittich is an Associate Professor at the School of Optometry, University of Montreal. His research focuses on older adults with combined vision and hearing loss. He is the chair of the Deafblind International Research Network, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Certified Low Vision Therapist.