Speakers

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.

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.

Thursday 04/28
9:15 AM – 12:30 PM
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.

Chelsey Chichak, MS, R-SLP, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP

Chelsey Chichak, MS, R-SLP, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP

Chelsey is a Registered Speech Language Pathologist and Director of Mainland Speech Language Pathology Inc. Her travelling private practice currently includes 12 Speech Language Pathologists and two Assistants. She provides both in person and Virtual Care services throughout British Columbia. She has significant training and certification in HANEN, PROMPT, Early Intervention Services, Parent Coaching, Hippotherapy and Alternative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

Thursday 04/28
9:15 AM – 10:45 AM
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.

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.

Saturday 04/30
8:00 AM – 11:15 AM
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.
Saturday 04/30
8:00 AM – 11:15 AM
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.

Shari Linde, M.Sc. RSLP

Shari Linde, M.Sc. RSLP

Shari Linde has been a S-LP since 1994, and has worked in private practice since 2003. Her company, Advantage Speech-Language Pathology, currently has a team of over 20 S-LPs, 4 administrators, and several assistants and volunteers. They provide services to clients across the lifespan in their Steveston based office, in the community, or over teletherapy.

Shari started off in private practice in 2003, while working part time in public health.

Advantage S-LP has received several business awards and recognitions including Small Business of the Year in 2019 (Richmond Chamber of Commerce). They were also finalists for Workplace of the Year and Business Leadership in 2020 and 2021.

Shari is currently serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada.

Thursday 04/28
9:15 AM – 10:45 AM
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.

Saturday 04/30
8:00 AM – 11:15 AM
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.

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.

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.

Friday 04/29
1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Shelley Proven, M.Sc., S-LP(C), CCC-SLP

Shelley Proven, M.Sc., S-LP(C), CCC-SLP

Shelley has worked as a speech-language pathologist for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority since 1990. Her experience includes providing services to children and youth with a variety of communication impairments, such as: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Pediatric Brain Injury and neurodevelopmental disorders. She has been a team member at the Manitoba FASD Centre since 2003 and frequently presents on FASD nationally and internationally. Shelley is currently involved in an adult pilot project working with correctional facilities when a FASD diagnosis is being considered. Her research interests include speech and language trends in individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure.

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.

Dr. Tamara Salih, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Tamara Salih, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Tamara Salih is a child and adolescent psychiatrist trained at UBC for medical school and postgraduate training. She has specialized interest in Selective Mutism as well as anxiety disorders. She is the Physician Lead for child and youth mental health in Richmond, BC and all works at BC Children’s Hospital.

Saturday 04/30
1:00 PM – 3:00 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.

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.

Jill Topp, M.A., RSLP, S-LP(C)

Jill Topp, M.A., RSLP, S-LP(C)

Jill Topp holds a Master of Arts degree in Speech/Language Pathology, which she received from Northwestern University in 1992. She is registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHHPBC) and is a member of Speech and Hearing BC. In addition, Jill is certified by Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) and is a registered autism service provider in British Columbia.

Jill is the sole practitioner of her home-based speech-language therapy practice, BC Speech, Language and Communication, which is located in Richmond, BC. She has been in private practice since 2000. While she has worked with some adults throughout the course of her career, she specializes in pediatrics and is fluent in sign language.

As a private practitioner, Jill has had the pleasure of being afforded the opportunity to build lengthy, ongoing relationships with her clientele, their families and other professional members of their multidisciplinary teams. She has been an integral part of helping her clients over the past 30 years to work towards achieving their potential as communicators, which has allowed her to have a most rewarding career.

Thursday 04/28
9:15 AM – 10:45 AM
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.