June is Brain Injury Awareness Month #BIAM17

More than one million people in Canada are living with a brain injury, and that number increases daily. During Brain Injury Awareness Month this June, brain injury associations across the country are putting a face to this epidemic through posters, events, and social media, using the hashtag, #IamTheFaceofBrainInjury. Hailey Harms is one of those faces. […]

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Ontario creates concussion law in memory of 17-year-old rugby player

CTVNews.ca Staff Ontario MPPs have passed new legislation named for an Ottawa-area high school rugby player who died in 2013 after suffering multiple concussions. “Rowan’s Law” will establish a committee to work on the 49 recommendations made after the coroner’s inquest into 17-year-old Rowan Stringer’s death. The recommendations include education for student athletes, parents and […]

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In Memoriam: Harry Joseph Zarins, January 2, 1951 – December 26, 2016

It is with great sadness that we post this obituary of Mr. Harry Zarins, executive director of Brain Injury Canada. He served the organisation with great dedication and commitment. Brain Injury Canada will be honouring Mr Zarins and his contributions, at upcoming conferences and with future communications. OTTAWA — McGill Athletics & Recreation is sad […]

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Concussions for regular people: yours vs. Sidney Crosby’s

When you’re an average Canadian with a concussion, your experience can feel quite different from what you read about those of pro athletes. 180 producer Kathryn Marlow knows this personally, and set out to determine the relationship between concussions in sport and concussions in daily life. The 180 with Jim Brown on CBC Radio. Concussions […]

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Brain Injury Canada 2016 AGM

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an annual general meeting of the members of the Corporation will be held on the 28th day of September, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (local time), at the Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut St., Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1R1 Colony Ballroom Centre for the following purposes: 1. To appoint the Chair and […]

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Josh Bonnici’s ‘Pedal to New Levels’ Fundraiser for Brain Injury Canada

On July 17, 2016 I will begin my bicycle ride across Canada from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland with a completion date of September 21, 2016. As part of the ride, I am raising money for Brain Injury Canada. I will be personally funding all of the expenses of the trip, and so […]

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Call for Applications for the Brain Injury Canada Board of Directors

Brain Injury Canada is inviting interested Canadians to submit expressions of interest to serve on the Board of Directors for up to a three-year term. Interested candidates are asked to send the following information to Harry Zarins, Executive Director at executivedirector@biac-aclc.ca: Introductory letter expressing why you would like to sit on the Board, what you […]

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June is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Across Canada Provincial, Grassroots Organizations and Individuals will be creating awareness about Acquired Brain Injuries. As incredible as this may sound, brain injury in Canada is a silent epidemic. In Canada, brain injury is the number one killer and disabler of people under the age of 44. Statistics further indicate that incidences are two times […]

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2016 Brain Injury Canada Annual Conference, Sept 27-29, Toronto

Newsletter Pathways Ahead – August 2016 Pre Toronto Conference Edition 2016 Annual Conference Program Hotel and Registration Information Register TODAY to avoid disappointment 2016 Annual Brain Injury Canada Conference Hotel and Registration Information Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus Annual Conference Exhibitor’s And Sponsorship Prospectus (PDF) September 27-29, 2016 Chestnut Conference Centre, University Of Toronto Call for […]

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Semi Annual Conference 2016 April 5/6 Victoria

Please donate to sponsor survivors and caregivers to attend the conference. Survivors and caregivers have minimal financial resources to attend so your donation of $100 or $200 will be appreciated. The conference will touch on disabilities associated with brain injury such as cognitive, emotional, behavioural, depression, impulsivity and suicide and other disabilities related to mental […]

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Suzanne McKenna

Suzanne McKenna is a trusted and accomplished Champlain System Navigator for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Drawing on her personal experience as a caregiver of a 26 year old son with a traumatic brain injury for 8 ½ years, she actively encourages the dissemination of best practice in the care and support of ABI survivors, their […]

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2015 Montreal Conference Presentations

Resilience in Families with Adolescents Suffering from Traumatic Brain Injuries: The Development of a Support Intervention, Jérôme Gauvin-Lepage, inf., Ph.D Psychosocial Outcomes of Sport Concussion in Elite Youth Hockey Players and their Parents, Carley Borza BSc Does the cogstate test battery have the requisite sensitivity to detect persistent cognitive deficits in collegiate athletes with a […]

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Semi Annual Conference 2015 Halifax Presentations

Families: How Best To Support A Relative with A Brain Injury, Sally Cuddy M.S.W., R.S.W., Nancy McCormick M.S.W.,R.S.W. Female Students with Acquired Brain Injury Experiences in University, Kendra Gottschall, B.A. (Hons), B.S.W., M.S.W., R.S.W. Health and Healing, A Single Mother’s Brain Injury Journey and Survival Guide, Kimberley Bernard, MSW, RSW Helping Individuals Achieve Greater Independence […]

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Call for Nominations / Applications

2015 BRAIN INJURY CANADA NATIONAL AWARDS INDIVIDUAL AWARDS THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO / BRAIN INJURY CANADA EMPLOYER AWARD We are pleased to announce the University of Toronto/ Brain Injury Canada Employer Award, recognizing employers who have assisted brain injury survivors as they return to work after injury. Employers must be nominated by a brain injury […]

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Annual Brain Injury Canada Conference 2015 Sept 30 -Oct 2 Montreal

The Brain Injury of Canada’s Annual Conference is the premium brain injury event of the year for survivors, caregivers, researchers and practitioners. 2015 conference speakers include Marc Garneau and Jonathan Goodman. Registration is now open below. • Date: September 30, October 1 and 2, 2015 • Location: Omni Hotel Montréal, Québec About the Brain Injury […]

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Semi Annual Brain Injury Conference 2015

  CONFERENCE LOCATION/DATES Date: April 14-15, 2015 Location: Halifax – Dartmouth, NS Region Hotel: Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview & Conference Centre. Please reserve the dates. Learn more about our Key Speakers (PDF)   CONFERENCE REGISTRATION   Registration Information and Fees Early Bird, Before February 27, 2015 • Professionals & Health Care Providers: $325 • Survivors: […]

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Semi Annual Conference 2015

First Semi-Annual Conference Date: April 14-15, 2015 Location: Halifax – Dartmouth, NS Region Hotel: Holiday Inn Halifax Harbourview & Conference Centre. Please reserve your rooms. Complete Program: Learn more about the Conference and our Key Speakers Registration Information and Fees Early Bird, Before March 20, 2015 • Professionals & Health Care Providers: $325 • Survivors: […]

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Dr. Dan Andreae

Dr. Dan Andreae is an associate adjunct professor in Social Work and Social Development Studies at Renison University College and Professor of Psychology at Guelph Humber University. He has been a past recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Waterloo. He is also a past President of The Ontario Association of Social […]

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Andrew Lambert

Andrew is a lawyer at the Calgary office of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. His legal practice focuses on corporate law as well as labour and employment law. Andrew completed his legal education at Queen’s University following a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. Andrew became a board member of Brain Injury Canada in […]

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2014 Conference Presentations

Download Adobe Reader Biomarkers and treatments for mild traumatic brain injury: from bench to fieldside, Sandy R Shultz, PhD, Department of Medicine, The University of Melbourne Getting back to “doing” after brain injury: Therapists’ experiences of the CO-OP approach Angela Peddle, Looking Into Vision Identity Theft Développement et implantation d’un guide de pratique clinique pour la […]

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Kim McDonald-Taylor, MSc, CRPC

Kim McDonald-Taylor, MSc, CRPC operates a clinical consultancy, McDonald-Taylor Consulting, where her passion for her clients’ projects results in exceeded expectations for her training, knowledge translation, meeting facilitation, medical writing and strategic planning. Kim has worked in the clinical trials area for 25 years, including her 12 year tenure with Endpoint Research holding positions such […]

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Jason Lye

Jason Lye joined Ontario March of Dimes in 1994 as a part time attendant. During his tenure he has served in almost every capacity within the Independent Living sector and in July 2014 Jason became the National Director for March of Dimes Canada. Jason began his career within the developmental disabilities sector and has worked […]

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R.J.Riopelle, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS

Riopelle is the immediate past Chair, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University (2000 – 2010). He has been stably funded by the peer funding system for research operations, and in 2004 licensed a large body of intellectual property to the private sector. Riopelle has held leadership positions in professional bodies within the discipline of […]

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Landmark Study Reveals Impacts of Neurological Conditions on Canadians

National study of neurological conditions show costs highest for traumatic brain injury 7.3 billion for 2011 to $8.2 billion in 2031. Results: The economic cost of death declines for most conditions following the projected decrease in proportion of death during the working age. Cost is greatest for TBI (from $63 million in 2011 to $48 […]

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A Call for Board Applications for the Brain Injury Association of Canada

The Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC) is inviting interested Canadians to submit expressions of interest to serve on the Board of Directors for up to a three-year term. Interested people are asked to send the following information to Harry Zarins, Executive Director at executivedirector@biac-aclc.ca: Introductory letter expressing why you would like to sit on […]

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The Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC) introduced its representative flower during June’s Brain Injury Awareness Month

It was our great honour to gift a red flowering sedum to His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston as the patron of BIAC. The delegation representing BIAC, and Brain Injury Awareness Month, included a number of brain injury survivors, caregivers, family members and BIAC executive director Harry Zarins. The sedum was chosen as the […]

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Ottawa Paddle All at the Ottawa Rideau Canoe Club (ORCC)

This Summer Available to those living with Acquired / Traumatic Brain Injury Attached is a new program available to those with acquired/traumatic brain injury. With The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre’s recreation therapy program, curriculum has been developed to aid instructors in teaching, and coaching, those who have experienced a brain injury. The cost is $100 […]

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Canada's new anti-spam legislation

Dear Valued Subscriber The Brain Injury Association of Canada, Improving the Quality of Life for All Canadians affected by acquired brain injury and improving its prevention! Canada’s new anti-spam legislation comes into effect on July 1, 2014. This legislation requires us to obtain your consent to continue communicating with you electronically. Depending on your relationship […]

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The NEW Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) for Parents, Players & Coaches is now available online

In less than half an hour, coaches, parents and athletes can be ready for the impact a concussion can have on children and youth. This free online tool is now available as a resource for up-to-date educational training on the recognition, management and prevention of concussions. The CATT plays a vital role in supporting coaches, […]

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June is Brain Injury Awareness Month: Awareness Activities across the Country

National Eye-Opening Facts and Figures (pdf) Sam Kean explores the mysteries of the brain: Podcast: The Current, Anna Maria Tremonti Chicken Soup for the Soul, Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries Charity Book Program Jennifer Hooper talks about her own experiences with brain injuries on ‘Welcome to my World’ The NEW Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) […]

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Partnership with Chicken Soup for the Soul, Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries Charity Book Program

The Brain Injury Association of Canada is also pleased to announce a partnership with Chicken Soup for the Soul Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries Charity Book Program. Chicken Soup for the Soul and BIAC want to help ALL grassroots organizations. Your group may purchase books from us in cases of 20, for $100 US. That […]

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Brain Injury Awareness Clothing Line Launched in Advance of Brain Injury Awareness Month in June

Brain Injury Awareness Clothing Line Launched in Advance of Brain Injury Awareness Month in June BRAIN INJURY Anywhere Anytime Anyone Brain injury can occur Anywhere …….at Anytime ……to Anyone. In a mere instant, a life can be changed, forever. Everyday activities produce endless possible risks for brain injury; a car accident, falls, contact during sports […]

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Annual Conference 2014 Call for Abstracts

• Date: Sept 24, 25, 26, 2014 • Location: Gatineau, Quebec, Canada • Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel • Opening Date for Abstracts: February 1, 2014 • Closing Date for Abstracts: May 31st, 2014 • Authors notified of results: June 30th, 2014 BIAC Annual Conference 2014 Call for Abstracts (pdf) Conférence annuelle ACLC 2014: Soumission d’abrégés […]

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BrainTalks 2014: A multidisciplinary approach to brain injury prevention, treatment, and recovery

The University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine is pleased to announce the 2014 BrainTalks Conference which will be held on March 1st, 2014. This conference presents a multi-disciplinary approach to brain injury prevention, treatment and recovery. The curriculum will appeal to medical, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and science students, as well as health care professionals. […]

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Annual Conference 2014

Conference Program (pdf) Inspirational Keynote Speakers (pdf) Exhibitor’s and Sponsorship Prospectus (pdf) Paper Registration Form (pdf) Date: September 24-26, 2014 Location: Ottawa Gatineau Region Hotel: Crowne Plaza Gatineau – Ottawa in Gatineau. Please reserve the dates. Call for Abstracts Registration Information and Fees (If financial assistance is required please contact your local and provincial ABI […]

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BC Brain Injury Association's Annual Cocktail Fundraising Gala

The BC Brain Injury Association’s (BCBIA) Annual Cocktail Fundraising Gala takes place on November 14, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm at Vistas 360 at the Renaissance Harbourside Hotel in Vancouver, BC. This year’s theme is Celebrating New Chapters as the BCBIA celebrates a recent merge with the Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference Society. Confirmed guest […]

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2013 Conference Presentations

Download Adobe Reader Strategic Teams in Applied Injury Research (STAIR), Preventing TBI in Vulnerable Populations: Family and Peer Influences, George Kazolis, BSc (Hons), University of Toronto, Lorne Tepperman, PhD, University of Toronto My name is Jean Oostrom from Barrie Ontario and I am 16 years post brain injury. Stewardship of Communities of Practice Aligned to […]

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CRA services for Canadians with disabilities

The way Canadians file their income tax returns is changing, and the CRA is changing to meet their expectations. The CRA has more services than ever for you to manage your account, make your payments, and get the information you need. These services are safe, easy to use, secure, and available at your convenience, in […]

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The University of Toronto / Brain Injury Association of Canada Employer Award

We are pleased to announce the University of Toronto/Brain Injury Association of Canada Employer Award, recognizing employers who have assisted brain injury survivors as they return to work after injury. Employers must be nominated by a brain injury survivor. Award recipients will be honoured at the awards ceremony held during the Brain Injury Association of […]

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Impact: Pathways Ahead, Our August 2013 Newsletter

In this issue: An unlikely pair…. Message from the Editor, Barb Butler Are we waiting too long? Hope, Help, Healing… Free Our keynote speakers include these prodigious Olympians Also speaking our friends from North America 2013 BIAC Conference Kingston, Ontario, Sept 25-27, Conference Speakers Include This is Craig’s Story, 1,2,3,4 In the aftermath of brain […]

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