Brain Injury Canada Speaker Symposium

The Brain Injury Canada Speaker Symposium series features important topics in the brain injury community and is focused on providing equal access to the presentations for anyone who is interested in attending. The purpose of these symposiums is to provide key takeaways and actions that can be used by attendees in their daily life, as well as providing important information about issues affecting the brain injury community.

Healthy Brain and Well-being

Maintaining a healthy brain is important, especially after traumatic brain injury. It helps build a clear and active mind which allows us to confidently perform day-to-day activities. That’s why we want to invite you to our free speaker symposium, Healthy Brain & Well-Being. Our goal is for you to leave the symposium feeling you learned practical tips and knowledge about maintaining a healthy brain.

This one-day speaker symposium will feature presentations related to supporting your brain health and well-being. Topics include mental health, nutrition, organization, and more.

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11:00am – 11:05am | Opening remarks

11:05am – 12:00pm | Managing stress and change : MISSION POSSIBLE

The challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have led many of us to fall into the trap of chronic stress and anxiety. Those who have lost their sense of joy may be wondering when they will be able to return to a happier, less stressful life. At the Healthy Brain & Well-being SPeaker Symposium, guest speaker Andrée Jetté will provide simple and effective tips and tools on how to use humour to manage our reaction to challenging situations and to cope with stress and change. While we can’t go back in time, we can certainly move forward in this new normal to create a life that is more relaxed and fulfilling.

Presenter: Andrée Jetté

President of Vision 360, well known author, and bilingual keynote speaker for over 30 years, Andrée Jetté has inspired thousands of people with her funny, dynamic and intelligent style. Trained in the overall development of the human being, she is still pursuing studies in neurosciences and thus is able to share new knowledge constantly. Well-known to the public, she has been invited to several radio and TV shows. She has written for other keynote speakers, helped them quick-start their career, and is the mentor of young keynote speakers. Andrée offers practical and concrete tools to improve our daily lives and have a more balanced lifestyle which allow us to easily shift to new paradigms.

12:00pm – 12:35pm | How nutrition can positively impact depression and anxiety following a TBI

Following a brain injury, various hormonal, inflammatory and biological changes take place. Nutrition can have a significant role to play in the health and recovery following a brain injury, in particular with cognition and mood. The gut- brain connection also has a significant role to play following a TBI and gut health is often overlooked in respect to this. This presentation will explore how inflammation and gut health are impacted following a TBI and how nutrition intervention can help not only address but can reduce TBI related symptoms. Practical nutrition strategies will also be provided during this presentation.

Presenter: Kylie James, B.Sc. (OT), CNP, RNCP

Kylie graduated from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto in 2009 with first class honors. She is the founder of Koru Nutrition inc., a company that specialises in individuals that have been involved in motor vehicle accidents (MVA). Her company also specialises in providing nutrition services to individuals with brain injury, spinal cord injury, and other neurological disorders as well as digestive issues, mental health and weight loss/gain. She has 18 nutritionists, dietitians, and Naturopath Doctors that work for her and are based across South Western Ontario. Kylie became increasingly dedicated to researching nutrition and spinal cord injuries when her one-and- a-half-year old nephew sustained a C3-C4 quadriplegia in 2009. In 2011, Kylie and a colleague received a grant from the Paralyzed Veterans of America to research and write a book on nutrition and preventing secondary complications in SCI. She is the co-author of “Eat well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury and other Neurological Conditions: A practical guide to help address secondary health complications in SCI through nutrition.”

12:35pm – 12:50pm | Break

12:50pm – 1:25pm | Yoga and meditation for brain injury: evidence, innovations, and ways forward

This engaging presentation will describe the evidence-based benefits of yoga and meditation for brain injury rehabilitation and guide participants through practices specific to brain injury. Yoga has been shown to improve physical, cognitive, and psycho-social outcomes in a range of clinical populations, yet has not been used widely among the brain injury population. The LoveYourBrain Foundation is changing this paradigm through an evidence-based yoga with psycho-education program for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their caregivers. Research demonstrated that 705 people with TBI in the LoveYourBrain Yoga program experienced statistically significant improvements in quality of life from baseline to post-series, as well as in resilience, positive affect and well-being, and cognition. Given the potential impact of yoga for rehabilitation from brain injury, better understanding of the evidence and recent innovations in this area is warranted among brain injury survivors, caregivers, and rehabilitation professionals.

Presenter: Shilo Zeller, BSc., RYT-200, LoveYourBrain

Shilo serves as the Manager of the LoveYourBrain Mindset program and community outreach. She manages program operations, communications, and facilitation. She also spearheads outreach efforts across all LoveYourBrain programs to engage clinical, community-based, advocacy, and academic stakeholders in our mission. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Lethbridge where she focused on researching behavioural changes following brain injury. In 2016, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and continues to teach in a community setting. Shilo's background in neuroscience and personal experience with brain injury has made her work with LoveYourBrain deeply rewarding and educational.

1:25pm – 2:00pm | Person Enabled Care in Digital Health Ecosystems: What it means for Patients and Families

This presentation will examine the rapid emergence of digitally enabled care delivery, virtual health, and what it means for patients and their families.  The presentation will explore evidence of the impact of digital health and the opportunities it offers patients and families.

Presenter: Anne Snowdon, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Scientific Director and CEO, SCAN Health

Dr. Anne Snowdon is a Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Academic Chair of the World Health Innovation Network (WIN), and Scientific Director and CEO of SCAN Health. Dr. Snowdon leads the work of the first Canadian health innovation centre with formal ties to the U.S., building collaborative partnerships between the two countries to advance the health of populations, sustainability, and economic value. Currently, Dr. Snowdon is leading over 15 innovation research initiatives. She is the current Vice Chair of the Board of the Directors for Alberta Innovates, a board member for the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and has recently been appointed to the Health Futures Council of Arizona State University (ASU). She is also an Associate Professor to the adjunct academic staff of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University, Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Windsor, Adjunct Faculty at the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Supply Chain Innovation at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southern Denmark.

2:00pm – 2:05pm | Break

2:05pm – 2:40pm | Discovering Day-to-Day Living Following a TBI

Pauline will explore how to function in day-to-day life, how to work in your new 'reality', and how to move forward as you heal. She will discuss how personal organizational systems can assist and help you enjoy what you want to do, all the while preserving your energy to heal. Pauline will talk about the effects of your mental health, how to live with your TBI during recovery, and ways to maintain a healthy brain. What happened to her seven years ago changed many things in her life and how she thinks; Pauline wants to share with those who can help others and those who need the help. 

Presenter: Pauline Hoffman, Certified Professional Organizer, Cleaning Specialist

As a Certified Professional Organizer, Pauline is an expert in providing solutions that transforms people from chaos and confusion to clarity and calm, aligning their internal and external environments so that they live and work in flow. Pauline brings to the platform not only professional knowledge to living and succeeding with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TB)I, but also first hand of living and growing a business while recovering from a TBI.

2:40pm | Closing remarks

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