BRITE Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is comprised of physicians, healthcare professionals and researchers specializing in the area of youth and brain injury. The SAC is an integral oversight body which provides resources, advice, and recommendations regarding content to ensure accuracy, objectivity, relevancy, and a high standard of scientific excellence.

The SAC evaluates the materials that are published through the BRITE website for accuracy and completeness. SAC members also provide an important conduit to identify the latest research in the field of brain injury. As new treatments and methods for supporting people living with brain injury are discovered and evaluated, SAC members contextualize this information for our Canadian audience.

We would like to thank the members of the SAC for continuing to support a network of care for Canadian youth living with brain injury.

Vincy Chan, PhD, MPH

Assistant Scientist, KITE-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network
Assistant Professor (Status), Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto Associate Director, Acquired Brain Injury Research Lab, University of Toronto
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ontario Tech University

Kristian Goulet FRCPC

Assistant Professor University of Ottawa
Medical Director of The CHEO Concussion Clinic, The Eastern Ontario Concussion Clinic, and The Pediatric Sports Medicine Clinic of Ottawa

Nick Reed,PhD, MScOT,OT Reg(Ont.)

Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Member, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute
University of Toronto
Adjunct Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Pediatric Concussion

Peter G. Rumney, MD, FRCP(C)

Physician Director, Rehab and Complex Continuing Care, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Clinical Team Investigator, Bloorview Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Paediatrics, University of Toronto
Consultant, Department of Paediatrics and Neurology, The Hospital for Sick Children
Secretary & Treasurer, International Paediatrics Brain Injury Society

Chand Taneja, PhD, ABPP-CN

Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology,
Board Certified Subspecialist in Pediatric Neuropsychology
Registered Psychologist

Lyn Turkstra, PhD

Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science & Assistant Dean, Speech-Language Pathology Program, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University

Anne Wheeler, PhD

Scientist, SickKids Research Institute
Neurosciences and Mental Health Program
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Physiology Department

Keith Yeates PhD, RPsych, ABPP, FCAHS

Ronald and Irene Ward Chair in Pediatric Brain Injury
Professor and Head, Department of Psychology
Adjunct Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary

Roger Zemek, MD

Pediatric Emergency Physician and Director of Clinical Research, CHEO
Senior Scientist, CHEO Research Institute
Clinical Research Chair in Pediatric Concussion, Brain and Mind Institute, University of Ottawa

Brite and Dan Andreae

profile picture of Dan Andreae

Brain Injury Canada would like to extend our sincere appreciation and an enthusiastic thank you to Dan Andreae, our honourary patron, for his generosity in supporting the BRain Injury and TEens (BRITE) platform. He is matching donations up to a total of $15,000 during our fundraising campaign, enabling us to build this resource for youth in Canada.

A message from Dan Andreae on BRITE

I am proud and excited to be supporting a vital and innovative initiative that will help teenagers cope more effectively with the effects of brain injuries on all levels.  With this first in Canada program Brain Injury Canada will provide crucial information and resources to  teenagers in communities across the country.

About Dr. Dan Andreae

Dan Andreae is an award winning professor, executive director, community leader  and advocate, volunteer and citizen. Most recently he was selected as Philanthropist of the Decade for 2022 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only one member who is a dedicated Philanthropist is selected for this distinction. Dr. Andreae is being recognized for having over two decades of professional experience as an educator.

Born in Canada, Dr. Andreae holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Toronto. His Masters in Clinical Social Work was earned at Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to attending Wilfrid Laurier University, Dr. Andreae earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from York University in Toronto. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Assumption University in Windsor, Ontario. As a result of studying with the Benson Henry Mind Body Institute in Boston, affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Andreae was granted membership in the Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Association and is a certified Health Coach and a Founding Member of the Institute of Coaching affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University.

As a dynamic, results-driven leader, Dr. Andreae has demonstrated success not only in academia but has also been an outstanding community advocate and true visionary of his time. He believes that “Education is not just an intellectual exercise; it is most effective when the head meets the heart and knowledge can be applied to enhance the quality of one’s life on all levels; educational, physical, spiritual and social.”

His outstanding leadership and commitment to his research has led him to teach over forty-five different subject courses at the college and university level. His focus has been related to psychology, but Dr. Andreae’s approach has been to heal a person as a whole. Dr. Andreae’s involvement in neurodegenerative causes has made him also realize that education and research around the brain is crucial and has led to the management of conditions and enhanced quality of life. This applies to a wide range of issues from Alzheimer’sautism, and other traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Andreae is currently interested in the relationship between stress, brain health and resiliency. Dr. Andreae is a strong proponent of Life Long Learning recognizing as things are changing in our fast paced world, continuous learning is no longer a luxury but a necessity.

Throughout his remarkable career, Dr. Andreae has received numerous awards and accolades for his outstanding leadership and commitment to Psychology and Higher Education. He has been recognized worldwide and he remains active in his community. IAOTP has awarded Dr. Andreae as Top Professor of the Year in Higher Education, he received the Professor of the Decade Award and was given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. He was named Man of the Year and was awarded as the Male Visionary of the Year. In 2020 Dr. Andreae was chosen as Humanitarian of the Year and earned the International Hero Award for Higher Education. He was interviewed on TIP International Radio and was featured on two billboards in NYC on the famous Reuters Building. Dr. Andreae graced the front cover of TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine and TIP Magazine released a special edition dedicated solely to Dr. Andreae.

Dr. Andreae has been selected as Intellectual of the Year for 2020 by the Top 100 Registry and was featured in the Wall Street Journal by Marquis Who’s Who. In 2019 he received the Outstanding Leadership and Volunteer of the Year Award from the Weizmann Institute of Science, one of the world’s most esteemed research and educational institutes. Dr. Andreae also received the Lifetime Leadership Award from the National Eating Disorder Center at Toronto General Hospital for his support and guidance and Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario recently presented him with its inaugural Impact Award for community leadership and vision. For 2017, he was featured on the cover of Marquis Who’s Who in the World first magazine edition. In 2016 he graced the front cover of Elite Magazine and was the 2015 recipient of Oxford Who’s Who Tier of Excellence Award, Lifetime Accomplishment Recipient, and Covington Who’s Who Professional of the Year. In 2011 he was named Faculty and Staff Mentor of the Year and Faculty of Psychology of the Year. Recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Waterloo, and two-time recipient as Faculty of the Year at the University of Guelph Humber. In 2010, Dr. Andreae received the prestigious Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship presented by the Lieutenant Governor for his work as a transformational leader in the social work profession. In 2008 he received the Lyall Hallman Social Work Award. In 2007 received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Assumption University for contributions to health care and in 2019 he received an Honorary Degree from the Humber Institute of Advanced Technology. In 2006 he was named Canadian Social Worker of the Year and recipient of the Alzheimer Champion of Change Award by Princess Yasmin Khan, President of the International Alzheimer Society. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ontario Association of Social Workers. He also received the Outstanding Service Award for Leadership by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto and Inaugural June Callwood Outstanding Volunteer Award Presented by the Premier; Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and Canada 125 Medal. In 2001 he was named Laurier’s Alumnus of the Year, was chosen as one of the Top 100 Alumni of the University presented during it’s centennial year, The Brain Injury Association of Canada Lifetime Achievement Award, and Ontario Social Worker of the Year for 1999.

Dr. Andreae’s community involvement includes being the first Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, and Chair of the Patrons Council of the Society. In addition, he has been the longest serving President of the social work profession in Ontario, former Vice President of the Psychology Foundation of Canada and is the current Health Advisor and Special Advisor to Weizmann Canada. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Michener Institute, under part of the University Health Network, member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers; Alzheimer Society of Metropolitan Toronto and has built province-wide coalitions and worked closely with elected officials and senior civil servants to lead a 10-year campaign to establish social work as a regulated profession in Ontario. This successful campaign culminated with legislation that protects and benefits Ontarians led to the creation of a College of Social Work to regulate the profession. Dr. Andreae has also supported what are called “town to gown” public lectures at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. He is also sponsoring a pioneering lecture series. These are free and open to the public where interesting experts are invited to give a lecture and answer audience questions, called the Dr. Dan Andreae Presidential Lecture for Living in Healthy Communities. Speakers over the years have included Dr. James Orbinski, who on behalf of Doctors Without Borders, accepted the Nobel Prize, Dr. Norman Doidge who has written bestselling books on the brain and brain plasticity, Olympic winners in skiing and skating and Stephen Page, singer for the group Bare Naked Ladies on mental health issues are also in attendance.
Looking forward Dr. Andreae would like to continue to motivate students to learn and to do more public education in the community. Looking back, Dr. Andreae attributes his success to his pursuit of knowledge, utilizing his experiences, his passion for his research and to helping people. When he is not working Dr. Andreae enjoys, investigating health issues, current events, travel, baseball, visiting stadiums when in a new city, hockey and collecting signatures of notable people in science, music, history, television and sports. For the future, Dr. Andreae will continue to grow as a professional and make a difference in people’s lives anyway that he can. Dr. Andreae is a valued mentor to several organizations and has been the recipient himself of wonderful mentoring and singles out one key wise, kind and talented individual in Toronto, Dr. Eva Philipp. He says that no person is an island, and we all need support and to learn from others.

For more information on Dr. Daniel Andreae please visit: www.iaotp.com
To view his most recent award please visit: https://youtu.be/gdEi7OXBY68

BRITE

Brain Injury Canada is proud to introduce an exciting new project: BRITE (BRain Injury and TEens), an online resource for youth aged 13-18 living with brain injury.

BRITE logo

BRITE will serve as the go-to resource for teens impacted by brain injury – providing them with access to education and information that will answer their questions; provide recommendations for physical and emotional support; connect them to peers and professionals; and provide them with the tools they need to feel empowered to take their next steps, wherever they may be in their journey.

We Need Your Help

The first of its kind in Canada – this online, interactive, resource will empower and inspire youth impacted by brain injury. Did you know:

  • Brain Injury impedes social cognition and a child’s ability to cope with every-day social tasks such as sharing, helping, and initiating relationships [1.
  • 31% of adolescents will experience physical, cognitive or emotional symptoms more than one month after injury [2].
  • After experiencing a concussion, youth have been found to experience a greater severity of symptoms, and take longer to return to school and sport compared to younger children [3.

One gift. Double your impact

When you support the BRITE resource fundraising campaign, you are supporting teens with brain injury who need access to resources and information. And if you donate today, you will double your impact. All donations will be matched dollar for dollar by our Honourary Patron Dr. Daniel C. Andreae to a maximum of $15,000.

Here are some examples of how your gift could build the BRITE resource.

  • Your gift of $1000 will become $2,000. This donation will support the development of interactive tools to help teens understand their brain injury, provides coping tools for their mental health, and connecting to their community.
  • Your gift of $500 doubles to become $1,000. This donation will provide a pre-recorded educational video webinar, led by an expert in brain injury and designed specifically for teens.
  • Your gift of $250 transforms into $500. This donation will support the development of the BRITE podcast to help youth understand their brain injury, provide strategies for living with brain injury, and act as a form of peer support.
  • Your gift of $100 becomes a gift of $200 and will support the development of a pre -recorded interview segment with an expert on a topic important to youth and posted on BRITE.
  • Your gift of $75 doubles to become $150. This donation will cover the costs to further develop the BRITE community, providing teens with the opportunity to connect, and share tips and tools with others from the brain injury community.
  • Your gift of $25 doubles to become $50 and will contribute to the cost to continually provide new resources, tools, and tips that best meet the needs of teenagers impacted by brain injury in Canada.

Any and all donation amounts are appreciated. When you make your gift, you can share an encouraging and empowering message with teenagers in the brain injury community – letting them know their future is BRITE.

Thanks to your generous donation we will be able to better support youth living with brain injury.

All donations of $100+ will receive an exclusive BRITE Supporter Badge that can be proudly displayed on your organizations website, LinkedIN profile and via social media.  

Three Pillars of BRITE

Writing in notebook
Information and Education tools
Group of youth walking in nature
Mental health resources
Youth sitting at table talking with laptops
Community building

This resource will focus on the areas of mental health; education and play; relationships; and transitioning into adulthood. It will be developed in partnership with and feature supporting resources from institutional and community partners.

Developed under the guidance of a Scientific Advisory Committee of leading Canadian experts in clinical care and research in brain injury, this resource will integrate evidence-based knowledge with insights from individuals with lived experience.

 

Thank you to our Corporate Donors

 

 

BRITE Program Q&A:  

 

Who is the BRITE Resource being developed for?
The BRITE Resource is being developed for Canadian youth, aged 13 – 18 years, who have had a brain injury or who have a loved one with a brain injury. Content will be accessible, age-appropriate and reflect the varying experiences of individuals living with brain injury in that age range.
Why are you developing this resource?
Brain injury is complex and often life-long. Acquiring a brain injury as a teenager adds extra layers of difficulty to a time of life when an individual is already struggling to discover who they are and what they want their next chapter to be. Our goal is to empower youth to take control of their own knowledge development by providing peer-reviewed, evidenced-based information that can give them answers to their questions about brain injury; address their concerns; and give them tools to take next steps, wherever they may be in the recovery journey.
What is included in the BRITE Resource?
The BRITE Resource will include the following, all developed exclusively for teens and based on input from the brain injury community:   The Three Pillars of BRITE 1.    Information/Education Resources 2.    Mental Health Resources 3.    Community Building
What is the fundraising goal for the BRITE Resource?
The total budget for this project is $50,000. Brain Injury Canada is pleased to announce that we have already received a commitment from our Honourary Patron Dr. Daniel C. Andrea; who will be matching funds up to $15,000, for a total of $30,000!  That means when you make a gift to support the BRITE Resource, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar!
Who is involved in the development of the BRITE Resource?
Brain Injury Canada is working with key stakeholders from the brain injury community, including our Scientific Advisory Committee, professional health care workers, and those with lived experience (parents and youth who have grown up and can reflect on their experience) to ensure we are addressing the needs of the community.

 

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