ABI Conference 2016

Thank you for your interest in the 2016 ABI Network Conference. This year’s SOLD OUT conference was held on November 10th and 11th at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel in Toronto, ON.

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Conference attendees experienced:

  • Stimulating presentations by leading ABI researchers, providers, advocates, and individuals living with the effects of ABI
  • Interactive, facilitated workshops and concurrent sessions
  • Rapid podium presentations
  • Networking reception co-hosted by the Toronto ABI Network & Thomson Rogers, Diamond Sponsor

Who attended:

  • Health care providers
  • Community service providers
  • Legal representatives
  • People living with the effects of an ABI
  • Caregivers

Cognitive Rehabilitation: What are the Essential Ingredients?
Dr. Lyn Turkstra, PhD
 – Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, at McMaster University, Dr. Turkstra’s research focuses on the effects of cognitive impairments on communication ability in adolescents and adults with acquired neurologic disorders.



The Patient as a Person
Judith John
 – Previously Vice President of Communications at the Hospital for Sick Children and at Mount Sinai Hospital and Foundation, Ms. John is now an active volunteer in the health care sector, concentrating on the patient experience, partnerships and communications.


Defining and Measuring Rehabilitation Treatments: Do We Know What We’re Doing and Can We Tell Others?
Dr. John Whyte, MD, PhD – Dr. Whyte is Director at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (Pennsylvania) and Director of the TBI Rehabilitation Research Laboratory. A leading ABI researcher, he has received numerous awards and honours for his outstanding research, leadership and work as a pioneer in the field of brain injury rehabilitation.


TBI Resulting from Explosive Blast Wave Propagation – A Soldiers Perspective
Warrant Officer (WO) Mark Jones
 – WO Jones has served in the military for over 20 years and currently holds a position in the Joint Counter Explosive Threat Task Force in the Defeat the Device Section. WO Jones suffered an ABI during his 2008-9 tour in Afghanistan and will share his recovery experience.

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