Dr. Bill Miller, PhD| President
Dr. Miller is a Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a principle investigator with the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD). His research focuses on wheelchair mobility issues, wheeled mobility devices, determinants and social impacts of wheelchair use, developing and evaluating measurement tools, balance and ambulation confidence, and the assessment of technology used to assist with mobility.
He is currently an editor/co-principal investigator of the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation (SCIRE) Project and he is the principal investigator of a pan-Canadian study designed to develop an Outcome Measures Toolkit for clinicians who work in the field of spinal cord injury. Dr. Miller is also the principal investigator of a team of 15 investigators from 7 institutions from across Canada designed to study how adults use their power mobility, investigate methods to improve wheeled mobility use and to develop better mobility devices.
Rajiv Kalsi CO(c) | Past President
Rajiv is a Certified Orthotist and has been a member of ISPO Canada since 2003. Rajiv completed the Orthotic Prosthetic Technician Program from George Brown College in 1991, and went on to complete the Clinical Methods in Orthotics and Prosthetics Program in 1995. A lifelong learner, Rajiv completed the Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services Degree from Athabasca University in 2011. Rajiv has been at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre since 2000, where he enjoys working with adults and children who have a variety of neuro-muscular and orthopaedic challenges. When not working Rajiv enjoys music, cycling, and reading. He is also passionate about social and environmental issues.
Alison Grant | Secretariat
Ali is currently a second-year student in the George Brown College Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinical Methods program. She graduated from Dalhousie University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (with Honours). She then went on to complete The University of Western Ontario Diploma in Pedorthics program and has been a Canadian Certified Pedorthist since 2016. After practicing as a C. Ped (C) in her hometown of Halifax, N.S., Ali went on to complete the George Brown College Prosthetic and Orthotic Technician program (2019).
Alexandria Tsimiklis| Treasurer
Krista Best| Board Member
Dr. Krista Best is an assistant professor at Université Laval and a Research Scientist at The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS) in Quebec, Canada. As a Quebec Health Research Foundation (FRQS) Junior 1 Scholar, she dedicates 90% of her time to her research program in mobility, assistive technology, and adapted physical activity.
Dr. Best completed a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation at Université Laval, funded by FRQS and the Craig H Neilsen Foundation to develop and evaluate a peer-led adapted physical activity program. As a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Vanier Scholar, Dr. Best completed a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of British Columbia (UBC) to develop and evaluate a peer-led wheelchair skills training program. Both her MSc and BSc in Kinesiology were completed at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Dr. Best is an AGE-WELL HQP (A Canadian National Centre of Excellence focused on health aging), a research member of the Canadian Disability Participation Project, and is on the Wheelchair Skills Program editorial committee.
Amy Richardson| Board Member
Ed Giesbrecht | Board Member
Ed Giesbrecht is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Manitoba. His previous clinical work and current research has focused on the use of assistive technology to promote participation among people with disabilities. He has a particular interest in wheelchair mobility, including the use of different mobility devices as well as strategies to enhance training in skills for effective use. Ed is also involved in research addressing the challenges of mobility device use in winter conditions. In addition to ISPO Canada, Ed is involved in other assistive technology related organizations, serving on the board of RESNA and actively involved with ISWP.
Dr. Sander Hitzig, PhD | Board Member
Dr. Sander Hitzig is the Program Research Director and a Scientist at St. John’s Rehab Research Program (Sunnybrook Research Institute) and is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. Dr. Hitzig holds a PhD in Developmental and Cognitive Psychology from York University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship (2008-2010) and an Ontario Neurotrauma and Rick Hansen Institute funded Scientist role (2010-2012) at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s Brain and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program.
Dr. Hitzig’s program of research is focused on the long-term outcomes of living with a disability, which includes assessing the impact of primary impairments and secondary health conditions on quality of life, and identifying factors that promote health and wellbeing in the community. He is currently leading several projects in the field of limb loss rehabilitation, including the development of a patient-reported outcome for lower limb loss, and serves as the Secretary for the Ontario Association for Amputee Care.
Brittany Pousett | Board Member
Brittany Pousett is a Certified Prosthetist and the Head of Research at Barber Prosthetics Clinic in Vancouver, BC. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biophysics as well as a Master of Science in Rehabilitation. Clinically, her focus is on providing patient-centered care and integrating quantifiable outcome measures into the treatment process to measure patient’s progress over time. On the research side she is involved in several research projects in collaboration with teams across North America focusing on outcome measures, upper extremity prosthesis design, prosthesis use and more. She also sits on committees with both Orthotics and Prosthetics Canada and the American Academy for Orthotics & Prosthetics. Brittany brings her enthusiasm, problem solving skills and creativity to her role as a Prosthetist and absolutely loves the part she gets to play in helping patients achieve their goals while also helping to develop the future of this field.
Dr. Arezoo Eshraghi PhD, CP(c) | Board Member
Dr. Arezoo Eshraghi is a Certified Prosthetist and researcher at West Park Healthcare Centre in Toronto, ON. She has Bachelors and Masters of Science both in Prosthetics & Orthotics, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. In her clinical work, she is passionate about providing amputee care by upper- and lower-limb prosthetic devices designed using up-to-date technology. As a researcher, she has been involved in several research projects in collaboration with teams across the globe focusing on amputee gait, outcome measures, lower extremity prosthesis design and more. She is keen to develop and explore new rehabilitation technologies by designing and fitting 3D sockets for her clients. Her research at West Park is currently focused on digital socket design and fabrication. Dr. Eshraghi also completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation at Bloorview Research Institute, funded by Ossur to develop and evaluate a biofeedback system for lower-limb prostheses.
She has teaching experience as lecturer with academic institutions, including first national P&O program in Malaysia where she taught P&O courses and led research projects on prosthetic rehab at the Faculty of Engineering in University of Malaya. She sits on international and national committees with “ISPO International” (Scientific Committee) and “Orthotic Prosthetic Canada” (Stakeholder Relations Committee). She has actively acted as author, peer reviewer, chair and editor with scientific peer-reviewed journals and conferences for over a decade. Dr. Eshraghi is currently Academic Editor of PLOS One journal (started in 2018), where she mainly handles manuscripts on prosthetics.
Kelsey Nolin| Student Board Member
The War Amps is committed to improving the quality of life for Canadian Amputees. A philosophy of “amputees helping amputees” has been the hallmark of The War Amps since 1918, when the organization was founded by veteran amputees returning home from the First World War. Peer support, self-help, and practical assistance are common threads in the modern-day organization that developed from their efforts. Today the association continues to serve war amputees and all Canadian amputees, including children.
ISPO Canada is proud to have representatives of The War Amps as consumer advocates on our Board.