Rajiv Kalsi CO(c) | 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.
Dr. Bill Miller, PhD| Vice President/President Elect
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.
Linda Laakso MSc, CO(c) | Past President
Linda has been a Canadian Board (CBCPO) Certified Orthotist since 1995. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and a Minor in Biomedical Sciences. Special orthotic interests include management of the diabetic foot and diabetic foot ulcers. Linda completed the Canadian Association of Wound Care (CAWC) Institute Levels 1-3 for advanced knowledge in wound care. Linda graduated with a Master of Science in Rehabilitation from McMaster University in June 2013.
Emma has been trained as an Occupational Therapist and worked for a number of years in clinical practice, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of British Columbia (UBC). Her clinical and research passions are centered on assistive technologies that improve the quality of life for people with functional limitations. She has a particular interest in new and emerging technologies, especially those which can make a real difference in someone’s life.
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.
Sandra Ramdial| Board Member
Sandra Ramdial is a certified prosthetist and operations manager for the Orthotics and Prosthetics department at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and has direct involvement in client care. She has been involved with the International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics many years before the formal start of the Canadian National ISPO. She has demonstrated evidence of high professional standing and is a Fellow with Orthotics Prosthetics Canada, past president of the Canadian Association of Prosthetics & Orthotics and the International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics Canada and Secretary-Treasurer for the Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics. Sandra has presented her work at various national and international conferences and has contributed to publications and review journals. In addition to her extensive experience, Sandra brings an even greater amount of enthusiasm and passion for research and development, and new technologies to the field.
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.
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.