Other Invited Speakers

Other invited speakers


Dr. Yannick Tousignant-Laflamme

Dr. Yannick Tousignant-Laflamme, PT, PhD received his degree in physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa (1999) and is now Professor and program chair at the Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada. As a researcher, he is interested in developing and evaluating new ways to improve pain management in rehabilitation.


How can we provide high-value care for our patients? Should we emphasis on diagnosis? Treatment efficacy?… Or aim in the middle? *
High-value care is defined as “an intervention in which evidence suggests it confers benefits on patients, or probability of benefit exceeds probable harm, or, more broadly, the added costs of the intervention provide proportional added benefits relative to alternative”. Although efforts have been made to facilitate the delivery of high-value care services in the management of MSK disorders such as low back pain, there is much less focus on the appropriateness and quality of the diagnosis. Recent evidence suggest that the use of a diagnostic framework, based on phenotype and prognosis for example, may play a critical role to address the complexity and heterogeneity of common MSK disorders.

* Pre-recorded presentation in French is available simultaneously

Dr. Scotty Butcher

Dr. Scotty Butcher, BSc(PT), PhD, ACSM-RCEP, CF-L1, is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Saskatchewan and co-founder of Strength Rebels. He holds a BSc PT and MSc Kin from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Experimental Medicine from the University of Alberta. He is certified as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-RCEP), is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer (CF-L1), and is formerly certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS); the latter of which he has formally relinquished. Most recently, Scotty has been certified as a Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher, incorporates mindfulness into his research, and has a daily personal practice.

Scotty teaches exercise physiology, prescription, and rehabilitation to physical therapy students and has published several peer reviewed articles and two book chapters related to exercise testing and prescription. Currently training as a powerlifter, he has a passion for strength training and translates this to promoting quality exercise training and rehabilitation practices for clinicians and students. His focus in research, teaching, and clinical work is on the hybrid rehabilitation/strength training approach, and shares his views through blogging and vlogging.

Strengthening the body and mind in rehabilitation: The intersection of mental and physical adaptation for improvements in functional capacity
This presentation will outline the importance of enhancing both physical and mental robustness in rehabilitation. Through an evidence-based lens, the integrative practices of strength training, secular meditation, and mindful movement will be examined to demonstrate their relevance in building resilience and functional capacity in rehabilitation clientele.

The BBIPOC PT Student Collective

The BBIPOC PT Student Collective is a new initiative in collaboration with the National Student Assembly of CPA. The collective aims to provide platforms to amplify and empower students who are Black, Brown, Indigenous and other racialized identities to grow as clinicians, share their lived experiences and connect with one another while under the mentorship of practicing physiotherapists who are also BBIPOC. The collective is committed in addressing and continuing the dialogue around bias, racism and disparities which exist in health systems including physiotherapy.

Are our words as healing as our touch? Exploring the need for culturally sensitive communication in physiotherapy
An informal discussion around cultural safety and the importance of using inclusive language within our practice, highlighting students’ perspectives on how this can be better integrated in the current program/curriculum. This discussion will be led by Tony Li and Marquise Swaby, co-chairs of the BBIPOC PT Student Collective.