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SPC’s Annual Member Meeting will be held on Friday, June 8th, 2018 at CASEM conference in Room 108 at the Halifax Convention Centre. All members are welcome to attend in person (CASEM registration not required). An online webcast with voting will be available for those that are not able to attend in person. RSVP to the AGM (online and in person) here.

Notice & Agenda for Annual Member Meeting 2018

Date: Friday June 8, 2018
Time: Starting 5:00PM Atlantic
Location: Room 108- Halifax Convention Centre


1.0 Welcome & Introductions
2.0 Approval of Agenda
3.0 Approval of 2016 AGM Minutes
4.0 Board Report
5.0 Operations Report
6.0 Board Nominations & Elections
7.0 Awards
8.0 Adjournment

SPC National will hold a Mentor Session (new offering this year) both online and in person on Thursday June 7th at the CASEM hotel (Hampton Inn Downtown) from 5-6:30pm Atlantic. RSVP and indicate if you will attend online or in person here.

You’re Invited! SPC Nova Scotia is hosting a speaker and social on Thursday, June 7th, 2018 following the mentor session at 6:30pm Atlantic. Come join us for a great speaker and drinks! 

Click for CASEM Information- See you there!

Your SPC Nomination Slate

Our Nomination Chairperson, Rhonda Shishkin, is thrilled to announce for the fifth year in a row SPC will have an election to select our next board members. Please take the time to review this entire post as well as our strategic plan to best inform yourself of the candidates up for election. SPC is in the back half of our strategic plan. The next two years we will host the 2019 IFSPT World Congress, continue work on the Sport PT title, continue to build our International relationships with IFSPT and BJSM journal, as well as a number of initiatives in the category of education such as the continued development of the credential program and new educational offerings. The focus of the last bit of our strategic plan shifts to profile building as well as increasing awareness and education to stakeholders such as NSO’s, PSO’s, coaches, teams etc.

The AGM will be available in person and live online. Voting will take place in person at the AGM and through online voting (RSVP). The candidates will be in attendance either in person on via video conference. 

Item 6.0: Board Nominations SPC Board Current Status:

Chair- Open for Election
Nadine Plotnikoff, BC has now completed Year 2 of her second two-year term as chair.

Director Positions:
Paul Hunter, AB- Completed year 1 of his second two-year term.
Timberly George, BC- Completed year 1 of her second two-year term.

Shannon Estabrooks, NS- Year 2 of her second two-year term.
Kim Lee-Knight, AB- Completed year 2 of her first two-year term.
Chris Napier, BC- Completed year 2 of his first two-year term.

Given the status above, the SPC board has the Chair position open and 3 Director positions. The following nomination slate has been presented for consideration. SPC Nomination Chair, Rhonda Shishkin, is pleased to present the following Nomination Slate for the 2018/19 SPC Board of Directors:

Slate of Nominations
Kim Lee-Knight
Director Positions: 
Karen Decker
Tricia Hayton
Chris Napier
Ron O’Hare
Laura Vickery

Meet the Candidates


Karen Decker

Short Biographical Information:

  • Graduated Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy 1991
  • Has worked ever since in private practice and sport physio community in Nova Scotia
  • Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy 1997
  • Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2003
  • Developed and taught the Sport Physiotherapy component of Dalhousie’s School of Physiotherapy program for 15 years
  • Has taught at many sport conference and workshops to coaches, athletes, parents and peers
  • Worked with Hockey Canada under the Hockey Safety Program for 15 years
  • Travelled internationally with Canadian National Hockey, Softball, and Soccer teams
  • Owner/operator of 2 multi-disciplinary clinics in Metro Halifax for 12 years
  • Provider to Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic athletes

Prior Leadership Experience(s):

  • Current President of 2 Multi-disciplinary clinics with 35 team members
  • Lead Physiotherapist and Polyclinic Manager 2011 Canada Games Halifax
  • Hockey Canada Hockey Safety Program Chair 2006-2009
  • Director of University Varsity Athletic Trainer’s Programs (Dalhousie University 4 years, Mount St. Vincent University 3 years, University of King’s College 6 years)
  • Chief Therapist for many, many local events and teams over 26 years.

Involvement in SPC or Provincial Section (experience, courses, etc):

  • Executive member SPC Nova Scotia 10 years
    • 3 years as Student rep (1989-1991)
    • 2 Years as Vice Chair (1991-1993)
    • 5 years as Chair (1993-1998)
  • SPC rep on NS Sport Medicine Council 1993-98
  • SPC mentor within Credential program 2006 to current exam period
  • SPC Credentials examiner 2014/2015
  • SPC Taping Course instructor
  • SPC selected to Core Health Care teams:
    • 7 Canada Games (Lead Physiotherapist and Polyclinic Manager 2011 Halifax)
    • 1 Pan American Games
    • 1 Commonwealth Games
    • 1 FISU
    • 3 Olympics (2 summer, 1 Winter)
  • SPC nominated as CPA Board of Directors candidate 2017


Question 1:
“What top three strategic issues do you see as being important to SPC over the next three years and what do you think would be the best approach moving forward?”

1. Awareness and recognition of the SPC credentials, scope of practice, skillset and the SPC brand by:
a. NSOs/PSOs – to improve awareness of the value of SPC members in improving performance and injury prevention; to increase professional opportunities and compensation within sports for SPC members
b. the general public – on maximizing their potential in sports and active living through relationships with SPC members
c. other collaborative health care professionals including non-SPC physios, our licensing bodies and sport focused medical advocates such as CASEM and Parachute Canada.

2. To improve interest and membership through the Physiotherapy student population:
a. to ensure all Canada’s Physiotherapy School programs have a strong sport curriculum to educate and inspire others to enter the field of Sports Physiotherapy
b. to foster collaboration between instructors/directors of such Sport Physiotherapy curriculum
c. to provide financial incentives to students and new postgrads such as considering free SPC membership for 2-3 years.

3. SPC’s relationship with CPA: to foster a healthy relationship financially, strategically, and in respect of the current SPC credential program.

Question 2:
“How would your past experience and leadership skills help resolve these strategic issues and help you to make a valuable contribution to the Board?”

For the 26 years I have been a Physiotherapist, I have been promoting and educating about our profession to all the above stakeholders, including sport organizations, the public, coaches, parents, athletes, etc. I have developed strong relationships with many sports organizations, governing bodies, and other collaborative health care professionals.

As a private practice business owner for 12 years, I have had considerable experience in attempting to market, build trust and get buy in from those who would utilize our services.

As a Sport Physiotherapist working at the university level for over 13 years, I have the experience of triaging acute injuries. I believe strongly in Physiotherapists being direct access for many injuries including acute trauma and concussions. Such injuries often encounter delayed management due to long wait lines with other health and medical professions.

With having taught at the Dalhousie School of Physiotherapy for many years as sessional lecturer of the Sports Physiotherapy Module, I see this avenue as being a strong connection and promotional opportunity for SPC.

As a CPA member for 26 years, I am aware of the benefits of their leadership and collaboration and want to work to continue building this cooperative relationship.

Tricia Hayton

Short Biographical Information:
Hello, I am Tricia Hayton.   I graduated from Queen’s University in 1997.   After a year of travelling, I returned to Canada in 1998 and started developing an expertise in sports physiotherapy.    That is when I first joined the Ontario Branch of the Sports Physiotherapy Division.   In the early stages, I was part of building Certificate Courses that were offered in 2004 and 2005. They were a precursor to the education system that the Board is working towards today.   I was chair of the Ontario Branch during the Introduction of the Board of Governance and current structure of SPC.    I am excited with the successes that the Board has had and look forward being part of the continued success.

In 2004, I achieved my Certificate of Sports Physiotherapy.   At this point, I began to travel with sports teams locally and regionally.   I also started take roles as Chief Therapist, starting with Skate Canada East West Challenge in 2006.   In 2007, I welcomed my third child and my focus temporarily changed from sports therapist to sports Mom, as I spent time working with my boys’ sports teams and endeavors.   I did continue to work local events but took a step back from travelling and working as a dedicated therapist with teams.

In 2013, I once again sought out higher profile events and clinical work that was specific to sports therapy.  In 2014, I was fortunate enough to work with the planning committee of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.   This led me to the working with Canada’s elite athletes and travelling as part of the Team Canada support team.     In 2016, I opened a private clinic with 2 partners and I am fully enjoying the managing and marketing aspects of ownership.    Very recently, in May 2018, I have joined the team at CSI – Ontario as a dedicated therapist for Cycling Canada.

I look forward to taking all the experience I have gathered from clinical work, field time, team travel – and even as a sports Mom – and using it as member of the Board of SPC to continue to promote and develop sports physiotherapy throughout Ontario, Canada and the world.

Prior Leadership Experience(s):

  • Medical Venue Manager for Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games – West Zone – staffed, planned and supplied 16 venues, including 7 competition venues and villages
  • Chief Therapist for International, Provincial and Regional Events since 2007 including most recently the Invictus Games in 2017 (Medical Lead for Wheelchair Rugby)
  • Partner and Clinical Director of a Mutli-disciplinary private clinic with a staff of 9.
  •  Lead organizer for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Congress.   A 3-day international medical conference held in conjunction and as part of the mandate of the 2015 Games.

Involvement in SPC or Provincial Section (experience, courses, etc):         

  • Diploma of Sports Physiotherapy in 2014
  • Ontario Branch Chair 2003 to 2007, Co-Chair 2010 to 2013
  • Ontario Executive Member 1998 – 2015

Question 1:
“What top three strategic issues do you see as being important to SPC over the next three years and what do you think would be the best approach moving forward?”

I am familiar with the 2015-2020 Strategic plan and would like to apply it to the three types of members that I hope to represent.

The first group of members are the clinicians that wish to assist with their children’s team, give back to community at local events or treat the weekend warriors that attend their clinic.    They don’t have great desire to travel with teams or be part of the support team for elite athletes.   This member benefits from continuing to promote two-way communication with the board so we know what they need and support them as much as possible.    Continuing to develop and offer courses that will assist them in gaining the skills they need to be comfortable and competent with the level of care they provide is critical.    As a board, we need to make sure that this member does not feel neglected or forgotten as they make up a large percentage of the total membership.   Only with addressing their concerns will the association meet their goal that “All members will perceive the value of membership as high.”

The second group of members are those that are progressing through the education system with the goal of achieving their certificate and/or diploma.   These members will benefit greatly from the education aspect of the strategic plan.   Development and implementation of courses will create nation wide standards.   This will decrease anxiety and doubt regarding applying for the exams.   Gone should be the days when someone from the east would not take the exam in the west, not because of travel costs, but because standards were too varied.    The new education system clarifies the objectives and expectations for the level system.  If we are to increase the number of members who are willing to enter the education system, we need to create a system that encourages success.     This has been a focus of the board for the last few years.  Courses have been structured and delivered throughout the country.   Maintaining this momentum and continuing to ensure the success of our members, while maintaining the standards of our education process, is something I am passionate about and look forward to assisting with as much as possible.

The third set of members are those of us that have completed the education system and dream of standing by the Olympics rings…  and those talented individuals who have already achieved this goal.   For this group of people continuing to increase the recognition of the SPC brand ensures continued success in the sports world.   The promotion of the brand is critical within the Canadian high-performance organizations.   Certificate and diploma holders have worked hard to develop a unique skill set.   The sporting organizations are starting to understand why these qualifications set them apart.  Continuing to promote these credentials is paramount.    Finally, there is the aspect of promotion of our standards world-wide.   Recently the board has achieved recognition for our diploma holders on the international stage.  This appreciation will continue as SPC works towards hosting the Third World Conference of Sports Physical Therapy.   I am anxious to be part of this challenging project.

Question 2:
“How would your past experience and leadership skills help resolve these strategic issues and help you to make a valuable contribution to the Board?”

My first strategic issue is making sure that all members are represented within the board’s goals.   As a chief therapist, venue manager and while travelling to the Ontario and Canadian Games, I have had the unique experience to talk to many therapists across the country.   There are some who have joined Sport Physiotherapy Canada, but do not want to complete the education system in its entirety.  By listening to their opinions, questions and ultimate goals, we can develop education and support that will maintain a satisfied membership.

My second issue was continuing to develop and implement the courses to assist with the education system.   Having completed the education system, and struggled at times, I have first-hand experience with the weakness and the strengths of the system that was in place prior to 2015.    I strive to continue towards its improvement.   I am also a mentor and have worked in small study groups with people attempting the exams as recently as the 2018.   In this role, I have become aware of some of the challenges that are still facing our candidates and will address them accordingly.

My third issue is promoting our therapists on the international stage.  Throughout my experience, I have had some unique opportunities to get know members of the Canadian Olympic Committee and a variety of national sporting organizations.   This opens the door for communications and education regarding our unique skill set.   I also have experience planning and delivering an international conference.  I will apply this experience towards organizing SPC 2019.

In conclusion, thank-you for taking the time to read my essays and I hope that you will support me in my goal to be part of the SPC Board.

Kim Lee-Knight

Short Biographical Information:
Kim received her degree in Physiotherapy from University of Saskatchewan in 1991. She has had extensive experience working in sports medicine clinics in Saskatoon, Edmonton and Calgary. She has attained a post-graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy, Certificate in Manual and Manipulative Therapy (Part A), Certificate in Medical Acupuncture and Gunn IMS (dry needling).

Working with athletes has always been an area of interest for Kim. She has been on the medical teams at the World University Games, Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games, Canada Games and World Police and Fire Games as well as working at many international, national and provincial sporting events.

Kim is a soccer/hockey mom who tries to fit in her own loves of skiing and cycling, or just getting out to walk with friends!

Prior Leadership Experience(s):

Fundraising Committee Member for ST FX University Soccer
Chairperson for Edge School for Athletes Legacy Dinner
Chairperson of Fundraising for Canadian Pride Hockey Team
Trip Organizer/Coordinator for Blizzard Soccer Team’s European Tour Member of Fundraising Committee for Habitat for Humanity—Women’s Build Member of Saskatoon Rowing Club Executive
Teacher Gr.2—12 in a wide variety of courses

Involvement in SPC or Provincial Section:

SPC Board Member 2016—2018
Executive Member of Saskatchewan and Alberta SPC Provincial Sections Instructor for SPC course—Taping for Sport and Performance
Mentor for Certificate and Diploma Candidates
Examiner for SPC Certificate and Diploma Oral/Practical Exams

Question 1:
“What top three strategic issues do you see as being important to SPC over the next three years and what do you think would be the best approach moving forward?”

A.To enrich the Credential Program for our Certificate and Diploma Candidates.
By striking a committee (which has already been started) to look at the examination process to make it less subjective, more standardized and possibly more challenging for the Diploma portion of the Oral/Practical exam. Utilizing computer generated scenarios could make the candidates more at ease and have a better understanding of what is expected of them in the exam.

B. To make the SPC courses more affordable and meet the needs of the membership.
By utilizing a condensed format in which to convey the Concussion, Sport Taping, Equipment and possibly Sport Massage as a weekend course that could be affordable to our SPC members. I believe if the hands on portion were conveyed in a weekend format supplemented by on-line background and pre- testing, the courses would be utilized more and the Credential Candidates could be better prepared.

C. To work towards the acceptance of the “Sport Physiotherapist” Title for the Diploma holders and to make the stakeholders more aware of why they should request Sport Physiotherapists for their Games and Teams.
Education on what Sport Physiotherapists are truly capable of will be important for CPA as well as National Sport Groups and Games Committees.

This process has already begun and has good headway. Ashley Lewis, the Executive Director, the Sport PT title steering committee and the SPC Board of Directors, lead by Nadine Plotnikoff, have worked really diligently on this process. The future Board of Directors will be needed to pursue this title to the completion and promote the attributes of Sport Physiotherapists to the Sporting Stakeholder Groups.

Question 2:

“How would your past experience and leadership skills help resolve these strategic issues and help you to make a valuable contribution to the Board?”

Having worked on many committees with a wide variety of leadership styles and skill sets I have experience empowering people to work together for many common goals. Trying to avoid the micromanagement of people, and respecting each member’s skill set and contributions can go a long way to making tremendous headway and completion of elements of a strategic plan.

I have good organizational skills and like working with people. Doing my part to continue the forward progression of our profession would be an honour.

Thank you for your consideration, Kim Lee-Knight

Chris Napier

Short Biographical Information:
Chris graduated from Queen’s University with a B.Sc. (Honours) in 2000 and went on to obtain his Master of Physiotherapy degree in Perth, Australia, in 2003. Since becoming a physiotherapist, Chris has specialized his training with postgraduate studies in manual therapy and sport physiotherapy, achieving his Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy in 2007.  He has worked with a variety of athletes from high school to professional level, including the 2004 National Champion UBC Women’s Basketball team, the 2006 USL Champion Vancouver Whitecaps, and the Canadian Men’s and Women’s Field Hockey teams at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. He was the physiotherapist with the Canadian Alpine Ski team (2006-08) and the Canadian Ski Cross team (2008-10), and was part of the Canadian Medical team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. He is currently a physiotherapist with Athletics Canada.  Chris has also competed at the national level as a successful middle-distance runner, earning a silver medal at the Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships in 1996 and a bronze medal at the CIAU (CIS) Track & Field Championships in 1997. In his spare time Chris is an avid skier, kayaker, and marathon runner. Chris is also currently finishing his PhD in running biomechanics at UBC and is the Chair of the Organizing Committee for the 3rd World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy being held in Vancouver in October 2019.Prior Leadership Experience(s):I have been co-owner of a busy clinic in downtown Vancouver for seven years. Prior to that, I served as the Medical Coordinator and Team Physiotherapist for Canada Ski Cross. I have also been a Director of the BC Section of SPC for over a decade. I was a member of the successful bid to host the World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy and am now the Chair of the Organizing CommitteeInvolvement in SPC or Provincial Section (experience, courses, etc.):I joined the SPC National Board of Directors in 2016. At that time, I spoke of the importance of improving opportunities for education and networking among our talented and internationally renowned membership. A major plank of this initiative was fulfilled when I facilitated SPC’s inclusion as a BJSM member society, bringing British Journal of Sports Medicine access to all of our membership. Another plank in this initiative was fulfilled when we were awarded the World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy to be hosted in Vancouver in October 2019. As Chair of the Organizing Committee for this conference, I am excited to host a conference of this caliber and hope to put in place the structure to host similar conferences on a biennial basis.

Prior to joining the National Board, I was a Director on the SPC BC Section Board from 2005 to 2015. In that time, I focused on promoting the designation of Sport Physiotherapist to key stakeholders and increasing the presence of SPC in British Columbia. I have been a mentor in the SPC credentialing program since 2007 and have served nationally on the SPC Website Committee (2009-10) and the SPC Major Games Application Committee (2014-present). I also co-organized the Sport Physio BC Symposium in 2006.

Other Information you feel may be relevant

I have spoken internationally to varied audiences of physiotherapists, physicians, coaches, athletes, and researchers on the subjects of sport physiotherapy and sport medicine. My roles as a researcher, clinician, and team physiotherapist have given me a unique skill set that I feel is an asset to the National SPC Board.


Question 1:
“What top three strategic issues do you see as being important to SPC over the next three years and what do you think would be the best approach moving forward?”

  1. Education & Professional Opportunities: At the root of our strength as sport physiotherapists is our advanced education in the field of athletic performance and injury prevention. Our strength as a national body lies in our membership’s collective experience and education. We need to draw on our membership to contribute back to the profession through the organization of a biennial national conference, enhanced opportunities to network as professionals, regular newsletters with current topics in sport physio (journal clubs; latest research into timely topics such as concussions, biomechanics, doping, injury prevention; and opportunities for professional growth), and partnership with industry to help fund small scale clinical research projects. We have already taken steps over the last two years with the membership in the BJSM community and the awarding of the World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy, but there is still more work to be done.
  1. Promotion of Sport Physiotherapist designation to key stakeholders: To be recognized as the “go to” providers of sport therapy, we need to be first in mind with key stakeholders (sports medicine physicians & surgeons; sporting organizations such as NSOs, COC, etc.; and funding organizations such as OTP, B210, etc.). We need to attach “value” to our specialization and advanced skill set to separate ourselves from athletics therapists, osteopaths, kinesiologists, chiropractors, etc. who are becoming more prominent among sporting organizations.
  1. Better lobbying to key funding organizations to promote better compensation to our members: We need to promote the value that our members provide as IST members and the direct contribution that we have to the success of our athletes at international events and major games. This needs to be backed up by evidence and promoted to the funding bodies such as OTP, B210, COC, etc. that can put in place funding for teams that is protected for sport physios. This in turn offers our members a career pathway that is not simply built on volunteerism and also helps NSOs retain qualified and experienced sport physiotherapists.

Question 2:
“How would your past experience and leadership skills help resolve these strategic issues and help you to make a valuable contribution to the Board?”

As a member of the National Board of Directors for the last two years, I have contributed on two major fronts. First, I facilitated the inclusion of SPC as a BJSM member society, bringing British Journal of Sports Medicine access to all of our membership. Gaining access for our members to one of the world’s top clinical sports medicine journals is an important step to maintain an evidence-based membership. Secondly, I was part of the successful bid for the World Conference of Sports Physical Therapy. As part of this bid, I travelled to Belfast for the 2nd World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy and took part in the AGM for the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT). Our successful bid means that SPC will be hosting the 3rd World Congress of Sports Physical Therapy in Vancouver in October 2019. As Chair of the Organizing Committee for this conference, I am excited to bring a conference of this caliber to our membership. My goal is to take this opportunity to build a foundation for a biennial conference of this scope that will move around our country and continue to attract top international speakers and attendees.

Prior to joining the National Board, as Director of Marketing & Communication on the SPC BC Section from 2005-2015, one of my main goals was to promote the sport physiotherapy brand in BC. Among other things, we accomplished this by positioning ourselves at conferences where we could speak directly to physicians, coaches, etc. and by purchasing a tent with the SPC logo displayed prominently so that we could promote SPC at the many sporting events at which our members provided services. My experience working with a number of NSOs and professional teams as a team therapist and medical coordinator has also allowed me to see how different NSOs operate and how physiotherapists can contribute to their success if given the right working environment and responsibility. As a clinician researcher, I am fully aware of the power research can have on practice, especially at the elite sporting level. Our members need to be given the resources to pursue their ideas so that we can show our value to key stakeholders. My experience in securing funding for research and working with a number of NSOs and stakeholder groups continues to be an asset to the Board.

Ron O’Hare

Short Biographical Information:
Sport Experience:

Athletics Canada lead or staff physiotherapist for 8 senior national teams, including the Summer Olympic Games and World Championships:

  • 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Athletics Canada, Lead Staff Physiotherapist (Rio de Janeiro, BR)
  • 2015 IAAF World Track and Field Championships, Athletics Canada, Staff Physiotherapist (Beijing, CN)
  • 2015 Pan American Games, Athletics Canada, Staff Physiotherapist (Toronto, CA)
  • 2015 IAAF World Relays, Athletics Canada, Staff Physiotherapist (Nassau, BS)
  • 2011 NACAC Cross Country Championships, Athletics Canada Staff Physiotherapist (Trinidad, TT)
  • 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Athletics Canada Staff Physiotherapist (Bydgoszcz, PL)
  • 2010 NACAC Cross Country Championships, Athletics Canada Staff Physiotherapist (Tobago, TT)
  • 2009 IAAF World Track and Field Championships, World Marathon Cup, Athletics Canada, Staff Physiotherapist (Berlin, DE)


1989 – 1997                Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Bachelor of Science Physical Therapy
Bachelor of Physical and Health Education

Work Experience:

2000 – Present LifeSpring Physiotherapy (Aurora, Ontario)
Founder, Owner, Lead Physiotherapist
Outpatient Services – Private practice (Sport Injuries/General
Orthopaedic Injuries)

2000-2008 St. Andrew’s College Sports Medicine Clinic (Aurora, Ontario)
Director, Head Therapist
Outpatient Services – Private practice (Sport Injuries/General Orthopaedic Injuries)

Prior Leadership Experience(s):

  • Athletics Canada Integrated Support Team, Clinical Lead, Summer Olympic Games, August 2016 (Rio de Janeiro, BR)
  • Athletics Canada Integrated Support Team, Eastern High Performance Sports Medicine Lead, April 2014 – August 2016 (Toronto, CA)
  • Athletics Canada Integrated Support Team, Eastern High Performance Hub Physiotherapist, April 2014- August 2016 (Toronto, CA)
  • Speed River Track and Field Club, Integrated Support Team Member and Physiotherapy Consultant, 2010 – Present (Guelph, CA)
  • Athletics Toronto Track Club Medical Coordinator and Physiotherapy Consultant to Elite Athletes, 2010- Present (Toronto, CA)
  • Brooks Canada Marathon Project, Physiotherapy Consultant to Elite Athletes, 2008-2009 (Toronto, CA)
  • Newmarket Huskies Track Club, Lead Physiotherapist and Consultant, 2004-present (Newmarket, CA)
  • SAC Summer Camp, Leadership Team Member and Health Care Coordinator, 2003-2006 (Aurora, CA)
  • Madawaska Volleyball Camp, Head Therapist and Medical Director, 2003-2004, 2006-2008 (Bancroft, CA)
  •  Madawaska All-Sports Camp, Assistant Camp Director, 2003-2004, 2006-2007
  • (Bancroft, CA)
  • Newmarket Huskies Track Club, Vice President, 2003 (Newmarket, CA)
  • University of Toronto and The David L. MacIntosh Clinic, Task Force Member and Clinical Staff Representative, 1999 (Toronto, CA)
  • Queen’s Men’s Varsity Volleyball Team, Captain, 1994-1995 (Kingston, ON)
  • Queen’s University, Physiotherapy Class President, 1993 (Kingston, ON)

Involvement in SPC or Provincial Section (experience, courses, etc):

  • Sport Physiotherapy Canada, Ontario Education Committee Co-Chair, 2013
  • Sport Physiotherapy Canada, Member, 1999-present

Other Information you feel may be relevant:

  • ParAthletics IPC Athletics Grand Prix, the Daniela Jutzeler Memorial, Athletics Canada Staff Physiotherapist, May 2015 (Nottwil, Arbon, SZ)
  • Para Athletics Development Talent Identification Camp, Athletics Canada National Classifier, February 2015 (Guelph, CA)
  • ParAthletics IPC Athletics Grand Prix, the Daniela Jutzeler Memorial, Athletics Canada Staff Physiotherapist, May 2014 (Nottwil, SZ)
  • Para-Athletics National Classifier Education Project, Athletics Canada Classifier for Physical Impairments, March 2012 (London, ON)


Question 1:
“What top three strategic issues do you see as being important to SPC over the next three years and what do you think would be the best approach moving forward?”

The top three issues in my opinion all centre on the profile of SPC in the greater Canadian physiotherapy community.  Each of the issues I will highlight focus on enhancing the profile of SPC.

  1. SPC members are identified as experts

In recent years, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) has introduced specializations into the Canadian field of physiotherapy.  In reviewing the eligibility to attain the CPA specialization in the sports category, it quickly becomes evident that requirements fall far below those of SPC sport diploma holders.

I suggest that the SPC board of directors lobby the CPA to include all SPC diploma holders under their roster of sport specialists.

  1. SPC credentials are highly valued with enhanced recognition for credential holders

I recommend that the SPC board work through current SPC members who are actively engaged with high performance teams to promote the added value that comes with SPC credentialing.  These members need to be provided with the resources to educate the stakeholders about the value of an SPC diploma

  1. Educate physiotherapy clinics on the value of having a SPC qualified physiotherapist as a member of their staff

Clinic owners and managers need to be educated on the distinctive value – unique knowledge base and experience – of hiring physiotherapist with specific SPC training. I would encourage communications between SPC and existing clinic networks with the goal of informing influencers on the value of SPC credentials.

Question 2:
“How would your past experience and leadership skills help resolve these strategic issues and help you to make a valuable contribution to the Board?”

  1. As a clinic owner for 18-years, I have been engaged in many negotiations such as starting my business from the ground up, modifying property leases and reaching mutually agreeable staff compensations. These skills will help me to lobby the CPA to include all SPC diploma holders under their roster of sport specialists.

During my 8-year tenure as a clinic director for St. Andrew’s College, I was able to negotiate with the school to allow me to treat private patients on their premises by developing a mutually agreeable partnership.  My 10-years working with national sport organizations as an integrated support team member and sport medicine leader; and independent consultant to various sport clubs and organizations has often required “out of the box” thinking when presented with unique situations.

2. In my 10-years of experience as an integrated support team member and sport medical leader with our national sport organization, Athletics Canada, I saw the value of an SPC qualification first-hand. For example, while making a presentation to Own The Podium for increased funding, the fact that SPC Diploma credentials were held by members of the support team, was cited as a value added proposition for the positive impact it had on the team.

3.  As a private practice owner, I understand the value of networking with fellow clinic owners on my practice. I periodically meet with a group of clinic owners to discuss common management and regulatory issues. In these meetings, I have advocated for the value our physiotherapy skills bring to the medical community. In addition, I created my own advisory board which meets regularly. These experiences have taught me the value of constant and open communication within our profession.  I would bring this outlook to the SPC board.

Laura Vickery

Short Biographical Information:
I graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and went on to complete my Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy in 2010.  I moved to Calgary shortly after graduation and have worked in private practice for the last 8 years.  I  completed my advanced diploma in manual and manipulative therapy in 2015 and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy. I am licensed in medical acupuncture and a certified Gunn IMS practitioner. I have completed advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation and have worked as part of a multidisciplinary concussion clinic at Copeman healthcare for the last five years. I obtained my sport physiotherapy certificate last year  and am currently finishing up a sport physiotherapy diploma through the International Olympic Committee.

I work as a contractor for the Canadian Sports Institute Calgary and have been the medical lead for the Canadian National Luge Team since 2015. As such, I have travelled with the team for 10-16 weeks every winter for the last 4 years. I have attended over 25 world cup competitions, 2 world championships and just returned from the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang where my team was able to win the first luge medals ever for Canada. Prior to working with luge, I had the opportunity to be the medical lead for the Canadian Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team for the 2015 Para Pan American games and 2016 World ParaVolley Championships.

Prior Leadership Experience(s):

I served as co-chair of the Southern Alberta Orthopeadic Division for two years where my responsibilities ranged from organizing annual general meetings, delegating tasks to members, liasing with instructors, and overseeing course delivery and administration. I am an active member of the para-medical branch of the National Sport Science and Medicine Advisory Council (NSSMAC) and work as part of an integrated sport team with Luge Canada and the greater CSI Calgary team.

“Essay of the Day”

Question 1:
“What top three strategic issues do you see as being important to SPC over the next three years and what do you think would be the best approach moving forward?”

1) I will be one of the first in Canada to graduate from the IOC Sport

I will be one of the first in Canada to graduate from the IOC Sport Physiotherapy Diploma at the end of April. I hope to bring my experience with this program to SPC in order to help grow the current education system. I hope that by ensuring utilization of current evidence and  best research that  more members  will see the value in the program. This will ensure that SPC’s education system remains at the forefront of best practice for sport physios working in high performance sport in Canada.

2) Continue integration of SPC into National Sport Organizations and Canadian Sport Institutes

Through my work at Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, I have the opportunity to work alongside multiple national teams and their respective integrated sport teams. I feel it is important that SPC continue to build and enrich their relationships with NSOs and CSIs. These organizations need to continue to recognize the value of our skill set for optimizing health and performance of our athletes.

3) Continue to provide mentorship opportunities for the next generation of sport physiotherapists

In order to maintain and grow our knowledge base in sports, there needs to be continual attention to mentorship and having a  well thought out succession plan. Knowledge transfer from more experienced therapists to the new generation is crucial, not only to physios, but also to NSOs and CSIs.

Question 2:
“How would your past experience and leadership skills help resolve these strategic issues and help you to make a valuable contribution to the Board?”

I hope that my knowledge and experience with the current players in the Canadian sport system (COC, CSIs, NSOs) will be an asset to promoting the SPC profile. I work as part of a team on a daily basis with Luge Canada. I have experience in collaborating with multiple professionals to achieve a common goal. I hope to be able to contribute to good dialogue, new ideas, and constructive debates in order to promote positive change.

Dave Magee Award: Last Call!

Deadline for Application: June 5, 2018 by Midnight 

There are three categories of this award:
1. Outstanding Contribution to Sport Physiotherapy Canada
2. Award to help with expenses of Certificate/Diploma examinations
3. Successful completion of Certificate or Diploma Exam Process with Distinction