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SPC’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, June 9th, 2017 at the Fairmont Tremblant in the Joseph Room at 5 PM Eastern. 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

Notice & Agenda of Annual General Meeting

Date: Friday June 9, 2017
Time: Starting 5:00PM Eastern, Guest Speaker, SPC ON AGM & SPC Super Social to follow!
Location: Fairmont Tremblant- Joseph Room


1.0 Welcome & Introductions
2.0 Approval of Agenda
3.0 Approval of 2015 AGM Minutes
4.0 Board Report
5.0 Operations Report
6.0 Board Nominations & Elections
7.0 Awards
8.0 Adjournment
SPC Ontario Section will host a fabulous Guest Speaker with their AGM.

You’re Invited! Following the AGM at 8:30PM EDT please join SPC for a social get together at a local establishment- light refreshments will be provided! Directions will be handed out at the AGM. 

Click for CASEM Information- See you there!

Your SPC Nomination Slate

We are thrilled to announce for the fourth 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 on the candidates up for election. SPC is mid-way through our strategic plan with a focus on high-performance tactics, the credential program update including Sport PT title initiatives as well as increasing member benefits. Upon completion, the focus of the board will shift 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:

Nadine Plotnikoff, BC- Completed Year 1 of her second two-year term as chair.

Director Positions:
Paul Hunter, AB- Completed year 2 of his first two-year term.
Timberly George, BC- Completed year 2 of her first two-year term.

Shannon Estabrooks, NS- Year 1 of her second two-year term.
Kim Lee-Knight, AB- Completed year 1 of her first two-year term.
Chris Napier, BC- Completed year 1 of his first two-year term.

Given the status above, the SPC board has 2 open 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 2017 SPC Board of Directors:

Slate of Nominations
Paul Hunter- Alberta
Siobhan Karam- Ontario
Timberly George- British Columbia

Meet the Candidates


Paul Hunter

Biographical Information: Paul Hunter is seeking a second term on the Sport Physiotherapy Canada National Board.  I was first elected to the Board in 2015.  Over these two years, have enjoyed my experience and would like to help see some of the projects through to completion.   I graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2000.  I am a co-owner of a private practice clinic in Calgary, Marda Loop Sport Physiotherapy.  In 2007, I became a consultant to the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary and started working with the Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Team and numerous other national athletes.  In 2011, following the Vancouver Olympics I became the Medical Lead for the Canadian Long Track Speed Skating Team.  I was the Lead team therapist for Long Track Speed Skating team for the Sochi Olympics and will continue with this role through the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.  I am part of the National Sport Science Medical Advisory Committee and was also a presenter at the SPIN (Sport Innovation) Summit in 2016.  I continue to be a mentor in for the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists.  I am married to Nicole Hunter a fellow physiotherapist and am a father to two boys aged 12 and 10.  I am a Scouts Canada leader and along with my wife will be assisting in guiding 21 youth on a 2 week canoe trip this summer.  I am an avid mountain biker, snowboarder, flyfisher and hunter (rifle and bow).

Prior Leadership Experience:
First Elected to the SPC National Board in 2015
Currently part of the National Sport Science Medical Advisory Committee
Medical Lead for Speed Skating Canada (Long Track)
Co-Owner Marda Loop Sport Physiotherapy
College of Physical Therapists of BC (Student Rep 1999-2000)

Issues of the Day Essay:
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. Continued integration of SPC into the National Sport Organizations.
    Through my partnership with Canadian Sport Institute Calgary I am working with some excellent physiotherapists and getting to know even more.  The goal is to build this network with other high performance centres across Canada and help to enrich the knowledge base and working environment for physio’s that love sport.
  2. Continued mentorship and assistance for physiotherapists wanting to work with NSO’s, professional sports and provincial sporting organizations.
    It is important to always think about the next generation of physiotherapists and a succession plan.  This succession plan is just important for both the physiotherapist transitioning into the role as the go to person in the daily training environment and the old guard that will now become the teacher and mentor.  These are both crucial pieces to the progression of our knowledge base.
  3. Continuing education opportunities for the SPC membership.
    Domestically and internationally. Helping to facilitate conferences, presenters, and webinars as well as access to literature and research articles.

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 believe I am a collaborative leader.  In my work life I employ good and smart people to make the appropriate changes and/ or challenge me on the direction of a goal.  Good dialogue and respect for other opinions allows constructive debate and the ability to create positive change.  I try to tap into good council and learn from where we came from.
We have a good group on the Board now.  There are people with different strengths that make this an effective and dynamic group.  I think I can really help in the next two years with a plan for some of the goals.

Siobhan Karam

Biographical Information: Siobhan Karam is a physiotherapist at Sports Medicine Specialists in Toronto.  Siobhan graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Master of Health Sciences in Physiotherapy/Maîtrise en Sciences de la Santé en physiothérapie.  Prior to pursuing her degree in Physiotherapy, Siobhan attended the University of Windsor where she completed a Bachelor of Movement Science in Human Kinetics.  She is currently working towards completing her credentials in Sport Physiotherapy and Manipulative Therapy.  Siobhan largely focuses her physiotherapy practice in concussion management and rehabilitation.  She partakes in clinical concussion research and works closely with national sport and concussion organizations, advocating global concussion awareness and advancement.  She is on the Sport Physiotherapy Canada Concussion Committee and serves as Membership Development Coordinator for Sport Physiotherapy Ontario.  Siobhan has an extensive background as a national and international level figure skater with 15 consecutive years of competitive experience in the discipline of ice dance.  She continues to stay involved in the sport of figure skating as a nationally certified NCCP Ice Dance coach and Skate Canada Integrated Sports Team physiotherapist.  She participates on the medical team at a multitude of Skate Canada and International Skating Union events throughout the competitive season.  Siobhan is affluent in both English and French languages.
Involvement in SPC or Provincial Section (experience, courses, etc):          

  • Sport Physiotherapy Canada Concussion Committee
    • Hosted SPC’s First Annual Concussion Symposium (Toronto, November 2016) along with 5 other members of the Concussion Committee
  • Membership Development Coordinator for Sport Physiotherapy Ontario
  • Certificate exam candidate May 2017

Issues of the Day Essay:
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 standard
    •    The SPC credentialing program is an excellent educational framework and foundation for physiotherapists to develop competency in sports physiotherapy.  The curriculum involves mostly self-study, and candidates benefit from mentorship and hours of experience working in a variety of sport settings.  In order to advance the quality of the education system, candidates may benefit from the addition of standardized courses as a mandatory part of the curriculum (ie. equipment, taping, emergency, massage, etc.)  It may not be feasible to develop these courses or train mentors to teach the courses, so a different approach would be to collaborate with other professions to direct the courses (ie. ATs for taping, RMTs for massage, etc.).
  2. Establishing recognition of “Sport Physiotherapist” title as clinical specialty
    •    Collaborate with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association to further develop the “Clinical Specialist in Sport” program, which will ultimately allow a physiotherapist that has passed the Certificate and Diploma examinations to attain the specialist designation.
  3. Promotion of SPC
    •    Advocating the important role of sport physiotherapy in all levels of sport across Canada.  A collaboration with the Coaching Association of Canada and Sport Canada could serve as a means of educating Canada’s National Sport Organizations on the valuable role of sport physiotherapists to their associations, teams, and individual athletes.

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 Membership Development Coordinator for SPC ON, I have gained valuable insight into the strategies that are successful in promoting sport physiotherapy, as well gain membership interest and collaboration.  After playing a considerable role in hosting SPC’s first annual concussion symposium, I feel that I have exercised leadership skills and commitment to the profession of sport physiotherapy on a national level.

Timberly George

Biographical Information:   Westcoast born & raised, Timberly holds a BSc (Kinesiology) from SFU (1996), and a BSc (PT) from UBC (2004).  Timberlys’ primary focus after graduating from UBC was to become an active member of the sports medicine community in BC and Canada and on obtaining her Sport Physiotherapy credentials. Timberly went on to achieve her Diploma from Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC) in 2007 and in 2012 was awarded the prestigious David Magee award for her outstanding contribution to Sport Physiotherapy in Canada. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for SPC at the end of her 2-year term.
Timberly is very active in the sport physiotherapy community at the regional, national and international levels. Most recently, she is the Therapy Lead for the ever exciting Canada 7s World Rugby tournament in Vancouver, now in its 2ndyear.  She was the Venue Medical Manager at the Richmond Olympic Oval during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, a member of the 2011 Canadian Medical team for the FISU World University games in Shenzen, China and has travelled the world as a team therapist for both Rugby Canada and Field Hockey Canada. As an avid runner and cyclist, Timberly has developed strong ties to both the running and cycling communities in Vancouver. Prior Leadership Experience(s):

  • Current member of the SPC National Board since 2015 (see below)
  • Past Chair of the BC provincial section of SPC 2006-2012
    • organized countless seminars and events; moved from a paper to a digital newsletter; and hosted the first SPC-BC multi-disciplinary sport medicine full day symposium.
  • Past member of the BC provincial section of SPC 2002-2012
  • Part-owner of large, busy, multi-disciplinary clinic – shares responsibilities of clinic organization and management.  Key role in moving the clinic from paper to EMR charting/billing/on-line booking.
  • Clinical faculty instructor for “The Business of Private Practice” and teaching assistant for the Sport PT modules at UBC School of Physical Therapy

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

  • SPC national board member since 2015.  Highlights:
    • Initiated the move for SPC to join the International Federation of Sport Physiotherapists (IFSPT)
    • Sub-committee involvement in adapting the Maintenance of Credentials requirements
    • Planning committee for up-coming major Sport PT conference in connection with IFSPT
    • On-going involvement, communication, and development  regarding Sport PT titling and a high performance special interest group
  • SPC examiner
  • SPC mentor
  • Advisor to BC provincial section

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.  Profile – Sport PT Title – You, our members, have expressed that this is an important issue and a title of value.  We have been working diligently to make this a reality and progress has been achieved.  Continuing to determine the best path to get there is a current work in progress between the working group and our board. I believe once this title is in place, it will allow us to continue to raise the profile of our members to the general public, physicians, surgeons, and the national sport organizations who have yet to recognize the credentials as a necessary requirement to work in their sport.
  2. Education: Improving and Adapting the Credential program –  We have an excellent, long standing credential program that can only stand to be better as we continue to adapt and change.   We are in the process of making changes to make this an even more evidence based system, and one that is easily adapted based on the current trends and emerging research, for instance in the field of concussion management.  The system needs to be accessible by any physiotherapist working in, or interested in working in sport, regardless of the sport and their geographical location. We are currently making changes to the requirements with respect to what has always been known as “contact sport hours” to “high injury risk”. This will open the door for those therapists working with sports not previously known to be contact sports.  Our program also needs to recognize other leaders in the profession who may have trained internationally, and with our recent entry into IFSPT, we will have better working guidelines within which we can make this achievable.  Our program should be one that is desirable to any new graduate and needs to be presented in a way that is both enticing and easily navigated through the steps in the process.
  3.  Education : New Education – SPC has done a fantastic job at developing new courses directed towards those in the credential system such as the taping, protective equipment and concussion courses.  We are now looking at opportunities to develop educational opportunities to all of our members, both credentialed and non.  With recently joining the IFSPT and BJSM, the opportunity to host a major international based sport physiotherapy conference is a very near reality and one that would again raise our profile in the country among all sports medicine professionals and sporting 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?”

I feel that my last two years on the board have provided me the opportunity to discover our true potential as physiotherapists in the world of sport. Despite the lengthy history of SPC, I believe the current SPC Board, and its membership, have a powerful voice that is only still a lion cub, slowly developing its maturing loud roar that has yet to be heard across all avenues in sport.  Thanks to the work of all members in the past, my job as a board member is that much easier, albeit not without considerable effort.

I have become knowledgeable with our strategic plan and our actions to achieve these ends. I feel confident in my energy and desire to continue to grow our profession and make us known by all in the sports medicine community as the “go to” health professional for all things sport therapy related. An additional two years on the board will allow me to continue working on a system that will make you, our members, feel your credentials are worthy, recognized, and valued.  And to provide the non-credentialed members continuing education that proves there is value in being a member of such a dynamic national division.