Due to COVID-19 BRAINx has been rescheduled to September 25, 2020

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Presented by BrainTrust Canada

Friday, September 25, 2020 | Ramada Kelowna

Doctors.  Scientists.  Educators.  Advocates.  Changemakers.  Some of the most inspired thinkers in the field will share short, powerful insights into the issues of concussion and brain injury.

Come for the experience.  Stay for the conversation.

Who Should Attend?
BRAINx 2020 will be of particular interest to:

  • healthcare professionals
  • school professionals
  • counsellors, psychologists, social workers
  • individuals with brain injury and their caregivers
  • parents
  • athletes
  • coaches
  • interested community members

Why Attend?
At BRAINx 2020 you’ll learn how:

  • a teen athlete's death is bringing about a 'concussion code of conduct' in Canada
  • persistent concussion symptoms require more attention
  • a lawyer's support is essential for navigating post-injury life
  • neuroplasticity is shaping current approaches to brain injury recovery
  • an occupational therapist helps families rebuild their lives after brain injury
  • sport is finding innovative ways to prevent concussion injuries
  • counselling is critical to recovery for those with ABI and their caregivers
  • community courts could reduce re-offending amongst those with ABI
  • one young man is 'finding the good' in a life altered by brain injury
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Keynote Speaker: Gordon Stringer

A Concussion Wake-up Call

“We're very pleased that Ontario has taken the lead in concussion awareness and prevention through Rowan's Law, and we hope the rest of Canada will follow suit.”

Gordon Stringer is the Ontario father of teen athlete, Rowan Stringer, who died on May 12, 2013 from Second Impact Syndrome. She had sustained three unrecognized, undiagnosed, untreated concussions in a span of six days. Since that day Gordon and his wife, Kathleen, have advocated for increased awareness and education regarding recognition of concussions and their acute, chronic, and in extreme cases like Rowan’s, lethal effects. On March 6, 2018, Rowan’s Law was passed in Ontario. Gordon and Kathleen continue their quest to make sure what happened to their daughter doesn't happen to others, and they continue to work toward having Rowan’s Law replicated across Canada.

Gordon will share Rowan's story and explain what is now Rowan's Law. He'll also talk about the importance of concussion education and how we as a community, can help with concussion prevention and awareness.

We are proud to also showcase an outstanding line-up of
 BRAINx speakers.

Shelina Babul

Dr. Shelina Babul

Understanding Persistent Concussion

Bryan Fitzpatrick BW

Bryan Fitzpatrick

Making Sense of Chaos

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Dr. Ryan D'Arcy

   Neuroplasticity - The Path to Recovery

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Jen Taubensee

Encouraging Mental, Physical, Cognitive, and Sensory Health After a Brain Injury

Stephanie Cowie BW

Stephanie Cowle

Playing It Safe

Dr Susannah-Joy BW

Dr. Susannah-Joy Schuilenberg

Adjustment, Grief, and Loss

Geoffrey Barrow BW

Geoffrey Barrow

Crime Prevention and ABI

Corbin BW

Corbin Coulter

Finding the Good

BRAINx Agenda - September 25, 2020

8:00 am Registration & Exhibit Area Open
8:45 am Welcome from BrainTrust Board Member / MC Angela Price-Stephens
Greetings from Brain Trust CEO, Mona Hennenfent
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
9:00 am Gordon Stringer A Concussion Wake-up Call
MORNING BRAINx PRESENTERS
10:10 am Dr. Shelina Babul Understanding Persistent Concussion
BREAK (10:40 - 11:00 am)
11:00 am Bryan Fitzpatrick Making Sense of Chaos
11:30 am Dr. Ryan D'Arcy Neuroplasticity - The Path to Recovery
LUNCH (12:10 pm - 1:00 pm)
AFTERNOON BRAINx PRESENTERS
1:00 pm Jen Taubensee Encouraging Mental, Physical, Cognitive, and Sensory Health
1:30 pm Stephanie Cowle Playing It Safe
AFTERNOON BREAK (2:00 - 2:20 pm)
2:20 pm Dr. Susannah-Joy
Schuilenberg
Adjustment, Grief, and Loss
2:50 pm Geoffrey Barrow Crime Prevention and ABI
3:20 pm Corbin Coulter Finding the Good
CLOSING REMARKS / PRIZE DRAWS / PUSHOR MITCHELL WINE & CHEESE (4:00 pm - 5:30 pm)
Delicious breakfast with hot coffee and croissant

What's Included

Your conference ticket includes a light breakfast, hot buffet lunch, nutrition breaks, and a wine and cheese reception.  We make every effort to ensure there is something for everyone; vegetarian and gluten free options will be available.  If you have significant dietary restrictions please contact us and we'll do our best to accommodate you.


Early Bird Admission (until August 31) - $139 | General Admission (begins September 1) - $199
Early Bird Group of Four (until August 31) - $450 | Group of Four (begins September 1) - $500

Contact Us for Student Rate

For those needing accommodation we have secured a conference rate of $134.99 a night for September 24 and/or September 25 at our host hotel. The conference rate is available until August 25. Please request the rate for the BrainTrust Canada BRAINx Symposium when you book your room.

Call 250-860-9711 or 1-800-854-9517.

While you're here take time to explore our beautiful city. You're sure to experience something that will create a fond memory - a spectacular view, an award-winning wine, a unique eatery, an outdoor activity, or a local event.  There's something for everyone.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

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Speaker Sponsors

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Exhibitor Sponsors

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Participant Sponsors

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