Program Outline



Friday October 25

(Conference Day 1 of 2)
Pre-Conference

Pre-Conference

Session: KinderMedic - ONLY 5 SPOTS LEFT!
Time: 0900 - 1700
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom West
Speaker(s): Ornge Medics
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About This Session

When was the last time you managed a sick child?  Pediatrics typically make up less than 10% of ambulance call volume.  This means that most paramedics see critically ill children relatively infrequently.

 KinderMedic is a one day program designed to improve confidence of paramedics when managing children as well as address some of the common knowledge gaps in pediatric education.  The program provides 7.5 hours of instruction, comprised mainly of small group skill sessions followed by a number of high fidelity simulations to allow the learning to be applied and reinforced. This program is 100% PowerPoint free!

 The program's authors work exclusively in pediatric critical care transport.  This means the course brings the perspective of a pediatric specialist that may differ from the adult EM and critical care background that predominates in the prehospital setting. 

Attendees can expect to attend a series of mini lectures, skill stations and high fidelity simulation as detailed below. 

 MINI LECTURES

·         Approach to airway management

·         Perfusion & fluid basics

·         Approach to newborn resuscitation

 SKILL STATIONS

·         Basic airway management

·         Advanced airway management

·         IV access

·         IO access

·         Team resuscitation

·         Preemie Resuscitation

HIGH FIDELITY SIMULATION

·         Applying all of the above principles!


About Ornge Medics



Networking Dinner and Exhibits

Paramedicine Expo

Session: Networking Dinner and Exhibits
Time: 1700 - 1830
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom East
Speaker(s): Paramedicine Expo Exhibitors
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About Paramedicine Expo Exhibitors

Session: Networking Dinner and Exhibits (WILL NOT ATTEND)
Time: 1700 - 1830
Location:


OPA Annual General Meeting
Session: OPA Annual General Meeting
Time: 1830 - 2200
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom West
Speaker(s): OPA Board
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About OPA Board

Session: OPA Annual General Meeting (WILL NOT ATTEND)
Time: 1830 - 2200
Location:


Saturday October 26

(Conference Day 2 of 2)
Breakfast
Session: Registration, Nutrition and Exhibits
Time: 0700 - 0830
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom East
Speaker(s): Paramedicine Expo Exhibitors
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About Paramedicine Expo Exhibitors



Welcome Remarks
Session: Welcome Remarks
Time: 0830 - 0845
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom West
Speaker(s): OPA Board
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About OPA Board



Opening Keynote
Session: Advances in Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Implications for Paramedicine
Time: 0845 - 0945
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom West
Speaker(s): Dr. Paula Rowland
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About This Session

Patients and publics continue to expect professional, safe, and effective care from all of their health care providers. Continuing education plays an important role in ensuring the ongoing ability of health care providers to meet these expectations. Recently, the ways in which continuing education are considered, delivered, and evaluated have been changing across the professions. These changes require new ways to understand education, learning, and how to continue to be a health care provider in contexts of ever increasing - and competing - expectations. In this presentation, Dr. Rowland will explore these trends in continuing education and what they might mean for paramedicine. 


About Dr. Paula Rowland
PhD

Paula Rowland is a Scientist with the Wilson Centre and Post MD Education. Dr. Rowland has a PhD in Organizational Studies and an interest in workplace learning across multiple professions. Ultimately, Paula's research aim is to elaborate our understanding of how we learn in workplaces, particularly during attempts to improve patient care.




Nutrition Break
Session: Nutrition and Exhibits
Time: 0945 - 1015
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom East
Speaker(s): Paramedicine Expo Exhibitors
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About Paramedicine Expo Exhibitors



Concurrent Session 100

Session 101

Session: Advances in Continuing Professional Development / Continuing Medical Education
Time: 1015 - 1105
Location: York Room 1
Sponsor(s): The McNally Project
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About This Session

This session will explore advances in the way we think about, structure and enact continuing professional development or more broadly continuing professional development in paramedicine.  We will critically examine existing practices and explore new ways of approaching the topic. It will include numerous experts speaking on a diverse set of topics related to the CPD/CME issues (i.e., maintenance of certification, proposed new CPD/CME approaches) followed by a facilitated open forum that will allow attendees to question, challenge and probe the speakers further for additional details. This session will be of interest to any active paramedics who are obligated to maintain competence / certification and want to have input into that process, those who might be responsible for CPD/CME decisions and/or those whose responsibility it is to develop, structure and deliver CPD / CME.  

Session 102

Session: All Hazard Response - A Look at the Joint Toronto CBRNE Team
Time: 1015 - 1105
Location: York Room 2
Speaker(s): Brian Annett, Chris Barclay
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About This Session

What would you do if that generally unwell call was actually a biological terror attack?  The threat is increasing for civilian Paramedics as has been witnessed with the increasing homeland terrorist events.  Specialized units including Toronto Paramedic Services are ready to respond to these calls but are you?  Please join us for this highly interactive session where you will get not only a chance to review the S&S but also the equipment used.  


Session Outline

-Review of chemical and biological threats, S&S, capability of the TPS in an event

-Skill stations with PPE, antidote medication reviews, how to safely remove the EOD9 (Toronto police Bomb Tech Suit) for patient care

-Mini scenario with Decon and Response review


About Brian Annett
ACP
Toronto Paramedic Service

Brian Annett ACP, BSc (Hons) AEMCA,  advanced CBRNE technologist.  Brian has been part of the joint team since 2009 and a paramedic for 16 years.  



About Chris Barclay
ACP
Toronto Paramedic Service

Chris has been part of the Joint Team for over a decade and is also an ACFP with Ornge.


Session 103

Session: SAR Techs
Time: 1015 - 1105
Location:
Speaker(s): SAR Techs
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About This Session

The Canadian Forces Search and Rescue Technicians, often referred to as SAR Techs, are part of an elite group of primary care paramedics that provide on-scene medical aid and evacuation all over Canada. They are the rescuers of last resort; getting called out in some of the worst weather, to some of the most remote parts of Canada.


This sessions will be highly interactive and hands on.  SAR Techs will provide a brief overview of their training then move onto skills including:

-wilderness medicine 

-rapelling and rope rescue systems

-wilderness survival


About SAR Techs
Canadian Armed Forces

The Search and Rescue Technician (SAR TECH) is part of a group of elite, highly trained rescue specialists who provide on-scene medical aid and extraction from some of the harshest and most remote areas of Canada. They are military aircrew who deploy from rotary or fixed wing aircraft in any environment or climactic condition. They will locate and penetrate the site, and treat and evacuate causalities. SAR operations may require parachuting, mountaineering, hiking, swimming, and scuba diving. Sometimes these operations are conducted in adverse conditions.


Session 104

Session: CSA Z1003.1 - Psychological health and safety in the paramedic service organization
Time: 1015 - 1105
Location:
Speaker(s): Dan Paterson, Lina Lopez
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About This Session

A first for Canada, a new psychological health and safety standard to address the specific needs of paramedic service organizations -vital contributors to our health care system that experience some of the highest rates of mental illness in the country. Join us for our presentation as we explore:

  • A paramedic perspective - applying standards process to complex paramedic service organizations
  • Cross sector representation - creating partnerships and building representation across the sector
  • Integrated approach for the prevention of psychological health issues and role of standards to support the well-being of paramedic workers.

This standard was commissioned by the Paramedic Association of Canada and developed by CSA Group with funding from Ontario's Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program, the standard offers sector-specific guidance for developing and maintaining a psychologically healthy and safe paramedic service organization. It specifically helps paramedic workers and their employers to:

●      Raise awareness of associated stigma, self-stigma and harassment;

●      Systematically identify sources of stress and psychological hazards; and

●      Examine changes and control measures that can be implemented to address those hazards.


About Dan Paterson
ACP
Peel Regional Paramedic Services

Dan began his paramedic career as an Ambulance Officer 2 (later known as a PCP) in 1991 at Peel York and District Ambulance service. When the province chose to download the services to the regions in 2001, he transitioned to Region of Peel Paramedic services. 

In addition to his position as a full-time PCP, Dan was an instructor for the Peel Base Hospital program as well as a preceptor for six years.

Dan certified as an Advanced Care Paramedic with Peel Regional Paramedic Services in 2002 and soon after started to function as a clinical, lab and didactic instructor and preceptor for the ACP program, as well as continuing as both a Base Hospital and Service instructor.

Dan transitioned to the role of Superintendent in 2010.  Soon after taking on this role, he was drawn to find ways to better support the mental health of his staff and colleagues. He enrolled in various mental health related courses and training to increase his ability to understand and support them. When the opportunity to participate in the Working Group to adapt the Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Standard (CSA Z1003) for paramedic service organizations, Dan saw this as an opportunity to  improve mental health support to paramedics across Canada. 

Dan is currently working in the newly formed Culture and Engagement section of Peel Regional Paramedic Services where one of the primary goals is to implement the standard into the organization.  



About Lina Lopez
Project Manager, Worker and Public Safety
CSA Group

Lina Lopez is a project manager at CSA Group and focuses on Worker and Public Safety. She directly manages Z1003.1-18, Psychological Health and Safety in the Paramedic Service Organization standard  and Z1003, Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.  

 

Lina received her Bachelor of Arts (honours) degree in Psychology from York University and her post-graduate certificate in Corporate Communications from Seneca College. She has also completed her Mental Health First Aid training from the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Lina is currently working towards an  Instructing Adults Certificate at George Brown. In the past, Lina has volunteered at a medium security womenกฏs correctional institute in the psychological department where she delivered the  life skills program and listened to the residents.  Lina brings over 15 years of project management experience to her current role.




Concurrent Session 200

Session 201 (Continuation of Session 101)

Session: Advances in Continuing Professional Development / Continuing Medical Education
Time: 1115 - 1215
Location: York Room 1
Sponsor(s): The McNally Project
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About This Session

CONTINUATION OF SESSION 101


This session will explore advances in the way we think about, structure and enact continuing professional development or more broadly continuing professional development in paramedicine.  We will critically examine existing practices and explore new ways of approaching the topic. It will include numerous experts speaking on a diverse set of topics related to the CPD/CME issues (i.e., maintenance of certification, proposed new CPD/CME approaches) followed by a facilitated open forum that will allow attendees to question, challenge and probe the speakers further for additional details. This session will be of interest to any active paramedics who are obligated to maintain competence / certification and want to have input into that process, those who might be responsible for CPD/CME decisions and/or those whose responsibility it is to develop, structure and deliver CPD / CME.  

Session 202 (Continuation of Session 102)

Session: All Hazard Response - A Look at the Joint Toronto CBRNE Team
Time: 1115 - 1215
Location: York Room 2
Speaker(s): Brian Annett, Chris Barclay
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About This Session

Continuation of Session 102


About Brian Annett
ACP
Toronto Paramedic Service

Brian Annett ACP, BSc (Hons) AEMCA,  advanced CBRNE technologist.  Brian has been part of the joint team since 2009 and a paramedic for 16 years.  



About Chris Barclay
ACP
Toronto Paramedic Service

Chris has been part of the Joint Team for over a decade and is also an ACFP with Ornge.


Session 203 (Continuation of 103)

Session: SAR Techs
Time: 1115 - 1215
Location:
Speaker(s): SAR Techs
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About This Session

The Canadian Forces Search and Rescue Technicians, often referred to as SAR Techs, are part of an elite group of primary care paramedics that provide on-scene medical aid and evacuation all over Canada. They are the rescuers of last resort; getting called out in some of the worst weather, to some of the most remote parts of Canada.

This sessions will be highly interactive and hands on.  SAR Techs will provide a brief overview of their training then move onto skills including:

-wilderness medicine 

-rapelling and rope rescue systems

-wilderness survival


About SAR Techs
Canadian Armed Forces

The Search and Rescue Technician (SAR TECH) is part of a group of elite, highly trained rescue specialists who provide on-scene medical aid and extraction from some of the harshest and most remote areas of Canada. They are military aircrew who deploy from rotary or fixed wing aircraft in any environment or climactic condition. They will locate and penetrate the site, and treat and evacuate causalities. SAR operations may require parachuting, mountaineering, hiking, swimming, and scuba diving. Sometimes these operations are conducted in adverse conditions.


Session 204

Session: What We Know About Caring for Patients with Mental Health Concerns
Time: 1115 - 1215
Location:
Speaker(s): Polly Ford-Jones
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About This Session

Paramedics play an important role in the chain of mental health care for many and an increase in mental health call volume to paramedic services has been identified.  This session will explore care provision by paramedics for individuals with mental health needs as well as what guides paramedic practice in this area.  Current practices in this area will be discussed along with what gaps remain in providing care. 


About Polly Ford-Jones
PCP, PhD Candidate

Polly Ford-Jonesis a PhD candidate in Health Policy and Equity in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University, Toronto Ontario, a Senior Fellow with the McNally Project for Paramedicine Research, and a practicing Primary Care Paramedic. Her research focuses on mental health and psychosocial calls to paramedic services in the prehospital setting, and the social determinants of physical and mental health.  




Lunch

Lunch

Session: Paramedicine Expo
Time: 1215 - 1315
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom East
Speaker(s): Paramedicine Expo Exhibitors
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About Paramedicine Expo Exhibitors



Concurrent Session 300

Session 301

Session: Advances in Entry to Practice Perspectives
Time: 1315 - 1405
Location: York Room 1
Sponsor(s): The McNally Project
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About This Session

This session will explore advances in the way we think about, structure and enact entry to practice processes in paramedicine (i.e., how we educate, develop, certify and transition students into practice).  We will critically examine existing practices and explore new ways of approaching the topic. It will include numerous experts speaking on a diverse set of topics related to the entry to practice issue (e.g., provincial certification process updates, preceptorship, 3-year program, degree entry to practice etc.) followed by a facilitated open forum that will allow attendees to question, challenge and probe the speakers further for additional details. This session will be of interest to any those interested in or who might be responsible entry to practice education, processes or decisions, and students interested in gaining insights into these processes. 

Session 302

Session: SAR Techs
Time: 1315 - 1405
Location: York Room 2
Speaker(s): SAR Techs
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About This Session

The Canadian Forces Search and Rescue Technicians, often referred to as SAR Techs, are part of an elite group of primary care paramedics that provide on-scene medical aid and evacuation all over Canada. They are the rescuers of last resort; getting called out in some of the worst weather, to some of the most remote parts of Canada.

This sessions will be highly interactive and hands on.  SAR Techs will provide a brief overview of their training then move onto skills including:

-wilderness medicine 

-rapelling and rope rescue systems

-wilderness survival


About SAR Techs
Canadian Armed Forces

The Search and Rescue Technician (SAR TECH) is part of a group of elite, highly trained rescue specialists who provide on-scene medical aid and extraction from some of the harshest and most remote areas of Canada. They are military aircrew who deploy from rotary or fixed wing aircraft in any environment or climactic condition. They will locate and penetrate the site, and treat and evacuate causalities. SAR operations may require parachuting, mountaineering, hiking, swimming, and scuba diving. Sometimes these operations are conducted in adverse conditions.


Session 303

Session: Military Trauma from a Medical Technicians Perspective
Time: 1315 - 1405
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom West
Speaker(s): Jessica Hewett
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About This Session

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have helped to shape the modern Defence Medical Services. Learn how these lessons are shaping the future of pre-hospital trauma care now.


About Jessica Hewett
WO
Canadian Armed Forces

Joined the CAF in 2005.  She has 2 deployments in Afghanistan as well as a deployment in Iraq.

She currently works at 32 Health Services in Toronto in the Operations and Training cell.


Session 304

Session: What We Know About Paramedic Mental Health (Part 1): Social and Cultural Determinants of Wellbeing
Time: 1315 - 1405
Location:
Speaker(s): Elizabeth Donnelly
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About This Session

Post traumatic stress (PTS) has received a tremendous amount of attention recently, however PTS is only one type of occupational stress injury. This presentation will review what we do (and we do not) know about the prevalence of OSI in Ontario and in Canada as well as the factors which might place someone at greater risk for an OSI.  The impact of different types of OSI risk factors will be discussed, including how paramedics may be impacted by both patient care/critical incidents as well as larger systems issues, including thesocial and cultural determinants of paramedic mental health. 


About Elizabeth Donnelly
PhD, MPH, LICSW, NREMT
University of Windsor

Elizabeth Donnelly is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Windsor. She holds a PhD in Social Work, as well an MSW and MPH from the University of Minnesota. She has been a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician since 1999, working in ALS and BLS services in Minnesota, Florida, and Michigan. Dr. Donnelly's primary research interest is in workforce health issues in paramedicine, focusing primarily on mental health. You can see Dr. Donnelly's work at http://www1.uwindsor.ca/donnelly/publications and follow Dr. Donnelly on Twitter @EDonnellyPhD.




Concurrent Session 400

Session 401 (Continuation of Session 301)

Session: Advances in Entry to Practice Perspectives
Time: 1415 - 1515
Location: York Room 1
Sponsor(s): The McNally Project
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About This Session

CONTINUATION OF SESSION 301

This session will explore advances in the way we think about, structure and enact entry to practice processes in paramedicine (i.e., how we educate, develop, certify and transition students into practice).  We will critically examine existing practices and explore new ways of approaching the topic. It will include numerous experts speaking on a diverse set of topics related to the entry to practice issue (e.g., provincial certification process updates, preceptorship, 3-year program, degree entry to practice etc.) followed by a facilitated open forum that will allow attendees to question, challenge and probe the speakers further for additional details. This session will be of interest to any those interested in or who might be responsible entry to practice education, processes or decisions, and students interested in gaining insights into these processes. 

Session 402 (Continuation of 302)

Session: SAR Techs
Time: 1415 - 1515
Location: York Room 2
Speaker(s): SAR Techs
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About This Session

The Canadian Forces Search and Rescue Technicians, often referred to as SAR Techs, are part of an elite group of primary care paramedics that provide on-scene medical aid and evacuation all over Canada. They are the rescuers of last resort; getting called out in some of the worst weather, to some of the most remote parts of Canada.

This sessions will be highly interactive and hands on.  SAR Techs will provide a brief overview of their training then move onto skills including:

-wilderness medicine 

-rapelling and rope rescue systems

-wilderness survival


About SAR Techs
Canadian Armed Forces

The Search and Rescue Technician (SAR TECH) is part of a group of elite, highly trained rescue specialists who provide on-scene medical aid and extraction from some of the harshest and most remote areas of Canada. They are military aircrew who deploy from rotary or fixed wing aircraft in any environment or climactic condition. They will locate and penetrate the site, and treat and evacuate causalities. SAR operations may require parachuting, mountaineering, hiking, swimming, and scuba diving. Sometimes these operations are conducted in adverse conditions.


Session 403

Session: Paramedic Ultrasound - A hands on approach to the future of pre-hospital diagnosis.
Time: 1415 - 1515
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom
Speaker(s): Wade MacPherson
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About This Session

Join Advanced Care Paramedic Wade MacPherson (and guests) for a hands-on ultrasound session packed with information about the enormous potential for ultrasound in the pre-hospital arena. See the development of ultrasound programs in Paramedicine across the globe, hear from international Paramedics who have utilized ultrasound on their patients, and put your own skills to the test scanning live human models and searching for pathology with your newly acquired skills and knowledge. Ultrasound is easy, safe, and effective. Join the movement to bring ultrasound into the field at Paramedicine 2019!


About Wade MacPherson
ACP
Peel Paramedic


Session 404

Session: What We Know About Paramedic Mental Health (Part 2): Responding to an Evolving Crisis
Time: 1415 - 1515
Location:
Speaker(s): Justin Mausz
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About This Session

The past five years has seen an unprecedented amount of interest in the mental health and wellbeing of Canada's paramedics. Current estimates suggest as many as one in four paramedics are living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), one in three with depression, and one in three with an anxiety disorder, and as a result, there is a strong impetus for employers and policymakers alike to address what has been described as a crisis in Canada. But in our well-intentioned efforts to stabilize paramedic mental health and wellbeing, are we outpacing the science? In this session, I will review the rationale and evidence for various organizational responses to the paramedic mental health crisis, including workplace resiliency training, peer support programs, critical incident response teams, and service animals. I will also present preliminary data from a large ongoing program of research exploring the social and cultural determinants of paramedic mental health and wellbeing, including what paramedics themselves value in creating psychologically healthy and supportive workplaces. Finally, I will conclude by highlighting next steps for paramedic community leaders, policymakers, and researchers.


About Justin Mausz
ACP, PhD Candidate

Justin Mausz is an Advanced Care Paramedic with Peel Regional Paramedic Services, a Senior Fellow with the McNally Project for Paramedicine Research, and a PhD Candidate in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University. Justin's research explores the social and cultural determinants of paramedic mental health. See more of Justin's work at www.justinmausz.com and follow Justin on Twitter @Prof_Dewey




Nutrition Break
Time: 1515 - 1545
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom East
Speaker(s): Paramedicine Expo Exhibitors
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Closing Keynote
Session: ADHD: The First Responders Ally & Enemy
Time: 1545 - 1645
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom
Speaker(s): Rick Green
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About Rick Green
CM, OOnt, BSc
Big Brain Productions Inc.

After earning a BSC. in Physics, Rick began creating public programs for the Ontario Science Centre.  In 1979, he became a full-time comedian, writing and performing in 700 episodes of television and radio. 

After being diagnosed with ADHD, Rick produced two outstanding documentaries on adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD): ADD & Loving It?!and ADD & Mastering It!  He also founded the groundbreaking website TotallyADD.com, which has helped millions of people around the world.

ADD & Loving It?!became a runaway hit on PBSearning critical acclaim, a New York Festivals award for Best Medical Documentary, and kudos from educators, coaches, doctors, and adults affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Since then, Rick has interviewed over 75 of the world's leading ADHD experts, and produced videos on every aspect of ADHD. A frequent public speaker and advocate for adults with ADHD, Rick has been honored as one of the University of Waterloo's Top 50 Science Graduates, has received the CAMH Foundation's Celebrity Transforming Lives Award, and the prestigious Order of Ontario.  Recently he was proud to be appointed to The Order of Canada.




Closing Remarks
Time: 1645 - 1700
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom West
Speaker(s): OPA Board
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About OPA Board



Free Time
Session: Free Time
Time: 1700 - 1800
Location: Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites
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About This Session

Use your time effectively to get yourself freshened-up and all dressed to impress for the cocktail reception, banquet dinner and after-party.



Networking and Cocktail Reception

Cocktail Reception

Time: 1800 - 1900
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom


Banquet Dinner

Banquet Dinner

Time: 1900 - 2200
Location: Commonwealth Ballroom
Speaker(s): OPA Board
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About This Session

All guests will come together along with family, friends, spouses and loved ones at our annual paramedic banquet and awards dinner.


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Infamous After Party
Session: Infamous After Party
Time: 2200 - 2355
Location: York Room 1
Session: Infamous After Party
Time: 2200 - 2355
Location:
Session: Safe Zone
Time: 2200 - 2355
Location: Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites