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OSHF 11th Annual Conference – Aging Strong!



Event Date(s) : March 22, 2019
8:00 AM to 8:00 AM

Contact Person : Emilija Pruden
Contact Email :
Contact Phone : 8889909404

Event Location : Mississauga Crystal Grand
4-2110 Dundas Street East
- Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L4X 1L9

The 2019 Conference will focus on Active Aging, Seniors, and Accessible Movement and will provide a platform for OSHF members and associates to meet their certification CEC requirements and a meaningful opportunity for quality knowledge translation.  Both hands-on and lecture-style sessions are being offeredtalong with an excellent chance to network through the day’s activities. Please note: space in the active sessions are limited, register as soon as possible to guarantee your spot.

CSEP: 12.5 CECs 
Other PDC’s Awaiting Approval

Event At-A-Glance 
 7:30-8:30  Participant sign-in
 8:30-8:50  Annual Members Meeting and Light Breakfast
 9:00-10:00  “Working With Older Clients Who Have Back Pain” — Dr. Stuart McGill  
 10:10-10:50  “Staying Legally Fit” — Michael Fraleigh, Esq.


 (concurrent sessions)  

 “Exercising Under Pressure: The Applications of Blood Flow Restriction Training” — Dr. Jamie Burr


**”Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors: Promoting physical, cognitive and social well-being through dance” — Melissa Tafler and Megan Ferris

 12:00-12:45  Lunch


 (concurrent sessions)

 “Exercise and Nutrition for Healthy Aging” — Dr. Chris McGlory  **”Movement for Every BODY” — Robin Lamarr, GBF Studio
 14:00-15:00 “Exercise Training for Older Adults” — Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky


**”Osteoporosis: Exercise, Physical Activity and Safe Movement” — Dr. Caitlin McArthur

Please note that there is a ten minute session transition between speakers.

** Denotes an active session. Participants must submit a completed PAR-Q+ clearing them for unrestricted activity. Appropriate dress and footwear is required; an exercise mat is strongly recommended.


Session Overviews


Working With Older Clients Who Have Back Pain

Stuart McGill, BPHE, M.Sc, Ph.D

Success in changing the lives of people with back pain requires an assessment of the pain mechanism. Pain mechanisms, their assessment and programming are discussed in the context of the older client.

Stuart McGill is Professor Emeritus (University of Waterloo) who authored over 240 scientific journal papers, 5 books, and mentored over 40 graduate students during this scientific journey. Investigations in the laboratory, training centre and research clinic probed back injury and pain mechanisms, rehabilitation approaches, and performance training. As a consultant, he has provided expertise on low back injury to various government agencies, many corporations and legal firms and hundreds of professional/international athletes and teams worldwide. He is regularly referred special patient cases from the international medical community for opinion.

Staying Legally Fit: Avoiding lawsuits and complaints by maintaining standards and appropriate boundaries with your clients
Michael Fraleigh, Esq.
While serving as an exercise professional can be extremely rewarding, like any career, it dŒs have its risks. Your clients are engaging in activities which can result in injury. It may be necessary or helpful to touch a client during exercise execution. Your actions may be misperceived by a client. What you say can get you into trouble. In this session Michael will provide information including tips on how to reduce potential exposure to claims and complaints.  

Michael heads the Health Law Group at Fogler Rubinoff LLP. He has extensive experience in all aspects of health law including the representation of health care practitioners in civil actions as well as regulatory matters including complaints, discipline, quality assurance, fitness to practice and registration issues. He also advises corporations and institutions with respect to health law issues. Michael also represents medical students, residents and fellows in matters relating to their education, licensure and regulatory registration.

Michael is also an experienced medical malpractice litigator. Having defended physicians and other health care practitioners in medical malpractice cases for more than 10 years and having represented plaintiffs for 15 years, he is well placed to advocate on behalf of parties involved in malpractice disputes.

Michael has served as lead counsel in matters before all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, and various tribunals. He has also represented numerous parties at Coroners Inquests. Michael has chaired and spoken at continuing education programs for lawyers as well as health care practitioners on issues relating to health law and medical malpractice.



Exercising Under Pressure: The Applications of Blood Flow Restriction Training
Jamie Burr, Ph.D
In this session we will examine the novel technique of manipulating blood flow using tourniquet cuffs for human health and performance. We will explore the rationale and effects of manipulating flow both prior to competition, and during an exercise training sessions for rehabilitation and strength training purposes.

Jamie Burr completed his PhD in Exercise Physiology at York University and Post-Doc in experimental Medicine at UBC. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and Health and Fitness Federation of Canada, and is a CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist. As the director of the Human Performance and Health Research Lab at the University of Guelph, Dr. Burr’s work shares a joint focus on the role of exercise for promoting health and improving human performance. 

Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors: Promoting physical, cognitive and social well-being through dance.
Melissa Taflers – Baycrest Health Sciences
Megan Ferris – Canada’s National Ballet School

Sharing Dance, an initiative of Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) is breaking down philosophical, cultural and financial barriers to access quality, fun and engaging dance activities. Through NBS Sharing Dance, people of all ages and states of health are reconnecting with their inner dancer. In collaboration with Baycrest Health Sciences, leaders in healthcare for seniors, NBS has developed dance programs designed to offer a high-quality, accessible dance experience, to support health and wellness goals. By the end of this active workshop, you will receive a sample dance class for seniors and information about specialized training opportunities. 

Melissa Tafler MSW, RSW is the coordinator of the arts and health program at Baycrest Health Sciences. A leading academic health organization focusing on aging and brain health in Toronto. Melissa is a clinical social worker whose work focuses on the integration of the professional arts in care, education and research of older adults and health care practice. In collaboration with NBS, Melissa has led the conceptual and practical development of the sharing dance for seniors programs.

Megan Ferris is a member of the Sharing Dance faculty at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS). A graduate of the NBS Teacher Training Prgoram, Megan has the opportunity to lead and engage many people through dance. She is currently working with children in Toronto public schools and after school programs, providing dance education. She has also been helping to pilot a program geared towards keeping seniors active through dance.


Exercise and Nutrition for Healthy Aging

Chris McGlory, PhD

In this presentation aspects related to appropriate nutrition and exercise for healthy aging will be discussed. Specifically, information related to protein intake and resistance exercise will be presented as well as recommendations for the audience as to how to improve their overall physical health and well-being. There will be a question and answer session at the end of this talk so that audience members can ask Dr. McGlory questions related to their own needs.

Dr. Chris McGlory is a Diabetes Canada Research Fellow working with Dr. Stuart Phillips in the Department of Kinesiology where he is investigating the role of protein and fish oil in the regulation of muscle growth. Prior to his appointment, Dr. McGlory completed his M.Phil and PhD at Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Stirling respectively, where he studied the molecular regulation of protein turnover following exercise in humans.


Movement for Every BODY

Robin Lamarr // GOODBODYFEEL Movement Studio
Movement is medicine. Our bodies were built for it. Our bodies crave it. Once we stop moving or believe that we can’t/shouldn’t, we suffer. Moving the body is always an option. In this workshop, we will explore ways to keep the body mobile, open and strong so that we can age actively and embodied.

Robin Lamarr is the founder of GOODBODYFEEL Movement Studio and the GOODBODYFEEL Movement Method. She is a Pilates and yoga educator, community activist and an eager student of diverse movement practices. She began her mindful movement journey in 2005 and has since completed more than 700 hours of education, including a one-on-one mentorship with Mindful Movement’s Leslie Parker, every training Downward Dog Yoga offers, Yoga Detour’s comprehensive approach to building a safe, strong and sustainable movement practice, as well as MISFITMETHOD’s unique blend of yoga, pilates and dance. Robin’s teacher training and studio are committed to operating from anti-oppression, trauma-informed, eating disorder-informed frameworks, creating an environment of accessibility and radical inclusion. She believes in finding a balance between being a for-profit small business that is for community first, by experimenting with sliding scale pricing, service exchange and bursaries for marginalized communities. As a woman of colour, Robin is committed to changing the look and feel of North America’s movement industry.


Exercise Training for Older Adults

Mark Tarnopolsky, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Aging is associated with a reduction in strength and muscle mass. Mitochondrial dysfunction is a primary factor contributing to muscle decline. Endurance and resistance exercise training can attenuate and/or reverse many of the functional and molecular effects of aging in men and women. Several nutritional interventions can enhance the benefits of exercise.

Mark Tarnopolsky, MD, PhD, is the Clinical and Research Director of the Corkins/Lammert Family Neuromuscular and Neurometabolic Clinic at McMaster University. He holds an endowed chair at McMaster Children’s Hospital and Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation in Neuromuscular Diseases and is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine. He has received the Dr. David Green Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 2005, the Barsky Lectureship for Excellence in Mitochondrial Medicine in 2007 and the honor award from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology 2008, the McMaster Distinguished Alumni Award for Science in 2012, and the International Biochemistry of Exercise Honor Award in 2015. His research focuses on nutritional, exercise, pharmacological and genetic therapies for neurometabolic (primarily mitochondrial), neuromuscular, and neurogenetic disorders as well as diseases associated with aging.

Osteoporosis: Exercise, Physical Activity and Safe Movement

Caitlin McArthur, PhD
People with osteoporosis or low bone mass are at risk for fractures. Exercise is one of the key modalities recommended to prevent fractures. However, it can increase the risk of fracture if not done properly. This presentation will review the evidence and recommendations for exercise, physical activity, and safe movements for people with osteoporosis.

Dr. Caitlin McArthur is a registered physical therapist and post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Medicine, McMaster University and the GERAS Centre. She completed her PhD in Kinesiology with a specialization in Aging, Health, and Well-being at the University of Waterloo and has expertise in bone health, exercise, physical activity, and health services research. Dr. McArthur’s research is currently funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada and GERAS Centre, and she is working on projects relating to rehabilitation and fracture risk assessment and prevention in home and long-term care. She has also received funding from the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging. Dr. McArthur is a lead instructor of the continuing education course Bone Fit.