The 4th Annual Concussion Summit will take place on
April 21 - 22, 2016
Hilton Fallsview, Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Former NHL Player, Author: Journeyman
Sean Pronger (yes, Chris’s brother) is a Canadian former professional ice-hockey player who grew up in Dryden, Ontario, and played in the National Hockey League from 1995 to 2004. Having been drafted 51st overall by Vancouver in 1991, Sean played for sixteen teams over eleven seasons including: Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks. He played 260 regular-season games, earning 23 goals and 36 assists for 59 points, picking up 159 penalty minutes.
Anyone who's gotten to the NHL the hard way has a story to tell. Sean has written a book "Journeyman: The Many Triumphs (and Even More Defeats) Of A Guy Who's Seen", and no one understands the game better than the guys on the fourth line who fight for their jobs every night. They know all too well what it’s like to watch from the press box or, worse, to be sent to the minors or traded. Sean has seen it all. He’s played for legendary coaches like Pat Burns and gone head-to-head with Doug Gilmour and Steve Yzerman in the faceoff circle. He was on the ice for perhaps the most notoriously violent attack in recent hockey history, and he caused international incidents with Doug Weight while playing in Europe. But none of that went to his head. Full of hilarious stories and self-deprecating humour, Journeyman is a story not only about achieving a dream, but about realizing you’ve achieved it.
Today he lives with his long-suffering wife, Mrs. Journeyman, in Newport Beach, California, where he has started a sportswear company: www.jrnymnwear.com.
Chair of Neurosurgery,
University of Toronto
Charles Tator trained in Neurosurgery and Neuropathology and was Chair of Neurosurgery, at the University of Toronto. He was the head of Neurosurgery at the Toronto Western Hospital, and founded ThinkFirst, Canada, a national brain and spinal cord injury foundation. In 2012, ThinkFirst merged with three other national injury prevention charities to form Parachute Canada of which he is a Board Member. He held two research chairs at the University of Toronto, and is a member of the Order of Canada, and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Currently, he is a Senior Scientist in the Toronto Western Research Institute and Project Leader of the Canadian Sports Concussion Project at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre. He has received awards from the Canadian Paraplegic Association, the University of California Reeve-Irvine, Canadian Brain Injury Coalition, USA Hockey and American Spinal Injuries Association. His book on Catastrophic Injuries in Sports and Recreation was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2008, and his Practice Primer on Concussions appeared in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 2013. In 2014, he was awarded the Medal of Honour by Canada’s Pharmaceutical Association.
Neurotrauma Impact Research Laboratory, University of Ottawa
Sport related head and neck injuries are responsible for some of the most catastrophic injuries. In 2003-2004, sports and recreational activities were the third leading cause of traumatic head injury admissions in Canadian hospitals. In particular, twenty-eight percent of all children admitted in the emergency ward for traumatic head injuries were due to such activities (Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2006). The outcome of these head injuries can be devastating, often leading to significant lifelong physical, emotional, and economical consequences. Next to avoidance and education, protective head gear is the most effective intervention strategy for preventing or minimizing sport-related head injuries.
In 2005 Dr. Hoshizaki developed the Neurotrauma Impact Research Laboratory at the University of Ottawa with the following vision: “Head injuries will become a rare and inconsequential part of athletic and leisure activities.” To date the laboratory has attracted over 1.2 million dollars in research support. The mission of the Neurotrauma Impact Research Laboratory is to undertake research that contributes in a meaningful way to decreasing all types of head injury in sport.
Dr. Hoshizaki continues to participate in national and international helmet standard organizations to develop and improve safety requirements for sport helmet certifications (ASTM, CSA, HECC, CE, ISO). He is the technical advisor for Think First; a national educational organization that is committed to educating Canadians to the risks resulting in head injuries. The Xenith X1 helmet is an example of bringing research to practice. Research undertook in 2005 was ultimately used to develop an innovative product designed to decrease head injuries in American football (Xenith.com). More recently he was a member of the organizing committee for the annual “Minor Traumatic Brain Injury in Sport Conference” held each year in St Moritz, Switzerland (2005-2008). He was recently named as one of the top fifty most influential people in sport in 2011 by Globe and Mail.
Pediatric Emergency Physician
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Dr. Kirstin Weerdenburg completed Pediatric training at the Cleveland Clinic, then completed Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Point-of-Care Ultrasound fellowships at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is currently an associate staff physician in the Pediatric Emergency Department at the Hospital for Sick Children. She has a special research interest in concussion, particularly parent and health care provider knowledge of concussion and its management. She is also a proud DSBN graduate, as she attended Prince Philip Public School and A.N. Myer Secondary School.
Professor, Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo
Dr. Bishop is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Waterloo and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Bishop’s research interests are in trying to understand the mechanics associated with catastrophic injury, especially those to the cervical spine and head and on how to reduce the risk associated with much of his such injuries. Dr. Bishop has authored/co-authored over 130 scientific publications and presentations
Dr. Bishop was chair of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Technical Committee on Equipment and Facilities for Ice Hockey for more than 20 years, is a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials Committee F-8 on Sports Equipment, is the Head of the Delegation for Canada to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 83, Sub Committee 5 on Equipment and Facilities for Ice Hockey and is a member of the NOCSAE Scientific Advisory Committee. He has contributed to several Concussion Seminars sponsored by Think First Canada, Hockey Canada and the Dr. Tom Pashby Safety Fund.
Dr. Bishop is a Member of the University of Waterloo Athletic Hall of Fame, and has been awarded the John Jenkins Award by the CSA for his contributions to sport safety, the Geoffrey Dyson Award for his contributions to the Science of Biomechanics in Sports by the International Society for Biomechanics in Sports, and the Dr. Tom Pashby Sport Safety Award for his research and dedication to injury risk reduction and safety in sports.
In addition to the above work, Dr. Bishop coached minor hockey for more than 25 years and was an assistant coach for the Wilfrid Laurier University Men’s Hockey Team or 5 years. He used the ice hockey rink as an active laboratory for his work on injuries in sport.