Christopher Kraft

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Christopher Kraft

What led you to enter the Prosthetic/Orthotic Profession, and what would you consider to be your greatest joy about doing the work you do?

I had much exposure to the field of prosthetics and orthotics in my early years as my family ran a prosthetic and orthotic company in Ottawa. Officially, I entered into the field first as a technician then as a clinician. After attending George Brown College technical program, I pursued both my orthotic and prosthetic technical registrations. After working for 2 years as a technician, one year in Canada and one year in Europe, I studied Human Kinetics at University of Waterloo. Shortly after that I was accepted into the clinical program at George Brown College which enabled me to pursue both my orthotic and prosthetic certifications.
My greatest joy while working in the prosthetic & orthotic field comes from sharing my clients’ excitement to be more mobile. As well, I cherish the opportunity to use my problem-solving skills, especially, when I get to take theoretical concepts that “should work” and create real world solutions that improves the quality of peoples’ lives. Moreover, this profession gives me the opportunity to create with my own hands, which is something I find very satisfying.

What led you to become involved with ISPO Canada?

Involvement in ISPO gives me the opportunity to view our field from a more global perspective. It provides access to courses, congresses, webinars and research, as well as, the multidisciplinary perspective—understanding issues in the field from different health care practitioners’ points of view.

What impact do you think ISPO has had on persons accessing assistive devices and rehabilitation services?ISPO helps share knowledge & best practices around the world, increases the quality of services in developing countries by standardizing education, and gives individuals an international platform to share their ideas & messages.

Are there any current professional projects that you are engaged in?

For over 30 years, I have been a member of Rotary International which has a mission to eradicate polio. At the local level, I am involved in mentoring Algonquin college students’ research projects in Electrical/Mechanical Technology and providing internship opportunities for Human Kinetic students from the University of Ottawa & Industrial Design students from Carleton University. Some recent projects include the development of a 3-D printed helmet and an insole lining with sensors.

Can you offer any advice to recent graduates and students in your chosen profession?
Aspire to be a lifelong learner. Stay open to learning from every situation and from everyone you encounter. Recognize the importance of giving back to the P&O profession in whatever way you can based on your skills and talents.

What are your hobbies and activities outside of your professional life?
I enjoy travelling & meeting new people, as well as, a wide range of physical activities.

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