Executive Board

Dr.  Bill Miller, PhD| President

Dr. Miller is a Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a principle investigator with the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD). His research focuses on wheelchair mobility issues, wheeled mobility devices, determinants and social impacts of wheelchair use, developing and evaluating measurement tools, balance and ambulation confidence, and the assessment of technology used to assist with mobility.

He is currently an editor/co-principal investigator of the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation (SCIRE) Project and he is the principal investigator of a pan-Canadian study designed to develop an Outcome Measures Toolkit for clinicians who work in the field of spinal cord injury. Dr. Miller is also the principal investigator of a team of 15 investigators from 7 institutions from across Canada designed to study how adults use their power mobility, investigate methods to improve wheeled mobility use and to develop better mobility devices.

Amy Richardson| Vice President 

Amy Richardson, a Certified Prosthetist, is a full-time faculty member of the Prosthetic and Orthotic Programs (S407 &S102) at George Brown College. A graduate of the Prosthetic Orthotic Clinical Methods program herself, Amy has taught part-time since 2009 prior to moving into a full-time role in 2014.

When not at George Brown, Amy continues to practice at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, where she is a member of a multidisciplinary team providing clinical prosthetic treatment to both pediatric and adult clients. Prior to her time at Holland Bloorview, she was on staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in a similar role.

Amy holds a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation from McMaster University (2014) and an Honors Bachelors of Science (Kinesiology) from the University of Western Ontario (2007). As a component of her Masters degree, Amy published a Systematic Review focusing on the Prosthetic User’s Individual Experience with Prosthetic Liners.

Amy volunteers her time with provincial and national professional organizations and is currently a Director with ISPO Canada (October 2015) and is the chair of the Residency and Internship Committee with Orthotics Prosthetics Canada. Amy continues to participate in research, act as a peer reviewer, and present at conferences and workshops to help further enhance the Prosthetic and Orthotic field.

Rajiv Kalsi   CO(c) | Past President

Rajiv is a Certified Orthotist and has been a member of ISPO Canada since 2003. Rajiv completed the Orthotic Prosthetic Technician Program from George Brown College in 1991, and went on to complete the Clinical Methods in Orthotics and Prosthetics Program in 1995. A lifelong learner, Rajiv completed the Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services Degree from Athabasca University in 2011. Rajiv has been at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre since 2000, where he enjoys working with adults and children who have a variety of neuro-muscular and orthopaedic challenges. When not working Rajiv enjoys music, cycling, and reading. He is also passionate about social and environmental issues.

Alison Grant | Secretariat

Ali is currently a second-year Orthotic Resident at Snider Orthotic Design in Winnipeg, MB. She graduated from Dalhousie University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (with Honours). She then went on to complete The University of Western Ontario Diploma in Pedorthics program and has been a Canadian Certified Pedorthist since 2016. After practicing as a C. Ped (C) in her hometown of Halifax, N.S., Ali went on to complete the George Brown College Prosthetic and Orthotic Technician program (2019) and the Clinical Methods Program in 2021.

Ed Giesbrecht | Treasurer

Ed Giesbrecht is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Manitoba. His previous clinical work and current research has focused on the use of assistive technology to promote participation among people with disabilities. He has a particular interest in wheelchair mobility, including the use of different mobility devices as well as strategies to enhance training in skills for effective use. Ed is also involved in research addressing the challenges of mobility device use in winter conditions. In addition to ISPO Canada, Ed is involved in other assistive technology related organizations, serving on the board of RESNA and actively involved with ISWP.

Linda Laakso   MSc, CO(c) | Board Member 

Linda has been a Canadian Board (CBCPO) Certified Orthotist since 1995. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and a Minor in Biomedical Sciences. Special orthotic interests include management of the diabetic foot and diabetic foot ulcers. Linda completed the Canadian Association of Wound Care (CAWC) Institute Levels 1-3 for advanced knowledge in wound care. Linda graduated with a Master of Science in Rehabilitation from McMaster University in June 2013.

Krista Best| Board Member

Dr. Krista Best is an assistant professor at Université Laval and a Research Scientist at The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS) in Quebec, Canada. As a Quebec Health Research Foundation (FRQS) Junior 1 Scholar, she dedicates 90% of her time to her research program in mobility, assistive technology, and adapted physical activity.

Dr.  Best completed a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation at Université Laval, funded by FRQS and the Craig H Neilsen Foundation to develop and evaluate a peer-led adapted physical activity program. As a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Vanier Scholar, Dr. Best completed a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of British Columbia (UBC) to develop and evaluate a peer-led wheelchair skills training program. Both her MSc and BSc in Kinesiology were completed at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Dr. Best is an AGE-WELL HQP (A Canadian National Centre of Excellence focused on health aging), a research member of the Canadian Disability Participation Project, and is on the Wheelchair Skills Program editorial committee.

Alexandria Tsimiklis| Board Member

Alexandria is a graduate of the Clinical Methods in Orthotics and Prosthetics program at George Brown College and is in her Orthotics Residency at PBO Niagara. She holds a Masters of Applied Science in Biomechanical Engineering from the Collaborative Biomedical Engineering program at Queen’s University (2018). Previous to this, Alexandria obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Laurentian University (2015). 

During her time at Queen’s University, Alexandria’s research focused on the analysis of transtibial amputee gait biomechanics and the development of clinical alignment tools. In addition, she participated in the collaboration between Queen’s University and Niagara Prosthetics & Orthotics International Ltd., in the areas of mechanical design testing, analysis, and manufacturing of prosthetic foot devices. Alexandria has presented this work at various conferences and looks forward to continuing to participate in research throughout her clinical career.

Dr. Sander Hitzig, PhD  | Board Member

Dr. Sander Hitzig is the Program Research Director and a Scientist at St. John’s Rehab Research Program (Sunnybrook Research Institute) and is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. Dr. Hitzig holds a PhD in Developmental and Cognitive Psychology from York University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship (2008-2010) and an Ontario Neurotrauma and Rick Hansen Institute funded Scientist role (2010-2012) at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s Brain and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program.

Dr. Hitzig’s program of research is focused on the long-term outcomes of living with a disability, which includes assessing the impact of primary impairments and secondary health conditions on quality of life, and identifying factors that promote health and wellbeing in the community.  He is currently leading several projects in the field of limb loss rehabilitation, including the development of a patient-reported outcome for lower limb loss, and serves as the Secretary for the Ontario Association for Amputee Care.

Brittany Pousett | Board Member

Brittany Pousett is a Certified Prosthetist and the Head of Research at Barber Prosthetics Clinic in Vancouver, BC. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biophysics as well as a Master of Science in Rehabilitation. Clinically, her focus is on providing patient-centered care and integrating quantifiable outcome measures into the treatment process to measure patient’s progress over time. On the research side she is involved in several research projects in collaboration with teams across North America focusing on outcome measures, upper extremity prosthesis design, prosthesis use and more. She also sits on committees with both Orthotics and Prosthetics Canada and the American Academy for Orthotics & Prosthetics. Brittany brings her enthusiasm, problem solving skills and creativity to her role as a Prosthetist and absolutely loves the part she gets to play in helping patients achieve their goals while also helping to develop the future of this field.

Dr. Arezoo Eshraghi   PhD, CP(c) | Board Member

Dr. Arezoo Eshraghi is a Certified Prosthetist and researcher at West Park Healthcare Centre in Toronto, ON. She has Bachelors and Masters of Science both in Prosthetics & Orthotics, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. In her clinical work, she is passionate about providing amputee care by upper- and lower-limb prosthetic devices designed using up-to-date technology. As a researcher, she has been involved in several research projects in collaboration with teams across the globe focusing on amputee gait, outcome measures, lower extremity prosthesis design and more. She is keen to develop and explore new rehabilitation technologies by designing and fitting 3D sockets for her clients. Her research at West Park is currently focused on digital socket design and fabrication. Dr. Eshraghi also completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation at Bloorview Research Institute, funded by Ossur to develop and evaluate a biofeedback system for lower-limb prostheses.

She has teaching experience as lecturer with academic institutions, including first national P&O program in Malaysia where she taught P&O courses and led research projects on prosthetic rehab at the Faculty of Engineering in University of Malaya. She sits on international and national committees with “ISPO International” (Scientific Committee) and “Orthotic Prosthetic Canada” (Stakeholder Relations Committee). She has actively acted as author, peer reviewer, chair and editor with scientific peer-reviewed journals and conferences for over a decade. Dr. Eshraghi is currently Academic Editor of PLOS One journal (started in 2018), where she mainly handles manuscripts on prosthetics.

Adrienne Cuch | Board Member

Adrienne is a Certified Orthotist and graduate of the Clinical Methods of Prosthetics & Orthotics at George Brown College.  She holds an Honours BA in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, and completed one year of the P&O Technician Program at George Brown College. She spent her residency in western Canada specializing in orthotic management of athletes, lower extremity adult cases, and clients with high risk diabetes.  To enhance client care and promote an evidence-based approach to practice, she completed a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation at McMaster University. She is an instructor at the Prosthetics & Orthotics Programs at George Brown College, and currently practices at Boundless Biomechanical Bracing in both pediatric and adult client populations with a particular interest in pediatric pes planus, trauma and neurological conditions.

Madeline Christenson| Student Board Member

Madeline Christenson is an Orthotic Resident at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, MB.  She completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics (University of Ottawa, 2018), the Prosthetic and Orthotic Technician Program (George Brown College, 2020), and the Clinical Methods Program (GBC, 2022), and is working towards her Masters in Rehabilitation Sciences (McMaster University, 2023).

Deborah Lo | Student Board Member

Deborah Lo is a recent graduate of the Prosthetics and Orthotics program at BCIT (2020). She is currently completing her Orthotics Residency at a local clinic in Vancouver, BC. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and worked at an orthotic clinic for a year after completing her degree. With exposure to the field of orthotics, she went on to complete the Prosthetics and Orthotics Technical Program at George Brown College (2018).

Nicole Bianchi | Student Board Member

Nicole is currently a first-year student of the Clinical Methods in Orthotics/Prosthetics program at George Brown College (GBC). Prior to the clinical program, she also completed the Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician program at GBC in 2021. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2016 with her a Bachelor of Kinesiology and from Sheffield Hallam University in 2017 with a Master of Science in Sports Engineering. Nicole was drawn to the field by the innovation and technology involved in the design and fabrication of activity-specific devices.

Marc Hervieux| Student Board Member

Marc is a current student in the Technical Prosthetic and Orthotic program at George Brown College in Toronto. In 2020, he received a Bachelor’s of Science with a focus in neurobiology from the University of Victoria. During his degree, he became fascinated with developments in neural interfaces for assisted devices, and after volunteering at a physical rehabilitation clinic he realized it was his calling to help others. Being quite new to the field of P&O, he hopes to combine his passion for the health sciences and innovative technologies with the skills he is currently learning as a means to push the field forward and to help improve the lives of others.

Jenna Chow | Student Board Member

Jenna Chow is a recent graduate of the Clinical Methods in Orthotics and Prosthetics program at George Brown College (GBC). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University (2018). She then went on to complete the Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician program at GBC (2020). She is currently working as an orthotic resident in her hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Consumer Stakeholder

The War Amps is committed to improving the quality of life for Canadian Amputees. A philosophy of “amputees helping amputees” has been the hallmark of The War Amps since 1918, when the organization was founded by veteran amputees returning home from the First World War. Peer support, self-help, and practical assistance are common threads in the modern-day organization that developed from their efforts. Today the association continues to serve war amputees and all Canadian amputees, including children.

Since 2008, the Amputee Coalition of Canada (ACC), a non-profit organization, has improved and advanced the quality of life for persons with limb loss. The ACC provides subsequent support for individuals as rehabilitation focuses only on delivering immediate essential education to learn to live with limb loss. The ACC encourages amputees to gain skills and coping techniques that increase confidence and a sense of belonging in their community through peer support programs and the promotion of regional support groups. The ACC relies on structured and validated programs involving persons with amputation, to encourage a culture of support, networking, and active participation in life following limb loss.

The ACC’s mission is to empower our Canadian limb loss community through connection, resources, education, and peer support.

ISPO Canada is proud to have representatives of The War Amps and the Amputee Coliation of Canada as consumer advocates on our Board.

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