Linda Laakso MSc, CO(c) | President
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.
Sandra Ramdial CP(c) | Board Member
Sandra Ramdial is a certified prosthetist and operations manager for the Orthotics and Prosthetics department at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and has direct involvement in client care. She has been involved with the International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics many years before the formal start of the Canadian National ISPO. She has demonstrated evidence of high professional standing and is a Fellow with Orthotics Prosthetics Canada, past president of the Canadian Association of Prosthetics & Orthotics and the International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics Canada and Secretary-Treasurer for the Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics. Sandra has presented her work at various national and international conferences and has contributed to publications and review journals. In addition to her extensive experience, Sandra brings an even greater amount of enthusiasm and passion for research and development, and new technologies to the field.
Rajiv Kalsi CO(c) | Board Member
Rajiv is a Certified Orthotist and has been a member of ISPO Canada since 2003. He is currently Secretary for ISPO Canada. Rajiv works in Ottawa at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, where he enjoys working with adults and children who have a variety of neuro-muscular and orthopaedic conditions. When not working Rajiv enjoys music, cycling and reading. He is also passionate about social and environmental issues.
Dr. Bill Miller PhD | Board Member
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.
Emma Smith MSc, ATP/SMS | Secretariat
Emma has been trained as an Occupational Therapist and worked for a number of years in clinical practice, and currently pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her clinical and research passions are centred around assistive technologies which improve quality of life for people with functional limitations. She has a particular interest new and emerging technologies, especially those which can make a real difference in someone’s life.