Canadian Association of Allied Health Programs

2019 Annual Conference

Hot Topics, Sticky Issues and Current Realities!
Emerging Students and Changing Faculty


Mohawk College
Institute for Applied Health Sciences
1400 Main St. W, Hamilton, L8S 1C7

Room: IAHS 143

1-905 575-1212


Homewood Suites Hilton ($144 per night)
40 Bay Street South, Hamilton
Ontario, L8P 0B3


Join us for a Welcoming & Networking event:

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 5:00 to 6:30pm

Wine and cheese tasting at The Homewood Hilton

Mohawk College, Hamilton ON – May 8-9, 2019

This conference will be a session of Exchange Learning and Information Sharing with some of the following topics to be addressed:

  • What is the profile of the students of tomorrow?
  • How do faculty adapt from being practicing allied health professionals to becoming educators?
  • What is the impact of Cannabis Legislation on students, colleges and campus life?
  • How is social media changing the students and the learning environment?

DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2019

8:45 – 9:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.

Greetings and Welcome
Denise MacIver- President

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christine Griffith
Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences Fanshawe College

Transition from Professional to Educator
Challenges experienced by allied health practitioners transitioning into educator roles in post-secondary institutions are well reported in the literature. Allied health faculty tend to retain their ‘health’ identity as their primary professional identity alongside that of educator, which can have the effect of making their transition experiences, and their adoption of education as their new, meta profession, difficult and stressful. In particular, allied health faculty report confusion and discomfort when they feel they must choose between the obligations demanded of them by their health profession versus the obligations demanded of them by their educational program. Educational leaders can (and have a responsibility to) play an important role in assisting allied health faculty to adjust to their dual identities. It would be to the benefit of not just our faculty, but also to our students and our organizations, if we, as educational leaders could better marshal the supports these faculty need in order to become expert educators.

Facilitator: Sydney Redpath

10:30 – 10:55 a.m. Health Break

10:55–12:00 p.m

Emerging Students of Tomorrow

The current environment and legal implications will be discussed in this session as follows: the issues of inclusions, diversity, appeals and accommodation for specific conditions, as well as the implications of social media all of which are constant factors. The needs and program implications for aboriginal students, LGBTQ2 and others must be addressed.

– Maxine Carter – Director and Special Advisor Equity and Inclusion, Mohawk College
– Leah Hogan – Manager of Indigenous Education, Mohawk College
– Jay Robb – Manager Communications Faculty of Science – Specialist in Social Media and its impact on post-secondary, Mohawk College/ McMaster University

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Research Competencies in Allied Health

– What is the vision and mission of research in colleges today?
– How do we build capacity in the college sector around research?
– How is the health care landscape changing and which research competencies will be essential requisites for our students to be successful?
– How do we produce agile graduates with the research capabilities to deal with these accelerated changes?

The Panel
– Wendy Lawson,-Associate Dean, Special Projects, School of Health, Mohawk College
– Ann Russell – Senior Director Learning, Innovation and Research, Michener Institute of Education at UHN
– Paul Brown- General Manager, Medic, mHealth and eHealth Development and Innovation Centre, Mohawk College

2:30– 2:50 p.m. Health Break

2:50- 3:30 p.m.

Topic: MHCC – Mental Health Commission of Canada
Its mandate, overview and implications for our students and programs.

Amy Fogarty, Program Manager, MHCC & Susan Jacobson, Consultant, MHCC

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.

CAMRT Update
Carrie Bru, Director Education

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

– Business meeting
– Membership and Financial Reports
– Election of new Board
– Demonstration of new Website

Chair: Edith Joyal, Vice-President

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Tour of Mohawk College – Institute for Applied Health Sciences (IAHS)

Facilitator: Wendy Lawson, Dean

6:30 p.m. Dinner together

The Diplomat, 43 King William Street,
Hamilton Ontario, L8R 1A2

DAY 2 – THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast for All Participants

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Meeting of New Board

Facilitator: Denise MacIver, President CAAHP

8:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Impact of Cannabis Legislation on Campus Life

Rebecca Jesseman , Director of Policy at CCSA – Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

10:15- 10:35 a.m. Health Break

10:35 – 12:00 p.m.

“Sticky issues and Current Realities – Round Table”

This session is responding to specific feedback and requests from members to have time to exchange and share ideas, views and current perspectives.

12:00 – 12:55 p.m. Lunch

12:55 – 1:00 p.m.

Introduce New Board – Denise MacIver, President CAAHP

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Update EQUAL Canada – Sarah Ingimundson, Director EQual Canada, Accreditation Canada

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Association Updates:
– CSMLS: Christine Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer
– PAC: Pierre Poirier, Director
– Sonography Canada: Cathy Babiak, Board Chair & Susan Clarke, Executive Director

3:00 – 3:30 p. m. Wrap up and Evaluation

Facilitator: Denise MacIver