Keynote Speaker

Colin Dombroski, PhD, C. Ped (C)

Colin feels blessed that in his 18 years in the Pedorthic field, not one day has felt like work. Daily he’s surrounded by a team that allows him to achieve more for his patients, readers and private coaching clients than he ever thought possible as a husband, father, entrepreneur and author. Holding a PhD in Rehabilitation Science, and working as an Adjunct Research Professor at Western University, Colin spends time in both the research lab and in clinical practice at SoleScience.

Symposium Speakers

Gary Askin, AVP, Fraud and Risk Management, Sun Life Financial Canada

As the Assistant Vice President Gary Askin provides strategic direction and day to day leadership to the Fraud Risk Management function across Canadian customer service processes, to develop detection, prevention and investigation capabilities.
The team within Operations works in partnership with internal business areas and external stakeholders such as clients, group plan members, plan sponsors, industry associations and police services to combat fraud.
Gary has been with Sun Life since September 2014 and has brought 33 years of experience from his former role as a Commander of Strategic and Tactical services with the Waterloo Regional Police Service-where he investigated and lead drug, organized crime, terrorism, intelligence and hate crime teams and investigations.

Don Brien

Dr. Brien is an orthopaedic surgeon originally from Dartmouth Nova Scotia. He has been living and practicing in Sydney Nova Scotia for over 20 years.  Living in a smaller community, he is considered a general orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Brien’s practice includes joint replacements, trauma, sports medicine and foot/ankle surgery.  He obtained an undergraduate and medical degree at Dalhousie University and a Master’s degree at the University British Columbia.  His orthopaedic surgery residency training was at the University of Calgary. He is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Surgery at Dalhousie University and Team Physician with Cape Breton University Athletics
With this broad scope of practice, Dr. Brien sees a vast array of foot and ankle disorders in all age groups with activity levels ranging from high-performance athlete to the very sedentary.  He maintains a close relationship with the local pedorthists  to ensure that they can maximize symptomatic and nonoperative treatment for these disorders.

Stuart Currie, DC, PhD

Stuart Currie is a chiropractor and holds a PhD in Bioengineering. He is an engineering consultant, the owner of a foot orthotic laboratory and maintains a clinical practice. He studies human movement and biomechanics, combining his research interests and clinical knowledge with the goal of improving health by helping people move. He has lectured extensively to healthcare providers about lower extremity biomechanics, foot orthotics, and movement therapy. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences including the American Society of Biomechanics and the association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference. He has a longtime passion for running and is an experienced running coach taking novice runners through their first marathon. His ultimate aim is to combine bioengineering with his clinical skills to help his patients to move efficiently and pain free.

Yotam Friedman Raz

Yotam Friedman Raz is in the first year of his Pedorthic apprenticeship and has been making shoes for over a decade.  In 2016, he moved to Canada to pursue a degree in Kinesiology with the aim to become a C. Ped (C). Yotam recently completed his BSc (Hon.) in Kinesiology. During his undergraduate degree Yotam carried out two studies assessing the effect of foot orthotics on the biomechanical outcomes of gait.

Brad Gibbs, C. Ped (C)

Brad has been a Pedorthist for over 30 years. He is self-employed and works in Cambridge ON. He is a past President of the Pedorthic Association of Canada.

Andrew Hoar C. Ped (C)

Andy is a sixth generation custom and orthopedic shoemaker. His family has been providing custom made footwear and foot appliances in Halifax since 1842. He is a graduate of George Brown College (1983) with a diploma in Orthotic and Prosthetic Technology. In 1988, Andy received his certification as a Pedorthist from the American Board for Certification. In 1996 he received his Canadian Certification as a Pedorthist. As the senior Pedorthist and Production Supervisor at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre, Andy provided training to physicians and clinicians through Dalhousie University. In 2001, Andy joined the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Multidisciplinary Leg Ulcer Clinic specializing in neuropathic foot conditions. Providing off-loading and long-term neuropathic foot appliances. In 2017 Andy joined the team at Arthritis and Injury Care Centre where he continues to help develop the Advanced Practice Orthotic/Pedorthic Lab.
Alexandra “Dax” Hooper, C. Ped (C)
Dax graduated from UNB with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BSc.Kin) in 2013. She then completed her Pedorthic education through the University of Western Ontario and was certified in 2015. During her time in the Pedorthic program she worked closely with several clinicians and technicians in the Pedorthic field thus gaining much knowledge and experience. After moving to Nova Scotia 5 years ago to work at Biotech Orthotic Design her passion for the profession drove her to become a partner alongside one of her mentors, Brian Stoodley, C. Ped Tech (C), C. Ped (C) at Biotech Orthotics and Braces. Dax has always had a passion for helping people and genuinely loves what she does!

John Hooper, C. Ped (C)

John Hooper received his Bachelor of Education Degree in 1986 from the University of New Brunswick with Physical Education and Science as areas of specialization. After teaching in the public-school system for 15 years John took a leave of absence to pursue his interest in biomechanics/human anatomy which lead him to a 2nd career in Pedorthics. John was first certified through the PFA and served on the Board of directors then in 2001 became a Canadian Certified Pedorthist, he is the owner operator of The Foot Health Center with 3 clinics in Southern New Brunswick and one clinic in Charlottetown P.E.I. John has a passion for education and extensive experience in teaching, coaching, and presenting. John believes that collaboration is the key to success.
Sean MacMillan, C. Ped Tech (C), C. Ped (C)
Sean MacMillan, C. Ped Tech (C), C. Ped (C) has practiced Pedorthics for over 20 years. He is CEO of Orthoquest Pedorthics and Rehabilitaion and is a current Executive on the Pedorthic Association of Canada’s Board of Directors.
Sean’s fascination with Running Biomechanics began as a small child watching Steve Austin running on The Six Million Dollar Man TV program. Imagine his disappointment to realize that purchasing said shoes at K-Mart did not improve his running speed or economy!
Sean graduated from the University of Calgary in 1994 and started his formal training in Pedorthics in 1996. He competed in Track and Field at the Varsity Level for four years. An Achilles rupture in 2001 necessitated a switch from weekend warrior to coaching. He has completed his NCCP level 2 Coaching certification and has recently completed his RMP (Running Mechanics Professional) Level 2 Med designation in New York City.
In 2007, Sean founded Orthoquest Pedorthics with his wife and business partner Lise Dallien MacMillan, C. Ped (C). Sean sees patients at two locations: Kelowna and Yellowknife, NWT. The Kelowna office is a multi-disciplinary clinic which includes Pedorthics, retail footwear, bracing and a kinesiology studio. In Yellowknife, NWT Sean is a visiting specialist at the Occupational Therapy Department at Stanton Hospital.
When not practicing Pedorthics, you will find Sean and Lise hiking, cycling, and walking their English Mastiff Millie.

Daan Peters, C. Ped (C), C. Ped MC

Daan came to Canada in 2006 after completing his education as a Custom Shoemaker in the Netherlands. Daan is certified as a C. Ped (C) and C. Ped MC. He is working in Red Deer, Alberta at Steenwyk Custom Shoes & Orthotics where they have implemented CAD/CAM last design technologies combined with a traditional approach to Custom footwear design. With over 20 years of experience he brings an extensive knowledge in Custom Footwear casting techniques, design and manufacturing.

Ryan Robinson, C. Ped Tech (C), C. Ped (C)

Ryan attended McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontatio.  He graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and was a member of the men’s varsity rugby team.  He became a certified Pedorthic technician in 1997 and a certified clinician shortly thereafter.  Ryan is a former president of the Pedorthic Association of Canada and continues to serve on the Insurance and Government Relations committee.  He lives with his wife and one son in Snow Valley (just outside of Barrie, Ontario) while his other son is in his first year at Laurier University in Waterloo.  Despite the fact that this makes him feel very old, he continues to enjoy crossfit, mountain biking and downhill skiing.  He is the owner of a clinic in Barrie and another one in Orillia and is fortunate to have a wonderful and understanding staff that put up with him.

William D. Stanish, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, AOA, LLD, Hon. (St.F.X.U), LLD, Hon. (UPEI), Professor Emeritus of Surgery at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  He is the founder and Director of the Orthopaedic and Sport Medicine Clinic of Nova Scotia created in 1976.

Dr. Stanish received his MD from Dalhousie University in 1970.  During his tenure at Dalhousie, Dr. Stanish was   captain of the Varsity football and hockey teams.  He was twice awarded the Climo award as Male Athlete of the Year.  Upon graduation, Dr. Stanish was the recipient of the prestigious Malcolm Honour Award, given to the Dalhousie graduate acknowledging his exceptional contribution to the University and the community.  His Residency Training commenced at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, England, where his primary focus was Rheumatology, Neurology and Spinal Cord Injuries.  This was followed by training in Orthopaedic Surgery under the leadership of the late Professor Emeritus, Reginald Yabsley.  Upon completion of his Residency, Dr. Stanish did a combined Fellowship in Disorders of the Spine and Sports Medicine at Harvard University.  Dr. Stanish became a faculty member of Dalhousie University in 1976 and was awarded the COA French Traveling Fellowship in 1978.  He has been President of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine, the Orthopaedic Society of Nova Scotia and the famed Herodicus Sports Medicine Society.  Further, he has held executive positions on a number of provincial, national and international societies.
Professor Stanish has been involved in the Olympic movement since the Olympic Games in Montreal/1976.  He was Chief Medical Officer for the Canadian Olympic Team in the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, and held the same position as CMO for the Canadian Team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
Professor Stanish has also been inducted into the Order of Nova Scotia.

Brian Stoodley, C. Ped Tech (C), C. Ped (C)

Brian Stoodley graduated college in 1994 with a diploma in Orthopaedic Technology, and has been certified in the Pedorthic field since 1997. Through 2007-2008 although already certified, Brian enjoyed his learning experience while challenging the University of Western Ontario Pedorthics Program. He has the experience of working within the Orthopaedic clinic of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, the Pedorthic clinic of the NS Rehab Centre and the private pedorthic business sector which has provided invaluable perspective to his career.
Brian is the president of Biotech Orthotic Design Inc. focusing on central fabrication services for custom foot orthoses however also holds clinical practice at various Family Practice Medical Clinics.   He is the past Chair for the College of Pedorthics of Canada (CPC), a past president of the Pedorthic Association of Canada (PAC), past board member of the Prescription Laboratory Association (PFOLA) and continues to be the Vice Chair of PAC’s Insurance and Government Relations Committee and a practicum exam supervisor for the CPC.
Brian is a past instructor of the University of Western Ontario’s Pedorthic Program.  He has enjoyed the experience to be part of the team organized by the Pedorthic Association of Canada to author the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Pedorthic profession and as a Subject Matter Expert/Contributing Author for the College of Pedorthics of Canada, Pedorthic Study Guide.

Steve Stredulinsky, C. Ped (C)

Steve Stredulinsky is a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley. After graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology he began working at Kintec in Abbotsford, where he completed his Pedorthic Certification in 2013.
After a two-year stint working for Kinemedics in Calgary, he now calls Edmonton home, working at Karl Hager Limb & Brace.
A former member of the men’s National Bobsled team, Steve now has become a rising voice as an author in the dark fiction world.
When not working or writing, he enjoys spending his time with his wife, son and dog, OJ.

Olav Toornend

Olav has been working his entire life in orthopedic footwear. First, in his father’s company which he eventually took over. He later sold the company and started a production facility in Portugal for the production of bespoke orthopedic footwear. There he developed the new concept of making bespoke footwear.