Occupational Therapy Professional Development Committee

2017 OTPDC Conference Speakers

Who is our keynote speaker for this year’s conference?

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We are very excited to have Dr. Shannon Berg as our keynote speaker. Shannon Berg is the Executive Director, Primary Health Care with Alberta Health, Government of Alberta. She is a registered occupational therapist, and holds a PhD in Health Services Research.  With more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Shannon has worked as an occupational therapist in clinical settings, a manager, consultant, strategic planner, policy maker and a researcher. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, an associate with Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute’s Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, and an adjunct faculty member at University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Title of Presentation: Why Collaborative Teamwork is Not Optional.

With advances to medicine and the trend for people to live longer, individuals more frequently deal with the prevention and management of chronic conditions and diseases.  Prevention and management of chronic diseases and disabilities involves decision making about lifestyle and based on quality of life, which mean that individuals and their families must be engaged in their own health care.  Health professionals must partner with individuals to support them to achieve their goals.  Health professionals must aim to improve the health of populations and the experience of individuals and families receiving health services, all within the context of value for public investment.  Development of interprofessional competencies, willingness to engage in strategies that promote client-directed care within a team context, and reflective practice styles to continue to improve our competencies are requirements, not options, for today’s health professionals.



Who is our afternoon speaker for this year’s conference?

Shelley Thompson is an Occupational Therapist with thirty-one years experience, with the last ten years specializing in Universal Design.  Ms. Thompson is chair of the Accessibility Advisory Committee for Edmonton Council, standing member of Home For Life, Edmonton Wayfinding Society, Edmonton Visitability Taskforce and founder of the Universal Design Occupational Therapy (UDOT) interest group.  Ms. Thompson has a wealth of experience working with individuals and teams outside of the profession such as architects, engineers, builders, municipalities and governments.

Presentation title: The Revolving Door – Working Together

Ms. Thompson will share her personal experiences and stories as an Occupational Therapist working the last 12 years specifically in Universal Design on various projects, committees and teams.  She will discuss what she has learned about teamwork, the pitfalls and successes and why she is an avid advocate for working together. “