Keynote Speaker - Jesse Lumsden


Lumsden had a standout college football career at McMaster University where he won the Hec Crighton Trophy as the most outstanding CIS player in 2004, and still holds a number of records in Canadian College Football. After spending a brief period with the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins, Lumsden went on to play four years for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he was nominated for Rookie of the Year in 2006 and made the East All-star team in 2007. He was player of the week and player of the month a handful of times. In 2009 he signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Eskimos but a shoulder injury ended the season very early. At this point in time Jesse had already started pursuing the potential opportunity to race for Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. After only nine months in the sport Jesse was racing with legend Pierre Leuders in the two- and four-man event. Finishing fifth in both disciplines, Jesse didn't waste time getting back on the gridiron. He signed as a free agent with the Calgary Stampeders for the 2010 season. Choosing to focus on the 2014 Olympics, Jesse hung up the cleats after six seasons in the CFL.

Jesse went on to compete at two more Olympic games in Sochi and PyeongChang racing in both the two and four-man events. He won a silver medal at the 2012 and 2017 world championships in two-man and the Crystal Globe in 2012 and 2017 as the overall points winner in two-man with teammates Lyndon Rush, Lascellas Brown, Justin kripps and Alex Kopacz.

He was awarded the inaugural Randy Starkman humanitarian award in 2014 for community involvement and was recently nominated for the Canada Olympic Committee's Athletes Commission as a session member.


Lecture 1:  A High Performing Life - Scott Livingston AT

Scott Livingston is a certified athletic therapist and certified strength and conditioning coach with 30+ years of professional experience. He is the host of the powerful new podcast “Leave Your Mark” with a significant following in the world of human performance.  He is a teacher, lecturer, broadcaster, and mentor.  As a Reconditioning specialist and performance coach who has trained and rebuilt some of the best athletes in the world, he has experienced every performance environment from professional sport to the Olympic games.  He is an entrepreneur having built several successful businesses including ReconditioningHQ.com empowering practitioners with a common language of practice, and a performance training studio in the heart of Montreal, Premiere Performance (P2). His greatest asset is his ability to challenge convention, create change, and encourage self-reflection. He is a true agent of change.


Lecture 2: A Novel Approach to Multi-Disciplinary Care in a Sport Medicine Clinic -  Marcus Robinson BEng, MEng, MD, CCFP 

Dr. Marcus Robinson is a former engineer and a current Sport Medicine Physician practicing in Calgary, Canada.  He earned his first degree in Materials Engineering from the University of British Columbia before working as a design engineer for IBIS Cycles in California. Following that, he shifted his focus to the aerospace industry working on projects for the Boeing Company and NASA.

Dr. Robinson then pursued a Master’s Degree in Biomechanics and Biomechanical Engineering and worked in biomechanics labs in Vancouver and in Hong Kong. 

Dr. Robinson completed Medical School at UBC, his residency in Family Medicine in Calgary, and a fellowship in Sport and Exercise Medicine in Calgary.  As a Sport Medicine Physician, he is the Team Physician for the Calgary Roughnecks and Calgary Hitmen.  He has also been part of the core medical team for multi-sport games including the PanAm Games (Toronto 2015), FISU World University Games (Taiwan 2017, Korea 2015, China 2011), and Canada Games (Prince George 2015, Sherbrooke 2013).  


Lecture 3: Exercise-Associated Muscle Cramps: Separating Fact from Fiction -  Kevin Miller  PhD, AT, ATC 


Dr. Kevin Miller is a Full Professor in the Athletic Training Program at Central Michigan University.  His research interests include the causes, treatments, and prevention of exertional heat illness with a specific emphasis on exercise-associated muscle cramping. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts in medical journals and presented over 90 international, national, or regional presentations on topics related to heat illness.  He has co-authored several national and international position statements including the NATA Position Statement on Exertional Heat Illness; the Statement of the Third International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Development Conference; and the NATA round table on Malignant Hyperthermia in Physically-Active Populations.  He is the NATA liaison to the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association and serves on the Korey Stringer Institute’s Medical and Science Advisory Board; the NATA International Committee; and the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society’s Research Assistance Committee.  


Lecture 4: Myofascial Interventions: An Evidence-Based Update - Scott W. Cheatham Ph.D., DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS


Dr. Scott Cheatham is an Associate Professor in the Division of Kinesiology at California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. He is owner of Sports Medicine Alliance (SMA). Dr. Cheatham received his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Chapman University in Orange, California and his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Cheatham is a Board Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapist (OCS) and a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). He also holds several fitness certifications and is a certified ergonomic specialist. 

Dr. Cheatham is a national presenter for various organizations and has authored over 100 peer reviewed publications, textbook chapters, and several home study courses on the topics of orthopedics, health & fitness, and sports medicine. He is the co-editor and contributing author of the textbook titled Orthopedic Management of the Hip and Pelvis. Dr. Cheatham’s professional responsibilities include being an associate editor for the NSCA Strength and Conditioning Journal, Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, and a manuscript reviewer for several other peer reviewed journals. 

Dr. Cheatham is an education and research consultant for various health and fitness organizations. His current clinical practice includes sports medicine services, general orthopedics, and sports-performance training.  


Lecture 5: Wearable Technology in Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation - Reed Ferber PhD, ATC

Dr. Reed Ferber is a Professor with joint appointments across the Faculties of Kinesiology, Nursing, and the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.  He is the founder and director of the Running Injury Clinic and internationally recognized as a leading expert in biomechanics research using wearable technology for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and disease.  Currently, he leads a team of UCalgary researchers in the NSERC Wearable Technology Research and Collaboration (We-TRAC) CREATE Training Program to train the next generation of wearable technology experts.


 #1 Pre-Conference Workshop (pre-registration, additional cost):A Manual Therapy Approach to Complex Issues of the Lumbar Spine and Pelvis - Joseph Rotella MSc, DO(MP), CAT(C)


Joseph Rotella began his education with a degree in Physical and Health Education from Brock University. Joe graduated high honours with a Diploma in Sports Injury Management from Sheridan College where he was the recipient of the Robert Firth Memorial Scholarship. Under full scholarship he received a Master of Science in Sports Medicine from Indiana State University where he earned Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. Joe received his Doctorate in Osteopathic Manual Practice from the Canadian College of Osteopathy. A native of Hamilton Ontario, Joseph has been a Professor for over 15 years in the rehabilitation sciences teaching at McMaster University, Sheridan College and the Canadian College of Osteopathy. He acted as the Director and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Athletic Therapy for over 9 years where he was integral in implementing and teaching core curriculum to future Athletic Therapists. Joe was the recipient of the Distinguish Educator award in 2002, rewarded by the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association. In the late 90s Joe began a small practice out of his home in Hamilton. One of only a few Osteopathic Practitioners in Ontario at the time, the practice soon grew to its existing size and moved in 2017 to its new location.  Joe is currently in full time clinical practice while teaching and lecturing to a myriad of health care practitioners

#2 Pre-Conference Workshop (pre-registration, additional cost):  Productivity and Purpose in the Athletic Therapy Profession - Jennifer Schrafft CPC, BA

Jen Schrafft is a Certified Professional Coach who inspires her clients to identify what’s getting in the way of real joy in their career and life.  From there, they work together to create an action plan for change and tackle their biggest challenges. 

Jen trained to be a coach after 15 plus years in the event planning industry when she realized she was burning out and wanted to help smart, hardworking professionals who may also be spinning their wheels. Jen has lived and worked in Canada, San Francisco, Japan and New Zealand.

Jen works one on one with professionals and business owners as well as corporates where she runs leadership development programs and workshops. Through coaching, Jen’s clients have achieved successes beyond their wildest dreams and become reacquainted with what they truly want.

As a facilitator, Jen creates a unique connection with her audience. Her ability to see the lighter side of stress and work, while creating solutions and strategies leave attendees feeling empowered and inspired.



 B01:  Anti-Doping Basics for Athlete Support Personnel - Mélanie Lavigne 

Mélanie Lavigne is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with an undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics and a master’s degree in Human Kinetics, with concentration in Sports Management. She has coached, volunteered and worked for a variety of sport organizations including the University of Ottawa Gee Gees, Athletics Canada, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Organizing Committee and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

She has been at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport for two years with the Athlete Services and Education team as the Athlete Services Officer. In this role, Mélanie is responsible for managing substance inquiries and the Therapeutic Use Exemption program for all athletes under the Canadian Anti-Doping Program and other anti-doping initiatives managed by the CCES. While at the CCES, Mélanie has been involved in a variety of events, such as the 2017 North American Indigenous Games, the Canadian Academy for Sport and Exercise Medicine’s conferences and the Canada Games. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge with this year’s CATA conference attendees.


BO2:  Effortless and Painless Treatment of the Iliotibial Band - Jane Stark MS, RKin, CAT(C)

Jane Eliza Stark is completing her 28th year as a Certified Athletic Therapist. After graduating from Sheridan College, Jane spent the following decade at the University of Toronto’s David L. MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic. Working on the sidelines, in the gym, and on the pool deck, Jane provided thousands of hours of individual and team coverage in various sports, ranging from quadriplegic bocce ball to international rugby.

While working as an athletic therapist, she obtained diplomas in somatotherapy from the College D’études Superior in Montreal (2000) and osteopathic manual practice from the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto (2003).  She completed a Master of Science degree from Walden University in 2014 and was grandfathered as a Registered Kinesiologist in Ontario in 2016. She has authored a book, three book chapters, and several peer-reviewed articles. She has taught across Canada and has now lectured or led workshops on fascia in 13 other countries. 


BO3: How to Improve Healing Through Nutrition - Daryl Stubbs CAT(C), RMT, C.H.N.C. 

Daryl graduated from the Camosun College, obtaining his Bachelors of Athletic and Exercise Therapy Degree in 2013. In 2017, he became a Registered Massage Therapist as well as being a Certified Athletic Therapist. He is a member of the Athletic Therapists Association of British Columbia and the Registered Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia. Daryl also became a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant” in 2018 from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.

Daryl created Sync Therapy in 2014. Daryl’s clinical experience includes injury rehabilitation, exercise prescription, stress reduction, and high-level athletes. Daryl’s quickly made his presence felt in his young career winning 2 National Awards from CATA, having an article published in a national magazine, and working with National athletes. Daryl is very familiar with an active lifestyle and competitive sports; he’s played in Nationals for baseball and even has trained with Real Madrid soccer coaches.

When Daryl is not in the clinic he can be found in nature hiking or camping with his dog, Jackson.


BO4: Mulligan Mobilization with Movement: The Treatment Tool You Have Been Missing - Smokey Fermin DAT, LAT, ATC

Dr. Fermin is an assistant professor in the health sciences department and athletic training program at Whitworth University. He earned his BA in Political Science from UC Davis, then went on to earn his professional MSAT from California Baptist University. He then earned his doctor of athletic training degree from the University of Idaho.

Dr. Fermin has worked with a diverse patient population, incorporating a wide variety of manual therapy techniques.  Currently, he is focusing his research on manual therapy techniques, patients’ health system interactions, and bridging collaborating with individuals from different fields. Outside of work you can find Dr. Fermin participating in the sports such as volleyball and tennis, as well as enjoying the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest. 


BO4: Mulligan Mobilization with Movement: The Treatment Tool You Have Been Missing - Rodrigo Martinez DAT, LAT, ATC 

Dr. Martinez is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Florida International University (FIU) where he also serves as the Clinical Education Coordinator. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Sport & Exercise Science (2007) and a Master of Science in Athletic Training (2008) at FIU and his Doctorate of Athletic Training at the University of Idaho. He has worked at the high school setting for six years in a free of charge athletic training rehabilitation clinic for two years in Idaho. He has received formal training in multiple forms of manual therapy which include: Mulligan Concepts Mobilizations with Movement, Total Motion Release, MyoKinesthetic System, Positional Release Therapy, and Primal Reflex Release Techniques.


BO5: Neuromuscular Performance in Rehabilitation - Johanna Hurtubise CAT(C), PhD 

Johanna received her PhD in Kinesiology and Health Science, with a specialization in Neuroscience, from York University. Her research focuses on the effects of concussion on the visuomotor system, with a specific focus on the cerebellum. She has presented her research at numerous local and international conferences, including the 2016 Berlin International Consensus Meeting on Concussion in Sport. Johanna completed her certificate in Athletic Therapy from York University, and has worked with a variety of teams including the Ontario Varsity Football League, FIFA Women’s World Cup, Pan-American Games, and the Gorman/Shore Sport Injury Clinic at York University. Johanna is currently an instructor at the University of Winnipeg in the Kinesiology (Athletic Therapy) department.


BO5: Neuromuscular Performance in Rehabilitation - Katelyn Mitchell PhD (c), MScPT, CAT(C) 

Katie is a PhD Candidate in Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University, with a focus on the effects of visuomotor function on postural control across the athlete spectrum. She has completed an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Wilfrid Laurier, an advanced certificate in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University, and a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University. She has presented her research at several conferences, including the 2018 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) World Congress. Her clinical practice is specialized in sports medicine, vestibular conditions, and sport-related concussion. She has worked with Sledge Hockey Team Ontario, Rugby Canada Women's 15s, OUA Men's Rugby, CIS Women's Hockey, and was a member of the host medical team for the 2015 Parapan Am Games. Katie has been a member of the CATA Education and Research Foundation since 2016, to promote athletic therapy research across Canada.


BO6: 4 Keys to Building a Highly Successful Practice - Uchechi Erurike-Bosse BComm 

Uchechi Ezurike-Bosse is a business strategist, author, speaker, and wholesale expert, helping passion-driven entrepreneurs increase their wealth, confidence and freedom. She's been featured on Rogers TV, Hay House Radio, The Huffington Post, Mompreneur and various online publications.

Uchechi is the founder of My Empowered Living and Bossurike, author of From Aspiration to Fulfillment ~ Bridging the Gap from Where you Are to Where you Want to be, which is available at all major online booksellers, and Chapters-Indigo stores across the country. She's also the author of Business Success Blueprint ~ A Step-by- Step Process to Creating a Profitable Business You Love, and the creator of the Dream Life Designer Planners. A comprehensive planner and goal setting system that helps you set aligned goals, while providing support and accountability to achieve them. 

She’s also the former co-owner of a wellness centre that was home to different wellness practitioners including Athletic Therapists.


BO8: Foam Rolling, Flexibility, and Fascia: Myths and Misconceptions - Dennis Valdez PhD, CAT(C), ATC, CSCS


Dennis is an Associate Professor in the Athletic Therapy Program at Mount Royal University (Calgary). He currently teaches orthopedic assessment and emergency care and treats patients with chronic pain and dysfunction.



BO9: The Importance of Working from a Neutral Base ("Core"): Maximizing Movement Potential and Central Load in Rehab and Training Sessions - James Gardiner CAT(C), CSCS, RKin. 

James Gardiner is CATC, CSCS and RKin certified. He currently serves as the Elite and Developmental Sports programme coordinator and lead performance coach at LCIS in Nassau, Bahamas. He is a consultant and assists in various capacities with the Athletic Training staff at the University of the Bahamas and is a performance and fitness consultant for the Bahamas national soccer team. Gardiner previously held positions within York University’s sport medicine team (2013 - 2018) and with the Toronto Blue Jays organization (2005 - 2013). A firm believer in the natural union between AT and S&C, James strives to remain current in the most recent evidence-based principles and practical applications. 


BO10: Keeping Them in the Game: An Evidence-Based Injury Prevention Warm-Up for Your Athletes - Carla Vandenberg MSc, CSEP-CEP 


Carla Vandenberg is a Knowledge Broker with the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She is a CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist, and works extensively with youth in the area of lower extremity injury prevention through neuromuscular training. She supports a number of projects in schools and sports teams. Her research background focused on sport injury, physical activity and fitness in youth.


BO10: Keeping Them in the Game: An Evidence-Based Injury Prevention Warm-Up for Your Athletes - Kati Pasanen PT, PhD 

Kati Pasanen is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She is a sport injury epidemiologist, physiotherapist and coach. The primary focus of her research is the identification of sport injury risk factors, and evaluation of prevention methods to decrease the risk of injury in youth and adult sports. Specifically, she has focused on the development and evaluation of neuromuscular training programs that reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and improve performance in youth and adult athletes. She has developed, taught and instructed many sport injury prevention courses and workshops for coaches, PE teachers, physiotherapists, and doctors in Finland. She is a board member of the Finnish Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, a coach developer in the Finnish Coaches Association, and she has served as a coach for over twenty years for adult and adolescent team sport athletes in both national and international levels.