50th Anniversary Speaker Series

The Speaker Series consists of four events that will take place between the late fall of 2016 and 2017. Throughout the Series, speakers will share their experiences with students, alumni and the broader Queen’s and Kingston communities. The themes of the speaker events include: Emerging Patterns of Health and Disease; Wellness and Health Promotion; Leadership in Rehabilitation; and the Impact of Mobile Technology. Where possible, speaking events will be video-recorded and published on the School's website. These 50th Anniversary events are made possible through the generous support of our 50th Anniversary sponsors.

Third in the Series – "Emerging Patterns of Health and Disease" featuring Dr. Mary Forhan

The role of rehabilitation science and therapy in promoting wellness for persons living with obesity.

The complexity of obesity has been underestimated and until recently, neglected by rehabilitation scientists and practitioners. Rehabilitation science and therapies are well poised to address the biological, psychological and sociological factors that contribute to participation in activities and life roles known to enable wellness and promote health for persons living with obesity. This presentation will highlight rehabilitation research and clinical practices that address issues identified by persons living with obesity including weight bias and stigma, access to quality healthcare and participation in the activities of everyday living.

More about Dr. Mary Forhan, PhD, MHSc, BSc

Dr. Samir K. Sinha

Dr. Forhan received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1990 from the University of Toronto. She received a Master of Health Sciences degree from McMaster University in 1995 and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences degree in 2010 from McMaster University. She completed two post-doctoral research fellowships: one in family medicine at McMaster University and one in cardiac rehabilitation and health service research at the University Health Network, Toronto. Dr. Forhan worked as an occupational therapist for 25 years in the areas of acute care, chronic disease management including mental health disorders, musculoskeletal disorders and obesity. Dr. Forhan was the first occupational therapist in Canada to define the role of occupational therapy in obesity prevention, management and treatment. Since starting her first academic appointment at the University of Alberta in July, 2013, Dr. Forhan is leading a multidisciplinary team of researchers, practitioners and persons living with obesity that focuses on improving the quality of life for persons living with obesity and promoting quality care and rehabilitation outcomes. Dr. Forhan has received a number of awards and recognitions in North America for her work. 


Second in the Series – “The Impact of Mobile Technology" featuring Dr. Samir Sinha

The Potential Promise, Pitfalls and Peril of Mobile Technologies in Enabling Care for Our Ageing Population.

The answer to our everyday problems is increasingly receiving the response – ‘there’s an APP for that!’ With ever growing buzz around the potential for driverless cars, mobile technologies and the general ‘uberization’ of our lives – does the advent of mobile technologies hold the answers to finding better ways to care for our ageing population? In this lecture, Dr. Samir Sinha will explore some of the promising aspects that futurists tell us technology will deliver society and what some of the early perils and pitfalls have further taught us on our journey to find better ways to care for our ageing population.   


More about Dr. Samir K. Sinha MD, DPhil, FRCPC

Dr. Samir K. Sinha

Dr. Samir Sinha is the Director of Geriatrics at Sinai Health System and the University Health Network in Toronto and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

A Rhodes Scholar, Samir is a highly regarded clinician and international expert in the care of older adults. He has consulted and advised governments and health care organizations around the world and is the Architect of the Government of Ontario’s Seniors Strategy. In 2014, Maclean’s proclaimed him to be one of Canada’s 50 most influential people and its most compelling voice for the elderly. 


First in the Series – “Leadership In Rehabilitation” featuring Nancy Botting  

Speaking on the theme of Leadership in Rehabilitation, Nancy Botting (PT’92), shared her professional journey, beginning as a Physical Therapy student who dreamed of working with Canada’s Olympic athletes. Now, 25 years later, in addition to her recent role as Chief Therapist for Team Canada at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, she is a clinical lecturer at the University of Toronto and the owner of a successful physiotherapy practice. Nancy described how she transformed her aspirations into reality, and what it takes to lead in her field of rehabilitation. To see a video recording of Nancy's lecture, please click here!

More about Nancy Botting BPHE, BScPT, Dip. Sport Physio, CMA, Registered Physiotherapist 

Nancy Botting

Nancy is a graduate of Queen's University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Physical Education. She also holds a Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy (specialist) and a Certificate in Medical Acupuncture.

She is a clinical lecturer within the School of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto.

Over the last 25 years Nancy has specialized in sport coverage for some of Canada’s most elite athletes. She was a member of the Canadian Medical Team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics & 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London Paralympics and Toronto 2015 PanAm and ParaPan Am Games. Most recently, Nancy was Chief Therapist for Team Canada at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Nancy is the owner of a private physiotherapy practice in Oakville, Ontario, Physical Edge Physiotherapy, and she is married with 2 teenage children.



These 50th Anniversary events are made possible through the generous support of our 50th Anniversary sponsors. In addition, each year, graduating classes at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy organize a fundraising activity called "ThankQ" to leave a legacy of their time at Queen's. This year, the Class of 2016 chose to raise funds to support the 50th Anniversary activities of the School. Funds raised by the students will support the Speaker Series. Thanks to the Class of 2016!