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Rock legend Carl Dixon to speak at Brain Injury Awareness Day Event

Vista Centre Brain Injury Services announces their 12th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day will take place on June 14, 2023. This one-day event features expert speakers offering research and valuable insights to brain injury survivors, family members, service providers and clinicians.

Headlining the event this year is Canadian rock legend Carl Dixon who will deliver the keynote speech. In 2008, Carl’s career as a lead singer touring with bands such as Iron Maiden and The Guess Who was forever impacted by a car accident and subsequent traumatic brain injury. Despite his injuries, he’s rebuilt a music career, become a published author and now an inspirational speaker.

The plenary session explores ‘The Dignity of Risk and Brain Injury’ with expert speaker Debjani Mukherjee, PhD, HEC-C, associate professor of medical ethics in clinical medicine and clinical rehabilitation medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. Arman Ali, MPH, Research Associate: Knowledge Translation and Implementation Neurotrauma Care Pathways (KITE) will present his expertise on the topic: ‘How Far are We from Achieving A+ CareQuality? Evaluating Post-TBI Care Through the Provincial Report Card’. Gain practical insights from the uOttawa Community Service Learning Student Projects who will present on topics such as ‘Affordable Healthy Meals for Individuals with an ABI’ and ‘Physical Activity After an ABI’. Individuals will share their lived experiences, bringing the conference full circle and inspiring the community to continue advocating for those with brain injuries.

This year, the event will be offered in a hybrid format and registration is now open for those who wish to attend either in-person or online. Through the generous support of our sponsors, this hybrid conference is offered free of cost, however, registration is required.


Event Details:

What: The 12th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day
When: June 14, 2023 from 8 am to 4 pm
Where: In-person at St. Elias Centre (750 Ridgewood Ave.) and Online
Cost: Free, registration required
Who should attend: Brain injury survivors, health care professionals, families and caregivers of brain injury survivors, legal and justice professionals, members of the community


Why should I attend?

  • Networking Opportunities: For brain injury survivors, it’s an opportunity to network with other brain injury survivors and exhibitors while learning about the latest developments and available support to help reach your personal goals. Health care professionals can network with other professionals in Ontario that are working with brain injury survivors and learn of new services offered.
  • Learning and Development: Learn more about acquired brain injuries, the state of brain injury services in Ontario and the resources that are supporting brain injury survivors in the Champlain region.
  • Access Resources: Access updated information regarding brain injury services in Ontario and resources available to support brain injury survivors and their families/caregivers.

Learn more and register


Sponsors are what keep this conference free and accessible. In return for sponsorship, the event offers many opportunities to market your business or organization to over 200 brain injury survivors, families and caregivers, health care professionals, service providers, and clinicians. Whether it’s your logo on a banner, virtual hall, or social media promotions, there are a variety of ways to be recognized as a community advocate for those with brain injuries. The deadline to apply for sponsorship is May 15, 2023.

Become a sponsor today!


Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor Tierney Stauffer LLP


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About Tierney Stauffer LLP

Tierney Stauffer LLP is a leading Ottawa law firm with extensive experience helping clients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. They understand the unique challenges, emotional toll, and financial burden a brain injury can have on a victim and their loved ones.

Their team of experienced personal injury lawyers has a proven track record of success representing clients with brain injuries and are dedicated to providing personalized service and attention to detail in every case. If you are in need of legal services related to brain injury, we invite you to contact them to learn more about how they can help.

“We are proud to sponsor an event with Vista Centre Brain Injury Services. At Tierney Stauffer LLP, we believe in giving back to our community and supporting causes that make a difference in people’s lives.”

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