Presidential Guest Speaker
Tareq Hadhad is telling his story. He was a Syrian refugee and now living his new life with his entrepreneurial family in Canada’s east coast. He is the founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate, the recipient of Start Up Canada’s National Newcomer Entrepreneur Award, named one of the Top 25 Immigrants in The Maritimes and selected by Google as the National Hero Case for 2018. All this has happened since Tareq’s arrival on Canada’s East Coast in December 2015 as a Syrian-Canadian newcomer.
A passionate and dynamic speaker, Tareq has shared his keynote with Amnesty International, human rights leaders, Chambers of Commerce audiences and organizations from Canada’s east coast to the west coast, Jamaica and Europe.
Having completed over 500 interviews with news leaders around the world, Tareq speaks about his families compelling journey, the positive impact of refugees, immigration and the spirit of entrepreneurship.
Ian Macnab Lecturer
“Innovation to Translation: A Team Approach”
Dr. Cari Whyne, PhD, FIOR, is the Susanne and William Holland Chair in Musculoskeletal Research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. She is a Senior Scientist and the Director of the Holland Bone and Joint Research Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute and a Full Professor in the Department of Surgery, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering and Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. Dr. Whyne received her BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and her PhD from the University of California Berkeley / University of California San Francisco in Bioengineering. The focus of her work is clinically translational bioengineering research. Dr. Whyne’s research integrates biomechanical analyses with basic science, preclinical and clinical investigations, including extensive work in computational image analysis, micro-imaging and finite element modeling techniques. Her work also incorporates design, simulation, evaluation and clinical translation of novel less/minimally invasive surgical techniques and devices. The primary foci of Dr Whyne’s research are cancer in bone, spinal/lower extremity/thin bone biomechanics and fracture fixation/healing.
R. I. Harris Lecturer
“I May Not Have Gone Where I Intended to Go, But I Think I Have Ended Up Where I Needed to Be”
Douglas C. Thomson
With over 40 years experience in management and leadership positions within the orthopaedic sector, Doug Thomson retires this year as CEO of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association. Doug began his career in the orthopaedic implant industry in 1980 in marketing before moving into management and senior management roles in orthopaedic device companies in both Canada and the United States. After over 20 years in corporate management, he joined the Canadian Orthopaedic Association as CEO and led the organization through two decades of growth, development and change. Doug shares his experiences and many lessons learned throughout an entire career’s commitment to the profession as this year’s R.I. Harris Lecturer.
Subspecialty Invited Speakers