Welcome to the ISPO Canada Member News

As an ISPO Canada Member, we would like to stay in touch with you! In this issue, you will find an introduction to our new board members, information about the upcoming world congress and links to our social media. We welcome your feedback on the Member News, and look forward to being in touch!

If you'd like to get in touch, please use our new contact email: info@ispocanada.ca

Message from Rajiv Kalsi, ISPO Canada President

Welcome to this edition of the ISPO Canada Newsletter! As 2021 begins, many of us are looking forward to a new year and seeing an end to a year of unprecedented change as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. The pandemic has exposed gaps in our health care system, especially for the elderly and people living with physical and mental disabilities, as well as people living in economically precarious situations. Professionally, we have all had to be more creative about how we deliver services to people who require prosthetic, orthotic, mobility and assistive technology. Like many people, I hope our society changes for the better once the pandemic has passed, and that we ensure that vulnerable people are better protected.

Looking back on 2020, ISPO Canada’s primary activity was the ISPO/OAPO AGM and education event held on October 24th. This event, in addition to The Ontario Association for Prosthetics and Orthotics (OAPO) AGM and our own AGM, included technical presentations, keynote presentations, and four student presentations. Despite an unfortunate hack into our meeting, we had 110 attendees during the educational sessions, and over 40 people who viewed the recorded presentations after the event. Feedback indicated that the presentations were well received. HirePower Inc., the company that facilitated the event on-line, spent many hours with our organizing group planning the event. HirePower had use of their Zoom business account, and despite taking security precautions advised by Zoom, the hack still occurred. HirePower has taken full responsibility for the interference, and has identified processes that will minimize the chances of a similar situation from recurring.

I would like to thank Ottobock, our Gold sponsor for the event, and Ossur, our keynote speaker sponsor. We value the continued support provided by sponsors to enable us to bring educational events to members and non-members.

As we look forward to 2021, I would remind everyone to renew their membership to ISPO. Your membership fees enable ISPO to continue its aim of improving the quality of life for persons who may benefit from prosthetic, orthotic, mobility and assistive devices, and to provide an effective platform for the exchange and communication on all aspects of the science, practice, and education associated with the provision of prosthetic and orthotic care, rehabilitation engineering, and related areas.

ISPO Canada was to be involved with ISPO Mexico and the U.S. ISPO member societies to host the 2021 World Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. Unfortunately, due to the on-going pandemic, this in-person congress has been cancelled. In its place will be a fully virtual event. We will share information about this event as it evolves.

ISPO is committed to bringing the World Congress to Guadalajara in the future, at a time when it will be safe for everyone to travel, learn, and enjoy the unique Mexican culture. We will continue to work on this event to make it better than ever, and worth the wait. In the meantime, ISPO Mexico has developed a unique and informative webinar educational series with speakers from around the world. The webinars will be held on the last Friday of every month. Please register at the following link so you don’t miss any of these presentations.Find the link here.

Please reach out to me if you would like more information about our work, or if you wish to contribute to ISPO Canada at the board level.


Rajiv Kalsi

President, ISPO Canada

Welcome to our New Board Members!

We are very excited to welcome our new board members!  Click the link below to learn about each of our board members and their roles with ISPO Canada.

Our Board Members

Happy 50th Anniversary ISPO!

To celebrate with ISPO or sign our e-card, click the link below!

Happy Anniversary ISPO!

Annual Membership Renewal

It's time to renew your membership!  Membership comes with a host of benefits:

  • Be part of a community which makes contributions to the development of rehabilitation, mobility and assistive devices, Nationally and Internationally
  • Be an active member in the development of ISPO initiatives by joining committees or working groups
  • Free subscription to Prosthetics and Orthotics International (POI), a leading international scientific publication in the field of prosthetics and orthotics 
  • Reduced registration fees at ISPO World Congress, workshops, and professional activities from ISPO International
  • Reduced registration fees at the ISPO Canada Symposium
  • ISPO bi-monthly newsletter and regular ISPO Canada Member News
  • Access to ISPO members-only portal, including online access to POI, recordings of sessions from ISPO events, connection to the member directory

Check out our website to learn more about becoming a member! 

Renew your ISPO Canada Membership Today!

ISPO 18th World Congress: Update

ISPO 18th World Congress will be a virtual event in 2021!

The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) has decided to hold the ISPO 18th World Congress planned for 1 to 4 November 2021 as a virtual event and not on site in Mexico.

ISPO puts the health and safety of participants, presenters, exhibitors, and staff at the highest priority. Therefore, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made an in-person 2021 World Congress in Guadalajara unviable.

To secure global knowledge exchange and give professionals involved in the care of persons in need of prosthetic, orthotic, mobility, and assistive devices the opportunity to connect, a virtual event will be organised by ISPO International. Details will be published on the World Congress website as they become available.

We recognise the importance of having an in-person event in Latin America. Therefore, in collaboration with ISPO Mexico, ISPO Canada, and US-ISPO, the ISPO World Congress will meet in Guadalajara in April 2023, once the world’s health and economic situations have strengthened.

Check for updates here!

ISPO's Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination for People Working with and Using Assistive Technology

ISPO has released a “Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination for People Working with and Using Assistive Technology”. The statement highlights the important role of all people involved with assistive technology services and the needs of these healthcare professionals, whether in the public or private sector, as well as the users who receive their services, to be included in early national vaccination plans.

More details here!

If you missed our Fall AGM and Education Event!

If you were unable to attend our joint ISPO/OAPO AGM and education event this past fall, but are interested in catching up on the AGM or the scientific program, please find a recording of these presenations at the following links.

Click here for the Education Program Part 1!

Click here for the Education Program Part 2!

Click here for the AGM!

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