As a proud introvert, I accept that conference experiences can be rewarding but intense. At my last CPA Congress, in 2018, I found a friendly refuge behind the Paediatrics Division booth in the crowded exhibitor hall, where I bonded with new friends over the value and challenges of evidence-based practice. It was a natural transition, then, for me to serve consecutive terms as Paediatrics Division Knowledge Translation Representative, followed by CPA Knowledge Translation Committee co-chair. After several years of virtual interactions, Congress 2023 was my first opportunity to meet many colleagues from across Canada and across different areas of practice, with whom I’ve volunteered closely over this time.
I enjoy CPA Congress as a space to feel like part of the greater physiotherapy community, and to be inspired by the work being done by our profession’s passionate leaders. This year’s scientific content and speakers showcased the breadth of knowledge and impact of our profession. Hot topics included discussions on health justice and equity, optimizing scope of practice, artificial intelligence, and the insidious influence of financial interests in science. It was also an honour to present some of my research on individualized orthotic management and the importance of gait evaluation, during the Saturday morning podium session.
Amongst the Saskatchewan representation, I was delighted to meet SPA President Isobel Johnston and CPA Board President Allison Stene, and to spend time with Paediatrics Division chair Melissa Cursons. It was also a thrill to catch up briefly with my cardio-respiratory professor, Diana Hopkins Rosseel, who was honoured as this year’s Enid Graham Memorial Lecture recipient.
Many thanks to SPA for supporting my experience in Quebec City, amongst dynamic colleagues, research, and unwavering energy of our profession. See you in Vancouver next April!
Kyra Kane, CPA Congress Bursary Winner