June 7-9, 2021


Let’s celebrate CRIR’s 20th anniversary!

We invite you to participate in our Scientific Congress “Catalyst of Innovation for Tomorrow’s Rehabilitation” bringing together researchers, students and clinicians.

This 3-day virtual scientific congress will host renowned invinted speakers, distinguished industry, community, and government representatives, and CRIR members who will share their expertise across different domains of research that catalyzes innovation for tomorrow’s rehabilitation. This not-to-be-missed event will take place from June 7 to 9, 2021. A Lunchtime Gala will also be presented to celebrate CRIR’s successes.

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Be a catalyst of innovation at CRIR’s Scientific Congress from June 7 to 9, 2021.

On the program

Invited speakers:

  • Joëlle Pineau, Associate Professor at McGill University and Core Academic Member of the Mila Research Institute in Artificial Intelligence.
  • Robert Teasell, Research Director, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Research Institute of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care London.
  • Mahadeo Sukhai, Director of Research and Chief Inclusion & Accessibility Officer | Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).

CRIR conference:

  • Michel Giroux, Director of the Institut de consultation et de recherche en éthique et en droit (ICRED) and President of the Research Ethics Board (REB) of the CRIR's institutions.

Free Public lecture:

Oral presentations:

  • "Catalyst"
  • "Pecha Kucha"
  • "My research in 180 seconds"

Virtual Poster Session:

  • "Carrefour des connaissances en déficience motrice, sensorielle et du langage"
    In collaboration with the Institut universitaire sur la réadaptation en déficience physique de Montréal of the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal and the CRIR Student Committee.

"CRIR has Talent" activities:

  • Panel discussion: "Recognizing the value of professional skills acquired in higher education: Are they transferable to the job market? Challenges and promising approaches" featuring representatives from Adoc Talent Management, Université de Montréal, McGill University, l'Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS), the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and the Student Intersectoral Committee of the Fonds de recherche du Québec. Learn more here!
  • Networking activity: Exchange with the following distinguished guests from the field on the professional skills acquired in graduate studies in rehabilitation : Simon Lindsay (Adoc Talent Management), Isabelle Gélinas (McGill University), Mahadeo Sukhai, (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), Marie-Hélène Raymond (Institut national d'excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS), Samuel Turcotte (FRQ Student Intersectoral Committee), Marie-Josée Meilleur (City of Montreal - Diversity and Social Inclusion Division), Marianne Groleau (Mitacs), Stéphanie Doyle (Montreal International), Claudie Noël (Montreal INVIVO), Nada Zogheib (Centre d'entrepreneuriat de l'Université de Montréal), Mélanie Roch (Université de Sherbrooke and previous owner of Physio Proactif clinics), Pierre Langevin (Co-owner of Physiointeractive Clinics and Cortex Medicine Clinic), Vanessa Sung (Office of Canada's Chief Science Advisor).

Lunchtime Gala

Awards Ceremony:
-"CRIR Student Competition" Awards: best poster and oral presentations "My research in 180 seconds"
-"Coup de Coeur Award - Carrefour des connaissances en déficience motrice, sensorielle et du langage": Best Poster Presentation
-The Eva Kehayia and Bonnie Swaine 2021 Recognition Award: to a CRIR Early Career Researcher and a CRIR Clinician/Healthcare

Aphasic Theatre's Presentation


What is a "Catalyst" and "Pecha Kucha" presentation?

"Catalyst" Oral presentation
30-minute oral presentation (20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions) of qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods results from innovative research that contributes to the advancement of knowledge in rehabilitation science. Must be presented by a duo or trio that includes a CRIR researcher.

"Pecha Kucha" Oral presentation
Pecha Kucha, “chit chat” in Japanese, is an interesting alternative to traditional presentations and slide shows. It is an oral presentation combined with the projection of 20 images or slides of 20 seconds each (i.e. a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds).

Congress Registration:
All attendees (CRIR member and non-member) or presenters must register for the congress.

  • Clinician/Healthcare professional (CRIR member and non-member): $ 50
  • Director, head of service or manager at a CISSS/CIUSSS: $ 50
  • Partner or Fondation: $ 50
  • Research assistant or professional (CRIR member and non-member): $ 50
  • Researcher and University Professor (CRIR member and non-member): $ 100
  • Student (CRIR member and non-member): $ 30

Browser to use
The congress and the call for abstracts are hosted on the FOURWAVES platform. Here are the browsers that support Fourwaves: Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari and Opera. However, Chrome is the best choice!


Organizing committee

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR), operated by the Pôle universitaire en réadaptation (PUR) since 2000, wishes to thank the FRQS and FRQSC and its six partner members for their contribution to the success of this congress:

  • CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, affiliated with the Université de Montréal, which includes the Institut universitaire sur la réadaptation en déficience physique de Montréal (IURDPM);
  • CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, affiliated with McGill University, Université de Montréal and UQAM, which includes the Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre;
  • CISSS de Laval, affiliated with McGill University and Université de Montréal, which includes the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital;
  • CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre, affiliated with the Université de Montréal, which includes the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille;
  • CISSS de Lanaudière which includes the Centre de réadaptation en déficience physique Le Bouclier;
  • CISSS des Laurentides which includes the Centre de réadaptation en déficience physique Le Bouclier.

Scientific committee members | CRIR

CRIR Partners

Sincere thanks to our partners and collaborator

  • Pôle universitaire en réadaptation (PUR)
  • Fond de recherche Santé du Québec (FRSQ)
  • Fonds de recherche sur la santé et la culture du Québec (FRSQ)
  • Carrefour des connaissances 2021


Online event

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact congres.crir@ssss.gouv.qc.ca .

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