Andrew Laing, Ph.D.


Director – Injury Biomechanics and Aging Laboratory
Education, PhD (Simon Fraser University)
Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Tel: +1 519 888 4567 x38947
Fax: +1 519 746 6776

My general field of interest is musculoskeletal biomechanics related to human health and injury prevention, and the role that advanced age has on these relationships. I use a systematic approach to guide my research projects which involves: i) identifying the injury of interest, ii) determining the biomechanical age-related differences that may influence injury risk, and iii) developing and testing age specific interventions to prevent or treat the injury. Within this framework, my research over the next five years will focus on two injury categories: 1) fall-related tissue trauma including hip fractures, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries; and 2) workplace musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD). For the former I will use a combination of mechanical impact simulators (e.g. drop towers, impact pendulums) and mathematical models to measure and predict the loads applied to the body during falls, and the protective capacity of a range of protective devices. The work related to WMSD will involve the measurement of age-related differences in exposures and/or tolerances to loads applied to the body at work, and the development of interventions that target specific age groups. This work will complement existing knowledge related to age-specific injury mechanisms and effective injury prevention across the lifespan.


Janessa Drake, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor
2030 Sherman Health Science Research Centre
School of Kinesiology and Health Science
Faculty of Health, York University
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Voice: 416-736-2100 x33568

Janessa Drake specializes in the area of Spine Biomechanics. Currently, her research is focused on understanding the acute and time varying responses and neuromuscular control of the spine, and the possible associated injury mechanisms and resulting pain pathways due to combined loading of exercise and industrial exposures. She also investigates the effects of modifying factors including sex, age, fatigue, and fitness level, and methodological issues involving muscle activation (EMG), 3D spine motion, and signal processing. Her goal is to enhance injury prediction, prevention, and rehabilitation. Janessa is currently funded by a five year NSERC Discovery Grant, a Ministry of Labour: Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) grant, and a MITACS Accelerate. While a graduate student, Janessa was the recipient of several awards including an NSERC Post Graduate Scholarship, two University of Waterloo President’s Scholarships, and a Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD)/Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Award.


Grant Handrigan, Ph.D.

Treasurer - Member Affairs

School of Kinesiology and Leisure
Faculty of Health Sciences and Community Services
Université de Moncton
Campus de Moncton
Pavillon Léopold-Taillon
18, avenue Antonine-Maillet
Moncton, NB
Canada E1A 3E9
Tel: +1 (506) 858-3764
Fax: +1 (506) 858-4308

Grant Handrigan received an MSc degree (2008) from Memorial University, NL, Canada, under the supervision of Dr. Fabien Basset in exercise and work physiology. In 2013 he received his PhD in biomechanics and motor control from Université Laval, QC, Canada, under the supervision of Dr. Philippe Corbeil and Dr. Martin Simoneau. He is currently an assistant professor at the Université de Moncton, NB, Canada, in the school of kinesiology and leisure studies.


Scott Brandon, Ph.D.

Communications Officer

Assistant Professor
School of Engineering
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1
Tel: +1 519 824 4120 x52875

Scott is currently an assistant professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph. His research focuses on improving the performance and safety of assistive devices for human mobility. Scott completed his BESc. at Western Univesrity, followed by an MSc.Eng. and PhD at Queen’s University under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Deluzio. After completing his PhD, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow first at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (New Brunswick, CAN), then the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Scott is particular interested in lower-limb joint mechanics with applications including braces, exoskeletons, cerebral palsy, and ACL injuries.


Shawn Robbins, Ph.D.

Conference Co-Chair (2020)

Assistant Professor
School of Physical & Occupational Therapy
McGill University
3654 prom Sir-William-Osler
Montreal, QC, Canada H3G 1Y5
Tel: +1 519-398-4400 x00720
Fax: +1 519-398-6360

Dr. Robbins' research utilizes biomechanical and clinical measures to assess orthopaedic health conditions in both clinical and laboratory settings. He also examines interventions used to treat these conditions. Additionally, he examines the mechanics of ice hockey skating and shooting. He completed his BSc (PT) at University of Western Ontario, PhD (Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) at UWO, and Post-Doctoral fellowship (School of Physiotherapy) at Dalhousie University.


Natalia Nuño, Ph.D.

Conference Co-Chair (2020)

Automated Production Engineering
École de Technologie Supérieure
1100 Notre-Dame St W,
Montreal, QC H3C 1K3
Tel: +1 514 396-8604

Professor Nuno's recent work has contributed to the design and biomechanical analysis of a hip resurfacing prosthesis made from biomechanical composite AND the design of a greater trochanter fixation prosthesis at the Imaging and Orthopaedics Research Laboratory (LIO). Her specialties include: biomechanical modeling, design of orthopaedic prostheses, stress shielding, cementing technique, bone remodeling, numerical and experimental methods, contact problems, fixation of implants, stress analysis.


Salvatore Federico, Ph.D.

Past President

Dept of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
The University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4
Tel: +1 403 220 5790
Fax: +1 403 282 8406

Salvatore Federico received his Laurea in Mechanical Engineering in 2000 and his PhD in Structural Mechanics in 2004 from the University of Catania (Italy). In 2005, he joined the University of Calgary, where he has been a post-doctoral fellow in the Human Performance Laboratory (2005-2007) and subsequently a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and the Centre for Bioengineering Research and Education (2008-present), with an adjunct position in Kinesiology, Human Performance Laboratory (2012-present). He teaches Strength of Materials, Biomechanics, and Continuum Mechanics, and his research focuses on the mathematical foundations of Continuum Mechanics and its applications to Soft Tissue Biomechanics.


Janie Astephen Wilson, Ph.D.

Past Conference Co-Chair (2018)

Department of Surgery and School of Biomedical Engineering
McMaster University
Juravinski Hospital, B3
711 Concession St.
Hamilton, ON
Canada L8V 1C3
Email: Website:

Janie Wilson is a professor in the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine at McMaster University. She runs a multidisciplinary research program in human movement biomechanics, with a focus on understanding the role of joint-level biomechanics and muscle activity in the initiation, progression and treatment of knee osteoarthritis with arthroplasty surgery. She has specific interest in understanding how female sex and obesity interact with joint kinematics and kinetics in injury and disease, as well as the development and application of mathematical and statistical tools for biomechanics applications. She received her BScE in mathematics and engineering (mechanical) from Queen’s University (2000), followed by an MASc (2002) and then PhD (2007) in biomedical engineering from Dalhousie University (both under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Deluzio). She has worked at the M.E. Muller Institute for Biomechanics in Bern, Switzerland (2003), as well as a postdoctoral fellow at the Sport Science Institute of South Africa and the University of Cape Town (2008, with Dr. Christopher Vaughan). She is the past president of the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society.


Scott Landry, Ph.D.

Past Conference Co-Chair (2018)

School of Kinesiology
Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6
Tel: +1 902 585 1286
Fax: +1 902 585 1702

Scott Landry completed undergraduate degrees at Acadia University (Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology) and Dalhousie University (Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering). In 2007, Scott received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University and then went on to do his post-doctorate fellowship in the Human Performance Lab at the University of Calgary. Scott is currently a Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Acadia University (2008-present) and is the Director of the John MacIntyre mLAB (motion Laboratory of Applied Biomechanics). Scott’s research focuses on risk factors for non-contact ACL injuries and the progression of knee osteoarthritis through biomechanical and neuromuscular analyses of gait and various athletic tasks (e.g. running, cutting, jump landing). Scott also has an interest in sport performance and has established research collaborations with various industry partners including adidas and Kinduct Technologies.


Stacey Acker, PhD

Stacey Acker, PhD

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Phone: 519-888-4567 x31338

Dr. Stacey Acker joined the faculty in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo in 2011, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University and a PhD in Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University. Her research aims to develop models of the human knee joint that accurately represent knee joint mechanics throughout the full range of knee joint flexion. In the Biomechanics of Human Mobility Laboratory, her research team aims to reveal the roles of mechanical factors (particularly in the range of knee flexion >120º) in deterioration of the knee joint (especially osteoarthritis), with the aim of preventing mechanically induced damage to the joint.


Mike Holmes, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Brock University | Department of Kinesiology
Niagara Region
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
St. Catharines, ON
L2S 3A1
Phone: 905 688 5550 x4398
Fax: 905 984 4851
Lab Website:
Twitter: @holmeslab

Michael Holmes completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) degree and a Master of Science in Biomechanics from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He obtained a PhD in Biomechanics from the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University in 2011. His PhD work evaluated joint stability in the upper extremity through an interdisciplinary approach that implemented in-vitro (cadaver) and in-vivo techniques to examine muscle and ligament contributions to stability at the elbow and wrist. Mike also completed a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Waterloo, training with Dr. Jack Callaghan and Dr. Clark Dickerson. He now runs the Neuromechanics and Ergonomics Lab at Brock University.

Student Representatives


Heather Johnston

Doctoral Student
School of Kinesiology and Health Science
York University

Heather Johnston holds an MSc in kinesiology from Dalhousie University and is currently pursuing a PhD in kinesiology and health science at York University.  Broadly speaking, her research interests call upon biomechanics, human factors/ergonomics and health psychology for an interdisciplinary approach in understanding workplace musculoskeletal disorders such as shoulder injury and low-back pain.


Kevin Boldt

Doctoral Student
Faculty of Kinesiology
University of Calgary

Kevin Boldt is a PhD student at the University of Calgary, studying under the supervision of Dr. Walter Herzog. His research focuses on how cardiac muscle adapts mechanically to exercise and how these adaptations can be enhanced. Specifically, he is evaluating the effect of incorporating various exercise training modalities and nutritional interventions on cardiac contractile properties.