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Meet and Greet our Speakers and Health Care Practitioners
between 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Photo opportunities with our Elite Athlete Paralympian Shelley Gautier.

Dinner 6:00 pm Enjoy a 5 course meal
Speakers at 8:00 pm

Gifts for purchase and prizes will be drawn at the end of the evening.

Must be present to receive prizes.

All funds raised in the Niagara Region stay in the
Niagara Region to purchase more equipment




Mission Statement

The Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation

Shelley Gautier Honorary Chairperson and Director

Shelley continues to support the charitable efforts of her Foundation. The Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation operates through contracts with community organizations in existing recreational facilities, enabling people living with disabilities to be more integrated into their communities.

The Foundation to date has loaned over $150,000.00 of para cycling equipment through contracts with the following organizations:
Brock University (Wellness Center St. Catharines)
Brock University (Niagara Penguins St. Catharines)
WindReach Farm (Whitby)
CNIB (Niagara Region)
Bromont Cycling Center (Quebec)





Only Canadian Cyclist to achieve a Perfect Season

Canada’s Most Decorated Cyclist


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Shelley Gautier, Inspirational Keynote Speaker

Physiotherapist, Western University BA (HPE), Toronto University BSc (PT)

In 2001 Shelley Gautier, practicing physiotherapist, raced mountain bikes competitively. Holidaying in Vermont she crashed her bike, crushing her helmet and sustaining a severe head injury. She spent 6 weeks in a coma, followed by 8 months in a Toronto rehab hospital, learning to walk and talk again. The resulting hemiplegia (one sided paralysis) affects the right side of her body.

Her recovery and rehabilitation were arduous. She persevered and now lives an independent life. Shelley knew well the importance of keeping physically active.

A competitive spirit and dogged determination continues to be her driving force leading her down the road to the
Tokyo Paralympics in 2020 and a Gold medal win!
Together with her strong team to help train and support her, she will,



Mike Strange, Master of Ceremonies


Three Time Olympian and two time Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist. Mike continues with his sport, as he mentors up and coming boxers and athletes. He is also very involved with charities, establishing “Heater’s Heroes”, focusing on raising funds for children in need. In 2012, Mike ran across Canada, naming this the “BoxRun”, and raised more than $100,000 for Childhood Cancer Research. Mike was inducted into the 2019 Ontario Boxing Hall of Fame.



Suzanne Letourneau, Event Coordinator


Mother of Shelley Gautier


Gord Singleton, World Cyclist, Foundation Board Member

World Cyclist and Board Member of the Foundation Gord is a past world-record holding Canadian cyclist. In 1982, he became the first Canadian cyclist to win a world championship, and he was the first, and only, cyclist in history to simultaneously hold world records in all three of cycling’s sprint races: the 200m, 500m and 1000m distances.


Pat McKee, M.Sc., OT(C)

President, Anatomy Softwear International Inc.
Retired Associate Professor Emeritus
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto

Pat has expert knowledge of anatomy, arthritis, ergonomics and hand therapy. She is well-known for her creative problem-solving skills and has provided Shelley Gautier with several innovative solutions to support her goals to be a Paralympic cyclist.


Ben Sit, RD (CDN), RDN, Sports Dietitian

Ben is the Owner, Founder & President of Evolved Sport and Nutrition, a Registered Dietitian and Sports Dietitian. He received his undergraduate degree from Ryerson University’s School of Nutrition and graduated his Dietetic Internship from the Sunnybrook Dietetics Internship Program in 2010. He received a Sports Dietitian Certificate from the Sports Dietitians of Australia and has a background in Personal Training. Ben is also the host, executive producer and creator of a brand-new Television show; ‘Highway to Health,’ available now across Canada on the Bell Fibe Network. In this show he travels to explore how people have been able to embrace different approaches to health to change their lives and the lives of those in their communities.


Gordon Ruder, B.Sc., M.Sc.CO(c), F.C.B.C. Certified Orthotist

Gordon acquired his Honours B.Sc. in Biology (1987) and M. Sc. in Biomechanics (1989) from the University of Waterloo. Gordon’s extensive background and experience in research, clinical practice, and education well equip him to mentor the new generation of residents, educators and researchers who are dedicating themselves to the improvement of technical design and clinical practice.


Victor Tilane

Leads Business Development for Proto3000 Advanced Manufacturing Services. 
Proto3000 is a leading Canadian Advanced Manufacturing Company.  Proto3000 provides end-to-end advanced manufacturing solutions that leverage designadditive manufacturing, and metrology to reduce product design cycles, enhance prototyping capabilities, improve production efficiency, and maximize supply-chain flexibility. Our suite of 3D printing and 3D scanning products and services enable our clients to solve tough engineering and manufacturing challenges while empowering their design teams to make better products.




Health Care Practitioners


Nadia Bakir, BSc, ND, MSc, HOM

Nadia Bakir is both a board certified Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Homeopath in Ontario. She is a graduate of University of Toronto (BSc-1985), the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (ND-1989), and the University of Central Lancashire, UK (MSc-2011).

Dr. Bakir has assisted clients in their healthcare since 1989. Her private practice focuses on Homeopathic Medicine, as it is exceptionally effective in getting to the root of the cause, treating the whole person and has little to no contraindications with conventional drugs. Nutrition, Life-Style Counselling, Physical Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine are incorporated as supportive adjunct modalities. Her experience as a mother fosters her ability to manage issues with fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and raising healthy children.


D.J. Warkentin B.Sc., M.OMSc

Started bringing Classical Osteopathy to the Accelerated Health and Wellness Centre team in September of 2018. He is a lifelong Niagara Region resident and is excited to serve Fonthill and the surrounding communities. D.J. grew up playing basketball, hockey, and running, which worked to foster an interest in the body and its mechanical potential. D.J. studied Medical Science at Brock University, with particular emphasis on anatomy and physics. While there, he became certified as a personal trainer and specialized in sport-specific training, powerlifting, and Olympic weightlifting. D.J. received his Osteopathic education through the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and has been working as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner since 2017.

Through treatment, D.J. focuses on using a variety of techniques that provide as little irritation to the patient as possible. His classical osteopathic philosophy is that small changes to the body’s anatomy can have large physiologic effects, and that as a practitioner, his role is to put the body in the best position possible to utilize its innate self-healing properties.


Christine DeFazio-Scott, HBSc (HK), DC

Doctor of Chiropractic, Kinesiologist and registered member of the Acupuncture Council of Ontario. As an Honours graduate from the University of Guelph (1993) Christine pursued a career as a Kinesiologist in an Active Rehabilitation center in Richmond Hill, ON prior to continuing her education at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Upon graduating in 2001, her passion to help people recover from injury and achieve a better quality of life lead her to open her clinical practice in her hometown of Niagara Falls.

In addition to Chiropractic care and Electro-Acupuncture, her dedicated health care team also provides Laser, Shockwave therapy and Registered Massage therapy. Conditions treated include sports and sprain/strain injuries, TMJ dysfunction, headaches, rotator cuff injuries, disc pathologies, sciatica, plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome.



James Maurini, DPhty, Cert Sport Physio, H.BSc. Kin.

Registered Physiotherapist, Assistant Clinical Professor, McMaster University James graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Biology prior to completing his Doctor of Physiotherapy degree at Bond University in Australia. James has since returned to McMaster University as an Assistant Clinical Professor within the school of rehabilitation science. James has obtained his Certificate and is currently in the process of obtaining his Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy before becoming a member of the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapist (IFSPT). James has always had an interest in sports and has several years of experience working on field and in the clinic with elite athletes from a variety of organizations ranging from grass roots development programs to elite professional athletes. James is involved in the international physiotherapy research community with a research paper published in 2016 and a plan to complete a PhD focusing on elite athlete injury prevention in the near future. James has also been a speaker at the Australian Physiotherapy Association and Sports Medicine Australia conferences as well as a guest speaker at Bond University.



Aaron Yurkewich, PhD Candidate, Inventor of the HERO Glove

Aaron completed his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Engineering at the University of Western Ontario. He created robots for minimally invasive surgery that gave surgeons back their sense of touch. Now he's created the HERO Glove, a robotic glove that helps persons after stroke and spinal cord injury extend their fingers and grip with more strength to perform their activities of daily living more independently. He will be defending his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto / Toronto Rehabilitation Institute this fall.



Frances Cortese, Mental Health Consultant /Educator, RN, MSc

Frances Cortese is a certified Mental Health First Aid trainer and a regulated health professional with the Ontario College of Nurses. She has practiced in various areas of psychiatry and mental health for over 20 years including in-patient units and community outreach programs and is a part-time clinical instructor with the Brock University Nursing baccalaureate program. Frances holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Health Sciences from the University of Toronto.