Benchmark IME 3rd Annual Accident Benefits Conference

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This year we have four timely and relevant topics to review with four highly qualified subject matter experts. We have taken all of your feedback from previous years into account (we thank you very much for that) and it will be broken into more concise, harder-hitting, interactive sessions.

Benchmark IME November 2016 Conference

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mississauga Convention Centre

Topics include:

  • Marijuana for Medical Purposes: What We Know and Don't Know
  • Key Issues in Privacy and Information Management
  • “Double Counting” and the Allen and Security National Appeal: A Clinical Neuropsychological Perspective
  • “Material Contribution” vs. “But For” Causation: Not So Straightforward from a Mental and Behavioural Perspective

Do you have specific questions on these relevant and current topics and want to learn more? The presentations will be invaluable to Property and Casualty Insurers, practitioners, the legal community and all stakeholders.

Keynote Speakers

Suneel Upadhye, BS, MD, FRCPC
“Marijuana for Medical Purposes: What We Know and Don’t Know”

Dr. Suneel Upadhye completed his MD training in 1996 and the Royal College Emergency Medicine Program in 2001. He has an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology/Biostatistics. He was the former Undergraduate Education Coordinator in the academic Division of Emergency Medicine at McMaster, responsible for creating the highly regarded Emergency Medicine clerkship rotation. He has recently been appointed as the Chair of the Standards Committee for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians. He has an active research interest in Knowledge Translation in Emergency Medicine, as well as health care policy. He is an active member of the Evidence-Based Medicine Interest Groups of the Canadian Association of Emergency Medicine and the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine. He has lectured at many national and international conferences, and is the Co-Chair of the Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine at McMaster.

Alex Cameron, BA, LLB, LLM, LLD
“Key Issues in Privacy and Information Management”

Alex Cameron is a Partner with Fasken Martineau and the Leader of the firm’s Privacy & Information Protection Group. He is recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the areas of privacy, freedom of information and litigation. Alex is consistently sought out by clients from all industry sectors, including numerous Fortune 100 and 500 companies, in all aspects of privacy law and information security. He has helped clients respond to data breaches involving millions of affected individuals and is appointed as lead breach response counsel by many of the top cyber-insurance carriers in Canada. An accomplished litigator, Alex has also acted as lead counsel in commercial disputes and landmark cases in his areas of practice, and before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Alex has received a doctoral degree in the field of privacy law and a number of prestigious commissions from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 in the field of Privacy and Data Protection Law and Chambers Canada 2017 for Privacy and Data Protection.

Mark Dowhaniuk, PhD, CPsych
“Double Counting’ and the Allen and Security National Appeal: A Clinical Neuropsychological Perspective”

Dr. Mark Dowhaniuk is a Registered Psychologist and his practice is specific to the area of Clinical Neuropsychology working with adult and senior patient populations. He began independent practice in 2004 and was on staff with the traumatic brain injury specialty clinic for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. He has practiced in the area of inpatient neuro-rehabilitation working with acquired brain injury and neurological patient populations. His services include the provision of neuropsychological assessments with a focus on cognitive rehabilitation, treatment planning, and patient and family education. He is certified in the use of the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment 4th Edition and conducts neuropsychological assessments for the purpose of catastrophic impairment determination.

William H. Gnam, MD, PhD, FRCPC
“Material Contribution’ vs. ‘But For’ Causation: Not So Straight Forward from a Mental and Behavioural Perspective”

Dr. William H. Gnam is a Psychiatrist and has lectured frequently to clinicians, lawyers and insurers on topics related to mental and behavioural impairment. Dr. Gnam in 2010 served as Scientific and Clinical consultant to the FSCO Expert Panel on Catastrophic Impairment. In addition to extensive clinical experience as Staff Psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Dr. Gnam is also a Scientist and expert in the scientific foundations of clinical decision making. He has testified in this capacity as a Scientist before the Workers Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, and the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. His dual qualifications as clinician and scientist enable him to offer unique insights into mental and behavioural impairment.

About Benchmark

Technology-driven, person-centered philosophy, and privately-owned and operated by a Regulated Healthcare Practitioner – we only provide Independent Medical Examinations (IME). Benchmark provides a comprehensive range of IME with national coverage to Property and Casualty Insurers, Group Life and Health Insurers, Government, Employers, and the legal community. Benchmark is CARF accredited and has a management process that is ISO 9001:2008 certified.