Opening Ceremonies Guest Speaker - Milt Stegall
Thursday, June 15, 17:30
Plenary Hall, Governor General 2&3, 4th Floor, Westin Hotel

The Off-field Work that Fueled his Body of Work

Milt Stegall was born in Cincinnati on January 25, 1970 and is a former professional football player who played 17 years of professional football.  He spent three years in the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals and 14 years in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Stegall was an All-Star receiver for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with an illustrious 14-year career from 1995-2008. He held several major CFL records upon his retirement including most career receiving yards, and currently holds the record for career receiving touchdowns and most touchdowns scored. In 2012 he was elected into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and this year he was added to the Winnipeg Football Club's Ring of Honour on July 29th, 2016. 

Although Milt officially retired from professional football on February 18, 2009, he remains one of the most popular CFL players among the media. He would often gets praise from his teammates for his work ethic, personality, and leadership.  On June 3, 2009, it was announced that Stegall would join TSN as an analyst for their CFL broadcasts. Stegall and his wife Darlene are the parents of two sons, Chase Hamilton and Colin Hunter. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. 


Hani Awad

Macnab Lecturer - Hani Awad
Friday, June 16, 14:45-15:30
Plenary Hall, Governor General 2&3, 4th Floor, Westin Hotel

From Allografts to Scaffolds: Applications of 3D printing in Bone Tissue Engineering

Dr. Hani Awad is Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics in the Center for Musculoskeletal Research at the University of Rochester. He leads a nationally recognized, research program focused on musculoskeletal tissue engineering with emphasis on challenging clinical problems and translational solutions involving stem cells and biomaterials. Since 2009, he has been among the Top 100 NIH-funded investigators in orthopaedic research. He authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, 5 book chapters, and more than 150 conference papers and proceedings. He received several honors including the Kappa Delta Award in 2007 from the Orthopaedic Research Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons for his work on Functional Tissue Engineering for Tendon Repair, and has recently been inducted into the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers College of Fellows for his contributions to the field of Tissue Engineering. He is a member of the Editorial Review Boards of the Journal of Orthopaedic Research and the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. In addition, he is a standing member of the Skeletal Biology Structure and Regeneration Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Awad's lab has developed translatable strategies for adapting low-temperature 3D printing technology to fabricate osteoconductive calcium phosphate scaffolds for applications in preclinical, small and large animal models of bone regeneration.



RI Harris Speaker - Richard J. Hawkins
Friday, June 16, 15:30-16:00
Plenary Hall, Governor General 2&3, 4th Floor, Westin Hotel

The Journey, Orthopedics and Life

Dr. Hawkins graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1969 where he later became Professor of Orthopaedics and Director of the Residency Program. He is fellowship trained in the knee, shoulder, and spine and was an ABC Traveling Fellow to Great Britain in 1979.

Dr. Hawkins relocated to Vail, Colorado in 1990 to form the Steadman Hawkins Clinic. In 2004, he relocated to Spartanburg, SC to open the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas. Dr. Hawkins is Chairman of the Hawkins Foundation and past program director for the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas Fellowship Program.

Dr. Hawkins is a founding member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, Past President of the same organization, Past President of the Orthopaedic Learning Center of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Past President of the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine. He served as Medical Director and team physician for the Colorado Rockies and the Denver Broncos.

Dr. Hawkins has published over 200 articles and has presented over 800 pieces at both national and international meetings serving as Visiting Professor and guest speaker at many programs. He has published 9 textbooks in Orthopaedics with one being published in Chinese. Dr. Hawkins has trained over 200 fellows worldwide in shoulder and sports medicine.

Dr. Hawkins has recently retired from practice and he and his wife, Susan, look forward to time with family and friends while spending winters in Florida and summers in his native Canada.


Presidential Guest Speaker - James G. Wright
Saturday, June 17, 15:30-16:00
Plenary Hall, Governor General 2&3, 4th Floor, Westin Hotel

It’s no Longer Okay to Say I Practice Differently than Everyone Else

Professor James G. Wright is currently Professor of Orthopaedics at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford, UK. Previously he was Chief of Perioperative Services and Surgeon-in-Chief at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Vice President Medical, R.B. Salter Chair and Senior Scientist in the Research Institute at SickKids and Professor of Surgery, Public Health Science, Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. During his 24 years at SickKids, he was also the President of the Paediatric Specialties Association, a $50M Practice Plan of over 100 physicians, and Programme Head of the Child Health Evaluative Programme within the SickKids Research Institute with 50 scientists engaged in paediatric health research.

As a Senior Scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences Program, Professor Wright’s research focuses on the development of measures to evaluate surgical therapy, randomized clinical trials, and evaluating unmet needs and disparity in the use of orthopaedic procedures.