Parachute is excited to offer the fifth Canadian Fall Prevention Conference as an online event this year from Nov. 16 to 20, 2020.

We are co-ordinating a series of digital presentations focused on Connecting Communities: Fall Prevention Across the Lifespan. The content is relevant for:

  • early educators
  • healthcare professionals
  • researchers
  • community partners

This virtual conference will be held Nov. 16 to 20, 2020, with two presentations daily at 12 noon EST and 3 p.m. EST. 

Each day will have an exciting theme, addressing the key issues of: 

  • Children’s falls
  • Falls among older adults
  • Vulnerable populations and special considerations in falls across the lifespan. 

Conference speakers

The conference will feature speakers from across Canada, working in various sectors including health care, public health and injury prevention. 

Dr. Mariana BrussoniPopping the bubble wrap: Making Space for Risky Play

Dr. Mariana Brussoni is a developmental psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She is an investigator with the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the British Columbia Injury Research & Prevention Unit. Mariana investigates child injury prevention and children’s risky play, focusing on parent and caregiver perceptions of risk, and design of outdoor play-friendly environments.     

Dr. Vicky ScottPan-Canadian Fall Prevention Training: Current and Future Opportunities 

Dr. Vicky Scott is a Clinical Professor with the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She has led, or co-led, over forty studies on seniors’ mobility, fall and injury prevention. She is the lead for the Canadian Fall Prevention Curriculum and author on 29 peer-reviewed publications, numerous technical reports and the 2017 book on Fall Prevention Programming. Dr. Scott is also Co-chair of the Indigenous Fall Prevention Network.

Dr. Anita Chakravarti: Staying Well During a Pandemic

Dr. Anita Chakravarti, M.D. (USask ’82) Anesthesiology (UofA ’87) is a professor and Wellness Lead at Continuing Medical Education and a member of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.  She continues to be Associate Faculty at the Centre of Integrative Medicine. Currently, she works to develop Wellness Programming in College of Medicine and collaborates with provincial institutions to develop Health Care Provider Resources and Support. Dr. Chakravarti is a certified Facilitator and Faculty of Mindful Practice ®. 


  • Registration cost is $50 for the entire conference.
  • People from Indigenous communities may attend the conference free of charge, sponsored by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. Please email to receive your code to use at the time of registration.
  • Anyone else in need of financial assistance to attend, including students, please email to receive a discount code. 

Note that the conference will be held on the Zoom videoconferencing platform, and that participation requires broadband internet access.