Exercise is an important part of recovery for individuals living with brain injury. View the recording for an informative webinar with two great speakers.

Date:  Wednesday June 20, 2018


Enrico Quilico, B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D. (student)

Enrico is a doctoral student in the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto and runs a community-based exercise program for people with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries. His undergraduate degree is from Concordia University (Teaching English as a Second Language) and his graduate degree is from McGill University (Kinesiology & Physical Education).

Enrico teaches English, Physical Education, and Nutrition at the CÉGEP level.  He has also been working in the fitness industry for ten years through the YMCAs of Quebec where he specializes in corrective conditioning, functional fitness and sport specific performance. He works regularly with endurance sport athletes (i.e., swimmers, cyclists, and runners) to help them achieve their full potential. 

Enrico competes for Masters Swimming Canada where he has titles at both the provincial and national level. He is a marathon runner and also competes in triathlons at the Sprint, Olympic, Ironman 70.3, and Ironman 140.6 level. In 2016, he completed the Lake Placid Ironman and rose over $10, 000 for Brain Injury Canada.




Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT), MA

Active Living with Brain Injuries through the use of Specialized Walking Poles

Mandy Shintani has been an occupational therapist for 30 years and has her Master’s Degree in Gerontology. She is an international conference speaker and recently presented at the International 200 years of Parkinson’s Disease Conference in Australia, the National Fall Prevention conference in Toronto and provided a poster presentation in the UK at the ACPIN Neuro conference. 

Twelve years ago, she developed the Activator Poles (patent pending) and technique specifically for rehabilitation based on the concept of Nordic walking.  3,500 therapists and instructors in Canada as well as Australia, UK, Ireland and USA have completed the courses she developed on the use of Nordic walking for fitness and rehabilitation. She has been featured numerous times in national media including; the Globe and Mail, CBC Early Edition and the Toronto Sun.  She was a finalist in the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.