Course Description

In this International Vocational Rehabilitation Panel, experts from Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Austria showcase the services provided, as well as the value proposition and benefits of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) profession. Our panelists will specifically focus on the essential role of VR in the return-to-work transition and planning. Closing remarks by Dr. Cameron Stockdale to follow.


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President of the Board, Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada

Tracey Kibble

Tracey has been a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) and member of VRA since 2004. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from McMaster University, with a double major in Biology and Mathematics. Tracey completed her Developmental Services Worker (DSW) diploma at Humber College and went on to complete a Masters in Education (M.Ed) at the University of Calgary, with a specialization in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. She is also a certified Return to Work Disability Manager (RTWDM) with the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP). She is currently a director at large on the VRA Canada board, serving a two year term as President. She is also a VRA Atlantic Society board member, having previously served two terms as the society president. She has also previously served as the chair of the national Education Committee. Tracey has supported individuals with intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, mental health challenges, physical disabilities and chronic health conditions; as well as medically released veterans, over the course of her career. She is a Vocational Rehabilitation Services Manager with Metrics Vocational Services. Tracey is passionate about helping individuals reach their full potential, and to find and maintain meaningful roles in their communities. Her professional interests include continuing education, professional development, evidence-based practice, and vocational interest testing. She loves to travel, hike, kayak, cook and curl, and is an avid reader.

Queensland President, Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association (ARPA), General Manager and Founder, Easec Occupational Health, Australia

Julia Bunn

Julia is an accomplished Occupational Therapist who has specialised in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation for over 25 years. My personal passion for assisting individuals to achieve successful workplace rehabilitation outcomes, resulted in me establishing my own rehabilitation company called Easec Pty Ltd in 2005. She has had the privilege to build a team of like-minded allied health professionals who share her vision of enabling better lives by maximising the health and well-being of individuals and organisations. Throughout the last 15 years, she has steered Easec’s reputation in line with her own values to ensure respect for individuals and looking for solutions beyond the obvious to get the best outcomes for clients based on their individual needs. Her diverse range of clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist and in Quality Management, has given her the opportunity to develop a service to support the most vulnerable in our community, through the delivery of complex case management. She is passionate about the role of ‘work’ in the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. She remains committed to promoting the importance of work as one of the most influential factors on our physical and psychological well-being, and to ensuring that people with injuries, illnesses or other limitations are able to fully realise these health benefits now and into their future. She is equally passionate about the wellbeing of the whole person, the workplace and communities, and spreading the influence of integrated health and wellbeing offering. Building a human services business from the ground up has been one of my greatest challenges. With qualifications in occupational therapy and quality management, She has been fortunate to experience all primary aspects of the occupational health industry which has enabled a valuable hands-on approach to future service development in her own business. As an experienced CEO, She leverages off her skills in coaching, case management, workplace safety, ergonomics, and occupational health to promote industry development and grow her business into a world leading provider of human services. Her role is to enable and inspire the fantastic people in her team and more broadly to flourish, and to activate the enormous potential of truly integrated occupational health. She is an active founding member of the Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association (ARPA) and am committed to ongoing industry development in the field of Occupational Rehabilitation.

Trustee, Vocational Rehabilitation Association

Joy Reymond

Joy is a seasoned claims and rehabilitation professional. She is also a Trustee for the Vocational Rehabilitation Association, and a Director on the Council for Work and Health. Joy trained as a clinical psychologist in the U.S. and Australia. In Australia and subsequently in Canada she undertook clinical work, research and teaching in academia, public service in OHS&W, and disability insurance in both the public and private sector. In the UK Joy has specialised in developing the vocational rehabilitation profession, as Head of Rehab for a major disability insurer. She was responsible for introducing the international certification in disability management for VR professionals (CDMP) into the UK. In 2015, she was awarded the Rehab First Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Vocational Rehabilitation. Joy is passionate about the importance of good work for ensuring our physical and mental health, and actively promotes the role that the VR professional can play in ensuring that wherever possible, people do not fall out of work due to an illness or injury.

Additional Speakers

Panelist: Ingrid Pammer
Vocational and Social Pedagogue and mediator, BBRZ  

Ingrid Pammer, Vocational and Social Pedagogue and mediator, has 30 years of experience in Vocational Rehabilitation and integration of people with physical and/or mental health conditions into the labour market. She represents BBRZ (Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Centre, Austria). BBRZ is one of the largest providers of Vocational Rehabilitation in Austria and offers its services in all regions of Austria. Ingrid Pammer has been working in different functions of the BBRZ, first as a trainer, then for a long time as a manager of Vocational Rehabilitation in the province of Styria. In the last decades, Ingrid Pammer has also been involved in international activities, be it as an expert, project partner or coordinator of projects of the European Union.

"I am still excited about owrking in this field after 30 years. It offers a great variety of job opportunities, requires a wide range of skills and knowledge, is meaningful and has evolved a lot over the last decades. Vocational Rehabilitation is of great importance for the individuals concerned and can be a real game changer. But Vocational Rehabilitation is also important for society: well-integrated citizens pay taxes, are better integrated into social life and thus contribute to a functioning, stable society."

Moderated by: Val Lougheed
Board Director, Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada

Val, Founder and Past President of Agilec (formerly Northern Lights Canada), established in 1985, has been working in the field of vocational rehabilitation since 1978. Beyond her work in the rehab field, Val is also a guest author and lecturer at the University of Calgary and a plenary key-note and guest speaker across North America. 

Agilec maintains a complement of 200 practitioners delivering employment, vocational rehabilitation, case management and corporate training services in Ontario, along with 350 case managers across the country through its national consortium, Voc Rehab Canada. 

Val is in the unique position of having been on both sides of the rehabilitation fence. In 2003, she almost died in a head-on collision. She recuperated in three different hospitals for five months, spent the next several years in intensive rehabilitation, and now lives with permanent impairments. Her first book, Be Still, is a narrative of her recovery experience, and has been described as a piece of literature that "lifts the shadowed reality of recovery in its entirety [and] provides a bridge between disciplines, professions and persons who live with changed realities because of trauma". Val's second book, Be Strong (pre-publication manuscript), provides a researched version of her recovery narrative, with a critical analysis of disability benefits systems. Val has spoken for such organizations as the Brain Injury Association of Canada, the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada, The Faculties of Medicine and Education - University of Calgary, Grant MacEwan University, the Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference, the National Rehabilitation Association, the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada, RehabNet and the World Health Organization, and the International Vocational Outcomes in Traumatic Brain Injury Conference. 

Val retired in 2018, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRAC), and Chair of its Membership Committee.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Vocational Rehabilitation: An International Perspective

    • Pre-Survey

    • Vocational Rehabilitation: An International Perspective

    • Vocational Rehabilitation: An International Perspective - Presentation Slides

    • Evaluation Survey