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Catastrophic Impairments: Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injuries

  • 16 Nov 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


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This program contains 30 minutes of  Professionalism content and 1 hour, 30 minutes of Substantive content.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Online via Zoom
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Event Chair: Tinashe Madzingo, Diamond & Diamond Lawyers


Andrew Leroy Rudder, Rudder Law Group

Evelyn ten Cate, Partner, Fosters Law, LLP

Kirsten Smith, Pursuit Health Management, MSc(OT), OT Reg. (Ont.)

Session overview:

Please join our esteemed panelists as we discuss Catastrophic Impairments: Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injuries.

With the aid of an anonymized, real-life fact scenario, our panelists will present an overview of the strategic approaches and problems that arise when dealing with catastrophic brain injuries for children, and the new definition under Section 3.115 of SABS.

Andrew Rudder, a personal injury lawyer with the Rudder Group, will discuss catastrophic injury and strategy from a personal injury perspective; Evelyn ten Cate, a partner with Fosters Law and an insurance defense lawyer, will discuss catastrophic injury and strategy from a defense perspective; and Kirsten Smith will discuss the history of CAT criteria and the application process for OCF-19.

Our Speakers:

Andrew Leroy Rudder is a personal injury lawyer specializing in catastrophic impairment law. Rudder is a published author of the LexisNexis Inc. book entitled, “Catastrophic Impairment Law in Canada,” a director at Head Injury Rehabilitation Ontario, and the founder of the Rudder Law Group.

Andrew Leroy Rudder is a personal injury lawyer specializing in catastrophic impairment law. Rudder is a published author of the LexisNexis Inc. book entitled, “Catastrophic Impairment Law in Canada,” a director at Head Injury Rehabilitation Ontario, and the founder of the Rudder Law Group.

His practice is devoted to severe and catastrophic plaintiffs’ personal injury tort cases, including motor vehicle collisions, slip and falls, and assaults, as well as accident benefits and disability benefits claims.

His clients include people who sustained catastrophic impairments, such as a catastrophic traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and fracture(s), paraplegia, tetraplegia, severe impairment of ambulatory mobility or the use of an arm, amputation of a leg or an arm, loss of vision, and/or a mental and behavioural disorder.

He regularly appears as lead counsel at the Superior Court of Ontario to conduct trials and summary judgment motions, and has argued several times at the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Rudder received an Honours Bachelors of Arts degree from York University, majoring in Philosophy, and graduated with distinction on the Cum Laude List Honours. Rudder earned his law degree from the University of Windsor.

Evelyn ten Cate graduated from the University of Western Ontario Law School in 1992 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994.

After a brief career as a family lawyer, she joined Cockburn Foster Townsend & Graham in 1996, becoming a partner in 2004. She is now one of the senior partners at Fosters Law LLP. She became a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court in 2021 serving the Southwest Region.

She has two children and lives near Strathroy, Ontario. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her horse “Helena Cassadine” (from General Hospital fame) and tries not to fall off.

Kirsten Smith is a practicing occupational therapist and PhD candidate in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Western University. She has been practicing as an occupational therapist for 14 years, all of which have been in the area of paediatrics. Ms. Smith has been working in the auto insurance sector for 11 years, providing assessment and treatment to paediatric clients with range of injuries and conditions, including acquired brain injuries. Ms. Smith's research is focused on the ways rehabilitation professionals use mindfulness within their clinical practices, both for themselves and their clients. Ms. Smith has taught numerous courses in the School of Occupational Therapy at Western University, including an intensive in paediatrics. Ms. Smith has received a number of awards for her teaching and research excellence. Ms. Smith holds post-professional training in children's yoga, animal-assisted therapy and hippotherapy. 

If you have any questions about this program, please email Tracy Fawdry, Executive Director of the Middlesex Law Association at

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Refund Policy: The Middlesex Law Association will refund the registration fee + HST if cancellation is received TWO business days before the CPD program.

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