Call for Presentations


Concurrent Breakout Sessions feature single-subject educational sessions focused on child development and rehabilitation-related topics and are approximately 60 – 120 minutes in length. These can feature from one to four speakers. Formats include seminars, lectures, workshops and panel discussions.

About the Topics

The most successful topics are relevant to individuals engaged in leadership, research, front-line service, policy and administration in the field of child development and pediatric rehabilitation.  Topics can include:

  • Clinical best practices
  • Current/Recent research
  • Seamless transitions
  • Ethics
  • Sector and cross-sectoral partnerships
  • The future of technology in health and social care
  • What’s trending?
  • The customer-centric agency
  • A market-oriented public sector

Review and Selection

The Symposium program will consist of both invited and accepted presentations and posters. The EKO Spring Symposium Planning Committee will review and evaluate proposals based on the goals and objectives of the program and the criteria below. Proposals must be submitted through the online Call for Proposals. EKO reserves the right to select all, some or none of the submitted proposals and to modify selected proposals to meet programming objectives.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Innovations in the field
  • Clarity, quality, and organization of ideas
  • Speaker’s experience and knowledge of the subject matter
  • Timeliness and relevance of topic to current sector and professional trends and advancements
  • Potential to contribute to a well-balanced program
  • Usefulness, practicality, and vision of concept
  • Informative and substantive in nature
  • Creativity in interaction with participants
  • Amount and quality of accompanying materials (e.g., examples, case studies, research, checklists, articles, recommended reading lists, etc.)

All presentations are educational and include original material or materials referencing sources. Sales presentations will not be accepted.

Why Submit?

  • BUILD your CV
  • SHARE your expertise and experience with notable projects
  • CONNECT with interdisciplinary colleagues who share your research interests, management challenges, and your passions
  • NETWORK with mentors, colleagues, peers and collaborators
  • DISCOVER an inter-professional platform that informs research and cutting-edge, evidence-based practices that set the standard for best practices in child development and pediatric rehabilitation.

Who Should Submit?

Professionals and teams in the child development and pediatric rehabilitation sector who:

  • Value the opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary audience
  • Offer translational research to inform evidence-based practice
  • Keep pace with transitions in Ontario’s child development sector
  • Include early career speakers
  • Blaze new trails in stakeholder engagement, service delivery, and organizational leadership

Your colleagues appreciate information you can offer, and often find they can apply in their day-to-day work. Please consider teaming up with your colleagues to present a session on an innovative idea or best practice you have implemented in your centre or your region.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: January 24, 2020

Notification of acceptance: February 7, 2020

Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 6, 2020

Registration Deadline: March 20, 2020 (A late fee will be added for registrations after this date.)

EKO Spring Symposium dates: March 30 & 31, 2020

Submit Your Proposal

General Guidelines

Speakers, Co-Speakers, and Panelists

Each proposal should be completed by the one of the speakers. While co-presenters are welcome and provide additional perspectives, please identify your co-presenters to a maximum of four. All correspondence will be sent to the primary speaker, who is then responsible for informing co-speakers of pertinent information.

Presentation and Handouts

Hand-outs should be provided for each presentation. The primary speaker or designate is responsible for submission of all handout materials. Speakers must declare any conflicts of interest at the time of proposal submission. Speakers are responsible for submitting handouts in accordance with the timelines established in the Speaker Agreement. 

Speaker Compensation
EKO does not provide honoraria for presenters; however, speakers will receive a discount on their symposium registration. All travel expenses and any additional fees are the responsibility of the presenter/s. Lead speakers are asked to inform all co-speakers of this policy.

Please complete this form for your presentation to be considered. Note that final programming decisions are made by the EKO Spring Symposium Planning Committee. Submissions will be accepted through January 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm. You will be contacted regarding your submission by February 7, 2020.