Prosthetic & Orthotic Educational Programs

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The George Brown College Prosthetic & Orthotic programs has supplied personnel for the Prosthetic and Orthotic profession for over thirty years. It has the only full-time technical training program in Canada and one of three in North America. Throughout the seventies the program had an optional third year that was clinically based. After the inception of the two year Clinical Methods in Orthotics and Prosthetics program in 1979, the optional third year was discontinued.

The first class was selected in the Spring of 1970 and the Prosthetic-Orthotic Technician Program began the following September. At that time, the program was based out of the Casa Loma Campus at George Brown College. Due to the lack of available space at the Casa Loma Campus and the lack of proximity to a patient care facility, both of the College's Prosthetic & Orthotic programs moved to West Park Hospital (Weston) in the summer of 1981. In the summer of 1995 the programs moved to the Sunnybrook Health Science Centre and are currently located in the Sunnybrook Centre for Independent Living (SCIL). Over 8,000 square feet of space was renovated and allocated solely for the programs use. The programs are now located in one of the best facilities for Prosthetic & Orthotic education in the world.

The George Brown College Prosthetic-Orthotic Technician Program is the only technical training program in Prosthetics and Orthotics in Canada. It is a two year diploma program which accepts twenty-five students each year. All students entering the program have at least the equivalent of an Ontario High School Graduation Diploma. Many also have varying degrees of work related experience or have completed a previous University or College program.

The Clinical Methods in Orthotics and Prosthetics Program evolved out of the current two year Prosthetic-Orthotic Technician Program. Due to the natural progression of the profession and the demand for higher skilled clinical professionals, a strong movement formed to initiate a new program solely dedicated to the development of clinical skills necessary to enter the Prosthetic and Orthotic profession. In the late 1970's, the following group of individuals were instrumental in the creation of the program:

  • Dr. Geoff Fernie, Ph.D., P.Eng.,
  • Karl Ruder, C.P.O., F.C.B.C.,
  • Jack Bradbury, C.P.O., F.C.B.C.
  • Dieter Bochmann, C.P.O., F.C.B.C,
  • Guy Martel, C.P.O., F.C.B.C.

The program's first class was selected in the Spring of 1979 and the program began the following September. The program's first two years were based out of the Casa Loma Campus at George Brown College with clinical sites at West Park Hospital, and the Ontario Crippled Children Centre (now the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital) in the Toronto region, and Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals in Hamilton (now the Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre).


Full-time Faculty:

  • Gord Ruder, B.Sc., M.Sc., C.O.(c), F.C.B.C - Coordinator
  • Amy Richardson, B.Sc., M.Sc., C.P.(c)

Part-time Faculty:

  • Dan Blocka, B.Sc., C.O. (c), F.C.B.C.
  • Christa Bell, C.O.(c)
  • Alexandra Kovacic R.T.P.(c)
  • Dave Ritchie, C. Ped. Tech. (c)
  • Kevin Fraser, C.Ped(c), C.Ped. Tech(c), BA
  • Kevin Martyn, Prosthetic Technician
  • Kyla Lau, B.Sc., R.T.P.(c)
  • Paul Hanas, R.T.P.(c)
  • Roger Castro, R.T.O.(c)

Clinical Program Faculty

Head Clinical Instructors:

  • R. J. Clements, B.Sc., C.P.(c) - Prosthetic Energy
  • Sharon Carr, B.Sc., C.O.(c) - Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre

Part-time Instructors and Other Lecturers:

Sunnybrook Centre for Independent Living:

  • Shane Glasford, C.P.(c)
  • Carmen Lang

Ron Joyce Children's Rehabilitation Centre ( RJCHC):

  • Brad Haardeng, C.O.(c)
  • Alex Moote, R.T.O.
  • Mike Hall,C.O.(c)
  • Pat Reilly, B.Sc., C.P.(c)
  • Naomi Matsui, C.O.(c)
  • Christa Orschel, B.Sc., M.Sc., C.O.(c)

Holland BloorView Kids Rehabilitation Hospital:

  • Sandra Ramdial, C.P. (c)
  • Kristen Matthews, C.P.(c)

Boundless Bracing

  • Helen Cochrane, M.Sc, CP(c)
  • Hiran Weerasuriya
  • Anne Whitney, Orthotic Resident, B.Sc,CO(c)

The Hospital for Sick Children

  • Samantha Lam-Bellissimo, M.Sc., C.O.(c) 

Freedom Prosthetics

  • Brad VanLenthe, B.Sc., C.P.(c)

OrthoProActive Consultants

  • Krista Holdsworth, B.Sc., C.O.(c)
  • Matthew Snyder, M.Sc,CO(c)

Ottobock Healthcare

  • Michael Pearce, CP(c)


Grand Rounds

View Grand Rounds Agenda

The Prosthetic & Orthotic Programs since 1979 have required students to present various topics in a more formalized setting to try to enhance their presentation skills and to encourage them to continue this activity into their professional lives. These sessions normally take place on the evening of the first Tuesday of every month. They occur in either the McLaughlin Educational Centre Lecture Theatre or in Harrison Hall. Both these venues are located in the Sunnybrook Health Science Centre. We welcome anyone interested to please attend the sessions.


  • October 1, 2019 
  • November 5th, 2019 
  • December 3, 2019 
  • January 14th 2020 
  • February 4th 2020
  • March 10, 2020 
  • April 8 2020 
  • April 28, 2020

All Grand Rounds Sessions will take place in EG61 McLaughlin Lecture Theatre.  Except for January 14th, 2020  which will take place in EG21 Harrison Hall

Most presentations will be available via the Sunnybrook Mediasite Upcoming Events page OR go to the Grand Rounds Vimeo channel.

Information Sessions


Thursday, November 21, 2019 information session schedule:

10a.m.-11a.m. - Presentation
11a.m.-2p.m. - Q&A, Tour

Thursday, January 23, 2020 information session schedule:

12p.m.-1p.m. - Presentation
1p.m.-3p.m. - Q&A, Tour

Location: Sunnybrook Campus, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue Room UG 76

While the sessions will be conducted in Room UG76, please meet in the main reception of Sunnybrook Centre for Independent Living(SCIL)/U Wing.

Please register:

Application Information

All applications are made through the Ontario College's Application Service (OCAS).  

For more information please visit OCAS' website: or George Brown College's Application page on how to apply online and important deadlines:    

Deadline: February 1st of the year applied.
For the September 2020 start date, February 1st, 2020 is the deadline.  We strongly  encourage applicants to consider applying earlier than the deadline. 

Applications are processed by OCAS and the candidate names and related information are passed on to the George Brown College Admissions Department.

Clinical Methods Application information 
For the Clinical Methods Program, the Admissions Department checks if the candidate meets the academic requirements to apply to the program. The program then receives all names of those who have applied and then arranges the admissions test for those who have met the academic requirements.

Technician Program Application information 

For the Technicians Program, Those who are deemed academically acceptable by the College Admissions Department will be scheduled by our faculty office, for testing at the Sunnybrook Center for Independent Living. This testing will involve interviews & manual dexterity testing.

Please check the detailed application process information for each program by going to either the Clinical Program or Technical Program.


Onsite orientation sessions occurs twice a year (normally in late November and January). Interested individuals should contact the program office to arrange coming to one of these sessions. Please email or call our office number below to do so.

Due to the specialization and unique characteristics of this profession, it is recommended that those who wish to enter this profession and program, visit rehabilitation and orthotic and prosthetic facilities to see the types of devices made and the special skills required to fabricate and fit them.

Volunteering in a facility will enable you to learn and experience first hand more about this profession, and what it involves, and would soon tell you if you are suited to and will enjoy this type of work.

Reference letters

Any type of reference letter is allowed ( academic, volunteer, employer etc) There is no required set format that we require.  
Reference letters can be sent directly to our office at Sunnybrook or emailed to  If emailing, please ensure that the name of the applicant is in the heading. 

Application Information:

Prosthetic & Orthotic Faculty Office,
c/o SCIL, 2075 Bayview Ave.,
Toronto, Ont. CANADA, M4N 3M5
Tel: 416-480-5783
Fax: 416-480-5975

Ontario College Application Services,
60 Corporate Court,
Guelph, ON, N1G 5J3
Tel: 519-763-4725 OR 888-892-2228
Fax: 519-763-4866

Enquiry Centre,
George Brown College,
P.O. Box 1015, Station B,
Toronto, ON, M5T 2T9
Tel: 416-415-2000 OR 800-265-2002
Fax: 416-415-4993

Testing Information

Below is the relevant testing information for both of our programs.

NOTE: All applicants with an e-mail address; please forward your e-mail address to:

This will help facilitate better communication between our office and the applicants to the program

Clinical Program Selection Process

The important dates for the 2020 process are as follows:

Application deadline: February 1, 2020
Admissions Test: February 29, 2020
9:00 am in McLaughlin Lecture Theatre EG61 (location to be confirmed)

Interview process: Applicants who qualify will be invited to an online interview process after March 6th

Please go to the Clinical Program page for details on the process.

Technical Program Interviews & Manual Dexterity Testing

2020 Application Process

Application deadline: February 1, 2020

The scheduled program testing dates are:

March 21st & April 4th 2020

The Testing process is to be completed by the end of May.

The interview, manual dexterity testing & program written test will take place at the Sunnybrook Health Science Centre.

Links and Resources

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Prosthetic & Orthotic Programs,
c/o SCIL, 2075 Bayview Ave.
Toronto, ON. M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-5783 (voicemail ONLY)
Fax: 416-480-5975

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Note: For an accessible version of this map, please contact Dan Blocka at