CAPDA 2018 Fall Workshop

October 12, 2018, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Independent Medical Examination
Back to Basics and More!


Back To Basics and More!

The Albany Club
91 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1G3

Lawyers, Mr. David MacDonald of Thomson Rogers and Mr. Jamie Pollack of Laxton Glass will provide a review of tests of disability under the SABS (e.g. normal life, IRB) and for tort (serious permanent impairment) from a plaintiff and defence perspective.

They will review the tests, cite important decisions, and provide their views on the role of the psychologist with respect to reports and testimony.

In the afternoon, Dr. Ronald Kaplan will discuss broader issues and complexities related to disability examinations.



8:30 - 9:00 Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 Mr. David Macdonald and Mr. Jamie Pollack
10:30 - 11:00 Refreshment break and networking
11:00 - 12:00 Mr. David MacDonald and Mr. Jamie Pollack cont’d
12:00- 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 Dr. Ronald Kaplan



CAPDA Members - $175 plus HST

Non-Members - $250 plus HST

Post-Event Video Recording - $175 plus HST




David MacDonald has been practising personal injury litigation and helping pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and car accident victims who have suffered catastrophic brain, spinal, amputation and other severe orthopedic, psychiatric or neurologic injuries for over twenty-five years. He is Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Ontario, recognised by Lexpert® as consistently recommended for Personal Injury Litigation by Ontario’s personal injury lawyers, and acknowledged as a Best Lawyer in Civil Litigation practice by Best Lawyers Canada.

David practices all over Ontario and represents clients in the following locations:  Toronto, Mississauga, Niagara, Hamilton, London, Sault Ste. Marie, Windsor, Goderich, Owen Sound, Muskoka, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Parry Sound, Kingston, Peterborough, Aurora and Oshawa, among other municipalities. He also represents Canadians who have been injured in Texas, Florida and the Carolinas.

David has advocated to the government on behalf of car accident victims, pedestrians and cyclists for fair laws for accident benefits and compensation. He has worked as a board member of Peel, Halton, Toronto and Hamilton Brain Injury Associations. In 2003, the Minister of Finance chose David from all personal injury lawyers in the province and appointed him a member of Executive Committee to the Superintendent of Insurance for Ontario’s Auto Reforms Implementation Committee.

David publishes and lectures to lawyers, adjusters and health care practitioners on Catastrophic Injury Determination quarterly. Annually, he is Guest Lecturer on Litigation Experts at The University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law.




 Jamie Pollack was called to the Bar in 1995 and began the practice of law as an associate lawyer at Laxton Glass LLP where he is now a partner. His practice includes all aspects of personal injury claims including coverage issues, first and third party claims, disputes between insurers arising from first party claims and indemnity claims between insurers (such as loss transfer). He is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Defence Lawyers, Defense Research Institute, Toronto Lawyers' Association, The Advocates' Society, the Trucking Industry Defense Association, the Transportation Lawyers Association and the Canadian Transportation Lawyers' Association and the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation.

Jamie has appeared as counsel in the Superior Court (General Division), Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

He has also appeared as counsel at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. Jamie also regularly attends as counsel at arbitrations and appeals at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and private arbitrations involving insurance related disputes between insurers (priority disputes and loss transfer claims).




Dr. Ron Kaplan enjoys varied roles within the practice and wider professional community. Dr.  Kaplan is a registered psychologist with competence in clinical, rehabilitation and neuropsychology (including seniors), and child psychology and neuropsychology. He supervises our clinicians in their assessment, consultation, rehabilitation and treatment work, and carries out psycholegal and neuropsycholegal assessments. Dr. Kaplan frequently meets with patients regarding their assessment and treatment, and interviews patients undergoing psycholegal assessments for tort, disability and catastrophic impairment determinations. As Director of Neuropsychological Services Dr. Kaplan supervises assessment and treatment of patients with brain injury, post concussion symptoms, bodily injury, mental disorder, pain and medical conditions affecting neuropsychological function. Dr. Kaplan testifies at Arbitrations and Court. Dr. Kaplan educates health professionals, insurers and lawyers regarding psychological impairment, disability, evidence based assessment and treatment, and application of psychology to tort and accident benefits practice.

Dr. Kaplan has co chaired the Ontario Psychological Association auto insurance subcommittee since 1989, addressing legislative committees and presenting numerous briefs to government on auto insurance reform. In this role he has also been appointed to government consultation groups. The OPA auto subcommittee has developed guidelines for assessment and treatment under auto insurance. Dr. Kaplan was director of the Hamilton Medical-Legal Society (1982-1987) and is a past president. Dr. Kaplan was appointed by the Minister of Finance to the Accident Benefits Advisory Committee for Bill 164 in 1994.  In 1997 he was appointed by the Minister of Finance to be a member of the Minister’s Committee on the Designated Assessment Center System and held this position through 2001.  As vice chair of the Minister’ committee for the DAC System Dr. Kaplan was involved in developing guidelines for assessment of disability and catastrophic impairment. He served on the Expert Panel, which reviewed the catastrophic impairment definition in 2010/2011.

Dr. Kaplan received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a minor in psychology from the University of North Carolina in 1968. He earned his Master of Philosophy degree in clinical psychology from Yale University (1972), and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Waterloo (1974). Dr. Kaplan was a full-time faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at McMaster University from 1975-1993. He was a full-time staff psychologist at Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals from 1974-1993, and part time until April 2001. He was Director of the McMaster Hospital division psychology service from 1987-1993. He retired as Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Science, McMaster University in 2006. Dr. Kaplan completed a postgraduate certificate program in 2011 through the University of Montreal Faculty of Medicine in Insurance Medicine and Medicolegal Expertise.

Dr. Kaplan’s 25 year career in the hospital sector included a focus on neurological disorders, schizophrenia, and pediatric brain injury and pediatric oncology, as well as consultation to the hospital MS Clinic and acute psychotic disorders clinic. Dr. Kaplan has had a long career in psychological research and scientific publication and presentation. He has published in the areas of chronic insomnia, neurohormones in schizophrenia, metabolic brain imaging in schizophrenia (positron emission tomography), and neuropsychology of schizophrenia.

Dr. Kaplan is a founding member of the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA). He received the Karl Heiser Presidential Award from the American Psychological Association in 1993 and the Ontario Psychological Association Award in 1994 for his advocacy efforts on behalf of professional psychology. He received the OPA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.



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