“A brace is so much more than a piece of plastic. When incorporated into
a person’s life, and used well, it can be so much more.”
Gordon Ruder, B.Sc., M.Sc.CO(c),
Creating a custom-made orthotic brace is both an art and a science. For Gordon, the field was a natural fit, giving him the ability to combine all his best skills—research, biomechanics, creativity and helping others—into one profession.
Gordon is still as passionate about helping patients attain their goals as he was 25 years ago when he started at Boundless. From young refugees to seven-time Paralympic medalists, Gordon supports individuals in all walks of life. However, caring for children with developmental disorders is Gordon’s area of expertise. He often sees patients who need unique orthotic devices. Through relentless problem solving and technical research, he has come up with innovative designs never seen anywhere before in the orthotics industry. Since the Boundless philosophy is all about sharing new design knowledge, he has presented many of these findings at national and international conferences.
Gordon is also interested in issues involving gait and biomechanical applications, and how they apply directly to persons requiring braces. He has written about these issues for many professional publications. Well recognized for his efforts, he was awarded a Life fellowship by the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists.
When not at Boundless Gordon can be found teaching students to become the very best of a new generation of clinicians and technicians. For the past 20 years, he has been one of Canada’s main educators in the Prosthetic & Orthotic programs at George Brown College. He has also developed curriculum and teaching methods for Canada and for schools in the developing world.
Going forward, Gordon will continue to push the boundaries of the practice—combining creativity and science to forge a very personal connection with each patient. Like everyone on the Boundless team, he’s excited about advances in material and technology that will allow clinicians to better measure treatment outcomes, and capture the human element of what they do.
Gordon acquired his Honours B.Sc. in Biology (1987) and M. Sc.. in Biomechanics (1989) from the University of Waterloo. His work alongside Dr. David Winter, a recognized international scholar in the field of human gait control, resulted in his findings being published in several leading publications. Gordon’s extensive background and experience in research, clinical practice, and education well equip him to mentor the new generation of residents, educators and researchers who are dedicating themselves to the improvement of technical design and clinical practice.