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Paul Allard was born in Hawkesbury, Ontario, Canada in 1952. He received his B.A.Sc. from the University of Ottawa in 1975 in mechanical engineering and his M.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto in 1977. After working two years as a research assistant at the École Polytechnique de Montréal, he obtained his Ph.D. in 1982 from the same institution. He worked as an Assistant Professor at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (McGill University) from 1982-1985 and at the department of Kinesiology at the University of Montreal (1985-1988); he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 and then to the rank of Professor in 1994.  He holds a cross appointment as Professor of Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine at the same university. Since 1979, he is the Director of the Laboratoire d’Étude du Mouvement at the Research Center of Sainte-Justine Hospital. In 1992, he received a Certificate of Merit from Canada Awards for his invention of a three-dimensional flexible keel foot prosthesis. The following year he was elected Chevalier de la Confrérie des Tir-Douzil, Marigny-Brizay, France, and in 1998 he was granted a NATO Senior Guest Scientist Award (France). He co-founded the first North American Congress on Biomechanics (NACOB) in 1986 and the first International Symposium on Three-Dimensional Analysis of Human Movement in 1991. He is the author/co-author of five books on biomechanics and more than 100 reviewed papers on posture and standing stability of patients with idiopathic scoliosis and on pathological gait.

In 2008, the society established the "Whitaker-Allard Innovation Award" in recognition of Paul Allard's and Tom Whitaker's contributions to the group and the world of biomechanics. This award was introduced to recognize and compliment the best presentation of the symposium.

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