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Conference Background

In 2005, as part of the Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI), Sport Canada launched a joint initiative with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) called the Sport Participation Research Initiative (SPRI). Sport Canada funds the initiative to better evidence the benefits of, and barriers to, quality sport participation with the aim of improving Canadian sport policy outcomes.

Conference Information

The 9th annual Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI) Conference will be held in Ottawa on October 29th and 30th, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa. The purpose of the SCRI conference is to facilitate connections between researchers, policy analysts and sport leaders in order to engage and share the practical applications of sport participation research within the sport community.

Conference Features

This year’s conference highlights:

  • Presentations of recently completed research projects
  • Dynamic introductions and posters of research in progress
  • Interactive sessions discussing sport participation research gaps

Join us Thursday morning for three exciting research presentations with expert panels. Topics of discussion include coach perception of positive youth development, building meaningful programs for indigenous youth, and promoting sport participation amongst older persons. A lightening round designed to introduce new researchers and their sport participation projects will cap off the morning session.

Thursday afternoon will feature a keynote presentation from Colin Higgs, followed by research presentations with panels on the influence of the Olympic Games on preschoolers, the role of LGBT-focused sport groups and successful sport experiences of overweight children.

The Friday morning session will open with a focus of looking to the future. Stakeholders will identify potential sport participation research gaps followed by two powerful research presentations with panels – one on coach retention and one on innovation in community sport.

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If you have an interest in sport participation in Canada and wish to share your expertise with others, this is your opportunity to make a difference. Be part of the discussion that drives change and evolution in sport policy and sport program development.

Hosted by the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC), we heartily invite you to join us. Visit for more details.

One week only (October 19-23) register to attend the SCRI Conference as an online participant for FREE! Can’t make it to Ottawa, but want to participate in this exciting conference? Register for the SCRI live webinar and join us remotely in real-time. To register email

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