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Draft Agenda – 2023 Sport Canada Research Initiative Conference

*All times are displayed in Eastern Daylight Time. In case of unforeseen circumstances, presentations and times are subject to change.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Morning session

Ottawa Conference and Event Centre and online via Zoom

9:00am EDT – Welcome and opening remarks

9:35am EDT – Towards the development of a coach mentorship training program in para sport

  • Gordon Bloom, Ph.D., McGill University

9:50am EDT – Decolonizing sport: Indigeneity, hockey, and Canadian nationhood

  • Janice Forsyth, Ph.D., Western University
  • Sam McKegney, Ph.D., Queen’s University
  • Michael Mahkwa Auksi, McGill University

10:20am EDT – Supporting adaptive Snowsports Leisure Opportunities for People with disabilities (SSLOPE)

  • Delphine Labbé, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago

10:55am EDT – Panel: Trending topics in youth sport

  • Exploring the multifaceted dynamics of parents’ roles in youth sport
    • Jean Côté, Ph.D., Queen’s University 
  • The effect of sport participation on the mental health of girls and boys
    • Linda Pagani, Ph.D., Université de Montreal
  • Sport participation through the transition from adolescence to adulthood
    • Mathieu Belanger, Ph.D., Université de Sherbrooke
  • Moderator – Bryan Heal, MLSE

Afternoon session

Ottawa Conference and Event Centre and online via Zoom

1:15pm EDT – Welcome back and speaker TBD

1:50pm EDT – Panel: Research partnerships in action

  • Christianne Varty, Ph.D.,  Canadian Women & Sport
  • Marie-Pier Charest, Ph.D., Coaching Association of Canada
  • Joe D’Eramo, Sport for Life
  • Leigh Vanderloo, Ph.D., ParticipACTION

2:45pm EDT – PHAC presentation

  • Lucie Lapierre, Ph.D., Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

3:00pm EDT – Panel: The future of safe sport

  • Eric MacIntosh, Ph.D., University of Ottawa
  • Elana Liberman, Sport Nova Scotia
  • Andrea Wooles, viaSport BC
  • Joseph Gurgis, Ph.D., Ontario Tech University
  • Moderator – Jennifer Walinga, Ph.D., Royal Roads University

Friday, October 27, 2023

Morning session

Ottawa Conference and Event Centre and online via Zoom (morning session only) 

9:15am EDT – Keynote

  • Peter Dinsdale, President & Chief Executive Officer, YMCA Canada

10:00am EDT – Research rounds session 1

11:15am EDT – Research rounds session 2

Afternoon session

Ottawa Conference and Event Centre (in person only)

1:30pm EDT – Advancing research partnerships in sport workshop

Check out our Speaker Bios page for a complete list of conference speakers. 

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