The Sport Information Resource Centre
The Sport Information Resource Centre

Join us on October 29 and 30th, 2020 for Canada’s leading sport participation research virtual conference.

*Learn more about this year’s speakers here.

Session 1 – Return to Play

Thursday, October 29th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  EST

Keynote – Dr. Andrew Marshall, Chief Medical Officer for Canadian Paralympic Committee

From the decision not to send Canadian athletes to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to considerations for return to play, Dr. Andrew Marshall, Chief Medical Officer for the Canadian Paralympic Committee will share insights and key considerations for the sport sector now, and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Driving Change Spotlight – Lee Anna Osei, Founder, Director, Black Canadian Coaches Association

This year we are excited to introduce a new segment, the Driving Change Spotlight! This presentation will showcase a sport sector leader that is bringing on positive transformational change in the sector. 


As Canadians begin to return to the fields, courts, rinks and pools, sport organizations are reimagining quality sport experiences in the context of ongoing public health restrictions. During this panel, delegates will hear from sport leaders about the development of return to play plans, the importance of evidence to guide decision-making, and possible short- and long-term implications from COVID-19 on the Canadian sport system. 

Panel moderator:

  • Ian Mendes, Canadian Sports Broadcaster

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Dr. Christine Cameron, President, Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute
  • Jason deVos, Director of Development, Soccer Canada
  • Charlene Krepiakevich, CEO , viaSport BC
  • Catriona Le May Doan, President & CEO, Sport Calgary

Session 2 – Sport and Social Change

Thursday, October 29th, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST

Keynote – Dr. Lisa O’Keefe, Director of Insight, Sport England

Sport England was a leader in mobilizing research to inform their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Lisa O’Keefe will share how they used research and data to drive key decisions to best support the sport sector and keep the nation active during the pandemic. 

Panel – Inclusion and Diversity in Canadian Sport

Recent societal events have created space to discuss persisting injustices within the Canadian sport system. This panel will discuss anti-racism in sport with the goal of advancing the conversation, promoting learning, and supporting action to ensure sport in Canada is safe, welcoming and inclusive. 

Panel moderator:

  • Ian Mendes, Canadian Sports Broadcaster

Confirmed panelists:

  • Peter Dinsdale, President & CEO, YMCA Canada
  • Janelle Joseph, Assistant Professor, Critical Studies of Race & Indigeneity, University of Toronto
  • Stephanie Simpson, Associate Vice Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion), Queen’s University

Session 3 – Canadian Sport Research Showcase

Friday, October 30th, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SPRI Plenary – Diane Culver, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa

  • Diane Culver will share her insights from her research on Promoting and Assessing Social Learning in Parasport Coaches and Organisations

Driving Change Spotlight – Dr. Tricia McGuire Adams, Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa

Sport Sector Research Activities

During this session delegates will learn about key research initiatives leveraging research to support policy and practice and supporting the connection between researchers and practitioners, including the new SIRC Forum and the Gender Equity Research Hub.

Virtual Poster Session (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST)

Engage and network with researchers from across Canada. Hear the latest updates from the Sport Participation Research Initiative projects.

*Note this session requires separate registration – now closed. Learn more about the poster session HERE.

Session 4 – Innovative Communication

Friday, October 30th, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST

Keynote – Bob McDonald, host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks

Bob McDonald is an expert science journalist and professional science commentator. During this session, Bob will share his insights on creative thinking and communicating science.

Driving Change Spotlight – Fabrice Vil, Co-Founder and President, Pour 3 Points

Workshop – From confusion to clarity: how to effectively communicate complex ideas

Led by Jill Sadler, VP of Learning & Development, Blueprint North America

Whether you are sharing research findings, presenting insights using complex data, or writing an article anchored in science, it’s critical to remove confusion and create messages that stick. This interactive workshop by Jill Sadler will inspire you to think differently about scientific communication and equip you to tell the story within the data that will move your stakeholders to action.  

The sessions will be moderated in both official languages and simultaneous translation will be available.

Please note this agenda is tentative and subject to change.

If you have any questions about the SCRI conference, please do not hesitate to contact us at