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Joe Baker, PhD

Joe BakerJoe Baker is a professor of sport science at York University. For over two decades, his research program has explored the factors affecting athlete development and performance, and he is recognized as a world leader in the science of talent identification and development. Joe has been President of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology and has held visiting researcher/professor positions in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany. He is an active writer and speaker, having published 10 books and hundreds of scientific articles and book chapters as well as presenting his work to scientists and practitioners around the globe.


Carey Calder

Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Carey Calder is a proud member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek (Sand Point First Nation) and has called Ottawa home since 2003. Carey holds her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Athabasca University and is an experienced administrator with corporate financial expertise and solid governance understanding. Carey recently served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Aboriginal Sport Circle, focusing on the rich history of Indigenous sport in Canada. She managed Partnerships & Stakeholder Engagement with the National Association of Friendship Centres social impact funding within urban Indigenous planning and as Executive Director of Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start which led to the expansion and acquisition of capital to enhance core services for Indigenous families in Ottawa including Indigenous child care services. In early 2020, Carey proudly launched Nakanagis Inc., an Indigenous owned Canadian consulting that weaves her unique first-hand knowledge and perspective into tailored approaches and solutions to Indigenous businesses, corporate executives and not-for-profit service delivery organizations.

Christine Cameron, PhD

Christine Cameron, CFLRIChristine Cameron, PhD, is the President and Principal researcher at the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (CFLRI), a not-for-profit research organization. She has 30 years of knowledge and experience in physical activity and sport research and surveillance among the Canadian population. Christine has successfully developed and implemented the CFLRI’s current research strategy which includes qualitative studies and quantitative research such as: population-based studies; surveys of key settings including municipalities, workplaces, and schools; surveys of organizations and governments. She participates on a federal, provincial, and territorial government-led surveillance and monitoring workgroup, on sector-driven workgroups, and has presented at governmental and sector meetings, Minister and Senate meetings, and research conferences. She has also served in several capacities on local Boards and on local community committees.

Mikaeli Cavell, MHSc (She/Her)

 Mikaeli CavellMikaeli Cavell is currently the Research Supervisor at Abilities Centre (Whitby, ON). There she supports the evaluation of the centre’s internal programming and services as well as the research initiatives on inclusion issues that Abilities Centre engages in across Canada. Mikaeli’s previous research centres on the topic of youth participation in parasport at the introductory level. Mikaeli also brings her various personal experiences in sport, recreation, and leisure to her research work. 18 years spent as a competitive hockey player and years spent as a sport coach and supporting community programming has fueled her passion for accessibility of high quality, meaningful recreation and leisure opportunities.

Adam Fitzpatrick

Adam Fitzpatrick is currently the Manager, Therapeutic Recreation at Abilities Centre. In his role, he oversees the development, growth and strategy of Therapeutic Recreation programming. Adam is one of the Mixed Ability Sport Workshop facilitators and assists in the development of Mixed Ability Sport across Canada. Throughout his 9 years at Abilities Centre, he has worked with adults and youth with disabilities, coaches across the country and school boards both educating, advocating and facilitating meaningful programs.

Janelle Joseph, PhD

Dr. Janelle Joseph is an award-winning Assistant Professor in Critical Studies of Race in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. She is Founder and Director of the Indigeneity, Diaspora, Equity, and Anti-racism in Sport (IDEAS) Research Lab and author/co-editor of three books related to race, sport, education and Black communities in Canada. Dr Joseph’s current research focuses on gender, equity, and de-colonization. 

Kent Kowalski, PhD

Kent is a Professor in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Since completing his Ph.D. in 2000, his research, teaching, and applied work is primarily in the area of sport, exercise, and health psychology. His main research focus currently is on exploring the role of self-compassion in the lives of athletes. He is also an Assistant Coach with the University of Saskatchewan Men’s Soccer Team and a mental training consultant with the Saskatchewan Sports Science and Medicine Council.


Monique Manatch

Monique ManatchMonique Manatch is a member of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake. Monique is a Knowledge Keeper working closely with Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont. Currently, Monique is a student at Carleton University taking a doctorate program in Anthropology focusing on the impact, use and creation of digital arts in the Indigenous community. Her Master’s Degree is in Indigenous and Canadian Studies with a specialty in Digital Humanities. Monique also holds a post- graduate diploma in Indigenous Policy and Administration. Over the past 20 years Monique has produced several video documentaries about Indigenous issues. Monique also facilitated the production of videos and community radio programming with women and youth from Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg, Barriere Lake, Moose Factory and the Indigenous community in Ottawa.

Marnie McBean

Marnie McBeanMarnie McBean is one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, and an expert in turning potential into performance. As Canada’s chef de mission at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and a former Specialist in Olympic Athlete Preparation and Mentoring for the Canadian Olympic Committee, McBean prepared athletes emotionally and psychologically to ensure that they performed at their highest level. Drawing on her years of experience as a performance coach and a top competitor herself, she leaves audiences with a recipe for success that can be applied to all endeavours.

McBean has attended 10 Olympics games as an athlete, member of the media, mentor, and chef de mission. She is one of only two Canadians to have ever won three Gold medals in the Summer Olympics, and one of only two women globally to have won a medal in all the Open Women boat classes. In total, McBean has won 12 World and Olympic medals. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, McBean made headlines cheering on Team Canada as their chef de mission, where she acted as a spokesperson for the team, and a mentor for the athletes, coaches, and staff, all with the aim to create an inclusive environment conducive to optimal performance.

In recognition of her record-breaking rowing career, McBean is a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. She is also actively involved in helping to promote the safety, health, and activity of Canada’s youth, and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has been awarded with both the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

McBean holds a degree in kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, as well as three honorary doctorates, and is the author The Power of More: How Small Steps Help Us Achieve Big Goals.

Alexander McKenzie

Alexander McKenzieAlex I. McKenzie recently graduated as a Master of Human Kinetics in Applied Human Performance from the University of Windsor, after having completed his BA (Hons) in Psychology from Western University. Sport, community, and mental health are integral components of his professional and academic endeavours. Alex currently conducts research projects aimed at addressing inequity in sport and bridging the gaps that exists within the mental health and performance aspects of sport.

Lee Anna Osei

Lee Anna OseiLee Anna Osei is a Ghanaian-Canadian university varsity athletic basketball coach and educator at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX). Lee Anna was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and credits basketball as the vehicle that inspired her towards educational pursuits as a first-generation Canadian citizen. After a notable HS career at Eastern Commerce C.I, Lee Anna went on to play at the University of Miami, Trinity Valley C.C, and finally at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she was finished her career as a 3-time Academic All Canadian, an OUA All Star, and was the recipient of the prestigious OWL Award in 2015. She graduated with an Honours BA in 2015 and went on to complete her Master of Arts in History at Laurier. In June 2020, Lee Anna founded The Black Canadian Coaches Association, a not-for-profit organization devoted to supporting and empowering Black, Indigenous and People of Colour through 3 objectives: celebration, advocacy through allyship, and networking.

Ann Pegoraro, PhD (She/Her)

Ann PegoraroAnn Pegoraro is the co-director of E-Alliance, the national research network for gender equity in Canadian sport. Dr. Pegoraro is also the Lang Chair in Sport Management in the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics and the Director of the International Institute for Sport Business and Leadership, an industry focused research centre at the University of Guelph. A holder of BA, MBA, and PhD degrees, Ann is an active researcher, who has presented at international conferences and published in in the areas of marketing, communications, digital media, gender equity and sport management. Her research primarily focuses on gender, marketing, and communication with specific interest in the digital world. Ann is also a life-long sports enthusiast, transitioning from playing to coaching and now teaching and sharing her knowledge and experience where possible. She is a board member of True Sport Foundation and Ontario Soccer and has consulted with amateur sport organizations in Canada and abroad. Ann is passionate about contributing to sport in Canada and ensuring access for future generations.

Joy SpearChief-Morris

Joy SpearChief-MorrisJoy is an Indigenous Black Canadian writer, advocate, and athlete. She is a proud member of the Kainai Blood Tribe and grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta. Joy has a Bachelor’s degree in History and First Nations Studies and a Master’s degree in Political Science specializing in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction from Western University. Her research focused on Indigenous land claim settlements and reconciliation within Canada, looking particularly at land and relationship.

Joy is a retired 100m hurdler in athletics, being a three-time Canadian National Championship finalist and represented Team Canada internationally twice. As a member of Team Canada, she is a 2014 North American Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) U23 silver medalist and finished 5th at the 2019 FISU World Universidad. She is a previous member of the Board of Directors for AthletesCAN, and is now sitting as a member of the AthletesCAN Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee.

She was the winner of the 2017 Tom Longboat Award and the featured cover athlete for the 2019 May/June issue of Canadian Running Magazine. Joy writes for her own blog where she previously shared her experiences as an Indigenous Black Canadian athlete and now her writing on political and social events.

Marilou St-Pierre

Marilou St-Pierre holds a PhD in communication from Concordia University. Having completed their post-doctorate at the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, where they are a lecturer in sport ethics, Marilou is now a research professional at the Centre for Gender Equity in Sport and at the EDI2 Institute. Their research interests include the place and representation of women, cultural diversity and sexual diversity in sport media, sport journalists and power relations in sport.

Ghirmay Tekle Weldegebriel Kfle

Ghirmay came with his family from Eritrea to Winnipeg in 2019. In Eritrea Ghirmay was a school teacher as well as an athlete and coach in track and field. His two sons are part of the Winnipeg Newcomer Sport Academy and knows of the barriers that newcomers face while trying to participate in sport. He has much to share about sport and inclusion as it pertains to newcomer youth and their families.

Carolyn Trono

Carolyn has filled many roles in sport as an athlete, coach and sport leader. She was a member of the national rowing team as a coxswain from 1981 – 1984 and has worked in sport for more than 30 years – professionally and as a volunteer. Her volunteer roles have included Sport Lead at the 2017 Canada Summer Games and served on the Canada Games Council Sport Committee 2003- 2009. 2016-2020 were busy years for Carolyn as she was also invited to serve on The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, former Minister of Science and Sport’s Work Group for Gender Equity in Sport while at the same time jumped in, as a volunteer, to start Winnipeg Newcomer Sport Academy – action locally, while raising more awareness nationally in her various roles in sport. In 2020 she was the recipient of the Prairie Crocus Award from the Recreation Connections Manitoba for her work with the WNSA. Currently, Carolyn is the Director of Quality Sport Development for the Sport for Life Society. She has worked with many sport organizations at the community, provincial and national level.