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Stay tuned for the video recordings coming soon from the 2022 SCRI Conference!

Session 1

Thursday, October 27, 2022 – 10am to 1pm EDT (7am to 10am PDT)

Driving Change Spotlight – Kyle McFarlane, Senior Director, Golf Operations at Golf Ontario

SIRC in partnership with Golf Ontario conducted a literature review to gain a deeper understanding of female golf participation across Ontario. The review focused on how to attract more women and girls to the game of golf and keep them playing for life. Kyle McFarlane will review the research project and the valuable insights discovered.

Research Plenary – Jacinthe Dion, PhD, Professor at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Impact of sport participation among adolescents

By using a longitudinal design to gather novel data, Dr. Dion investigated the role of sport participation and the sport context on the adaptation of adolescents who have been victims of child abuse and neglect.

  • Moderated by Beth Hudson, On the Land/Northern Sport Consultant, Sakawi Consulting, PhD Student with the University of Alberta

Presentation – Karri Dawson, Executive Director of the True Sport Foundation and the Senior Director of Quality Sport at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES)

On February 1, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) published “Power of Sport: The True Sport Report.” The new publication builds on “What Sport Can Do: The True Sport Report” (2008) that provided conclusive evidence of how good sport can be used intentionally to positively influence a wide range of societal goals. Those goals included: child and youth development, crime prevention, education, social inclusion, and economic and environmental sustainability. Learn more in the SIRC blog. This presentation will discuss the True Sport principles and the Canadian Sport Policy and the impact they will have on the landscape of Canadian sport.

Keynote – Alex Chiet, Sport Manager at Sport New Zealand

Punching above our weight – The balance is better journey of culture change in New Zealand Aotearoa

Alex left a promising career in Canadian sports to become a national consultant for Sport New Zealand, and arrived just in time to be a catalyst for a shake-up of the country’s five largest youth sport organizations. As a champion of fun and inclusion, he’s been overseeing a culture shift that will change the face of Kiwi sport for years to come. Alex has played a pivotal role in affecting positive change in youth sport in New Zealand.

This presentation will share the journey New Zealand have been on tackling change in youth sport to ensure all young people receive quality experiences in sport. Underpinning the progress that has been made is a material commitment of organisations to work together and a genuine believe in the wider value of sport to support the wellbeing of our rangatahi (young people). His keynote will share some insight into how he transformed attitudes toward sport, affected cultural change and led the way for other sport organizations to do the same. Hear more about their Balance is Better initiative, an evidence-based philosophy which puts the true value of sport at the forefront. Learn about how they use a holistic approach and put the person at the heart of all sport programming.

Session 2 (Poster Session)

Thursday, October 27, 2022 – 2 to 5 pm EDT (11am to 2pm PDT)

Learn about the latest discoveries from sport researchers across the country and gather cutting-edge insights that will enhance sport. Let the evidence guide you in improving your programs. This interactive session is a great chance to make new connections in the field and expand your network.

Session 3

Friday, October 28, 2022 – 10 am to 1 pm EDT (7am to 10am PDT)

Panel – What Canada needs to know about the match official shortage

  • David Hancock, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Human Kinetics & Recreation, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Sonia Denoncourt, Soccer Quebec Development and Program Director, Sport Consultant
  • Rhonda Pauls, Executive Director, Baseball PEI
  • Moderated by Tolu Ilelaboye, Consultant and Community Advocate

Canada is currently facing a match official shortage—one that’s being called a crisis. We know from the Canadian Sport Policy renewal research process that there are many factors at play that we can discuss today, including a culture of officials abuse within sport, a lack of recruitment, training and mentorship infrastructure support, and the compensation officials receive. This panel discussion will shed light on the situation and provide solutions for the sport sector to take action and elicit change.

Research Plenary – Curtis Fogel, PhD, Associate Professor at Brock University

Spectator Violence in Youth Hockey in Canada

In this study, Dr. Fogel examined spectator violence, harassment and aggression in youth ice hockey through qualitative interviews with adult participants (i.e. parents, referees, coaches and managers) involved in Canadian youth hockey as well as legal and media files from over 65 cases of spectator violence. During this plenary discussion you will hear what measures can be employed to prevent spectator violence in youth sport. 

  • Moderated by Elana Liberman, Safe Sport Lead, Sport Nova Scotia

Research Plenary – Lloyd Wong, PhD, University of Calgary

Multicultural Common Spaces: A Study of Canadian Hockey Arenas and Social Integration

Given the increased diversity in Canada, the fundamental issue to be addressed in this research revolves around hockey, as Canada’s national sport, and the role it plays in constructing “Canadian” identity and fostering a sense of belonging to Canada amongst the diverse ethno-cultural and immigrant communities in Canada. 

  • Moderated by Courtney Szto, PhD, Queen’s University

Driving Change Spotlight
Lucie Lapierre, PhD, Analyst-Researcher, Public health capacity and knowledge management unit, Public Health Agency of Canada, Quebec region
Mathieu-Joel Gervais, PhD, Institut national de santé publique du Québec

Ageism and active living in the context of an aging population 

As our population ages and wishes to remain independent, is it possible that the provision of sport and physical activity services beyond the age of fifty, and for the next thirty years, be influenced by ageism? The first part of our exploratory research discusses the mechanisms by which ageism discourages participation in sport. The second unveils how NGO leaders represent a physically active lifestyle in the context of an aging population and what influence this has on their service provision.

Innovation project fund – Craig Andreas, Senior Program Officer, Gender Equity, Inclusion and Innovation Unit, Sport Canada Canadian Heritage | Government of Canada

Innovation project fund 

Sport Canada launched the Innovation Initiative in 2018; a program which enables the testing of innovative quality sport approaches, the trial of new programs, strategies, and technologies, in order to develop evidence-based solutions to sport participation issues. Craig Andreas, Senior Officer in the Gender Equity, Inclusion and Innovation Unit at Sport Canada will present a brief update on the Innovation Initiative.

Driving Change Spotlight – Greg Henhawk, Indigenous Ambassador and team member for Physical Literacy with Indigenous Communities project, Sport for Life

Rethinking the sport landscape: Collaboration and cultural literacy

Indigenous thought leader, Greg Henhawk, will share how a change in perspective can improve how we view working in the sport space. By taking a collaborative approach and prioritizing cultural literacy, we can change, adapt and improve the existing sport system.

Session 4: Canadian Sport Policy (2023-2033) – Policy Objectives and Logic Model

Friday, Oct. 28th – 2pm to 5pm EDT (11am to 2pm PDT)

As the renewal of the Canadian Sport Policy is set to take place in 2023, this SCRI workshop will focus on measurement, policy objectives and logic models. Researchersprogram and policy evaluators are invited to attend this interactive workshop discussing potential key performance indicators and measurement impact.

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Speaker Biographies

Alex Chiet

Alex has spent over 20 years working in the sport system in New Zealand and overseas. Alex led the Pathway to Podium Programme for Sport NZ and the development and implementation of the Sport NZ Talent Plan (Balance is Better). Previously Alex was the High-Performance Manager at New Zealand Football during the successful 2010 All White campaign in South Africa. Alex spent four years as the Chief Technical Officer for the Ontario Soccer Association in Canada leading change to player, coach, and competition pathways through implementing the Canadian Soccer Associations Long Term Player Development model in Ontario. Alex is currently the Sport Manager at Sport NZ leading the nation’s strategic direction and investment in partners to support all young people in New Zealand receive quality experiences in Sport.

Beth Hudson

Beth Hudson is currently a PhD student at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation. She currently lives, works, and studies in the Northwest Territories. Her research is focused on supporting Indigenous-led initiatives, curricula, and knowledge sharing through On the Land, Sport, Recreation, and Wellness programming. She’s worked in a variety of roles and departments over the years and is always looking for innovative ways to collaborate from grassroots to international networks.

Courtney Szto, PhD

Dr. Courtney Szto (@courtneyszto) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University. She has published widely on racism in hockey, including her award-winning book “Changing on the Fly: Hockey through the voices of South Asian Canadians,” and the publicly available “Policy Paper for Anti-Racism in Canadian Hockey.” Dr. Szto consults with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) and Hockey Diversity Alliance on their anti-racism efforts.



Curtis Fogel, PhD

Curtis Fogel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Management at Brock University. His research focuses on the sociolegal aspects of sport, particularly related to criminal law and human rights in the areas of violence, sexual assault, and discrimination in sport in Canada. 



David Hancock, PhD

Dr. Hancock is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He previously completed degrees at Laurentian University (B.A. Sport Psychology, M.A. Human Development) and University of Ottawa (PhD Human Kinetics). He also worked at Queen’s University for two years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow, and Indiana University for six years as an Assistant Professor.

Dr. Hancock’s primary research interest is centred on understanding the psychology of sport officiating, including group dynamics, mental health, and decision-making, to name a few. A secondary research avenue is studying youth sport structures such as relative age and birthplace effects. Dr. Hancock also supervises the SPORT (Sport Psychology and Officiating Research Team) laboratory, which provides research opportunities for students. Prospective students at either the undergraduate or graduate levels are welcome to contact him regarding research in the lab, but should have a demonstrated interest in one of the above research areas. Preference for inclusion into the laboratory is given to those interested in sport officiating.

Currently, Dr. Hancock teaches HKR 2002 (Coaching), HKR 2300 (Growth & Development), HKR 3410 (Sociology of Sport/Physical Activity), and HKR 6201 (Foundations of Sport Psychology and Mental Training Techniques). Dr. Hancock is also the Mental Performance Consultant for Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Athletic Department.

You can view his profiles on Google ScholarResearchGate, and follow him on Twitter (@profhancockmun).


Jacinthe Dion, PhD

Jacinthe Dion Ph.D, is a psychologist and full professor at the Centre intersectoriel en santé durable at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (Canada). She is co-holder of the VISAJ Research Chair on youth development and health. She is also a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Intimate Relationship and Sexual Abuse (CRIPCAS) and EVISSA (Health and Sexual Violence Research) research teams. Her research program focuses on risk and protective factors of psychosocial adaptation among adolescents and emerging adults who have suffered child abuse. She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications/book chapters in youth/early adult psychology and trauma. She has developed collaborative approaches that involve various partners and communities in the research process and which recognize the unique strengths that each brings to the projects conducted.

Karri Dawson

Karri Dawson is the Executive Director of Values-Based Sport at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Sport Administration from Laurentian University and has more than 25 years of professional experience. Karri has managed corporate sponsorships, philanthropic donations, and community engagement programs at all levels of sport in Canada. She is most passionate about fostering a fair, safe, accessible, and inclusive sport experience that maximizes the personal and social benefits for all participants. Currently, Karri leads a diverse team that works to activate a values-based approach to sport through True Sport; examines ethical issues that threaten the integrity of sport; and develops education to support athletes and promote clean sport. Karri has been an active member of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Education Committee for six years and gives back to the domestic sport community through mentorship and volunteering on numerous workgroups and committees.


Kyle McFarlane

After graduating with an MBA with specialization in Sport & Leisure Commerce from the University of Memphis, Kyle spent the early part of his career working in professional sport both on the property and agency side of the business. In 2004, he made the move over to the amateur side to begin his tenure with Golf Ontario.

The 10 years at Golf Ontario he led the Marketing and Communications department. Kyle and his team supported all aspects of the associations and in turned he gained a thorough understanding of the overall golf operation. In 2014, Kyle transitioned in the role of Senior Director of Golf Operations to oversee the entire golf operation. Over the past 18 years he has seen Golf Ontario evolve into one of the largest and most sophisticated amateur sports bodies in North America.

Kyle wakes up every morning to a new challenge or adventure as he and his team continues to to shape lives through golf.


Lloyd Wong

Lloyd Wong is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Calgary. His research interests include multiculturalism, transnationalism, mobilities, and citizenship. Recent books include Trans-Pacific Mobilities: The Chinese and Canada (UBC Press) and edited volumes (with Shibao Guo) entitled Immigration, Racial and Ethnic Studies in 150 Years of Canada: Retrospects and Prospects (Brill|Sense) and Revisiting Multiculturalism in Canada: Theories, Policies, and Debates (Sense). Recent journal articles appear in Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, Canadian Public Policy, and Canadian Ethnic Studies. Book chapters appear in Mobilities, Knowledge and Social Justice (McGill-Queens), Researching Amongst Elites: Challenges and Opportunities in Studying Up (Ashgate), and Sport and Migration: Borders, Boundaries and Crossings (Routledge). In 2021, he was a guest editor, along with Martine Dennie (University of Manitoba), of a special issue of Canadian Ethnic Studies, entitled Hockey in Canada: Indigeneity, Ethnic/Racialized Minorities and the Nation.


Lucie Lapierre

Lucie Lapierre is a research analyst at the Quebec Office of the Public Health Agency of Canada and has been working in physical activity promotion since 1991. An exercise science specialist by training, she holds a master’s degree in public health and a PhD in environmental design. Her research interests focus on structuring approaches for the adoption of a physically active lifestyle in the population.




Mathieu-Joël Gervais

Mathieu-Joël Gervais is a specialized scientific advisor at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec within the team “Milieux de vie inclusifs, sains et sécuritaires”. He holds a PhD in community psychology and a post-doctorate in management science. His current research projects focus on strategies to promote healthy lifestyles for healthy aging. He also has advanced expertise in program evaluation and research methodology.



Rhonda Pauls

Rhonda grew up in the lower mainland in BC as a multi-sport athlete, and has continued to play, coach, and officiate numerous sports as an adult. Rhonda is happily married and has 6 grown children. Rhonda has been a baseball umpire for 22 years, the last 12 of which have been as a National/International umpire in the Baseball Canada program.

She has represented Canada as an official at 4 International events in the last 10 years; Cuba in 2012, Japan in 2014, Canada (Pan American Games hosted in Toronto) in 2015, and most recently Mexico in 2019. She has worked numerous Baseball Canada National Championships as an umpire or supervisor of officials and holds a Lead Championship Supervisor designation.

She is a Master Course Conductor for Baseball Canada’s LTOD program and serves as the Lead for the Mentorship, Diversity and Wellness portfolio for the National Officials Committee. She is the former President of the BC Baseball Umpires Association and has won both of the Baseball Canada awards for Umpire of the Year in 2014, and Umpire Developer of the Year in 2021. In her professional career, Rhonda served 3 terms in education politics in BC, and is currently employed as the Executive Director of Baseball PEI.


Tolu Ilelaboye

Tolu Ilelaboye is a Nigerian-Canadian of the Yoruba tribe. She is passionate about creating and supporting spaces where all people can feel free to be their most authentic selves. She loves being active, creating art, and spending time experiencing new cultures and communities. In her work, Tolu has specialized in community development, intergenerational communication, community-based education and outreach, event planning, and program design. She has worked and volunteered at length across a diverse range of organizations and with people from different backgrounds. Tolu is a former USport athlete and a long-time community basketball coach. She has participated in the anti-racism in sport campaign and is currently working to increase gender equity in sport.