Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Sponsored by

In collaboration with

Bruce Pinel, PhD
Mental Performance Consultant
Dr. Bruce Pinel

 

Optimize Yourself to Optimize Your Practice: 
Mental Performance for Health & Wellness

Description

If you want to give the best of yourself to clients, then proactively implementing self-investment strategies to optimize your health & wellness will ensure the best of you is available.  In this webinar participants will be introduced to specific concepts and strategies for enhancing their health & wellness while balancing the demands and challenges of being a successful practitioner.

Consistent with the theme of the conference, this presentation will provide practitioners with practical concepts and strategies around mental performance for health & wellness.  The Mental Health Continuum model will be used to connect the dots between practitioner health & wellness and the specific concepts and strategies presented in this session. Dr. Pinel has been developing and presenting content in this area for health-care clinics, practitioners, and clients for many years.  He will engage with the CKA participants and share pragmatic and relevant concepts and strategies to foster enhanced health & wellness outcomes for themselves and their clients

Short Bio

Bruce Pinel, Ph.D., M.A., B.A. (Honours).  Dr. Pinel has been working in the performance, health, and wellness fields as a practitioner since 2001, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria (School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education).  He’s an inspiring, innovative, and leading practitioner and he regularly consults and presents at various organizations and conferences in the health care and performance fields relating to his expertise in performance, injury rehabilitation, health & wellness, stress & adversity management, business leadership, and building resiliency. Dr. Pinel has also worked with a range of athletes and teams at the world-class level at major international events, including the Olympics, Paralympics, Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games, and numerous World Championships (has worked with over 450 medalists to date).  Check out Dr. Pinel’s website at www.drbrucepinel.ca for more information

 


In collaboration with

 

Dr. Ryan D’Arcy
President and Chief Scientific Officer
HealthTech Connex

 

Neurocatch And Vital Cognitive Function

Description

The NeuroCatch Platform provides an objective neuro-physiological evaluation of cognitive brain function. It is portable, rapid, and easy to use. Developed from over 25 years of leading-edge science in brain vital signs, the NeuroCatch Platform is deployed across leading clinical and research centers for the evaluation of cognitive functions and monitoring of treatment efficacy.

Short Bio

Dr. Ryan C.N. D’Arcy, Eng.L., is a neuroscientist and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder, President, and Chief Scientific Officer of HealthTech Connex. He also holds Professorship appointments at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, where he serves as a BC Leadership Chair in neuroimaging and neurotechnology. He has published more than 256 academic works, attracted more than $85 Million in competitive research and innovation funding, and been recognized through numerous awards and distinctions (e.g., Canada's Public Service Award of Excellence and named as a KickAss Canadian). Dr. D'Arcy is a 3X TEDx speaker, who speaks frequently on brain health innovations around the world.

 


A collaboration of

Joanne Pawluk, PhD, BScOT
Research Scientist
University of Alberta

 

What is Motivational Interviewing?

Description

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based, directive, client-centered, therapeutic approach that elicits behavioural change by assisting clients identify and resolve ambivalence about attitudes and ideas. MI has been used in a variety of clinical settings and has been applied to various health conditions. MI is effective in reducing maladaptive behaviours such as alcohol abuse, drug addiction, and smoking and in promoting healthy behaviour change such as weight loss, medication adherence, increasing physical activity, and return to work. The applicability of MI across a variety of issues, its brief and specific interactions, and practical use in combination with other active treatment methods has intrigued many health care practitioners and led to explorations of the utility of MI in other areas of health care practice

Short Bio

Joanne Pawluk (PhD, BScOT) has worked as an Occupational Therapist in the area of occupational rehabilitation for over 14 years. Joanne is also a sessional instructor for the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. Joanne’s research primarily focuses on individuals with musculoskeletal conditions and Motivational Interviewing. Her current research involves developing a program theory for Motivational Interviewing in work rehabilitation.

 


In collaboration with

 

Marc P. Morissette, PhD
Research Associate
Pan Am Clinic Foundation

 

Topics in Concussions

Description

An update on the latest research surrounding concussion management, including the role of exercise after injury will be covered by Dr. Morissette. The associations between concussion and risk of diagnosis of psychological and neurological disorders were studied from a retrospective population-based cohort. Concussion is associated with an increased risk for diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mood and anxiety disorders (MADs), dementia, and Parkinson’s disease, according to his published study. Other studies were conducted on the evaluation of early submaximal exercise tolerance in adolescents with symptomatic sport-related concussion, and patient-specific alterations in CO2 cerebrovascular responsiveness in acute and sub-acute sports-related concussion. Dr. Morissette will discuss the multi-facets of concussions and exercise.

Short Bio

Recent PhD graduate from the Applied Health Sciences program at the University of Manitoba, Marc P. Morisette's thesis projects included studies on concussion epidemiology and management, with the latter focusing mainly on adolescents. Other interests of his include athletic therapy, exercise physiology, and sport performance. He has also developed a strong desire to work with large datasets to investigate healthcare-related questions. 


In collaboration with

 

 

Dr. Daniel Santa Mina
Assistant Professor, Exercise & Cancer
University of Toronto

 

Prehab, Rehab, and Exercise for People with Cancer

Description

This webinar will provide an overview of recent advances in prehabilitation, rehabilitation, and exercise in oncology. Specifically, this lecture will discuss opportunities for Kinesiologists within oncology health teams to help optimize client and health system outcomes. Attendees will: 1) become familiar with the recent guidelines and recommendations for prehabilitation, rehabilitation, and exercise for people with cancer; 2) be able to identify opportunities for Kinesiologist integration into cancer care and health promotion.

Short Bio

Dr. Daniel Santa Mina is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Santa Mina is also a Clinician Investigator at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute and Scientist in the Department of Anesthesia. Dr. Santa Mina’s research includes the effects of exercise on physiological, functional, and psychosocial wellbeing across the cancer continuum. In particular, his research program focuses on the role of prehabilitation prior to various cancer treatments and implementation of strategies for exercise integration into standard cancer care. Dr. Santa Mina completed his PhD in Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Surgical Oncology (Division of Urology) at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. He is a Registered Kinesiologist (Ontario) and Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP) with advanced training in exercise for people with cancer.

 


 A collaboration of

 

Jean-Philippe Chaput, PhD
Research Scientist
CHEO Research Institute
 

The 24-hour movement continuum:
kinesiologists should talk about sleep and sedentary behaviour too!

Description

Sleep, sedentary behaviour, and physical activity are part of the 24-hour movement continuum. When summed together, these three daily behaviours add up to 24 hours. This means that a change in any behaviour inevitably results in a change in at least one of the other two behaviours, and the effects on health are not the same. For example, the benefits of increasing physical activity are not the same if it is done at the expense of sleeping less (bad trade-off) or sitting less (good trade-off). The co-dependency of these three daily behaviours led to a more integrated approach in public health guidelines. During this lecture, the new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines will be discussed, including implications for Kinesiologists. The overall idea is to recognize that the whole day matters for health and wellness.

Short Bio

Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput is a Research Scientist with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the CHEO Research Institute and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on obesity prevention and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. He is also interested in new determinants of obesity such as lack of sleep and mental stress. Dr. Chaput has published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and has contributed to a large number of conferences around the world (>200 lectures). He has received several awards for his research, including the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) Young Investigator Award in 2016.


In collaboration with

 

 

Stephan Dombrowski, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of New Brunswick

 

The Role of Kins in Obesity Management

Description

The latest guidelines from the Canadian Medical Association regarding obesity management will be reviewed highlighting the role Kinesiologists can play in the treatment and care. Stephan Dombrowki will include his research interests on health behaviour change, behaviour change intervention development, psychological theories of behaviour and behaviour change, and weight loss, and weight loss maintenance.

Short Bio

Dr. Dombrowski is a Health Psychologist. He has joined the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick in 2018 as an Assistant Professor. Previously, Dr. Dombrowski has been employed by the University of Stirling (UK, Scotland) as a Senior Lecturer, at Newcastle University (UK, England) as a post doctoral researcher, and at the University of Aberdeen (UK, Scotland). Dr. Dombrowski is interested in the development, testing, and application of behaviour change theory and interventions for health, particularly in relation to aspects concerning behaviour change maintenance, and the use of evidence-based behaviour change techniques. His research to date covers a range of health behaviours (e.g. diet, physical activity, health service use) and populations (e.g. general public, individuals with risk factors for health, or health care professionals). In his empirical work, Dr. Dombrowski uses qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodologies.

 


In collaboration with

Michelle Stone, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dalhousie University

 

Making the Case for Play

Description

Michelle Stone's body of research explores physical activity and sedentary behaviours, using accelerometry, in healthy and chronically ill populations. The topics of interest include: how physical activity and sedentary behaviours relate to physiological and psychological health outcomes; relationships between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep; physical literacy and fundamental movement skills; physical activity, physical literacy and outdoor play interventions in early years settings; physical activity and physical literacy assessment/interventions in chronically ill populations; interventions to promote physical activity and reduce sitting time in schools/the workplace; and the built environment, physical activity and health.

Short Bio

Michelle Stone is an assistant professor at the School of Health and Human Performance in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University. She is the author of Let the Children Play: Scoping Review on the Implementation and Use of Loose Parts for Promoting Physical Activity Participation. From Kingston to Saskatchewan for a degree in kinesiology, Dr. Stone pursued her PhD (2009) in children's health and exercise research at the University of Exeter, UK and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto in building environment, physical activity, and health research. She now teaches human growth and development, physical activity and health, and a senior seminar in physical activity and chronic disease.

 


In collaboration with

 

 

Travis Saunders, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Prince Edward Island

 

Canada’s 24 Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults and Older Adults

Description

This webinar will review Canada’s newly released 24 Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults and Older Adults.  It will examine the evidence informing the Guidelines, and ways they can benefit Kinesiologists and their clients. Canada is the first country in the world to release 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults and Older Adults.  These Guidelines were funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, and are the “Food Guide” for physical activity.  Kinesiologists are an ideal group to be using and promoting these Guidelines in their work, and they and their clients will benefit from having an understanding of the Guidelines

Short Bio

Travis Saunders is an Associate Professor in Applied Human Sciences at the University of Prince Edward Island.  His research focuses on the health impact of physical activity and sedentary behaviour across the lifespan.  He served on the leadership team for Canada’s 24 Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults and Older Adults.

 


In collaboration with

 

Dr. Katie Wadden
MS Rehabilitation Researcher
Memorial University

 

Exercise and Fertility

Description

Each year, approximately 10,000 young Canadians are diagnosed with cancer. Without knowing the importance of fertility preservation prior to treatment, many are left with few options for family planning. Involved with Fertile Future, Dr. Wadden helps this national charity that aspires to change this reality. Its mission is to inform, educate, and support cancer patients who are facing fertility-risking medical treatment, and oncology professionals who are providing this care. We will explore the effects of exercise interventions on fertility.

Short Bio

Katie Wadden completed her Bachelor and Masters Degree of Science in Kinesiology. In 2016 she completed a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, studying rehabilitation interventions for individuals with neurological diseases at University of British Columbia. The aim of her research was to determine the role working memory plays in implicit motor learning. Her research focused on studying the healthy brain through the use of TMS and brain imaging techniques during motor learning paradigms to further understand the role memory plays during the acquisition of motor skills. She is an ultramarathon runner who has completed numerous 50km and 100km races across North America. The practice of yoga has taught her how to move mindfully in all aspects of life.