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Speakers

Special Guest
 

The Honorable
Chantal Petitclerc
Senator

 

Opening Salutations

 

Short Bio

The Honourable Chantal Petitclerc is not only an internationally renowned athlete, but also a compassionate person. She overcame adversity and many obstacles to become a proven leader in the sports world. Her many achievements and her personal journey have also made her an in-demand public speaker, recognized across Canada. A tireless advocate for the contributions people with disabilities have made to our society, she plays a definitive role in building a more inclusive society. Her example inspires people to overcome their obstacles and achieve their full potential. Through her experiences, Senator Petitclerc has also learned a lot about the particular characteristics of various communities, as well as how decisions are made at the national level. As someone who has functional limitations herself, she has a good understanding of the needs of various minority communities and would like to ensure their voices are heard. The Senator is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Knight of the Order of Quebec. In addition, Senator Petitclerc sits on various committees and boards of directors, where she provides her dynamic and unique perspective.

 

Keynote Conference
Sponsored by

In collaboration with

Kinesiology Panel : Conny Glenn, John Gray, Charmi Lad
 

 

FORWARD WITH COVID-19 KINESIOLOGY GUIDELINES FOR MAINTAINING OPTIMAL HEALTH

Description

How has your practice and your clients/patients been affected by the sanitary restrictions?How are you counselling them on returning to work, daily activities, sport and an active lifestyle after having had COVID-19 or being restricted from regular activities? Join our lively panel of Kinesiologists as they discuss with you, our guidelines for managing client challenges as they relate to recovering from the pandemic and resuming a regular healthy, active lifestyle. Find solutions for long-haulers, workers, seniors and others of all ages. Be part of the conversation on the six fields of practice addressed by the guidelines: cognitive capacities, ergonomics, cardiorespiratory health, functional abilities, weight gain and obesity, and safe return to sport. Understand the guidelines for the tool they are – a key piece of advice for Canadians, clients and Kinesiologists on navigating health care during our comeback from COVID.

Short Bio

Led by Conny Glenn, this panel of practising kinesiologists, welcoming John Gray and Charmi Lad, cumulates more than 50 years of experience in the field.

President at Work Wellness Ergonomics, Conny is the right leader for our times. She brings a new perspective and fresh ideas that will help propel Ontario healthcare toward a better future. With over 25 years of experience as a health care provider, entrepreneur, and community leader she knows that health is everything. That our physical and mental health is only as good as the health of our environment, economy, institutions, communities, and government. She works in the areas of prevention, rehabilitation, insurance and return to work.

John’s practice as owner of Movement First focuses is in musculoskeletal impairments in clients of all ages and abilities. With his skills acquired in a Master's degree with the Clinical Mechanics Group at Queen's University related to biomechanics of sports and performance and  later,  joined internationally recognized spine biomechanics expert Stuart McGill, Ph.D., he helps clients progress in their function, movement, and performance in many different conditions: acute and chronic back and neck pain, joint replacements, sports injuries & return to play, sports fitness training, impairments caused by cancer therapies, pre- and post-surgical scoliosis.

Owner of Charm Wellness, Charmi is a Registered Kinesiologist with many years of experience working with body mechanics and human performance. She provides movement therapy for seniors and adults who experience chronic pain, illnesses, and injuries. She utilises functional and corrective exercises, manual therapy, and strength conditioning to help people move more freely with less pain and discomfort.


In collaboration with

 

Michael Rosenblat 
Lecturer
Simon Fraser University

 

Programming interval training for endurance sport performance

Description

Interval training has become an essential component of endurance training programs because it can facilitate a substantial improvement in endurance sport performance. There remains a lack of consensus concerning the optimal method to program interval training to maximize endurance sport performance. The presentation will discuss the influence that individual characteristics and programming variables have on measures aerobic performance such as maximal oxygen consumption, maximal aerobic power and time-trial performance. 

Short Bio

Michael is a full-time Lecturer in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada. His doctoral studies focused on programming interval training to optimize endurance sport performance. A significant portion of his physiotherapy practice has involved the assessment and treatment of individuals from a variety of sports, with a strong focus on swimming, cycling and running. Michael is a clinical exercise physiologist and a certified triathlon coach. He has prepared athletes for national and international level competition by developing and implementing individualized endurance training programs. 

 


A collaboration of

Levi Frehlich
PhD Candidate
University of Calgary

 

Health-Related Fitness and Environment

Description

There is mounting evidence that where you live influences your physical activity levels; however, what is less known is if these changes result in changes in objective health-related fitness markers, such as cardiorespiratory capacity. This webinar will explore the evidence. Kinesiology is the study of human movement. When humans do not move, they are at greater risk for many chronic diseases, other morbidities, and mortality. In Public Health research we try to find areas in the population that gets away from individual responsibility and look at many macro areas to influence health. The relationship between the built environment and health is one of these macro influences. Your attendees will benefit from understanding that even if the individual is doing everything “right” the environment surrounding them may be negatively influencing their health.

Short Bio

Levi Frehlich earned his BSc (Hons) in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, where he researched the dietary patterns of undergraduate students. Levi completed his MSc in Population/Public Health, where he developed a tool to measure neighbourhood-based physical activity. Currently, he is an Epidemiology PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences, working on exploring the relationship between the built environment and health-related fitness. Levi served as the Co-President for the Calgary Chapter of Obesity Canada from 2017-2020 before transitioning to start-up and chair the Calgary Student and New Professional Chapter of Obesity Canada. Along with his academic and advocacy work, Levi runs Luxury Nutrition and Fitness, a health blog to disseminate physical activity, nutrition, and health research to the general population.



In collaboration withScott FORBES | Professor (Associate) | PhD | Brandon University, Brandon |  Physical Education

 

 

 

 


Scott Forbes, PhD
Professor
University of Regina


Performance and therapeutic benefits of creatine supplementation

Description

Creatine is a popular dietary supplement. Dr. Forbes will discuss emerging evidence that creatine can impact muscle performance, cognitive function, and bone health. The purpose of the presentation is to highlight key mechanisms and summarize emerging research. 

Short Bio

Dr. Scott Forbes is an associate professor in the department of Physical Education Studies at Brandon University and an Adjunct Professor in the faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina. Dr. Forbes has completed the International Olympic Committee diploma in Sports Nutrition and is a Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Performance Specialist. His research examines various nutritional and exercise interventions to enhance performance or function in a variety of populations.

 


Lora Giangregorio • University of Waterloo Experts

In collaboration with

 



Lora Giangregorio, PhD
Professor
University of Waterloo

 

Exercise for fall and fracture prevention

Description

Exercise is featured as a strategy for fall and fracture prevention in guidelines from the UK, Australia, USA and Canada. Researchers and guideline developers are moving from risk-averse approaches to exercise prescription in people with osteoporosis, to advocating for resistance and balance training, and avoiding language that may instill fear. Studies of exercise in individuals with vertebral fractures are fewer, and findings are conflicting.

Learning Objective: Understand the latest evidence on exercise for individuals at risk of fracture, including high risk groups like individuals with vertebral fractures, and discuss real-world application.

Short Bio

Lora Giangregorio, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, and a Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging. She leads the Bone Health and Exercise Science Lab (BonES lab), and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for Osteoporosis Canada.

 


 Surgery - Code LifeA collaboration of

Vanessa Ferreira 
PhD
McGill University
 

Prehabilitation for the surgical cancer patient

Description

Prehabilitation is especially important in the surgical cancer population as these patients typically have poor functional capacity and low muscle mass and strength, all of which are predictors of poor outcomes after surgery. This webinar will detail what multimodal prehabilitation is, the scientific evidence supporting it and the important role of kinesiologists in this program. This is important for the field of Kinesiology because the presence of kinesiologists in the hospital setting is scarce (at least in QC), despite their being a great need, therefore this presentation may help highlight this avenue as a career pathway for fellow kinesiologists while also promoting the importance of our skills in the hospital setting.

Short Bio

Recently graduated from McGill University with a PhD in Kinesiology. My research was based out of the Prehabilitation Clinic at the Montreal General Hospital where I studied prehabilitaiton in the surgical oncology setting. Prior to that, I also completed at Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Kinesiology at McGill University.

 


In collaboration with

 

 

Hélène Thériault
Occupational Therapist
Function First Coaching

Prevent- Perform- Recover by Diving Into a Coach Approach™

Description

Are you ready empower your clients to Prevent-Perform-Recover by Diving Into a Coach Approach? During this session you will:

  • Describe why a coach approach can help clients prevent- perform and recover
  • Observe two coaching techniques they can start practicing in the workplace immediately
  • Leave with a workbook and two tools they can use in their workplace immediately

Join us for an interactive, informative session that will provide you with tools to implement immediately!

This International presenter is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), a registered occupational therapist who has completed 4-years of kinesiology, and Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia. Hélène has seen the life-changing power of coaching help people reach their full potential. Her vision is that all professionals learn how to incorporate a coach approach into their workplace to amplify results.

Short Bio

As the creator of a coaching model, the best in coaching theory and adult education is combined to make the transformative power of this approach accessible, practical, and actionable. Using a learner-centred approach, her presentations are highly engaging, infused with fun and relevant activities, and designed with an eye to making the information “stick."

 


In collaboration with

Logan Harris
Kinesiologist
Dynamic Wellness

 

Developing Resilience Through Exercise

Description

Resilience is the capacity that serves to buffer an individual against stress. Low resilience is implicated in numerous disorders and diseases. The existence of the current pandemic and the restrictions pertaining to the management of it have simultaneously added stress to people’s lives and compromised factors that contribute to their resilience. Exercise can be used to directly and effectively develop resilience and may serve to be one of the best tools to address pandemic related stressors.

Short Bio

Logan has 9 years of experience working as a kinesiologist in a clinical setting, a kin and personal trainer in a hybrid clinical/public gym , a personal trainer in a commercial gym, and is currently working as a  personal trainer and kinesiologist in a private studio called Dynamic Wellness. His special interest areas include evolutionary kinesiology, psychology, and resilience.

 


In collaboration with

 

 

Kristen Parker
MKin, CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist, CSCS, MES
Company/ Institution

Exercise for Kidney Disease Patients –Implementing Intradialytic Exercise and Prehabilitation for Kidney Transplant Candidates

Description

This presentation will overview how intradialytic exercise is implemented in hemodialysis clinics in Alberta, and the role of the clinical kinesiologist in preventing falls, rehabbing patients after hospitalizations, symptom management, and prehabilitation before kidney transplant.

Short Bio

Kristen Parker received her undergraduate degree in Minnesota (1998) and her Masters of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary (2004). In 2009, she was hired as the 2nd renal kinesiologist in Canada. Over the past 12 years, she has overseen tens of thousands of dialysis exercise sessions, provided rehabilitation, collaborated in research, and has helped develop policies and procedures for intradialytic exercise programs around the world. Kristen is a founding member of the Global Renal Exercise Group (GREX) – an international group of nephrologists, researchers, kinesiologists, physiotherapists and patient partners who work collaboratively to advance exercise research and programming for those with all stages of kidney disease. She is passionate about exercise as medicine and its use in reducing healthcare costs by preventing hospitalizations and complications from chronic diseases and deconditioning. Kristen is based out of the Sheldon Chumir and South Calgary hemodialysis clinics in Calgary.  

 


In collaboration with

 

Nicole Hollohan
Kinesiologist/ MSc Student
Max Fitness

Development & Delivery of a Virtual Exercise Program for Women living with Obesity & Infertility

Description

This webinar will discuss the development and documentation of an exercise program for a sedentary population, and delivery of an exercise program virtually. Participants will have a better understanding of movement for the female population  as well as cardiovascular fitness for a sedentary population. A question & answer period will follow. 

Short Bio

Nicole Hollohan completed her bachelor of Kinesiology at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL. She has been working as a Kinesiologist for 3 years at MAX Fitness in St. John’s, NL. She is currently completing her MSc. in Medicine in Clinical Epidemiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, studying exercise with women living with obesity and infertility.