Canadian Kinesiology Awards

 

2023 Canadian Kinesiology Award Winners

Kinesiologist of the Year: Emily Tse

The winner of the Kinesiologist of the Year is Emily Tse, an individual who has demonstrated significant leadership and achievement in the field of kinesiology through her work as Clinic Manager and Director of Administrative Operations at Neuromotion, leading a team of kinesiologists and physiotherapists to provide care to over 300 individuals with neurological conditions.

Emily graduated from Concordia University in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science in Montreal, QC. Upon completion of her degree, Emily worked at a senior's community center teaching exercise classes for seniors with neurological conditions. she also worked as a personal trainer, mainly working the senior population and individuals with neurological conditions. 

In the summer of 2010, Emily and her family moved to Vancouver, BC. In 2011, Emily joined Meuromotion clinic in Vancouver where she is now the Clinic Manager and Director of Administrative Operations. She leads a team of four kinesiologists and five physiotherapists to provide care to over 300 individuals with neurological conditions.

Emily is extremely hardworking. She has supported many Kinesiologists that have worked at Neuromotion and provides hands-on training to team members and volunteers. Emily is a strong advocate for the Kinesiology profession and mentors Kinesiologists and volunteers within the clinic. Emily encourages growth of the profession to all she comes across. Congratulations, Emily!

Kinesiology Event/Initiative of the Year: Fitness in the Park by Rachel Robertson

The Kinesiology Event or Initiative of the Year is to presented to a Kinesiologist who has increased public awareness of Kinesiology through promotion of the profession outside of the Kinesiology community and throughout Canada.

The winner of the Kinesiology Event/Initiative of the Year is Fitness in the Park, executed by Rachel Robertson of Return To Form Kinesiology and Pilates. Through the fourth year of this annual event, Rachel raised $800 towards the mental wellness trail and made connections and partnerships with other businesses for this health and fitness education event. Congratulations, Rachel.
 

Overview  

The annual Canadian Kinesiology Awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of those in the Canadian Kinesiology industry.  

Awards are granted in the following categories:  

  • Kinesiologist of the Year 

  • Kinesiology Event/Initiative of the Year 

  • Kinesiology Student of the Year 

The Canadian Kinesiology Awards are open to all Canadian Kinesiologists and researchers within the eligibility period outlined in the nomination form below. 

The nominee must be a member of their Provincial Kinesiology Association and an affiliate of the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance (*note all Provincial Kinesiology Association members have automatic affiliation with the CKA).

 

Previous winners 

Kinesiologist of the Year:

Jonathan Harvey for his work to promote Kinesiology through his companies Perform+ and Adrenaline, connecting employers with Kinesiologists to prevent workplace injuries.

Dasha Maslennikova for advancing Kinesiology by building a purposefully built, unique Kinesiology studio, a solid reputation in her local population and for her creativity, integrity, professionalism and accountability. 

Spenser Raposo for working to help raise the awareness of Kinesiology as a profession at the grassroots level with students through online communities and communications, but also at the top-level by connecting with Kinesiologists who have the same message and passion for the profession.

 

Kinesiology Event/Initiative of the Year:

Ontario Kinesiology Association Start, Join, Lead the Movement campaign for creating a national awareness campaign to bring Kinesiologists to the forefront of the insurance sector. 

British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists Post-Secondary Curriculum Consultation for their stakeholder input review.

 

Researcher of the Year (retired award):

Dr. David Behm for his prolific work and his international and national recognition as a leader in Kinesiology research in a variety of areas including sport science, rehabilitation, and basic exercise physiology. 

Dr. Ryan Rhodes for his work on the development of a consensus statement on the role of the family in the physical activity, sedentary and sleep behaviours of children and youth.

 

Industry Recognition 

This year the CKA celebrates the 4th annual Canadian Kinesiology Awards. Winners are celebrated at the 2023 Kin Can Conference, happening virtually November 4-5, 2023 and announced in the CKA’s media platforms including eblasts, website, and social media channels. Winners will also be recognized in the CKA annual report and with an award certificate. 

 

Judging or Evaluation   

Award submissions are evaluated by a CKA awards committee. Each nomination is evaluated using a ranking system and consensus methods. The committee considers both the process by which an initiative is undertaken, and its outcomes. The submissions must comply with the values, mission, and vision statement of the CKA.  

The decisions regarding eligibility and awards of the CKA Awards Committee are final.  

Judging and evaluation may be based on additional criteria when seen fit by the CKA.  

 

Language Entries  

The Canadian Kinesiology Awards accept either English or French-language entries. Materials available in both languages may be submitted together.   

 

Criteria and Eligibility 

 

Kinesiologist of the Year 

Kinesiologist(s), an individual or team, who demonstrated significant leadership, innovation, engagement, passion, and achievement in the field of kinesiology, physical activity, human kinetics, wellness, lifestyle, or sports, and who has or is making positive, sustainable contributions to help Canadians move better and live better. 

Eligibility 

  • Nominee must be a member of their Provincial Kinesiology Association in good standing. 

Criteria 

  • The work the nominee is being nominated for must have happened within the last 12 months. . 

  • Evidence of nominee’s work to advance, promote and advocate for Kinesiology in Canada through meaningful actions, projects, events, etc. Evidence can include articles, papers or case studies written or published; meetings with government, universities/institutions, insurers, etc.; case studies on hands-on practice, or testimonials.  

  • How the nominees brought additional value to the field of Kinesiology, services and programs such as: 

    • New programs/initiatives in a community 

    • Worked with new organizations to create new partnerships 

    • Promoted Kinesiology to new communities with evidence of growth 

Kinesiology Student of the Year 

Kinesiology student who demonstrated significant leadership, innovation, engagement, passion, and achievement in the field of Kinesiology, physical activity, human kinetics, wellness, lifestyle, or sports, and who has or is making positive, sustainable contributions to help Canadians move better and live better. 

Eligibility 

  • Student must be a student member in good standing of their Provincial Kinesiology Association  

  • Student must be enrolled in a Kinesiology program at an accredited Canadian institution, recognized by the CKA.  

  • Student must have completed at least 30 credit hours of their Kinesiology program.  

Criteria 

  • Shows outstanding volunteer work related to promoting and advancing Kinesiology on campus and beyond 

  • Displays an impressive extracurricular background related to Kinesiology 

  • Demonstrate proven leadership qualities while being actively involved in the community  

 

How to Enter  

Information on submitting nominations for 2024 will be available soon.