Experts Speakers

  • All
  • Coach Development
  • Coaching Female Athletes
  • Community Engagement Strategies
  • Community Sport Development
  • Competition Review & Restructuring
  • Inclusion for Indigenous Participants
  • Long-Term Athlete Development
  • Mental Health
  • Organizational Development
  • Physical Literacy
  • Program Evaluation
  • Sport Specialization
  • Sport System Building
  • Istvan Balyi
    Istvan Balyi
    Long-Term Athlete Development Architect
  • Richard Way
    Richard Way
    Long-Term Athlete Development and Sport for Life Architect
  • Alex Wilson
    Alex Wilson
    Physical Literacy Leader
  • André Lachance
    André Lachance
    Long-Term Athlete Development
  • Dr. James Mandigo
    Dr. James Mandigo
    Physical Literacy Expert
  • Dr. John Cairney
    Dr. John Cairney
    Physical Literacy Expert
  • Christian Hrab
    Christian Hrab
    Long-Term Athlete Development Leader
  • Carolyn Trono
    Carolyn Trono
    Long-Term Athlete Development Expert
  • Douglas Duncan
    Douglas Duncan
    Long-Term Athlete Development Leader
  • Eugene Todd
    Eugene Todd
    Physical Literacy Community Mentor
  • Lea Wiens
    Lea Wiens
    Physical Literacy Leader
  • Dr. Vicki Harber
    Dr. Vicki Harber
    Long-Term Athlete Development Expert
Istvan Balyi
Long-Term Athlete Development Architect

Istvan is an architect of the Long-Term Athlete Development framework and is a Planning and Periodization expert on which he’s published over 75 articles and chapters. His series on Long-Term Athlete Development and periodization have both been published in Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Within Canada, Istvan has worked with 17 different National Teams as a high performance advisor and planning and periodization consultant. Istvan is a national and national Long-Term Athlete Development advisor. Internationally, he has lead program development in the United States, South Africa, England, Ireland, Sweden and the Bahrain.

Richard Way
Long-Term Athlete Development and Sport for Life Architect

Richard is the CEO of the Sport for Life Society and an architect of the Long-Term Athlete Development Framework. Richard has facilitated the use of Long-Term Athlete Development for over 30 sports in more than 50 countries, and co-authored the book, Long-Term Athlete Development, with Istvan Balyi and Colin Higgs. Richard serves on the faculty of the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Delaware. A thought leader on physical literacy, Richard is a founding member of the International Physical Literacy Association. Additionally, he was the Director of Sport for Vancouver’s successful 2010 Winter Olympic Games Bid Corporation, a former commission member of the International Luge Federation, and former executive of the Canadian Luge Association. Richard represented Canada in nine Luge World Championships and was an All-Canadian West soccer star for the University of Calgary.

Expertise

  • Long-Term Athlete Development
  • Physical Literacy 101 and 301
  • Sport Specialization
  • Sport System Building
  • Sport for Life

Past Presentations

  • Health Matters
  • Clinton Foundation
  • International Coach Enrichment Certification Program
  • USOC
  • Sport for Life Canadian Summit (12x)
  • NOCs (15x)
Alex Wilson
Physical Literacy Leader

Alex is the Manager of Education and Evaluation for the Sport for Life Society. Alex monitors the progress of projects and builds educational connections for the Sport for Life movement.  She earned a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education and Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University and a Master’s Degree in Exercise and Health Psychology from the University of British Columbia.  Alex has been involved with a variety of projects supporting and encouraging physical literacy and a healthy lifestyle including Action Schools! BC, BC Wheelchair Sports Association and research projects in both education and health settings.  Alex enjoys being an active part of her community and volunteers regularly with the Take a Hike Foundation and Alpine Club of Canada.  She is an outdoor enthusiast who can frequently be found biking, hiking, paddling, and skiing to maximize her time in nature.

Expertise

  • Physical Literacy
  • Physical Activity in Children and Youth
André Lachance
Long-Term Athlete Development

André Lachance has been with Baseball Canada since 2001 serving as Business and Sport Development Director and Head Coach of the Women's National Team. Part of his responsibilities are around Coach Education and Long-Term Athlete Development. André is also a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa. Having served as a board member with the Coaching Association of Canada for several years, André has also led several CS4L Summits on Competition Review and has helped several organizations on Long-Term Athlete Development implementation, competition reviews and other related projects. André also works internationally on Long-Term Athlete Development.

Expertise

  • Long-Term Athlete Development
  • Competition Review
  • Athlete Development Matrix
  • Branding
  • Coach Education
  • Strategic Plan

Past Presentations

  • Hockey Sense World Cup of Hockey Town Hall
  • Meaningful competition Webinar
  • European Baseball Coaches Association Seminar
  • World Baseball Softball Confederation Women's Baseball Clinic
  • Baseball Québec Coaches Convention
Dr. James Mandigo
Physical Literacy Expert

James Mandigo is currently the Vice Provost at Brock University.  His expertise lies in developmental issues pertaining to sport and physical education. His current research pertains to the use of sport and physical education to develop life skills and the development of physical literacy amongst children and youth. James has also led a number of international projects in the Caribbean, El Salvador and Guatemala focused upon the development of healthy schools, physical literacy, and violence prevention. He is currently working with the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Olympic Values in Education Program (OVEP) to help integrate Olympic Values through sport and physical activity.

Expertise

  • Physical Literacy
  • Life Skills

Past Presentations

  • Invited keynotes include: Ontario Physical Literacy Summit, International Physical Activity and Exercise Science Conference, Association of Physical Educators of Quebec Conference, Olympic Values Education Program Summit, National Healthy Schools Conference, International Physical Literacy Conference, Guatemalan Sport for Development and Peace Conference
Dr. John Cairney
Physical Literacy Expert

From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Cairney held a Canada Research Chair in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He was the inaugural holder of the McMaster Family Medicine Research Chair in Child Health at McMaster and the founding Director of the Infant and Child Health (INCH) lab at McMaster University (www.inchlab.ca). Dr. Cairney was President (elect) of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry from 2009 to 2015. He is currently the President (elect) for the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM). Active in publishing (200 peer-reviewed publications; 4 books), Dr. Cairney sits on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and BMC Pediatrics. Over the past 5 years, he is held in excess of $5 million dollars in research funding. He is Editor-in-Chief of Current Developmental Disorders Reports (Springer Publishing). Dr. Cairney has also done extensive consulting work for the Ministries of Child and Youth Services, Health and Education in the province of Ontario in the area of child health and development.

Expertise

  • Physical Literacy
  • Motor development
  • Developmental disability
  • Paediatric exercise
  • Mental health
  • Adapted physical activity
  • Epidemiology

Past Presentations

  • Invited Presentations:
  • “Physical Literacy and Global Development in Children.” #PhysEd Global Summit. Interactive Online presentation (August 27, 2016)
  • “Physical Literacy - What is it? Can we measure it?” Ontario Physical Literacy Summit. Ancaster, Ontario (September 1, 2016)
  • “Motor coordination and child health: understanding the connections.” North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA). Montreal, Quebec (June 18, 2016) (keynote speaker)
  • “What are the psychosocial aspects of DCD?” International Consensus Conference for recommendations in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Stockholm, Sweden (May 30, 2016)
  • “Physical Literacy and the Developing Brain: Connections and Implications for Intervention.” Physical Activity and Brain Development Workshop, Whitby, Ontario (November 20, 2015)
  • “Motor Ability, Physical Activity and Cognition in Early Childhood: From Fundamental Movement Skills to Physical Literacy.” Movement as a Window to the Developing Brain Symposium, Ottawa, Ontario (September 19, 2015)
  • “Physical Literacy and Child Development: Expanding the Horizons.” Invited Speaker for the International Physical Literacy Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia (June 16th, 2015)
  • “Thinking Movement: Using Physical Literacy to Improve Health AND Learning in Children and Youth”. Physical Literacy Summit. Calgary, Alberta (March 10, 2016) (keynote speaker)
Christian Hrab
Long-Term Athlete Development Leader

Christian is a member of the Sport for Life Leadership Team and was responsible for introducing a new coaching education program to Canada Snowboard, which incorporated the Long-Term Athlete Development model. From 1994 to 2010, he was an athlete, coach, and then director of the Canadian National Snowboard team. As a coach, he has lead numerous athletes, both able bodied and para, to World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic gold medal performances. As a performance advisor, Christian has worked with numerous summer sports at Taekwondo Canada and at the National Sport Institute. He currently leads the Canadians Association for Disabled Skiers and Snowboarders: CADS.

Expertise

  • Athlete development: Long and short term

Past Presentations

  • Sport Leadership
  • Sport for Life summits
  • Own the Podium
  • Snowboard Canada
  • Taekwondo Canada
  • Regional sport centres
Carolyn Trono
Long-Term Athlete Development Expert

Carolyn is the Director of Long-Term Athlete Development for the Sport for Life Society. She has worked with many sport organizations at the community, provincial and national level in the areas of strategic planning, LTAD implementation and coach education. She has worked with many National Sport Organizations development of their Long-Term Athlete Development frameworks and Competition Review and Restructuring Plans. Carolyn filled the role of Director of Coach Education for Rowing Canada for 15 years. As a Director for Sport for Life, she works extensively with national and multi-sport organizations as they move toward integration of Long-Term Athlete Development into their culture and programs. Carolyn is working extensively with a team of experts looking at meaningful competition. Outside of the sport world, she delivers workshops on the 3Ms - Performance,Change and Time Management.
In her volunteer time, Carolyn has started a newcomer sport & multi-sport academy, working extensively with various immigration organizations. She is heavily involved with 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg holding the volunteer position as the Sport Function Lead.

Expertise

  • Workshops and Speaking Topics
  • Strategic Planning
  • 3M's
  • Long-Term Athlete Development 101
  • Competition Review and Restructuring
  • Meaningful Competition
Douglas Duncan
Long-Term Athlete Development Leader

Douglas is the Manager of Activation for the Sport for Life Society. He manages the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Legacy Project in partnership with the Canadian Soccer Association project. The project aims to reduce the rate of soccer injuries in Canada by supporting clubs to implement the FIFA 11+ Injury Prevention Warm-up and Sport for Life's Physical Literacy Movement Preparation program into regular club programming. In addition Douglas leads Sport for Life engagement in Quebec, supports a number of Sport for Life's Long Term Athlete Development Projects and is a consultant as part of Sport for Life's work with New York Road Runners.

Douglas has been a leader within the Canadian Sport for Life Movement since its inception. A former long track speed skater and national training centre coach, Douglas has had the opportunity to work directly with many of the coaches and athletes of Canada’s speed skating team during the Vancouver and Sochi Olympics.

He then moved into a series of sport development roles, both provincially and nationally, working to align athlete development, coaching education and competition with Long-Term Athlete Development. Before joining the Sport for Life team, Douglas served as Athletics Canada’s Director of Sport Development where he was responsible for a number of programs and initiatives including the Run-Jump-Throw-Wheel Program, coach education, and all club, school and road running programs. Douglas is a passionate believer in the ability of sport to change lives and the importance of collaboration.

Expertise

  • Long Term Athlete Development
  • Competition Review
  • National/Provincial Sport Organisation Implementation
  • Sport Development
Eugene Todd
Physical Literacy Community Mentor

Eugene Todd is a community mentor and a member of the Engagement Team with the Sport for Life Society. Eugene has been involved in the recreation and sport movement for over 35 years. His professional career included an extended stint working in the area of athlete development with an emphasis on the organization and delivery of multisport games competitions. In addition, he spent more than 20 years as a senior recreation practitioner within the municipal sector. His current affiliation with Sport for Life is as a consultant working with community organizations and municipal staff as they travel along their physical literacy journey. He is the President of the Northumberland Sports Council and is on the Board of the Community Sport Councils Ontario. He is also currently the Co-Chair for the 2017 Ontario Plus 55 Winter Games.

Expertise

  • PL topics (101, Intro, 301 general etc),
  • Municipal Recreation
  • Trail Development

Past Presentations

  • Presentations/facilitations at past Parks and Recreation Ontario Conferences,
  • Physical Literacy National Summit and regional PL summits including Hamilton and Peterborough
Lea Wiens
Physical Literacy Leader

Lea works with community leaders across multiple sectors, developing knowledge and capacity to deliver physical literacy and quality sport enriched programs and services. After establishing one of the first Sport for Life Community projects in her home town of Cochrane, AB, Lea went on to lead the RBC Learn to Play Community Mentorship on behalf of the Sport for Life Society. Currently, Lea is the project manager supporting physical literacy and quality sport in Indigenous schools and communities as well as working as a Mentor for the Physical Literacy for Communities – BC project

Expertise

  • Community Engagement Strategies
  • Community Sport Development
  • Inclusion for Indigenous Participants
  •  Physical Literacy
Dr. Vicki Harber
Long-Term Athlete Development Expert

Vicki is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta from the Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation.  She is a member of the Sport for Life Management Group and Leadership Group, and is helping to shape athlete development programs for young females across Canada.  She holds a Sport Nutrition diploma from the IOC and sits on the board for the Edmonton Sport Council.  In 2011 and 2012, Vicki was honoured by CAAWS as one of the Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity. She was a member of the 1980 and 1984 Canadian Olympic Rowing team.

Expertise

  • Coaching female athletes
  • Athlete Development
  • Using collective impact to invoke change

Past Presentations

  • Female Athletes keynote at CASEM Victoria (May 2016)
  • Athlete Development Matrix at AB Sport Leadership (April 2015)

Press Releases

  • CAAWS - Actively Engaging Girls and Women and Injury Prevention Female Athletes Infographic


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