Speakers

If you are looking for a expert or a workshop leaders for training, consulting or delivering a workshop, Sport for Life Experts and Workshop Leaders offer their services to advance quality sport and physical literacy programming in your field.

  • Experts - Sport for Life has several internationally renowned speakers. They provide high-valuer speaking, training and consulting.
  • Workshop Leaders - Sport for Life Workshop Leaders are Canadian renowned speakers in quality sport and physical literacy.

 

Experts

  • All
  • Adapted and Inclusive Physical Activity
  • Coach Development
  • Coaching Female Athletes
  • Community Sport Development
  • Competition Review & Restructuring
  • Durable by Design
  • Inclusion for Aboriginal Participants
  • Long-Term Athlete Development
  • Mental Health
  • Organizational Development
  • Physical Literacy Expert
  • Program Evaluation
  • Sector & Community Engagement Strategies
  • 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
  • Andrea Carey
    Andrea Carey
    Adapted and Inclusive Physical Literacy
  • Dr. Paul Jurbala
    Dr. Paul Jurbala
    Long-Term Athlete Development and Physical Literacy Expert
  • 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
  • Dr. Dean Kriellaars
    Dr. Dean Kriellaars
    Physical Literacy Expert
  • Carolyn Trono
    Carolyn Trono
    Long-Term Athlete Development
  • 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)
Andrea Carey
Adapted and Inclusive Physical Literacy

Andrea is the Director of Operations and Special Projects for the Sport for Life Society. She is passionate about getting more Canadians active and building physical literacy throughout the lifespan, and is a consultant working on a variety of inclusive projects across Canada. Through her previous role at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence, she operated a world-leading high performance facility while building quality, inclusive programming that aligned with the Sport for Life Long-Term Athlete Development Framework, and established a national reputation for physical literacy programs. She has a BA in Leisure Service Administration and a MEd in Leadership Studies. Andrea shares her volunteer time by contributing as a Board Director for the Canadian Paralympic Committee (for the past five years) and a Board Member of KidSport Greater Victoria.

Expertise

  • Inclusion for Disabilities
  • Inclusion for Aboriginal participants
  • Physical Literacy

Past Presentations

  • International Physical Literacy Conference (Inclusion Stream Coordinator & Presenter) (June 2015)
  • Canadian Sport for Life Conference (Presenter 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
  • Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance "Sports Events Congress", Academic Paper Presentation (April 2005)

Press Releases

 

Dr. Paul Jurbala
Long-Term Athlete Development and Physical Literacy Expert

Paul is the Director of Knowledge of the Sport for Life Society. He runs his own consulting and management business, communityactive consulting, where he develops strategic and governance plans, Long-Term Athlete Development plans, and competition reviews for national and provincial sport and multi-sport organizations. Paul holds a M.Sc. degree in Exercise Physiology and a PhD in Sport Management, which focused on change and decision-making in sport organizations.

Expertise

  • Organizational development
  • Community sport
  • Organizational change
  • Long-Term Athlete Development
  • Coach development
  • Physical Literacy
  • Program evaluation
  • Strategic planning

Past Presentations

  • The New Coaching: Rethinking Sport Coaching to Develop Physical Literacy (2015-6)
  • Meaningful Measurement: Evaluation That Works in Sport and Physical Activity (2014-6)
  • Helping Change Happen (2014-6)
  • Talented or What? (2013)
  • Twilight of Talent, Dawn of Potential (2012)

Articles

  • "What Is Physical Literacy, Really?." Quest 67.4 (2015): 367-383.
    "Good Forms: The New Shapes of Not-for-Profit Organizations."
  • The Philanthropist 24.4 (2012): 283-294. (With Ian Bird) "The Sport Matters Group:" Un-organizing" the Future of Canada's Not-for-Profit Sector." The Philanthropist 23.3 (2010).
  • "Fixing the Broken Middle: Making the Canada Games an Effective Instrument for Long Term Athlete Development." (2007).
  • Sport for Life Publications: Active for Life: Durable by Design (Editor, 2016).
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)
Dr. Dean Kriellaars
Physical Literacy Expert

Dr. Kriellaars is a faculty member of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy. He is a member of the Spinal Cord Research Centre and a scientist of the Children’s Health Research Institute. His Human Performance Laboratory has numerous students and staff directed to undertaking research on physical literacy, exercise, physical literacy. Dr. Kriellaars has been awarded two major university teaching awards, national and international awards for scientific research and innovation. Dr. Kriellaars has received two University of Manitoba Presidential Outreach awards for meritorious community work, and recently was awarded the Campbell Award for longstanding community service. He was named as the co-chair of the Premiers Council on Healthy Living for the province of Manitoba. He works with Canadian Sport for Life, PHE Canada, the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba, as well as the RCMP on community wellness initiatives. He also undertakes extensive research in performance enhancement and injury prevention in the high performance circus setting at the National Circus School and Cirque du Soleil.

Carolyn Trono
Long-Term Athlete Development

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
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

Workshop leaders

  • All
  • Active Adults
  • Coach Development
  • Competition Review & Restructuring
  • Implementation
  • Inclusion for Aboriginal Participants
  • Inclusion for Disabilities
  • Long-Term Athlete Development
  • Physical Literacy
  • Sector & Community Engagement Strategies
  • Sport Development
  • Sport Specialization
  • Alex Wilson
    Alex Wilson
    Physical Literacy
  • Christian Hrab
    Christian Hrab
    Long-Term Athlete Development
  • Douglas Duncan
    Douglas Duncan
    Long-Term Athlete Development
  • Emily Rand
    Emily Rand
    Aboriginal and Newcomer Partnerships
  • Elisa Maruzzo
    Elisa Maruzzo
    Physical Literacy and International projects
  • Eugene Todd
    Eugene Todd
    Physical Literacy Community Mentor
  • Jessica Waterman
    Jessica Waterman
    Physical Literacy Program Developer
Alex Wilson
Physical Literacy

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
Christian Hrab
Long-Term Athlete Development

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
Douglas Duncan
Long-Term Athlete Development

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
Emily Rand
Aboriginal and Newcomer Partnerships

Emily is the Manager of Special Projects for the Sport for Life Society. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University, and a Masters of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria. She previously worked at Cancer Care Ontario in the Primary Care Engagement unit, and has also done extensive work as a health promotion researcher in the area of children’s physical activity and nutrition. She is passionate about movement and is excited to increase health knowledge and skill development in a variety of diverse populations through the special projects at Sport for Life. Emily loves to travel and explore the great outdoors, and has always been involved in a wide range of sports and activities, which now include running, biking, snowboarding, volleyball, CrossFit and yoga.

Expertise

  • Inclusion for Aboriginal Participants
  • Inclusion for Disabilities
  • Physical Literacy

Past Presentations

  • Developing Aboriginal Participants for Sport and Active Lifestyles (x3 in November 2016 at Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council Meetings)
  • Creating a Culture of Inclusion (University of Victoria, November 2016)

Press Releases

Elisa Maruzzo
Physical Literacy and International projects

As the Engagement Manager for Western Canada & International Partnerships, Elisa manages a portfolio of international projects, Physical Literacy for Communities, sponsorship, fundraisers, and the 60 Minute Kids’ Club program. Growing up playing a wide variety of sports and activities led her to study kinesiology at UBC with a focus on business and exercise science. Having worked with people at every stage of the Long-Term Athlete Development Framework, Elisa puts a focus on training leaders to progress people through the various stages using physical literacy as a foundation for being active for life. With strengths coordinating community engagement strategies and delivering workshops for service providers, Elisa puts an emphasis on implementation strategies to embed healthy habits and physical literacy best practices into curriculum, at home, and throughout the community.

Expertise

  • Physical Literacy
  • Engaging communities
  • NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills
  • Active adults
  • Multi-sector collaboration
  • Strength and conditioning
  • KidsCanMove
  • 60 Minute Kids Club
  • Live5210

Past Presentations

  • Delta Physical Literacy Summit (2016)
  • Physical Literacy training in Andra Pradesh (India, 2016)
  • International Physical Literacy Conference (2015)
  • Various physical literacy workshops for community stakeholders, parents, service providers, policymakers (2013-present)
  • NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills Community Leader Workshop facilitator
  • KidsCanMove facilitator
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
Jessica Waterman
Physical Literacy Program Developer

Jessica Waterman is the Manager of Physical Literacy for the Sport for Life Society. She holds a BPE, a B.Ed, and an MA in Physical Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Jessica taught physical education for nine years to students from kindergarten to grade 12, and has coached a wide range of activities. Recently, she worked as a physical literacy leader with the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence where a large part of her role was mentoring PE teachers. Jessica’s active lifestyle includes running and hiking along with a variety of recreational sports like hockey, basketball, football, and dragon boating.

Expertise

  • Physical Literacy

Past Presentations

  • Delivering Physical Literacy in your Programs (October and November 2016, Aboriginal Community Leaders)

 

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