Mark Verbeek

Mark is passionate and proactive about the enhancement of physical literacy in health, education, recreation and sport. His experiences include 20 years as an educator and consultant in Physical Education and Health, curriculum writer, university strength and conditioning coach, and various university and volunteer coaching positions.  His athletic pursuits included five years as a professional athlete in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Edmonton Eskimos and more recently amateur endurance athlete.   His love of physical education and sport has solidified his belief that physical literacy is the vehicle that leads to lifelong movement and optimal health.

His largest physical literacy project thus far has been the collaboration of multiple sectors and the successful launch of the Hamilton Physical Literacy Summit, currently going into its sixth year as the Ontario Physical Literacy Summit involving over 2000 participants.  He is currently the K-8 Physical Education Coordinator and Assistant Athletic Director at Hillfield Strathallan College and Sport for Life’s Manager of Innovation.  He looks forward to continuing his work on the ground with students and applying those learnings at physical literacy conferences, workshops across the sectors and solidifying physical literacy as the backbone of an active and healthy Canada!

Mark is an innovative and lifelong learner who has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from St. Francis Xavier University, Honours Specialist in Health and Physical Education from Queen’s University, as well as a Specialist in Special Education from Queen’s University.  He has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with National Strength and Conditioning Association and Certified Personal Fitness Instructor for National Exercise and Sport Trainers Association.