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Physical Literacy Summit 2017


On behalf of the Ontario Physical Literacy Summit Planning Commitee, we would like to thank our Presenters and Marketplace Exhibitors for making OPLS 2017 a day to remember! 

Thank-you to our participants for attending. We look forward to seeing you again next year at OPLS 2018! 


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Ontario Physical Literacy Summit

Friday September 22, 2017

Redeemer University College

Hamilton, Ontario

"Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life."
- International Physical Literacy Association, May, 2014 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Dean Kriellaars

Physical literacy expert, works with Sport for Life, PHE Canada,Sport Medicine and Science Council of Manitoba, RCMP community wellness initiatives, National Circus School and Cirque du Soleil performance enhancement and injury prevention.  Dr. Kriellaars has received numerous awards for teaching, research and innovation and is a faculty member at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Manitoba. 


Dr. Cairney is a physical literacy, motor development, paediatric exercise and mental health expert. He is currently a professor at the University of Toronto,Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Dr. Cairney was the inaugural holder of the McMaster Family Medicine Research Chair in Child Health and the founding Director of the Infant and Child Health (INCH) lab at McMaster University.He is the research director for Sport for Life, was the President (2009-2015) of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry, is currently President for the North American Society for Paediatric Exercise Medicine.


Dr. Colin Higgs is Professor Emeritus in the School of Human Kinetics, Memorial University, Newfoundland. Dr. Higgs is a physical literacy, long term athlete development and sport biomechanics expert as well as a member of the Sport for Life Leadership team. Dr. Higgs has done extensive work and research in biomechanics of sport for individuals with a disability, classification systems of sport disabilities. Dr. Higgs was the first recipient of the International Paralympic Committee Sport Science Award, Past-President of PHE Canada and Vice-President of the International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education. Since 2004 Dr. Higgs has been working with Sport for Life to fundamentally re-design the Canadian sport system with a critical focus on physical literacy in order to enhance sport performance and improve population health throughout the lifespan. He co-authored the "Sport for Life Long Term Athlete Development". Dr. Higgs international work has focused on using sport for social and emotional development and affecting behavioral change particularly for disadvantaged children and youth in developing countries and severely stressed communities.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Brandy Tanenbaum

Brandy Tanenbaum is the Program Co-Ordinator, Office of Injury Prevention, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Toronto. Co-leader of Play Safe Initiative, Brandy has over 20 years of experience working at local and provincial levels sport and recreation with a focus on creating safe and healthy experiences. Brandy is a certified risk manager and has a Master's degree in Public Health.


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