Keynote Addresses

Dr. Kathleen Armour

Kathleen ArmourKathleen Armour is Professor and Head of the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK. Formerly, she held a Chair in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. Her main research interest is career-long professional learning for teachers and coaches, and its impact on young people's learning in physical education and sport.

Kathy has a particular interest in the pedagogies that teachers and coaches need to develop over their careers in order to engage diverse young people. Recently, Kathy has been PI and CO-I on numerous funded projects including: an analysis of implicit and explicit learning theories underpinning the design of coach education (funded by the FA); a European project examining the barriers to physical activity for the least active young people in society (funded by the Coca Cola Foundation) and an analysis of the capacity of volunteer sports coaches as community assets (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council). Kathy has also had several books published recently, including an ‘Introduction to Sport Pedagogy’ for undergraduate students who are planning to develop careers in teaching or coaching; and a ‘Research Methods’ text to support students as they prepare dissertations in the fields of physical education and youth sport. Her latest project is a new innovative translational research mechanism entitled 'Pedagogical Cases' (published by Routledge in January 2014). This new approach brings together researchers from across sport and exercise science disciplines and beyond to better analyze and understand the learning needs of individual children and young people in physical activity settings.


Dr. Yoni Freedhoff

Yoni FreedhoffYoni Freedhoff, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa where he's the founder and medical director of the Bariatric Medical Institute—dedicated to non-surgical weight management since 2004.

Dr. Freedhoff, known by many to be Canada’s most outspoken obesity expert, sounds off daily on his award-winning blog, Weighty Matters, and has been referred to as a “Nutritional watchdog” by the Canadian Medical Association. His advocacy efforts in both obesity and nutrition policy have landed him speaking at the Canadian House of Commons regarding his concerns surrounding Canada's Food Guide and as a member of multiple stakeholder groups run by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

He is also the bestselling author of The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work.


R Tait McKenzie Scholar and Robert Routledge Memorial Address

Dr. Nancy Melnychuk

Nancy MelnychukDr. Nancy Melnychuk is a recently retired University of Alberta Professor who highly values the relationships, connections and partnerships among inservice and preservice teachers, parents, students, and physical and health teacher educators.  For many years, she has actively engaged these individuals and groups in varied research projects, bridging gaps between theory and practice.  By sharing insights with provincial, national and international audiences, she has advanced the knowledge, understanding and practice of physical and health education and active, healthy living.  As an enthusiastic physical and health teacher educator, she has not only helped to shape the beliefs, values and practices of undergraduate students but has also educated and mentored many graduate students, who are presently teachers, administrators, coaches, and physical and health education Professors across Canada.     

Through her ongoing commitment and dedication to professional organizations such as Health and Physical Education Council (AB), Alberta Schools Athletic Association, Alberta Teacher Educators of Physical and Health Education, PHE Canada and PHE Canada Research Council, and the International Association for Physical Education, Sport and Dance for Girls and Women, Dr. Melnychuk has helped to instill a desire in all children and youth to lead physically active, healthy lifestyles.  Her expertise, efforts and impact have been recognized with several awards, most recently (2010), PHE Canada’s R. Tait McKenzie Award of Honour.