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In 2005, as part of the Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI),  launched a joint initiative with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) called the Sport Participation Research Initiative (SPRI). Sport Canada is funding the SPRI to better evidence the benefits of, and barriers to, quality sport participation with the aim of improving Canadian sport policy outcomes.

An important component of the SCRI council-based research program is the annual research conference, where all current SSHRC funded sport researchers gather together with policy makers to share their knowledge and expertise in view of maximizing the practical applications of sport participation research. 

2022

SCRI 2022 was held on October 27 and 28, 2022 and took a deep dive into the referee and official crisis in Canada, spectator violence in youth hockey, Canadian identity in our rinks and much more.


2021

In it’s 15th year, Canada’s leading sport participation research conference was held on October 28 and 29, 2021. The SCRI 2021 theme was The Future of Sport Participation. Marnie McBean shared valuable insights into her experiences during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics as Team Canada’s Chef de Mission.


2020

The 14th annual SCRI Conference took place virtually for the first time and featured 3 powerful Driving Change Spotlight discussions, keynote speaker Dr. Andrew Marshall and two panel discussions.


2019

The conference brought together researchers from across Canada at the Canadian Museum of Nature in it’s 13th edition. To kick things off, Dr. Nicole LaVoi of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport delivered a riveting keynote address.


2018

In partnership with Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference, the 2017 SCRI Conference brought the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Jenny Davey & Jenn Bruce who spoke on Bringing Research to Life while the Coaching Association of Canada’s Marie-Pier Charest reviewed Sport Coaching Knowledge Mobilization.

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