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SCRI Conference Assets – 2023 Sport Canada Research Initiative Conference

*All times are displayed in Eastern Daylight Time. In case of unforeseen circumstances, presentations and times were subject to change.


Thursday, October 26, 2023

Morning session

and online via Zoom

8:00am EDT – Registration and Snacks

9:00am EDT – Welcome and opening remarks

  • Michael Mahkwa Auksi, McGill University

  • Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Physical Activity of Canada

9:35am EDT – Towards the development of a coach mentorship training program in para sport


9:50am EDT – Decolonizing sport: Indigeneity, hockey, and Canadian nationhood

  • Sam McKegney, Ph.D., Queen’s University
  • Janice Forsyth, Ph.D., Western University
  • Michael Mahkwa Auksi, McGill University

10:20am EDT – Supporting adaptive Snowsports Leisure Opportunities for People with disabilities (SSLOPE)


11:00am EDT – Panel: Trending topics in youth sport

  • Exploring the multifaceted dynamics of parents’ roles in youth sport
  • The effect of sport participation on the mental health of girls and boys
  • Sport participation through the transition from adolescence to adulthood
  • Moderator – Bryan Heal, MLSE

Afternoon session

and online via Zoom

1:35pm EDT – Re-imagining sport through the power of strategic partnerships

2:05pm EDT – Panel: Research partnerships in action

  • Christianne Varty, Ph.D.,  Canadian Women & Sport
  • Marie-Pier Charest, Ph.D., Coaching Association of Canada
  • Joe D’Eramo, Sport for Life
  • Leigh Vanderloo, Ph.D., ParticipACTION

3:05pm EDT – A social norm favourable to sport and physical activity – yes, but for whom?

  • Lucie Lapierre, Ph.D., Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

3:20pm EDT – Panel: The future of safe sport


Friday, October 27, 2023

Morning session

and online via Zoom (morning session only) 

8:30am EDT – Registration and Snacks

9:15am EDT – Keynote

10:00am EDT – Research rounds session 1

11:30am EDT – Research rounds session 2


Afternoon session

(in person only)

1:30pm EDT – Advancing research partnerships in sport workshop


Check out our Speaker Bios page for a complete list of conference speakers. 

If you have any questions about the SCRI conference, please do not hesitate to contact us at scri@sirc.ca