KEYNOTE 1 : March 22nd

Bradley W. Young, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on sport psychology across the lifespan. One of his research axes examines the psychology of optimal sport practice and talent development. In particular, Dr. Young examines self-regulated learning processes during sport training, personality variables pertinent to achievement striving and persistence, and the mechanisms by which elite athletes engage in quality practice. His other research axis relates to Masters Athletes and the psychosocial aspects of lifelong sport participation. His work addresses why middle-aged and older adults commit to sport, conditions associated with effective programming of adult sport, and adult-oriented coaching approaches with older sportspersons. Dr. Young’s program of research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

KEYNOTE 2: March 23rd 

Lucie Lévesque, Ph.D is a professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University. Dr. Lévesque’s research program, which has been mainly funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for the past 15 years, focuses on investigating physical activity and health promotion interventions, programs, practices, and policies in partnership with Indigenous peoples in Canada. Dr. Lévesque’s work is founded on community engagement for the production and dissemination of action-oriented knowledge. Her research encompassing both Indigenous and mainstream/Western science approaches has informed the ways in which respectful and relevant research is conducted with Indigenous communities in Canada. In addition to her research with Indigenous communities, she also collaborates with public health researchers in Mexico to conduct program evaluation and research related to physical activity promotion and obesity prevention.