Keynote Speaker: Catherine Gaul, PhD
Dr. Gaul is a professor and exercise physiologist in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education at the University of Victoria. She teaches courses in human anatomy and exercise physiology, and conducts research associated with exercise, human performance and health.
Dr. Gaul contributed to the development of the Island Medical Program, part of the UBC Medical School, and more recently was involved in the renewal of the UBC Medical undergraduate curriculum.
During this time she was responsible for ensuring Exercise was formally incorporated into the Medical curriculum at UBC and was the first Exercise curriculum theme lead in that program.
She continues to work on promoting the inclusion of exercise into the medical undergraduate program. She has been the faculty sponsor for Exercise is Medicine-Canada (EIMC) on Campus at UVIC since its inception and has presented EIMC workshops to health care professionals in BC. She is part of a team of Canadian colleagues focused on promoting practical strategies for the incorporation of exercise prescription into primary health care.
Dr. Gaul’s research interests include the physiology of exercise and exercise medicine with projects ranging from elite sports performance, occupational and pediatric exercise physiology, and exercise as an intervention for those with sub-optimal health.
Honorary Guest Speakers
Dr. James Stone, MD, Ph.D. Dr. Stone holds undergraduate degrees in Physical and Health Education, Biology and Medicine from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He also holds a Master’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Physiology from the University of Calgary. He is a Royal College Fellow in both Internal Medicine and Cardiology. Presently, he is a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and the Senior Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network for Alberta Health Services.
His clinical and research interests include diabetes and its effects on the cardiovascular system, development and implementation strategies for clinical practice guidelines, cardiovascular disease event risk stratification, the non-invasive diagnosis of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease, exercise vascular biology, sports cardiology, cardiovascular disease prevention and cardiac rehabilitation, and resource allocation within health care.
He is the author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, the Editor-In-Chief and one of the principal authors of the First, Second, and Third Editions of the Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation, The former Deputy Director of the World Council on Cardiac Rehabilitation, a Past President of the Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation, a Past President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, and he has chaired or been a member of numerous National evidence-informed clinical practice guidelines committees including hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, and exercise and physical activity.
Dr. Brian MacIntosh, Ph.D. Dr. MacIntosh, Fellow of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology has been a member of the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary for 30 years. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in muscle and exercise physiology. His research has focused on skeletal muscle properties from the cellular level to whole-body exercise. Dr. Macintosh Chaired the National Advisory Council for Exercise is Medicine Canada from 2011 to 2016.
Dr. Kelly Brett, MD, CCFP. Dr. Brett began his career as a medical officer in the Canadian Forces including service with the United Nations in the former Yugoslavia. He has been practicing sport and exercise medicine for 20 years and has been a team physician for the Calgary Flames, the Calgary Hitmen and the Calgary Cannons. He has also travelled internationally with Hockey Canada and the Canadian Men’s Rugby team as well as covering amateur sporting events in his home town of Calgary. Dr. Brett has a special interest in childhood physical activity and has been actively promoting healthy lifestyles for children for two decades. His practice involves the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries in patients of all ages and athletic abilities. He has also completed a certificate program as a personal fitness trainer.
Dr. Marcus Robinson, MEng, MD, CCFP. Dr. Robinson is a former engineer and a current Sports Medicine Physician practicing in Calgary, Canada. He earned his first degree in Materials Engineering from the University of British Columbia before working as a design engineer for IBIS Cycles in Santa Rosa, California. Following that, he shifted his focus to the aerospace industry working on projects for the Boeing Company and NASA. Dr. Robinson then pursued a Master’s Degree in Biomechanics and Biomechanical Engineering and worked in biomechanics labs in Vancouver and in Hong Kong. Upon returning to Canada, Dr. Robinson was able to transfer his skills in motion capture to the entertainment industry. He was the motion capture studio lead for several movies and video games including Barbie: the Princess and the Pauper, Stuart Little 3, and Tony Hawk.
Dr. Robinson completed Medical School at UBC, his residency in Family Medicine in Calgary, and a fellowship in Sport and Exercise Medicine in Calgary. As a Sports Medicine Physician, he is the Chief Medical Officer for the Calgary Roughnecks (2014 - present), Team Physician for the Calgary Stampeders (2015 - present), and Team Physician for the Calgary Hitmen (2015 - present).
He has also been part of the core medical team for multi-sport games including the PanAm Games (Toronto 2015), FISU World University Games (Taiwan 2017, Korea 2015, China 2011), and Canada Games (Prince George 2015, Sherbrooke 2013). In his spare time, Dr. Robinson enjoys crate digging for records to add to his collection of 60’s soul records, wearing out his granny gear on mountain passes, and exploring the city 42.2 km at a time.
Dr. S. Nicole Culos-Reed, Ph.D. Dr. Culos-Reed is a Professor of Health and Exercise Psychology in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Oncology in Cumming School of Medicine, and Director of the Health and Wellness Lab/Thrive Centre. She is the Associate Dean Graduate for the Faculty of Kinesiology. She also holds a Research Associate appointment with the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Dr. Culos-Reed’s research takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and improving the quality of life of cancer survivors by developing physical activity programs to address the physical and psychological challenges they face throughout treatment and survivorship. This research has led to much national and international collaboration, including projects with Prostate Cancer Canada, the Movember Foundation, Alberta Innovates, the Alberta Cancer Foundation, and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Her ongoing work includes the Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) program that moves exercise into the standard of care for all cancer survivors.
Dr. Victor Lun, MD, CCEP, Dip Sport Med (CASEM). Dr. Lun practices Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University of Calgary (UC) Sports Medicine Centre. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the UC Department of Family Medicine and involved in teaching all levels of medical education, including being a co-director of the UC Enhanced Skills Sport and Exercise PGY3 Residency Program. He is the team physician for the UC Dinos Football and Canadian National Long Track Speed Skating teams. He has numerous peer-reviewed grants and publications related to research in clinical sport and exercise medicine. He sits on the Exercise is Medicine National Advisory Committee.
Dr. P.K. Doyle-Baker, Dr. PH/Ph.D., CSEP-CEP. Dr. Doyle-Baker is a graduate from the prestigious Loma Linda Medical Centre in California, where she received her doctor of public health degree (Dr. PH/Ph.D.). Prior to this, she graduated from the UVIC in B.C. with a masters of sports science and an Honours B.Sc. in Human Performance. The Doyle-Baker Lab in Kinesiology has a focus on exercise-related prevention and intervention in the areas associated with chronic disease. Tish is a sought-after speaker, an avid cyclist, runner and alpine ski coach and she is passionate about Getting Exercise Today #GET.
Kelly Anne Erdman, MSc., RD, CSSD. Kelly Anne Erdman is a Registered Dietitian in private practice at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre. She specializes in sports performance, weight control and overall nutrition for health and longevity. As a consultant to the Canadian Sport Institute, Calgary Kelly Anne works with Hockey Canada, Speed Skating Canada and the Canadian Men’s Para-hockey Team. In Kelly Anne’s diverse practice she also consults with clients through Shell Canada, ConocoPhillips and INLIV Full Circle Health.
Dr. Shahebina Walji, MD, CCFP. Dr. Walji is the Medical Director of Calgary Weight Management Centre. She received her medical degree from McMaster University and her Family Medicine designation from the University of Toronto. She has a faculty position with the University of Calgary, offering clinical teaching to family medicine residents, and she is currently working to build obesity education into the family medicine curriculum. She is also extensively involved in the development of professional education programs to increase knowledge about obesity and its treatments to practising health professionals.
She is acting Co-Chairperson for the Calgary Chapter of the Canadian Obesity Network and was a working committee member for CON’s 5A’s of Obesity Management Toolkit. She has two beautiful young children and loves volunteering at school with reading. In her "spare" time, Dr. Walji enjoys cooking, carpentry and interior decorating.
Dr. Lauren Capozzi, CSEP-CEP, MD, Ph.D. Dr. Capozzi is a Resident Physician in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, a Certified Exercise Physiologist, and has her Ph.D. in Health and Exercise Psychology. She has a passion for chronic disease management with a focus on behavioural medicine and physical rehabilitation. After watching her father face physical challenges following his cancer diagnosis, she was motivated to pursue research investigating the role of health promotion, physical exercise and rehabilitation to improve function and quality of life among patients facing chronic disease, including cancer. Throughout her Ph.D. training, she was nationally recognized for her work in cancer rehabilitation, and has delivered over 75 presentations, and published over 35 articles, abstracts and book chapters. As an innovator in cancer rehabilitation, Lauren co-founded Canada’s first student-run fitness centre for cancer survivors, the Thrive Centre, and was honoured in Avenue Calgary’s class of 2015 Top 40 Under 40. With a passion for leadership and health advocacy, she has been active in medical education and played a key role in the review and development of health promotion and disease prevention undergraduate medical curriculum. As an Exercise Physiologist, she facilitates community exercise classes and evidence-based training for exercise professionals. In 2017, Lauren was one of 17 medical students from across Canada selected for a Canadian Medical Hall of Fame award. Lauren aims to dedicate her career to discovering and implementing effective ways to improve physical function and quality of life for those facing life-changing injuries, cancer, or other chronic conditions affecting their physical functioning and wellbeing.