Keynote Speakers

Brandy Tanenbaum


Brandy Tanenbaum has a passion for driving community health through physical activity. She has more than 20 years’ experience at local and provincial levels in sport and recreation with a focus on supporting healthy participation. Brandy has been a program coordinator in the Office for Injury Prevention at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre since 2009, where she co-leads Play Safe – a collaborative effort to support the safe delivery of physical activity for both performance and health across the lifespan. She is a certified risk manager and has a master’s degree in Public Health. Away from work Brandy has a busy family life with two young sons who regularly challenge every risk management principle and injury prevention strategy – but she wouldn’t have it any other way.






Dr. John Cairney


Dr. John Cairney is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, and is Director of the Infant and Child (INCH) lab. He has held numerous funded grants, totaling more than $10 million in research grants and contracts in the past five years. He has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, written and edited 4 books, and has received numerous awards for his scholarly achievements, including two nominations for the prestigious Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award. Dr. Cairney has a multidisciplinary program of research, involving epidemiology, population health, kinesiology, psychiatry, social psychology, and pediatric exercise medicine. He is particularly in interested in the intersections among motor development, behaviour and environment – physical literacy – and health and well-being in children and youth.




Patrice Aubertin


Mr. Patrice Aubertin is Director of Research and Teacher Training Programs at the National circus school in Montréal and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canadian Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Circus Arts. Since 2012, year of establishment of the Chair, Mr. Aubertin has developed over twenty-five industrial, institutional and associative partnerships. His areas of applied research lie in the fields of social, physical and creative impacts of circus arts practice, of circus arts pedagogy and in the field of creative-research. Prior to joining the NCS in 2008, Mr. Aubertin worked 10 years at Cirque du Soleil, namely as acrobatic coach, artists’ training senior coordinator and Director of Research and Development- New creation projects.






Dr. Dean Kriellaars


Dr. Dean Kriellaars is faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. He is a scientist of the Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Kriellaars has been awarded two major university teaching awards, as well as national and international awards for scientific research and innovation. Dr. Kriellaars has received two University of Manitoba Presidential Outreach awards for meritorious community work, and recently was awarded the Campbell Award for longstanding community service. He was awarded the Healthy Living Award for his outstanding activities in building community wellness in the province of Manitoba. He works with Canadian Sport for Life, Aspen Institute (Project Play), Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse, the National Circus School & Cirque du Soleil on physical literacy and wellness initiatives. He is an original designer of the Play tools for assessment of physical literacy used across the world, as well as the Passport for Life tool of PHE Canada.