Dr. Dean Kriellaars is a faculty member of the School of Medical Rehabilitation, Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Manitoba. He is a member of the Spinal Cord Research Centre and a scientist of the Manitoba Institute of Child Health. His Human Performance Laboratory has numerous students and staff directed to undertaking research on exercise, physical activity and obesity. 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 his community work. In 2007, he was named as the co-chair of the Premiers Council on Health Living for the province of Manitoba. He was awarded the Healthy Living Award (2007) for his outstanding activities in building community wellness in the province of Manitoba.