PJ Naylor is a Professor in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education at the University of Victoria. Dr. Naylor’s research incorporates socio-ecological and setting-based approaches to children’s physical activity focusing on the environments where children live, learn and play. She is also passionate about implementation and scale-up science; how do we facilitate the widespread use of effective strategies. Dr. Naylor was a key partner in the development of the scale-up of Healthy Opportunities for Preschoolers (HOP–LEAP BC) and the Appetite to Play capacity-building initiative which focuses on enhancing opportunities for physical activity, healthy eating and food and physical literacy in early years settings. Other physical activity and physical literacy-related interventions she has been involved with target schools (Action Schools! BC; Physical Literacy Mentoring; Active Streets, Active People Jr. -An Active Routes to School Model; Playground naturalization; Way2Go – a social marketing initiative to promote active transportation for female children and youth); after school settings (Nature and Physical Literacy After School Program) and community (Playboxes in Community Parks; and Parent Physical Literacy Workshops).
Dr. Dean Kriellaars
Dean Kriellaars is a faculty member of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He supervises the Human Performance Lab at the University of Manitoba which is devoted to research on physical literacy. He is a scientist of the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, and an associate of the Spinal Cord Research Centre in Winnipeg. He is the Scientific Director of the Centre for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (CRITAC) at the Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal, Canada. He is the recipient of numerous awards for building community wellness through service to community, as well as major awards for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. He is the original designer or contributor for many tools for assessing physical literacy.
Richard Way, MBA Ch.P.C.
Richard is the CEO of the Sport for Life Society and an architect of the Long-Term Athlete Development Framework. Richard has facilitated the use of Long – Term Athlete Development for over 30 sports in more than 50 countries and co-authored the book, Long-Term Athlete Development, with Istvan Balyi and Colin Higgs. Richard serves on the faculty of the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Delaware. A thought leader on physical literacy, Richard is a founding member of the International Physical Literacy Association. Additionally, he was the Director of Sport for Vancouver’s successful 2010 Winter Olympic Games Bid Corporation, a former commission member of the International Luge Federation, and former executive of the Canadian Luge Association. Richard represented Canada in nine Luge World Championships and was an All-Canadian West soccer star for the University of Calgary.
Dr. John Cairney
Dr. John Cairney is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, and Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at McMaster University. John is also Director of the Infant and Child Health Research (INCH) lab, which operates two research facilities at both the UofT and McMaster. He is currently President of the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine and Past-President of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology. An internationally recognized leader in the field of child health and physical activity, Dr. Cairney is the author/editor of four books and more than 230 peer-reviewed research articles. He has held numerous funded grants, totalling more than $16.5 million in research grants and contracts as a Principal Investigator. Throughout his career, Dr. Cairney has held several major research positions including a Tier II Canada Research
Chair at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health/Uof T, an endowed professorship in child health research and the McMaster Family Medicine Research Chair. A Fellow of the American Psychopathological Association, Dr. Cairney is also the recipient of the Alexander Leighton Award for Lifetime Achievement in Psychiatric Epidemiology. A sought after scientific consultant to government, Dr. Cairney was co-lead on the evaluation of the child and youth mental health strategy in Ontario, a member of scientific advisory board for Healthy Kids CommunityChallenge, expert advisor on the brain health supplement to the ParticipACTION Report Card (2018), and lead investigator on the special needs strategy in the province of Ontario. In addition to sitting on the editorial boards of several major journals, he is currently the editor-in-chief of the Current Developmental Disorders Reports (published by Springer Press).
Dr. Dean Dudley
Dr. Dean Dudley is the Senior Lecturer and Researcher of Health and Physical Education in the Faculty of Human Sciences at Macquarie University, Sydney (Australia) and World Regional Vice President to Fédération Internationale d’Education Physique (International Federation of Physical Education – FIEP). Dr. Dudley received his Ph.D. in physical education from the University of Wollongong, Australia in 2012. Dean is a 2012 Churchill Fellow and ongoing expert consultant to several United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) agencies. He was an Expert Consultant on the UNESCO Quality Physical Education Guidelines for Policymakers in 2015 and the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport in 2017. He is currently a Special Advisor to the UNESCO Inclusive Policy Laboratory project and the UNESCO International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement. Dean is also an Independent Specialist in Health and Physical Education to UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education in Geneva.
Dean’s research focuses on the assessment and reporting of physical education and the development of observable learning outcomes pertaining to physical literacy. He is also a researcher of evidence-based approaches to health and physical education that yield large learning effects in the cognitive, affective, social and psychomotor learning domains.