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Keynotes and Distinguished Lectures

Motor Control and Learning Keynote: Dr. Cathy Craig of Ulster University, United Kingdom

Title of talk: Moving Better: How Can Virtual Reality Technology Help?

Brief Biography: Cathy Craig is a professor of Experimental Psychology at Ulster University. Over the last 20 years she has been developing a brand of analytics to unlock the secrets of why we move, how we move and why sometimes we can’t. She was the first in the world to use virtual reality technology to control what the brain sees and measure how the brains responds. She has worked with elite athletes in many different sports (soccer, handball, cricket and rugby) but also children with autism, older adults and people with Parkinson’s.  She was the recipient of a highly prestigious European Research Council (ERC) award in 2008 and co-founded INCISIV, a neuro-technology start-up in 2018. INCISIV has developed a platform that combines the power of immersive technologies and neural analytics to help people move better so they perform better. CleanSheet is INCISIV’s first product and is currently being used by goalkeepers across Europe. Having been recently awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship, she is working closely with Scottish Rugby to bring their next product to market to help diagnose and rehabilitate players suffering from sports-related concussion.

Sport and Exercise Psychology Keynote: Dr. Nikos Ntoumanis of University of South Denmark: Denmark

Title of talk: Conceptualizing and Measuring Interpersonal Communication Styles in Sport and Physical Activity

Brief Biography: Nikos Ntoumanis is a professor of Motivation Science at the University of Southern Denmark.  His research draws from theories and models in social, health and educational psychology. He is interested in personal and contextual factors that optimise motivation and health behaviour change. Areas of interest are physical activity promotion in different community and clinical settings, self-regulation of weight management goals (diet and physical activity goals), and psychology of sport with emphasis on applications of contemporary theories of motivation. He has developed new research instruments in the form of questionnaires that have been widely adopted and translated (peer motivational climate, psychological need thwarting, controlling coach behaviours). He has also empirically integrated theoretical frameworks (self-determination theory and self-regulation, self-determination theory and achievement goal theory) in various settings and developed innovative interventions for the promotion of physical activity engagement, adherence, and psychological well-being. He has been awarded fellowships by the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences for exceptional research and the British Psychological Society and was recently awarded the title of Distinguished International Scholar from the American Association of Applied Sport Psychology.

The Wilberg Lecturer: Dr Jim Lyons of McMaster University, Canada

Title of talk: From Joe and Fred’s Complicated Relationship to Solving the Condiment Conundrum: Reliving the Sights, Sounds and Spectacles of a 25-Year Lab Road Trip across the Great White North

Brief Biography: Jim Lyons is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University.  His research interests combine several distinct but somewhat related areas. These include: 1) the nature of, and processes subserving, the distribution of human selective attention relative to goal-directed action; 2) the “illusion” of motor control; 4) perception and motor control in special populations; and, 4) human factors and cognitive ergonomics. The attention work has focused primarily on the relative influences of visual feedback, distracting information and the spatial orientation of perceptual-motor space on the acquisition and execution of both simple and complex motor skills. This work, and the illusion of motor control research, derive primarily from an interest in several theoretical accounts of the ways in which we use environmental information to plan movements and deal with various task constraints. His research with special populations has dealt with changes in perception and motor control that may occur with normal aging and those that may be present in individuals with Down syndrome, those on the Autism Spectrum and those with Developmental Coordination Disorder. His interest in human factors seeks to compliment and extend this theoretical work into areas that may be considered to be more applied in terms of everyday human-environment interactions.

The Carron Lecturer: Dr. Tanya Berry of University of Alberta, Canada

Title of talk: Don’t Overthink It: Physical Activity Messaging in a Confusing Media Environment

Brief Biography: Dr. Tanya Berry is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation at the University of Alberta. Her research examines automatic reactions to health-promotion messages and reactions when the time is taken to think about the messages. She also studies how those reactions influence decisions to be physically active or not. Her research is directed at finding better ways to promote health in an increasingly busy media environment where so many different messages compete for attention.

Motor Learning & Control Sport & Exercise Psychology
Year Location Wilberg Keynote Carron Keynote
2021 Online Jim Lyons, McMaster Cathy Craig, Ulster, UK Tanya Berry, Alberta Nikos Ntoumanis, Southern Denmark, Denmark
2019 Vancouver Timothy Welsh, Toronto Alan Kingstone, UBC John Spence, Alberta Joan Duda, Birmingham, UK
2018 Toronto Nicola Hodges, UBC Amy Bastian, Johns Hopkins, USA Peter Crocker, UBC Elizabeth Page-Gould, Toronto (Sport)

Simon Bacon, Concordia (Exercise)

2017 St. John’s David Westwood, Dalhousie Richard Carson, Trinity College Dublin, UK Mark Eys, Wilfrid Laurier Catherine Sabiston, Toronto
2016 Waterloo Patti Weir, Windsor Stephen Scott, Queen’s Amy Latimer-Cheung, Queen’s Michael Inzlicht, Toronto (Exercise)

Kate Hays, Wilfrid Laurier (Sport)

2015 Edmonton Romeo Chua, UBC Mel Goodale, Western Nick Holt, Alberta Ryan Rhodes, Victoria
2014 London Heather Carnahan, Memorial Robert Sainburg Diane Mack, Brock Paddy Ekkekakis, Iowa State
2013 Kelowna Luc Proteau, Montreal Scott Frey Lise Gauvin, Montreal Mark Connor, Leeds, UK
2012 Halifax Diane Ste-Marie, Ottawa Eric Roy Wendy Rodgers, Alberta Julian Barling, Queen’s
2011 Winnipeg Tim Lee, McMaster Pierre Jolicoeur Maureen Weiss, Minnesota, USA Paul Estabrooks, Virginia Tech, USA
2010 Ottawa Ian Franks, UBC Marjorie Woollacott, Oregon, USA Kathleen Martin Ginis, McMaster Lise Gauvin, Montreal
2009 Toronto Daniel Weeks, Lethbridge Daniel Wolpert, Columbia, USA Jean Côté, Queen’s Stuart Biddle, Loughborough, UK
2008 Canmore Bob Wilberg, Alberta Jay Pratt, Toronto Bert Carron, UWO Rod Dishman, Georgia, USA

Kerry Courneya, Alberta

2007 Windsor Howie Zelaznik, Purdue, USA Digby Elliott, McMaster Craig Hall, UWO Deb Feltz, Michigan State, USA
2006 Halifax Luc Proteau, Montreal Raymond M. Klein Kevin Spink, Saskatchewan Silken Laumann

Chris Hadfield (shared with CSEP)

2005 St. Catharines Randy Flanagan, Queen’s Charles Shea, Texas A & M, USA Peter Crocker, UBC Ken R. Fox, Bristol, UK
2004 Saskatoon Paul van Donkelaar, UBC Steve Keele Larry Brawley, Waterloo Adrian Bauman, Sydney, Australia
2003 Hamilton David Rosenbaum Leonard H. Epstein, Buffalo, USA
2002 Vancouver
2001 Montreal
2000 Waterloo