Tanenbaum Institute for Science in Sport Conference

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Jamie Burr PhD
Associate Professor, Human Health and Nutritional Science
Director, Human Performance and Health Research Lab
University of Guelph

Jamie Burr is an Associate Professor and the director of the Human Performance and Health Research lab at the University of Guelph. Outside of the lab, he works with elite athletes as a sport scientist and NHL high-performance director. His work considers integrated systems-level exercise physiology, with a focus on both human performance and health.

Jas Chahal MD MSc MBA
University of Toronto, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Women’s College Hospital

Jessica Fraser-Thomas PhD
Associate Professor
York University

Michael Hutchison PhD
Associate Professor, Sport Concussion
Director, Concussion Program, MacIntosh Sport Medicine Clinic

Mark Ideson
Wheelchair Curling Athlete

Mark Ideson made his debut as skip in 2018, leading Canada to a bronze medal in wheelchair curling at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. After a heartbreaking loss to China in the semifinals, which the Chinese won on the last rock of the game, the Ideson-led Canadians came back strong to claim victory against South Korea in the bronze medal game.
Ideson has maintained his role as skip ever since, including five straight world championships, highlighted by a silver medal in 2020 and 2023.
At the 2017 World Wheelchair Curling Championships, Ideson played lead as Canada took fifth spot at the tournament. The Canadians advanced to the tiebreaker against eventual champion Norway for a berth in the semifinals, but lost the game 5-4.
Ideson helped Canada to the gold medal in curling in his Paralympic Games debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games only four years after he took up the sport.
Ideson’s journey into wheelchair sports began in 2007 when a helicopter he was piloting crashed in a field near Cambridge, Ont., leaving him with multiple fractures in his legs, pelvis, sternum, ribs, nose and neck, resulting in a spinal cord injury and quadriplegia.
As an able-bodied athlete, Ideson was involved with a variety of sports, but in his new life he began to miss the sense of community and belonging. He says he was inspired watching an interview with charismatic Olympic skeleton champion Jon Montgomery during the 2010 Olympic Games. When Montgomery spoke of taking up a sport that he could excel at and represent Canada on the world stage, Ideson knew that he too needed to find his sport.
A friend had been asking him to try wheelchair curling, and at first, he said no because he originally didn’t want to try any sport he had played prior to his injury, where he could compare his abilities. Luckily, he decided to give it a try. He remembers being concerned he would not have enough strength to propel the curling rock down the ice. Not only did he have enough strength, but he has been hooked ever since and is now one of the world’s best athletes in the sport.

Mick Lizmore
Head Coach (Wheelchair Curling)
Curling Canada

Tara-Leigh McHugh PhD
Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport & Recreation
University of Alberta

Daniel Moore PhD
Associate Professor, Muscle Physiology
Acting Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, University of Toronto

Kyle Paquette PhD
Paralympic Program Director
Curling Canada

Johan Pion PhD
Han University
The Netherlands

Prof dr. Johan Pion is internationally recognised as an expert on talent identification and development. He leads the expert team’s research on the early identification and development of talented children and athletes at HAN in the Netherlands and is also a visiting professor of talent identification and development at Ghent University in Belgium. He has years of experience as a sports scientist. He developed the SportKompas with his colleagues at Ghent University and made his mark in ‘train the trainer programmes’; education and research. The impact of the tools and applied predictive methods developed in his research were guiding policies in Flanders (SportKompas) and the Netherlands (Sportief Groot Worden), the National Youth Sport Institute (Singapore); the National Sport Institute in Malaysia (MyTID at ISN) and the organisation of sports professionals in Indonesia (Sekora).

Yannis Pitsiladis MMedSci PhD FACSM
Head and Professor
Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health
Hong Kong Baptist University
Hong Kong

Professor Yannis Pitsiladis has an established history of research into the importance of lifestyle and genetics for human health and performance. His current research interest is in exploring human enhancement technologies applicable to health and disease with particular focus on responsible paradigms. His most recent research is funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and involves the application of “omics” (i.e. genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and proteomics) and artificial intelligence to the detection of drugs in sport with particular reference to blood doping and testosterone. Yannis is a member of the IOC Medical and Scientific Commission, a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Scientific Commission of the International Sports Medicine Federation (FIMS), a member of the Scientific and Education Commission of the European Federation of Sports Medicine Associations (EFSMA), a member of WADA’s Health Medical Research Committee (HMRC), and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He has published over 250 scientific papers, written and edited a number of books and has featured in numerous documentaries (e.g. “Kipchoge: The Last Milestone” is a 2021 documentary film directed by Jake Scott and executive produced by Ridley Scott; “Enhanced” – Documentary Film, 2018. Produced by award winning director Alex Gibney) and popular books (e.g. The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance; Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice).

Devin Pleuler
Senior Director of R&D – Team Operations
Maple Leaf Sport & Entertainment

Alex Roberts PhD
Talent Identification and Development Lead
Queensland Academy of Sport
Department of Tourism and Sport
Australia

Sam Robertson PhD
Director, Track Consulting Group
Australia

Sam Robertson is a researcher and consultant focusing on developing methods and systems to optimise integrations between humans and technology. He specialises in collaborative projects that connect sporting teams, technology companies, governing bodies and universities to generate mutual and broad benefit for a range of stakeholders. Sam has worked with a range of sporting organisations including FIFA, The Australian Football League, San Antonio Spurs, Tennis Australia, Barça Innovation Hub, Kansas City Royals and the Western Bulldogs amongst others. He is also the host of the popular future of sport podcast, One Track Mind.

Fieke Rongen PhD
Senior Lecturer, Sport and Exercise Psychology
School of Science & Technology
Nottingham Trent University
England

Fieke is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology, within the School of Science and Technology, at Nottingham Trent University. Fieke’s research predominantly focuses on whether and how involvement with (intensified) youth sport contexts can be healthy. She has a particular interest in understanding how the sporting environment and specifically program staff may facilitate the holistic, whole-person development of their athletes alongside pursuing performance outcomes. She has undertaken funded research for Uefa, the FA, UK Sport, UK Coaching, Premier League Charitable Fund and Active Communities Network. Fieke is also a TASS lifestyle advisor, supporting student-athletes in balancing the multiple demands placed upon them.
Twitter:@FiekeRongen
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6367-8255

Catherine Sabiston PhD FCAHS
Canada Research Chair, Physical Activity and Mental Health
Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Director, Mental Health and Physical Activity Research Centre
University of Toronto

Jason Vescovi PhD
VP High Performance
Lacrosse USA

Moderators

Joe Baker PhD
Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Tanenbaum Chair in Sport Science, Data Modelling, and Sport Analytics, Tanenbaum Institute for Science in Sport

Andy Van Neutegem PhD
Vice President, Performance Sciences, Research and Innovation
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