UBC Exercise, Kinesiology and Health Seminar Program

UBC Vancouver’s School of Kinesiology and UBC Okanagan’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences present the UBC Exercise, Kinesiology and Health Seminar Program. The seminar program is a forum for critical academic discussion between students and faculty members from all disciplines.

The series is designed to expand knowledge about topics from the broad field of kinesiology and health studies for graduate students and faculty members. All visitors are welcome to attend the virtual series.

Upcoming Speakers

Contact Kathryn Douglas-Campbell at fhsd.graduateprogram@ubc.ca to RSVP and receive connection details


Exercise for Brain Health

Dr. Heisz is an Associate Professor in Kinesiology and Associate Director (Seniors) of the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence at McMaster University. Dr. Heisz received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience (McMaster) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest. Dr. Heisz directs the NeuroFit Lab (www.neurofitlab.com) which is funded by the Alzheimer Society, Banting Foundation, Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Dr. Heisz’s research examines the effects of physical activity on brain function to promote mental health and cognition in young adults, older adults and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Recent honours include receiving an Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario and the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award.

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Land, rights, and reciprocity: Indigenous sport is not an EDI issue

Public dialogues about Indigenous sport in Canada are typically inserted into equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) categories. While certainly there are overlapping areas of concern, such as increasing the number of Indigenous athletes and coaches in competitive sport and addressing racism, framing Indigenous sport as an EDI issue poses fundamental challenges for Indigenous people. Not only does it reinforce settler colonial beliefs, practices, and structures about sport, it marginalizes the critical ways Indigenous people are using sport for Indigenous nation-building and cultural revitalization. In this presentation, I make a distinction between Indigenous vs. settler sport to explain why Indigenous sport must be understood apart from EDI frameworks and the pitfalls, especially for researchers, of not making this distinction.

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Past Speakers




  • Dr. Andy Lovering, Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon
  • Dr. Isabel Gonzalez, Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Co-Director, University of California, Irvine
  • Dr. Eve Valera, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Craig Crandall, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre
  • Dr. Kathryn Sibley, Department of Community Health Studies, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Marcus Amann, School of Medicine, University of Utah
  • Dr. Stephen Cheung, Department of Kinesiology, Brock University
  • Dr. Jim Johnson, Department of Cellular and Phsyiological Sciences and Department of Surgery, UBC Vancouver