What to Expect:

Across these six thoughtfully selected sessions, the following industry professionals will delve into trends, share best practices and unveil innovative strategies on the application of exercise physiology and personal training techniques across diverse age groups, sporting disciplines and clinical contexts.

Kimberley A. Dawson

PhD, Wilfrid Laurier

You Can Do It!: Strategies to Enhance Exercise Adherence

Kimberley Dawson, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has a doctorate in psychomotor behaviour from the University of Waterloo and is a recognized Mental Skills Consultant with the Canadian SportPsychology Association. Kim has worked with recreational and elite athletes, artists, and corporate clients to maximize their performance potential.

She has published papers in the areas of exercise adherence, health, and sports performance while examining the universal aspects of self-regulation that apply to diverse domains.

Peter Rawlek

MD, CCFP-EM, BMSC, Founder

The Inactivity Crisis: Leveraging Technology to Scale Impact and Improve Life Health Trajectories for Canadians Across the Lifespan

Dr. Peter Rawlek (Peter), a medical professional for three decades in emergency medicine, is a visionary leader in health and social business solutions. Founder of three successful ventures, including a thriving social enterprise and a pioneering digital health start-up, he had also created a far-reaching digital platform for exercise enthusiasts to “meet up” before similar platforms were a thing. Being the first physician embedded full-time in a large city school district of 60,000 students, the Calgary Catholic School District medical liaison, Peter tackles sedentary lifestyles and healthcare access inequities. His problem-solving approach honed as an emergency physician, is complemented by a history of international sports competition and leadership in medical teams. Passionately committed to addressing Lifestyle Modifiable Diseases, Peter advocates scalable solutions that leverage the digital space for optimal community outcomes. He firmly believes in realizing solutions beyond symptom management, and minimizing workflow disruptions while maximizing positive impacts. Central to his work around Lifestyle Modifiable Diseases is the building of agency in ones health and being regularly physically active for both grade school students and adults. The target is to improve life health trajectories in previously sedentary populations to a scale not previously imaginable.

Dr. Scott Rollo

Director of Research, Strategy and Content Development GoGet.Fit

The Inactivity Crisis: Leveraging Technology to Scale Impact and Improve Life Health Trajectories for Canadians Across the Lifespan

Dr. Scott Rollo is currently a Health Promotion Specialist with Canadian Forces Morale & Welfare Services at CFB Borden. He is also the Director of Research, Strategy and Content Development for GoGet.Fit–a health technology company, and Scientific Director for PHIT Canada national non-profit organization. Previously, Dr. Rollo was a postdoctoral research fellow with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity (HALO) research group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and with the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. His research predominantly focused on population-based measurement and surveillance of 24-hour movement behaviours & health among both adult and pediatric populations. He has a PhD in Kinesiology from The University of Western Ontario, specializing in evidence-based health promotion, health behaviour change and behavioural medicine research. Dr. Rollo has published >30 scientific papers/book chapters, delivered >25 national and international conference presentations and been involved in knowledge translation/mobilization and the development of evidence-based recommendations. He has taught ‘Psychology of Human Movement Science’ at Western University and ‘Contemporary Issues in Healthy Active Living: Biological, Psychosocial, Policy and Global Perspectives’ at Carleton University. Scott is passionate about working in team-oriented environments dedicated to monitoring population health, developing public health messages, and implementing effective community programs and services to foster healthy active living, prevent chronic diseases and promote public health and well-being. Outside of work, he can be found spending time with his wife and two sons, being physically active, exercising, cycling, hiking, and playing hockey.

Paul Oh


Exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases-highlighting the pivotal role of exercise professionals

Dr. Paul Oh is Medical Director and GoodLife Fitness Chair in the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation Program at the University Health Network–Toronto Rehab and Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is also a Senior Scientist at The KITE Research Institute and the Medical Director of the Toronto Rehab Clinical Research Unit. He obtained his M.D. from the University of Toronto in 1988 and completed specialty training in Internal Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology, and Clinical Epidemiology. He has been an author of over 300 peer-reviewed publications and is a principal investigator on a number of grants examining exercise, uses of technology, and behavioural and educational interventions for the primary and secondary prevention and management of cardiovascular conditions, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.

Angela Pereira

BsC, Registered Kinesiologist, Holistic Nutritionist President & Founder First Line Education Inc

Foot and Gait Basics-Step into Super Feet!

As a Registered Kinesiologist and holistic nutritionist, Angela links a deep understanding of functional movement with ” food first ” nutrition to help people become the best versions of themselves. In her professional practice, Angela enables older adults with multiple autoimmune conditions to explore creative exercises for enhanced balance and stability. She combines these movements with the promotion of self-care habits, whole-food nutrition, and selective supplementation. Her clients enjoy a high level of physical and mental function well into their80’s and90’s! As a passionate promoter of the profession of kinesiology, Angela volunteered with the OntarioKinesiology Association (OKA) as a board member for over 10 years. Angela played a key role in the regulation of kinesiology while volunteering as OKA President in 2006 and 2007. She was recognized as an Educational Influential by the Institute for Work and Health from 2006 to early 2024 when the program ended. Angela has been a frequent presenter at national and international conferences and workshops. She currently instructs graduate-level kinesiology courses about business, marketing and entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto and Humber College. As President and Founder of her continuing education company First Line Education Inc., Angela guides exercise professionals in the business of professional practice in ‘Kin School’, a new 12-month membership program. Together with her team, Angela also teaches about clinical assessment and exercise prescription in new monthly practically focused ‘Clinical Exercise Academy’ labs hosted by Humber College.

Dr. Anil Maheshwari

Exercise is Really Good MedicineDr. Anil Maheshwari, Standup Doctor

In this talk, Dr. Maheshwari will present the value of exercise in the treatment or prevention of many illnesses. Using his sense of humor honed from his days doing stand up comedy, he will discuss the evidence behind exercise as medicine and how he motivates patients to get active.

Dr. Maheshwari is a family physician who is passionate about preventative medicine. He strongly believes in the role of exercise to both treat and lower the risk of a variety of illnesses. He likes to walk the talk and has run a half marathon and is on a never-ending quest to run a full one. 

He is Board Certified in both Family and Obesity Medicine and has practiced in the United States and Canada. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster University and the Medical Director of the Weight and Lifestyle Program at Cleveland Clinic Canada in Toronto. He also does standup comedy and likes to combine his sense of humor with his medical knowledge to provide engaging presentations.

Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to elevate your skills and network with fellow professionals. Reserve your spot today and mark your calendars for June 1st 2024!