The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) is a national voluntary organization composed of professionals interested and involved in the scientific study of exercise physiology, exercise biochemistry, fitness, and health. CSEP (then known as the Canadian Association of Sport Sciences), was founded at the Pan American Games, Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1967 – the result of four years of cooperative efforts by the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.


The recognized authority in exercise science and prescription, integrating research into best practice.

Mission Statement

CSEP is the resource for translating advances in exercise science research into the promotion of fitness, performance, and health outcomes for Canadians. CSEP sets the highest standards for qualified exercise professionals through evidence-based practice and certification.

Goal Statements

  • To be the national and international voice for exercise science and prescription in Canada, and to represent and advance CSEP positions.
  • To pursue the vision and mission in an ethical, effective, and financially responsible manner.
  • To provide members working in exercise physiology and health and fitness with timely, relevant products and services.
  • To increase awareness of CSEP in Canada and internationally with funders, within the exercise physiology sector, and among the general public.
  • To promote evidence-based practice through the development of standards, policies, guidelines, and research related to exercise physiology and health and fitness.
  • To define, develop, and implement effective knowledge translation activities related to CSEP’s evidence-based body of knowledge and advancing certification in a timely manner.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of the Society’s business. This includes, but is not limited to, applications for membership, awards and grant review, and employment and volunteer positions. CSEP welcomes applications and participation from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. In its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, members of the Society, its committees and employees and/or any award/grant recipients are expected to uphold the same policies in their work related to the Society.