CSEP is a leader in advancing exercise science in Canada, and there is always work to be done. From our publications and resources, to our certifications and professional development, most of CSEP’s best and most visible work has been led by volunteers: CSEP-PATH and its predecessors, Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines; Get Active Questionnaire, the Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism (APNM) Journal editorial board; and AGMs for 50+ years, to name a few.

Meet our Volunteers

CSEP is honored to work with the following volunteers…

Volunteer Applications

Expressions of interest in any of the CSEP Committees or working groups listed below may be made through the CSEP Volunteer Application Form.

Audrey Hicks

Kristen Lane

Jennifer Kuk

Jennifer Jakobi

Jonathon Fowles

Kelly MacKenzie

Board of Directors

The CSEP Board of Directors plays an important role providing leadership and overseeing the activities of the organization. The Board is responsible to the members and has the obligation to render an account for the responsibility conferred. The Board represents the interests of the members and the broader community, and, in setting direction, the Board actively consults with members and the community at large. The Board ensures that CSEP operates with appropriate transparency and is active and forthright in its communications.

The Board is responsible to be knowledgeable about risks inherent in CSEP’s operations and ensures that appropriate risk analysis is performed as part of Board decision-making. The Board ensures that appropriate programs and processes are in place to protect against risk.

Current Chair: Adam Upshaw, PhD, Niagara College
Time Commitment: two-year term, monthly teleconference calls, two full-day meetings and assorted ad hoc tasks
Positions Open: An annual Call for Nominations for vacant positions occurs June-August each year.

Standing Committees

CSEP currently has six standing committees that serve the Board of Directors.

CSEP Finance Committee

The CSEP Finance Committee is comprised of the Chair, Chair-elect, Treasurer, Chair of CSEP Member Services Committee, and Chair of CSEP Professional Standards Program® Committee.

CSEP Nominations Committee

The CSEP Nominations Committee is responsible for overseeing, soliciting and presenting a list of volunteers who are qualified and skilled persons capable of, and committed to, providing effective leadership and contributions to CSEP.

Current Chair: Bill Sheel, PhD, UBC

CSEP Professional Standards Program® Committee

Committee Purpose: The CSEP Professional Standards Program® Committee is responsible for developing, establishing, and maintaining standards for credentialing including qualification, certification, accreditation and professional practice.

Objective of the Program: Essentially, there are two objectives to the CSEP-PSP®. The first is to establish voluntary standards of competence for personnel and centres on a national scale, and to encourage those currently working in the field or anticipating entering the field to comply with these standards. The second is to provide consumer protection by educating the public to recognize the distinction in qualifications between levels in the model.

Recent initiatives:

  • CSEP Specializations
  • CSEP Instructor-Examiner Guidelines
  • Certification equivalencies

Current Chair: Kate Andrews, NAIT

Time Commitment: two-year term, teleconference every 4-6 weeks, one in person meeting, and associated ad hoc tasks.

Under the CSEP-PSP® Committee are two standing sub-committees that report to, and work with, the CSEP-PSP® Committee:

  1. CSEP Certified Personal Trainer Sub-Committee
  2. CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist Sub-Committee

Recent initiatives:

  • Certification modules and supporting resources for candidates
  • Theory and Practical exam changes

Current Chairs: CSEP-CPT Sub-Committee – Krista Howarth, McMaster and CSEP-CEP Sub-Committee – Alex Game, University of Alberta

Time Commitment: two-year term, teleconference every 4-6 weeks, one in person meeting, and associated ad hoc tasks.

CSEP Knowledge Translation Committee

The CSEP Knowledge Translation Committee is responsible for defining, developing, and implementing effective knowledge translation activities related to CSEP’s evidence-based body of knowledge and advancing certification in a timely manner.

Recent initiatives:

  • Monthly knowledge translation articles

Current Chair: Brian Dalton, PhD, UBC-O
Time Commitment: two-year term, teleconference every 6-8 weeks, and associated ad hoc tasks.

CSEP Member Services Committee

The CSEP Member Services Committee is responsible for generating ideas, programs and services for the recruitment of new members and continued enhancement of current membership benefits (including awards) as well as monitoring the effectiveness of member programs and services.

Recent initiatives:

  • CSEP Seed Grants
  • Professional Development including online modules, Exercise Professionals Workshop Series, Exercise Professionals Workshop Series
  • Student Travel Award
  • CSEP Fellows
  • Online Learning Modules

Current Chair: Michael DeLisio, PhD, University of Ottawa

CSEP Conference Committee

The mandate of the CSEP Conference Committee is to ensure that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) program contains breadth of content consistent with the CSEP mission and reflects the diverse interests of the CSEP membership. To facilitate this mandate, the Program Committee works in tandem with the AGM Local Organizing Committees to build upon lessons learned and provide a rich learning experience for members.

Recent Initiatives:

  • Development of Special Interest Groups

Current Chair: Peter Tiidus, PhD, Brock University

Student Sub-Committee

The purpose of the CSEP Student Sub-Committee is to increase graduate and undergraduate student involvement within the society by enhancing and creating student-oriented programs. The Student Sub-Committee will communicate students’ needs, questions and initiatives to the Member Services Committee in an effort to cultivate a spirit of interest and fellowship within the society.

Recent Initiatives:

  • Development of mentorship programming at CSEP annual conference (2019)
  • Quarterly engagement newsletter
  • Academic Member Guide

Current Chair: Derek Stouth, McMaster University

CSEP Translation Working Group

Objective: To provide French translation support for CSEP communications, which will enable more inclusive reach to its members.

Background: CSEP retains professional translators for its corporate communications. The current provider is excellent on all levels, and although their pricing structure is competitive, the cost associated with translation is not trivial, and therefore some communications are not able to be translated. The Working Group is not intended to replace the work of the existing paid, professional translators.

Communication Structure: The CSEP Communications team will provide the Working Group with outlines or draft documents that they would like translated, along with a deadline and priority level. It will be up to the Working Group to delegate and proof the work. When possible, advance notice will be provided, however, in the case of short phrases or social media, the text may need to be translated quickly.

Composition: The Working Group will be composed of 8-9 CSEP members. Preference will be given to individuals whose first language is French or those with previous translation experience. CSEP Student members are encouraged to apply.

Working Group Member Commitment: The Working Group may choose to meet via Zoom or other teleconference platform as needed, however it is expected that most work can be executed via email. Initially, it is unknown how many translation hours per month are anticipated, however the Working Group will be asked to track the time spent to determine future needs and viability.

Potential Activities and Projects they will review: This list is to provide an idea, it is not exhaustive and it does not guarantee that all the items listed will be looked at by the Working Group.

  • csep.ca website edits/builds
  • Award citations
  • Miscellaneous short, one-off phrases (such as conference theme title, for example)
  • CSEP Gold Standard News and Communiqué
  • Online learning: slides or voiceover
  • Social Media

Other Opportunities

Expressions of interest are invited from any member who is willing to participate on an ad hoc committee or working group that may be established from time to time.

Expressions of interest in any of the CSEP Committees or working groups listed here may be made through the CSEP Volunteer Application Form.

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.