Dr. Carol Ewing Garber is a renowned clinical exercise physiologist who specializes in studying the role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases in children and adults. Currently Associate Director of Movement Sciences and Director of the Graduate Program in Applied Physiology at Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Garber is the President of the American College of Sports Medicine, and sits on the American Heart Association’s Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, as well as the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism. Previously, she has been President of the American Heart Association (Rhode Island Affiliate); President of the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine; Chair of the Rhode Island Governors Council of Physical Fitness and Health; and Chair of the Rhode Island Prevention Coalition.
Dr. Garber has published widely in her areas of research interest, which include community and clinical interventions to promote physical activity; promotion of physical activity in young, low income children and their families; and physical activity in older adults. She has been interviewed by the Washington Post, More Magazine, and has been the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including being named a Fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Donald McKenzie is a renowned expert in kinetics and sports science, with decades of experience in exercise physiology, exercise rehabilitation for chronic disease, and sports medicine. Dr. McKenzie is a professor at the School of Human Kinetics and Department of Family Practice in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is also director of the UBC Sports Medicine Clinic, contributing his expertise as a physician, coach and exercise physiologist for Canada’s national canoe and kayak team, in addition to serving as medical officer for the Olympic Games and World Championships.
Dr. McKenzie has held the chair of the International Canoe Federation’s Medical Commission and is also a past member of the International Olympic Committee’s Medical Commission Independent Panel for Asthma. During his decorated career, he has received numerous honours and awards that recognize his ability to pair research with community service, including the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal, bestowed to him as the founder of dragon boat racing for breast cancer survivors; the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology Honour Award; the UBC Faculty Citation Community Service Award; the British Columbia Community Achievement Award; and an honorary degree from the University of Guelph. The author of over 150 peer-reviewed articles, he sits on several national and international committees.
Dr. Wendy Rodgers is an internationally recognized specialist on the link between mind and body in the domain of health and exercise. She is a professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta, where she studies health and exercise psychology, as well as the application of social cognitive theory to physical activity and health behaviours.
An accomplished teacher and researcher, she has held her University’s prestigious Killam Annual Professorship and the McCalla Research Professorship. In recent years she has sat on several national and international committees, serving as chair of Committee VII for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and president of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology. She has also been a past member of the board of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and a scientific officer for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)’s Psychosocial, Sociocultural and Behavioural Determinants of Health Peer Review Committee. She is the author of over 80 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles.
Dr. Christine Williams is a prominent authority on cancer care. She has a PhD in immunology from the University of Toronto, where she studied DNA repair pathways. She received additional post-doctoral training on the molecular biology of blood cell development and cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital, and became an instructor at Harvard Medical School. She returned to Toronto in 2005 as Assistant Director of Research at the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) and Director of the Canadian Prostate Cancer Research Initiative (CPCRI).
In February 2009, the Canadian Cancer Society and the NCIC formally integrated operations to become a single organization and, shortly thereafter, Dr. Williams became the inaugural Director of Research for the new Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute. In January 2012, she became the national Vice-President, Research, and in 2013, her portfolio expanded to include national responsibility for Cancer Information and International Affairs and Cancer Control Policy. In addition to her role as VP, Research, Dr. Williams currently chairs the Health Charities Coalition of Canada standing committee on research and is the co-chair of the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance.