The overarching goal of PATH’s annual symposium is to bring together members of the scientific community from McGill University and beyond who have a shared interest in promoting health through physical activity. 

Each year, attendees are treated to scholarly presentations from established and emerging research leaders across a broad spectrum of topics: from Exercise and the Aging Brain in 2014 to Sport-Related Concussion in 2015 to Balance and Mobility in Neurological Disorders in 2016.  In addition to advancing knowledge on the relationship between physical activity and health, the annual symposium provides attendees the opportunity to establish new research synergies with members of PATH and its partners. 

Come join us in discovering the PATH to better health through research and collaboration!  Want more information?  Email path [at] or subscribe to our mailing list here.


Our third annual McGill Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health symposium: Balance and Mobility took place November 4, 2016 at the McGill Faculty Club and Conference Centre.

The program will included 2 keynotes and exciting talks on balance and mobility in healthy and aging populations, and neurological disorders covering the most recent evaluation and training techniques.

The symposium also included a dedicated poster session focused on scientific exchange and providing trainees an opportunity to showcase their research. 

Congratulations to Poster prize winners: Maxime Maheu, Dorelle Hinton, Felipe De Souza Leite, and Laura Hallward! 




Registration is now closed


Speaker biography and talk summary


Abstract submission is now closed


Dimensions: Posters should be no larger than 83 inches (236 cm) wide and 47 inches (119 cm) tall.


McGill Faculty Club, 3450 McTavish St, Montreal, Québec H3A 1X9



The fourth annual symposium for the McGill Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health: Physical Activity and Women's Health took place on November 24, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


We will explore emerging women’s health research on topics that have traditionally centered on men, consider physical, physiologic, social, and environmental factors that influence participation in physical activity, particulary among women, and discover where research on physical activity and women’s health is leading the charge to impact the health of all Canadians.


Charlotte Usselman, PhD, John B. Pierce Lab, Yale University

Jennifer Brunet, PhD, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa 

Wendy Wray, RN, BScN, MScN, Women’s Healthy Heart Initiative, MUHC

Lucie Levesque, PhD School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

Lindsay Duncan, PhD, Kinesiology and Physical Education, McGill University 

Final schedule will be released soon!


Dimensions: Posters should be no larger than 83 inches (236 cm) wide and 47 inches (119 cm) tall.


McGill Faculty Club, 3450 McTavish St, Montreal, Québec H3A 1X9



The McGill Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health (PATH) - in partnership with the Kahnawà:ke Schools Diabetes Prevention Project (KSDPP) will host an interdisciplinary symposium entitled Indigenous Health and Wellness: Reflections on Research and Reconciliation on Friday November 16, 2018 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm at La Citadelle, 410 Sherbrooke St W., Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1B3.

The 5th annual PATH symposium will engage Indigenous scholars, interdisciplinary community-based health and wellness researchers and not-for-profit community organizations in a series of panel presentations that address the following key themes:

  • the relationship of health and wellness to reconciliation;
  • experiences building/supporting culturally-grounded health and wellness programs with Indigenous community partners;
  • knowledge dissemination approaches rooted in/supporting of Indigenous paradigms;
  • the educative potential of health and wellness research to settler reconciliation.

McGill University sits on unceded Kanien'keha:ka Territory.

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08:00-09:00 Registration, coffee & baked goods
09:00-09:15 Opening prayer, welcoming remarks & panel introductions
09:15-10:30                                Panel session - Amelia Tekwatoni McGregor, Treena Wasonti:io Delormier & Alex McComber:  Building respectful research relationships to support reconciliation
10:30-10:40 Coffee break
10:40-11:20 Presentation - Michael Robidoux: Working with Remote Northern First Nations to Build Food Security through Local Food Initiatives
11:20-12:00 Presentation - Courtney Mason: Indigenous Parks and Protected Areas: Balancing Histories of Displacement with Contemporary Livelihood Strategies
12:00-13:20 Lunch
13:20-14:00 Presentation - Jennifer Ward: Indigenizing and Decolonzing Healthcare
14:00-15:15 Panel session - Rylan Kafara, Michael Dubnewick & Hariata Tai Rakena: Researching with Urban Indigenous Health and Wellness Programs
15:15-15:25 Coffee break
15:25-16:45 Workshop - Chelsea Gabel & Robert Henry: Strengthening Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples through Participatory Photography
16:45-17:00 Closing remarks & prayer
17:00-19:00 Wine & cheese social

Speaker Profiles

Dr. Chelsea Gabel is Métis from Rivers, Manitoba and holds a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Well-Being, Community-Engagement and Innovation.She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Aging and Society and the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University and serves as the Director of the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute. Dr. Gabel holds multiple Tri-Council grants and is involved in a number of research collaborations across Canada that integrate her expertise in community-based participatory research, ethics, photovoice, digital technology, intervention research and Indigenous health and well-being. Dr. Gabel is also a member of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Standing Committee on Ethics that provides high-level strategic advice on the ethical, legal and socio-cultural dimensions of CIHR's mandate.

Jennifer Ward is of Umpqua, Algonquin and Walla Walla ancestry and she lives and works in Treaty Six Territory. She is an Educational Developer in the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Alberta where she works with faculty to Indigenize course and program content. She led the co-development of an interdisciplinary Indigenous health course in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 24th Call to Action—a multiyear project that required extensive consultations with interdisciplinary health researchers and Indigenous community members in Treaty Six, Seven and Eight, and Métis settlements in Alberta. She also teaches an Indigenous Education course for pre-service teachers in the Faculty of Education and has worked in both the K-12 education system and the post-secondary environment to weave Indigenous worldviews into curriculum.

Dr. Alex McComber is a Mohawk scholar from Kahnawake and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. He has been a member of the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project (KSDPP) for the past 20 years and has guided several community-based research projects in both Kahnawake and in Montreal and also led multiple groundbreaking community-mobilization activities geared towards diabetes prevention in Indigenous settings.

Dr. Treena Wasonti:io Delormier is a Haudenosaunee Mohawk Scholar from Kahnawake and a long-time KSDPP member. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Nutrition at McGill University and the Associate Director of the Centre for Indigenous Peoples Nutrition & Environment. Her research focuses on the food, nutrition and diets of Indigenous peoples. She is involved in health promotion interventions that address the social determinants of health underlying the health inequities Indigenous populations experience, particularly in a historical context of colonialism. Dr. Delormier’s research approaches employ qualitative methodologies, and privilege Indigenous and community-based methodologies.

Amelia Tekwatonti McGregor is a Mohawk Elder from Kahnawake. She is a community volunteer with expertise in supervising culturally responsive research, most notably through her work with KSDPP. Amelia has extensive research experience designing and implementing culturally responsive intervention activities for schools, families,and communities to prevent type 2 diabetes through the promotion of healthy eating and PA in Kahnawake.

Rylan Kafara is the program lead of the Inner City Recreation and Wellness (ICRW) Program in Edmonton, Alberta, an initiative centred on developing physical health and mental wellness activities among the city’s most marginalized communities. The ICRW is part of Boyle Street Community Services (a harm reduction facility in downtown Edmonton). Rylan believes that research should lead to social change. He is committed to helping ensure that the experiences of marginalized people are reflected in social policy and the civic decision-making process. He also holds a Bachelors and Masters Arts in History, the latter of which focused on participation in grassroots music communities.

Dr. Michael Robidoux is a Full Professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa who has led research programs studying land based food practices in rural remote Indigenous communities for over a decade. Working with northern Indigenous communities, he examines the impact of local food procurement on local dietary practices and studies how building local food capacity can address high levels of northern food insecurity.

Dr. Courtney Mason is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities at Thompson Rivers University. His SSHRC and Health Canada funded research examines how Indigenous communities negotiate pressing health and education issues in the backdrop of enduring colonial legacies. His collaborative research, with both urban and rural communities, identifies the barriers to and facilitators of local physical activity and subsistence practices. His research supports community-driven initiatives that enhance local food security and health programs.

Dr. Robert Henry is Métis from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and is an Assistant Professor in the University of Calgary’s Department of Sociology. Dr. Henry’s research areas include: Indigenous street gangs and gang theories, Indigenous masculinities, Indigenous and critical research methodologies, youth mental health, and visual research methods. Working closely with community partners, he has published a collection of narratives from his Ph.D. research titled,Brighter Days Ahead(2013). Robert has also published in the areas of Indigenous masculinity, Indigenous health, youth subcultures, and criminal justice.

Dr. Lee Schaefer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University, and Co-Director (with Dr. Jordan Koch) of the Exercise Physical Health Education Cultural Studies Laboratory (EPHECS).He is the Co-Director and the Director of Research for Growing Young Movers (GYM) Youth Development, a not-for-profit that works with Indigenous youth across Canada. He has worked with Indigenous communities in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Quebec, and has experience collaboratively building and evaluating physical activity programs with Indigenous school boards. He is the current Research Director of a $500,000 community-based research project funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada which aims to incorporate and evaluate culturally responsive Physical Education programs in 15 different Indigenous communities in Northern Saskatchewan. He is the outgoing Chair of the Physical Health Education Canada Research Council.

Dr. Jordan Koch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University, and Co-Director (with Dr. Lee Schaefer) of the Exercise Physical Health Education Cultural Studies Laboratory (EPHECS).His research examines the delivery of sport, physical education and health promotion programs in both rural First Nations and urban Indigenous contexts. His research has won multiple awards, including being recognized by the Sport Information Research Centre for the ‘Impact of Sport on the Community’ category. He is Co-Investigator on the federally-funded Indigenous Mentorship Network Program; an inaugural member of the Sites of Survivance Indigenous Research Network; and a longstanding member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

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