Canadian Centre for Activity and Agine

Research to Action Conference

happy lady

This conference is an annual learning and networking event for senior fitness instructors, volunteers, health promoters, students and other individuals who work with community-dwelling older adults. The event includes a mix of active and informative sessions including: practical applications of recent research, tips for safe exercise for older adults, and modifications for all levels of abilities.

Purpose:

R2A Conferences have taken place in:

Save the date! Research to Action - London 2018

Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, 2018
Brescia University College, 1285 Western Road, London, ON
Mercato Hall and St. James Auditorium London, Ontario
Pre-conference workshops: Thursday, June 7, 2018

Agenda

Friday, June 8, 2018

Time Presentation Presenter
Morning
8:00-8:50 Registration
9:00-9:15 Introduction and Welcome
9:10-10:00 Keynote Address Kirsten Bell
10:10-10:25 Nutrition Break and Networking
10:25-11:05 Active Session Leslie Brown
11:10-11:40 Learning Module Jenna Gibbs
Afternoon
11:45-12:30 Lunch A/Chair Yoga Anna Gateman
12:30-1:15 Lunch B/Hiking Thames Valley Trail Association
1:20-1:50 Learning Module Kevin Shoemaker
1:50-2:20 Active Session Clara Fitzgerald
2:20-2:30 Nutrition Break and Networking
2:30-3:00 Learning Module Urban Poling
3:10-4:10 Senior Fitness Instructor Exercise Class Elaine Fletcher
4:10-4:15 End of Day Remarks and Thank You
4:15-4:45 Optional: Trainer Chat (Current and Potential)

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Time Presentation Presenter
Morning
8:30-8:55 Registration (Day 2 only delegates)
9:00-9:15 Welcome Clara Fitzgerald
9:15-10:00 Keynote Address Aric Sudicky
10:10-10:25 Nutrition Break and Networking
10:30-11:00 Active Session Anne Cooke
11:10-11:40 Learning Module Joanne Russell-Haas
Denise Ponte
Afternoon
11:45-12:30 Lunch C/Active Session Carol LePage
12:30-1:15 Lunch D/Active Session Thames Valley Trail Association
1:20-1:50 Active Session Kathy Meyer
1:50-2:20 Active Session/Workshop Leslie McAdam
2:20-2:30 Nutrition Break and Networking
2:35-3:05 Learning Module TBA
3:10-4:10 Senior Fitness Class Lara Mylly
4:10-4:15 Closing Remarks and Thank you

Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Kristen Bell

Kirsten Bell, PhD
Dr. Bell received her PhD in Kinesiology from McMaster University, under the supervision of Dr. Stuart Phillips. Her doctoral work focused on deepening our understanding of why we lose muscle and strength as we age, and how relatively simple lifestyle changes – such as exercise and proper nutrition – can combat these losses. Dr. Bell is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Waterloo, where she studies the role of amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) in blood sugar control.

aric sudicky

Dr. Aric Sudicky, MD
Dr. Sudicky earned his Bachelor of Education from Western University and his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Calgary. Prior to medicine, Dr. Sudicky co-founded London’s first medically integrated personal training and nutrition program earning recognition as the Canadian Fitness Professional of the Year. He is passionate about healthy aging, a published fitness athlete, and is currently completing his residency training in family medicine.

Knowledge Experts

jenna gibbs Jenna Gibbs, PhD
Dr. Gibbs is a postdoctoral researcher and registered kinesiologist in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Her research aims to understand the influence of physical activity, nutrition, and behaviour on musculoskeletal health and physical performance in diverse populations, including healthy adults, athletes, and individuals at high risk of fracture. Dr. Gibbs has advanced expertise in musculoskeletal and metabolic adaptations to aging, chronic disease management, exercise and nutrition interventions, and medical imaging technology.

kevin shoemaker Kevin Shoemaker, PhDc
Dr. Shoemaker is a Professor of Kinesiology, and a Canada Research Chair in the Integrative Physiology of Exercise and Health. His research focuses on the interaction between function of the neural system involved in blood pressure control, and blood flow in nervous tissues such as the brain. The impact of vascular disease on blood flow control in the brain, and possible improvements that can be induced by exercise interventions, represents a major focus of current research.

Activity Experts

anne cooke Anne Cooke
Anne has been teaching exercise classes of various formats for over 35 years, currently, she manages a small fitness company in the Niagara Area. Over the years, she has coordinated corporate fitness centre programs and worked as a private trainer and trainer for CALA (Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance). She has also presented at several conferences and is the past fitness director of the Blue Mountain Women's Fitness Weekend.

Clara Fitzgerald Clara Fitzgerald
Clara is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Brock University and has served as the Program Director of the CCAA at Western since 2005. She is a recognized national and international presenter and educator and has presented extensively on subjects related to activity and aging. Clara’s primary focus is on promoting evidence-based and outcome-based functional exercise opportunities for older adults across the spectrum of age and mobility.

Elaine Fletcher Elaine Fletcher
Elaine is a CCAA certified Senior Fitness Instructor and a Can-Fit-Pro certified Personal Trainer. She has lead group and individual fitness sessions at the CCAA for more than 10 years. Elaine has degrees in Physical Education, Arts and Education , as well as a certification in Gerontology from Okanagan College. While personal training seniors , she quickly identified a relationship between fitness and cognition and has set out to improve both in the seniors she works with.

Anna Gateman Anna Gateman
Anna is a CCAA certified senior fitness instructor and a London-based yoga teacher. Her focus is on making yoga accessible at all levels, ages, income and abilities. The benefits of the mind-body connection that yoga brings are valuable at all stages of life. Her senior fitness classes combine yoga, strengthening and cardiorespiratory exercise to guide the participants to achieve improved mobility, functional fitness and inner strength.

Carol LePage Carol LePage
Carol has been practicing yoga for over two decades so when the opportunity to take her yoga teacher training in India, the birth place of yoga, presented itself, she retired from a career in the wine industry to embark on this new path. Based in Niagara where she instructs a range of ages, Carol is a certified Chair Yoga Therapeutics Teacher, Senior Fitness Instructor and has more than 25 years of experience working in the fitness industry.

kmeyer_thumb.jpg Kathy Meyer
Kathy worked as a paediatric physiotherapist for more than 25 years. After retiring she turned her focus to seniors and became a Certified Senior Fitness Instructor at the CCAA in 2009 and a SFIC evaluator in 2013. Throughout her career she has presented at many physiotherapy and leadership conferences she is also a past R2A conference presenter.

Leslie McAdam Leslie McAdam
Leslie is a graduate of Western University and is the National Education Coordinator for the CCAA at Western. Leslie is a Master Trainer delivering the CCAA’s 16 research-based exercise leadership courses, and she oversees the 350 trainers throughout Canada. The exercise leadership courses teach staff, caregivers, students and volunteers working with older adults in any living environment, acute care setting or in health care service provider agencies.

Lara Mylly Lara Mylly
Lara has been an SFIC Trainer since 2009. She is also a TEP and BALL facilitator in Renfrew County in Eastern Ontario. Lara is a Health Promoter for the Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre (WBCHC), a part of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services. One of Lara’s passions is to increase access and sustainability of group fitness classes for older adults in her rural community through a volunteer, peer-lead leadership model.

Event Accommodations

For more information about accommodation booking, visit Brescia's Booking page.

Bookings can be made by clicking on the “ Guest Registration” link in the left sidebar of the Booking page.

Register

The registration system is not compatible with tablets and other mobile devices. For the best registration experience use a laptop or desktop computer.

By completing this registration form you submit that you have read the Leadership Training Policies, Terms, and Agreement and that you agree to abide by these regulations.

NOTE: Confirm that you are registering for the desired conference length (1 or 2 days) and days (Friday or Saturday or both days)  before submitting the registration form.

Pre-Conference Workshops

CCAA Workshops

Functional Exercise for Dementia (FE4D)

In this  evidence-based  workshop developed in  collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario , participants will learn to maximize functional outcomes in dementia and Alzheimer clients by leading effective exercise programs within a variety of settings. Length: 7 hours. Registration Fee: $200.00 + applicable provincial tax.  Learn more or register

Tiered Exercise Program Facilitator (TEP-F)

The Tiered Exercise Program includes three exercise programs for older adults who are either chair-bound, have transfer ability, or are ambulatory. The exercise programs are evidence-based, include 10 exercises each that are simple yet progressive, and will help participants maintain or improve their current functional abilities to help them age in place.  Length: 4 hours, Prerequisite(s): SFIC trained, HSEP-F certified. Registration Fee: $99.00 (special conference rate) + applicable provincial tax.  Learn more or register

Partner Workshops

Certified Hike Leader (CHL) Training

Enjoying a hike is increased by the presence of a leader. An effective leader is someone who knows the way, applies safety, best practices, fun, local knowledge, and the ability to work with his or her group to make a successful outing. Take the next step in your hiking progress and become a leader. Hike Ontario’s base certification program takes you from hiker to leader, ready to bring great outings to fellow hikers and inspiring them to join you. Length: 7.5 hours. Prerequisite(s): completed Safe Hiker Program or be a Certified Fitness Instructor or Instructor in training. Completed a minimum of five (5) day hikes in the past 2 years. Registration Fee: $95.00 + applicable provincial tax.   Learn more or register

HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Aging

This one-day training provides insight into the unique needs of older adults when participating in recreation or leisure activities in municipal centers or retirement communities. It provides evidence-based approaches to improve the experience of participants by implementing the HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Aging.  Length: 7 hours. Registration Fee: $150.00 + applicable provincial tax.  Learn more or register

Urban Poling Leader Training

Urban Poling is a fun and addictive low-impact activity for people of all ages and fitness levels. Learn how to teach this fantastic fitness activity with this practical and comprehensive course.  Length: 7 hours.  Registration Fee: $200.00 +  applicable provincial tax (fee includes poles).   Learn more or register

Note: Lunch will NOT be provided on the day of the pre-conference workshops. Please bring your own lunch or lunch may be purchased at the Mercato, Brescia's state of the art Marché and dining pavilion.

Past R2A Conference Schedules and Speakers

Research to Action 2017

camera View event photos

Friday, June 9

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Dr. Stuart Phillips Successful aging: not in a pill or under a knife
Beth Munro Balance: Anywhere, Anytime
Narlon C Boa Sorte Silva Exercise, Aging and Cognition: Is it possible to mitigate cognitive decline in older adults?
Afternoon
Cassandra Ellis Active Session: Music and the Beat
Cori Hutton A Step in the Right Direction
Colleen McGrath Age-related vision loss: What do I need to know?
Lauren Crutchlow Show Up and Participate
Chris Moffett Full SFIC Class

Saturday, June 10

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Dr. Aric Sudicky Applying the Science: Creating a personalized recipe for healthy aging
YouTube channel
Anne Cooke Active Session: Building Fitness Choreography
Lauren Bechard Promoting Movement as Medicine for the Mind
Afternoon
Leslie McAdam Active Session:Lower Mobility Options
Shilpa Dogra Sedentary Time in Older Men and Women
Dylan Brennan Experiences of Masters Athletes
Sarah Merkel Full SFIC Class
YouTube video

Research to Action 2016

camera  View event photos

Friday, June 3

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Introduction and Welcome
Gillian Mandich Keynote: Getting Fitter with Age
Download Gillian's E-Book
Get a Reebok Discount
Harry Prapavessis Sedentary Behaviour
Debbie Devries, Kim Kamerman High/Low SFIC Class 1
Afternoon
Kathy Meyer, Leslie McAdam, Clara Fitzgerald Speed Learning 1 [Interval Training, Mat Core Training (YouTube), Evaluation]
Leslie McAdam Activity Burst: Balance
Katelyn Norton Brain Health - Exercise Your Heart!
Gillian Mandich Health and Social Media
Anne Cooke Choreography and Transitions
Clara Fitzgerald End of Day Remarks and Thank You

Saturday, June 4

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Clara Fitzgerald Welcome
Al Salmoni The Benefits of Green Space Physical Activity
Leslie McAdam, Sally Radisic Exercise Risk Management and Air Health Check
Toni Johnston, Chris Moffet High/Low SFIC Class 2
Afternoon
Kathy Meyer, Leslie McAdam, Clara Fitzgerald Speed Learning 2 [Playlists, Exercise Contraindications (YouTube), Chair Core Training]
Ros Banks Activity Burst: Minds in Motion
Anne Van Durmen, Elizabeth Dejaegher, Pat Ecclestone, Susan Haughton Instructor's Guide to Safe and Effective Exercise for Older Adults
Pat, Susan, Anne and Elizabeth
Cassie Ellis Music, Physical Activity and Enjoyment
Clara Fitzgerald Closing Remarks & Thank you

Research to Action 2015

camera View event photos

Friday, June 5

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Registration
Clara Fitzgerald Introduction and Welcome
Melanie Stuckey Top Research Articles – Practical Applications of Recent Research for Seniors’ Fitness Instructors
Denise Connelly Exercising for Chronic Conditions
Kathy Meyer Muscular Training – Strength, Resistance, and Power
Pat Ecclestone Thinking Outside the Exercise Class Format - SAGES
Afternoon
Erin Shellington Cognition and Exercise
Gillian Gorfine Activity Burst
Tobias Morat Sarcopenia, Mobility, and Exercise
Debbie Devries Exercise Class

Saturday, June 6

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Clara Fitzgerald Welcome
Clara Fitzgerald, Daphne Stevens Home-Based Exercising and Spotlight on CCAA Participant
Gillian Gorfine Activity Burst
Dr. Charles Rice The Aging Neuromuscular System and Physical Activity
Sarah Merkel Choreography and Cardio
Afternoon
Dr. Alan Salmoni Why is Physical Activity Such Good Medicine?
Jocelyn King Poling Demonstration and Workshop
Susan Hunter Balance, Gait, and Injury Prevention
Gillian Gorfine Closing Remarks & Thank you

Research to Action London 2015 sponsored by:

Haygarth logo

Research to Action 2015 (Calgary)

Friday, April 10

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Introduction and Welcome
Kaitlin McLay, Western University Practical Applications of Top Evidence-Based Research Articles
Clara Fitzgerald, CCAA Master Trainer Small Balls Workshop (active)
Joseph Levy, MRU Motivation and Engaging Older Adult Participation in Exercise
Activity Burst: Chair Exercises
Afternoon
Clara Fitzgerald, CCAA Master Trainer Benefits of Muscular Strength, Endurance and Power Training
Activity Burst: Balance Exercises
Tracy Rand, Fit 2 Age Contraindications and Exercising with Chronic Conditions
Sandra Gordon, MRU Collaborating with Community Partners and Stakeholders
Wrap-up and Thank you

Research to Action 2014

camera View event photos

Friday, June 20

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Jim Weese, Clara Fitzgerald Welcome, Introductions and Instructor Recognition
Dawn Gill, Michael Gregory Top FIVE research articles
Leslie McAdam Creative Cardio
Melanie Stuckey Program Design, Function vs. Chronic Condition-Specific Exercise Classes
Afternoon
Clara Fitzgerald Home-Based Approaches and Exercise in all Seasons
Kathy Myers Expand your Toolkit
Tony Johnston Let’s Get Moving! Exercise Class

Saturday, June 21

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Clara Fitzgerald Meet Centenarian Hanna Spencer
Alan Salmoni Exercise as Medicine, Disease Prevention and Management
Clara Fitzgerald Physical Activity and the Brain
Afternoon
Debbie Devries Choreography - Practice Makes Perfect
Lindsay Siple Sedentary Behaviour Knowledge for all Physical Activity Promoters
Diana Londono Incorporating Yoga Techniques
Leslie McAdam Muscular Training
Sarah Merkel The Role of Exercise in Falls Prevention

Research to Action 2013

camera View event photos

Friday, May 31

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Nancy Revie Morning Energizer
Liza Stathokostas Top Research Articles
Jennifer Wilson PARC/OPHEA Research Update
Afternoon Elective Workshops
Leslie McAdam, Mary Anne McCoy Option 1: Get on the Floor
Sarah Merkel Option 2: Promoting Class Adherence
Tamar Meyer Option 3: Mental Health Workshop
Bonus Workshops
Shannon Belfry Option 1: Grant Writing
Leslie McAdam, Sarah Merkel Option 2: New SFIC Manual
Toni Johnston Option 3: Sample Seniors' Fitness Class

Saturday, June 1

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Jan Sims Morning Address
Morning Sessions - Special Conditions
Clara Fitzgerald Lung Health and Exercise
Rose Johnston Parkinson's and Exercise
Kathy Meyer
Afternoon Elective Workshops
Leslie McAdam Option 1: One Class - Difference Abilities
Sykes Canada Team Option 2: Motivation and Health Coaching
Clara Fitzgerald Option 3: Networking Show and Share

Research to Action 2012

camera View event photos

Friday, July 13

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Daniel Keir Top Ten Physical Activity Research Articles
Jeff Timmermans Miles for Memories
Geoff Power Use it or Lose it Holds True in Old Age
Older Adult Motivation Panel
Afternoon Elective Workshops
Leslie McAdam Functional Ativity Measures
Sarah Merkel, Christina Wiggers, Ben Roberts, Jeremy Fernandes Strength and Power Training
Noah Koblinsky Walking and Gait Retraining

Saturday, July 14

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Clara Fitzgerald, Debbie DeVries Lung Health and Exercise
Sarah Merkel, Christina Wiggers, Ben Roberts, Jeremy Fernandes Strength and Power Training
Leslie McAdam Cardio, Cardio, and More Cardio
Afternoon Elective Workshops
Sarah Merkel, Christina Wiggers Balls and Balance
Leslie McAdam Postural Assessment and Training
Nancy Revie Exercising and Eats

Research to Action 2011

camera View event photos

Friday, June 24

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Jim Waite, Men's National and Olympic Curling Coach Keynote Address
-- The Role of Leisure for Chinese Immigrants Living in the Greater Toronot Area
-- Physial Activity Counselling and Exercise Prescription for Individuals with Diabetes
-- Motivation: What is it? Watch the Trailer
Afternoon Elective Workshops
-- Parkinson's and Exercise
-- Cardio, Cardio, and More Cardio
-- Physical Activity: The BEST Way to Prevent Falls

Saturday, June 25

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Don Paterson, Mary Duggan, Clara Fitzgerald Physical Activity Guidelines Panel Discussion
-- Incorporating Yoga Poses into Your Fitness Class
-- Cardio, Cardio, and More Cardio (Repeat from Friday)
-- Posture, Osteoporosis and Exercise
Afternoon Elective Workshops
-- Elite Mind Performance for Older Adults - Grow Your Brain
Angus Shuttleworth, Chartered Accountant
Jeff Boris, Marketing Expert
Toni Johnston, Certified CCAA Trainer
Starting, Growing, and Thriving Your Fitness Business
Victoria Meredith, Patti Hinton, Sue Leat Optimizing Communication with Your Participants

Research to Action 2010

camera View event photos

Friday, June 18

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Kevin Shoemaker, Neurovascular Research Laboratory, School of Kinesiology, Western University Keynote Address: Exercise, Aging, and the Brain
Dr. David Cunningham, School of Kinesiology and Department of Physiology, Western University Can You Walk the Walk?
Melanie Stuckey, Coordinator, Let's Talk Science Partnership Program, Western University Love Your Heart
Linda Norton, Rehab Education Coordinator and Margot McWhirter --
Grad Student Project Competition Winning Presentation --
Afternoon Elective Workshops
Clara Fitzgerald, CCAA Program Director Choice A: Alzheimer's and Exercise - What are we forgetting? (Low-Moderate)
Leslie McAdam, CCAA Program Coordinator Improving Stability on the Ball and Mat! (High)
Chelsie Free, CCAA Kinesiologist Fall Prevention Physical Activity Workshop (Low)
CCAA Trainer Panel Trainers dicuss and answer questions about special topics related to fitness for older adults

Saturday, June 19

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Clara Fitzgerald, CCAA Program Director Choice A: Restorative Care Refresher - Maximizing Client Potential (Low)
Leslie McAdam, CCAA Program Coordinator Choice B: Post Rehab Exercise for Stroke Fast Track (Low)
Sarah Merkel, CCAA Project Coordinator Choice C: Balls, Bands, and Balance (High and Low)
Chelsie Free, CCAA Kinesiologist Choice D: Improving Stability on the Ball and Mat! (Repeat from Day 1 (High)
Afternoon Elective Workshops
Dana Van Gorp, CCAA Program Coordinator Choice A: Fall Prevention Physical Activity Workshop (Low-Moderate)
Leslie McAdam, CCAA Program Coordinator Choice B: Functional Activity Measures for Older Adults (High and Low)
Clara Fitzgerald, CCAA Program Director Choice C: Alzheimer's and Exercise - What are we Forgetting? (Low)
Sarah Merkel, CCAA Project Coordinator Choice D: Nordic Pole Walking Certification Course (High)
*Additional $100 fee for certification, includes poles

Research to Action 2009

Research: July 17, 2009

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Dr. Quincy Almeida, Director, Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre, Wilfred Laurier University Choice A: Restorative Care Refresher - Maximizing Client Potential (Low)
Ann Hutchison, Director of Media Relations, Western University Working with the Media
Rachel Dean, PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Victoria Examining Older Adults Beliefs About Strength Training
Afternoon Elective Workshops
Matt Quin, Communications Specialist, Western University Marketing to Older Adults
Julia Murias, PhD Candidate, Western University Cardiovascular responses to Edurance Training: Age and Sex-Specific Adaptations
Patricia Clark, National Executive Director, Active Living Coalition for Older Adults Physical Activity for Older Adult Cancer Survivors

Action: July 18, 2009

Speaker(s) Topics
Morning
Clara Fitzgerald, CCAA Program Director Option 1: Post Rehab Exercise for Stroke (PRES) Workshop
Leslie Brown, CCAA Program Specialist and Trainer Option 2: Functional Activity Measures Workshop
Chelsie Free, Kinesiologist, CCAA Option 3: Balls, Bands, and Balance for Active Aging Workshop
Afternoon Elective Workshops
-- Option 1: Higher Functioning Senior Fitness Class
-- Option 2: Lower Functioning Senior Fitness Class

For more information about CCAA conferences:

CCAA Conference Coordinator
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging 
1490 Richmond Street London, ON N6G 2M3
Email:  ccaa.conferences@uwo.ca
Phone: (519) 661-2059 Toll Free: 1(866) 661-1603 
Fax: (519) 661-1612