Academic Advisory Committee

Beyond the OKA’s mandate of public advocacy, we recognize that the work of academics in the field of kinesiology is invaluable to the advancement of our profession.


The OKA is committed to working with academics on topics from research to dissemination to funding. We also recognize that greater professional advocacy within academics can create a stronger linkage between the school environment and the practice of kinesiology, to the benefit of students, teachers, practitioners and patients alike.

To that end, the OKA maintains an Academic Advisory Committee, a liaison between Ontario University kinesiology programs and the OKA.

The AAC’s mission is as follows:

  1. Identify new opportunities for collaborations, research and knowledge transfer to advance the profession.
  2. Address current issues affecting the profession as identified by the AAC and/or OKA Board of Directors.
  3. Ensure a beneficial working relationship between university programs, researchers and Ontario’s Registered Kinesiologists, through the Ontario Kinesiology Association.

The committee provides advice to the OKA Board of Directors on matters affecting the profession and association, allowing the board to be fully informed.

OKA Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Kinesiology

The OKA is funding its first post-doctoral fellowship in Kinesiology under the direction of the Academic Advisory Committee. The mandate is to develop a research agenda in Kinesiology using a mixed-methods consensus study.

Committee Members

Daniel Santa Mina, University of Guelph-Humber - Co-Chair and Founding Convener
Jennifer Chapman - Co-Chair

Mike Holmes, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
John Srbely, University of Guelph
Celine Lariviere, Laurentian University
Pam Bryden, Wilfrid Laurier University
Maureen MacDonald, McMaster University
Steve Fischer, Queens University
Scott Thomas, University of Toronto
Leanne Smith, Lakehead University


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