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Your conference planning committee has been hard at work since January this year, we have confirmed our speakers and would like to introduce you to our Key Note speaker:

Dr. Jonathon Fowles:


Jonathon Fowles, PhD, FCSEP, CSEP-CEP, CSCS     

Fellow of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

Chair, National Advisory Council Exercise is Medicine Canada

Scientific Lead, Exercise is Medicine Nova Scotia

Clifford Shand Chair in Physical Education

Director, Centre of Lifestyle Studies,

Professor, School of Kinesiology, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia


Dr. Jonathon Fowles’ work through the Centre of Lifestyle Studies (CoLS) has focused on implementation of physical activity guidelines into clinical practice. He has spearheaded initiatives with many national and regional health organizations to increase capacity for physical activity counseling by health care providers. Dr. Fowles worked with the Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia in 2008 to develop the “Physical Activity and Exercise Toolkit” and developed workshops to train diabetes care providers on PA counseling in clinical practice. The resource was subsequently adopted by Diabetes Canada in 2011 as a required educational component of quality diabetes care, and he and his colleague (Dr. Chris Shields) completed over 50 workshops and trained over 1250 diabetes educators nationally in 2012-2014 to improve PA counseling in diabetes care practice. The results of this initiative have been detailed in the literature (Dillman et al,.CJD 010, Shields et al. CJD 2013, Fowles et al., CJD 2014a,b; Gray et al., CJD 2017).


Dr. Fowles then applied this learning from the national dissemination with Diabetes Canada to develop workshops and was the lead faculty presenter for the workshop program “Physical Activity Counseling and Exercise Prescription in Clinical Care” with Exercise is Medicine Canada. This nationally accredited workshop program was delivered in every province to more than 500 physicians and 1200 allied health professionals from 2015-2017. The outcomes of this work on clinical practice were evaluated and published (O’Brien et al., APNM 2017; Fowles et al., APNM 2018; O’Brien et al., CJEP, 2018).


Dr. Fowles was also on the Steering Committee for Canada’s PA Guidelines in 2011, and was the scientific lead for the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology “Physical Activity Training for Health (PATH) manual” (2013). He is a Master Examiner for CSEP exercise professional certifications (1 of 8 nationally) and is one of eight fellows nationally for CSEP. 


Dr. Fowles is an accomplished researcher and presenter. He has more than 50 scholarly publications and has delivered over 120 workshop and 130 invited presentations on the areas of exercise and lifestyle. For example, he was an highlighted symposium speaker at the Primary Medicine Conference in Toronto Ontario to over 1200 physicians and other health professionals in each of 2015, 2016 with additional presentations to many national organizations including the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine, the Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Rheumatology Association, the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, the Canadian Chiropractic Association and Dietitians of Canada to name a few.


Dr. Fowles has received numerous recognitions for his efforts as a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (2018), the Lawson Foundation 60th Anniversary Award of Excellence (2017), the Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia Dedicated Leader Award (2016) and the CSEP Professional Standards Program Recognition Award (2015).  


Dr. Fowles is currently the Chair of the National Advisory Council for Exercise is Medicine Canada, a multi-disciplinary initiative advocating for physical activity as key component for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease in the Canadian Health Care system.


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