MAY 15, 2019
DR. CAROLYN EMERY - PT PhD
Chair of Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, University of Calgary
Dr. Carolyn Emery is a physiotherapist and injury epidemiologist. She is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and in Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She is a member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health. Dr. Emery is the Chair of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (1 of 10 International Olympic Committee Research Centres for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health) and holds a Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation at the University of Calgary. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Christensen Fellow at Oxford, and member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada.
The focus of Dr Emery’s research program is in injury prevention in youth sport and recreation and pediatric rehabilitation; aimed to reduce the public health burden of injuries and specifically concussions and their long-term consequences. Dr. Emery is best known for her research program in injury and concussion risk in youth ice hockey including evaluation of policy related to body checking. In addition, her research associated with the development and evaluation of prevention strategies to decrease the risk of injuries in soccer and basketball and junior high school physical education has led to a significant public health impact in injury reduction in youth sport.
In 2018, Carolyn was awarded a Canada Instituted for Health Research Foundation grant (SHRed injuries – Surveillance in High Schools to Prevent Injuries and their Consequences in Youth Sport). Her pan-Canadian research team recently received significant funding from the National Football League Scientific Advisory Board for SHRed Concussions aimed to reduce the significant burden of concussions and their consequences in youth sport. Carolyn will highlight the opportunities for moving upstream towards prevention to ensure the greatest public heath impact in reducing the burden of concussions and their consequences in youth. This includes prevention of reduced levels of physical activity, overweight and obesity, early osteoarthritis, post-concussion syndrome, and chronic illness.
JUNE 13, 2019
CHRISTOPHER USIH - Chief Superintendent, CBE
Christopher Usih is the Chief Superintendent of Schools at the Calgary Board of Education, a position he has held since December 2018. He has more than 28 years of experience as an educator. He began teaching in an Indigenous community in Northern Manitoba but spent the majority of his career in diverse roles with the Toronto school district including teacher, principal, superintendent of student success, and other executive roles.
A champion of public education, Mr. Usih is highly regarded for his commitment to equity, raising academic standards and addressing achievement and opportunity gaps. His responsive and collaborative approach has brought change to how students are supported.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2019
PRESTON MANNING - Former MP and Founder of the Manning Foundation
Preston Manning, PC CC AOE is the Founder of the Manning Foundation for Democratic Education and the Manning Centre for Building Democracy which seek to strengthen the knowledge, skills, principles, and ethical foundations of participants in Canada’s political processes.
Born in 1942, Preston Manning is the second son of long time Alberta Premier Ernest C. Manning who was also a prominent Christian layman and broadcaster. Growing up in a household which was both political and evangelical, he became intimately familiar with the political and religious experience of western Canada.
Mr. Manning served as a member of Parliament from 1993 to 2001. He founded two political parties – the Reform Party of Canada and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance – both of which became the Official Opposition in the Canadian Parliament, and laid the foundation for the new Conservative Party of Canada. Mr. Manning served as Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2000 and was also his party’s science and technology critic. In 2007, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada and in 2013 was appointed to the Privy Council.
Mr. Manning graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA in Economics and provided consulting services to the energy industry for twenty years before entering the political arena. He has received honorary degrees from eight Canadian universities and is the author of three books, The New Canada, Think Big, and Faith, Leadership, and Public Life. He is currently working on a new book, tentatively entitled Do Something! 300 Ways to Strengthen Democracy and Conservatism in Canada.
Mr. Manning and his wife Sandra divide their time between Calgary and Vancouver. They have five grown children and eleven grandchildren.