• Sat, June 10, 2023
  • Hamilton

McMaster Performance & Wellness Workshop

Sat, June 10, 2023

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Southwestern Ontario

$75.00 - $125.00

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Southwestern Ontario


High Performance Area Building - McMaster University

1280 Main St. W, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 2L8
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$75.00 - $125.00

McMaster Performance is hosting its second annual Performance & Wellness Workshop June 10-11, 2023. 


A collaborative event led by the Department of Kinesiology and the McMaster Performance unit, the McMaster Performance & Wellness Workshop will host members of the McMaster and Greater Hamilton communities interested in the fields of physical therapy and rehab, sport performance, fitness, teaching, exercise research, and wellness.

Following an incredible inaugural event in 2022, this year’s workshop will consist of valuable classroom-style content, hands-on sessions, opportunities to hear from guest speakers from academia and industry, and quality networking time with leading professionals.

The aim of this event is to:

  • Provide a well-rounded professional development day for therapists, sport scientists, coaches, teachers, personal trainers, and students striving to pursue these professions.
  • Introduce undergraduate students to these exciting and emerging fields and network these students with established members of the community.
  • Provide exemplary undergraduate students with awards to take part in the collaborative experiential learning and research within the sport performance and medicine services with Marauder athletic teams and student athletes.
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness and impact of this collaborative learning and translational research environment through providing students with opportunities to display and present their research during this event.

Speakers & Panelists

Sam Gibbs – Director of Sport Medicine & Sport Science with Canada Basketball
Dr. Margo Mountjoy – Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University, and Sport Medicine Consultant
Joey Nemet – Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Canadian Olympian
Colin Oczkowski – Physiotherapist with David Braley Sport Medicine & Rehab Centre and Ultimate Physio and Rehab
Dr. Eni Kadar – Cert. Holistic Nutritionist and Physiotherapy Resident with AMN Healthcare
Dr. Dylan Kobsar – Assistant Professor of Neuromechanics in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University
Ben Bahrami – Manager of High Performance Programs at McMaster University
Alena Luciani – Strength and Conditioning Coach and founder of Training2XL
Dr. Jennifer Heisz – Canada Research Chair in Brain Health/Aging, Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University
Dr. George Giatsis – Associate Professor in Kinesiology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Winta Desta – Physiotherapist, basketball coach, and health educator
Nikki Garcia – Physiotherapist for the Toronto Raptors
Natalie Wideman – Co-Owner of Body By Chosen gym, and Canadian Olympian

Plus additional guest speakers to be announced soon!


Available now! Click below to purchase


  • Students (any school) $75
  • General Admission $125

Purchase STUDENT Tickets  |  Purchase GENERAL ADMISSION Tickets

*PD points are available for coaches in attendance.
**T-shirt included with the event
***Lunch included both days

Tentative Schedule

Saturday, June 10th

  • Movement sessions and tour of McMaster Performance facilities
  • Sam Gibbs – Movement analysis & gap identification
  • Breakout sessions with Joey Nemet (speed training) & Colin Oczkowski (rehab exercise prescription)
  • Dr. Dylan Kobsar – Sport science, technology, and performance
  • Dr. Jennifer Heisz – Mental health and athletic performance
  • Dr. George Giatsis – Technique and performance benchmarks in elite athletes
  • Breakout sessions with McMaster Performance staff and faculty on sports biomechanics, assessments, and exercise progression

Sunday, June 11th

  • Women’s only breakfast & networking session
  • Dr. Margo Mountjoy – Athlete support and mental health, and a focus on the female athlete
  • Special guest speaker with industry perspectives on performance and wellness (TBA)
  • Dr. Eni Kadar – Connection between mind-body and performance
  • Panel Discussion: Women in Performance & Wellness (Nikki Garcia, Winta Desta, Natalie Wideman)

*Schedule subject to change


For more information, contact us at performance@mcmaster.ca