June 8th: Sport and Sustainable Development Research Symposium at University of Toronto

Dear colleagues,

Some of you may be interested in the upcoming Sport and Sustainable Development Research Symposium at the University of Toronto on June 8th, 2017. The event, hosted by the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, will explore the role that sport can and should play in efforts towards sustainable development, both internationally and in Canada.

Recently, sport has gained attention as a potential tool for achieving environmental sustainability objectives, including all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Within this context, the aims of the symposium are to:

  • Address the tensions between sport’s potential contribution to the environment and its rather poor record to date;
  • Evaluate the links between sport and sustainable development;
  • Situate sport within the international policy agenda of sustainability and combating climate change.

The list of confirmed speakers includes Dr. Kyle Bunds (North Carolina State University), Dr. Lyndsay Hayhurst (York University), Tanya Halsall (University of Ottawa), Daniel Henhawk (University of Waterloo), Dr. Kyoung-yim Kim (Boston College), Dr. Brad Millington (University of Bath), Dr. Vicky Paraschak (University of Windsor), Carolyn Prouse (University of British Columbia), Dr. Larry Swatuk (University of Waterloo), and Dr. Brian Wilson (University of British Columbia).

We’re also pleased to announce that David Miller, the president and CEO of WWF-Canada and former mayor of Toronto, will deliver the keynote address.

For more information and to register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sport-sustainable-development-setting-a-research-agenda-tickets-34001217557 (please register before June 2nd). Registration for the event is $10, and includes lunch and refreshments.


Inquiries can be directed to Rob Millington (r.millington@utoronto.ca), or Simon Darnell (simon.darnell@utoronto.ca).