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APES - Atlantic Provinces Exercise Scientists

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The idea of formulating the APES was conceived by three Exercise Scientists in the Atlantic Provinces (Dr. Jonathon Fowles, Acadia University, Dr. Gordon Sleivert, University of New Brunswick, and Dr. Angie Thompson, St. Francis Xavier University).  Funds were obtained from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation to establish the APES.

Since the inaugural APES meeting on March 22 & 23, 2003 hosted by the Department of Human Kinetics at St. Francis Xavier University, APES meetings have been hosted by Acadia University, the University of New Brunswick, and Dalhousie University.

The Fifth Annual APES meeting will held at the Keating Millennium Center on the beautiful St. Francis Xavier University campus on March 24 and 25, 2007.  This meeting is sponsored by the Dean of Science at St. Francis Xavier University, CSEP, Human Kinetics, and MicroCore Science Inc.




The goals of the APES are to:

1. facilitate collaborative research

2. recognize and utilize the expertise currently available in the Atlantic Provinces

3. apply for research funds (provincially, nationally, and internationally)

4. create a newsletter (to be distributed electronically) highlighting recent research

activities of the group, research interests of the various group members, and future meetings

5. provide research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students 


First Annual Provinces Exercise Scientists (APES) Conference

The first Annual Atlantic Provinces Exercise Scientists conference was hosted at St. Francis Xavier University in the Charles V Keating Millennium Centre and the Maritime Inns, Antigonish on March 22 and 23, 2003.  Twenty-nine people participated in this conference with delegates from St. Francis Xavier University, Acadia University, Dalhousie University, University of New Brunswick and University of Waterloo.

Presentations were made from faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, and research assistants.  Similar to other conferences, significant networking occurred outside of the formal presentations. For example, many faculty researchers utilized the expertise of our keynote speaker (Dr. Richard Hughson, President of Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists - CSEP) to brainstorm ideas for future research grants and projects to submit for national funding from agencies such as CIHR and NSERC. Dr. Hughson’s input was valuable for information into potential sources of funding and insight for a successful grant application. Dr. Hughson’s second keynote address at the end of the conference was also valuable for this process, as he presented on the importance of publishing and strategies to develop a successful publication record. This opportunity was invaluable to the new faculty to the Atlantic Provinces that attended the conference.