CSEP Professional Development Days are back in-person! Join your colleagues, peers and mentors in the field of exercise science for a day of learning.

  • Client Relationships
  • Small Business Management
  • Nutrition for Athletes
  • Kinesiology Taping
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
Price: includes lunch and nutrition break
  • CSEP members: $150 + tax
  • CSEP Student members: $75 + tax
  • Non-members: $175 + tax

A $30 CDN administrative fee will apply to all cancelations until October 30th. After this date, no refunds will be issued. Des frais administratifs de 30 CDN s'appliqueront à toutes les annulations jusqu'au 30 octobre. Après, cette date, il n'aura aucun de remboursement.

Thank you to our event partner!


 9:00 – 9:20am

 Welcome and Opening Address - Zach Weston, CSEP CEO

 9:20 – 10:10am

Fostering Synergy: The art of cultivating client relationships through shared values and  a culture of excellence - Danielle Poulos (MSc), Canadian Sport Institute Atlantic 

  • Learn effective motivational interviewing techniques that empower clients to embrace positive changes in their exercise habits and overall lifestyle

  • Understand the significance of defining and aligning values between exercise physiologists and clients, creating a foundation of trust and understanding.

  • Discover the art of building strong rapport with clients, fostering a supportive environment for open communication and collaboration.

 10:10 - 10:30am


 10:30 - 11:20am

Pearls of Wisdom for Exercise Professional Practice and Small Business Management - Jeffery Zahavich (PhD, CSEP CEP, ChPC), Dalhousie University

  • As a seasoned exercise professional entrepreneur turned academic, Dr. Zahavich will describe his experience navigating the public (and private) healthcare system as a CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist and NCCP Chartered Professional Coach. 

  • His presentation will provide tidbits of advice regarding how to leverage your professional network to create meaningful business opportunities, creative ways to market and promote your business offerings, and a comprehensive list of “things I wish I had of known then“ in effort to safeguard your mental and physical health as you journey through the exciting world of entrepreneurship.

 11:20 - 12:10pm

From Good to Great: Unlocking athletes performance potential with the most current nutrition advice - Angela Dufour (MEd., RD., CSSD, IOC Dip Sports Nutr, CFE), Nutrition in Action

  • Delve into the critical role of how to deliver the most accurate and impactful messages to athletes. 

  • Enhance skills in sports nutrition to be able to address common myths, debunk misinformation and help clients optimize their performance nutrition.

  • Gain the confidence and expertise to deliver credible sports nutritional messages to clients to promote optimal training adaptations, promote recovery and help them elevate their performance both on and off the field.

 12:10 – 1:00pm


 1:00 – 2:20pm

An Introduction to Kinesiology Taping for Pain and Performance - Julia Mitchell (PT, BA HKIN (Hons), MScPT), RockTape Canada Instructor

  • Learn how to use kinesiology tape to help mitigate pain, using applications that can quickly and easily be applied to any area of the body.

  • Practice using kinesiology tape to help assist movement and performance using fascial lines and movement planes (tape movement, not muscles!).

 2:30 – 3:20pm

The Role of the Qualified Exercise Professional in Proactive Health and Community Care - Karen Kendall (PhD, CSEP CEP), Acadia University

  • Learn about how CEPs in Nova Scotia are helping to bridge the gap between health care and community care. 
  • This presentation will highlight the model, referral pathways and the community-based health and wellness programs developed by the Centre for Lifestyle Studies.  
  • Program outcome data and feedback collected from program participants will be presented illustrating how CEPs are making a significant impact on the health of individuals living with chronic disease and frailty within the Annapolis Valley. 

 3:20 – 3:30pm

 Wrap up and Good Byes



Halifax Professional Development Day - November 4, 2023

  • Saturday Nov 04 2023, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • The Westin Nova Scotian
    1181 Hollis Street
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    B3H 2P6