Keynote Speakers

We are very excited to announce our keynote speakers for this year, Dr. Rebecca Lloyd and Dr. André Samson

Dr. Rebecca J. Lloyd

Re-search or Re-feel?:  An Invitation to Move & Be Moved in Academic Life

Taking place on March 8th on campus at 10:00am (location TBA)

What moves you to study at the graduate level? And to what extent is this feeling part of your reading, writing, data gathering, and sense-making experience? Join professor Lloyd to learn how motion-sensing inquiry may serve to awaken your curiosity and inspire you to live your passions in academic life and beyond. Bring your questions, note pads and pens and get ready to move and be moved in invitational, connecting and thought-provoking ways.

Rebecca J. Lloyd is a Full Professor and SSHRC-funded researcher in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa who researches movement awareness in professional practices with a Function2Flowinterdisciplinary motion-sensing consciousness. Her areas of expertise include phenomenological methodologies, active aging education, physical education, teacher education, partnered practices, pedagogy, and dance. Become a member of her Interdisciplinary Function2Flow Research Unit today! Visit for research and resources on methodology, physical activity and active aging.

Professor André Samson

How to meet the Demands of University Studies?

Taking place on March 7th, at 1:15pm on Zoom (in french!)

For many students, university studies are a source of stress, which can weigh heavily on their psychological well-being. This begs the question: How can we adapt to university studies and meet the demands that come with them? Research has identified coping strategies that have the potential to not only promote psychological well-being, but also foster the personal development and academic resilience of the student population. This presentation will describe these coping strategies and suggest concrete ways to adapt effectively to the demands of university life.

André Samson is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa who researches life transitions in adolescence and adulthood. More specifically, Professor Samson studies the psychosocial adaptation process to post-secondary education. His research has been funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education, numerous Ontario school boards and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Professor Samson is also a member of the Ordre des conseillers et des conseillères d’orientation du Québec.