I thoroughly enjoy opportunities to speak at conferences and

APPEC 2017

special events. Check out the feedback from attendees below as well as the list of past events and topics.

We had the privilege of inviting Dr. Doug Gleddie to our 3rd Annual Asia Pacific Physical Education Conference  (APPEC) in Hong Kong, November 2017. Doug did the opening keynote – no easy task to an audience of over 300 buzzing, hopeful Physical Education teachers, Heads of Departments, Athletic Directors and a scattering of Heads of Schools and Principals. Flying in all the way from Canada did not dampen Doug’s spirit in anyway and he had the audience in the palm of his hand from the first word he spoke! His talk was enriching, very funny, thought-provoking and appropriate for the diverse group of International Educators that he was addressing. What came across in that talk (and in the many varied workshops that he offered throughout the weekend conference) was his passion for teaching, his genuine care for the students that we are trying to help and his understanding for the teachers assigned to that task. Doug’s energy and enthusiasm never faltered all weekend – always seen in a conversation with someone, a smile on his face and advice to offer. Doug was absolutely key in creating an amazing start to our conference and followed through with equally awesome workshops – engaging, empowering, funny and sincere. I would highly recommend inviting Dr. Doug Gleddie to your next conference if you are lucky enough to get the chance! Janie Grant, APPEC Committee member, Physical Education Teacher at Hong Kong International School.

Many times, we sit through speeches or lectures and find our minds wandering. However, during Doug’s keynote at the APEQ conference, I felt connected with him and fascinated by what he was saying the entire duration of his speech.  It made me realize how much of an impact a Physical Education teacher has on the culture of a school. His keynote speech really got me thinking about the culture in my own school and how I could improve the way my community perceives the P.E. program. I had never considered the word “culture” when it comes to my P.E. program but I now use it quite often when talking about P.E at my school. He spoke with such passion and it was inspiring. Thank you for leading the way and promoting the value of Physical Education programs across Canada. Meaghan Macro, Association of Physical Educators of Quebec Conference Attendee (2016) and Physical Education Teacher.

Dr. Doug Gleddie’s keynote address, “Purposeful Physical Education: The Joy of Movement”, at the 2016 Saskatchewan Physical Education Association conference was an engaging and relevant message that engaged all delegates. It was obvious that Doug took the time to prepare an insightful keynote address that drew on his own personal and professional experiences in engaging students in physical education. He was able to connect with our audience, mainly educators in the K-12 system, with his messaging relevant to the Saskatchewan teaching landscape. It is apparent that Doug is a student-first educator, with research-based evidence to support his message. His down-to- earth yet professional approach made a positive impact on our conference delegates. Doug’s student-first message is applicable not only to physical education, but as well as all classrooms in the K-12 sector. Not only is Doug rooted in a student-first philosophy, it is evident he is also believes in a teacher-first approach when it comes to professional development of educators. Daunean Dash-Rewcastle, President – Saskatchewan Physical Education Association

We were beyond thrilled to have Dr. Doug Gleddie be a keynote speaker at our State IOWA AHPERD annual convention in June of 2015.  Doug brought a lot of fun, laughter and out of the box thinking to our state.  His keynote session was packed on a Sunday morning as our members anticipated a great keynote, but he brought much more than just words.  Doug was eager to help answer as many questions as possible during our entire convention.  He got to know many of our members and was a wonderful resource AFTER the convention was over.  Doug truly cares about Physical Education teachers/students and enjoys sharing his vast knowledge about health and Physical Education. Jennifer Peterson, President – IOWA Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Upcoming Events:

PHE Canada National Conference & Research Council. Sessions TBD. Montreal, QC, May 2-4, 2019.

AIESEP. Sessions TBD. Adelphi University, NY, June 19-22, 2019.

Canadian Association of School System Administrators. Living & Learning to be Healthy & Active. Vancouver, BC, July 3, 2019.

PHASE-ME. Sessions TBD. Sharjah, UAE, October 9-12, 2019

Past Keynotes:

Keynote (with Dr. Brent Bradford): Intersections between Health and Education. (December 10, 2018). Education Society of Edmonton, Edmonton, AB.

Keynote: Adventurous Play and Taking it Outside. (November 17, 2018). Asia Pacific Physical Education Conference, Hong Kong, China.

Keynote: Creating a Culture of Wellbeing: What’s the Evidence? (November 8, 2018). College of Alberta School Superintendents Fall Conference, Calgary, AB.

Keynote: Ah, SUMMER! (June 26, 2018). City of Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Recreation Experiences Staff Training Day, Edmonton, AB.

Keynote: Physical Literacy Praxis: Moving from Theory to Practice (November 18, 2017). Asia Pacific Physical Education Conference, Hong Kong, China.

Keynote: Purposeful Movement: The Joy of Being. A Kid. (June 23, 2017). Out of School Time Collaborative Conference, Edmonton, AB.

Keynote: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Put on Your Stretchy Pants and Lead Heroically. (May 26, 2017). Be Fit for Life Superhero Training Day, Edmonton, AB.

Keynote: No Limits: Get Outside and Take a Risk. (May 12, 2017). Presented at the Health and Physical Education Council’s Annual Conference, Jasper, AB.

Keynote: Purposeful Physical Education: The Joy of Movement. (2016, December 2). Presented at the Association of Physical Educators of Quebec Annual Conference, Montreal, QC.

Keynote: Purposeful Physical Education: The Joy of Movement. (2016, May 5). Presented  at the Saskatchewan Physical Education Association Annual Conference, Saskatoon, SK.

Keynote: Physical Literacy Praxis. (2016, February 11). Presented at the CCTCA – EAS Symposium: Healthy Students, Better Learners, Calgary, AB.

Keynote: Bridging the Gap: Mental Health, Physical Activity & You! (2016, January 29). Presented at the Fort McMurray Catholic Schools Wellness & Mental Health Day, Fort McMurray, AB.

Keynote: Youth Sport: Playing (nicely) Together in the Sandbox. Session: Re-imagining School Sport – panel presentation and moderation. (2015, October 23). Presented at the Nova Scotia Sport and TAPHE Physical Literacy Summit, Halifax, NS.

Keynote #1: Travel Agents for a Storied Physical Literacy Journey. Keynote #2: Physical Literacy Praxis: Moving from theory to practice. (2015, October 21 & 22). Presented at the Manitoba Physical Literacy Conference: Moving it Forward (#MovinitFwd2015), Winnipeg, MB.

Keynote: REAL Wellness. Session: Joy-based Wellness. (2015, October 2). Presented at the Prairie Land Regional District Staff Health and Wellness Day, Hanna, AB.

Keynote: Why development beats winning – every time! Session 1: Quality PE to support student’s physical literacy journeys. Session 2: Physical Literacy and Teaching Games for Understanding. (2015, September 18 & 19). Presented at the Physical Literacy and Sport for Life Summit, Grande Prairie, AB.

Keynote:  Into the blender: Creating and supporting healthy schools.  Session 1:  Leadership for coordinated school health: A collaborative effort. Session 2: Promoting physical activity within a healthy school community. (2015, July 22). Presented at the St. Louis Summer HPE Workshops, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Keynote: Why #PhysEd? You, your program, physical literacy andeducative advocacy. Pre-conference session: Teaching games for understanding: Putting theory into practice. Session: Motivating the masses: Engaging activities for large groups. (2015, June 12-14). Iowa AHPERD Convention, Oskalooska, Iowa, USA.

HPEC/PHE Canada National Conference “A Physical Literacy Uprising”, (2015, April 30-May 1) Banff, AB. Co-chair and presenting at the pre-conference, research council and main conference. http://www.phecanada.ca/events/conference2015

Closing Keynote: Becoming Travel Agents for a Storied Physical Literacy Journey (2015, March 6). Presented at the inaugural Ever Active Schools Physical Literacy Summit in Calgary, AB. http://www.everactive.org/physical-literacy-summit-keynote-speakers

Team Building morning with 2 schools from Parkland School Division, June 28, 2014.

Opening Keynote for Parkland School Division PD day, May 16, 2014 in Stony Plain, Alberta.

Closing Keynote: Remember. Live. Shape (2014, January 25). Presented at the Shaping the Future Healthy Schools Conference in Kananaskis, Alberta. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZnSyvmSN5k

Invited Speaker: WTF? Education and Sport in Alberta (2013, November 1). Presented at the Alberta Sport Forum, Red Deer, Alberta.

Keynote: Physical Activity Across the Lifespan: Rockin’ a Wetsuit at Any Age (2013, April 3). Presented at the Physical Activity Coalition of Manitoba Conference, Winnipeg.

Keynote: R.E.A.L. Wellness.  (2013, January 25). Presented at Teacher Wellness PD Day (5 schools from Edmonton Public)

Keynote: Bridging the Gap: Mental Health, Physical Activity and You! (2012, February 14). Presented at the Nunavut Teachers’ Conference, Iqaluit, NT. (Filled in for Dr. David Suzuki!)

Keynote: Healthy Active YOU!  (2011, February 18).  Presented at “The Way In”, Student Mental Health Conference, Edmonton, AB.

Keynote: Moving Together: Stories and Strategies for Action. (2011, February 8).   Presented at the Manitoba Healthy Schools Conference, Winnipeg, MB.

Keynote: Healthy Active You! (2010, October 7).   Presented at the Taber Community Against Drugs Community Wellness Walk, Taber, AB.

Panel Presentation: A Practice Perspective. (2010, May 13).   Presented at the Comprehensive School Health National Roundtable, Toronto, ON.

Keynote: Implementing Comprehensive School Health in Rural and Aboriginal Communities. (2010, Apr 21).   Presented at the Canadian Association for School Health National Conference, Dartmouth, NS.

Keynote: Bridging the Gap – Reconnecting Physical Activity and Mental Health. (2010, Feb 3).    Presented at the Connecting for Kids Conference, Edmonton, AB.

Closing Keynote: Shaping the Future – You, Your School and Your Community.  Presented at the Shaping the Future – Healthy Schools Conference, Edmonton, AB.

3 Comments on “Speaking

  1. Pingback: Speaking of Physical Literacy… | purposefulmovement

  2. From: Barrie Walsh
    Brookside Jr. High School
    2239 Prospect Road
    Hatchet Lake, Nova Scotia
    B3T 1R8

    Dear Doug,

    BJHS has started a uniquely positive Twitter campaign. Each day we are sending out a new student-written tweet focusing on how our students deal with stress in positive ways. The tweets are already written. We want to invite you to follow us on Twitter @brooksidejh. Please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues. We will follow back.

    Thank you very much.


    Barrie Walsh
    Teacher & Project Coordinator

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