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Sport and Sustainable Development: Setting a Research Agenda

May 10, 2017

Toronto, ON – U of T’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education will be hosting a research symposium on sport and sustainable development on June 8. Bringing together leading researchers from multiple disciplines, the event 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:

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

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, visit (please register before June 2nd). Registration for the event is $10, and includes lunch and refreshments.

Inquiries about the symposium can be directed to Rob Millington (, or Simon Darnell (