Dave is a Professor, Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) and Registered Kinesiologist (RKin). He completed undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering, health studies and physical and health education at Queen’s University, and received a Masters in sport biomechanics from Edith Cowan University and a doctorate in biomechanics from the University of Waterloo. His research interests include sport, exercise and occupational biomechanics, musculoskeletal health and injury prevention, movement screening, acute and long-term adaptations to exercise, firefighter wellness and fitness, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dave’s current research is focused on helping people prepare for the physical demands of sport, work and life, and the application of theory to practice in exercise-related settings.
Dave has taught at three academic institutions (Edith Cowan University, University of Waterloo, University of Toronto), served as the Director of Education for the Ontario Kinesiology Association and worked for 15 years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in the United States, Australia and Canada with individuals of all ages, abilities and interests (e.g. Olympic and Professional athletes, firefighters, back pain patients). He frequently lectures on wellness, athletic performance and injury prevention, has authored several journal articles and book chapters on movement screening, assessment and exercise program design, and continues to advise numerous public and private organizations across the globe. Dave is an engaging and passionate presenter who aspires to share evidence-informed ideas that inspire, empower, and challenge individuals and organizations to redefine health, wellness and performance. This drive extends from an enthusiasm for motivating others to achieve success in their own lives, and reflects a belief that education can be a powerful catalyst to facilitate positive change.