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Our Team

An Introduction to Our Team:

chowell-111x131 Dr. Colin Howell, Academic Director

Dr. Colin Howell (B.A., M.A.  Dalhousie, PhD, Cincinnati) is Professor Emeritus in History and Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Sport and Health at Saint Mary`s University in Halifax.  One of Canada`s foremost historians, his teaching and research focuses on the history of sport, medicine, and health in Canada.  At Saint Mary`s, Dr. Howell was a founder of the Atlantic Canada Studies undergraduate and graduate programs, the Gorsebrook Research Institute, the Austin Willis Moving Images Research Centre, and the Centre for the Study of Sport and Health.

Dr. Howell has published widely in the field of sport and health studies, authoring Blood, Sweat and Cheers: Sport and the Making of Modern Canada (2001), Northern Sandlots (1995) as well as a history of the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax and several edited collections.  In 2001 he initiated the Putting it on Ice series of hockey conferences, now recognized as having created a renaissance in hockey scholarship internationally.  A member of the editorial boards of a number of prominent sport history journals, Dr. Howell was co-editor of the Canadian Historical Review, Canada’s senior historical journal, from 1988 to 1992. He received the President’s Award for Research at Saint Mary’s (1998), the Annual Award of Merit from the Association of Canadian Studies (1996) the Heritage award of the Society of North American Hockey Researchers for excellence in sports writing, and was inducted into the Black Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. Captain of Dalhousie Rugby club when it won the McCurdy Cup (Atlantic Championship) in 1966, he coached youth soccer for a number of years  He served on the selection committee of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for a number of years and is presently a member of the selection committee for the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.


HeidiWeigand Heidi Weigand, Director Community Relations and Research

Working in the field of building mental resiliency in Athletes, Coaches, Students and Employees.

My Two Guiding Goals:

1. To influence the development of mental fitness in athletes of all ages and calibur.

2. To influence the improvements in our mental health system in Canada and to reduce the "stigma" for athletes, students and employees to seek help when they are stressed and overwhelmed with life's inevitable setbacks so they can bounceback.


  • 20 years of Marketing and Sales experience with Xerox and IBM in North America
  • 7 years of Management consultant experience  working with Atlantic Canadian Businesses and First Nation Communities.
  • 5 years of University Teaching Experience in the Areas of; Human Resource Management, Consumer Behaviour, Applied Marketing, Employee Training and Development, Recruitment and Selection, Leadership and Change Management.
  • PhD Candidate in Management at Saint Mary's University with a doctoral thesis focused on developing Employee Well-Being through Positive Leadership.

Visiting Researchers

One of the objectives of the CSSH is to become a major meeting place for researchers in the field of sport and health from around the world.  In addition to hosting conferences we hope to attract post-doctoral fellows, short-term and longer-term research visitors, sabbaticants, and faculty from Saint Mary’s and other metro universities, to share their research, plan collaborative projects and research grant proposals, and engage in consulting and contract work related to sport, health and well-being.  During the 2011-12 year we had six visiting researchers from a number of different disciplines, and three more have committed to come to the Center this coming year.  They include:

  • Dr. Sean O'Neil. (University of Florida)
Sean O'Neil studies the intersection of sports, disability, and religion. He is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he graduated with a BA in English and History from Dalhousie University. He subsequently did a Master's in International Affairs-Latin American studies at Ohio University, before receiving a PhD in Religion from the University of Florida. He has drawn on this interdisciplinary training to teach courses in various departments, programs and centres in the United States and Canada: including Kinesiology and Health; Religious Studies/Comparative Religion; History; American Studies; and Latin American Studies. He currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas, where he is completing a manuscript entitled Faith Scripts and Supercrips: Intersections of Sports, Disability, and Religion in Popular Culture
  • Dr. Russell Field. (University of Manitoba)
Dr. Russell Field, received his doctorate in Exercise Sciences at the University of Toronto. Dr. Field is the founder and executive director for the Canadian Sport Film Festival, which aims to allow spectators to go beyond the scoreboard. Currently, he is researching on sport in Africville and has developed the People's History of Sport in Canada Project. Dr. Russell Field aims to acquaint the importance of sport and physical activity to community cohesion and identity. 
  • Dr. Lori Dithurbide. (Dalhousie University)
Dr. Dithurbide, a former Saint Mary’s graduate, received her doctorate in sport psychology and kinesiology at Michigan State University in the summer of 2011, and came to the CSSH as a post-doc for the fall 2011 term.  In addition to working on a research project involving a minor hockey team along with our SEEP student Robert Reid, Lori was an active member of the hockey conference organizing team. Robert and Lori were co-presenters at the conference. Dr. Dithurbide has recently been hired to a position in Kinesiology at Dalhousie, but will continue to maintain a close association with the CSSH.
  • Dr. Peter Tingling. (Simon Fraser University)
While on sabbatical from Simon Fraser University Dr. Tingling taught at Saint Mary’s in the Department of Management, but also joined the CSSH as a visiting research fellow.  Dr. Tingling continued his research on the selection and management processes related to the hockey draft, and both he and one of his graduate students presented at the Putting it on Ice Conference.
  • Dr. Carly Adams. (University of Lethbridge)
A leading figure in the field of sport history in Canada, Dr. Adams has recently completed a six-week visit to the CSSH to undertake research on her history of women’s hockey in Canada.  Her involvement in the hockey conference included chairing sessions, a paper on the women’s hockey development program in Warner, Alberta, and a reading from her prize-winning recent book on women’s hockey in the interwar years. 
  • Dr. Jason Laurendeau. (University of Lethbridge). 
A sport sociologist with an interest in sport and risk behaviour, Dr. Laurendeau undertook a six-week research project in association with the Department of Search and Rescue in Nova Scotia while at the CSSH. 
  • Dr. Brian Kennedy. (Pasadena City College, California). 
Author of three best-selling books on hockey, including his recent My Country is Hockey, Dr. Kennedy has made the CSSH one of the three important venues for his sabbatical work which will lead to a history of the 1972 Canada-Russia series. He will continue to come to the CSSH over the next year.  A member of the English Department at Pasadena City College, he delivered a paper to the PIOI conference and a reading from the aforementioned work.
  • Mr. Erik Lyman.  (University of Edinburgh). 
On leave from the Ph.d program in sociology at the University of Edinburgh where he was working on sport and the Scottish military, Mr. Lyman has come to the CSSH to broaden his understanding of the field of sport studies.
  • Dr. Eileen Angelini. (Canisius College, Buffalo) will be returning in the spring of 2013 to continue a research fellowship with the CSSH that began in 2010. Chairperson of Modern Languages at Canisius, Dr. Angelini will continue her work on Maurice Richard and anglo-francophone relations in Canada.  

Involvement of Saint Mary’s Faculty and Students:

Over the past year a number of people have joined the CSSH team: 

  • Dr. Terry Wagar, has been appointed as a senior research fellow of the Centre from the Department of Management.  Dr. Wagar will continue to work on issues related to sport officiating, relative age effect and sport performance. 
  • Dr. Charles Beaupre, has been appointed as a senior research fellow of the Centre from the Confucius Institute.  Dr. Beaupre will continue to work on issues related to Asian medicine and bio-energetics. 
  • Dr. David Sable,   has been appointed as a research fellow of the Centre from the Department of Religious Studies.  Dr. Sable will continue to work on research related to mindfulness, meditation and well-being.
  • Dr. Pat Connolly, long-time sport broadcaster and former recipient of an honorary degree from Saint Mary’s has accepted a position as honorary research fellow in 2013.  Sadly, Dr. Connolly has recently passed away.  
  • Dr. Harold Ogden, from the Department of Marketing, was also part of the Putting it On Ice Conference, chairing a session on hockey marketing and branding. 
  • Heidi Weigand and Terry Wagar were members of the hockey conference organizing committee, and presented papers along with Ph.D candidate Shannon Webb, SEEP student Robert Reid and Mike Danton, student athlete. Reid and Danton were awarded Dean of Arts scholarships to attend and participate in the conference.
  • Chris Larade, women’s hockey coach, participated in a PIOI conference panel on women’s hockey at the intercollegiate level.
  • Tammy Williams, graphics and web design for the 2014 Transnational Lacrosse Conference.
  • Andrew Ling,  a mental performance consultant,is focused on training athletes for performance enhancement.
  • Selina Fortier is a research assistant at CSSH
  • Nikolas Shymko is a SMU student marketing intern, web-developer and research assistant
  • Kanaar Bell is a SMU student involved with the development of the Student Athlete Resiliency Workshop
  • Laura Langille is a SMU student involved with the development of the Student Athlete Resiliency Workshop
  • Ryan Zawacki is a SMU student marketing intern at CSSH
  • Damone Black is a SMU student who works on various projects at CSSH, including Tai chi and wellness programming
  • Landry Rakotondrafara is a SMU marketing student who works on various projects at CSSH


"On a professional level my time at the centre was a wonderful way for me to engage with the broader sport community and I very much enjoyed both the atmosphere and the opportunity to interact with what is a great sports focused group. I developed contacts that have really helped sharpen my thinking." Peter Tingling, Simon Fraser University 

 "Having had the opportunity to conduct research on Maurice Richard at CSSH has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me.  Under Colin Howell's tutelage, I have been able to work with and receive feedback from colleagues from a wide range of disciplines as well as publish my research in prestigious academic journals such as Sports History Review."  Dr. Eileen Angelini, Canisius College, Buffalo.

For more Information, please contact us:

The Homburg Centre for Health and Wellness
920 Tower Road, 2nd Floor
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H-1Y5
Centre for the Study of Sport and Health