Dr. Mark Tremblay
Director of Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research
613-737-7600 x4114
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Education, Credentials, Academic Appointments

  • MSc and PhD, Department of Community Health, University of Toronto
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Full Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
  • Faculty appointment in Ph.D. Program in Population Health, University of Ottawa
  • Senior Research Scientist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Carleton University
  • Visiting Professor, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Visiting Professor, Southwest University, Chong Qing, China
  • Chief Scientific Officer, ParticipACTION Report Card
  • Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
  • President and Chair, Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance
  • Chair, Outdoor Play Canada

Biography

Professor Mark Tremblay has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Sports Administration and a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree from Laurentian University. His graduate training was from the University of Toronto where he obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Department of Community Health with a specialty in Exercise Science. Dr. Tremblay is the Director of Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research (HALO) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Professor of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, President of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance, Founder of the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network, Chair of Outdoor Play Canada, and Adjunct/Visiting Professor at five other universities on four continents. Dr. Tremblay has published more than 450 scientific papers and book chapters in the areas of childhood obesity, physical activity measurement, exercise physiology, sedentary physiology, outdoor play and health surveillance. His h-index is >70 and his published research has been cited >20,000 times according to Scopus. He has delivered over 800 scholarly conference presentations, including more than 150 invited and keynote addresses, in 21 different countries. Dr. Tremblay received an honorary doctorate from Nipissing University, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Lawson Foundation 60th Anniversary Award, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Honour Award, the Victor Marchessault Advocacy Award from the Canadian Pediatric Society, and the Vic Neufeld Mentorship Award in Global Health Research from the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research for his leadership contributions to healthy active living in Canada and around the world. Dr. Tremblay’s most productive work has resulted from his 31-year marriage to his wife Helen, yielding four wonderful children.

Research, Clinical, Professional and Scholarly Focus and Service

Current research interests include: i) pediatric exercise science ii) childhood obesity iii) physical literacy and health iv) physical activity, fitness and health measurement v) sedentary physiology vi) health surveillance vii) knowledge translation and mobilization.

  • President of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance, including release of the Global Matrix 1.0 in Toronto, Global Matrix 2.0 in Bangkok, Global Matrix 3.0 in Adelaide
  • Founder of the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network (SBRN)
  • Chief Scientific Officer and spokesperson for the release of the 1-14th ParticipACTION Report Cards on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
  • Research Affiliate with the Alberta Centre for Active Living
  • Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee and Steering Committee for the Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy Project
  • Member, ParticipACTION Research Advisory Group
  • Member, Expert Advisory Committee of the Canadian Health Measures Survey, Statistics Canada
  • Member of the World Health Organization Ad Hoc Working Group on Science and Evidence for Ending Childhood Obesit
  • Appointed to the International Scientific Committee for the 2016 International Congress of Obesity
  • Invited member of the World Health Organization’s 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years Guideline Development Group
  • Invited member of the Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth Leadership Committee and Guideline Development Panel
  • Invited member of the UNICEF Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-being Advisory Reference Group
  • Invited member of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health first Sedentary Behaviour Council Reference Group
  • Member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research College of Reviewers
  • Editorial Board of the Journal of Sport and Health Science
  • Editorial Board of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada
  • Reviewer for many scholarly journals, granting agencies, and tenure and promotion applications

Graduate Students, Supervision and Training

  • Taru Manyanga (University of Ottawa) – Post-doctoral Fellow Supervisor (2020-2022)
  • Scott Rollo (University of Ottawa) – Post-doctoral Fellow Supervisor (2019-2021)
  • Evan Turner (Carleton University) – M.Sc. Supervisor (2018-2020)
  • Michelle Guerrero (University of Ottawa) – Post-doctoral Fellow Supervisor (2018-2020)
  • Christine Delisle-Nystrom (Karolinska Institute, Sweden) – Post-doctoral Fellow Supervisor (2018)
  • Jeremy Walsh (University of Ottawa) – Post-doctoral Fellow Supervisor (2017-2018)
  • Eun-Young Lee (University of Ottawa) – Post-doctoral Fellow Supervisor (2017-2018)
  • Diego Augusto Santos Silva (University of Florinopolis, Brazil) – Visiting Professor Supervisor (2017-2018)
  • Brian Timmons (McMaster University) – Visiting Professor Supervisor (2017-2018)
  • Silvia Gonzalez (University of Ottawa) – Ph.D. Supervisor (2017-2020)
  • Taru Manyanga (University of Ottawa) – Ph.D. Supervisor (2015-2019)
  • Salomé Aubert (University of Ottawa) – Ph.D. Supervisor (2015-2019)
  • Justin Lang (University of Ottawa) – Ph.D. Supervisor (2013-2017)
  • Samantha Stephens (University of Toronto) – Ph.D. Committee (2008‐2017)

Memberships

  • Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (Founder)
  • African Physical Activity Network
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research
  • Canadian Public Health Association
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
  • International Motor Competence Network
  • International Network of Time-Use Epidemiologists
  • International Physical Literacy Association
  • International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)
  • International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH)
  • ISPAH Global Advocacy for Physical Activity Council
  • ISPAH Physical Activity Measurement and Surveillance Council
  • ISPAH Sedentary Behaviour Council
  • Kids Brain Health Network
  • North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine
  • Obesity Canada
  • Outdoor Play Canada (Founding Member)
  • Physical and Health Education Canada
  • PLaTO-Net (Play, Learning and Teaching Outdoors – Network)(Founding Member)
  • Sedentary Behaviour Research Network (Founder)