Ms. Allana LeBlanc
Ph.D. Candidate


Ph.D. Candidate

Degrees and Certifications:

  • BScH. Acadia University – Double Major Biology (honours) and Kinesiology
  • MSc. Queen’s University – Kinesiology – Epidemiology and Physical Activity
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology


Dr. Mark Tremblay

Research Program:

Ph.D. Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa

Thesis Topic:

Correlates of overall sedentary time, and specific sedentary behaviours in children

Research Interests:

  • Physical activity and health in children and youth
  • Sedentary behaviours (e.g. screen time) and health in children and youth
  • Micro-interventions to decrease time spent engaging in sedentary behaviours on a daily basis
  • National level programming to increase healthy active living

Projects in Progress:

Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for all age groups

Activities and Contributions:

  • Canadian Obesity Network – Student conference oral presentation (2010), New Professional Oral Presentation Award (2010), member (2008-present)
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Annual General Meeting – Oral presentation (2008), poster presentation (2010), invited speaker (2011), delegate (2007, 2008, 2010), member (2007-2008)
  • Joint Meeting of the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine and the European Group for Pediatric Work Physiology Annual General Meeting – Poster presentation (2010)
  • Harry T. Walker Memorial Scholarship 2006
  • International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods – Poster presentation (2012)
  • International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity – Oral and poster presentation (nomination for outstanding poster from an early career investigator) (2011), member (2011)
  • Pediatric Obesity – Reviewer (2012)
  • Queen’s Graduate Award 2007-2009


Allana LeBlanc completed her B.Sc. at Acadia University with a double major in Biology (honours) and Kinesiology, her M.Sc. at Queen’s University in Kinesiology and Health Studies, and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology.  Her graduate work focused on epidemiology and physical activity in children and youth.  She grew up in Ottawa and returned in January 2010 to join the HALO team as a Research Coordinator.  She is currently working in partnership with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and ParticipACTION to update Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for all age groups and aide in the development of Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for children and youth.  Outside of work, Allana has always loved being outdoors and has played various sports including rugby and competitive hockey.  Current interests include cycling, running, yoga, skiing and photography.