Graduate Programs


ReCon VIII - "Strengthened by our differences, united in our stories"

September 7-9, 2018
Canmore, Alberta

About the Conference
Stay In Touch
Program Details
Registration and Bus Transportation
Abstract Submission
Funding Opportunities
About Canmore
Past Conference Archive
ReCon VII Sponsors

About the Conference

ReCon is an annual graduate student retreat and conference that focuses on graduate student research and professional development. It covers topics relevant to students in all phases of their programs. Opportunities for students, staff, and professors to interact in a casual and supportive atmosphere abound. Whether students are new to the faculty or nearing the end of their programs, attendance at ReCon is an extremely valuable interdisciplinary experience that is a lot of fun!


What are the Benefits of Attending ReCon?

    • Be exposed to the wide breadth of research conducted in the faculty. • Be challenged to think critically about topics outside of your research area. • Present and receive critical feedback on your research in a safe environment. • Meet and reconnect with other students, staff, and faculty members. • Build valuable friendships and support systems. • Connect with the beautiful Rocky Mountains, including breathtaking views, diversity of wildlife, and endless recreational activities.

How do I sign up? 

  1. Register & book transportation
    • Early bird registration for students: June 11 to June 30 ($110)
    • General registration for students: after June 30 ($135)
    • Early bird registration for faculty: June 11 to June 30 ($150)
    • General registration for faculty: after June 30 ($175)
  2. Book your hotel
    • Special conference rates listed below
  3. Submit an abstract (not required)
    • Abstract submission NOW OPEN
    • All abstracts will be accepted

Guests of ReCon VIII attendees may register at the student rates.

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Stay in Touch

Follow us on social media and get up to date information on ReCon VIII!

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Program Details

Tentative Schedule Please note that this schedule is tentative and is subject to change

View the full program HERE!

The full program includes professional development sessions, student abstracts, keynote speakers, details about outdoor activity breaks, and much more!

Keynote Speakers

Each year at ReCon, an alumnus of the faculty will present a keynote address. The speaker will reflect on his or her experiences as a graduate student in our faculty, and how these experiences contributed to achieving career success

This year we are excited to announce Dr. Brenda Rossow-Kimball as our Alumni speaker.

Brenda began her academic career after completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Regina (B.A., Psychology; 1999). Near the completion of her undergraduate program, she enrolled in an elective course in the Faculty of Physical Activity Studies (now Kinesiology & Health Studies) and was quickly inspired by the pedagogy and passion of her professor. She then pursued her MSc at the University of Saskatchewan (Faculty of Kinesiology; 2006) and her PhD with the University of Alberta (Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation; 2014).

Brenda is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies at the University of Regina. She teaches in the area of adaptive physical activity, with a dedicated interest in the experiences of individuals labeled with intellectual disabilities and those living with complex developmental disabilities. Her pedagogy and research are inspired by narrative inquiry (NI) methodology as conceptualized by Clandinin & Connelly (2000) and others in the NI community who think with stories. Brenda’s most recent publication can be found in the book The Relational Ethics of Narrative Inquiry, a chapter titled Nurturing [Wilder] Gardens, Love, and Narratives Anew. Brenda lives outside Regina, SK with her husband Ian and 6-year-old daughter, Wilder Grace.

Professional Development Sessions

Earn your Professional Development credits! No additional cost

As per KSR graduate program requirements, all graduate students are to fulfill 8 hours of Professional Development activities consistent with their Individual Development Plan (IDP) - see link here for more details.

Professional Development Session #1
"Grad School - The Best Time of Your Life?: Exploring five elements of joy"
Presenter: Dr. Billy Strean

Professional Development Session #2
"Hitting Home Runs: Tips on how to make your research presentations stand out"
Presenter: Dr. Craig Chapman

Session #3 (*NOTE: Not eligible for PD credit)
Student-Alumni Panel
Presenters: Tristan Hopper, Bobbi-Jo Atchison, Dustin Taylor, Farhad Moghimehfar

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Outdoor Activities

This year, a range of activities will be offered! Students can choose their own adventure, while enjoying the beauty and backdrop of the incredible Rocky Mountains.

Friday, September 7 

  • Canmore Brewery Tour at 5:30 pm (additional costs will apply)

Saturday, September 8

  • Adventure Race through Banff OR Banff Hot Springs (additional costs will apply)
  • Bus will depart the hotel for Banff at 12:30 pm
  • Bus will depart Banff back to hotel at 4:30 pm

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Dining Arrangements

Friday September 7:

  • The all-conference dinner social will take place at Boston Pizza in Canmore at 6:30 p.m.
  • Delegates are responsible for paying for their own meals

Saturday September 8:

  • The conference dinner will take place at the Coast Hotel and Conference Center. Details will be posted shortly.
  • The dinner is included with registration. However, delegates will be responsible for their own beverages.
  • Non-Delegates: Tickets will be available for purchase ahead of time. We will send out an announcement when these tickets are available. There will not be tickets available for purchase at the conference. 
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Registration and Bus Transportation

*Registration opens June 11, 2018*

Conference Costs:

    • Early bird registration for students: June 11-30 ($110)
    • General registration for students: after June 30 ($135)
    • Early bird registration for faculty: June 11-30 ($150)
    • General registration for faculty: after June 30 ($175)

Guests of ReCon VIII attendees may register at the student rates

What is Included?
  • Conference registration for the weekend 
  • A conference bag stuffed with goodies!
  • 2 breakfasts (Saturday and Sunday) 
  • 2 lunches (Saturday and Sunday) 
  • Conference dinner at the Coast Hotel (Saturday) 
  • Transportation to Canmore and to activities during the conference (if needed)

How to Register:

Booking Online

  1. Go to
  2. Search the course barcode (use barcode 6129).
  3. Once you've added the event to your cart, you'll be asked to sign in. All faculty and staff should have a login ID and password (please note - this is NOT your CCID and password). If you don't know this info, click "forgot password" and enter your UAlberta email to have your login and pin sent to you.
  4. If you are not a UAlberta student or faculty member, you can create and account or call us to book at 780.492.2231.
  5. If you are a student but you can't get the student rate, please call our office to book at 780.492.2231 or email
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Accommodation (*NEW* 2018 details)

The Coast Hotel and Conference Center is located along Bow Valley Trail in Canmore, a short walk from downtown Canmore, including an array of restaurants and shops. The conference venue is fully accessible.

We have secured special room rates for ReCon VIII attendees of with the following room prices below:

Room Prices (for single or double occupancy)
Comfort Room (2 Queen) - $199 single; $199 double
Comfort Room King - $199 single; $199 double
Superior (2 Queen) - $209 single; $209 double
Superior King - $219 single; $219 double
Premium King - $229 single; $229 double
King Suite - $289 single; $289 double

If you have more people sharing your room it will be an extra $15 per person per night. Pet friendly rooms are subject to a $25 pet fee per night, per pet, plus the upgrade fees of being in a pet friendly room type. Please note: these rates do not include taxes. The Coast Hotel and Conference Centre has extended this special room rate: ReCon VIII attendees can book their rooms at this special price for up to 3 days before and 3 days after ReCon VIII. Hotel booking deadline for this special ReCon VIII rate is August 6th or until rooms are sold out. Don’t delay, book today!

If you have any questions please email:

Students are responsible for booking their own room and finding your own roommates! Please use our ReCon Facebook page as a source for connecting with other graduate students and finding roommates or send an email to

Hotel ReCon VIII rates are limited in availability! Book your room now to secure your ReCon VIII room rate!

How to Book Your Hotel:

For guests to make reservations, they can contact our toll free number on 1-800-663-1144 quoting the group code ‘CCM- GFC3482’ or group name ‘ReCon VIII - 2018’. Alternatively, guests can make online reservations using this web link here.

1. Online
You can pay online by credit card by going to the Coast Hotel website
Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.

** Make sure the correct dates are selected for your stay**
** Your credit card will not be charged until you check out of the hotel at the end of the conference**


2. By Phone
Coast Hotel Reservations can be reached at 403-678-3625 or toll free 1-800-663-1144.
Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.
Please mention that you are staying with RECON VIII

Late check out (noon) will be provided, with luggage storage in a secure area from 12-3 pm on Sunday, September 9, 2018.

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Abstract Submission

*Abstract submission NOW CLOSED* 

Presenting at ReCon is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your research and get valuable feedback from professors and students from the Faculty. It is also a great way to sharpen your presentation skills before presenting at larger conferences, submitting for publication, or preparing for an oral exam. Even if you have presented the paper at a conference prior to ReCon, there will be many people in the crowd for whom it will be 'new'.

Abstracts from all research areas are welcomed and students are encouraged to submit abstracts for all types of projects, including (but not limited to) proposals, works-in-progress, and finished projects. For example, course-based Master’s students can present their capping project or a project for a class, while Coaching Master’s students may present work that they have done with an athletic team.

All student abstracts are accepted!

Abstract Submission guideline:

  • Abstract submissions will be open from June 15 to August 17, 2018
  • Length of abstract: maximum 300 words, plus the maximum one page of Figures and/or Tables, another one page of references (optional), and 3 keywords
  • Submission format: Microsoft Office Word file
  • Deadline: August 17, 2018
  • Presentation formats:
  • 10-minute oral presentation
  • PechaKucha (20 x 20)
  • 3M (3-minute) talk*
  • Poster presentation
  • 12-minute alternative presentation**

* This format is presented and assessed according to the 3MT UAlberta event
** Anything including dance, video/film, activity, and live experiment. Be creative!

Abstract submission review process

This year’s special feature – blind review and feedback!

Abstract reviews will be done by two blind reviewers (KSR faculty graduate students): one from your area (based on your abstract’s keywords) and the other from outside of your area. With such a diverse group of students and faculty in KSR, be sure to tailor your abstract to an interdisciplinary audience, that is, our Faculty!

Submit your abstract HERE (Google Form)

If you have any questions, please contact Joao Falk Neto at or Stephen Hunter at

Presentation Guidelines

*Please check back for presentation guidelines*

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Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of travel awards offered by the University

FGSR Travel Awards
GSA Professional Development Award
Green and Gold Student Leadership and Professional Development Grant
Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation Graduate Travel Grant

Check with your supervisor about potential travel awards in your research area.

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About Canmore

Canmore is a quaint mountain town located on the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies and is one hour west of Calgary. Banff National Park lies just to the west and north of Canmore, with the town of Banff only fifteen minutes away. Outdoor activities in Canmore are abundant, and include hiking, scrambling, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, and canoeing. The city holds a world class Nordic center and is within proximity of 5 major ski resorts. If a stroll around town is what you fancy, you’ll find a variety of restaurants, pubs, unique shops, and an inspiring collection of local art.

For more information on Canmore check out the Tourism Canmore/Kananaskis website at, and for more information on Banff check out the Town of Banff website at If you plan to stay in Canmore a day or two extra, check HERE for a list of recommended restaurants and activities!

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Past Conference Archive

Detailed Program for ReCon VIII
Detailed Program from ReCon VI

Detailed Program from ReCon V
Detailed Program from ReCon IV
Detailed Program from ReCon III
Detailed Program from ReCon II
Detailed Program from ReCon I

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ReCon VIII Sponsors

Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Graduate Student Society (KSRGSS)
Supported (in part) by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Alberta