Community Initiatives

APA Symposium

Every two years, The Steadward Centre, in collaboration with various partners, hosts a three day multidisciplinary symposium with the goal of fostering a connected community and enhancing the accessibility of physical activity and sports across the province, for all Albertans experiencing disability. The Symposiums are geared towards Alberta’s researchers, professionals, and students from a variety of disciplines with an interest in Adapted Physical Activity.


Our first Symposium was hosted in the Spring of 2013 at Grande Prairie Regional College. The Are We Ready 2013 Adapted Physical Activity, Sport and Fitness Symposium attracted delegates from across the world and created traction for each following symposium to grow and expand. In 2015, the Symposium was hosted by The Steadward Centre and Red Deer College, in Red Deer, Alberta. Most recently, in 2017, The Steadward Centre collaborated with Mount Royal University to host the third biennial Adapted Physical Activity Symposium in Calgary, Alberta. Over the course of three days of intrigue, we strived to delve into parasport and recreation, explore inclusive communities, and break down silos.


With each symposium, we are excited about the opportunity to showcase the innovation and expertise that Alberta’s professionals, researchers, community-based practitioners, leaders, advocates, students and athletes have to offer through presentations, workshops, information sharing, panel discussions and applied sessions.


Stay tuned for more information on the next Adapted Physical Activity Symposium!