Is sport worth the risks?

UBC Dialogues - Is sport worth the risks?

The thrill of competition and the desire to win are powerful motivators. Every day, athletes risk their bodies, minds and lives in order to compete at the highest levels. But why do they do it? Does sport serve a greater purpose for athletes and society at large, or is it an ego-driven endeavour? Given the speed, intensity and physical environment of sports such as hockey, football, skiing and luge, the potential for tragedy is always present. Join us for UBC Dialogues: Calgary where we’ll discuss the inherent risks of sport and the reasons why we continue to value it.

This event took place February 19, 2013, at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.


Roger Jackson, MPE’67 – President of Roger Jackson & Associates Ltd


Laura Bennion, MD’99 – Former UBC Women’s Hockey Player and Coach; Family Medicine and Sports Medicine

Doug Clement, – CM, MD’59 – Professor Emeritus, UBC Faculty of Medicine and Former Physician to the Vancouver Canucks

Javier Glatt, BA’09 – Former CFL football player with the BC Lions and Edmonton Eskimos; Goldcorp, Inc.

Sean Maw, BASc’90, MASc’93, PhD’02 – Associate Professor in Engineering, Mount Royal University; Chair of Speed Skating Canada’s Sport Safety Committee

Stephen Norris, PhD – Vice President of Sport, WinSport Canada


UBC Alumni at the Calgary Stampede

For the second year in a row we are excited to host a UBC Alumni event at the Calgary Stampede! This year’s event is on July 5th. Join us at UBC Dialogues Calgary and enter the draw to win two packages which include admission to Stampede Park, Access to the Rangeland Tent, BBQ Lunch, Reserved seats to watch the afternoon Rodeo and more! Package is valued at over $280! Further details on the event coming soon.


Roger Jackson, MPE’67

Roger Jackson

Dr. Roger Jackson graduated from UBC with a master’s in physical education in 1967. In 2006, almost 40 years later, he was recognized by the UBC community at the UBC Alumni Achievement Awards with the Alumni Award of Distinction. Roger is so accomplished that picking out highlights from his long laundry list of awards, honors, skills and experiences can prove to be a fairly daunting challenge. Between 2005-2010, Roger was the founding CEO of Own the Podium 201, the national program to prepare Canadian athletes for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. His influence was abundantly clear, as that year, Canadian athletes won 14 gold medals at these Olympics, more than any other country has ever won. Roger has been elected the President of the Canadian Olympic Committee on three occasions, and the Chairman of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, Canada’s anti-doping agency. For ten years, he was a leader of the Calgary Olympic Winter Games bid and organizing committees, and for fifteen years, a member of the Executive Committee of the Pan American Sports Organization, with primary responsibilities relating to the staging of four Pan American Games.

Roger has consulted extensively with cities bidding for, or organizing, the Olympic Games. However, Dr. Jackson’s role in the Olympics goes far beyond the organizational side. He represented Canada as an athlete at three summer Olympic Games, beginning with Tokyo in 1964, where he won a gold medal in rowing. Roger is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a recipient of both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Canadian Olympic Orders, winner of a Lou Marsh trophy as Canada’s outstanding athlete, and was twice elected as a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, as an athlete and as a builder. Roger previously served as Chairman of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, and is currently the Chairman of the National Music Centre.

Laura BennionLaura Bennion, MD’99

Dr. Laura Bennion is a family physician in Calgary who has a keen interest in sports medicine. Before attending UBC she completed a degree in journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, where she played varsity women’s hockey. When she came to UBC in the 1990s there was no women’s varsity hockey team, and so she founded one and coached for its first two seasons before joining the team on the ice to improve its competitive edge. Thanks to people like Bennion, women’s varsity hockey in Canada is now thriving. She has served as team physician with Hockey Canada’s women’s program, and is currently the team doctor for Calgary-based Team Alberta in the CWHL. Laura still plays senior women’s hockey regularly.

Doug Clement, CM, MD’59

Doug ClementDr. Doug Clement was born in Montreal, Quebec, and is a former Olympic and Commonwealth athlete and coach. He was on the medical or coaching staff of over twelve Olympic and World Championships. As co-founder of the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre, he taught and practiced sports medicine for over 20 years at the University of British Columbia. He also co-founded the Kajak Track and Field Club, the Vancouver Sun Run and the Harry Jerome International Track Classic. From 1992 to 1999, he served as a team physician to the Vancouver Canucks. Highly regarded for his insight into athletics from an educational, medical, and business standpoint, Doug has served as the director for several organizations including the Heart and Stroke Foundation (where he will become Chair of the Board of Directors in February), Telus Community Board and the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine. He has also been honoured with many academic and professional awards including the Order of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.

Javier Glatt, BA’09

Javier GlattJavier started at UBC in 1999 after receiving a dual scholarship for football and baseball and studying arts. After being named a CIS all-Canadian 3 times in 4 years including the Canada-west conference defensive player of the year in 2002 as a member of the UBC Thunderbirds football team, Javier was drafted 15th overall in the 2003 CFL draft by the BC Lions. Javier played 8 years in the CFL (BC Lions ‘03 – ’09, Edmonton Eskimos ’10) as a CFL all-star linebacker and key member of the 2006 Grey Cup champion BC Lions. Javier was heavily involved with volunteering his time in the community throughout his career, heading up many of the BC Lions off-season in school programs and many other notable programs. Upon retiring from professional football in 2010, Javier completed his Masters in Business Administration at Simon Fraser University and recently started his post-football career working for Goldcorp Inc., currently working in Global Supply Chain.

Sean Maw, BASc’90, MASc’93, PhD’02

Sean MawWith a background in engineering, sports and neuroscience, Sean has been active in sports safety research for the last 10 years, since working at Calgary’s Olympic Oval. At Mount Royal, he has been a designer of the short track and long track crash protection systems at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, and an author of Speed Skating Canada’s new Crash Protection Specifications and Guidelines. Currently, he is active in helmet research for short track speed skating, alpine skiing and the sliding sports. He chairs a task group at ASTM examining winter sport helmets and he organizes the Canadian Sport Safety Symposium held in Calgary in June.  Sean has been a Learning Facilitator with the NCCP for the last 15 years at the Competition-Introduction and Competition-Development levels. He also served on Speed Skating Canada’s Board of Directors for four years. He is the Program Advisor for MRU’s Engineering Transfer Program, and enjoys weekly soccer, broomball and swimming. In the late 1990s, Sean was a faculty member and Director of the Shad Valley Program at UBC where he enjoyed summers on campus.

Stephen Norris, PhD

Stephen NorrisStephen Norris is the Vice-President, Sport at WinSport Canada based in Calgary, Alberta, and is charged with bringing together world-leading performance & development programming and the incredible facilities afforded by Canada Olympic Park, the Canmore Nordic Centre, and the Olympic Speed Skating Oval to create the benchmark ‘Winter Sport Institute’ for Canada.  Previously, Stephen was the Director of Sport Physiology & Strategic Planning at the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary where he was focused on Canada’s Winter Olympic teams for the last three Olympic cycles (Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006, & Vancouver 2010).  His main role was to work with national team officials and coaches to devise and enact programs that increased the likelihood of success at international level competition within the multi-disciplinary team headed by Dr. David Smith.  In addition, Stephen played a key role as a primary consultant to the ‘Own The Podium’ program high performance/technical group, which was the agency (led by Dr. Roger Jackson) tasked to spearhead Canada’s Winter Olympic Sport performances in the 5 years prior to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.  Stephen has been a core contributor to the ‘Canadian Sport for Life’ program concerning athlete/participant development over the past decade, a topic that he is fiercely passionate about and views this federally-funded initiative (by Sport Canada) as being one of the most exciting movements he has ever been associated with due to its potential to have widespread positive benefits for Canadian sport and society.

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