June 7, 2021 | Digest No. 254


BPK June 2021 Convocation Celebration

June 2021 BPK Graduands!

The Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology will be hosting an online celebration prior to the SFU virtual convocation ceremony on Monday, June 28th at 3:10pm. Please join us, along with your friends and family! Keep an eye out for the invitation on your inbox this week!

The Praxis Ideation Challenge Workshop Series

 Developing a prototype or MVP is only the beginning, now you will have to sell it!  Getting innovations to target audiences involves strategy, significant investment, effective communication, robust networks, and some luck.  Having a solid proof-of-concept or MVP now requires an understanding of commercial strategies and business models.  What are your “value proposition” and your competitive advantage? Do you license your innovation, or do you build a company?  Will your company engage in manufacturing, distribution, or marketing? How will you fund your pathway? Are there alternative pathways? Learn all this & more Ideation Clinic's June workshop.

Mon, June 7, 2021 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM PDT

Register for their 6th workshop now:

Register for the IEA2021 Virtual Congress

The International Ergonomics Association's Triennial Congress has moved ONLINE.  The event will be held June 13-18, 2021 and offers flexibility to participants by providing access to recorded sessions on an on-demand basis for 30 days from the start of the Congress.

With a technical program that comprises over 250 sessions, workshops and panels with the addition of renowned keynote speakers, students can learn about the latest advances in human factors and ergonomics research. Register here

Every three years, scientists, practitioners, students and other professionals from around the globe meet to address key ergonomic issues.  The ultimate goal is to elaborate and advance ergonomics science and practice, and extend this knowledge to relevant fields and professions which are not limited to healthcare, workplace safety, design, architecture and engineering.  The theme of the congress is Human Factors and Ergonomics in a Connected World, L’ergonomie 4.0, which speaks to the role of emerging G5 technologies to human applications at work and play.


BPK Peer Mentor Applications Open


Hope you are well. The pandemic has effectively flattened a lot of opportunities for social engagement. However, in spite of this, the BPK Peer Mentorship program has been at its strongest over the five years I've been a part of the program. While this is definitely due to the exec team, past year's mentors, and BPK and Faculty of Science staff, we hope to keep improving and sustaining BPK PM in future years.

As such, under the guidance of Nathan and Ryan as its new co-directors, the exec team and I invite you to apply towards being a BPK Peer Mentor:

Please click and complete the application on this websurvey, by June 16th.

More info can be found here, but essentially, a BPK Peer Mentor will undergo summer training (up to 15 hours) and be assigned 1 - 3 BPK mentees, or BPK-major intended students in their first (transfer) year at SFU. In getting to know other mentors, helping someone once in your shoes, and sharing your stories and understandings, we hope that you can also add to the BPK community in future endeavours, through BPK PM.

Feel free to ask questions at, and thank you for reading this.

Well wishes,
Victor and BPK PM Exec Team

COVID Assistance and Remote Engagement Support (CARES)

COVID has created many challenges, and if you need to self-isolate, our new CARES Program is here to help support you. Offered in partnership with Fraser International College, CARES is available for students who need to self-isolate up until March 31st, 2021.

Full details here.


We know that COVID-19 has made life complicated – and frankly, super stressful. This is why the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue created, a resource for young Canadians which includes clear info and resources about all aspects of life (Income + JobsSupport & More!) during this crisis. We hear you, and #wegotchu

COVID-19 Information

*The BC Government’s official COVID-19 response app. The latest updates, resources, symptom tracking, and self-assessment.

*The Federal Government of Canada official Covid-19 response page.  The latest updates, prevention & risk, self-assessment tool, information for preparation & more.

Information On SFU'S Response to Covid-19
Your best resource – for students, staff & faculty:  SFU’s COVID-19 FAQ.  If you have a question about SFU’s response that is not covered in the FAQ, please email it to   The team will work to get you an answer. If you have an organization-wide addition to the FAQs, please email your suggestion to Angela at      

Health & Counselling
Comprehensive health services, including COVID-19 & Mental Wellness found here

* Faculty & Staff support

Stay safe and continue to support each other!

Academic announcements

Academic Resource Links

*  Exchange Students Covid-19
refer here for more information.

* Remote Study & Work

* Comprehensive Student Support (Grades, Withdrawals, Advising, student services, International Students, Available Resources, Financial, Co-op and more)

Academic Advising

***  All in-person advising is cancelled.  Remote advising will continue via phone.  Please include a contact Phone Number in the "description" when booking appointments through the website. 

**  Please have Academic Transcripts on-hand for appointments.  Follow this think for instructions:

BPK Advising hours are as follows:




10am – 11:40am


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2pm – 3pm


10am – 11am
2pm - 3pm


10am - 11am
2pm – 3:40pm


10am - 11am

*Please Note: When booking an appointment always make sure you are looking at the correct dates. Click "go to this week" to make sure you are on the current week.

If you are not available for drop-in times, or are unable to make an appointment, you may contact the academic advisor here. When contacting the advisor, please always include your full first and last name, your student number, and attach your advising transcript. Download your advising transcript from your student centre at go.sfu.caUnder Academics select Other Academic... and choose Transcript: Advising.


Doctoral Student Position Available

A doctoral student position is available in Dr. David Wright’s laboratory in the Department of Human, Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph starting in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022. Dr. Wright’s laboratory is funded by NSERC and CIHR and examines the impact of exercise, diet and pharmaceutical interventions on adipose tissue, muscle and liver metabolism and how this impacts systemic carbohydrate and lipid homeostasis. A particular area of interest is how exercise, and exercise-activated pathways can be used to offset the metabolic side effects of antipsychotic medications. Stipends are competitive and guaranteed for four years and there is the opportunity for an international research placement. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV and contact information for two references to Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


Research participant recruitment

Employment Opportunities

Job opportunities at Black Tusk - a Research Group

Black Tusk Research Group is a Site Management Organization (SMO) located in downtown Vancouver that specializes in operating clinical research for hospital-based investigators. Click each Job title below for details:

All questions/inquiries should be sent to:

Electroneurophysiology (ENP) Technologist

Kootenay Lake Hospital is looking for an EMG technologist for its Electromyography Clinic

The position is based in Nelson and is for 0.9 FTE, with alternate Fridays off.

Application link and job description:


Discover Volunteer Opportunities

Find out about current opportunities to get involved and how to find the right opportunity.  For more information on future events & opportunities follow us on !


Postoperative outcomes for Indigenous Peoples in Canada: a systematic review

BPK Alumnus, Nadine Caron was interviewed for the recently published article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (DOI:

As It Happens with Carol Off, Chris Howden May 17th [appears in 33:49] 

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