About the Institute
The Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute is housed within the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management. The Institute was first constituted as The Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute until 1992 when it underwent a name change to become the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute. This change was a reflection of the broadening research foci within the faculty and is truly reflective of one of the most diverse research institutes at the University of Manitoba.

Mission Statement

To facilitate, conduct and disseminate research of the highest quality to advance our understanding of health, leisure and human performance.


To be recognized internationally as a leading centre for integrative research on health, leisure, and human performance.

Brief History of Our Research Institute

In the early 1980's, Dr. Henry Janzen, Dean of our Faculty, worked with Jim Daly to raise money for a new Arena Project at the University of Manitoba. Over time this project grew to include a Field House and was eventually named the Max Bell Centre. Dr. Janzen received approval from Dr. Arnold Naimark, President of the University, to reserve the 2nd and 3rd floor space above the locker room areas, for a Research Institute. Dr. Wendy Dahlgren wrote a proposal for the creation of the 'Institute', which was then accepted by the University Senate.

Thus the Sport and Exercise Science Research Institute was established in 1984. Money was raised from all levels of government to complete construction and to furnish and equip laboratories. The Provincial Government stepped up to the plate as the Ministers from three Departments of Sports, Education and Health, established an initial endowment fund, which was later added to by companies like Coca Cola and Great West Life. Dr. John Wade, Dean of Medicine, partnered with our Faculty in promoting and supporting great research at the Institute; this strong partnership still flourishes today.

Dr. Alan Martin was appointed as the first full time Director in 1987. In 1992, the Institute name was changed to the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute, to better reflect the breadth of research expertise of our Institute Research Affiliates. Under the successive Directorships of Drs. Mark Searle and Mike Mahon, the Institute grew in numbers, research success and community influence.