Research affiliations

Spinal Cord Research Centre, University of Manitoba

Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)

Research groups

Scientific Director, Center for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer, Ecole nationale de cirque, Montreal Canada

Research summary

His research is directed to physical literacy for wellness, in rehabilitation as well as in high performance circus and sport. He has pioneered physical literacy tools and programs that have been adopted internationally.


Dr. Dean Kriellaars is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.


Bachelor of Physical Education, University of Manitoba

Master of Science in Kinesiology, Dalhousie University 

Doctorate in Physiology, University of Manitoba 

Certified Exercise Physiologist, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology


2015: Distinguished Alumni Award, Windsor Park Collegiate


  • Builder Award, Manitoba Physical Education Teachers Association, for promotion of child health in Manitoba
  • Merit Award for Outreach, University of Manitoba


  • Commissioner's Certificate of Appreciation for Drug Awareness Contributions, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Award for Longstanding Meritorious Service in University Outreach, University of Manitoba
  • Canadian Sport for Life Champion


  • Healthy Living Award for Outstanding Contribution to Community Wellness, Reh-Fit Centre Foundation, Province of Manitoba
  • Recognition for Community Relevant Research, Office of the Vice President, University of Manitoba
  • Co-chair of the Premier's Committee on Healthy Living, Province of Manitoba

2001: Presidential Outreach Award for External Service, Creation of a Federal Centre on Substance Use, University of Manitoba

Dr. Dean Kriellaars In the news

Contact us

College of Rehabilitation Sciences
R106 - 771 McDermot Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6 Canada