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.


  • BPE, Physical Education, University of Manitoba
  • MSc, Kinesiology, Dalhousie University
  • PhD, Physiology, University of Manitoba
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology


  • 2015, Distinguished Alumni Award, Windsor Park Collegiate
  • 2013 - Builder Award, Manitoba Physical Education Teachers Association, for promotion of child health in the province of Manitoba
  • 2013 - Merit Award for outreach, University of Manitoba
  • 2012 - Commissioner’s certificate of appreciation, drug awareness contributions, Canadian champions video, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • 2012 - Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Award, longstanding meritorious service in university outreach, University of Manitoba
  • 2012 - Champion, Canadian Sport for Life
  • 2007 - Healthy Living Award for Province of Manitoba, Reh-Fit Centre Foundation, for outstanding contribution to building community wellness
  • 2007 - Recognition of community relevant research, office of the vice president, University of Manitoba, healthy lifestyle – “I didn’t know I didn’t have one”
  • 2007 - Co-chair, Premier’s committee on healthy living, Premier of Manitoba, Province of Manitoba, For outstanding leadership in healthy living research and education
  • 2001 - Presidential outreach award for external service, University of Manitoba, for creation of a federal centre on substance use


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