Kelly Murumets
Kelly is the President and CEO of ParticipACTION, the national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada.

ParticipACTION has been an iconic Canadian brand since 1971 and was relaunched under Kelly’s dynamic leadership in 2007.

Kelly is a passionate leader who has a history of affecting change in organizations. Prior to joining ParticipACTION, she was president of a publicly traded U.S. telecommunications company, where she oversaw the integration of four bankrupt /nearly bankrupt companies into one thriving organization that ranked seventh in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 program.

Kelly is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and has advised leaders from Canada, the United States, South America and Europe on how to develop focused strategies and realize results within their organizations.

Kelly has been involved with the not-for-profit sector throughout her career. She is a member of the Bishop’s University Board of Governors, the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Laurier School of Business & Economics and is a Director of ParticipACTION. She has worked and volunteered for the Children’s Aid Society and Covenant House and speaks regularly to organizations across the country.

She holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) and a BA from Bishop’s University. Kelly won the Governor General’s Academic Medal and the Gold Medal at WLU, and is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Kelly was named to the 2007 and 2009 Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity list, named an Amazing Advocate on More Magazine’s Top 40 over 40 list for 2009, and recently named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100.

Kelly brings her passion for sport and physical activity to her personal pursuits. She enjoys skiing and scuba diving and has summited Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Rainier.

Entries by Kelly Murumets

Don't Abandon Your Fitness Resolutions Just Yet

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 6:51 AM

Are you determined to stick to your physical activity goals in 2014?

Every January, many of us overcommit to changes that we think we want or need. But come February, many of us have already broken our resolutions and returned to bad habits. According to 2012 research, about 68 per...

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Park The Car, It's Not That Far

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 5:31 PM

Busy schedules and rushed lifestyles are leading us to drive everywhere, even when our end destinations are within reasonable walking distance. In fact, in the past decade (2000 to 2010), the proportion of five to 17-year-olds using only inactive modes of transportation to get to and from school has increased...

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Physical Activity Is an Important Part of the Back-to-School Equation

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:27 AM

Now that school has started up again, it's that time of year when parents and children have more to do and less time to do it. From packing lunches to figuring out school schedules and doing homework, it is easy to let things like physical activity fall to the wayside....

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Active Video Games Are No Replacement for Activity

(3) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 4:19 PM

Leading up to the holiday season, many parents spend a great deal of time researching and shopping for the perfect gift to give their kids. While there's no shortage of new and innovative gadgets kids will love this year, it's important to find gifts that encourage your children to get...

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For Kids, Playing Is Not a Waste of Time

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 4:56 PM

In today's busy world, with countless things to get done and places to be, it's easy to lose sight of the simple things. Take a moment and think back to the childhood experiences of entering your own made-up world created with friends in the backyard, the joy of running aimlessly...

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Canada Runner-Up in the Biggest Loser

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 6:50 AM

Let's think back to high school, when the elusive goal for one's teenaged self was to be popular. The popular kids were the ones who had all the friends, got all the attention, and were somehow more worthy of being admired, accepted, or sought after. But if you think...

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The Power of Sport

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 11:08 AM

One thing I really loved about this summer is seeing people of all ages being active. The sanctity of home or the indoor gym was traded for the park, swimming pool or bike path. I spent eight days with 24 teenagers, aged 16 to 18, from all over the world...

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We Need a Social Shift for Physical Activity to Take Flight

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 9:12 AM

For those of you who grew up in the 1970s and earlier, you probably can recall jumping around in the back of your mom's station wagon and waving at other drivers, or perhaps being on a flight, and noting (or sitting in) a smokers' section in the back. Although it...

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