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We are proud to announce that it is been estimated that millions of individuals from around the world currently use the PAR-Q+ and/or ePARmed-X+ for pre-participation screening and risk stratification. We are proud to support the health benefits of regular physical activity for virtually everyone.


The AIESEP provided a sincere tribute to Dr. Shephard highlighting his legacy. Roy Shephard (1929-2023) | AIESEP

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing (February 27, 2023) of Dr. Roy J. Shephard at the age of 94.  He was a Professor Emeritus of Applied Physiology in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education at the University of Toronto. His scholarly work was vast and widely influential. Referring to him as the “Dean of Exercise and Physical Activity Science”, the entire year of 2011’s Health Fitness Journal of Canada (i.e., Volume 4, Numbers 1-4) honored him and the work that he pioneered (accessible here: In 2014, he was appointed to the Order of Canada – an honor granted to people who make extraordinary contributions to the nation –”for his pioneering work in the field of exercise science and for promoting the health benefits of physical activity to Canadians.” He is also known for his work in the development of the PAR-Q. Additional information is available at the link below.”

Tribute to Dr. Shephard

We are pleased to provide a touching tribute to Dr. Shephard by Dr. Phil Chilibeck (a member of the PAR-Q+ Collaboration) that was instrumental in the creation and evaluation of the new PAR-Q+. This tribute was published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology.

Chilibeck, P.D. In Memory of Dr. Roy J. Shephard. Eur J Appl Physiol 2023;123:1411–1413.

The full tribute can be downloaded at:

KPE says goodbye to Dr. Roy Shephard

The University of Toronto Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) recently celebrated the life and accomplishments of Dr. Roy J. Shephard.

We recommend that everyone read the following article to see the truly remarkable life of our friend, mentor, and colleague, Dr. Roy Shephard. We miss Dr. Shephard dearly!

KPE says goodbye to Roy Shephard, world-renowned authority in the field of physical activity and health | UofT – Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education (

Tribute to Dr. Roy Shephard

We are deeply sorry to inform everyone that our friend, colleague, and mentor, Dr. Roy Shephard, passed away recently. Dr. Shephard was a key member of the PAR-Q+ Collaboration involved the creation of the original PAR-Q and the new PAR-Q+. He was instrumental in the reducing the barriers to physical activity participation for everyone. It is estimated that millions of people worldwide have benefited from the work of Dr. Shephard and his colleagues.

Words cannot express how much Dr. Shephard meant to our team. He was simply one of the most influential academics in the fields of exercise science, sports science, exercise medicine, physiology, and rehabilitation. He was a shining example of what an academic should be.

We encourage everyone to read the tribute series dedicated to Dr. Shephard in the Health & Fitness Journal of Canada that outline the truly remarkable contributions of Dr. Shephard.

We are honoured to state that the Indigenous Health & Physical Activity program (Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia) proudly hosts the Dr. Roy J. Shephard Memorial Library, which contains the published works of Dr. Shephard.

We are truly fortunate to have had Dr. Shephard as a mentor and more importantly a friend.

We will miss you Dr. Shephard!