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!