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.”