Meet Our People

Elite NeuroKinetix’s mission is to improve safety & performance in sports for all young athletes across every level of participation and encourage youth involvement in sports.

Our team is composed of Ph.D. and MD candidates from Queen's University (Kingston, ON) and McGill University (Montreal, QC). Each team member has a long history of involvement in sport - both as athletes and coaches, at the provincial and national levels. In addition, we added a social entrepreneur to our team to help us increase our positive impact on the sport community.

Feel free to reach out to any of us!

Elite NeuroKinetix’s mission is to improve safety & performance in sports for all young athletes across every level of participation and encourage youth involvement in sports. Our team is composed of Ph.D. and MD candidates from Queen's University (Kingston, ON) and McGill University (Montreal, QC). Each team member has a long history of involvement in sport - both as athletes and coaches, at the provincial and national levels.

Feel free to reach out to any of us!

Allen A. Champagne, PhD

Allen is a medical student candidate (2023) at Queen's University, and a former defensive tackle for the Gael's Varsity Football Team. Allen completed his Bachelor's degree at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), where he walked-onto the Tar Heels' varsity football team (NCAA D1) and played four years on the defensive line, as a full back, and on special teams. Allen's research interests focus on integrating neuroimaging, helmet accelerometers, motion capture and novel coaching practices to understand, monitor and reduce the risks of sport-related concussions. Additionally, Allen is co-founder of the Concussion Education Safety and Awareness program (CESAP), a free outreach initiative through which his team has raised awareness about head injuries, and worked to promote safer playing fields using evidence-based on-field coaching clinics for youth, high-school and collegiate student-athletes.

“Follow Allen on Twitter and Instagram @drchampagne_  He’s also available for a select number of speaking engagements per year around Canada. He hopes that these presentations can help the football community embrace new perspectives about injury prevention.”

VINCENT DISTEFANO

Vincent is currently completing his Master’s degree (2020) in School/Applied Child Psychology at McGill University. He completed his Bachelor’s degree (2018) in Psychology with Distinction at Concordia University. With over 13 years of coaching experience at the high school level and three years at the helm of the Elite Metropolitan School U15 team, Vincent has developed a profound understanding of adolescent behaviors in the sports setting and the crucial role that football plays in youth development. The endless benefits that football offers are what drives Vincent to apply his knowledge about child learning as well as implement research-based teaching methods to increase safety and performance among young football players while improving social-emotional and psychological well-being. As such, his main clinical and research interests focus on increasing mental and physical well-being among at-risk youths through the use of sport as a medium to increase school engagement.

Follow Vincent on Twitter and Instagram @CoachVinceDi. Always available for discussion, he is eager to hear about your football community!

MARIE-MICHELLE BOULANGER

Marie-Michelle is a Ph.D. Candidate (2019) in School/Applied Child Psychology at McGill University. Marie-Michelle completed her Bachelor's degree (2011) in Psychology and Master’s degree (2015) in School/Applied Child Psychology at McGill University. She is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship as a Psychological Resident at the Child and Youth Development Clinic at Western University. Viewing neurodiversity as a strength, Marie-Michelle is passionate about improving community- and school-based psychological and neuropsychological services for all children and youth. Her specific emerging clinical expertise includes working with children and adolescents with various mental health challenges, as well as competitive athletes and youth who have experienced significant trauma. Her research interests focus on promoting positive youth development through sports, and the role of the coach as a teacher of life skills. Marie-Michelle is a recipient of the Québec Lieutenant Governor’s Medal (2018) for her ongoing community involvement working with vulnerable children and youth.

Follow Marie-Michelle on twitter and Instagram @mariemichelle_b. Always open and excited to hear about your experience with mental health and sports.

PAMELA CHAMPAGNE

Pamela is currently studying entrepreneurship at HEC Montreal. She is responsible for building a united community of parents, coaches, athletes and anyone else willing to contribute to the new perspective proposed by Elite NeuroKinetix. She is part of the “Rémi Marcoux” 2019 cohort of HEC Montreal in which she develops her skills, her network in the montreal entrepreneurial ecosystem and, above all, ENK’s business model. She specializes in social entrepreneurship to develop innovative solutions to help people who don’t have access to the resources they need.

"Participate in the collective empowerment to redefine the way football is played. We are looking forward to interact with you, join the newsletter to contribute to the movement."

ALLEN CHAMPAGNE

Allen is a MD/PhD candidate (2023) at Queen's University, and a former defensive tackle for the Gael's Varsity Football Team. Allen completed his Bachelor's degree at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), where he walked-onto the Tar Heels' varsity football team (NCAA D1) and played four years on the defensive line, as a full back, and on special teams. Allen's research interests focus on integrating neuroimaging, helmet accelerometers, motion capture and novel coaching practices to understand, monitor and reduce the risks of sport-related concussions. Additionally, Allen is co-founder of the Concussion Education Safety and Awareness program (CESAP), a free outreach initiative through which his team has raised awareness about head injuries, and worked to promote safer playing fields using evidence-based on-field coaching clinics for youth, high-school and collegiate student-athletes.

“Follow Allen on Twitter and Instagram @thefbscientist. He’s also available for a select number of speaking engagements per year around Canada. He hopes that these presentations can help the football community embrace new perspectives about injury prevention.”

VINCENT DISTEFANO

Vincent is currently completing his Master’s degree (2020) in School/Applied Child Psychology at McGill University. He completed his Bachelor’s degree (2018) in Psychology with Distinction at Concordia University. With over 13 years of coaching experience at the high school level and three years at the helm of the Elite Metropolitan School U15 team, Vincent has developed a profound understanding of adolescent behaviors in the sports setting and the crucial role that football plays in youth development. The endless benefits that football offers are what drives Vincent to apply his knowledge about child learning as well as implement research-based teaching methods to increase safety and performance among young football players while improving social-emotional and psychological well-being. As such, his main clinical and research interests focus on increasing mental and physical well-being among at-risk youths through the use of sport as a medium to increase school engagement.

Follow Vincent on Twitter and Instagram @CoachVinceDi. Always available for discussion, he is eager to hear about your football community!

MARIE-MICHELLE BOULANGER

Marie-Michelle is a Ph.D. Candidate (2019) in School/Applied Child Psychology at McGill University. Marie-Michelle completed her Bachelor's degree (2011) in Psychology and Master’s degree (2015) in School/Applied Child Psychology at McGill University. She is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship as a Psychological Resident at the Child and Youth Development Clinic at Western University. Viewing neurodiversity as a strength, Marie-Michelle is passionate about improving community- and school-based psychological and neuropsychological services for all children and youth. Her specific emerging clinical expertise includes working with children and adolescents with various mental health challenges, as well as competitive athletes and youth who have experienced significant trauma. Her research interests focus on promoting positive youth development through sports, and the role of the coach as a teacher of life skills. Marie-Michelle is a recipient of the Québec Lieutenant Governor’s Medal (2018) for her ongoing community involvement working with vulnerable children and youth.

Follow Marie-Michelle on twitter and Instagram @mariemichelle_b. Always open and excited to hear about your experience with mental health and sports.

PAMELA CHAMPAGNE

Pamela is currently studying entrepreneurship at HEC Montreal. She is responsible for building a united community of parents, coaches, athletes and anyone else willing to contribute to the new perspective proposed by Elite NeuroKinetix. She is part of the “Rémi Marcoux” 2019 cohort of HEC Montreal in which she develops her skills, her network in the montreal entrepreneurial ecosystem and, above all, ENK’s business model. She specializes in social entrepreneurship to develop innovative solutions to help people who don’t have access to the resources they need.

"Participate in the collective empowerment to redefine the way football is played. We are looking forward to interacting with you, join the newsletter to contribute to the movement.

We are actively looking for more teams to participate

If you are a parent, coach, or are involved in contact sports in any way and would like your children/players to benefit from this service, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Questions? Contact info@eliteneurokinetix.com

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