Abbie is an international fitness educator with 20+ years of experience. She is a trainer and consultant for Reebok®, Resist-A-Ball®, and Pilates Institute of America. Abbie has designed workouts and contributed material for videos, magazines, and journals such as Self, Prevention, and IDEA Journal and carries multiple certifications and awards.
Crystal Andrus Morissette
Crystal Andrus is a passionate speaker, writer, radio host and health and fitness expert. Author of the best-selling books, Simply…Woman! And Transcendent Beauty, she has helped thousands transform their bodies – and lives. Crystal is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
Joe is the owner of the Elite Performance Center, ACT Certification and co-owner of TOP OF YOUR GAME. He has been in the strength and conditioning field since 1999 and is currently the director of strength and conditioning for the Canadian National Kickboxing team and the nutritionist for Boxing Ontario.
A founding member of Les Mills International, Emma has inhaled senior roles in product development, world-class training, and building a ferocious people culture. Now directing group fitness programming for the luxury lifestyle brand Equinox, her M.O. is to unleash the potential in people and projects and define what’s next.
Pam is a master educator with Stages® Cycling, a national master trainer for BOSU®, Hedstrom Fitness, and NETA. She’s a provider of many workshops including indoor cycling, BOSU, and functional/active aging training. Pam currently serves on the faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia. She’s a member of numerous organizations within the fitness industry, including IHRSA, IDEA, and ACSM.
MBA, CSCS, KBTS
The founder of the KBell Training Academy and creator of the unique “Train to 100” program design system, Ajamu’s style is a rhythmic combination of gymnastics, martial arts, and old-school strength-training techniques. A TRX Master Trainer as well as former NCAA basketball player and award-winner in soccer, swimming, and running, he is an exceptionally talented athlete and communicator, specializing in helping fitness professionals integrate leadership technology into their business and training systems.
MA, ACE, AFAA, AEA, NASM, Cooper CIAR, ACSM
A mindful movement specialist, Lawrence made fitness history as the first recipient of multiple awards from ACE, IDEA & Inner IDEA, canfitpro, and ECA. He’s currently serving as Senior VIP Consultant for Group Programming for the American Council of Exercise. Lawrence creates group fitness and personal training programming internationally for clubs and spas, including Equinox, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym International, Bally, and Golden Door Spas, where his creations received Conde Nast Traveler Awards recognition.
BSc, NSCA, ACE, PN
Brent Bishop is a national on-air fitness expert, celebrity trainer and published author and adventurer. He is also the owner of Think Fitness Studios, performance-inspired, personalized fitness centers in Toronto. With over 18 years experience in the fitness industry, Bishop dedicates himself to inspiring the active lifestyle through fitness, adventure and media.
Steve is a Zumba® education specialist and trainer. After beginning his career in Belgium, he’s trained instructors in over 60 countries and has been awarded many national and international fitness awards, including the 2004 Presenter of Excellence UK, and was nominated as top-four best international presenters in NY ECA. Steve has been a trainer on several national television shows including The Biggest Loser, Fit Back to School, and Celebrity Fitness.
Michelle W. Book
Michelle is the in-house holistic nutritionist and spokesperson for the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA), an organization helping to educate Canadians about the benefits of natural health and organic products. A working mom, Michelle strives to spread the message that small changes in our everyday lives can have significant, positive effects on our health and happiness.
MS, Exercise Physiologist
Douglas is the director of programming for COREFX, BOSU® and RealRyder® Indoor Cycling. A former Ironman® triathlete and author of numerous books, he’s the director of athlete conditioning for Sugar Bowl Ski Academy, working with elite junior and professional athletes. Douglas was inducted into the U.S. National Fitness Hall of Fame, has been honoured by canfitpro as the International Presenter of the Year, and was IDEA’s Personal Trainer of the Year in 2014.
Dr. Bubbs is a naturopathic doctor, strength coach, author, speaker, and blogger for both Paleo Magazine and Loren Cordain’s prestigious PaleoDiet.com. He believes that diet, exercise, and lifestyle factors have the most profound impact on your overall health and performance. Marc is the author of “The Paleo Project – The 21st Century Guide to Looking Leaner, Getting Stronger, and Living Longer” and currently serves as the sports nutrition lead for the Canadian men’s national basketball team.
PhD, ATC, CSCS
Dr. Lee Burton is currently the President and Co-owner of Functional Movement Systems, a consulting and education organization focusing on a systematic approach to injury prevention and exercise programming. Lee received his Doctorate Degree from Virginia Tech with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Wellness. His background is primarily in sports medicine, focusing on performance enhancement and injury prevention. He is an internationally recognized speaker and author focusing on human movement and performance enhancement.
Jenni Byrd Grier
Jenni is president of David Byrd Consulting and an accomplished international speaker with more than 15 years of corporate management and leadership experience. She’s also a life- changing Next Level AchievementTM coach who helps clients create a vision, live life with intentionality, set goals, and make them happen.
The manager of a globally focused research centre, Catherine is the global lead for UFIT and manager for the UNESCO Chair in transforming the lives of people with disabilities, their families, and communities in physical education, sport, fitness, and recreation at the Institute of Technology, Tralee, Ireland. With a diverse education and experience in a many branches of fitness and wellness, she has coordinated and participated in numerous transnational European Commission research projects.
Paul is an internationally acclaimed holistic health practitioner who developed his unique, holistic approach over 26 years of clinical practice in the fields of corrective exercise, high-performance conditioning, and integrative lifestyle counseling. The author of numerous books and professional development courses, he’s the founder of the C.H.E.K Institute and the P~P~S Success Mastery Program.
MA, MS, ACE-CPT & LWMC, ACSM HFS, CSCS, CISSN
An exercise physiologist and faculty member at SDSU and UCSD in California, Fabio has been a certification manager for the ACE, creating their Integrated Fitness Training Model and developing all their live educational workshops. He has been a collegiate head coach and strength and conditioning coach and has opened and managed health clubs for Club One. Fabio is an international presenter and author and has been featured frequently in the media.
BPHE, MEd, FIS, RYT 200
Jill is the Assistant Manager of Fitness & Instruction at the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, University of Toronto. She is a certified YogaFit Instructor, Black Belt Nia Teacher and Zumba® Instructor with a certificate in Foundations of Applied Mindfulness Meditation. Jill has published articles on physical activity & health, presented workshops for a variety of organizations, and received innovation awards for various wellness initiatives within the community.
Josh Crosby is a world champion rower, ultra-endurance athlete, and international fitness presenter who has been featured on the Today show, CNN, and Fox News. He’s best known as the co-creator of the rowing-based fitness programs Indo-Row and ShockWave. Motivation, encouragement, variety, and a little tough love are key components to Josh’s coaching formula, which has brought results to people of thousands of shapes, sizes, and abilities. He truly brings out the athlete in everyone.
Michael is the national personal training manager for Fitness First Australia, responsible for driving fitness programming innovations and the personal training business of an organization of approximately 1,200 personal trainers. He has spent most of his fitness career working directly with trainers and has delivered training to thousands of trainers both in Australia and abroad.
BA, BEd, NSCA-CPT, PICP L3, CFST L3
Kevin is the head instructor for Darby Training Systems and has been involved in structured physical conditioning programs for over 20 years. He’s a published researcher and takes great pride in the work he’s done as a front-line personal trainer. The systems and methods he advocates are the foundation of many successful personal training businesses. He believes the value of education should be measured by one’s ability to apply it practically.
INLPTA Certified NLP Trainer
Paul has spent over 20 years as a performance coach. He works primarily in the golf industry as the mental performance coach to some of the best players in the world on every major tour, including the PGA Tour, European Tour and LPGA Tour. Paul lives in Orlando, Florida and is an INLPTA Certified Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Tara has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and previous fitness coordinator for McMaster University. While at McMaster, Tara did research in the area of health and exercise psychology with a strong focus on goal setting. She is the author of the canfitpro CPR course, and is currently developing the canfitpro First Aid course. Tara was the recipient of the PTS PRO TRAINER of the Year Award in 2002.
Julia Di Paolo
A pelvic floor physiotherapist, Julia has been treating pre- and postnatal women for nearly a decade. She has extensive experience with conditions like diastasis recti, pelvic organ prolapse, and incontinence. Julia completed a specialized postgraduate education program focusing on assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor and associated dysfunctions. She’s passionate about sharing her knowledge with others to help increase awareness about women’s health.
Mary Di Salvo
Born and raised in Ottawa, Mary started in the financial services industry in 1978 after a short career with Revenue Canada. Over 39 years, she’s grown her business to become Manulife Financial’s top female advisor in Canada. Mary R. Di Salvo Financial Services Corporation & Associates is based in London, Ontario and licensed to provide services in most Canadian provinces.
Michael is a gifted speaker, musician, business coach, and author who believes that everyone has the power to follow their dreams and live their purpose. He uses his natural gifts of humor, intuition, and experience to unleash his clients’ full potential. Empowering others is his passion.
As a former executive and world traveller, Michelle has spent the last eight years teaching yoga to professional athletes, health care professionals, executives, senior citizens and teenagers in studio, private and corporate settings. In addition to her fun, empowering method of teaching yoga, she is a writer, stand-up comedian, activist and engaging keynote speaker, sharing her wellness expertise in environments ranging from hospitals to conference halls to multinational corporation boardrooms.
Todd is an internationally recognized performance coach, author, and speaker. He’s the owner of Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, leading a team of 38 fitness professionals. Todd coaches many NFL, NBA, and MLB superstars as well as everyday fitness enthusiasts striving for greatness in life. He’s twice been named one of the top 100 most influential people in health and fitness. Todd lives by the words passion, purpose, and IMPACT.
A professor at Minot State University, Terry is also a motivational speaker who presents internationally on exercise and the brain, older adult exercise, and health and wellness. Her book “101 Brain Boosters” was published in 2013. Terry’s contributions have earned her many awards, including the NDAHPERD University Teacher of the Year Award, MSU Regents Award for Scholarship and Research, IDEA Make Fitness Happen Award, and Industry Enhancement Award from Club Industry.
canfitpro PTS, BCRPA Certified Strength and Personal Trainer
Best known as the tough love television host of the “The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp” and “Bulging Brides”, Tommy Europe is Canada’s most recognized and sought -after fitness coach. Tommy is an entrepreneur, award-winning fitness coach, published author, former professional football player, keynote speaker, and founder of “Tommy Europe Fitness”.
Shannon was the ACE Group Fitness Instructor of the year (2006) and is an international presenter and master trainer for several well known companies including the Nautilus® Institute, BOSU®, and Balletone®. A Power Bar®- and Nautilus-sponsored athlete, Shannon consults for a variety of fitness companies on educational products and programming, in addition to mentoring future fitness educators, through her company, Sunshine Fitness Resources.
Hailing from a variety of educational backgrounds including exercise science, athletic therapy, and personal training, these instructor trainers teach and present around the world. They all hold full certification in the STOTT PILATES® method, and work closely with the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ programming team at the company’s corporate training center in Toronto on course development and curriculum.
IHRSA’s international public policy advisor and a UFIT global industry lead, Kilian has always had an interest in improving lives in an inclusive society. He has played roles in fitness, sports, and leisure club management in London and Dublin and consulted as CEO of the Irish National Leisure Industry body. Kilian served on the IHRSA Board of Directors for four years and has helped influence and develop national and European government health care policies.
Jamie is a social media entrepreneur, online life and wellness coach, and business mentor who motivates and inspires others to live with purpose and passion. Jamie has a Degree in Physical Education and a Masters in Leadership and resides in Burlington, Ontario with his wife Kim and their two children.
Kim is a social media entrepreneur and CEO and co-founder of Jamie and Kim Fitzpatrick Fitness, an online life and wellness coaching business. Kim has a Degree in Gerontology and the study of aging on performance and holds three subsequent diplomas in health and wellness. She is also a business mentor with a drive to ensure everyone has the tools required to reach their full potential and live limitlessly in both business and wellness. Kim resides in Burlington, Ontario with her husband Jamie and their two children.
AFAA, ACE, NASM
The co-creator of Core De Force™, Joel is one of the newest super trainers in the Beachbody® family. From running day-to-day operations in his own gym in Olympia, Washington to managing Group X programming at Gold’s Gym®, to becoming a national BODYCOMBAT trainer – he’s done it all. But Joel’s passion is teaching: he’s traveled the world helping people fall in love with fitness and reach their highest potential – all whilehaving a blast.
E-RYT 500, PTS, FIS
A Divine Wellness consultant and YogaFit senior master trainer, Paul’s heart-centered approach focuses on spirit as much as strength. He has shared his sparkle across the globe, leading yoga teacher trainings and experiences in North America and Australia. In 2015, Paul was named Specialty Presenter of the Year at canfitpro’s world fitness expo.
Erin Gargan is the author of “SMART SOCIAL: Evolving Your Sales Strategy for the Digital Age.” She is also Founder of Socialite Agency, an award-winning marketing agency whose clients include The Oscars, VISA, ABC/Disney Television, Abbott Laboratories, Nelson Mandela’s Legacy of Hope, Hitachi, and others. Erin has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Business Insider and other publications. She has been a keynote or featured speaker for industry conferences and trade shows across the USA.
Josh is a clinical nutritionist and a recognized expert in the fields of clinical detoxification and therapeutic supplementation. He runs a Toronto-based private practice with a worldwide client base. Josh teaches clinical nutrition for several natural health colleges and is the first Canadian nutritionist to become an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). Josh has shared his expertise on various media outlets, including CTV News and CityTV.
Daniela is a Kinesiologist and Wellness Educator whose passion lies in using movement to foster vibrant health. She has worked throughout Canada, the USA and Europe, including as medical staff for the Jamaican National Basketball Team. As a canfitpro PRO TRAINER, Program Director for PowerPL3Y and Co-Director of Navina Thai Yoga Therapy School, Daniela creates powerful learning opportunities by incorporating key principles of Fitness Training, Yoga Therapy, and Functional Rehabilitation.
A master coach trainer with the Certified Coaches Federation and territory director for the Healthy, Wealthy and Wise coaching program, Jenna also runs The Hive London, a community co-working space. As executive director for Saving Lives with Forks and Knives, she also teaches people how to make disease-fighting food choices. Jenna’s academic background is in international economic relations and peace and conflict studies.
POUND™ Master Pro, CSCS, FIS, PTS, PFS
Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo and has been in an educating role in the fitness industry for 10 years. Owner of a women’s fitness studio and soon to be franchise, No Borders Fitness, Rebecca has a passion for teaching people how to convert fitness into life strength to overcome obstacles and for helping to make her participants feel mentally and physically empowered. Rebecca is one of the most recent POUND ICONS, licensing fitness instructors across Canada and changing lives in a unique and powerful way.
The CEO of NPE, Sean has a passion for supporting entrepreneurs and growing businesses. He formed NPE to help fitness entrepreneurs achieve freedom, success, and prosperity for themselves and their families. Over the last nine years, NPE has grown to serve nearly 17,000 fitness business owners in 93 countries. With offices in the USA, UK, and Australia, it’s been listed five times on the Inc 500/5000 list of the fastest growing, privately owned U.S. corporations.
E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Lisa is the Director of YogaFit Canada, a senior master trainer and international presenter. An avid writer and traveler, she’s known for bringing an easygoing style to her teaching, encouraging everyone to honour and listen to the bodies they’re in and stay present. A featured presenter at FILEX 2014 and the winner of the Steve Block Vendor of the Year Award (2013), Lisa has been teaching group fitness classes in Toronto since 2001.
Maureen (Mo) Hagan
A global ambassador on the benefits of exercise and living well, Maureen Hagan is vice president of program innovation for GoodLife Fitness and canfitpro. Mo, as she is known in the fitness industry is a licensed physiotherapist, a Physical Health Educator and has been recognized for her work in fitness that spans three decades; named as one of Canada ‘s 20 Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity (2014) and most recently awarded IHRSA “Woman Leader” of the Year in honor of Julie Main. Mo is a published author and a regular contributor to consumer magazines and on-line publications including the Huffington Post.
Bachelor’s Recreation Management; BSc; CAT
Dylan is a four-time Canadian Artistic Roller Skating Champion and world team member. Boasting a vast range of instructor credentials and with 25 years of professional experience, he’s currently the executive director of Body Rock Fitness and the health and fitness program supervisor at the Nepean Sportsplex in Ottawa. Dylan is also an international presenter and performance coach for national and world-level figure and roller skaters.
BHK, DO (candidate)
Based in Vancouver, BC, Kevin Hendry is the Director of Education for Rad Roller and an author, educator, Practicing Kinesiologist and Strength & Conditioning Coach. He is currently pursuing a graduate diploma in Osteopathy while working in the trenches helping people move and perform better. Kevin has a decade of experience coaching NCAA Division 1 athletes, CFL football players, Canadian National Team athletes and BC Hockey League players. His active pursuits and adventures have taken him all over the world – covering 30 countries on six continents.
BA, MA, MBA
Randy is the creator of the Suspension Trainer and the founder of TRX, one of the world’s leading training brands. A collegiate athlete, Navy SEAL, entrepreneur, and inventor, Randy’s company has repeatedly been named one of the 500 fastest growing companies and best places to work. He’s also a lecturer on entrepreneurship, branding, and leadership and the host of Spike TV’s reality series, Sweat Inc.
“Brain Fitness Expert” Jill Hewlett is a nationally recognized speaker, author, wellness TV host, and Educational Kinesiologist. Jill has the skilful capacity to draw out the natural leadership in individuals and organizations. She teaches how to reduce stress and achieve greater levels of efficiency, work life balance and success at work, in the classroom and in daily life through the use of brain fitness tools and user-friendly neuroscience. Create your fit brain and fit life with Jill today!
A world-class motivational speaker and author of “Bring It,” “Crush It,” and the “The Big Picture,” Tony has brought his unique sense of humour to countless television and radio programs as a fitness and lifestyle expert and is sought after for Fortune 500 events, health and wellness expos, universities, and military bases around the world. The creator of the bestselling P90X® fitness series 10-Minute Trainer®, he’s literally changed the lives of millions.
With 20 years’ experience as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and educator, Farel Hruska has been with FIT4MOM since March 2002. Hruska has presented at numerous fitness conferences including EMPOWER, FitFest, SCW, Asia Fitness Conference, Fitness Festival of South China, MEFITPRO in Dubai and IDEA WORLD & PTI. Farel has been featured by numerous press outlets for her fitness expertise, including CNN, New York Times, WebMD, Women’s Running Magazine, SheKnows.com and Pregnancy.com. An international educator and presenter in pre / postnatal, and overall fitness education, Hruska is an approved Continuing Education Provider for ACE and AFAA.
With 25 years’ experience in the health and wellness field, Tasha is a Best-Selling Co-Author of Think Yourself ™ Successful. She is the founder of Diva Defence and creator of “Sexy, Playful and Strong”; both hybrids of yoga, martial arts and self-empowerment for women. Tasha is also a seminar facilitator at The Neuroscience of Thriving, health and fitness coach, black belt in karate, yoga teacher, therapist, and speaker.
Drew is the Founder of Navina™ Thai Yoga Therapy, an innovative school for a traditional bodywork system. Drew presents internationally and has taught courses on topics that span the full spectrum of human biology and therapeutic bodywork. He has a passion for sharing the incredible power and versatility of touch, and strives to provide a supportive learning environment for everyone.
Hons BPE, MA, B.Ed., PFLC, ACE, canfitpro Certified, Twist SCS, Spinning certified
Janice is the Director of Specialty Markets in the Education division of Twist Conditioning Inc. and is a personal trainer, fitness instructor, and conditioning coach with over 20 years in the industry. She has previously worked in certification development with canfitpro, been a university professor, and a swim coach. Janice has presented at events across Canada, published numerous articles in fitness and consumer magazines, and is a well-recognized speaker in the fitness industry.
Stephanie is a brand and business coach to fitness and health professionals who want to learn how to create powerful and in-demand brands. She’s known as the founder of an aggressive, global fitness brand of her own and has shifted her passion to helping others learn about marketing, media, and online systems. Stephanie has worked with an impressive roster of clients and companies while combining and leveraging her passion for fitness and business.
Brady is a certified exercise physiologist and personal trainer with a degree in kinesiology and health studies. She has a passion for sharing health and fitness with others so they can reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. In 2014, Brady opened her own studio, Encompass Fitness, in Estevan, Saskatchewan. In 2016, she was recognized by NPE as North America Member of the Year.
SGT Ken® is an international speaker, six-time U.S. Army Soldier of the Year, and highly decorated combat veteran. He’s trained over 500,000 soldiers and civilians through Operation Fit to Fight, has written over 100 magazine articles, and created the fitness and health education website for the U.S. Army National Guard. Ken founded the START Fitness® boot camp program, has starred in several best-selling fitness videos, and was named canfitpro’s Best New Presenter (2011).
With over a decade in health and wellness, Lori is the founder of WOW! Weight Loss, North America’s premiere whole foods-based weight loss program. She contributes her views on weight loss, whole foods and good business practices to a number of publications including Fitness Professionals Online, Turbulence Training, Eligible, Vista magazine, and OptiMYZ magazine. As the producer of the Wellness Business Summit, self-proclaimed “mompreneur” Lori brings together 350 health professionals to learn, grow, and network.
Michelle has been involved in group exercise for more than 25 years, and continues to teach at GoodLife Fitness clubs. For the past 12 years, she’s been a recreation supervisor for London, Ontario, overseeing programming for children, youth, and adults, and managing senior centers and community outreach/partnerships. Michelle has also served as a university program coordinator, a parks and recreation program supervisor and a college instructor for Health and Wellness and Police Foundations programs.
HBSc, HK, BEd
Kristy sports a wide array of certifications, including advanced mat pilates, level 2 kettlebells, and level 1 functional movement specialist. An indoor cycling instructor, master educator, and personal trainer, her passions include teaching kettlebells, training athletes, and furthering her own fitness level.
Dr. Ken Kinakin
Dr. Kinakin is a chiropractor and certified strength and conditioning specialist. He’s competed in bodybuilding and powerlifting for over 30 years and lectures across North America and Europe to doctors and trainers about weight training, rehabilitation, and nutrition. Dr. Kinakin is the author of “Optimal Muscle Training” and founder of the Society of Weight-Training Injury Specialists (SWIS) which educates and certifies doctors, therapists, and personal trainers in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of weight-training injuries.
The CEO of Flexi-Sports, Barbara is a physical therapist and international presenter with over 25 years of experience. Also the creator of the FLEXI-BAR®, she’s the author of well-known health books and is a fitness and nutrition expert in print and on TV. Barbara is a QVC expert with her own sports and nutrition shows.
A keynote speaker, movement motivator, and happiness expert, Petra has presented at over 300 conventions in 30 countries and was the recipient of canfitpro’s 2016 International Presenter of the Year. She’s spoken at TEDx, hosts the Perfection Detox podcast on iTunes, and is the guest host for the live online show, Daily Burn 365. A two-time cancer survivor, Petra’s mission is to teach people how to live their lives fully, with passion and purpose.
With over 25 years in health and fitness, Angela is on a mission to help more people elevate their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energies through the powerful daily habit of meditation. She holds many coaching certifications and is a writer and editor for an inspiring global magazine, all of which stems from a passion for helping people take their lives to new levels, beginning with the mind.
The dynamic founder of Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance Inc., Charlene has taught secondary school biology and university-level dance fitness classes. Her skills in dance choreography, water running, yoga, and aqua fitness have made her a popular presenter around the world. The winner of countless awards as a presenter and leader, Charlene continues to develop the curricula for a variety of CALA courses and workshops. She has presented at every national canfitpro conference since its inception.
Jeff has been a Master Instructor for the Spinning program since 1995. With two teaching credentials and a master’s degree in special education, he is a teacher for severely handicapped children and has begun working on a PhD. in childhood education. He is also an ACE and AFAA certified Group Fitness Instructor.
Dr. Len Kravitz
Len is the program coordinator of exercise science and a researcher at the University of New Mexico where he received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. In addition to being a 2016 inductee into the National Fitness Hall of Fame, Dr. Kravitz was awarded the 2006 Fitness Educator of the Year by the American Council on Exercise. Len has received the prestigious Specialty Presenter of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award from canfitpro.
Blending 20 years of international experience with degrees in psychology and exercise science, Nathalie educates and inspires you. As the Director of Membership and Certification for canfitpro – the leader in fitness and wellness education – Nathalie’s vibrant leadership style leads to profound and lasting changes for her staff, clients, and participants. When you connect with Nathalie in one of her sessions, you are sure to leave with new ideas and a newfound energy.
A former NCAA Division I, two-sport, record-holding athlete, ANBF Physique and Figure pro, and a professional fitness standout, Stephanie has used her evolving sense of safely optimizing the body to create PLYOGA. PLYOGA is a hybrid four-part intense interval system using accelerated and fundamental yoga as an effective active recovery for plyometric movement. Stephanie has used fitness to fight back against acute scoliosis and a stress fracture in her lower back. She was the SCW-2016 Philadelphia Mania Up and Coming Presenter of the Year and is also a proud mommy.
“Coach Lav” is the GoodLife Fitness national director of team training. With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, she’s led, coached, and trained a wide variety of clients looking to improve their quality of life or performance. Kim is an NLP master practitioner and coach practitioner and holds multiple fitness certifications. A contributing author for numerous publications, her single goal is to make a difference.
As one of only four PICP Level 5 Master Strength Coaches in Canada, Clance has emerged as one of the most respected names in professional strength and performance training. He is founder of the Athlete Activation System Strength Coaches Certification, a complex, systematically periodized athletic development approach that has maximized the performance of elite athletes. A secret weapon of top Olympians, competitive athletes, coaches, and driven professionals, Laylor’s reputation as a tough, no-nonsense trainer skyrocketed with the success of his young client P.K. Subban.
Marc is the owner of Lebert Fitness Inc., a world leader in developing innovative bodyweight training tools. He is a fitness club owner, a Taekwondo black belt, a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner, and an international presenter. Marc developed the Lebert Equalizer™, The Lebert Buddy System™, and The Lebert Stretch Strap™. These portable and versatile tools are being used in boot camps, fitness clubs, the military, school athletic programs, and more!
PRO TRAINER, TSCC-GOLD
Kennedy has been a fitness educator and advocate for 25 years. He is currently a PRO TRAINER, teaching the Personal Trainer Specialist Certification course for canfitpro and a Master Trainer for COREFX, TriggerPoint Performance Therapy, ViPR and a graduate of Michol Dalcourt’s Institute of Motion Mentorships.He is co-founder and Director of Live Education for CFEA (Canadian Fitness Education Alliance), a fitness educational company and the Canadian distributor for TriggerPoint Performance Therapy and COREFX live education.
As a master trainer with Keiser Fitness, Buddy brings over 20 years of teaching experience to the fitness and yoga world. He’s appeared as the “fitness guru” on NBC, CBS, and FOX News and has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and 7X7 Magazine. Buddy works for Equinox, The Sportsclub/LA, and Yoga Tree. His classes are motivating, insightful, and above all, entertaining!
Gillian is completing her PhD in health and rehabilitation science, specializing in health promotion. She’s a yoga and Yoga Tune Up® teacher, TV host and community producer of Gillian Mandich: Cooking Adventures, co-host of the Holistic Health Diary podcast and TV show, and guest health host on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). Gillian is also the creator, producer, and host of Health Science Radio on 94.9 CHRW, and writes for numerous print and online media.
Dai Manuel is a digital thought leader and lifestyle mentor empowering people to lead a ‘FUN’ctionally fit life through education, encouragement and community. He’s a dad, dating his wife, a founding partner and former COO of Fitness Town Inc, keynote speaker, award-winning blogger (DaiManuel.com), Podcaster, CrossFit athlete and coach, co-founder of the #YVRDads support group for fathers, a BC Children’s Hospital Grind For Kids Ambassador, and published author of the Whole Life Fitness Manifesto.
Originally from Mauritius, Ricardo is a Zumba® education specialist (ZES) with a background in jazz, ballet, tap, Indian, hip-hop, merengue, bachata, and salsa. He’s performed in various countries for over 14 years. Ricardo has presented at Zumba conferences around the world, from France to Japan, and has been featured in numerous Zumba DVDs, including the new Zumba Incredible Results™. He’s a Zumba Jammer and currently teaches classes all over the Greater Toronto Area.
canfitpro FIS, LMI, Newbody National Trainer, Flexi-Sports Trainer
Lisa is a sought-after group fitness instructor with over 15 years experience. She currently works at énergie Cardio in Québec as an instructor trainer and a Les Mills Canada assessor. Lisa also works at Goodlife Fitness clubs as a Newbody national trainer. She’s traveled throughout the country and abroad, sharing her energy and passion for fitness. Lisa’s goal is to motivate, inspire, and empower others to achieve their personal best.
Originally from Manchester in the UK, Ben has trained elite-level athletes, presented internationally, developed qualifications, and written for numerous publications. He brings extraordinary passion and enthusiasm to the industry and his presentations are not to be missed. Ben is canfitpro certified and teaches both GLPTI and DTS.
Ona is presently involved in healthy, active living pursuits both in the fitness industry and in the educational system. She has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years and is presently a PRO Trainer for Can-Fit-Pro in four disciplines. She currently works with the Toronto District School Board as a consultant in health and physical education and with Ontario Physical and Health Education Association as a Master Trainer for teachers.
Lisa Anne McLellan
MA, BFA, OAS, PTS, OAS PRO TRAINER
Lisa Mclellan has over 35 years of teaching experience, the last 15 almost exclusively with active adults 50 to 90 years of age. Lisa’s AGE SMART FITNESS program motivates and empowers Boomers & Seniors to take responsibility for their health & fitness through innovative programming and joyful training experiences. Her alternative approach offers safe and effective exercise solutions. Lisa embraces the challenges of Active Aging with knowledge, humour and compassion.
NASM, AFAA, ACE
The co-creator of Core De Force™, Jericho is one of the newest Beachbody® super trainers. With degrees in psychology, phys ed., and kinesiology, she’s traveled the world educating thousands of new instructors and has presented at many of the most prestigious industry conferences, including IHRSA, IDEA, ECA, and canfitpro. Jericho’s extensive knowledge, fiery spirit, and passion for dance and martial arts make her a welcome addition to the Beachbody family.
BA Kin, FIS
With over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, Ira is owner and operator of Cornerstone Fitness, an online community that seeks to uplift, motivate and inspire people no matter where they are. As a presenter he has been honoured to be involved in events across North America. He is a Master Pro for POUND® Rockout. Workout. and a Master Trainer for BOSU®. Ira holds a black sash in kickboxing but he is most proud of being a husband and a father to four kids.
Kimberley is the manager of program development for Build Our Kids’ Success, an initiative of the Reebok Canada Fitness Foundation. An elementary school teacher for eight years, she holds canfitpro certification in personal training, nutrition and wellness, and pre- and post- natal fitness. A mother herself, Kimberley understands the important link between fitness and education, and strives to keep her own children active every day.
FIS, PTS, NWS, CLC
Trina is the owner and head trainer at Fit4Females®, a women-only fitness club in Hamilton, Ontario. She has specialized in women’s fitness for 18 years, is a certified life coach, and holds multiple other certifications, including CoreFX, Tabata Bootcamp, and CrossFit. A mom of three, Trina was named the 2016 #1 Fitness Instructor Specialist with canfitpro.
Amanda Mercer is the owner and founder of THRIVEfitt, LLC, a studio which focuses on a holistic approach to training, health, and wellness. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with NSCA and an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. A former collegiate water polo player, Amanda is a Mad Dogg Athletics Star 2 SPINNING ® instructor, START Fitness Master Trainer, Lebert Fitness Master Trainer, a Hyperwear Level 1 Sandbell Instructor and a TABATA Bootcamp Instructor. She is a holistic health coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and her mission is to coach people to thrive, in all areas of health, so that they may not only be physically fit, but also have complete wellness.
Moira Merrithew, together with President and CEO of Merrithew™, Lindsay G. Merrithew, has spent almost three decades promoting the benefits of responsible exercise through their branded programming, including Merrithew’s premier Pilates brand, STOTT PILATES®. In addition to overseeing the Merrithew Education Department, Moira is a content creator and featured performer in Merrithew’s extensive DVD series. A published author and media personality, she presents at numerous fitness industry events all over the globe.
The founder and CEO of the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA), Colin has been in the industry since 1982 and is a leading authority on health in older adults. He’s served on the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils four years running. Colin is an award-winning writer of over 250 articles, and a blogger for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He received the canfitpro Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
A 23-year US Air Force veteran, Shaye has been teaching yoga since 2003. She’s currently the director of the YogaFit for Warriors program, helping those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and all forms of trauma. Shaye is also a yoga therapist who sits on the YogaFit Therapy Educational board, creating unique workshops that combine the latest in scientific understanding from physics, neuroscience, and biogenetics with the eternal power of breath, movement, and mindfulness.
CPTN-CPT, PFS, NWS, RAB
Samantha is the founder of Core Expectations, Toronto’s only full-service wellness team providing in-home support services to the homes and offices of pregnant women and new moms. She and her team are the creators of the AB REHAB program for diastasis recti – the true cause of the dreaded “mummy tummy” and pelvic floor dysfunction post-pregnancy. She has appeared on numerous TV programs and is now the resident fitness expert on the Marilyn Dennis Show.
Amy is the Creator of Kettlebell AMPD, Head Master Trainer and Gym Owner, and a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. She is the owner of You Rock Fitness LLC, located outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Amy created Kettlebell AMPD to bring a great training tool, the kettlebell, into the group fitness setting. By using lightweight kettlebells, Amy has created a program that allows people of all fitness levels to enjoy the benefits of kettlebell training with the energy of heart-pumping music.
A national and world aerobic champion, Mindy is the creator and lead talent behind the Gliding discs exercise program and the creator of Tabata Bootcamp. The author of many articles, she’s starred in over 400 instructional videos. An advisory board member for Oxygen magazine, Mindy is an international presenter and CEC provider for both ACE and AFAA. She was named PFP Trainer of the Year (2015) and canfitpro Specialty Presenter of the Year (2013).
With over 20 years of industry experience, Terra began doing yoga a decade ago, got her initiation into YogaFit in 2010, and is working toward her 500 hours and yoga therapy specialization. She’s a student at the Canadian College of Osteopathy and a registered massage therapist. Terra has certifications in Thai massage, Reiki Level 1, nutrition and wellness, and more. She teaches a variety of fitness classes, including pilates, step, kickboxing, and Les Mills programs.
A Vancouver-based registered dietitian, Desiree focuses on inflammation, gut health, and plant-centered diets. She’s the author of “Un-Junk Your Diet: How to shop, cook and eat to fight inflammation and feel better, forever” and the host of The Urban Vegetarian on Gusto TV. Desiree is a frequent contributor to local and national media outlets including Global TV and Chatelaine. Her new app, MyHealthyGut, is an evidence-based resource for those looking to improve their digestive health.
Active in yoga since 2004, Christa holds certifications in group fitness and weight training along with Fusion Fitness and Athlete’s Performance Training. A master trainer for YogaFit Canada, she’s been teaching YogaFit style classes at the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, the Richmond Olympic Oval, and other fitness clubs since 2005.
BA, canfitpro PTS
Ross is president of Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. (FKCI) and oversees operation of its certifications programs and CEC courses across Canada. He is the host of the TV show “MMA Hot Seat”, an international fitness and martial arts presenter, a fitness columnist with over 300 published articles and 15 instructor-training manuals to his credit, and author of “The Ultimate Fitness Boxing & Kickboxing Workout.”With over 45 years training in disciplines including karate, boxing, kickboxing and MMA. Ross is a Black Belt instructor, licenced professional MMA coach and head coach of the FKCI-MMA Fight Team having worked with amateur Kickboxing & MMA athletes at the national level and professional fighters and coaches at the UFC level.
Sarah is a learning specialist for GoodLife Fitness and a Les Mills group fitness instructor. She was a 2015-2016 Dorothy Walsh Award finalist and a 2016 finalist for the Mo Hagan Role MO-del Influencer Award. Sarah left her teaching career to pursue her passion for improving mental health through fitness.
Cardio Latino Pro Trainer, Energie Cardio FIDA levels 1 and 2, canfitpro FIS
A Zumba education specialist (ZES) in French, English, and Spanish, Karine has 28 years of dance experience and 18 years in the fitness industry. As a member of “La Troupe des Ballets Modernes du Québec” and New Age Nation, she participated in various TV shows, musicals, and videos, as well as Janet Jackson’s 1814 promotional tour. Always smiling, dynamic, and passionate, Karine has been a cheerleader for both the Montreal Roadrunners and the Alouettes.
MEd. ACE, NSCA
Lorne brings 18 years experience to the fitness industry, both as a certified personal trainer and a certified strength and conditioning coach. He is currently an instructor in the fitness and health promotion program at Centennial College. A published author, Lorne’s articles appear in Muscle and Fitness magazine.
Dr. Patchell-Evans is the founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness, 300-clubs-strong in Canada and the fourth largest fitness company in the world. Patch has served both as president of canfitpro and as chair of the IHRSA board of directors representing health and fitness professionals in 71 countries. An author, award-winning entrepreneur, and philanthropist, he’s received the Canadian Medical Association Medal of Honour and an Honourary Doctorate from Western University.
canfitpro FIS, PTS, NWS, LES MILLS, NewBody, BOSU, Schwinn, RAB
Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas is a successful Life Coach, NLP Master Practitioner, Nutrition and Wellness Specialist, Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and published author of the books: When You’re Hungry, You Gotta Eat and No.1 Best-Seller Think Yourself Thin. She has been working in the fitness industry for over 28 years, including 10 years at GoodLife Fitness where she earned several awards.
Krista has been inspiring fitness leaders, trainers and managers for over two decades with her motivating and creative sessions. As this year’s 2016 (2008, 2003) canfitpro Canadian Presenter of the Year and 2014 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, Krista is a highly sought after educator and industry leader. Krista’s goal has always been to inspire others through movement and education. When not teaching or consulting, Krista shares her energy as a guest speaker, TV personality, advisory committee member, Adidas sponsored 3-stripe team affiliate and the Global Director of Group Education for Keiser.
Dr. Kristy Prouse
MD, BSc, BA
As an obstetrics and gynecology fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Prouse has practiced for over a decade in the Toronto area. She’s also had additional training in anti-aging and regenerative medicine. Dr. Prouse is currently an associate professor at the University of Toronto and the founder and chief medical officer at the Institute for Hormonal Health – an integrative and holistic medicine practice.
BPE, CSCS, Fellow of Applied Functional Science
Fraser is the head of training and development for TRX and the creator and lead educator of the revolutionary TRX Suspension Training Program. A dynamic and high-energy presenter who has appeared at conferences and events all over the world, he’s been featured in the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune and written for a variety of industry magazines. Featured in 20 fitness DVDs, Fraser has won numerous awards, including canfitpro’s Specialty Presenter of the Year (2012).
BSc, BEd, NTP
A fitness model, motivational speaker, and Oxygen and Clean Eating columnist, Tosca is the best-selling author of “Your Best Body Now, The Eat-Clean Diet® series,” and star of her own reality TV show, and The Start Here Diet. At 40, she transformed her overweight and unfulfilled self into a strong, fit woman by eating clean. For over a decade she’s been helping people lose weight and get healthy with her no-nonsense, friendly, compassionate approach.
For 15 years, Chris has been teaching people how to move while promoting his belief that if you focus on the fun, the fitness will follow. Formally educated as a resistance training specialist, Chris is a Schwinn® Cycling Master Trainer and, in 2005, was a national Master Trainer for efi Sports Medicine. Chris has presented for canfitpro, IDEA, and SCW, and most recently has joined Lebert Fitness as Director of Education.
The owner of Ki Mind Body Studio in Vietnam, Yury is a land and aqua group fitness instructor, personal trainer, mindful movement and meditation specialist, life coach, and continuing education provider. He won the SCW Fitness Education Instructor of the Year Award (2016) and has appeared in instructor training DVDs for specialty groups, including the workout series for NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Also a dance-based choreographer, Yuri integrates practices from around the world.
BHK/MSc degrees in Sport have led Jake to 20 years of leadership in the physical activity sector. At HK Publishers Canada, Jake has overseen key partnerships and accounts such as with canfitpro, PHE Canada, ParticipACTION, Football Canada, Indigo, Amazon Canada, Costco Canada, and others. He has been a Chair, Board Director and committee member across a dozen non-profits, while other commitments have included roles with GoodLife Fitness, Basketball Ontario, AXE Brand, the Grand Prix, and the CFL Grey Cup.
The founder and CEO of PowHERhouse Media Group, Charlene is a publisher, producer, and builder of strong women who lead. A social impact entrepreneur, she’s also an author, speaker, economic development enthusiast, and community leader. Charlene works to push the potential of Canadian media to mobilize women, catalyzing and coordinating collective action for impact.
Originally from Madrid, Javier has over 20 years experience in personal training, sales, communication, group exercise, fitness management, and marketing. He served as a master instructor and educator for renowned international programs including Les Mills and Spinning® throughout Europe and the U.S. before he joined Stages Cycling in 2016 as key accounts manager and international master educator.
Patrick uses his experience, education, and passion for sports and fitness to provide functional programs and classes to a wide clientele. A land and water instructor and personal trainer for over 15 years, he believes in helping his clients be ‘operationally ready’ for their day-to-day activities. A master trainer for Lebert Training Systems, Patrick’s high energy, charisma, and willingness to share information will keep you interested, involved, and having fun.
Dan is a certified Personal Trainer, owner of a fitness studio in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia and one of two Directors of Metafit Canada. He has been a passionate fitness enthusiast for over 10 years and has been achieving success with clients professionally for four years.
BComm, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Naturotherapist, Precision Nutrition, canfitpro
Kirstin is a Personal Training Project Manager and instructor for GoodLife fitness where she began her career 14 years ago. Nutrition became a passion early in her career as she saw firsthand its impact on the wellness, results and vitality of her clients. Kirstin now runs a successful nutrition consulting practice in Montreal and co-authored the canfitpro Nutrition and Weight Loss certification manual that launched in 2013. Based on her extensive personal training and group exercise education and experience, Kirstin is a sought-after instructor and presenter.
Jeffrey is an international fitness presenter, Schwinn Master Trainer, Reebok Master Trainer and the Senior National Group Fitness Manager of Cycling for Equinox Fitness Clubs. With over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Jeffrey has conducted training workshops around the world and is recognized as a top fitness educator, instructor and personal trainer who is known for his creative program development and motivational teaching.
Dr. Kris Sheppard is the Co-Founder of The Runner’s Academy, where he maintains his practice as a Chiropractor, and a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. As a graduate of the Canadian Memorial College of Chiropractic, Dr. Sheppard combines his years of academic learning with the experience he has gained treating Olympic athletes, varsity athletes, and competitive runners of all ages. Dr. Sheppard is a sought after practitioner in his field and has developed a run technique and strengthening program that has proven itself many times over by enhancing function and performance.
Brennan Shirk, Founder and CEO of Induro Cycling, is a pioneer of the cycling world offering Theater Enhanced and Beat Based Cycling for over 15 years in 22 countries. He travels the world with the Induro Cycling production team and enjoys visiting cycling studios of all sizes. Brennan created Induro for everyone to have the ability to teach both traditional and Beat Based cycling classes in a safe manner. He’s a League Certified Instructor (LCI) with the League of American Bicyclists, holds a bachelor’s degree from KU and has earned many industry certifications. Cycling, travel, and music are his passions!
BSc, canfitpro PTS, FIS ProTrainer, GSTC TRX
Lynne is the Fitness Program Supervisor at the University of Guelph where she’s responsible for the programming of hundreds of programs for students, varsity, faculty, staff, and community. With 20 years in the industry, she’s an international presenter and a Bender Ball master trainer. Lynne has worked in television and print and has presented nationally and internationally to numerous group fitness workshops. In 2004, she was named PTS PRO TRAINER of the Year.
Kathy Smart is a multiple award-winning triple threat in the health and wellness space. A holistic nutritionist, best-selling cookbook author of Live the Smart Way and Dr. Oz show guest. Known as North America’s gluten-free expert, Kathy is a sought-after international speaker, go-to media expert and one of Huffington Post’s 50 Most Influential Social Media Tweeters. Kathy has been a fitness trainer for Special Olympics Canada and in 2015, launched the Live the Smart Way Expo, Canada’s largest health and wellness tradeshow.
A guru in the world of pre- and post-natal and youth fitness training, Tracie works closely with researchers, educators, and healthcare professionals in these areas. A fitness columnist, author, presenter, and award-winning entrepreneur, she also owns Conquer Training Centres, an international company that specializes in training and educating mothers, youth, families, and athletes. With 30 years experience, Tracie has been training, teaching, and certifying trainers worldwide for the last 18 of those years.
Freyja is a lead instructor for DTS Fitness Education, the Canadian master instructor for Animal Flow, and a Toronto-based strength training coach. With over ten years of experience in the industry, she works with a wide array of clients ranging from professional athletes to those seeking to simply move better. With a passion for all things related to quality movement, performance, and education, Freyja inspires others to live strong and injury-free.
A heart-centered business Sherpa, Colin is an author, speaker, and trainer. A native South African with decades of experience, he’s built multiple million-dollar businesses globally in various industries. Colin is one of two Canadians to be part of the Transformational Leadership Council founded by Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul series). He’s also an author with four #1 bestsellers to his name and the winner of two prestigious Quilly Awards.
Sue Staresinic is a passionate health and fitness professional and educator. This canfitpro PRO TRAINER has 20 years of experience as a fitness instructor and as a practicing physiotherapist. She received the GoodLife Fitness Instructor of Excellence Award in 2016 and has been featured in Newbody Masterclass educational DVDs in 2013 and 2015.
Dr. Kelly Starrett, DPT, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Becoming a Supple Leopard, which has revolutionized how coaches, athletes, and everyday humans approach movement and athletic performance. Dr. Starrett is a co-founder of San Francisco CrossFit and MobilityWOD.com. He works with elite Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard forces; athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB; and national and world-ranked strength and power athletes and consults for Olympic teams.
CKin, RNCP, CCP, IFBB Pro
Tammy has over 17 years experience in the industry as an IFBB pro, coach, expert, and consultant. Her own fitness philosophy shifted from hardcore to holistic after she faced a serious illness. Tammy now passionately advocates that women’s wellness is achieved through an inside-out approach that addresses all parts of the self.
Derrick Sweet is a popular corporate keynote speaker and author of three highly celebrated books: Healthy Wealthy and Wise, Get The Most Out Of Life, and You Don’t Have To Die To Go To Heaven. He is the Chairman and Founder of the Healthy Wealthy and Wise® Corporation, the parent company of the Certified Coaches Federation™. The Healthy Wealthy and Wise® Corporation is an international Training and Development company known for its professional development courses and customized in-house programs. Prior to starting Healthy Wealthy and Wise®, Derrick was a Senior Investment Advisor and Vice-President of a large Canadian investment firm.
BA, USAW, CGFI, YSAS
Corey Taylor owns Corey Taylor Sports Performance in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a nationally recognized sports performance coach, powerful motivator, speaker and author who works with professional athletes in the NFL, MLS and MMA. In 2015, Corey was a finalist for the International Youth Conditioning Association Coach of The Year and has been the head performance coach of the College Gridiron Showcase all-star game since 2015. Corey holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and pre-law. Certification: USAW Level 2, TPI Level 2, TPI JR Level 2, YSAS.
Stephen is co-founder and partner in ClubIntel, a brand insights firm serving the health/fitness and private club industries, as well as the owner and president of Club Industry Consulting. He’s a former board member and president of IHRSA. Stephen serves on the advisory boards for the Association of Fitness Studios and Club Industry magazine. He’s the author of ten books, including “Fitness Management,” a comprehensive textbook on how to develop and operate a fitness studio.
Doris has been a professional in the fitness industry for over 30 years. She started as a college athlete and then a divisional director for a large US health club chain. Doris now owns her own Fitness consulting business, Team Thews. Doris is the Program Director for Indo-Row and ShockWave, Senior Master Trainer and Global Mentor for Schwinn, International Development Master Trainer team member for BOSU, Power Music Advisory Board Member and Lead RYKA Fit-Pro Ambassador.
Tricia is a personal and group fitness trainer with extensive theoretical and practical experience in yoga, pilates, TRX, spin, barre, pre- and post-natal rehab (diastasis recti) and myofacial release. She holds a dance degree from Ryerson and is a master trainer for Barreworks, a Toronto barre fitness studio. Tricia’s challenging and dynamic workouts are designed for maximum efficiency, targeting multiple muscle groups with an unwavering focus on core engagement to help clients see results faster.
Dr. Astrid Trim
Dr. Trim is a Chiropractor and Sports Injury Specialist. She is the director of a multidisciplinary sports injury clinic in Mississauga, with extensive experience in treating athletes. Dr. Trim has been the team doctor and trainer in the local arena, as well as for national caliber athletes. As part-time faculty in Clinical Management at the Canadian Chiropractic College, Dr. Trim stays current with trends in treatment and rehabilitation protocols in sports. Incorporating these protocols with 23 years’ experience, Dr. Trim has brought the Functional Muscular Assessment and Graduated Exercise Methods Program to fitness professionals across Canada.
Perry has successfully owned, managed, and consulted with fitness clubs in Canada and the USA for over 20 years. Perry is currently the Director, Business Development & National Accounts for Merchant Treasury Software Systems, Fitness Industry Council of Canada Provincial Councillor, is on the Strategic Leadership Committee for the Ontario chapter of Prescription to Get Active and is Project Lead.
Peter is the president of Twist Sport Conditioning. An exercise physiologist with a specialization in coaching science, he’s coached in the NHL for 11 years, worked with over 700 professional athletes, and published over 500 papers, 14 books and 24 DVDs on athlete development. Twist consults international sport governments and was honoured with the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s President’s Award (2001), the IDEA Program Director of the Year (2010), canfitpro’s Canadian Presenter of the Year (2012), and the IDEA World Fitness Inspiration award (2013).
Elite fitness professional, speaker, author, and founder, Nadine is the owner of three fitness facilities and the CEO of NV Fitness Conditioning Inc. She has 10 years experience in the health and fitness industry and over six years of experience running her own fitness business. Since opening her facility in January 2011, Nadine has helped her members drop over 5000 pounds. In 2014, she earned the ‘Inspiring Young Woman in Huron’ award. In 2016 she won canfitpro’s “Personal Trainer of the Year” award. She currently employs 14 staff who serve over 500 members.
B.Sc. (Kinesiology), ACE, Pilates, Yoga certified
Helen is the IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year (2005), canfitpro Presenter of the Year (1996, 2006, 2013), IDEA Program Director of the Year (1996), Women of Vision (2001), and a recipient of the Mall Peepre National Fitness Leadership award (2001). She’s a business owner, instructor trainer, writer, DVD producer and elite athlete as a past World Champion synchronized swimmer and member of both the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and International Aquatic Hall of Fame.
Gerry exists to inspire, ignite, and engage top leaders with Why Power – a master inspirer with a passion for helping people ignite and extract their deeper why. He’s recognized internationally as one of Canada’s top branding experts and creative coaches and was recently published in Jack Canfield’s newest book: “Living the Success Principles.”
MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, FMS
Diane is the owner and director of Vives Training Systems and Fit4Austin in Austin, Texas, and the education director for Functional Movement Systems. She’s recognized as a leading strength and conditioning specialist who provides a game-changing approach to training athletes. Focusing on functional movement training applications, Diane shares this progressive approach with fitness professionals, strength coaches, rehab specialists, and organizations through speaking, presentations, and workshops.
MA, MSc, canfitpro FIS; BCRPA Trainer of Leaders; SCHWINN, Reebok and Keiser indoor cycling certified
Amanda is a canfitpro and GoodLife instructor, and owns ActiveVoice.ca, a writing, editing, and consulting service for the fitness industry. She’s a Lolë activewear ambassador and social media consultant for fitness brands and public figures, including BOSU® and Amy Dixon Fitness. In addition to being the co-author of “Baby Boot Camp: The New Mom’s 9-Minute Fitness Solution,” Amanda writes for popular women’s magazines, including Oxygen, Best Health, Women’s Health, and SELF.
Kim Vopni is the author of Prepare To Push and uses her certifications in Personal Training, Pre/Postnatal Fitness and Pfilates (pelvic floor pilates), along with her training as a Postpartum Doula to help women get through birth in one piece. She is known as The Fitness Doula and loves sharing her preventative and restorative exercise strategies with other fitness professionals who work with pregnant women and new moms.
Lore has been a fitness instructor with GoodLife Fitness for over eight years. She is LMI certified and recently added cycling to her teaching favourites. Lore has also worked in a major telecommunications company for over 16 years. In her current role as Associate Director, Communication, Lore’s responsibilities include creating, maintaining and executing communications plans in order to drive communications effectiveness. She is also a change management champion and is heavily involved in the content management for the Corporate Intranet. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario.
Linda is a three-time finalist for the IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year Award and a frequent industry presenter. She is a Keiser National Trainer and is known for her innovative, fusion-style presentations and her energetic, approachable teaching style. Linda is a full-time personal trainer and group fitness instructor at a sports medicine centre in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
BKin University of Calgary
Scott is the senior vice president, fitness and operations for International Fitness Holdings and a board member of the Fitness Industry Council of Canada. With 19 years of experience in the industry, he currently oversees fitness services and human resources for World Health/Spa Lady clubs in Calgary and Edmonton. Scott has worked as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, manager, and partner, and is an advocate of the “Prescription to Get Active” movement.
BSc, RKin, CSEP-CEP
Sarah is a kinesiologist, exercise physiologist, group fitness instructor, nationally ranked race walker, and former international fitness competitor, with over 16 years experience in the industry. She’s the co-owner of Continuum Fitness and Movement Performance in Ottawa, a personal coaching studio offering one-on-one training, group classes, and workshops. Sarah is the creator of the Prenatal and Postnatal Strength Workout DVDs and is featured regularly on CTV Morning Live as a fitness expert.