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Member FAQs – COVID-19

By | Healthy Living

Updated on May 13, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In Canada, the public health risk associated with COVID-19 is low; however, it is imperative that as health and fitness leaders, we work towards protecting Canadian Fitness Professionals. It’s important as fitness professionals that we lead by example through maintaining our exercise regimes and healthy nutrition practices. We know this helps to support the immune system. Together, let’s encourage people to continue to work out and to pursue personal and professional fitness endeavors, while ensuring they are provided with correct information on how to protect themselves.

Because canfitpro’s number one priority is the safety and security of every canfitpro Member, Delegate, Participant, Associate, and Volunteer, we are working with all our partners to closely monitor the unfolding situation with COVID-19 and are following all available public health guidance to assure healthy and safety. To address questions that you may have or be asked about, we have prepared this “Frequently Asked Questions” with responses to provide all our Members with the most accurate information possible. When, and as circumstances change, additional guidance and direction will be offered via postings on our websites, social media outlets and other public releases.

Due to the developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s with a heavy heart that canfitpro has made the necessary and difficult decision to postpone canfitpro 2020 until August 13-15, 2021.  We naturally did not plan for this when we created, printed and distributed 20,000 brochures to all our members and took the usual steps to launch our live event earlier this year.  

At canfitpro, the health, safety, and well-being for our Associates, Members, Presenters, Sponsors, and Exhibitors is our highest priority. Mindful of our duty of care, we want to act on what is in the best interest of our community.

Although these times hold uncertainty, one thing does remain true - there’s a power in people connecting! This is why we’re excited to bring the magic of in-person conferences online for canfitpro 2020 Virtual Series. From your own home, canfitpro 2020 Virtual Series attendees can participate from wherever you are in the world, livestreaming education from fitness experts, leaders, pioneers and innovators from around the globe. You’ll network and chat with one another; and engage with some of the world’s most influential fitness professionals. You’ll even connect in a virtual expo hall!

Stay connected on our social channels and watch your inbox for details on canfitpro 2020 Virtual Series. Registration information will be available in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your support during this unprecedented time. We’re eager to stay connected with you in the virtual world. It is your passion for health and fitness that helps make canfitpro events a success every year and it is that same passion that will drive us into the future. 

We’ll see you at canfitpro 2020 Virtual Series – the event you won’t want to miss!

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all personally, and professionally, in a variety of ways.  The fitness industry presents a myriad of ways to work and there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to your current situation. canfitpro has compiled various programs currently available to help Canadian individual and businesses, during this unprecedented time to help guide you towards a solution that may be best for you.

Currently, we are expecting it to continue as planned and are moving ahead with great anticipation! Having said that, we are closely monitoring the situation and will act in accordance with Ontario Health Officials guidelines.

When you join us for canfitpro 2020, you'll be signing up for the incredible learning, networking and time of celebration.

Find out more about canfitpro 2020.

Please check this video for the information you need.

For new certification courses, you can re-book your course with us later in the year, free of charge. canfitpro will be immediately granting 60 day extensions to certification renewals that are due in March and April. With regards to exams, please note that theory and practical exams can be re-booked later in the year free of charge. 

Immediate extensions have been granted to complete certification courses and CPR courses can be re-booked, free of charge.  Your certification will not be affected if your CPR is delayed.

For course or exam re-bookings, kindly contact us June 1st, 2020 or afterwards.

All courses, exams and CPR courses that were scheduled to take place prior to June 22nd, 2020 are being re-scheduled.  We will provide further updates on re-scheduled courses as they come available.  Please see below on what happens if your course or exam has been re-scheduled. 

Right now, you can take advantage of some of the free education and resources that canfitpro offers:

  • Review the canfitpro magazine – back issues are in your canfitpro member portal
  • Use Trainers+ to get ideas and create workouts for yourself and/or clients in our canfitpro member portal – canfitpro members receive a 40% discount
  • Watch webinars, interviews, and workouts on the canfitpro YouTube channel, where topics range from How to Run a Successful Personal Training Business to The Science of Yin Yoga

Start thinking of new ways to support clients virtually – here are credible and reliable fitness sources to share with your people!

Stress Resiliency

The global pandemic is causing unprecedented levels of stress across all groups of people.   

The canfitpro Stress Resiliency Course teaches how to ease stress and anxiety for yourself, and give you tools to help the people around you. Packed full of…

  • hours of guided meditations and activity recordings
  • journaling prompts
  • practical relaxation tools

All within a self-guided online learning platform. 4.0 CECs earned for PTS, FIS, and HWL upon completion.

Engage in professional development that will help you, your clients, and participants, emerge from COVID-19 with resiliency.

To support canfitpro members in accessing this course we are offering it for 50% off (regularly up to $129 +tax). Register through your canfitpro member portal using code: “wellness” to receive your discount.

canfitpro Partners and PRO TRAINERS

Looking for best-in-class online workouts? Check out the canfitpro curated list of at-home exercise to help you, and your network, stay healthy:

Reach out to your clients and share value on social media. canfitpro endorses the following expert resources as the most reliable and credible fitness education.  Some of our partners are also offering education, at a discount, during this time.  We know that more are working to provide information soon to help you stay current.  

canfitpro is here for you. Keep watching canfitpro’s social media channels, and your inbox, for additional updates, information, and resources as we navigate the uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

This has been a very challenging time for everyone, especially those of us in the fitness industry who passionately serve Canadians.  Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been closely tracking its progression and following the advice of Canada’s health authorities.

As the virus continues to spread in communities across Canada, especially over the past 48 hours, we are seeing the need for further and more aggressive action to try and reduce the transmission of this virus.  

GoodLife Fitness and Fit4Less Clubs across Canada have made the difficult but important and necessary decision to close all their clubs across Canada, effective today, March 16, 2020.

As the leading global provider of fitness and wellness education, canfitpro empowers people to lead passionate and fulfilling lives through safe, fun and effective physical activity.  There is no moment in our history where that purpose is more important than today.  We encourage all clubs, studios and facilities within the country to follow the lead set by GoodLife and Fit4Less. It is an unfortunate but necessary thing to do.  canfitpro will continue to closely monitor the situation as it relates to our regional events and will provide updates relating to those events as they become available.  

For 27 years canfitpro has been a leading authority in the fitness industry and we would anticipate and hope the industry follow responsibly, the lead of GoodLife in closing fitness clubs, studios and facilities. 

We fully appreciate the financial difficulty that this poses to the industry however these same difficulties are imposed on the employees and all efforts should be made wherever possible to minimize the detrimental financial effects felt by those that are least able to deal with them.  We know that GoodLife has made the decision to continue to pay Associates for a period of time and while we cannot say what’s viable for your individual club(s), we hope that you take the well-being of your staff into consideration. 

We appreciate that this places a burden on all of our businesses as we deal with the situation with which we are presented. There’s no better time to work together as a community to create a positive and safe environment for you, your family, and your members’ and clients’ families.

Due to recent developments surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and based on the latest guidance and official announcements made by the Canadian government, it is with a heavy heart that canfitpro has made the necessary and difficult decision to cancel canfitpro East 2020, originally scheduled to take place on May 23 – May 24, 2020. 

At canfitpro, the health, safety, and well-being of Associates, Members, Delegates, Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Partners is our highest priority. Mindful of our duty of care, we want to act on what is in the best interest of our community. Although this is a disappointment, we look forward to hosting and celebrating future canfitpro East conferences and events with you, and we hope to see you at canfitpro Toronto 2020 this August! 

For those delegates who require continuing education credits (CECs) to maintain your certifications, canfitpro offers a variety of online courses that can be accessed through your member portal.   You will be offered a special extension if your certification expires as a result of not attending canfitpro East. Please stay tuned for additional options to obtain continuing education credits. 

We thank you for understanding the extreme difficulty of our position. It is your passion for health and fitness that helps make canfitpro events a success every year. And it is that same passion that will drive us into the future. 

Next Steps:  
Please remember to cancel any personal arrangements you’ve made, such as travel, restaurant, and housing reservations. You do not need to contact anyone at canfitpro to cancel your registrations and full refunds will be provided. Please note that canfitpro East 2020 will not be rescheduled. However, we hope to see you at canfitpro East 2021! 

Due to recent developments surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and based on the latest guidance and official announcements made by the Canadian government, it is with a heavy heart that canfitpro has made the necessary and difficult decision to cancel canfitpro Winnipeg 2020, originally scheduled to take place on April 4, 2020.

At canfitpro, the health, safety, and well-being of Associates, Members, Delegates, Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Partners is our highest priority. Mindful of our duty of care, we want to act on what is in the best interest of our community. Although this is a disappointment, we look forward to hosting and celebrating future canfitpro Winnipeg conferences and events with you, and we hope to see you at canfitpro Toronto 2020  this August!

 
For those delegates who require continuing education credits (CECs) to maintain your certifications, canfitpro offers a variety of online courses that can be accessed through your  member portal.   You will be offered a special extension if your certification expires as a result of not attending canfitpro Winnipeg. Please stay tuned for additional options to obtain continuing education credits.
 
We thank you for understanding the extreme difficulty of our position. It is your passion for health and fitness that helps make canfitpro events a success every year. And it is that same passion that will drive us into the future.
 
Next Steps: 
Please remember to cancel any personal arrangements you’ve made, such as travel, restaurant, and housing reservations. You do not need to contact anyone at canfitpro to cancel your registrations and full refunds will be provided. Please note that canfitpro Winnipeg 2020 will not be rescheduled. However, we hope to see you at canfitpro Winnipeg 2021!

Due to recent developments in the province of Quebec and based on the latest guidance and official announcements of Quebec’s Premier Francois Legault, it is with heavy heart that canfitpro has made the necessary and difficult decision to cancel canfitpro Montreal 2020, originally scheduled to take place March 27-29, 2020 in Montréal, QC, Canada.

At canfitpro, the health, safety and well-being of Associates, Members, Delegates, Exhibitors, Sponsors and Partners is our highest priority. Mindful of our duty of care, we want to act on what is in the best interest of our community. Although this is a disappointment, we look forward to hosting and celebrating future canfitpro Montreal conferences and events with you.

For those delegates who require continuing education credits (CECs) to main your certifications, canfitpro will follow up with options for online courses and will grant a special extension for members who certification might expire as a result of not attending canfitpro Montreal.

We thank you for understanding the extreme difficulty of our position. It is your passion for health and fitness that helps make canfitpro Montreal a success every year. And it is that same passion that will drive us into the future.

Next Steps

Please remember to cancel any personal arrangements you’ve made, such as travel, restaurant, and housing reservations. You do not need to contact anyone at canfitpro to cancel your registrations and full refunds will be provided. Please note that canfitpro Montreal 2020 will not be rescheduled. However, we hope to see you at canfitpro Montreal 2021!

Ensuring the safety of our associates and members is our top priority. We want to maintain our service as best as possible during this time. The canfitpro Home Office located at 110-225 Select Ave., Toronto, ON, M1X 0B5 is closed to the public due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) until further notice. Our phones will be closed temporarily. Our new member portal has been set up to help you manage your canfitpro account, including sending inquiries. You can still contact us by submitting a New Request through the “My Requests” section in the member portal or send an inquiry to info@canfitpro.com. We appreciate your continued patience while we diligently work to support all our members, PRO TRAINERs and customers. Please visit the canfitpro contact page for more information.

canfitpro is following the recommendation of every major public health agency, including the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), to encourage all canfitpro Members, Delegates, Participants, Associates, PRO-TRAINERS, and Volunteers to regularly wash their hands using water and soap which is available at all of our events, workshops, classes, and in-person courses. This is the most effective way to reduce the spread of all communicable illnesses including COVID-19.

We are reminding canfitpro Members, Delegates, Participants, Associates, PRO-TRAINERS, and Volunteers to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections by doing the following:

  • wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as per the PHAC’s recommended method of proper hand hygiene
  • avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • coughing or sneezing into their sleeve or tissues and not hands
  • staying home if sick to avoid spreading illness to others
  • maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing

Public Health Agencies have procedures in place to trace potential contact should an individual be diagnosed with COVID-19. If canfitpro is informed by these Agencies that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19, canfitpro will immediately and closely follow the direction given by the Agencies. This could include temporarily rescheduling courses or workshops.

canfitpro is following the recommendation of every major public health agency, including the Public Health Agency of Canada, to encourage canfitpro Members, Delegates, Participants, Associates, PRO-TRAINERS and Volunteers to regularly wash their hands using water and soap which is available at all of our venues. This is the most effective way to reduce the spread of all communicable illnesses including COVID-19. We are increasing education and awareness through signage, digital and verbal communications to further promote the PHAC’s hand hygiene guidelines.

During Events and In-Person Courses, we are advising limited physical contact:

  • When checking-in, your belongings will not be handled (e.g. key tags, lanyards, etc.)
  • Verbal direction and encouragement will be provided instead of physical contact during courses and workshops
  • At least 1 metre (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing, or sneezing will be maintained
  • Shaking hands will be avoided

canfitpro is closely monitoring information and recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada. We are sending out ongoing communication to keep our sanitization procedures as thorough as possible and to provide best practices in hand washing and respiratory hygiene. Should new information be shared by public health experts, we will re-evaluate and update our procedures, if needed.

canfitpro is following the travel guidelines of the Public Health Agency of Canada which can be located here. If any questions about your health while travelling or upon returning from a trip please immediately contact your health care professional (e.g. your doctor or local Public Health Authority) to seek advice. If you become sick while travelling, call ahead to a health professional to explain your symptoms. If you become sick upon your return, call your local Public Health Authority. They will provide advice on what you should do.

As usual, those with flu-like symptoms, who have not travelled internationally to an affected region, should stay at home. 

Those who have travelled to an affected region, or have had close contact with a person ill with COVID-19, should limit their contact with others for a total of 14 days from the date that they left the affected region or were in contact with a person ill with COVID-19. This means self-isolate and staying at home. In addition, they should contact their local public health authority within 24 hours of arriving in Canada. Travellers returning from other affected areas should monitor for symptoms. Those who develop symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) or any other symptoms within 14 days after returning to Canada, are advised to contact your health-care provider, or local health authority. Inform them about your symptoms and travel history. If you are not already isolated, self-quarantine yourself in your home.

Travellers returning from other affected areas should monitor for symptoms. Those who develop symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) or any other symptoms within 14 days after returning to Canada, are advised to contact Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000), your health-care provider, or local health authority. Inform them about your symptoms and travel history. If you are not already isolated, self-quarantine yourself in your home.

There are no plans to screen individual delegates. Every delegate is encouraged to be diligent and proactive as to their own physical wellness as well as follow healthy habits to prevent passing the cold/flu to others.

canfitpro is monitoring the situation daily and will make its decisions based upon the best available information and direction provided by government, public health and other decisional authorities.

The safety and security of every canfitpro attendee, delegate, exhibitor, and associate and volunteer is priority number one for canfitpro, and all partners. We work to assure that priority is fulfilled and canfitpro will always make decisions that ensure the safety, security and success of everyone involved.

Yes, canfitpro will issue a full refund in the amount paid should any event be cancelled by canfitpro. As long as canfitpro is moving forward with the Conference, those who choose to not attend will not receive a refund. A doctor’s note will be required if you want to get a refund if you are sick and unable to attend a canfitpro Event and/or Conference.

Winning strategies that 4,000+ studio owners are using to protect cash, serve clients, and grow during COVID-19

By | Business

By Sean Greeley

We all know it’s a challenging time in the fitness industry. 

Studio and gym owners are getting a lot thrown at them at once. Clients ghosting or putting themselves on hold, the economy’s partially shut down, cash flow’s getting tight (and tighter), and everyone has to keep going despite the uncertainty. 

And your clients and members don’t know what to do either. They’re losing strength, gaining weight, and backsliding with the progress they’ve made. And they’re feeling lost, confused, overwhelmed, and losing hope.

In the past 6 weeks we’ve worked with more than 4,000+ gym and studio owners across the globe to solve these problems and more. Here’s the 3-step plan you can follow to start turning things around.

1. Get your head right to capitalize on the tremendous growth opportunities in front of you!

Right now, most studio and gym owners are overwhelmed with the messages coming at them. 

The endless news cycle is distracting; government leaders are daily coming out with policies you have no control over. The fitness industry got shut down. And studio owners see a whole lot of trainers giving away free workouts available on YouTube and Instagram.

And then there’s just the uncertainty coming from the crisis itself. 

Step 1: Protect your mindset and don’t get overwhelmed. Take a step back, get clear, and get focused. Think it through. 

Yes, this is a wake up call for personal trainers and studio owners. Previously your business model relied 100% on face-to-face interaction to generate income, and that’s a huge risk. 

Now you have a tremendous opportunity to strengthen your model, based on the way you step up and serve the people who need your help. Clients still need results. With the gyms shut, and all the challenges that come from being isolated at home, the value a coach brings to them is incredible. They need a coach who can support and challenge them to keep moving forward with action steps that will get them closer to their goals.  

And from a business standpoint, virtual coaching is low risk, scalable, and flexible. Virtual group classes don’t get full, and group, personal training and semi-private clients can stay with you no matter where they go … if they’re on holiday or move away, they’re still your clients. And you can add Zoom accounts and coaches faster and cheaper than you find, build out, and add new facility space. 

For example, Kate Laird, owner of Love Your Body Fitness in Ottawa, immediately adapted her in-person programs for Moms to online–and is now thriving. She took the approach of “we have to keep doing this and this is how we do it now.” She didn’t give her clients the option of going “on hold” or waiting things out. She had her services up and running the same day her gym was down. Now she’s up to 45 new members, has a corporate contract, and revenue is up 31%. NOTE: For a full interview and to hear Kate’s case study, visit www.NPEfitness.com/podcast 

Key: Get a strategic mindset about coaching your clients, and don’t get overwhelmed about things you cannot control.  

2. Learn the systems and tools needed to run and manage a virtual location 

You can’t take the OFFLINE customer journey, put it on Zoom, and expect for things to work. 

Too many coaches (incorrectly) try that – it doesn’t work – and think they can’t deliver value online. They develop ‘head trash” around competing with free workouts on Instagram and YouTube.

But they forget what COACHING vs. WATCHING videos is all about.

You watch a video, try it, and … what? 

You still need a trainer to personally teach technique to avoid injuries and write programming personalized to your goals.

But even that’s not good enough. 

People need coaches. Coaches lead clients to outcomes. And coaches consider all the methods and tools available to lead clients to their goals including assessment, programming, teaching technique, accountability and support, nutrition and recovery, and community.

So your virtual business model needs to be online coaching. That means understanding your client needs (their health and fitness goals, such as getting out of pain, losing weight, improving energy levels) and removing barriers to their receiving value online. 

It’s your job to design the right way to support and best lead clients to their goals (outcomes)–depending on your model (group, semi-private, private training) and client avatar (clients that need lots of hand holding vs. clients that just want programming, etc).

Don’t wait for things to be perfect. Roll out the first version of your online program fast then work to keep improving it every day.  

You can find the opportunities to improve by simply ending every workout with 3 questions: 

  1. How was the intensity of the workout for you today? 
  2. How can we continue to improve the remote coaching experience for you? 
  3. Would you please take 2 min and send me a brief message saying what you most enjoyed about the remote session and why you’d recommend others engage this as well?

Then use the feedback to improve value to clients. Don’t stop until you are consistently delivering WOW! Only then are you ready to sell. 

3. Learn how to find and sign new clients (even during COVID-19)

We are in a new world. The strategies, offers, messaging you used to successfully market your business will NOT work in this climate.

If you want to grow, you’ve got to level up in your sales and marketing strategy and skill sets.

Most people are only PROBLEM or SOLUTION aware. That is, they don’t understand the PRODUCT or service you are selling, only the problem they have or the solution you are offering. 

Meaning they know they are gaining weight and getting weak, they know they need to move more and eat better, but they don’t understand what online training is, how it works, or how it will help them solve their problems and achieve their goals.

Therefore, right now, your best strategy and offers are to offer them a FREE trial/session. Let them experience how it works and see the benefits. Then transition to selling your regular program OR a downsell a short term program such as a 4-8 week challenge. 

Normally, we never counsel short-term programs. But some people are not thinking more than a month or two out given the current climate. Use this time to perfect the value you create for clients. 

Then keep it simple. Go for easy wins for marketing. Run engagement campaigns to most recently engaged clients. Use reactivation campaigns for inactive clients. 

Create a Referral/Bring-a-Friend campaigns with current clients who are LOVING your new programs. 

And get ready for organic growth–you’re going to get more new business by word of mouth, just by the fact there is demand and everyone else is closed.

Let’s Review

There has NEVER been a better time to grow a fitness coaching business online. Get excited (and get to work!) to capitalize on the tremendous opportunities in front of you right now.

Deliver great VALUE to clients (online or offline). It’s all about understanding client needs and removing barriers to receiving value. Learn the systems and tools needed to run and manage a virtual location and you can deliver that value. 

And most importantly, when you want to grow, commit to strategy not promotion. Learn how to better inspire and lead commitment to goals. Be clear about WHO you’re looking for and communicate HOW you can help them solve their problems and achieve their goals.

And then go at it hard–and keep at it! 

About Sean Greeley

Sean Greeley, Founder and CEO of NPE, has an unrelenting passion for empowering fitness business owners to grow their business and create the life they want. Since 2006, NPE has helped over 45,000+ fitness professionals and business owners in 96+ countries grow to the next level. 

Need a better business plan to reach your goals this year? Get clarity with a path forward to achieve your goals in 50 minutes (or less) when you schedule a free ‘Get Clear’ Strategy Session with NPE at www.NPECoachesCorner.com/canfitpro 

Certification Development Administrator

By | canfitpro careers

Position Title: Certification Development Administrator
Status: Full Time, Permanent
Reports to: Certification Manager
Location: 225 Select Ave., Toronto
Apply to: people@canfitpro.com

What is a Certification Development Administrator

The Certification Development Administrator is responsible for completing all aspects of certification program revisions and creation including, but not limited to, author communication and selection, coherence of information, respect of timelines, and preparation of educational materials and budgeting and evaluation procedures. This role collaborates with multiple teams at canfitpro to ensure the best education is provided to the fitness industry.

What will you be doing?

  • Complete all aspects of certification program revisions and/or creation including author communication and selection, coherence of information, respect of timelines, preparation of materials etc.
  • Develop implementation plan for each program including processes, policies, web and print schedules, as well as communication pieces to our partners (i.e. PRO TRAINERS, members, colleges and universities).
  • Develop product knowledge training sessions for staff on new programs and their implementation
  • Undertake curriculum and course design and deliver material to accommodate study at various levels, using appropriate teaching, facilitation, learning support and assessment methods, reviewing and improving when necessary.
  • Develop and apply appropriate examination techniques and materials to create understanding and enthusiasm amongst students.
  • Track and monitor program success to implement
  • Assist with special tasks and projects when needed

Do you have what it takes?

  • Embodies canfitpro’s Values: Customer Mindset, Commitment, Curiosity, Cultivate a Passion for Fitness
  • Minimum two years of experience in the fitness industry
  • Valid certification as personal trainer or fitness instructor
  • Familiar with online learning and Moodle or other Learning Management Systems (LMS)
  • Knowledge of the fitness industry
  • Excellent planning and evaluation skills
  • Ability to set objectives and goals and break down work into the process steps
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to quickly and easily adapt to unexpected situations
  • Sound computer skills including Word, Excel, Outlook and Access
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and multitask in a fast pace environment

Working Conditions

  • This position is based out of canfitpro Home Office at 225 Select Ave. Toronto
  • A normal weekday office schedule, occasional evenings and weekends as required
  • Occasional off-site work and travel required

Why work for canfitpro?

  • FREE Fitness membership and discounted membership for friends and family
  • Group benefits plan designed to meet employees’ basic and life-changing benefit needs
  • Fun and energetic atmosphere to come to every day!

canfitpro is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, we will make accommodations available during recruitment to applicants with disabilities.

Download PDF job descriptions here.

Apply now!

Bilingual – PRO TRAINER Account Manager

By | canfitpro careers

Position Title: Bilingual – PRO TRAINER Account Manager
Status: Full Time, Permanent
Reports to: Certification Manager
Location: 225 Select Ave., Toronto

What is a Bilingual – PRO TRAINER Account Manager?

As a canfitpro PRO TRAINER Account Manager you will be responsible for the success and growth of the certification programs by recruiting, training, and coaching of PRO TRAINERS. You will be responsible for
selling PRO TRAINER agencies, ensuring the quality and quantity of courses and exams offered, and maintaining the quality of canfitpro’s brand as it is experienced through certification members.

What will you be doing?

  • In French and English, develop and support our PRO TRAINER network in primarily Quebec and across Canada
  • Prospect to identify possible leads to grow PRO TRAINER Agencies with monthly and annual sales goals
  • Promote canfitpro brand by recruitment, approval, sales, and placement of PRO TRAINERs to facilitate courses
  • Train, coach, and support PRO TRAINERS to ensure the quality and quantity of courses and exams are met
  • Facilitate PRO TRAINER Training Camps, ensure new PRO TRAINERs are prepared and confident leading canfitpro education
  • Responsible for professional communication with PRO TRAINERS as a representative of canfitpro’s brand across Canada
  • Build relationships and rapport with fitness professionals, fitness clubs and their staff, colleges and universities, etc.
  • Work closely with all other departments to provide a positive certification experience during all points of contact

Do you have what it takes?

  • Bilingual French/English verbal and written communication is required
  • Minimum of Post secondary education
  • 3+ years facilitating and coaching experience in a result driven role
  • 2 years or more in a sales, customer service, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Experience and interest in the fitness industry is an asset
  • Exemplary leadership, written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, time management, planning and organizational skills
  • Independence, self-motivation, high level of initiative
  • Sound judgment, problem solving, and decision-making skills
  • Ability to multitask, build relationships, and adapt to changing situations

Working Conditions

  • This position is based out of canfitpro Home Office at 225 Select Ave. Toronto
  • A normal weekday office schedule, occasional evenings and weekends as required
  • Occasional off-site work and travel required

Why work for canfitpro?

  • FREE Fitness membership and discounted membership for friends and family
  • Group benefits plan designed to meet employees’ basic and life-changing benefit needs
  • Fun and energetic atmosphere to come to every day!

canfitpro is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, we will make accommodations available during recruitment to applicants with disabilities.

Download PDF job descriptions here.

 

Apply now!

Manager, Events & Event Experience

By | canfitpro careers

Position Title: Manager, Events & Event Experience
Status: Full Time, Permanent
Reports to: Vice President of Operations
Location: 225 Select Ave., Toronto
Apply to: people@canfitpro.com

What is a Manager of Events & Event Experience?

As canfitpro’s Manager of Events & Event Experience, your primary role is to develop and lead the events team in the successful execution of canfitpro’s regional conferences and events, as well as our annual flagship convention in Toronto. This role will focus on developing and leading the events team, collaborating with other canfitpro departments to execute the annual events plan, manage event logistics and budgets, lead and guide successful event operations.

What will you be doing?

  • Develop, train and manage a team of event planners on the successful execution of canfitpro events. Primary focus of the team is on curriculum build, logistics, registration, exhibit and sponsorship management and volunteers
  • Develop, maintain & update operational budgets throughout the year, and meet annual budgetary goals for each canfitpro event
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of event logistics timelines and critical paths. Use established timelines & critical paths to strategically delegate tasks to the Event Experience team and help balance workloads
  • Hire, train and develop event planners for the team. Be a mentor, providing education, guidance and support for event planners as they learn and grow within the event planning process
  • Manage key suppliers & venue relationships, including sourcing, contracting, and negotiating all suppliers. Develop strong supplier management within the team
  • Work with key partners on the building educational curriculums for each event. Canfitpro events have a core focus of education for the fitness industry. Work in collaboration with Subject Matter Experts to provide premium through leadership
  • Collaborate with the B2B Sales Experience team to define and fulfill all sponsor & exhibitor requirements and ensure their experience at canfitpro events is positive and productive.
  • Collaborate with Marketing & Communication Teams on marketing campaigns to drive attendance, branding & messaging requirements at all canfitpro events
  • Manage schedule of on-site support at events by assigning roles, communicating and lead onsite execution
  • Manage the event evaluation process and prepare post-event analysis that can be distributed to staff and other stakeholders in order to review and improve future events
  • Seek out, provide guidance and implement new strategies and techniques for improving the quality of canfitpro events, and the attendee experience

Do you have what it takes?

  • Embodies canfitpro’s Values: Customer Mindset, Commitment, Curiosity, Cultivate a Passion for
    Fitness
  • Minimum of post-secondary education or equivalent experience in Event Management
  • CMP designation is an asset
  • 5 + years of experience in Event Management and Logistics
  • 2 + years in Event Leadership or Managing an Event Team
  • 2 + years Managing Projects including budgets
  • Experience and interest in the fitness industry is an asset
  • Proven ability to train, develop and mentor a team of event planners
  • Customer focused and able to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Strong people skills and ability to deliver on objectives with a service minded approach
  • Must be able to work in fast pace, changing environment
  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Capable of producing a high volume of quality work, within tight timelines
  • High problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Must have effective communications skills both verbal and written
  • Ability to manage vendor and 3rd party relationships

Working Conditions

  • This position is based out of canfitpro Home Office at 225 Select Ave. Toronto
  • A normal weekday office schedule, occasional evenings and weekends as required
  • Occasional off-site work and travel required

Why work for canfitpro?

  • FREE Fitness membership and discounted membership for friends and family
  • Group benefits plan designed to meet employees’ basic and life-changing benefit needs
  • Fun and energetic atmosphere to come to every day!

canfitpro is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, we will make accommodations available during recruitment to applicants with disabilities.

Download PDF job descriptions here.

 

Apply now!

B2B Sales Account Manager – Business Membership

By | canfitpro careers

Position Title: B2B Sales Account Manager – Business Membership
Status: Full Time, Permanent
Reports to: Manager, B2B Sales & Strategic Partnerships
Location: 225 Select Ave., Toronto
Apply to: people@canfitpro.com

What is a B2B Sales Account Manager – Business Members?

The Business Membership B2B Sales Account Manager is focused solely on account acquisition and retention of Business Members. Managing the full sales process from lead generation to closing a sale is the responsibility of the B2B Sales Account Manager including relationship management and servicing. Account Managers are expected to monitor and track their progress and achievements against sales goals.

What will you be doing?

  • Acquire new businesses into the Business Membership Program by selling the appropriate tiered
    package and manage the ongoing relationship development and onboarding of each account
  • Contact fitness clubs, colleges, universities, municipality recreation centres, community centres,
    boutique studios, and other fitness facilities to schedule presentation meetings
  • Conduct Business Membership Program presentations to potential new Business Members
  • Prospect new clients and companies and acquire new leads for sales opportunities
  • Contact new and existing Business Members regularly for the opportunity to upsell advertising
  • Work with B2B Sales & Strategic Partnerships Manager to support annual budget and strategic
    planning goals
  • Achieve monthly goals for sales activity and closure
  • Service accounts to engage client interest, increase retention, and overall satisfaction
  • Provide insight of key accounts and partnerships weekly during progress meetings
  • Monitor and maintain progress and achievement of Key Performance Indicators monthly
  • Work with other teams to maintain the ongoing level of service delivery for the program
    including canfitpro Recognized Host Facilities and partners.
  • Work with accounts receivable to collect overdue payments
  • Provide updates on current opportunities for potential new Business Membership sales weekly

Do you have what it takes?

  • Embodies canfitpro’s Values: Customer Mindset, Commitment, Curiosity, Cultivate a Passion for
    Fitness
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of Sales experience
  • Preferred Sales experience in Business Development
  • Sound knowledge of the fitness industry
  • Confidence to approach new business opportunities without fear of rejection and the ability to
    be persistent
  • Strong relationship building skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Superior time-management with the ability to work independently without supervision
  • Exceptional presentation skills

Working Conditions

  • This position is based out of canfitpro Home Office at 225 Select Ave. Toronto
  • Mainly weekdays, occasional evenings and weekends
  • Occasional travel to include overnight stays

canfitpro is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, we will make accommodations available during recruitment to applicants with disabilities.

Download PDF job descriptions here.

 

Apply now!

Digital Marketing Coordinator

By | canfitpro careers

Position Title: Digital Marketing Coordinator
Reports to: Marketing & Communications Manager
Location: 225 Select Ave., Toronto
Apply to: people@canfitpro.com

What is a Digital Marketing Coordinator?

The Digital Marketing Coordinator will be responsible for managing all digital marketing content inclusive of email communications, influencing timelines, writing briefs and post-campaign reports, analyzing ROI & KPIs,
developing and proof-reading marketing collateral

What will you be doing?

  • Developing and managing the content calendar for the canfitpro e-communications
  • Managing the development and execution of emails and its creative
  • Writing short, concise, engaging email copy including subject lines and pre-headers
  • Strong collaboration to align creative and messaging with website, social media and other campaign
    ads
  • Build emails within Marketo and test all email executions prior to deployment
  • Conduct A/B testing, analyze email performance reports from Marketo and identify opportunities to
    optimize email results
  • Manage and build various email lists and campaigns
  • Develop customer journeys within Marketo and understand customer lifecycle
  • Create behavioral and demographic segmentation programs to support automated nurture and lead
    scoring initiatives
  • Ensure quality assurance in all communications

Do you have what it takes?

  • Embodies canfitpro’s Values: Customer Mindset, Commitment, Curiosity, Cultivate a Passion for
    Fitness
  • College or University Degree in Marketing and/or Communications
  • 1 - 2 years in a Marketing Coordinator role with a focus on digital marketing, campaign
    management and analytics
  • Familiar with Marketo, Google Analytics and WordPress
    • Experience in working with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Ability to establish and adapt plans quickly
  • Exceptional written communication skills with strong attention to detail to spelling and grammar
  • Previous experience with managing timelines and creating workback schedules
  • Experience reviewing, analyzing data and leveraging data to drive strategy
  • Strong team player with the ability to collaborate with a diverse set of stakeholders
  • Thrives in a fast-past organization and can adapt quickly and seamlessly to change

Working Conditions

  • This position is based out of canfitpro Home Office at 225 Select Ave. Toronto
  • Mainly weekdays, occasional evenings and weekends work will be required
  • Occasional travel required

What’s in it for you?

  • FREE Fitness membership and discounted membership for friends and family
  • Group benefits plan designed to meet employees’ basic and life-changing benefits needs
  • Fun and energetic atmosphere to come to every day!

canfitpro is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, we will make accommodations available during recruitment to applicants with disabilities.

Download PDF job descriptions here.

Apply now!

Power and Influence– Insights from the Inaugural Women Who Influence Vancouver Event

By | Business
On Friday, November 22, 2019 canfitpro Vancouver hosted its inaugural Women Who Influence event; almost seven years since this event first launched at canfitpro Toronto in 2012. I’ve heard of how the Annual Women Who Influence event in Toronto began and always wondered what that was like, what secrets attendees had learned and took away to apply to their own lives I wondered if these women could have imagined that what happened that one afternoon in August 2012 would spark a global movement of women influencing women in the fitness industry and beyond to step-up, speak up and usher in a new era of empowerment that is really only just getting started. Knowing this, I could not resist being at the very first ever Women Who Influence in Vancouver.
I’ve been part of the Toronto’s Women Who Influence for the last several years and wouldn’t miss it for anything. I was curious how the west coast version would compare. How does one go back to the beginning and rebuild something that has grown to such a success in one particular context? Although being brand new to this conference, women coming together to listen to each other, to share their stories and learn from one another is incredibly powerful and to no surprise this event was a great success.
I wasn’t the only returning face from Toronto. I was delighted to re-connect with Sharon Mann, who has also attended Women Who Influence Toronto. This year, Sharon was presented with a very special award in her honour as a woman of incredible influence in the fitness industry: The Women Who Influence INSPIRATION Award. This award will be presented each year in August at canfitpro Toronto. Stay tuned for details and criteria for this award nomination process!
Similar to Toronto, each speaker relayed their personal story and the experiences that influenced their lives and careers. You will notice in Women Who Influence events that, although the speakers come from different contexts and backgrounds, they often identify a common theme which threads its way holistically through the entire event. The underlying theme most apparent to me was the relationship between power and influence.
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Power is multidimensional. It has different meanings for different reasons and too often we fear to claim and step into our power. This is a fascinating yet complex subject which is why having each speaker bring their own interpretation and lens was very helpful. Here is what each had to say:

Mo Hagan as host provided a powerful opening and closing to the event. It’s the power of Mo’s vision that has made this event possible and continues to inspire its growth.

Mia Jerritt was the first speaker and is responsible for launching the event. She encouraged reclaiming the power that lives inside of you.

Amanda Vogel spoke about giving away one’s power because of not feeling worthy of holding a certain position. Her advice came down to the importance of surrounding the power you experience when you value yourself and finding the power to stand your ground, while not letting anyone push you off the stage you have built for yourself.

Lisa Mastracchio reminded us no matter who you are or where you come from you have the power to influence.

The title of Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas’s talk was “The Power of Conversation”, specifically how we talk to ourselves and her story encourages women to take back the power in our lives by talking to the “personal assistant” inside our heads.

Jennifer Hamilton spoke of the power of building a team to support you and the influence you can create through the right partnerships and working together.

Krista Popowych spoke about understanding your personal superpower and how to use it as being key to uncovering your ability to influence.

Ingrid Knight-Cohee talked about the importance of accessing your personal power as this is the first step to leadership and having an influence in the lives of others.

These are only snippets of what
was packed into over four powerful hours! It would be impossible to describe and encompass everything we learned in this short article. At Women Who Influence everyone can take away something that is personally meaningful – you just have to be there and experience it for yourself!

One similarity to the Toronto event, which I also continually heard repeated in Vancouver, was the wish of many women had brought their daughter to the event. As a millennial woman in the fitness industry, I can’t say enough how much the message behind Women Who Influence, of women empowering women, is needed now and for future generations so young women can grow up appreciating the energy and strength that comes through community and collaboration. This is something being realized more and more.

Women Who Influence
 will return to canfitpro Vancouver next year and I’m excited to follow its growth and development. Exciting times are ahead! If you can’t wait until Fall 2020 then mark your calendars for the seventh Annual Women Who Influence Event taking place Thursday August 13th, 2020 at canfitpro 2020 in Toronto!

I’ll conclude with some final thoughts on power and influence. Power, as an ability to influence change and serve a higher purpose in life and to one’s community, is a considerable force.

Recognizing the power within and learning how to embrace that power for our own fulfillment and to inspire and lead those with whom we work with and serve is an incredible achievement. So how can you embrace your personal power in 2020? What powerful vision and goals are you aspiring to?

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Emily Dobrich has been a canfitpro member and fitness professional specifically a group fitness instructor, for nearly a decade. Having completed degrees in nutrition and kinesiology she continues to expand her skills and expertise through writing, teaching and speaking. Emily is dedicated to empowering others to be the best version of themselves by sharing her knowledge, energy and passion for fitness.

Finance & Accounting Manager

By | canfitpro careers

Position Title: Finance & Accounting Manager
Reports to: Vice President, Operations
Location: 225 Select Ave., Toronto
Apply to: people@canfitpro.com

What is a Finance & Accounting Manager?

The Finance & Accounting Manager is responsible for ensuring the integrity of financial information through the monitoring and maintenance of processes, reporting and reconciliation responsibilities. This role oversees and leads the Finance and Accounting Team.

As a leader, the Manager leads by example and sets clear vision for the team, demonstrating fair decision making and providing necessary resources and direction to make team and individual performance goals attainable. Excellent leadership and people skills are essential.

What will you be doing?

  • Recruit, hire, direct train and develop a staff of 4 full-time associates
  • Oversee Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Finance and Accounting function
  • Work closely with other leaders to complete budgets and forecasts accurately and timely
  • Communicate budget decisions and revisions to leaders
  • Develop policies and procedures to implementing budget
  • Research and follow up of variance to budget
  • Make strategic recommendations to the business leaders
  • Analyze refine, implement and document departmental controls, policies and procedures to include best practices
  • Maintain the setup of General Ledger accounts and ensure financial reporting is appropriately updated
  • Ensure accuracy of revenue and expense items on monthly and annual financial statements
  • Maintain A/P and A/R account reconciliation
  • Timely and accurate administer all bonus and commission payments

Do you have what it takes?

  • Post-Secondary Degree or equivalent experience in Business Administration, Finance or Accounting
  • At or near completion of CPA/CMA designation or equivalent experience
  • 3 + years previous experience in an accounting position
  • 3 + years previous experience in a leadership position
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office with intermediate Excel skills
  • Strong leadership and decision-making skills
  • Solid analytical and problem solving
  • Exemplary time management, planning and organization skills
  • High level of motivation, a positive attitude and the ability to work in an ever-changing environment
  • Ability to manage and effectively prioritize projects
  • Knowledge of Great Plains, Quick Books and Moneris POS is an asset
  • Capacity to communicate effectively and establish and maintain professional working relationships with all levels of the organization as well as with external suppliers and customers

Why work for canfitpro?

  • FREE Fitness membership and discounted membership for friends and family
  • Group benefits plan designed to meet employees’ basic and life-changing benefits needs
  • Fun and energetic atmosphere to come to every day!

canfitpro is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, we will make accommodations available during recruitment to applicants with disabilities.

Download PDF job descriptions here.

Apply now!

B2B Sales Administrator

By | canfitpro careers

Position Title: B2B Sales Administrator
Status: 12 Month Temporary Position
Reports to: B2B Sales & Strategic Partnerships Manager
Location: 225 Select Ave., Toronto
Apply to: people@canfitpro.com

What is a B2B Sales Administrator?

The B2B Sales Administrator will be responsible for the consistent and timely administration and communication for all Business to Business sales with the goal of providing an elite level of service to all internal and external customers.

Candidates should be able to manage time sensitive deliverables in a fast-paced environment with little oversight. The role places emphasis on attention to detail, creativity, assertiveness and reliability.

What will you be doing?

  • Oversee the lead management process including lead distribution, scoring, account assignments, and updating contact information
  • Identifies new and upcoming prospecting opportunities including providing insights and exhibitor listings for relatable external events
  • Delivers regular reporting and tracking updates for sales progress and overall goal achievement
  • Liaises with other departments to ensure the execution and deployment of team related marketing & purchased solutions, specifically Marketing & Communications
  • Constructs and leads the execution of all team marketing calendars, initiatives, and campaigns including creative brief submissions and the editing processes.
  • Collects and shares marketing performance data and analytics for digital and web-based marketing campaigns with external customers and at team meetings
  • Provides post event reporting for internal events which include trade show, sponsorship, or advertising sales; also includes key insights and highlights
  • Supports ongoing communication with customers related to bookings and contract fulfillment
  • Initiates production of sales applications, contracts, and marketing materials
  • Coordinates content and editorial production for the B2B Fitness Newsletter distributed monthly through an email marketing solution to all business contacts
  • Manages other projects and tasks related to B2B Sales & Strategic Partnerships, as needed

Do you have what it takes?

  • Embodies canfitpro’s Values: Customer Mindset, Commitment, Curiosity, Cultivate a Passion for Fitness
  • Education or relevant experience in Business Administration, Project Management, and/or Marketing is an asset
  • 1-2 years of administration experience
  • High level of independence and motivation, a positive attitude and the ability to work in an ever-changing environment
  •  Intermediate Microsoft Suites including Excel and PowerPoint, Dynamics 365
  • Ability to manage and effectively prioritize projects
  • Experience and interest in the fitness industry an asset

Working Conditions

  • This position is based out of canfitpro Home Office at 225 Select Ave. Toronto
  • Mainly weekdays, occasional evenings and weekends
  • Occasionally work off-site work may be required

Why work for canfitpro?

  • FREE Fitness membership and discounted membership for friends and family
  • Group benefits plan designed to meet employees’ basic and life-changing benefits needs
  • Fun and energetic atmosphere to come to every day!

canfitpro is an equal opportunity employer. Upon request, we will make accommodations available during recruitment to applicants with disabilities.

Download PDF job descriptions here.

Apply now!