Christina Aaron is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher and Continuing Education Provider, as well as a Children’s Yoga Instructor. She is passionate about helping children & youth gain the confidence and ability to be the very best versions of their own unique selves. Her mission is to empower children to feel comfortable and strong in their own body, to use their breath to find calm and to connect with themselves, others and the world. Christina completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with world renowned yoga teacher Nicki Doane in 2014, and she continues to study with her annually. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree form UBC Okanagan.
Diana Archer Mills was just two days old when she first entered the family gym and was twelve when she began working there after school. Now she is a Program Director for BODYBALANCE™/BODYFLOW®,CXWORX™, LES MILLS BARRE™ and LES MILLS TONE™ and the Creative Director for BODYCOMBAT™, BODYJAM™, BODYPUMP™ and RPM™.
Shaping the music and moves that feature in some of the world’s most popular workouts, Diana works closely with fitness professionals, exercise scientists and Les Mills’ tribe of instructors. She also regularly jets to international fitness events, presenting the latest LES MILLS™ releases and inspiring and educating instructors and exercise professionals.
Diana is the mother to four young children – so she knows a lot about pregnancy, parenting and how to juggle a busy young family with a passion for health and fitness.
“My remarkable luck being born into this family means I get to fight for what I truly believe in the world. Helping people to fall in love with fitness is one of the most powerful things I can do to help the planet.”
Gandalf Archer Mills has spent most of his life delivering legendary dance workouts – collaborating with some of the world’s best dance talent along the way.
His passion for dance first kicked in when he was at middle school and by age 14 he was center stage teaching his own hip-hop classes in the main studio of New Zealand’s busiest gym.
These days Gandalf continues to pack out the same studio, leading his famous dance classes to a legion of fans. He regularly travels to lead mind-blowing dance classes at international fitness events. As the BODYJAM™ Program Director, he is constantly sourcing and shaping fresh music and choreography. Every three months he teams up with some of the planet’s most talented dancers to film the newest BODYJAM release.
Joe Arko is a father of two, an avid fisher and hunter, and a 22-year veteran in the industry. He is the 2017 International Trainer of the Year and was nominated for the 2017 Trainer Hall of Fame. He is the host of the TV Shows Body Fuel and Training with Pros, has been published in major magazines and is an International speaker. Together with his partner Sara Fennell, they run Headliner Business Consulting and host their annual Canadian Fitness Business Summit.
Rachael Babiracki is the Head Trainer for Les Mills USA. She is an NASM CPT, ACE GFI, holds numerous fitness certifications and has a degree in Exercise Science from BYU. She has worked in the fitness industry for the majority of her life, and has held positions ranging from personal trainer to group exercise instructor to club management. She loves the power fitness has to improve lives on a personal level and advocates for a more empowering, inclusive, and expansive fitness industry.
Emma Barry is a global fitness authority who advises to the fastest-growing segments in the sector: boutique studios, budget clubs, digital workouts and fit-tech start-ups. A founding member of group fitness programming juggernaut Les Mills International, former Director of Programming for Equinox and currently advising Basic-Fit – the fastest growing value-based chain in Europe.
Kim shares the lessons she learned in her 30-year long fight with disordered eating all occurring simultaneously with her 25+ years working in the fitness industry. Certified in Eating Psychology and Mind Body Nutrition, and canfitpro certifications, Kim creates a safe space to guide women through her programs, coaching and speaking events. She instills in each woman the approach needed in finding food freedom, embracing joyful movement and the path to self-acceptance; resulting in a happier and healthier quality of life.
Cinzia Bemmann resides in Mississauga, Ontario where she instructs RPM™, BODYPUMP™, CXWORX™, and BODYVIVE™. She is currently a National Trainer and Presenter for RPM™. She was named the 2014 Instructor of Excellence for her Region.
Leslee Bender has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years presenting and speaking internationally. Leslee is the creator of the Bender Ball Method of core training 2007 fitness commercial of the year and Barre Above Pilates Focus. Leslee has just launched I Am Ageless Now, a program/certification co authored book as the new way of living without pain and more energy. for all stages of life. Leslee has filmed over 50 videos
MSc, CSCS, canfitpro PTS: Educated at UVic and MUN, Chad is the Director of Education for Innovative Fitness & Innovative Training Academy. Before becoming an educator, Chad trained pro & Olympic athletes. Chad is a canfitpro PTS author & graduate from the IHRSA Institute. Chad is certified in Trigger Point, Bulgarian Bag, Kettlebell, Olympic Lifting, Muay Thai and FRC. Chad has developed numerous educational & assessment platforms.
Dr. Rumeet Billan is an award-winning, internationally recognized entrepreneur, learning architect, and humanitarian. Her mission is to raise potential by designing experiences that build resilience. Dr. Billan is the President and CEO of Viewpoint Leadership and an expert on Psychological Capital. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto and has led the groundbreaking national research study on Tall Poppy Syndrome which reveals the impact of the silent systemic syndrome on women in the workplace and is the National Ambassador for Not Myself Today®, an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association that aims to transform workplace cultures.
Lawrence Biscontini, M.A., has made fitness history as a Mindful Movement Specialist winning awards from ACE, IDEA & Inner IDEA, Can Fit Pro, and ECA. Lawrence is an SCW Faculty Member, and industry Author, Presenter, Keynoter, and Course Development Specialist for various companies, serving on the Advisory Board for the ICAA and Power MusicÂ®, and People of iSPA. Lawrence (RYT 500) teaches with multiple certification experience. Find Lawrence at www.findlawrence.com.
Carlton Braithwaite has spent over 25 years in the fitness industry with much of that time in leadership positions with GoodLife Fitness. His passion and enthusiasm for motivating others is palpable and his energetic coaching style combines emotion and information in an engaging manner. Carlton is currently the National Sales Manager for GoodLife Fitness and part of the COVID-19 Reopening Team intent on creating a safe and enjoyable experience for Members, Associates, and Guests.
Dr. Marc Bubbs is a Naturopathic Doctor, Performance Nutrition Lead for the Canadian Men's National Basketball Team, Speaker, Author and former Strength Coach. He is the author of the new book Peak: The new science of athletic performance that is revolutionizing sports - An integrated and personalized approach to health, nutrition, training, recovery and mindset. He is also the host of the Dr. Bubbs Performance Podcast, connecting listeners with world-leading experts in human performance and health. Dr. Bubbs regularly presents at health, fitness and medical conferences across North America, UK and Europe. consults with NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB teams, and practices in both Toronto, Canada and London, England.
FMS Co-Founder Dr. Lee Burton received his Bachelor Degree in Athletic Training from Appalachian State University and his Master Degree in Education with an emphasis in athletic training from Old Dominion University. Lee received his Doctorate Degree from Virginia Tech with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Wellness. He attained his Certification of Athletic Training through the NATA-BOC and his Certification of Strength and Conditioning through the NSCA. He has presented internationally on numerous sports medicine topics. Additionally, Lee has authored book chapters and articles in a variety of sports medicine journals and produced instructional videos concerning functional applications for treatment, assessment and conditioning of active individuals. Lee consults with a wide variety of organizations and individuals including NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, military/government entities, as well as the Cooper and Mayo Clinics on injury prevention and performance enhancement.
For 13 years, Kyle has been teaching people how to eat for their goals, and how to overcome the stress of change. He specializes in weight loss, sports nutrition, and IBS. Kyle's clients include every-day people, children, and professional athletes.
Ashley Callingbull is no textbook beauty queen. She is the first Canadian and the first indigenous woman to win the title of Mrs. Universe. As a survivor of childhood poverty and abuse, Ashley chose to reply on the power of her culture to follow the right path of life, and now it is her intention to use her success as a platform for change and inspiration. Ashley shares her passionate story of struggle to success to empower people to discover their own potential within and to chase their dreams.
As a Program Director for BODYCOMBAT™ and CXWORX™, Dan Cohen is known for his lightning fast punches and ability to hold lengthy hovers. He’s also renowned for the passionate way he trains and mentors instructors.
When he’s not applying his fitness expertise to create innovative new releases, Dan travels the globe to coach and inspire instructors and fitness professionals. He is trained in leadership development and neuro-linguistic programming and enjoys any opportunity to share his motivational leadership knowledge to help others reach their full potential.
Dan is also a committed family man with three young daughters, and a keen interest in primal cooking and playing the ukulele.
Dr. Culos-Reed is a Professor of Health and Exercise Psychology, Faculty of Kinesiology; Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. As a health behaviour change researcher, she studies exercise adherence and maintenance, and the impact on cancer survivors’ quality of life and well-being (physical and psychosocial).
Heather Cunningham has over 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry. She is a PTS PRO TRAINER and the owner of Fit It In, a mobile personal training company serving the Hamilton, ON area. Heather passionately leads her team in delivering great fitness experiences to one-on-one clients as well as to groups.
Kevin is the founder and CEO of DTS Fitness Education and co-owner of Stretch to Win Canada. Kevin has been involved in structured physical conditioning programs for over 25 years. He was a multi-sport athlete and represented Canada internationally as a member of the Canadian Military Pentathlon Team. Kevin has had a long and successful career as a leader in the fitness industry and has been a head coach, personal trainer, wellness team leader for a 7500+ member police service and has developed multiple successful education programs. Kevin has worked with general population clients, amateur, Olympic and professional athletes in major sports leagues across North America. He holds a B.Ed. degree, was a member of an award winning research team lead by Dr. Stuart McGill and was the canfitpro Canadian Fitness Presenter of the year in 2014. Kevin’s core belief is knowledge is not power, it is the ability to apply knowledge that makes it powerful.
Julia Di Paolo is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, author of “the Labour and Birth Handbook” (2016), co-author of Pregnancy Fitness (2018), international speaker and guest lecturer at UofT Physiotherapy Department. She has created and teaches courses on diastasis rectus abdominis and pelvic floor dysfunction to health professionals. Julia co-founded Bellies Inc, and is the co-creator of the Ab System. You can find her at PhysioExcellence, her dedicated Women's and Pelvic Health clinic in Toronto, Ontario.
Ashley is a vibrant Movement Motivator & Self Acceptance Educator. With a mission to educate physical literacy, positive mental health, and empower every child to be healthy, happy and fully self expressed. For 10+ years she has been getting kids active, through music, movement and play-based programs. Her passion, and personal journey with Health & Fitness led her in the pursuit of completing a BA in Kinesiology, becoming a certified fitness instructor, and now, the Regional Director & Operator of PL3Y Recreation programs, exclusively in the Okanagan. As a certified DANCEPL3Y & YOGAPL3Y instructor, she has had the opportunity of getting over 10,000's of kids active and engaged with PL3Y programs, in the community, in camps, and in schools across BC. And this experience has wholeheartedly transformed her life in the most positive way possible. As a PL3Y Regional Operator and Virtual Class Instructor, Ashley's intention is to create a team of open-minded, open-hearted, and passionate educators, who will join her on this mission. To help share a message, that every child is worthy and deserving of being accepted and loved for who they are. Ashley has a vision of sharing the power of the PL3Y programs worldwide, and making a global impact in the lives of millions of children to feel seen, heard and valued for who they are, as human beings.
Laureen is an integral member of a dynamic team responsible for the global development and implementation of training and certification programs. Her spirited approach to teaching has made Laureen a vibrant international presenter, trainer and examiner. An NSCA certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and a Pink Ribbon certified instructor, she began teaching Pilates in 1995, and is now a Merrithew™ Master Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES®, ZEN•GA®, Total Barre®, Halo® Training and Merrithew Fascial Movement. Laureen is a featured performer and associate producer of many Merrithew DVDs, the associate editor of numerous teaching manuals and author of articles in several industry publications. Prior to joining Merrithew, Laureen worked for Tennis Canada where she was responsible for Canadian and international public relations in the capacity of media relations and communications, player relations and event organization. Laureen studied Dance and Physical Education at York University in Toronto where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Todd Durkin is an internationally recognized strength, speed and conditioning coach, body-worker, author and motivational speaker. He is the founder of Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA, an award-winning health and human performance facility where he works with a high-profile clientele of elite professional athletes including NFL MVPs, Super Bowl Champions and MVPs, Heisman Trophy Winners, Olympic and X-Game Gold Medalists and World Series Champions. Fitness Quest 10 has been named one of “America’s 10 Best Gyms” by Men’s Health 7 times, while Durkin's work there has earned him the industry's highest honors including being named Personal Trainer of the Year by both IDEA and ACE, a four-time Top 100 Most Influential Person in Health & Fitness, the 2017 Jack LaLanne Award winner, and 2018 International Presenter of the Year from Canfitpro representing legacy and impact in the fitness industry
Mylene Facchini is a Licensed Zumba Jammer Presenter, certified by canfitpro and holds Zumba Licenses in B1, B2, Aqua, Gold, Toning, Zumba Junior & Kids to name a few. Mylene has been a member of the Zumba canfitpro Toronto demo team for many years energizing the attendees with her high energy demos and infectious personality!
Gavin has been a fitness professional and trainer for over 20 years. Currently, he is a Fitness Instructor and National Trainer for GoodLife Fitness/Les Mills Canada for BODYPUMP and RPM and is a Master Trainer for TRX. A Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) that has dedicated most of his life to helping others achieve their personal fitness and wellness goals. Gavin's vast knowledge and infectious smile will have you working hard and laughing harder.
Sara Fennell, a retired IFBB Pro figure athlete and International fitness & cover model was a pioneer of online fitness coaching when she started her business back in 2011. She has worked with thousands of clients through her fitness programs, which she was named a Top 100 Internet Retailer for. Her passion now, alongside her partner Joe Arko, is to show health and fitness professionals how to create an online presence, build influence and take their business online.
Dr. Jonathon Fowles is the Chair of the National Advisory Council for Exercise is Medicine Canada and is the Clifford Shand Chair in Physical Education, Director of the Centre of Lifestyle Studies and Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Acadia University.
Julie is a Canadian Les Mills National BODYFLOW and TONE®Trainer and Presenter. She also teaches BODYPUMP and CXWORX. She has an honours degree in Physical Education with a specialty in Health Promotion from Laurentian University as a registered massage therapist. With over 17 years of Group fitness exercise/personal training experience, she loves nothing more than to use her knowledge and skills to help individuals find their fitness potential. She's grateful for all the opportunities to work and learn alongside some of the best in the industry.
Chris Fudge With over ten years of high level practical experience in the field of personal training and strength and conditioning, Chris is known for his obsessive style of tracking all variables in training and performance such as macros, sleep patterns, frequency, tempo, reps, sets, percents and tonnage. Because of this Chris is defined as a results based trainer. His education has led him to work with clients of various backgrounds from National record holding Powerlifters, award winning fitness models, university and professional athletes of varying sports to everyday weight loss and pain management clients. Chris has been awarded Personal Trainer of the Year across Canada (2013 + 2014), won provincial and national powerlifting championships and has represented Canada at the IPF World Powerlifting Championships 2014. Chris believes effort is what distinguishes great results from poor results.
Paul’s approach to health and wellness goes beyond the physical, and is grounded in spirit. With 15 years experience in the health and wellness industry and over 20 years studying metaphysics, he blends modern sciences with ancient practices to help his students, patients and clients optimize their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Spending time with Paul feels like being wrapped in a warm hug. His soul calling is to spread joy and serve others on their journey to self-love and embracing their greatness.
Kylie Gates is the epitome of a group fitness leader, a true fitness professional who passionately coaches others to reach their full potential – not just in the group fitness studio, in all aspects of life.Having been part of the Les Mills tribe for over 20 years, Kylie has played a key role in growing the popularity of LES MILLS™ programs. She is now the Les Mills Creative Director and the BODYPUMP™ Head Program Coach, which means she works closely with Les Mills program directors to shape and develop the programming, while also coaching new instructor and presenter talent. This passion for ongoing education and development also led Kylie to develop Les Mills’ new Advanced Training for instructors.
A whole-self health lifestyle wellness and natural nutrition educator, coach, and author, Teri has inspired thousands to embrace and sustain a healthier lifestyle. An approachable, energetic, and passionate educator, she combines years of experience with ongoing research to positively impact the lives of everyone she encounters.
Suaad Ghadban is a leading fitness and health expert. She is well-known for her personal and unique approach to fitness that draws its inspiration from her extensive background in dance, gymnastics and circus training. Suaad is a former World Dance and Sports Aerobic Champion, and she holds a College degree in Sports and Leisure and a B.A. & Sc. in Therapeutic recreation. With 15 years of teaching experience and 22 years of training under her belt, Suaad has created a very fun, effective ballet inspired booty program called Hot Booty Ballet.
Elise is an Ontario Certified Teacher who grew up in Collingwood, Ontario. At a young age she fell in love with dance. It quickly became her outlet and happy place. It showed her the positive impact that physical activity could have on one's overall health, and gave her a way to express herself. However, as she got older her training intensified, and she found that increasing emphasis was placed on performance and physical appearance. In 2018, she discovered DANCEPL3Y while attending teacher’s college at Queen’s University. Right away she wanted to know more about the program, because the message behind it aligned perfectly with her personal philosophies around dance and mental health. Since then Elise has completed training in multiple PL3Y courses and is now a certified DANCEPL3Y Kids, Preschool and YOGAPL3Y Kids Instructor as well as an Online Master Trainer for DANCEPL3Y Kids and Preschool. As a PL3Y Instructor her goal is to give children a different experience with movement based programs than the one she had by exposing them to different styles and ideas around movement, in a safe space where they feel comfortable to be themselves.
Ontario, Canada based ICON, Rebecca Graham, is a successful business owner who loves yoga, hiking and is an Ironman. Rebecca is known for pursuing big goals and bravely facing challenges in part to expand her life, as well as to inspire courage and transformation in others. Rebecca loves that POUND lets people unleash and focus on high intensity movements all while benefiting from the therapeutic effects of drumming.
Amanda has been a fitness professional for over 15 years and international fitness convention presenter. She brings an overabundance of energy and passion to every class and client she works with. Amanda has travelled across North America and to Nicaragua coaching and training Fitness Instructors and Enthusiasts. Formerly a Zumba Education Specialist, and currently a Master Trainer for STRONG, Amanda also teaches weekly classes, is a PEAK Head Coach, and hockey mom. Learn more and follow @manders.sbz.
Kim Gray is a certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher, personal trainer, and studio owner. She empowers students toward a healthier, centered life using exercise principles and yoga teachings. Kim is also a Senior Master Trainer for YogaFit Worldwide and leads yoga teacher trainings in the US and abroad.
Former pro athlete, former fitness business owner. Cancer survivor, competitor, and leader. Get to know Sean, and you’ll understand why NPE is the organization fitness business owners around the world depend on to help them grow. Sean has guided NPE to the position of the acknowledged global leader in the field of business leadership, mentorship, and coaching in the fitness industry. By helping NPE clients systemize their businesses and maximize their opportunities, Sean has created an organization which “walks the walk” when it comes to performance.
Lisa Greenbaum, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist and Writer. Winner of the 2018 Canadian Presenter of the Year for canfitpro. She is a Global Ambassador for the Women in Fitness Association (WIFA) and has also been included as part of Optimyz Magazines’ 100 Health and Fitness Influencers in Canada 2017, 2018 and 2019. Lisa is the founder of Sangha Wellness Retreats, traveling the world, empowering her students through the practice of yoga and community.
Sandy Gribbon is a Les Mills National Trainer and AIM facilitator in Canada for CXWORX™ and BODYCOMBAT™. She is also a Group Fitness Instructor in Toronto for Goodlife Fitness clubs. She currently instructs CXWORX™, BODYCOMBAT™, BODYPUMP™ and BODYFLOW™.
Maureen (Mo) Hagan is COO at canfitpro. Mo is a global fitness ambassador and has been recognized for her work in fitness that spans over three decades. She is a Canadian Top 100 Fitness Influencer, IHRSA’s 2016 Woman Leader of the Year, a #1 best-selling author, Board of Director member for RxTGA and WIFA and a Reebok sponsored athlete.
Jen Hamilton has been a dynamic and compelling leader in the fitness industry for over 16 years. Jens' dynamic and vibrant personality continue to be the driving force behind Oxygen Yoga & Fitness’ culture, strength and unprecedented growth. Jen embodies the company mantra; I Love My Life!
David Hardy is a Partner at Orangetheory Fitness involved in strategic planning and product development in USA and Canada. He is also the President of Franvest Capital Partners, a private investment firm that owns and operates companies with a focus on fitness and healthy living. David is the founder and former president of Fitness Industry Council of Canada.
Carol Harrison is a Toronto-based registered dietitian (and former fitness leader) who has been featured on Breakfast Television, CTV Ottawa, CBC, 640 Toronto and more. Known for her farm-to-fork approach and promoting facts, not fear, about agriculture and nutrition, Carol sits on the canfitpro Advisory Board and writes for the organization’s website.
Global Head of Research Les Mills International Bryce became a certified Physical Therapist in 1986 and has a Masters in Philosophy from AUT University, Auckland. He serves as a Research Associate at Auckland University of Technology and lectured part time there for eight years. In 1990, Bryce opened his private physical therapy practice at Les Mills World of Fitness in Auckland, the original Les Mills gym established in 1968 by Les Mills Senior.He has conducted research on injury rates in group fitness instructors, co-developed research programs on core conditioning, high intensity interval training and exercise strategies for sedentary individuals; and he has been published frequently in a variety of fitness publications.
Carlos was born in the Dominican Republic. He started dancing at the age of 15 with the National Ballet of DR and discovered a passion for dance and music which continued to develop in various pathways throughout his life. In 2007, Carlos moved to Canada, became a Zumba instructor and shortly after that, a Zumba Jammer. His dedication to fitness and love of dance has made him a natural fit for Zumba and has given him the opportunity to share his passion for both. "Dance is a form of art that is expressed through the body." (El Bachatu)During his professional career, Carlos has taught Jam Sessions all over Canada and the U.S. as well as France, Israel, Korea and Singapore. He has had the pleasure to work with artists such as Celia Cruz, Juan Luis Guerra, Shakira, Pitbull, Daddy Yankee, Mark Anthony, Paulina Rubio, Vanilla Ice and Lil Jon, as well as Beto Perez, Creator of the Zumba Fitness Program. He has been a session presenter at the Orlando Zumba Fitness Convention annually since 2013 and represented Canada as an on-stage dancer at the 2012 Convention Fitness Concert in Orlando and the 2013 Convention in LA.
Brain Fitness Expert, Wellness Authority and Author Jill Hewlett, is licensed in the field of Educational Kinesiology and a Brain Gym® consultant of two decades. Author of Common Sense, Uncommonly Practiced, and Uncommon Sense, Put Into Practise, Jill shares user-friendly neuroscience, strategies and tools to audiences across North America, so they can reduce stress, optimize performance and proactively build a Fit Brain and a Fit Life!
After going through her own transformation of overcoming bulimia, damaged hormones and body image disconnect, Laura used holistic nutrition & health coaching to not only lose 50lbs but get her body and mind in balance. Laura Jackson is the co- founder of FIT CHICKS, previously Canada's Largest Women's only fitness bootcamp company and Lead Educator at FIT CHICKS® Academy for their online programs in fitness, nutrition, wellness & business. Over the last 12 years, she has trained and coached over 10000 women around the globe.
Luka & Jenalyn have competed head to head against the very best in the world in multiple genres and styles of dance. Their unique and speculator approach to dance makes them a sure crowd favourite and headliner to any show, as seen on NBC World of Dance S1 & S2, World of Dance Philippines S1 Finalist and Upper Divisional Winners and perfect 100 score in Finales. Luka & Jenalyn are sought after for their creative and death defying style of dance.
Dr. Ken Kinakin is a chiropractor, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist and lectures across Canada and United States and Europe to doctors and personal trainers on the areas of weight-training, rehabilitation and nutrition.
Petra is a keynote speaker, author of The Perfection Detox, podcast host, DJ and a wellness leader; coaching individuals and teams how to get unstuck so they can become unstoppable. Petra is privileged to have been awarded 2018 canfitpro Specialty Presenter of The Year and 2017 and 2000 International Presenter of the Year. As a two-time cancer survivor she is passionate about waking people up to the precious gift of time.
Kim has built an impressive reputation as an expert and leader in the health and wellness industry. She is a Merrithew™ Master Instructor Trainer and an integral member of the education programming team, representing STOTT PILATES®, ZEN•GA®, CORE™, Halo® Training and Total Barre® programming. Kim is the proud owner of one of the first Merrithew Licensed Training Centers in Canada.
She presents on behalf of Merrithew throughout North America and internationally at conferences and trade events, and is featured in several new Merrithew video releases. Kim studied at York University where she received her BFA in Dance/BEd and completed her BSc Kinesiology at Dalhousie University. She is also a Yamuna Body Rolling Certified Instructor Trainer and a Certified Franklin Method Instructor.
Len Kravitz, PhD, CSCS is the program coordinator of exercise science and a researcher at the University of New Mexico where he recently received the Presidential Award of Distinction and 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, and has received the prestigious “Global Award” from the Aquatic Exercise Association and Canadian Fitness Professional Lifetime Achievement Award.
Fred is a Les Mills Canada Trainer and Presenter for BODYPUMP™, BODYATTACK™, BODYSTEP™ and CXWORX™. Being active in the Fitness industry for more than 20 years, Fred is known for his infectious energy. Fred appeared in the Les Mills filming for BODYATTACK™ 71.
Mover, shaker, and joie de vivre giver! Blending 25 years of international experience with degrees in psychology and exercise science, Nathalie will passionately share her inspirational insights. She uses her uniquely vibrant leadership style to make profound and lasting change with her team, clients, and participants.
Après une carrière de 22 ans et 4 médailles olympiques en patinage de vitesse, Nathalie Lambert a mis à profit son expérience d’athlète, son BACC en éducation physique et ses cours de maîtrise en science du sport en poursuivant une carrière au Club Sportif MAA comme directrice des programmes sportifs et communication depuis 1999. Elle dirige une équipe de plus de 80 intervenants sportifs dans un des clubs les plus prestigieux à Montréal qui s’est bâtit une solide réputation de leader dans l’industrie depuis son ouverture en 1881.
Four-time Olympian Silken Laumann is one of Canada’s most inspirational leaders, a best-selling author, and a child and mental health advocate. Silken’s Olympic story is legendary and inspirational. As reigning world champion, Silken fought back from a devastating rowing accident, to win a bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. In her best-selling memoir, Unsinkable, Silken shines a spotlight on all the obstacles she has encountered and overcome. Silken speaks candidly about her athletic success and triumph over physical adversity, but also the intense personal challenges of her past and the fierce determination she applies to living a bold and successful life today. Silken is the founder of Unsinkable, a multimedia non-profit organization that uses story-telling and lived experience to move people further along their mental, physical and spiritual journey.
Kim Lavender, or Coach Lav as she is often referred to, is the Vice President of Group Experience at GoodLife Fitness. She is the creator of the GoodLife MyBootcamp program & PEAK Training United curriculum and programming. With over 25 years’ experience in the fitness industry Coach Lav has coached/trained a variety of Canadians—from competitive athletes to older adults looking perform their best.
Matt Leung is a self-proclaimed Professional Child, who has spent over 10 years working with children and youth in the recreation sector, and has brought his love of PLAY to Group Fitness and Personal Training programs since 2012. Matt is a Master Trainer and School Programs Educator with PL3Y Education and has facilitated trainings and workshops across North America. He is an active volunteer with the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, a certified HIGH FIVE Trainer, a Play Ambassador for the US Play Coalition, and he played a key role at the 2017 International Play Association conference.
Mélanie is an author, international speaker, TEDx presenter, certified fitness professional and global leader in kids fitness. As the CEO/Founder of PL3Y Inc she specializes in helping local leaders launch successful businesses that help kids become healthier happier humans through movement and play.
Mike Lipkin is president of Environics/Lipkin, a global research and motivation company based in Toronto. He is also an international strategic coach, facilitator and catalyst for high performance. Mike combines his learning from talking to a million people in sixty five countries with the insights from the Environics Social Values research to offer clients the best of all worlds: a powerful blend of ideas and principles that help them achieve remarkable results. Mike was raised in South Africa and held a number of senior positions in the marketing and advertising community before he emigrated to Canada in 2001, the same year he founded Environics/Lipkin. He has written eight bestselling books on personal leadership and effectiveness. You will also find him in the gym seven days a week getting fit and staying strong. He is renowned for his ability to blend humor with content that inspires people into action.
Coach Kennedy Lodato is a 29-year advocate of health and wellness and a 14-year veteran of the fitness industry. He’s passionate about teaching, educating, coaching, mentoring and consulting personal trainers and coaches through his education and workshops. Coach Kennedy has also occupied the positions of personal trainer, personal trainer manager and strength conditioning coach. Kennedy Lodato is also a 3x recipient of the canfitpro PRO TRAINER of the year award & the 2019 Canadian Delegates Choice Presenter of the Year Award. As a strong believer of continuing education Coach Kennedy is currently looking into becoming a certified Health Coach through the Quantum University.
Dr Gillian Mandich uses the latest science to help people live happy, healthy lives. Dr Mandich has a PhD from Western University in Health Science, specializing in Health Promotion and great primary areas of research are happiness and health. She is the founder of the International Happiness Institute of Health Science Research, she appears regularly as the “resident Happiness Expert” on The Social and Breakfast Television and is a top rated keynote speaker at TEDX events and canfitpro.
Anna started dancing Ballroom and Latin when she was 6 years old. She performed in various countries and participated in many competitions. Living in the Middle East she developed love for Belly Dancing. In addition to that, Latin beats of salsa, merengue and bachata captured her attention and since then it's an addiction. She became a part of a Salsa Dance Group “The Legends” and taught numerous Salsa dance class and performed at a few Salsa Congresses. When she moved to Toronto in 2007 she became an Official Zumba® Fitness Instructor . In 2010, She was lucky enough to be selected as a Zumba® Jammer (1 out of 6 in Canada) She appeared on ZIN volume 44 and has been a Presenter at the Zumba instructor convention in Orlando from 2011-present, as well as the Presenter at Zumba Cruise 2017, 2018 & 2019.
Originally from Mauritius, Ricardo Marmitte now lives in Ontario, Canada. He started dancing at the age of 8 and performed in various countries for 14 years. He became a Zumba® Educational Specialist in 2011 and has been training new Instructors all over Canada and the world. He has presented his unique style of dance fitness at numerous Zumba® Instructor Conventions, Academies and Conferences. His African Workshop: Enter the Jungle is among the most popular. He was also part of the 2013 and 2019 Zumba Fitness-Concerts™. He appears on the Zumba® DVD "Exhilarate", 2011 Flavors DVD and many ZIN™ volumes. He travels around the world to share his passion for Zumba® with his contagious smile as well as his unstoppable energy.
Tash Marshall Bean is the founder of Authentic Instructor Training Inc. and is a fitness professional with over 15 years experience specializing in indoor cycling. She and her team of 5 master trainers have worked with 50+ boutique studios and have trained over 1200 instructors across North America and the UK. You can find Tash on Instagram at @trainingwithtashie or on the web at www.tashmarshallbean.com
Dione Mason is an Award Winning Fitness & Lifestyle Coach; Event Producer; Founder/President of The Simunye Foundation; and Founder/Race Director of the Toronto Carnival Run, who has proven her dedication, drive and commitment to excellence in the Health and Fitness Industry. Some of Mason’s achievements include the 2016 Role Model Inductee of the Black Canadian Women Awards, 2017 Pan African Health Expo Medal of Honour Recipient, 2017 canfitpro Fitness Professional of the Year and 2019 canfitpro New Presenter of the Year Award, to name a few. She has been featured in media outlets as City TV, CP24, Breakfast Television, iRun Magazine, canfitpro Magazine and more.
FIS, PTS, HWL, PN Coach, canfitpro Fitness Professional of the Year 2019Lisa is a fitness professional with over 25 years’ experience as a group fitness leader and personal trainer. She is a coach at Econofitness clubs in Quebec and teaches both live and virtual classes. She also works at Goodlife Fitness Clubs as the National Trainer and co-creator of Newbody, an exclusive group fitness program. Lisa also inspires and shares her passion with other fitpros as a presenter in conferences across the country. In addition, Lisa has recently been awarded canfitpro Fitness Professional of the Year in 2019. She recently launched her brand “Coach Lisa” which offers online digital fitness products and both group and personal online training programs.
Sheldon McBee has a Masters in Human Nutrition, is an ACE certified PT, and has over 19 years of experience in health and fitness. Sheldon is an experienced international presenter, lecturer, business consultant, and content developer. He has been featured in numerous education videos, industry publications, and training videos. Sheldon is the Personal Training Director for Universal Athletic Club and Director of Education for WOD U-Jam.
Ben McDonald has been in the fitness industry for 12 years. He has an extensive and varied sporting background including fencing, board diving, and various forms of Mixed Martial Arts. Ben has competed in Cricket, Aikido, Boxing, and Rugby. Ben’s career highlights include training a wide array of people from beginners up to premiership footballers, national champions in boxing, and elite level athletes. Ben has taught for the largest health and fitness training provider in Europe and has been published in multiple many UK based magazines. Ben has developed multiple qualifications, presented internationally, and is considered UK’s leading expert in PowerClub training. Awarded the 2013 recognition award for International Presenting and Work in the Health and Fitness Industry, it is evident that Ben’s passion and energy transfer directly to his students and his love for the industry is contagious. Ben’s core belief is that fitness shouldLabert, Mc be inclusive not exclusive as there is no one way to do it.
Dan McDonogh has been a Speaker, Educator & Coach for over two decades and is a globally recognized fitness professional. Most recently, Dan joined GoodLife Canada as the Director of Programming, Performance & Les Mills Canada. Previously, he played pivotal roles with global brands Under Armour ®, TRX and Les Mills International. In 2015, Dan was an IDEA Program Director of the Year finalist and in 2012, he was awarded IDEA Group Fitness Instructor of the Year.
Sherri McMillan, M.Sc. has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for 30 years and has received numerous industry awards including 2010 CanFitPro International Fitness Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year & 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year. She is an international fitness presenter, a personal trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers including the Columbian, author of five books and manuals including "Go For Fit - the Winning Way to Fat Loss", "Fit over Forty" & "The Successful Trainers Guide to Marketing", and featured presenter in various fitness DVDs. Find Sherri on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sherri.mcmillan
Andrew Meyer has been active in the fitness industry for over 14 years. He put himself through University, BSc. Human Nutrition, working as a personal trainer. Andrew's experience as a varsity track athlete fed his desire to compete and branched his transition into other competitive sports such as Powerlifting and Bodybuilding. He is a training fanatic and enjoys tracking and manipulating different training variables. Andrew started a rewarding online fitness business in 2014 that focused on digital products and online coaching where he worked with an array of different clients, specializing in physique transformations. He believes that everyone can look, feel and live better in their body as long as they see themselves as an investment.
The mother of 2 teenage girls and working with pregnant women and new moms for over 16 years. Creator of the Ab Rehab program, Co-founder of Bellies Inc and co-author of Pregnancy Fitness. An expert in the field with extensive experience in media, online and in print and TV. Samantha was also the resident fitness expert on The Marilyn Denis Show. She now trains mom exclusively online through samcoretrainer.com
Tricia Murphy-Madden is a 29-year veteran instructor and education director. She is the national education director for Savvier Fitness and the co-creator of Barre Above® and the Weight Loss Challenge with over 85 master trainers and more than 6000 trained instructors worldwide. For many years, she was the fitness director for Denali Fitness in Seattle, and she is the co-author and creator of a children's book and fitness program called The ABC's of Exercise. Tricia sits on the IDEA Group Fitness Committee and is known for the numerous programs she developed. She was featured on Exercise TV and in many trade and mass media publications, and has been the featured coach at numerous corporate events. She has contributed and starred in 12 DVDs and has sold over 100,000 units to date.
Bruce Mylrea/ BA in Economics / ECornell certified in Plant Based Nutrition / AFPA certified Holistic Nutritional Councilor. He spends hours each day reviewing the latest in unbiased nutritional research. Bruce is focused and passionate in educating others on the life enhancing and life extending benefits of whole food plant based nutrition. Bruce is the SCW male presenter of the yesr for 2017 and also 2017 LifeTime Acheivement Award for CanFitPro
Mindy Mylrea is the 2017 LifeTime acheivement Award Winner for CanFitPro , 2016 Empower Instructor of the Year, 2015 PFP Trainer of the Year. 2015 International Presenter of the Year, 2013 CanFitPro Specialty Presenter of the Year, 2008 ECA OBOW Fitness Presenter of the Year, the 2004 Can Fit Pro International Presenter of the Year, the 1999 International IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, a National and World Aerobic Champion, a 361 sponsored athlete, and a five star presenter for IDEA.
Sadie Nardini is a digital fitness trainer –one of the top selling online wellness, yoga and fitness course creators in the world. She teaches wellness pros how to optimize their business, online or off, using social media, and powerful DIY techniques to grow audiences and attract happier clients. Sadie is the founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and The Yoga Shred, a HIIT + yoga fusion with enhanced anatomy to keep you stronger and safer and gain optimized fitness results in far less time.
Jeanette Novak is a Canadian National Presenter for BODYFLOW and CXWORX with over 20 years experience in the fitness industry. As a professional dancer, certified Personal Trainer, Yoga and Pilates teacher she has travelled extensively and taught in some of the most beautiful parts of the world working for various cruise lines in her “former life”. Most recently Jeanette has participated in Masterclasses at Les Mills Live Toronto and various Les Mills Quarterly workshops in Southwestern Ontario.
International MT - Master Trainer for STRONG by Zumba and Zumba® Education Specialist – ZES™ International trainer for the following programs: Zumba® Basic 1 & R2 + R3, Zumba® Toning, Zumba® Pro –Skills, Zumba® Kids & Zumba® Kids Jr., Zumba® Step and Master Trainer for STRONG by Zumba. Karine has over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry. FIDA and CANFITPRO F.I.S certified. She is a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do with which she competed and defended the title of Junior Championships in Quebec. Teaching different programs and being the pro-trainer for cardio Latino before Zumba she acquired many notions and experiences that she continues to put in practice. She is a proud international fitness presenter, always smiling, dynamic, passionate and really implicated, with a joy of life that she communicates well while presenting!!!
Jenalyn Saraza-Pacheco has accomplished more in her 19 years then most ever dream of in a lifetime. After winning numerous World Titles nationally and internationally in various dance styles, Jenalyn found herself along with her dance partner Luka on the hit NBC show World of dance season 1 & 2 as well as finalist in Asia on world of dance Philippines. Jenalyn is currently at York University studying Kinesiology and she has been able to successfully combine her extensive knowledge learned as a dance phenom, with her love and commitment for healthy living to inspire her countless fans, friends, and family to live healthy and fit lives.
A two-time best-selling author, award-winning entrepreneur, five-time Canadian Rowing Champion and a notable philanthropist, David ‘Patch’ Patchell-Evans is the founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness, Canada’s largest fitness club chain, fourth largest in the world and largest owned by a single owner.
Ben is the founder of Influencing Millions, a company that trains individuals and businesses to speak with influence and lead with impact. He is an international Master Trainer of NLP and teaches leaders the science of influence, from development to delivery, to maximize their potential and profit. Ben specializes in presentation training and performance coaching, and developed the Journey Based Sales process. He is coach to some of the biggest names in film, music and sports, and has helped companies from health clubs to telecoms, financial institutions to non-profits - all with the theme of improving their performance through communication and sales.
Beto began as a fitness instructor in his home city of Cali, Colombia. One day he arrived at class and realized he had left his regular aerobics music at home. Beto looked in his bag, took out some salsa and merengue tapes, popped them into the sound system, and taught the first–ever Zumba® class. After a career as a trainer and choreographer in Colombia, Beto decided to make the big move to the United States. With only his moves and his passion, Beto sold all his belongings and moved to Miami in search of the American Dream. Today, he’s spreading the Zumba® love all over the world.
Coach Jason Persaud is a Bioenergetic Medicine Practitioner, who comes from a background strength and conditioning, holistic nutrition, and manual therapy. He is currently studying is PhD in Natural Medicine at the Quantum University and has worked with clients ranging from professional sports to breast cancer and autoimmune conditions. He prides himself on finding effective methodologies to bring optimal health, movement, and performance back to his clients.
John-Henri is one the latest additions to our presenter team. He started his GoodLife fitness journey back in 2013 where he began working at the front desk in North Bay Ontario, since then he has worked at various clubs all over Ontario including Peterborough and St. Catharines, Ontario. Now he is based in downtown Toronto and is working as a group fitness instructor. BODYATTACK was his first discipline back in 2016 and has gone on to being certified in the GRIT series.
Nathalie is the EXPERT with a PROVEN SYSTEM to get you transformational results. International No.1 Bestselling Author of eleven books on empowerment, Founder & CEO of the THINK YourselfÂ® ACADEMY, she has inspired over 100,000 audience members to eliminate negative self-talk. She combines over 10 years of experience in human resources, 25 years in sales and over 30 years in the fitness industry. In 2007, she was "Fitness Instructor of the Year" for Canada.
Krista Popowych, B.HKin, inspires fitness professionals globally with her motivating and practical sessions. As an IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year winner and a three-time canfitpro Canadian Fitness Presenter of the Year (2016, 2008, 2003), Krista is a highly sought after educator and speaker. As the Global Director for Group Education for Keiser, Balanced Body Integrated Movement Specialist and Master Trainer for Keiser, Kristaâ€™s goal has always been to inspire others through movement and education.
This internationally renowned expert is a founder of the revolutionary training company TRX® and an award winning presenter who’s been featured at conferences and events all over the world including an appearance on the TEDx stage. Fraser combines an animated, entertaining style with his knowledge and gift to motivate and inspire. His provocative presentations have been known to stretch the minds of his audiences and provide relevant and effective training solutions in a practical setting.
Christina Raskin (500hr E-RYT) is the National Training Director at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness and runs the O2 200hr. Yoga Teacher Training program. She has been teaching yoga and fitness for 16 years and she is passionate about educating teachers and sharing yoga.
Keli Roberts is the recipient of the 2003 IDEA International Fitness Instructor of the Year award, 2005 for Best Female Presenter and 2008 Lifetime Achievement OBOW Award and in 2007 Keli was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. Additionally, in 2012, Keli was also honored as Presenter of the Year as well as the 2016 Inspiration Award for Empower! Conventions. Keli is an ACSM CEP and holds certifications through, ACE as a GFI, HC and CPT. Furthermore Keli is an SCW Faculty Member, a BOSU Elite Presenter and Schwinn Senior Master Trainer and a Ryka Ambassador.
Robert Robinson is the Manager of B2B Sales & Strategic Partnerships at canfitpro and a certified Personal Training Specialist for over 7 years. He led the revision of the current edition of canfitpro’s Personal Training Specialist program and now oversees the B2B Business Unit. Robert is an experienced sales professional with over 15 years in the financial and fitness industry. His personal focus is to enlighten others about making individual and collective choices for positive change.
Greg Roskopf has devoted his career to the study of the “cause and effect” of the muscular system and how it relates to pain. As the author of the Roskopf Principle and the founder of Muscle Activation Techniques® he not only developed the MAT® program but also created a curriculum for this technique that has been taught to students all across the globe. Muscle Activation Techniques® fills the gap between the medical and the exercise fields. Greg has over two decades of experience applying MAT® to his clients and developing students into competent and respected practitioners. Greg has worked as a consultant for various professional sports teams including: the Denver Broncos, the Utah Jazz, and the Denver Nuggets. Beyond this, Greg works with clients at all physical capability levels who are looking to address challenges they experience due to injury, stress, or trauma to their muscular system.
Andrea is one of the original Zumba® Education Specialists (ZES™) for Canada, she shines as a true professional who is both knowledgeable and inspiring. Andrea is an empowering educator with the perceptive ability to adapt her teaching in the moment. People say her energy is infectious. Andrea has trained thousands of instructors globally since joining the Zumba® Fitness presenter team in 2009. She is certified as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, 200-hr Yoga Teacher & Kids Yoga Teacher, Spinning® Instructor, Pre- and Post-Natal Instructor, as well as TRX® Qualified with a certificate in Mat Pilates. With over 15 years in the fitness industry, her expansive experience has enabled her to effectively work with people of all fitness levels as well as different age groups, abilities and cultures.
Trisha provides strategic counsel for Fitness Industry Canada's corporate affairs and professional communications. She produces articles for various publications, manages event coordination, and executes national campaigns. She is an accomplished business communications and media relations professional with a proven track record of influencing public opinion, policy, and legislative changes across Canada.
Rebecca Scritchfield is a well-being coach, registered dietitian nutritionist, ACSM certified exercise physiologist, and author of the book, Body Kindness: Transform your health from the inside out and never say diet again. Through her weight-inclusive Body Kindness Counselling practise Rebecca helps people reject diets and body shame to create a better life with workable, interesting self-care goals to fit individual’s needs and preferences, not society’s unrealistic weight and beauty standards.
Greg helps individuals and companies speak with influence and lead with impact. Through his work with Influencing Millions, he specialises in presentation and performance training, having spent the last 27 years speaking and presenting in over 55 countries worldwide. A former Nike-sponsored athlete and International Presenter of the Year, Greg has worked with some of the biggest names in media & broadcasting, retail and fitness. With a degree in Sports Science (B.Sp.Sc.), a Diploma in Coaching, Mentoring & Leadership and a Master Practitioner Certification in NLP, Greg teaches leaders the science of influence, from development to delivery, to maximize potential and profit.
Tricia is a registered dietitian, fitness instructor, wellness coach, and Amazon best-selling author. She is a national presenter, the 2016 SCW Fitness Education Boston Idol Winner, and the 2018 Presenter of the Year for SCW's Florida Mania Conference. Tricia creates and delivers engaging wellness programs. She developed the SCW Active Aging Nutrition Certification which she has led at 14 national conferences. She has an MBA, and teaches Nutrition Entrepreneurship and Healthy Aging for Northeastern University.
Nikki Snow is the co-founder of PHIT Society, a community that is changing the narrative of fitness and wellness. She is also an Integrated Breakthrough transformation coach, trainer for World of Dance U-Jam, Reebok sponsored athlete, and teaches group fitness classes for Chicago Athletic Clubs.
Nadège St-Philippe, a young Quebec woman of Haitian origin, has an extraordinary track record. Resourceful and highly talented, she combines both personal and professional experiences. After 14 years of ballet-jazz, she became a passionate step fitness choreographer, group fitness coach, co-host for TSN and RDS (reporting from Barbados and Florida), host of Nadège en 32 temps, weather presenter on TVA and LCN networks, founder of the company Lacaye’la (dedicated to healthy lifestyle habits), public speaker, spokesperson for charitable organizations (including Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi) and a committed volunteer in various community initiatives. Nadège also holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Administration. Known for her innate sense of style, as well as her soft spoken and considerate personality, Nadège is a multitalented artist and successful entrepreneur. Friendly, fulfilled and passionate, she is also a fighter, having battled and survived cancer.
Sue is a group fitness instructor, practicing physiotherapist and canfitpro FIS PRO TRAINER. Passionate about sharing the job of movement, she has participated in several NEWBODY filmings and World Fitness Expo Master classes and is a National Presenter for NEWBODY and Les Mills BODYFLOW. She was also the recipient of the GoodLife Fitness Instructor of Excellence award in 2016.
Dr. Kelly Starrett, DPT is co-founder of the Ready State, coach and physical therapist, chief tinkerer, movement optimist, an author and a speaker. Kelly’s clients include professional athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB. He also works with Olympic gold-medalists, Tour de France cyclists, world and national record holding Olympic Lifting and Power athletes, CrossFit Games medalists, ballet dancers, military personnel, and competitive age-division athletes. Kelly is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers Becoming A Supple Leopard and Ready to Run .
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Education, Major in Physical Education from the University of Lethbridge. His purpose is to facilitate optimum performance of people & organizations. He is a leader in operational effectiveness who helps organizations in the health care, recreation, fitness & wellness industries grow their program participation, improve customer engagement and achieve economic sustainability.
Doris Thews is an International award winning Fitness Educator including, 2019 World IDEA Instructor of the Year. She is a Senior Vice President of Fitness and Innovation for VASA Fitness. Keynote speaker, Senior Master Trainer and Global Mentor for Schwinn and is on the International Development Master Trainer team for BOSU. Doris consults several leading brands on business and program development, in addition to presenting and lecturing internationally. She is known for her motivation, authenticity and athletic coaching style, RYKA Fit-Pro Ambassador.
Steve has a diverse background in movement from the fitness side, various styles of Martial arts, distance running and sports. On the life side, he is an amateur Blacksmith. Steve is the owner of Move to Heal Therapy. He is a Registered Massage Therapist, Physiotherapist assistant, and, lead instructor for the Fascial Stretch Therapy Level 1 & 2 Certifications with the Stretch to Win Institute. As a movement specialist, he focuses on injury recovery and prevention with his clients.
Stewart Traill grew up in Oshawa, Ontario where he began his passion for performing arts, and continued on to graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelors of Music focusing on Classical Music Performance. After graduating and beginning to work full time, he then started to focus on his personal health and wellness and found Zumba®. Stewart instantly fell in love as he grew up with latin music playing around him from his Chilean family and combined it with performing arts and the ability to exercise. Stewart has been teaching Zumba® for 4 years and was recently selected as the newest Zumba® Jammer in Southern Ontario, specifically for Cumbia. Stewart loves getting to support others through their fitness experience and inspire them to continue to exercise in a positive atmosphere.
Owner of The ACADEMY fitness, yoga, spin studio and Fusion Fitness Training. With over 35 years of experience in teaching, training, club management, program development and motivational speaking she brings a wealth of experience to her presentations worldwide. She is the recipient of many industry awards, including CanFitPro Lifetime Achievement and Presenter of the Year, IDEA Instructor and Program Director of the Year, IDEA Top Industry Contributor and an elite athlete as a former World Champion synchronized swimmer and honored member of the Sports Hall of Fame. Helen is the Commercial Fitness Education Manager for Balanced Body and International master trainer and educational program developer for BOSU, Hedstrom Fitness, Schwinn Cycling and Fusion Fitness.
Stacey Seward Vandiver is the Co-founder and CEO of SoulBody, a group fitness education and subscription company that develops innovative classes for health clubs globally. She is the Co-creator and Director of SoulBody Barre and oversees SoulBodyâ€™s 3 other programs in Barre, HIIT and Yoga Sculpt. SoulBody is now a global company that continues to develop innovative programming for health clubs to stay ahead of the curve and to inspire people to be active!
Keiser International Master Trainer with more than 12 years of experience in the fitness world. Originally from Barcelona working as a studio manager in a performance center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Sergio believes that having good communication skills and knowing when and how to motivate are essential skills for becoming an excellent trainer. Join him in this class and experience yourself what the latest update of the Keiser method, THE RIDE, means.
A former professional cyclist and member of the Canadian National Cycling Team, Charly is currently the Associate Director of Fitness and Wellness at Health Systems Group in Montreal, Canada. His extensive knowledge and experience not only as a professional cyclist but also as a fitness professional makes him the perfect presenter. Charly joined the Stages Cycling Master Educator Team in 2018.
Kim Vopni is known as the Vagina Coach an is a passionate promoter of pelvic floor fitness for women in pregnancy, motherhood and midlife. As a fitness coach, published author, speaker and educator, Kim is on a mission to pelvic health and wellness into the mainstream and ensure all women know that light bladder leakage is NOT 'just part of being a woman'.
Laura Warf is the founder of the School of Happiness who crafts methods based on tools from ancient wellness teachings to today's current research. The School of Happiness mission is to guide and empower others to become conscious creators of their well-being mind, body and spirit following their 8 essential elements to health and happiness. Laura is a healthy living advocate, passionate wellness educator and mind-body specialist offering retreats, classes and workshops live and online.
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).
Stephanie Weichert, MBA, ACC, is a certified Personal Coach, published author and speaker and business consultant. She has performed life coaching workshops for the Tennessee Army National Guard Warrior Fit Camp program, the Kentucky Army National Guard Operation Immersion course, the Tennessee Army National Guard′s Children Attitude Motivation Program (C.A.M.P.), canfitpro, Empower Fitness Conferences and in Taiwan and China. She has a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and an MBA from King University. She has written for magazines and other publications including Military1.com, Military.com, Foundations, Hooah, Military Spouse and GX®: The National Guard Experience and has recently released her first life coaching book entitled, Everything I Would Have Said. Learn more about Stephanie: Stephanieweichert.com
Natalie Wiafe is a Mother of 4 Children & Wife of 10 years. Family and Dance are her Life. Natalie has pursued her passion for dance for most of her life. Starting at 3yrs old, training in Ballet, Jazz, Funk, West African, Tap, Modern, Swing, Lyrical/Contemporary and Hip-HopDance. Has Toured with a Hip-Hop group performing in Events in Toronto and Graduated with a Diploma in Musical Theatre. Natalie has immersed herself in Zumba® and has thoroughly enjoyed being a Choreo Zumba® Jammer for 5yrs, pursuing her passion for Dance, sharing & connecting with ZIN™ members around the globe.
Scott is the Senior VP Fitness and Operations for World Health and Spa Lady in Alberta Canada, winners of Canada's Best Managed Companies award along with the Achievers Most Engaged Workplaces award. A dynamic leader that has helped build one of the largest PT and GF teams in Canada, his areas of expertise include Personal Training sales and business practices, career development and Human Resources. Scott is active in and outdoors with his two daughters.
Tara Wilson is the Co-Director for SoulBody ZenBurn and Master Trainer for SoulBody Fitness. She has been an instructor at Goodlife Fitness for over 10 years and specializes in Pilates, Yoga and other pre-choreographed programs. In February 2019 she began teaching SoulBody Barre at Goodlife and continues to develop her career in Group Fitness.
Beth is a multi-certified fitness pro and the founder of Vitality Practice - an online, body positive fitness community. Beth’s mission is to help women move in a way that feels supportive and loving. Coaching participants to exercise intuitively and accept themselves fully, Beth empowers others to find strength, mental clarity, and joy.