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Leslee Bender

Leslee Bender 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


Brent Bishop

Brent Bishop is a national on-air fitness expert, celebrity trainer and published author. As founder of Think Fitness Studios in Toronto and Cityline’s Fitness Expert, he brings a global perspective on health and wellness through fitness and adventure. Over the course of 25 years in the fitness industry, Brent’s experience includes training with Olympians, high-performance athletes, and celebrities. Whether hiking in the Andes, leading a snowshoeing expedition or planning his next eco-adventure race, Brent is dedicated to inspiring active lifestyles and unleashing the inner athlete in everyone.


Amy  C Rad

Amy C Rad has a Masters degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University and a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Waterloo. Amy's professional experience includes over 25 years in Group Fitness Instruction, over 15 years in Personal Training, and co-founded BMI Fitness Studio in Santa Clara, CA.  She is a Pound ICON and lead trainer for World of Dance U-Jam Fitness. She has presented at IDEA World Fitness Convention, CanFitPro, SCW Mania, Fit Expo Events, and has appeared on home workout DVDs and online workouts. Amy’s passionate about music, movement, and helping her clients and new fitness instructors achieve their full potential. 

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Kevin Darby

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.


Lisa Dare

Lisa is an accredited professional executive coach and facilitator with expertise in leadership development and organizational effectiveness. She has been an AFLCA certified fitness leader for more than 10 years teaching group fitness at the City of Calgary and other private facilities. In addition, she is a board member of RxTGA.

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Christine DeFilippis

Movement motivator, body liberator and unconventional fitness professional, Christine is the owner of Pop Fit Studio, a HAES & weight inclusive fitness studio in the US. She is also the creator of FitProEd, an online education platform for group fitness instructors that would like to expand their expertise. After close to 30 years in the fitness industry, struggling with eating disorders, weight cycling, body dysmorphia and a lot of unhappiness, Christine shifted her focus to joyful movement and created the Breaking Body Biases podcast to amplify voices of fitpros, dietitians and other wellness practitioners looking to destroy diet culture.

Julia DiPaolo

Julia Di Paolo

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

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Tony Felguerias

Tony Felgueiras is the canfitpro 2020 Fitness Professional of the Year (FIS) . He develops coaches and delivers high energy motivational group classes at Orangetheory Fitness as Senior Head Coach in the Greater Toronto Area. He connects individually by training clients 1-on-1 through his virtual personal training business. With a background as a yoga teacher and group fitness instructor, Tony teaches his clients how to “work in”, improving their mindset and positivity, as well as “working out” their body.


Len Fridman

Len Fridman is a fitness business expert and successful entrepreneur. Len is the CEO and Co-Founder of WellnessLiving. In 2009 he started a local boot-camp that soon grew into multiple locations across the country. He created the MetaBody Yoga and Fitness Pass, with over 60,000 active clients. Len saw a need in the market for reliable, cost-effective business management software. And so along with his childhood friend Sasha Davids, the two created WellnessLiving, to help bootstrap business owners, just like them.


Paul Galloro

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.


Amanda Grant

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.

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Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Maureen (Mo) Hagan is an international award-winning fitness instructor and program director, the 2019 Canadian Fitness Industry Leader of the Year, and an OptiMYz 2020 Top 10 Women of Power and Top 100 Health Influencer since 2018. Mo is regularly teaching group fitness instructor with GoodLife Fitness and is Chief Operating Officer for canfitpro – Canada’s leading fitness education authority.


Sara Hodson

Sara Hodson is the founder & CEO of LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic - the Ultra-Private Gym for people with health concerns. In response to the pandemic, Sara became the provincial co-lead for the Fitness Industry Council of Canada's BC Coalition and has been working collaboratively with the fitness working group for the provincial health office in representing the FIC and ensuring that fitness is safe and open across the province. In January of this year, Sara was given the unique opportunity to present an economic recovery plan for the fitness industry to Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland. She has spoken in the media representing and advocating for fitness across Canada and is passionate about using exercise as medicine.


Dynasti Hunt

Dynasti Hunt is an award-winning Talent and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader, committed to redesigning workplaces with a centered racial-equity lens. Dynasti currently leads organizational coaching & consulting spaces designed to support individuals and teams across all sectors through how to evolve their workplace equity journey. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Women in Fitness Association (WIFA). Her work has been highlighted In Cosmopolitan, Fast Company, Forbes, and Well and Good.


Dr. Jason Karp

A competitive runner since sixth grade, Dr. Jason Karp quickly learned how running molds us into better, more deeply conscious people, just as the miles and interval workouts mold us into faster, more enduring runners. This passion that Jason found as a kid placed him on a yellow brick road that he still follows as a coach, exercise physiologist, bestselling author of 11 books and 400+ articles, speaker, and educator. He is the 2011 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year and two-time recipient of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Community Leadership award. His REVO₂LUTION RUNNING™ certification has been obtained by fitness professionals and coaches in 25 countries. 


Nathalie Lacombe

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.


Lisa Mastracchio

FIS, PTS, HWL, PN Coach, canfitpro Fitness Professional of the Year 2019
Lisa is a fitness professional with over 25 years’ experience as a group fitness leader, personal trainer, and nutrition coach. She was recently awarded canfitpro’s Fitness Professional of the Year in 2019. Since then, she has developed her online brand “Coach Lisa” where she has created unique group coaching programs as well as an exclusive membership site called WOW (Women on Weights). She continues to share her passion to help women build muscle and gain confidence both in person and in the online space!


Jessica Maurer

Jessica Maurer’s career consists of teaching in collegiate, corporate, and private venues as a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Her passion is helping businesses reach their full potential by focusing on brand creation, program & instructor development and marketing awareness. Jessica is the Senior Director of Instructor Development at FIT4MOM and a consultant for well-known fitness personalities and brands. Additionally, Jessica continues to offer her services to locally owned businesses and fitness professionals.


Tiffany Moffatt

Certified as a canfitpro Fitness Instructor Specialist (FIS), Personal Trainer Specialist (PTS) and Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist (PFS), Tiffany Moffatt is a fitness leader, who has worked in the fitness industry for over 30 years as an instructor, presenter, educator and freelance fitness writer. Through her online fitness business JoyBody Fitness (, Tiffany leads various fitness and mind/body classes including yoga, HIIT training, body sculpt and Zumba among others. JoyBody Fitness helps women discover their authentic selves through health and fitness, to find joy in movement, confidence in their bodies and to create community of likeminded women. Tiffany is also a facilitator for the Dove Self-Esteem Program for Girls ages 8-12 years, which champions young girls to be body positive. As a PROTRAINER for the canfitpro FIS (Fitness Instructor Specialist) Certification, Tiffany leads regular training courses and mentors new instructors to the fitness industry. 


Samantha Montpetit-Huynh

Samantha Montpetit-Huynh is a speaker, a teacher, mentor, course creator and co-author of Pregnancy Fitness. With 20 years in the fitness industry, Samantha has been helping women feel strong and confident though all stages of life. Samantha has appeared on multiple media outlets from print, podcasts and television. She is also currently one of the resident fitness experts on the Marilyn Denis Show, a national award-winning lifestyle television show.

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Dr. Don Morrow

Dr. Don Morrow is an award-winning teacher, certified professional coach trained and accredited with the International Coach Federation, and an experienced Motivational Interviewing (MI) workshop facilitator. As a co-owner of The Monarch System™ Inc., he seeks to use evidence-based, health-related research in MI workshops directed toward health professionals.


Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas

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 Yourself® 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

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, Krista's goal has always been to inspire others through movement and education.

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Fraser Quelch

This internationally renowned expert is a founder of the revolutionary training company TRX® and an award-winning presenter who has 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

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.


Karyn Silenzi

For 29 years Karyn Silenzi, canfitpro PRO TRAINER, has been active in the fitness industries. As a provincial team athlete in rowing and national team athlete in long-distance triathlons, Karyn has worked with and trained alongside Olympic and nationally ranked athletes and coaches. Also a North America Master Trainer for ICG/Life Fitness, Karyn presents at international fitness conferences, writes articles and class profiles for international companies, and runs training workshops in several group fitness modalities.


Emily Slaneff

Emily is the founder and Chief Goal Officer of CrushCamp, a boutique fitness studio in Calgary. When COVID-19 hit, she co-founded the Alberta Boutique Studio Alliance, eventually merging with the Fitness Industry Council of Canada to lobby for fitness at all government levels and launch the widely-renowned Save Fitness campaign. Dubbed a relentless firecracker by her peers, her goal is to see fitness accessible to all Canadians and viewed as an essential part of the preventative healthcare system within the next decade.


Tracie Smith-Beyak 

Tracie is a master trainer, presenter, author and a member of the 2019-2020 canfitpro National Fitness Advisory Panel. Specializing in prenatal fitness, biomechanics and athletics she has made regular appearances in fitness, medical & business industries for over 23 years. Tracie is an author for the 2019 canfitpro ‘A Fit Pregnancy’ online certification course and her awards include: The Women in Business Award 2015, The Reader’s Choice Personal Trainer Medal 2016, Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 and the Best of the Best in Personal Training 2015. Tracie has been in the fitness industry for over 35 years training, teaching and certifying trainers & instructors worldwide.

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Ruby Smith Diaz

Ruby Smith Diaz was born to Chilean and Jamaican parents in Edmonton –amiskwaciy and graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Education with distinction. Ruby has centred her work on exploring issues of inclusion and anti-oppression in classrooms, custody centres, non-profit organizations and beyond. She is the founder of Tierra Negra Arts, an arts based facilitation business with a mission to deliver workshops that foster inclusion and social justice in communities. She is also the owner of Autonomy Fitness, a body positive personal training business inviting people of all sizes, abilities, genders and sexual orientations to learn the joy of movement. Ruby is a certified personal trainer through Canfitpro, and hopes to utilize her own journey through battling body shame and chronic pain to support others in becoming the most fullest and powerful selves. 


Doris Thews

Doris Thews is a fitness Industry veteran and an International award-winning Fitness Educator, including 2019 World IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year.  CEO of Team Thews Fitness where she consults, leads & presents for several leading brands on business, program development, technology platforms and executive strategy.  Senior Master Trainer and Global Mentor for Schwinn and an International Development Master Trainer team for BOSU Fitness. In addition to presenting and lecturing internationally, she is also a Keynote speaker well known for her motivational and athletic coaching style.


Carl Ulmer

Carl is the Director of Operations where oversees and supports all of the operations of Club 16 Trevor Linden Fitness. Carl is also a Partner with L&L Signature Fitness Group (Club 16 Trevor Linden Fitness and Orange Theory Fitness Lower Mainland). Carl’s passion is inspiring our community to live their best lives.


Kim Vopni

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'.

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Scott Wildeman

Scott is the Senior VP Fitness and Operations for GYMVMT, Her GYMVMT, Bankers Hall Club and ClubFit in Alberta Canada, winners of Canada's Best Managed Companies award along with the Achievers Most Engaged Workplaces award. Scott’s passion for the fitness industry has led him to his active roles as the President at Prescription to Get Active and President at Fitness Industry Council of Canada. Scott is a dynamic leader that has helped build one of the largest Personal Training and Group Fitness teams in Canada, his areas of expertise include Personal Training sales and business practices, career development and Human Resources. Scott inspires his two daughters to embrace fitness by exploring indoor and outdoor activities during their time together.


Kia Williams

Kia Williams, M.S., 200 hr RYT is a global presenter, master educator, and host of Fit and Fierce on the Mic - a podcast dedicated to providing expert advice to refine teaching and coaching techniques, and to grow fitness businesses and services. She is an executive board member for Jeremiah 33:6, a not-for-profit holistic health education and preventative medicine corporation and for Women in Business Illinois. Kia is currently serving on the MedFit Education Advisory Board as a partner to launch a Youth Fitness & Nutrition Specialist Program. Kia uses her skills and experience to mentor young professionals, support multicultural engagement, and to make fitness accessible, inclusive and feasible for the masses. Kia's career mission is to support people who are affected by marginalization in jobs, education, healthcare and lack of representation in the fitness industry. 


Casey Zavaleta

Casey Zavaleta began her career with Toronto FC in the High Performance Department where she created programs to improve athletes' high performance habits. As a personal trainer, she found a passion for leading and coaching women to engage with fitness for better reasons than changing their body size. She is currently an educator with DTS Fitness Education, where she is the lead developer for DTS Habits Coach, a course that teaches trainers to help their clients improve their habits.

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