Learn more about the presenters below.

Presenter biographies are organized by Keynote then alphabetically by first name.

Christine Mcleod

Christine McLeod | Keynote Presenter

•  Tue, Sept 28, 1:15  2:30 pm | Keynote

Christine McLeod is the Founder of Everyday Leaders and most recently started a new venture, Rising Villages, which offers one day retreats in Squamish, BC for work gatherings and youth alike. She is a passionate and engaged leader in her community whose glass is always half full and whose possibility-filled vision for what personal leadership, thriving workplaces and resilient community looks like inspires everyone around her to do their best. Christine is a change maker, a visionary, and inspiring developer of people. The intersection of her passion, skillset and purpose is to connect others to themselves, others and their community.

Brenda Adams R

Brenda Adams

•  Thur, Sept 30, 11:30 an 12:30 pm | Working with Older Adults, How Scared Should I Be?

Brenda Adams, Ph.D. (student), CPCC, is dedicated to helping Personal Trainers forge their own path. She brings her extensive experience in the fitness industry, her expertise as a life coach and her passion for understanding what motivates people together in a way that allows Trainers to see possibilities they never knew existed. Her Ph.D. research focusses on the state of burnout in Personal Trainers and how to help them build their resiliency to better weather the ups and downs of this industry.
Cassidy P R

Cassidy Papaioannou

•  Wed, Sept 29, 2:30  3:15 pm | Block Therapy for Lower Back & Hip: Fascia Release

In her 29th year as a fitness leader, having explored nearly every fitness trend and toy, Cassidy never imagined her most recent venture. In 2020, Cassidy found herself pivoting to delivering fitness classes online. During one of these classes, her husband remarked, "You've made it to the big screen!" He was referring to the 65" screen in the dining room she was using to watch her participants through Zoom. Cassidy is very grateful that she had her Block Therapy program to offer as a Zoom class. It couldn't have been easier. She found this restorative program by accident in 2019 when she was trying to heal from a severe slip on the ice, and now wants to share her Block Therapy knowledge with other fitness leaders.
Charlene Kopansky R

Charlene Kopansky

•  Thur, Sept 30, 10:30 11:15 am | Infuse Your Aquatic Program with Yoga and Stretches

Charlene is in high demand as a trainer and presenter across Canada and worldwide. In addition to developing and training the course curriculum for Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance Inc. (CALA), Charlene is a trainer for Ontario Fitness Council/FOLP, and BCRPA. She is a regular presenter at Canadian and international fitness conferences, including CanFitPro, GO50 Age Concern, H2Oz and LEAD. As a master trainer, she has developed the CALA training team in Canada, Europe and South Africa. Her outstanding efforts to raise the standards of professionalism in aquafitness and related water exercise activities plus land fitness have won Charlene many accolades, including: Volunteer Recognition Award, OFC, 1992; Leadership Award, OFC, 1994; Who's Who of Canadian Women in Fitness, 1997-98, Chatelaine Magazine; and Fitness Leader of the Year, 1998, The Fitness Institute; canfitpro Lifetime Achievement award 2013.
Daljit Sidhu R

Daljit Sidhu

•  Tue, Sept 28, 3:45  4:30 pm | Diversity & Inclusion Education for Fitness Professionals

Daljit didn't have a sports or fitness background growing up due to various barriers, however; once she participated with the help of role models, a passion for fitness was fueled. Daljit has worked in the recreation field for the last decade and is a registered fitness leader in Group Fitness, Personal Training, Fitness Theory, Aqua Fitness & Weight Training. Daljit also teaches Zumba and Bollywood dance classes. She has also earned her Bachelors in Recreation Management from Langara College. Daljit has a great passion for helping diverse populations such as newcomers connect with and benefits from participation in recreation programs.
Daniela Tempesta 1 R

Daniela Tempesta

•  Tue, Sept 28, 2:45  3:30 pm | Avoiding Digital Burnout

Daniela's extensive background in dance has led to a successful 20 year career in the industry (which goes by fast!). Her focus is on education and instructor development through courses (ACE's Group Fitness), workshops and mentoring.

She is ACE-Certified and a BCRPA TFL & PT. Through a foundation in anatomy, she encourages self-inquiry and connectedness with each other, leaving the students feeling balanced in body, mind and spirit. An international presenter (canfitpro, BCRPA BCFit, Manitoba Fitness Council, Nelson Fitness Forum, SCW Mania Boston, IDEA), her most recent accolade: Canada's Top Fitness Instructors of 2021 (nominated) & 2019 - IMPACT Magazine. 

Debbie Cheong R

Debbie Cheong

•  Thur, Sept 30, 11:30 an 12:30 pm | Working with Older Adults, How Scared Should I Be?

Debbie is the Provincial Coordinator for BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centers Osteofit, a unique fall prevention exercise and education program for those with low bone mass and those at risk of falling.

Debbie is a Master Trainer and Evaluator for Osteofit instructors, Supervisor of Fitness Leaders in Group Fitness, Aquatic Fitness, and Older Adult Fitness; a registered Weight Trainer, certified Joint Works/Water Works instructor (the Arthritis Society), Bonefit certified by Osteoporosis Canada, trained by California State University as a Fall Proof Balance and Mobility Specialist and certified in the Fitness and Mobility Exercise Program (GF Strong) for those recovering from stroke. She has presented workshops to BC Injury Prevention Alliance (2021), Osteoporosis Canada (2021), the First Nation Elders Gathering (Vancouver 2019), National Fall Prevention Conference (Calgary, 2016) and the World Congress on Active Aging (Scotland, 2012). Debbie Cheong developed Get Up & Go and Carefit, programs for frail seniors at high risk for falls.

Dylan Kay R

Dylan Kay

•  Thur, Sept 30, 9:15  10:15 am | Low Impact Training: How Do I Make It Work For My Clients?

Dylan is a Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology Certified Personal Trainer and co-developer of LITE Squared™ (Low Impact Training Exercise Experience). Dylan uses his knowledge of Kinesiology and other certifications from the best fitness professionals in the industry to provide clients with a well-rounded approach. This approach includes an emphasis on his clients to perfect their form to improve results.
Jody Sandler R

Jody Sandler

•  Thur, Sept 30, 9:15  10:15 am | Low Impact Training: How Do I Make It Work For My Clients?

Jody has been a BCRPA Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Leader since 1981, and  has been developing fitness programs that focus on both form and function. LITE Squared™ is her current collaborative fitness project. 
Kim Bond 1 R

Kim Bond

•  Wed, Sept 29, 1:15 2:15 pm | Improve and Re(A)lign Posture: Tools for Virtual and In-Person Coaching

Kim is a seasoned Trainer of Trainers who's focus is on keeping students/clients current. She has a passion for creating easy-to-apply learning techniques, which shines through in each of her presentations. With an abundance of energy, her programs go from 0-100.

Traci Addison R

Traci Addison

•  Wed, Sept 29, 3:30  4:30 pm | Band-tastic

Traci is passionate about inspiring and motivating people to live an Active Life. Her passion for fitness was born over 25 years ago when she had the opportunity to participate in classes with an amazingly motivating instructor. She has taught all levels, ages and styles of fitness. She is BCRPA Supervisor of Fitness Leaders (SFL) for Group Fitness; certified in TRX, Rip Trainer, BARRE, and Indoor Cycling. Traci’s indoor cycling passion has served well as she qualified for Team Canada’s 2008 Age Group World Championship Team.

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