Meet FIC’s Board of Directors
David Hardy is currently the President of Fitness Industry Council of Canada. David is an advisory board member of Check Free Club Management software, and is a contributing editor of Human Kinetics publications. Because of David’s interest in fitness, he founded Fitness Industry Council of Canada in 2005 and is serving as the Council’s first President. He is married with 4 children and enjoys skiing, cycling and golf.
David is also the President of Franvest Capital Partners and has been actively involved in the purchase and sale of privately and publicly-held companies since 1990. David has owned and operated numerous companies in the retail, manufacturing, software and hospitality industries.
Clive Caldwell is the President of The Cambridge Group of Clubs, which includes The Cambridge Club, The Adelaide Club, The Toronto Athletic Club, and The Club Sportif MAA.
Clive has worked in clubs all of his adult life and started as a squash professional at the Cambridge Club in 1972 at the age of 21. He competed on the World Professional Squash Association Tour for more than 20 years, achieving a No. 2 ranking in 1982 and won the world hardball championships in 1980 and 1982.
Jeff Ardron is the President & General Manager of Fitness Unlimited Athletic Club in Maple Ridge, BC. Jeff is also a co-owner with his brother Mark of Fitness Unlimited in Richmond, BC. The third Fitness Unlimited location in Langley, BC is also family owned. For more information, please visit Fitness Unlimited.
Fitness Unlimited believes strongly in being a partner in the community. Over the past few years Fitness Unlimited has and continues to support and work with such organizations as The Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society and The Heart & Stroke Foundation.
As a second generation club owner, Jeff has spent his whole life growing up in the fitness club his parents founded. Jeff has managed the Maple Ridge location for 6 years and bought it a year and a half ago. A graduate from BCIT’s School of Business, Jeff enjoys to practice what he preaches (exercise). He spends the remainder of his time trying to keep up with his young family.
Scott is the Senior Vice President of Operations for International Fitness Holdings Inc.
He has been with World Health Club for the past 10 years, working as a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Fitness Manager and now spends his time working with over 300 amazing fitness professionals in 25 clubs across Alberta.
Scott is also a PRO Trainer with Can Fit Pro, and has lectured for various organizations including Can Fit Pro, Mount Royal College, University of Calgary and the Calgary Board of Education.
Scott holds a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, as is PTS and FIS certified. He is married (Tara) and has one daughter (Tia). He enjoys working out, flag football, golf and snowboarding.
Skye Kaiss is the Chief Operating Officer of Gold’s Gym Regina. Currently the Kaiss Group is operating two locations, serving 7,000 members. The Kaiss family owns the rights to develop the Gold’s Gym brand in the Regina market with plans to develop two more full sized clubs.
Skye’s educational background includes a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, and is a graduate of the International Institute of Political and Economic Studies through Georgetown University.
The Kaiss Group strongly believes in community involvement as a key aspect to the success of their fitness business. A partial list of community partners includes the Canadian Diabetes Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, University of Regina and the John Howard Society.
Michael is proven leader and a legend in our industry with more than 30 plus years of achievements and accomplishments within the Fitness and Health industry, including Development, Financing and Senior Management.
Michael is currently the CEO of Casaral Inc, A Private Equity Investment Corporation which invests in small start-up companies to bring added value and to grow businesses with a view to a Public Offering or sale to larger organizations.
From 2006 to 2009, Michael was the Chairman of the Board of Directors for IHRSA (The International Health Racquet and Sports Association). In addition Michael is also the current president of eMbody Fitness Clubs.
Jennie Geise opened her Curves club nine years ago, and has recently sold her club in order to focus on her responsibilities as Director of Wellness Networks for Curves International (US and Canada). While a Curves owner, Jennie was awarded the Gold Franchisee of the Year (2006), was President of the Curves Co-Op of the Year (2007), and was Vice President of Operations for the Curves Franchisee Association (2008). Jennie is an avid runner, and mother of three, and believes strongly in the overall benefit of adopting a healthy lifestyle.Jennie’s focus at Curves is working with organizations to build preventative-based programs that benefit their employees or members. Ideally these programs provide incentive and funding for fitness and weight management services in order to improve the health of the organization. The investment in these programs is recouped in a healthier and more productive employee or member base. Jennie looks forward to working with the FIC to help promote fitness and weight loss programs as an important aspect of preventative care.
As Motion Fitness Director Balal Anwar is responsible for Motion Fitness day to day operations as well as leading the company’s product development. He also oversees all revenue and customer operations as well as marketing and partnership.