Meet FIC’s Provincial Council
As an adolescent, Angela Longstaffe was a champion ring tennis player, loved handball and worked as a lifeguard. She was one of the first clients at Body & Soul Health and Fitness in Vancouver, BC. Originally, she was referred to the fitness facility by her doctor to assist with pain. She recognized Body & Soul Health and Fitness as a vibrant business and became a silent partner for 3 years.
In 2001 Angela became more involved on a daily basis, and in 2003 became the sole owner. In 2011, after many years of running the business, Angela took the first step towards retirement. Although she is now less involved in the day-to-day running of the business, she continues to oversee key decisions and manage the strategic direction of the company.
Lisa’s change in career happened in 2003, after working in various senior positions in Marketing, Purchasing and Market Research in the Foodservice industry. She has really enjoyed this change in pace and thrives on assisting clients with bettering their own physical and mental wellbeing. Lisa’s change in career happened in 2003, after working in various senior positions in Marketing, Purchasing and Market Research in the Foodservice industry. She has really enjoyed this change in pace and thrives on assisting clients with bettering their own physical and mental wellbeing.
The area of Workplace Wellness has held a great deal of intrigue for Lisa and is something she has researched and liaised with others on over the past few years. She is working towards bringing more wellness initiatives into the workplace, especially small business. The area of Workplace Wellness has held a great deal of intrigue for Lisa and is something she has researched and liaised with others on over the past few years. She is working towards bringing more wellness initiatives into the workplace, especially small businesses.
Lisa has been active all her life in various activities, especially as a figure skater. She was a member of the Toronto Cricket Club’s Precision (synchronized) team that competed at the Canadian level, with her team winning gold medals in 1993 and 1994. In addition to Pilates and Yamuna Body Rolling, she enjoys hiking and rollerblading among her recreational pursuits. Lisa has been a long-term (close to 30 years) volunteer in various capacities at Casey House Hospice, a world-renowned AIDS hospice in Toronto.
Diane Saucier is the General Manager of Midtown Sanctuaire in Montreal. She has over 25 years of extensive experience as a director, sales manager, owner and consultant with roles ranging from sales executive, exercise specialist, clinician, to the overall management of large multisport fitness clubs and community centers.
In 1995, Diane owned her own fitness studio before assuming the role as Sales Manager with GoodLife Fitness Clubs Montreal. Diane joined Midtown Le Sporting Club Sanctuaire as Sales and Marketing Director in 1999. After taking time off to raise her family, Diane returned to a full-time career as the General Manager at Mansfield Athletic Club in 1994.
Since then she’s worked at Ottawa Athletic Club as a consultant and for Health Systems Group as the Director at Ben Weider JCC. Diane returned to Midtown Sanctuaire as the General Manager in February 2016.
Rob has worked in the fitness industry since 2002. Rob has held many different positions over the years including Kinesiologist, Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Director, Program Manager, General Manager and Director of Operations for several well-known fitness centers.
Rob holds a BSc in Human Kinetics from St. Francis Xavier University. Rob is also a CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist and a canfitpro PRO TRAINER.
Rob lives in beautiful Prince Edward Island with his wife and two daughters and is currently working at Dynamic Fitness in Charlottetown.
After a successful professional cycling career (2 x Canadian National Champion), Charly has been making his mark in the Fitness & Wellness industry for the last 13 years. He is currently working for Health Systems Group as Associate Director of Fitness & Wellness. Charly has been working in high-end private clubs (Midtown and Mansfield) for the first 10 years of his career.
He played most roles that a private club can offer, from Fitness and Wellness Coach to Engagement Manager, responsible of the integration of all new members and customer service, and left the high-end sector as General Manager. Still passionate about cycling, he is currently finishing is onboarding as a Stages Indoor Cycling Master Educator.
Samantha has been working within the fitness industry since her first year of university. With a B.Sc in Kinesiology, she is a CSEP certified personal trainer with multiple certifications.
Working in health and fitness clubs since she was twenty years old, Samantha rose up through one of the busiest private gyms in downtown Montreal. After finishing her studies, she spent four years in her role at the Nautilus Plus Place Montreal Trust branch as their Assistant General Manager. She made a drastic change when the opportunity to work within the non-profit sector was presented. During her time as a Fitness Coordinator at Montreal’s JCC, Samantha created, developed and ran a new department of teen fitness and wellness programs.
Having gained valuable experiences applying her skills within the not-for-profit sector, Samantha has now joined the team at Victoria Park, a one of a kind world-class health club in Montreal, where she holds the title of General Manager.
Michael is a 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.
Krishea Holloway is the Vice President of the North America Operations. She is responsible for operational leadership of the North America business and franchise operations team including marketing, training, communication, compliance, and engagement programs. Krishea began her career with Curves as an owner of a Curves Club in 1997 and after creating excellent success at her club was asked by the company to become a mentor to other club owners.
She joined the Corporate support team as a Club Operations Trainer and has held progressive positions within the company including, Sales and Resales management, Country Manager for New Zealand and Australia and Director of Operations for North America. Krishea graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Hawaii.
Katherine MacKeigan is the Director of the Provincial Fitness Unit (University of Alberta), and Executive Director of the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association. Katherine is known as a tireless advocate for active living, and for professionalism, standards, certification, and education for exercise professionals.
Katherine is the Vice-Chair of the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals and is working with national partners to establish internationally recognized benchmarks for the registration of group exercise and personal training professionals across Canada.
Nasser Obeid, a Canadian Kinesiologist from McMaster University is the President of JHT Fitness Canada; a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johnson Health Tech. International, the manufacturer of Matrix Fitness equipment.
Nasser has over twenty years of international experience in the health and fitness industry.
Matthew Taub is a 25-year fitness industry veteran. An international fitness presenter and fitness educator. Previously a Beachbody Live P90X Master Trainer, format expert and choreographer, Matthew is now the Regional Fitness Manager and Regional Trainer for Orangetheory Fitness.
Beginning his career in fitness as a sales associate he has worked through all areas of the fitness world from consultant to gym owner. Working with personal trainers and studio owners as well as big-box fitness, his passion has led him to help others change their lives.
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.
Jean-Denis holds a B.S. in Physical Activity from UQÀM. For more than 18 years he is the Head of Energie Cardio’s Training Department, he as a role of inspiring and leading his team of 400 personal trainers and group exercise instructors. For more than 10 years, he certified personal trainers all over the province of Québec.
He speaks at many training conferences and as his columns on Énergie Cardio’s Web site. He teaches indoor cycling in his spare time and works as a personal trainer for a wide range of clients, ranging from athletes to clients targeting weight loss. Also, Jean-Denis teaches “sport center management” at Bishop’s University. Finally, but mostly, he loves training for different planned events and also just for the fun of it.
In 2011, Carl opened the first Club 16 Trevor Linden Fitness location in Coquitlam, BC, as the General Manager. He led the Management Group as a Regional Manager from 2012-2017. Soon after, he transitioned into the role of Director of Fitness, where he launched and supported the growth of our newly introduced Personal Training Department. Carl has been promoted to Director of Operations where he now 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 has been involved in supporting some of the political campaigns provincially in his area of Surrey, British Columbia. He also supports some minor league and children’s sports associations. Carl hopes to become more involved in these types of initiatives in the future. Club 16 Trevor Linden Fitness is an advocate of the National Health and Fitness Day, the Trevor Linden Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation among others.