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.
Perry Tucciarone is the Director, National Accounts & Business Development for Merchant Treasury Services (MTS). MTS is a payment processing, recovery and club management software company. MTS has been providing software solutions to the fitness industry for over 12 years. MTS was the first company to implement a comprehensive software solution to streamline and manage a club’s recurring payment and recovery process.
Prior to MTS, Perry successfully owned and managed his own fitness clubs, as well as managed and consulted fitness clubs in Canada and the United States for over 20 years.
It is this well-rounded experience in the industry which allows Perry to successfully find solutions while maintaining long-term professional relationships with fitness club owners, managers, and other industry professionals.
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.
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.
Nick is the founder and CEO of Trainer Plus, an automated fitness management software for gyms and trainers. After growing up in the fitness industry with a mother running fitness centres, he received an Economics degree from Queen’s University and played football professionally in Europe.
When Nick returned to Canada, he started working as a personal trainer, and then facility manager, before becoming the operations manager for a chain of gyms. Frustrated by the lack of good technology in the fitness industry and the limitations of paper and pen solutions, Nick left the industry to join a tech startup and then worked as a business development and sales consultant for startups. He founded Trainer Plus Inc in 2015 and has been building technology for gyms and trainers since.
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 Operations Manager.