Meet your Presenters

Julia Aimers
Julia Aimers earned the Gold Standard in fitness testing and personal training in 1990 as a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. She is the Owner and Head Coach of Team Triumph Triathlon Club, an NCCP Level 1Triathlon Coach, Level 2 Cycling Coach and Johhny G, Reebok and Core Spinning Instructor Certified.   She has done 300 hrs of Yoga Alliance Teacher Training and specializes in teaching Yoga for Athletes.

Rachel Caven
Rachel is Ottawa’s Expert Weight Loss Nutritionist and the Owner and Clinic Director of Caven Nutrition Group. She specializes in healthy and sustainable weight loss, digestive issues, hormonal health and autoimmune conditions. Rachel is a sought after speaker for corporate, government and media events.  She is a dynamic and passionate speaker, who uses science and facts mixed with humour and practical advice everyone can use.  She appears regularly on Ottawa’s CTV Morning Live and Roger’s Daytime Ottawa and has written articles for Chatelaine Magazine, the Huffington Post, Ottawa Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Alive Magazine and Revive Magazine.  Rachel is a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Forty Under 40 Awards.

Amanda Degrace
Amanda DeGrace, owner of Little Lotus Yoga, has been offering specialized yoga classes in Prenatal, Postnatal (Mom & Baby) and Childrens Yoga for over 16 years now!  Amanda has also developed extensive Teacher Training programs in these specialities and offers Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Alliance Registered Childrens Yoga Teacher Training in Ottawa, Montreal and other cities across Ontario and Quebec.

Alanna George
Alanna George is a professor at Algonquin College for the Faculty of Wellness Research and Innovation; and also the of Manager of Health and Wellness
Programs at the Dovercourt Recreation Association in Ottawa, Canada. Alanna has spent fifteen years as an industry leader in the creation of exercise programming for injuries, special populations and older adults.  Alanna has fostered partnerships with hospitals, clinics and non-for-profits to create and implement rehabilitation programs that bridge the space between clinical supervision and an active lifestyle.. She sits on the Advisory Boards for both the Ottawa Heart Institute’s Heartwise Program, and Partners in Parkinson’s Research (PIPR). Alanna is part of the network for Canadian Aquatic Rehabilitation Instructors (CARI).    

Jan Giblin
Jan has been teaching group exercise for the past 15 years with certifications from Les Mills and Canfitpro. Her passion began with step and weight training classes and then Jan’s love of outdoor cycling moved indoors. Jan’s style merges authentic riding and form with great beats and fun. She has taught at several gyms in Montreal and currently also teaches at a Dawson College. While by night Jan may spend her time in dimly lit rooms filled with stationary bikes, loud music and sweaty riders, by day she works at Pratt & Whitney Canada managing parts to build airplane engines.

Brittany Gordon
Brittany is a Registered Holistic Nutritionists who specializes in Sports Nutrition, Allergy and Skin Health and overall digestive wellness.  Brittany has been working in the field of Health and Wellness since 2012 starting her career off as a personal trainer and eventually traveling to Costa Rica to become a Registered Yoga Teacher.  After working in the field of function movement and health for several years she realized that something was missing from her own life and from the lives of her clients.  In order to help rid herself of a life filled with allergies, food sensitivities, eczema and weight struggles of her own Brittany pursued formal education in Nutrition.  She has been able to reduce and eliminate her own eczema symptoms, found a healthy balance in life and is excited to share her knowledge with others. Since becoming a Nutritionist Brittany has joined the Caven Nutrition Group and has been able to watch as her clients have been able to rapidly achieve their goals and change their lives and maximize their energy.

Nick Haince
Nick has a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and is a registered Kinesiologist. Nick has been in the industry for a decade, working with general population, rehabilitation patients and elite level athletes.  Nick’s career in personal training started out at the Ottawa U fitness centre in 2007 when he was a student studying Human Kinetics. He finished his program at Ottawa U doing an internship at the Ottawa Sport Performance Centre where he began training athletes.  After 6 years of working in a high performance centre, using a functional approach with general public and competitive athletes, Nick decided to partner up, take the next step and open his own athletic training facility. Capital Strength Training Systems is a unique facility that is home to hundreds of local athletes and caters to general public with personal training, small group fitness and their popular adult fitness class “Capital Crew”.

Brenda Hamm
Brenda is the Manager of LifeFIT Canada, where she is responsible for 11 fitness sites as well as all of health and wellness programming at the RA Centre.  She has been in the fitness industry for 30+ years and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience and mentoring fitness professionals.  Her specialty is group fitness, including step, core, strength, choreography, Yoga and Pilates.  Leadership, membership service, personal training, performance measurement and genuine concern for the “members” experience are equally within her areas of expertise.   In addition to being a Master Fitness Instructor,  Brenda is also a trained facilitator and has created and developed numerous health/wellness workshops for corporate clients.  

Nicole Houle
Nicole has been a leader in the fitness industry for over +25 years and has taught a variety of classes across the city and in the Caribbean. She has a deep passion for group fitness and a commitment to the success of those around her.  She has the following certifications: CAN-FIT PRO FIS/PTS, Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Step and has recently completed the Strong by Zumba course.  

Michael Hutkins
Michael practices and teaches a traditional and holistic approach to yoga.
Training at several Sivananda ashrams in Canada and India, has allowed Michael to live with his teacher and be fully immersed in the yoga experience. His training covers a wide scope of yoga, from philosophy and Bhagavad Gita courses to chanting and devotion ceremonies to the physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation. Michael is the owner of Michael Hutkins Yoga in Cantley Quebec, he teaches instructor training courses and workshops.
Michael believes yoga can be made accessible to everyone and teaches classes to children, seniors, and individuals of all skill and fitness levels.

Kristy Kilcup
Kristy Kilcup is a graduate from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Degree in Human Kinetics and an Education degree at the intermediate/senior division.
Currently, Kristy works as a group fitness instructor teaching Pilates, Kettlebells and Indoor Cycling, as a Master Educator for Stages® Indoor Cycling and consultant for SYMMETRY Fitness Consulting. Kristy is a CanFit Pro Presenter and IDEA presenter.
She holds certifications in Spinning® as a Star 3 instructor, an Advanced Matt Stott Pilates® Instructor, a CSEP Personal Trainer and Level 2 Agatsu Kettlebells Instructor.
Further interests include courses/certifications in sports conditioning and post-rehabilitative care.

Dr. Aaron Lynn
Dr. Lynn graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2015 and moved back to Ottawa to start his practice. He is from Westport, a small town located south of Perth, Ontario. Growing up, Dr. Lynn played competitive hockey and soccer that included 6 years of Junior level hockey and 5 years of varsity soccer. His passion for health and sports led him to pursue a career in chiropractic after completing his undergraduate and Masters Degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa.
Within his practice, Dr. Lynn provides and integrates a variety of chiropractic techniques to help his patients recover from injury or to optimize performance. Some of these techniques include acupuncture, ART, spinal adjustments and corrective exercises. Dr. Lynn also has the privilege of treating a variety of patients, from young patients to old patients, or from high performance athletes to the desk bound office worker. In his personal time, Dr. Lynn enjoys coaching within the Ottawa Stings Minor Hockey Association and giving talks to small groups on health related topics.

Margaret Martin
Margaret runs her Physiotherapy and Personal Training Studio, Function to Fitness, in Ottawa.  Her diverse training also leads her to spending time teaching Yoga, Nordic Poling, TaiChi and overseeing her on-line company MelioGuide.com.  
Since 2000 she has maintained her certification with the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Margaret is the author of three books, Strengthen Your Core, Exercise for Better Bones and Yoga for Better Bones. She is the recipient of the 2011 Award of Distinction from the College of Physiotherapist of Ontario.

Lisa Mastrachio
Lisa is a sought-after group fitness instructor with over 15 years’ experience. She currently works at énergie Cardio in Québec as an instructor trainer and a Les Mills Canada assessor. Lisa also works at Goodlife Fitness clubs as a Newbody national trainer. She’s traveled throughout the country and abroad, sharing her energy and passion for fitness. Lisa’s goal is to motivate, inspire, and empower others to achieve their personal best.

Jill Pomeroy
Jill is passionate about sharing the joy of physical activity and movement with everyone.  Jill began her journey with an undergrad degree in Physical Education from UBC.  She took time off to have a family, moved to Ottawa and then became certified to lead group training through the YMCA.  She has been working in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years, teaching everything from strength training to cycling to water running and cross country skiing. Jill loves running cycling, swimming, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

John Zahab
John is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT) through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. He has worked full time in the fitness industry for over thirteen years developing and implementing exercise programs for individuals and teams with varying abilities and needs. John has had the opportunity to work with athletes from a broad spectrum of sports, including those competing and performing at the national and professional levels. In addition to his work with athletes, John has provided fitness services to a number of active individuals who seek to regain and maintain a healthy active lifestyle.

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