2020 CPTN Personal Trainer Summit Speaker Biographies
Fred Antwi, CEO, Publisher and Marketing Strategist
Fred Antwi is a Creative Director and Publisher of health, fitness and wellness magazines on newsstands across Canada, with experience in all aspects of the business, including but not limited to branding, content creation, distribution, management and promotion. As a former Mr. Canada/IFBB Pro Bodybuilder and certified personal trainer, he flexes 30+ years of knowledge in the fitness Industry.
Riaz Aziz, CPTN-CPT.M, CSCS, CES, CFSS, FMT, PN2
In 2006, Riaz received a Stage 3 Lymphoma diagnosis. Newly married with his wife expecting their first baby and cancer rampaging through his entire left side, he underwent surgery and very aggressive chemo treatments, which took a heavy toll on his body and mind. Today, he is one of the most sought after cancer fitness professionals in Toronto. This journey back from hell lead him through many paths - fight-trainer, rehab specialist, fascia stretch specialist, nutrition coach, cancer exercise specialist to a Patient Family Advisory Council member for Sunnybrook Hospital’s Odette Cancer Centre actively helping those recovering from cancer and being an influential voice for patient advocacy.
John Paul Catanzaro, BSc, CEP
John Paul Catanzaro owns and operates a private training facility in Richmond Hill, Ontario. He also founded The Catanzaro Group in 2004 with divisions in fitness, nutrition, supplements, lifestyle, seminars, and publishing. Over the years, John Paul has appeared on television and has written articles for various health and fitness publications. He has authored several books and DVDs and has released several webinars geared toward health and fitness professionals. Throughout his career, John Paul has consulted for numerous organizations and has lectured for many of the leading fitness organizations.
Anne Marie Collingwood, BA, CPTN-CPT, GFL
Anne Marie Collingwood has passionately worked in the fitness field for almost 20 years. After facing breast cancer 13 years ago, her experience as a personal trainer and Pilates and fitness instructor has led her to help others who have faced this disease. Anne Marie is the coordinator of YWCA Encore, an after breast cancer exercise program in Hamilton and is a national trainer for Encore. She continues to see the positive impact that specialized programs have on the lives of women. Also, Anne Marie’s various roles support and link people and organizations within the local breast cancer community.
Samantha Gladish, BSc, RHN
Samantha Gladish is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Entrepreneur, Podcaster, Author and Natural Born Leader dedicated to helping women achieve vibrant health. Samantha has been working with clients in the health and wellness field for over 15 years. Through her online training programs, e-books, and personal one-on-one coaching, Samantha has worked with women in more than 30 countries and counting.
Heather Harrison, MEd, BKin, NCCP Certified, CEP, CPTN-CPT.M
Heather is a Certified Coach, Exercise Physiologist, Personal Trainer and CPTN Course Conductor and Practical Assessor, as well as a Professor within the Fitness and Health Promotion program at Durham College. For the last 12 years, Heather has been purposefully infusing Internal Control Psychology / Choice Theory into her coaching and teaching. In so doing she has supported fitness professionals, clients and students to reach new levels of self-evaluation and subsequent behaviour change to bring them closer to what they want out of life.
Karsten Jensen, MSc, CPTN-CPT.M
Karsten Jensen is a periodization coach and expert who has helped world-class and Olympic athletes from 26 different sports, many of whom have won Olympic medals, European Championships, World Championships, and ATP Tournaments. He is author of two books, The Flexible Periodization Method and Performance Optimization with Periodization. Karsten has also published over 160 articles, 19 instructor training manuals, and conducted hundreds of live, 8-hour workshops. For more information please visit www.yestostrength.com.
Igor Klibanov, BA, CPT
Igor Klibanov was selected as one of the top 5 personal trainers in Toronto by the Metro News newspaper, and is the author of a book called STOP EXERCISING! The Way You Are Doing it Now. In 2010 he founded Fitness Solutions Plus, which provides personal training as well as fitness education. Since founding his company, Igor has done over 350 speaking engagements at some of Canada’s largest corporations (like RBC, Sun Life, Intact Insurance, and others). For more information please visit www.fitnesssolutionsplus.ca.
Anne Klausner, CPTN-CPT, CPTN-COATS, ETS
Anne joined CPTN in 2015, founding Exercise with Care one year later. Introduced to Z-Health Education at the 2017 CPTN Conference, she has continued in their education program and evolved as a trainer through the use of applied neuroscience-based drills. This knowledge has transformed her business. Anne Klausner studied hydrotherapy, osteopathic and rehabilitation therapy methods in Israel and worked at the Sheba Rehabilitation Hospital. Anne is passionate about changing the way we think about movement, chronic pain and balance, conducting workshops and speaking at events as an advocate for changing attitudes about chronic pain and exercise.
Dr. Judith Laprade, PhD, MSc, BSc, BA
Dr. Judith has four degrees under her belt, starting with a Bachelor’s in Physical Education (UWO), and Physical Therapy (Queen’s) and ending with a Masters & Doctorate in Anatomy (Queen’s). For the past 20 years, she has functionally taught Anatomy to train Kinesiology, Medical, Physical Therapy and Dentistry students in two different countries. Currently, Judi is an Associate Professor in Anatomy at the University of Toronto, teaching undergraduates, graduates and professional program trainees. When she isn’t shaping young minds, you can find her either baking, playing volleyball, or hanging out with her husband and dogs.
Deanna Lawson-Langford, BA, CCF-CMCP, CPTN-CPT.M, OFC-TFL
As the founder of Deanna Langford Coaching, CPTN course conductor, practical assessor, and professor at Sheridan College, Deanna has been educating and certifying fitness leaders and personal trainers for 20 years. As a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and coach practitioner, Deanna has a passion for creating classes and programs in which people feel successful, seen and safe.
Frances Michaelson, ND, BA, PTS
Frances Michaelson is a licensed naturopath, personal trainer, speaker, author and blogger residing in Montreal, Quebec. With over three decades of experience and a broad knowledge base, Frances is recognized leader in the health and fitness field. She has made it her business to help others achieve optimal health and wellness through her naturopathic practice, which focuses on gut health. For more information please visit www.livethewow.ca.
Alex Nurse, BA, CSCS, SSC, CSAC, CSNC, NKT2, STR
Alex is a Strength & Athletic Development Coach who augments his programs with Neurokinetic testing principles. He trains occupational, youth, and professional athletes, as well as individuals looking to lose fat or build muscle. He is the Co-Director of AXIS Performance + Training, located in Scarborough, Ontario. For more information please visit www.axisrh.com.
Ross O’Donnell, BA, CPTN-CPT
Ross O’Donnell is president of Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. (FKCI). He is an international fitness and martial arts presenter, a fitness columnist with over 300 published articles and 15 instructor-training manuals to his credit, and author of The Ultimate Fitness Boxing & Kickboxing Workout. Among the many leadership roles he plays, Ross is also a professional MMA coach. For more information please visit www.fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca.
Angela Pereira, BSc (Honours), RKin, CNP, CPTN-CPT, CPTN-CYS, CSCS, ROHP
Angela is the owner of First Line Education, Inc. Over the years, she has grown her therapeutic movement practice to include yoga and various approaches to fascial therapy. Her favourite clients are older adults who have multiple chronic autoimmune diseases. Angela has a passion for holistic nutrition and its incredible positive influence on stable mental health. She loves to be a mentor to her movement therapy colleagues as they start and grow their practices. For more information please visit www.firstlineeducation.com.
Amy Roosenboom, BA, RMT, Sports Business Management
Amy’s personal training career began while studying Kinesiology at Laurier University. In 14 years, she coached clients in large corporate gyms, private training studios and physical therapy clinics. The latter sparked her desire to assess and treat physical dysfunction, so she obtained her Massage Therapy designation. Most recently, Amy accepted a full-time teaching position at Durham College in the Fitness & Health Promotion program and then transitioned into the role of Program Coordinator of the Massage Therapy program. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her children, playing volleyball and camping with her partner.
David Sandler, MSc, ABD, ACSM-HFD, ACSM-HFI, CISSN, CSCS,*D; FNSCA, FISSN, RSCC,*D
David Sandler has been a leader in the fitness industry for more than 30 years. From his beginnings as a multi-sport athlete, turned competitive powerlifter, his passion was to innovate, educate and perpetuate his findings in athletics, nutrition and health. From his pioneering days of strength and conditioning to working with some of the world’s best athletes and celebrities, Sandler’s entrepreneurial spirit landed him decades of writing for the most prominent magazines in fitness and consulting for some of the largest firms in Sports, Fitness, Nutrition and Marketing. He became an advisor and content developer for more than 55 television shows for National Geographic, Discovery Network, Fox Sports, Spike TV, The Learning Channel, History Channel, and several others becoming an internationally recognized expert in Human Performance. Along the way, Sandler spent six years as an Assistant Professor in various Universities mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Today, David is a highly sought-after executive in Sports Nutrition, and one of the industry’s top experts in R&D, Innovation, Product Formulation, Flavoring Science, and Ingredient Development.
Ashley Shaw, BA (Honours), CPT
Ashley has sold everything from Hello Kitty stationery to $1200 Cutco knife sets. Clients seek her out when they feel the “analysis paralysis” of marketing online. She teaches fitness entrepreneurs how to grow their business through their marketing efforts. A 16-year veteran of the fitness industry, Ashley is on a mission to help fitness professionals eliminate the overwhelm in their marketing efforts so they can have the business of their dreams.
Dr. Alwyn Wong, DC, BSc, ART, Med Ac
Dr. Alwayn Wong is a 20-year veteran of the health and fitness industry. As author of The Kick Acid Diet®, he has provided nutritional services for individuals and teams, focusing on long-term fat loss and improved athletic performance. Clinically, he has combined his experience with professional athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness enthusiasts with the latest in scientific research to present a non-biased view of health and performance.