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Leading the Global Shift of High Performance Youth Development

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Leadership Team

Mark Maloney – Chief Executive Officer

Mark Maloney – Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Ovens – Vice President of Business Development

Jeff Ovens – Vice President of Business Development

Jamie Fox – Vice President of Business Operations

Jamie Fox – Vice President of Business Operations

  • Mark Maloney – Chief Executive Officer
  • Jeff Ovens – Vice President of Business Development
  • Jamie Fox – Vice President of Business Operations
  • Mark Maloney – Chief Executive Officer

    Mark is a global leader in youth sports and actively influences the paradigm shift that is happening around the world. Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit has enabled him to found and partner in companies such as: Global Sport Academy Group, TheDrillBook, Hale Global Capital, Jamison Entertainment Group, and Cascadia Sports and Entertainment. Mark’s role in Global is to the build the vision so our company can lead the global shift of high performance youth development.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • TheDrillBook - CEO
    • Development Coach - Dallas Stars Organization - NHL 2014-2015
    • 2014 Calder Cup Champion - Texas Stars - AHL
    • International Consultant and Builder - China Hockey
    • NHL Coaches Association - Presenter
    • Author, Speaker and Presenter around North America in themes such as: Executive Leadership, Coaching, Youth Development & Technology
    • ACAC Collegiate Champions - SAIT Trojans - Associate Coach
    • Coach Mentor and Sport Association Architect and Builder
    Education:
    • Course Conductor for the National Coaching Certification Program:
      • Intro to Coach
      • Coach Level
      • Development 1
      • High Performance 1
      • Body Checking
    • BA - Communications - University of Calgary
    • ASA - Liberal Arts - Laramie County Community College

    Mark was originally from Claresholm, Alberta and grew up playing many sports. Once graduating high school, Mark chose to attend college in the United States on a golf scholarship. In fact, Mark was the youngest golfer in Alberta to get a hole-in-one!

    Mark currently lives in Calgary with his wife Loretta and two children Connor and Katie. He's very proud of the family, friendships and life long partnerships he has been able to establish in his lifetime.

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  • Jeff Ovens – Vice President of Business Development

    Jeff is an educator who believes positive relationships can inspire young people to be the best they can be. Over the past 10 years Jeff has been building leading edge educational programs in both the academic and athletic areas. Now as a devoted entrepreneur, Jeff has a goal of changing the way we educate youth. Jeff's role in Global is to oversee business development while continuing to be in the classroom and on the ice.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Teacher, Foothills School Division - 2010-2015
      • Quest for Success
      • Hockey Canada Skills Academy
      • FSD Peak Athletics
    • Director of Player Development, Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL - 2010-2015
    • President-STIX Hockey Academy - 2011-2015
    Education:
    • CSCS - National Strength & Conditioning Association, USA
    • BEd - Sr. Math & Science - Queen's University
    • MSc - Pathology & Molecular Medicine - Queen's University
    • BScH - Life Sciences - Queen's University

    Jeff grew up in King City, Ontario and played multiple sports well into high school. In fact, his favourite sport was originally basketball. After graduation, Jeff chose to attend Queen's University where he played 2 years of Jr. Hockey and then 5 years of CIS hockey. During this time he was a 5-time Academic All-Canadian.

    Jeff currently lives in Calgary with his fiance Jessica and their son Jack. On weekends Jeff likes to travel to the mountains to ski and mountain bike.

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  • Jamie Fox – Vice President of Business Operations

    Jamie is a mentor and development coach who prides himself on positive teaching methods and ethical decision-making. Valued as a leader in skill development for players and coaches throughout the hockey industry, Jamie has mentored minor hockey coaches from Initiation to Midget for the last 15 years. Jamie’s philosophy embraces respect, passion, integrity, work ethic and character, which he shares with everyone involved in the Global Sport Academy. Jamie’s role in Global is to oversee staff development and program execution.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Owner/Operator - Gusto Hockey 2009-2014
    • President, Fox Mobile Restoration
    • Coached at all levels of Minor Hockey: Initiation through Midget AAA
    • 15 years Coach Mentoring
    • 3 time delegate of the Hockey Canada National Coach Mentorship Seminar(NCMP)
    • Hockey Development Professional - Kennebecasis Minor Hockey 2011-2014
    Education:
    • Diploma - Business Administration - SAIT
    • NCCP Intermediate Level

    Jamie was originally from Saint John, New Brunswick, where he played multiple sports growing up including hockey, baseball, lacrosse, basketball and golf. Jamie has gone on to live in High Level, Alberta, Calgary, Alberta and Quispamsis, New Brunswick, and currently lives in Okotoks, Alberta with his wife Sonya and 2 sons Nathan (14) and Adrien (10). In his free time Jamie enjoys camping, fishing and golfing with friends and family. He is most proud of his 2 boys!

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  • Mark Maloney – Chief Executive Officer
  • Jeff Ovens – Vice President of Business Development
  • Jamie Fox – Vice President of Business Operations

Administration Team

Christine Stockton – Team Lead (Registrar & Customer Service)

Christine Stockton – Team Lead (Registrar & Customer Service)

Christa May – Team Lead (Business Operations)

Christa May – Team Lead (Business Operations)

Jordan Benson – Technology Consultant

Jordan Benson – Technology Consultant

  • Christine Stockton – Team Lead (Registrar & Customer Service)
  • Christa May – Team Lead (Business Operations)
  • Jordan Benson – Technology Consultant
  • Christine Stockton – Team Lead (Registrar & Customer Service)

    Christine is an experienced manager who believes hard work, a positive attitude and emotional intelligence are keys to working with people. Those who work with Christine would describe her as caring, generous and a kind hearted person who has a terrific work ethic. When faced with an obstacle Christine believes there’s always a solution!

    Work Experience:
    • Business Owner - BeCas Ventures Inc.
    • Executive Assistant - TheDrillBook
    • Yoga Retreat Planner - Your Fitness Coach Inc.
    • Sales Merchandiser
    Education:
    • Diploma Business Administrator & Marketing - Mount Royal College
    • Phi Theta Kapa Honor Society

    Christine is from Lethbridge, Alberta and has actively been involved in numerous sports as an athlete and as an administrator. In her lifetime she has volunteered in school sports, school activities and student council. Christine moved to Calgary 28 years ago with her husband Bob and has since had two daughters, Olivia and Amanda. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and her biggest accomplishment in her life is her family.

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  • Christa May – Team Lead (Business Operations)

    Bio Coming Soon.

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  • Jordan Benson – Technology Consultant

    Jordan is a dedicated Web Developer who believes that technology can play an important role in the development of youth. Though he spends a lot of his day working closely with his computer, Jordan thrives on his interactions with his coworkers to drive his work. He uses these relationships to draw from them inspiration to create the best experience for his end users.

    Work Experience:
    • Video Production Manager - TheDrillBook.com
    • Product Owner - TheDrillBook.com
    • Customer Service Representative - Banana Republic
    Education:
    • BSc. - Computing Science - University of Alberta

    Jordan is from Calgary, Alberta where he participated in numerous youth sports teams before moving on to more recreational athletics. His love for sports is driven by a passion for the games, but his desire to spend time with friends and family moved him from the competitive arena towards local sports and athletics. His passion for interacting with other people, coupled with his love for technology, has made Jordan a unique player in his field of study and has caused him to focus heavily on the user experience side of web and software development. It is Jordan’s goal to leave a positive impact on the lives of every person he meets. The majority of his free time is dedicated to his family and close friends.

  • Christine Stockton – Team Lead (Registrar & Customer Service)
  • Christa May – Team Lead (Business Operations)
  • Jordan Benson – Technology Consultant

Hockey Coaches

Rob Godfrey – Manager of STIX Business  Development

Rob Godfrey – Manager of STIX Business Development

Paul Bradley – Manager of STIX Operations

Paul Bradley – Manager of STIX Operations

Adam Redmond – Manager of Springbank Sports Academy

Adam Redmond – Manager of Springbank Sports Academy

Jay Langager – FSD Sports Academy Liaison - EOJHS

Jay Langager – FSD Sports Academy Liaison - EOJHS

David Addison – Head Coach & Head of Goaltending

David Addison – Head Coach & Head of Goaltending

Scott Fukami – Associate Coach & Head of Skills and Tactics

Scott Fukami – Associate Coach & Head of Skills and Tactics

Kath Surbey – Associate Coach & Head of Female Hockey

Kath Surbey – Associate Coach & Head of Female Hockey

Todd Ford – Goalie Coach

Todd Ford – Goalie Coach

Brittany Kirkham – Goalie Coach

Brittany Kirkham – Goalie Coach

Ken Plaquin – Coach

Ken Plaquin – Coach

Mark Gray – Coach

Mark Gray – Coach

Chris Herperger – Coach

Chris Herperger – Coach

Chris Leinweber – Coach

Chris Leinweber – Coach

Sean Kibyuk – Coach

Sean Kibyuk – Coach

Byron Bonora – Coach

Byron Bonora – Coach

Shane Lust – Coach

Shane Lust – Coach

Tom Durnie – Coach

Tom Durnie – Coach

Tyler Helfrich – Coach

Tyler Helfrich – Coach

Dan Joerissen – Coach

Dan Joerissen – Coach

Carson Brown – Coach

Carson Brown – Coach

  • Rob Godfrey – Manager of STIX Business  Development
  • Paul Bradley – Manager of STIX Operations
  • Adam Redmond – Manager of Springbank Sports Academy
  • Jay Langager – FSD Sports Academy Liaison - EOJHS
  • David Addison – Head Coach & Head of Goaltending
  • Scott Fukami – Associate Coach & Head of Skills and Tactics
  • Kath Surbey – Associate Coach & Head of Female Hockey
  • Todd Ford – Goalie Coach
  • Brittany Kirkham – Goalie Coach
  • Ken Plaquin – Coach
  • Mark Gray – Coach
  • Chris Herperger – Coach
  • Chris Leinweber – Coach
  • Sean Kibyuk – Coach
  • Byron Bonora – Coach
  • Shane Lust – Coach
  • Tom Durnie – Coach
  • Tyler Helfrich – Coach
  • Dan Joerissen – Coach
  • Carson Brown – Coach
  • Rob Godfrey – Manager of STIX Business Development

    Rob has a strong reputation in the Calgary area for helping families navigate through their hockey journey. Rob believes coaches have a responsibility to be firm yet fair in order to help players reach their full potential as athletes, students and citizens. What Rob is most proud of are the very strong relationships he’s built with numerous hockey families over the years. Rob’s role in Global is to oversee business development within the STIX Hockey arm, while continuing to help families make sound hockey decisions.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Manager of Athletics – Mount Royal University – 2011-2016
    • Hockey Coach:
      • Assistant Coach – Mount Royal University – CIS – 2012-2014
      • Assistant Coach – Holy Cross – NCAA Division 1 – 2007-2011
      • STIX Coach Hockey Coach – 2012-2016
    Education:
    • BA – Pre Law/Sociology – College of the Holy Cross

    Rob played minor hockey in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario. He then proceeded to play four years at the Junior A level, before accepting a NCAA Division 1 scholarship at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. In 2007 Rob graduated as a student-athlete, but remained with his alma mater as an Assistant Coach through the Summer of 2011. Rob relocated to Calgary in September of 2011, where he currently lives with his wife Megan and dog Arrow in Cochrane, Alberta.

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  • Paul Bradley – Manager of STIX Operations

    Paul is a relationship driven coach who cares about the players he works with and their families. Paul's goal as a coach is to prepare players for challenges both on the ice and off. He is a positive motivator, communicator and role model who emphasizes the importance of work ethic, mental toughness, self-advocacy, and leadership to all his players. Paul takes pride in being able to positively impact players and set them up for success in all aspect of their lives. Paul’s role in Global is to oversee business operations within the STIX Hockey arm.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Calgary Catholic School District 2010-2015
      • Hockey Canada Skills Academy
      • Athletic Director
    • Hockey Coach
      • STIX Hockey Coach 2013-2016
    Education:
    • BEd - Intermediate & Senior Education - Queen's University
    • BA - History & Literature - Royal Military College
    • Coach Certifiaction:
      • High Performance 1
      • Development 1
      • Checking
      • Hockey Canada Safety
      • Hockey Canada "Speak Out"

    Paul grew up in Calgary, Alberta and played Minor Hockey for the SW Royals. After playing Midget AAA with the Royals Paul moved on to play 3 years in the AJHL and then 5 years of CIS hockey for the Royal Military College Paladins and Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. After University Paul travelled to the United States and Europe where he played 3 years of Pro Hockey before moving back home to Calgary. He currently lives with his wife Megan in McKenzie Towne.

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  • Adam Redmond – Manager of Springbank Sports Academy

    Adam is a believer that student athletes can grow and develop under a philosophy of caring and expertise. His coaching philosophy centers on creating learning and growth opportunities through consistently positive and passionate leadership.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Assistant Coach - University of Calgary, CIS (upcoming season)
    • Director fo Player Development - Prince Albert Raiders, WHL (upcoming season)
    • Strength & Conditioning Coach - Edge School for Athletes (2013 - 2016)
    • Skating/Skill Coach - Edge School for Athletes (2013 - 2016)
    • Bantam AA Head Coach - Edge School for Athletes (2013-2016)
    • Strength & Conditioning Coach - Crash Conditioning (2006 - 2011)
    • Skating/Skill Coach - Steve Serdachny (2001 - 2012)
    • Started and sold biking fitting company - Speed Matrix (2009 - 2014)
    Education:
    • B.Sc. - Biomechanics, University of Calgary
    • Coach Certification:
      • High Performance 1, Hockey Alberta
      • Development 1, Hockey Alberta

    Adam grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and played multi sports well into high school. In fact, Adam was a competitive track athlete competing in the 100m, 200m and 4 X 100M relay. In addition, Adam had a love of hockey and played for the Tri-Cities Americans and Medicine Hat Tigers in the WHL before joining the University of Calgary Dinos in the CIS. After retiring from hockey Adam got into racing in triathlons in both the sprint and Olympic distances.

    Adam currently lives in the NW of Calgary. He’s looking to knock off another bucket list item and complete his first 150km Gran Fondo bike ride. Adam is most proud of being an uncle to 2 nieces and 2 nephews.

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  • Jay Langager – FSD Sports Academy Liaison - EOJHS

    Jay believes all students can learn, develop, and hone skills, knowledge and attributes through sport. These skills, knowledge, and attributes not only can be used in their sport, but can also transfer over into other aspects of their life. As a teacher, leader and mentor, Jay thinks it’s important to provide a positive learning environment in which students feel safe and motivated to succeed. Failure is the foundation of success, and when one fails at reaching a specific goal, the experience gained turns into knowledge.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Teacher, Foothills School Division 2013-Present
      • Global Sport Academy Group - Ecole Okotoks Junior High School
      • Husky Ice - Heritage Heights School
    • Teacher, Holyspirit School Division 2010-2013
      • Hockey Academy
    • Professional Hockey Player 2001-2009
      • Chicago Wolves, Saint John Flames, AHL
      • Greenville Grrrowl, Johnstown Chiefs, Bakersfield Condors, ECHL
    • Farm Hand/Grain Farmer - Saskatchewan & Alberta
    • Hockey Coach
      • Assistant Coach - University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, CIS
      • STIX Hockey Coach 2014-Present
    Education:
    • BA - Kinesiology - University of Lethbridge
    • BEd - Physical Education - University of Lethbridge
    • Coach Certification:
      • Intro to Coach
      • Coach Level
      • Hockey Canada Safety
      • Hockey Canada "Speak Out"
      • Respect in Sport

    Growing up in Loreburn, Saskatchewan Jay played many sports including hockey, baseball, volleyball, track & field and badminton. Jay eventually chose to pursue hockey and played Junior Hockey for the Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL) and the Swift Current Broncos (WHL) before playing 6 years of Professional Hockey in the AHL and ECHL. Jay finished his playing career as a student athlete in the CIS while attending the University of Lethbridge. During Jay’s playing career he won many prestigious awards including an ECHL Kelly Cup Championship, a CIS Top 8 Academic All-Canadian designation, and was the University of Lethbridge Athlete of the Year. Jay currently lives with his wife Ry in Longview, Alberta.

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  • David Addison – Head Coach & Head of Goaltending

    David believes one of the most important aspects of coaching is gaining 100% trust from players through positive reinforcement and guided discovery. Each goaltender needs an individual approach to their training. Although there are common skills great goaltenders share, the way they learn and interpret things are different.

    David’s skill development philosophy focuses on game play for the goaltenders he works with. Technical skills are vital for all goalies, but without game transferability it’s tough to be successful. As a result, David always integrates game situations when working with goalies. He feels one of the greatest, most rewarding things in life is helping young athletes reach their dreams in a fun, engaging and positive atmosphere.

    David also has an extensive background in the following areas:

    • Strength and conditioning
    • Working with associations and teams to build programs for athletes
    • Player skill development
    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • School Based Sports Programs 2009-2016
    • AJHL Calgary Canucks Spring Camp Goaltending Evaluation
    • Major Midget AAA Royals Goaltending Evaluation
    • Midnapore Hockey Association Goaltending Consultant
    • Grassroots Coaching for Bow River Atom 1, Bow River Peewee 1 and Glenlake Peewee 1
    Education:
    • Sports Management Diploma - Camosun College Victoria, British Columbia
    • Coach Certification:
      • NCCP Course Conductor
      • Intro to Coach
      • Coach Level 1
      • Hockey Canada Safety
      • Respect in Sport

    David was born in Barrie, Ontario and moved to Calgary, Alberta at the age of 10. David played Minor Hockey to the Midget level with the Calgary Northstars before turning to competitive golf. He still competes as a golfer at the amateur level in Alberta.

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  • Scott Fukami – Associate Coach & Head of Skills and Tactics

    Scott is a coach who thoroughly enjoys helping kids develop and progress in a safe and fun environment with the goal of enhancing their love of hockey. Scott is known for his quiet but confident personality who genuinely cares about the student athletes he works with. On-ice Scott specializes in puck handling, hockey sense and goal scoring skills, techniques and strategies. His expertise is also sought out by Minor Hockey Associations as an active coaching consultant.

    Scott was the 2016 Hockey Calgary Coach of the Year!

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Scout, Victoria Royals, WHL
    • Owner - Fitness Hockey Inc.
    • Simons Valley Peewee 1 Head Coach
      • 2015-2016 Hockey Calgary Coach of the Year
    • Edge School Hockey Coach 2010-2015
    • NWCAA and CNHA Coach at various levels
    • Professional Hockey Development 2005-2009
    Education:
    • BA - Business - University of Calgary
    • Diploma - Lethbridge Community College
    • Coach Certification:
      • Intro to Coaching
      • Coach Level 1
      • Development 1
      • Body Checking
      • Respect in Sport
      • HCSP

    Scott grew up in Taber, Alberta and played minor hockey there. He then went on to play Bantam AAA and Midget AAA in Lethbridge before leaving home and playing for the Victoria Cougars in the WHL. After his Junior career Scott went on to play professional hockey in Sweden and Japan before returning to play CIS hockey with the University of Calgary Dinos. Scott currently lives in Calgary with his wife Holli. They have sponsored a child in South Africa and his name is Hercules!

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  • Kath Surbey – Associate Coach & Head of Female Hockey

    Kath is a coach who mentors student athletes with a relationship first approach believing that character and trust are the driving factors for motivation and skill development. Kath has been involved with sports her whole life and is excited to work with young people who have the same goals as she had. In her experience the spectrum of adversity and success experienced in sport will be relived over and over again in life. This provides a tremendous opportunity for a coach to use sport as a means to teach important life lessons by helping student athletes develop the awareness and skills to manage these experiences.

    Kath was the March Coach of the Month for Hockey Alberta!

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Rumsey Hall School in Washington Depot, CT – 2010- 2015
      • Science Teacher - Grades 8 & 9
      • Varsity Coach - Hockey, Lacrosse, and Volleyball
      • Dorm Parent
    • Bantam AAA Rangers - AMBFHL 2015-2016
    • Volunteer Coach in Providence, RI 2008-2010
    Education:
    • BSc - Neuroscience - Brown University, Providence, RI
    • Coach Certification:
      • Intro to Coach
      • Coach Level, Development 1
      • Checking
      • Hockey Canada Safety
      • Respect in Sport

    Kath was born in Calgary, Alberta and grew up playing hockey in the city. After Midget AAA she accepted a scholarship to play hockey for the Brown University Bears, which is a NCAA Division 1 program in Providence, RI. While playing Varsity Hockey from 2006-2010 she won the Sakuma Award, was the ECAC Student-Athlete of the Year, and won Academic Excellence Awards and Unsung Hero Awards. After graduating she decided to work in education in Washington Depot, CT until 2015. Kath is very excited to work with aspiring student athletes and help them have fun, be competitive, and chase their dreams.

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  • Todd Ford – Goalie Coach

    Todd is a coach who attempts to connect with each individual on personal basis. He is known as a “players coach” who specializes in goalies at all levels. He takes pride in being able to reach beginners in the net, as well as professionals. Todd’s favourite part of coaching is to get to know the players he works with and to inspire them to be the best they can be.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Calgary Fire Department
    • Goalie Coach:
      • Calgary Hitmen - WHL
      • Okotoks Oilers - AJHL
      • Mount Royal University - Men and Women - CIS

    Todd had an extensive playing career as an elite goalie. Growing up Todd played his Minor Hockey in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta before deciding to play for the Swift Current Broncos in the WHL as a 16 year old. He then spent time with the Prince George Cougars and Vancouver Giants. In 2002 Todd had the honour of playing in the CHL Top Prospects Game, which was followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs drafting him into the NHL. Before moving back to Calgary Todd spend 8 years playing professionally in the AHL, ECHL and in elite leagues in Europe. He even got the opportunity to play a few games with the Washington Capitals in the NHL.

    Todd currently lives with his wife Nicole in south Calgary. They enjoy spending their weekends in the mountains skiing.

  • Brittany Kirkham – Goalie Coach

    Brittany is a goalie instructor who works with each goaltender as an individual. Her belief is every goalie has their own strengths, weaknesses and playing preferences. Brittany uses a coaching philosophy that is focused on creating trust with the student athletes she works with.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Teacher, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools 2011-2016
      • Sacred Heart Academy, Strathmore
      • École Good Shepherd School
    • Goaltending Development Co-ordinator - Girls Hockey Calgary (GHC)
    • Coach - FUNdamentals Program - Nepean Minor Hockey
    • Goalie Coach - Elkin's Goaltending School
    Education:
    • BA - University of North Dakota
      • Double Majored in English and French Literature
    • Coach Certification:
      • Speak Out
      • Intro to Coaching

    Brittany grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. It was there she decided she wanted to be a goalie at age 8 and never looked back. Brittany played for various teams growing up including the Lady Senators, and NCCP Junior Raiders Junior AA teams. She was also a member of Team Ontario Blue U18 at the 2005 Nationals. Brittany played at the University of North Dakota in the NCAA from 2006-2010, and was an assistant captain in her senior year. She was a WCHA scholar athlete all three years she was eligible.

    Brittany currently lives in Calgary. She secretly has a shoe addicition and she believes there is no better feeling in the world than witnessing growth in the student athletes she works with.

  • Ken Plaquin – Coach

    Ken is a coach who believes he has a tremendous opportunity to help those he coaches to learn to work hard, have fun and understand what it takes to be a good person. Ken works in the FSD Sports Academy, Springbank Sports Academy and in STIX Hockey during the spring. He has the ability to impact young student athletes on all levels because of his friendly nature and extensive experience.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Isotopes Canada - Owner & President
    • Scout, Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL 2005-2008
    • VP of Hockey Operations, Calgary Northstars
    • Hockey Coach - Male & Female - Timbits to Midget AAA
    Education:
    • BSc - Scientific & Technical Communication - Michigan Tech
    • Completed the following National Coaching Certification Program:
      • Intro to Coach
      • Coach Level, Development 1
      • High Performance 1
      • Speak Out
      • Respect in Sport

    Ken's hometown is Calgary, Alberta where he started playing hockey and soccer at the age of 4. Throughout Minor Hockey Ken was part of the Calgary Royals Association before moving to Humboldt, Saskatchewan to play in the SJHL. Ken then went on to play in the NCAA for Michigan Teach, was drafted to the NHL by the Pittsburgh Penguins and played professional hockey in the United States and Italy. In his spare time Ken loves to cook for the most important thing in his life, his family.

    Ken currently lives in Calgary with his wife of 23 years Jenny and their son Sam (22) and two daughters Harlee (18) and Cameron (13).

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  • Mark Gray – Coach

    Mark’s philosophy as a coach is to provide an ethical, respectful and fundamental foundation that teaches and inspires athletes to unleash their maximum potential. Mark strives to provide a structured positive learning environment that is based on specific core values such as work ethic, commitment and passion. Mark has found when this culture is created that student athletes develop confidence, integrity, and character development on their path to personal accomplishment and life long learning.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Teacher, Calgary Board of Education
      • Dedicated teacher with 15+ years experience at the High School Level
      • Responsibilities include curriculum design, instruction and assessment in the fields of Sports Medicine, Sports Performance and Physical Education
      • Expertise in working with and providing support to a variety of high level student athletes looking to further their academic and athletic careers specifically at the College and University levels
    • Rugby Coach
      • 15 years at the high school level
      • 2016 Tier 1 Boys Provincial Championship
    • Hockey Coach
      • Actively involved in the hockey community as a coach respectively at the Novice, Atom, Pee Wee and Midget levels
        • Bonavista Hockey Association
        • Blackfoot Hockey Association
        • North West Calgary Athletic Association
    Education:
    • BSc - Kinesiology/Education - University of Nevada Las Vegas
    • Valid Alberta Teaching Certificate
    • Current First Aid/CPR
    • Coach Certification:
      • NCCP Level 2 Coach
      • Hockey Canada - Coach Level

    Mark was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Growing up Mark was heavily involved in both hockey and rugby. Mark played Midget AAA with the NW Flames before deciding to attend University of Nevada Las Vegas to compete as a rugby player. Mark currently lives in Lake Bonavista with his wife Kendra. Mark has 2 sons (Brayden and Porter) and a daughter (Kenzie). Mark and his family spend the summer months on Kootenay Lake water skiing, wakeboarding and playing the occasional round of golf.

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  • Chris Herperger – Coach

    Chris is a coach who believes positive relationships are the basis for positive change. He’s a coach who is easily approachable and gets to know all the players he works with by showing a genuine interest in their lives. By creating this trustworthy environment, Chris is able to foster creativity and imagination in his players.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Calgary Fire Department
    • Professional Hockey Player – 19 years
      • NHL, AHL, Swiss A, DEL
    • Team Canada
      • National Program, Spengler Cup, Deutschland Cup
    • Hockey Coach
      • Various Hockey Schools

    Chris grew up in Stockholm, Saskatchewan before moving away from home at 16 to follow his dream of playing professional hockey. He spent two and a half years in the WHL with the Swift Current Broncos before getting drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers. After his draft year he was traded to the Seattle Thunderbirds where he finished his WHL career. Chris then moved onto his pro career where he spent time in the Philadelphia Flyers and Anaheim Ducks organizations, as well as playing a year with the Canadian National Program where he had the opportunity to travel the world. Chris then signed with the Chicago Blackhawks and made his NHL debut in 1999. He spent three years with the Chicago organization and then moved on to play for the Ottawa Senators. Chris’s last season in North America was with the Atlanta Thrashers before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks and spending time in their minor system in Winnipeg. Chris then decided to move to Europe and spent time in the Deutschland Elite League in Germany and the Swiss A league in Switzerland before retiring in 2013.

    Chris enjoys spending time at the cottage with family while golfing and playing the guitar. Chris currently lives in Calgary with his wife Selena and 3 daughters Jadyn, Alexa, and Kyra.

  • Chris Leinweber – Coach

    Chris is a coach who believes in the process. He believes coaches shouldn’t concentrate on the end result, but rather focus on the day-to-day development to achieve the desired outcome. Chris really enjoys working on individual skills so he can focus on the little things such as 1vs1 battles, blocking shots and face-offs.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Calgary Fire Department
    • Professional Hockey Player - 8 years
      • 3 years ECHL and AHL
      • 5 years Europe (Italy,Norway,Denmark,Germany)
    • Hockey Coach
      • Timbits through Bantam
      • STIX Spring Program
      • AAA Spring Hockey
    Education:
    • BA - Business Management - University of North Dakota
    • Coach Certification:
      • Intro to Coach
      • Coach Level
      • Development 1
      • Checking
      • Hockey Canada Safety
      • Respect in Sport

    Chris grew up in Calgary and played minor hockey in the Crowchild Minor Hockey Association. Chris went on to play in the NW Quadrant and finished as a first year player on the Midget AAA Flames. Following his minor hockey career he decided to play in the AJHL for the Calgary Canucks where he was named to the All-Rookie team, was voted a League All-Star, and won the AJHL Championship. After his successful Jr. Hockey career, Chris accepted a NCAA scholarship offer to attend the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. During his time at UND he won a NCAA National Championship and was an Academic All-American all 4 seasons. Before moving back to Calgary Chris played 8 seasons of Professional Hockey.

    Chris grew up playing many sports including baseball and golf. He also loves being out on the boat during the summer enjoying various water sports. Chris currently lives in Arbour Lake with his wife Kara and their children Asher (11 years old) and Luca (11 months old)

  • Sean Kibyuk – Coach

    Sean is a coach who strives to create an environment where players are encouraged to create, learn and evolve. He believes coaches have an amazing opportunity to develop the individual and not just the athlete. With a recipe of individual skill development, understanding of game tactics, and a leadership development plan, a coach can have a lifetime impact on the student athletes they work with.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Training Officer - Calgary Fire Department 2013-2016
    • Firefighter - Calgary Fire Department 2007-2013
      • Specialized in Airport Rescue Firefighting
    • Hockey Coach
      • North West Calgary Athletic Association (NWCAA) - 3 Seasons
      • Girls Hockey Calgary (GHC) - 3 Seasons
    Education:
    • BA - Anthropology and History - Athabasca University
    • Coach Certification:
      • High Performance 1
      • Development 1
      • Checking
      • Hockey Canada Safety

    Sean grew up in Truro, Nova Scotia where he played all of his Minor Hockey before moving on to play Junior Hockey with the Brookfield Elks (Junior B), the Truro Bearcats (Junior A) and Halifax Olands Exports (Junior A). In addition, while growing up Sean was a very competitive baseball player until the age of 16. When Sean moved to Calgary he spent two years on the national development team for bobsleigh before getting involved in hockey again. Sean currently lives in Calgary with his wife Meg and his daughters Finnley and Matilda.

  • Byron Bonora – Coach

    Byron is a coach who prides himself on providing athletes an environment that allows them to learn and develop, both on and off of the ice. His goal when working with youth is to create a positive surrounding through strong leadership and professional instruction. Byron is able to provide his many years of experience and knowledge about the game to assist in the holistic growth of players.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Flames Community Arenas - Pro Shop Supervisor
    • Scout, Spokane Chiefs, WHL
    • Foothills Bisons Hockey Association - Manager of Player Development
    • Okotoks Dawgs - Business Operations
    • Hockey Coach
      • Head Coach - Foothills Bisons Midget AA
      • Associate Coach - AC Avalanche Minor Midget AAA
        • Sutter Cup Championship & Provincial Silver Medalist
      • STIX Hockey Coach 2012-Present
    Education:
    • BA - Sport and Recreation Management - Mount Royal University
    • Coach Certification:
      • Development 1
      • Coaching 1
      • Coaching 2
      • Checking
      • Hockey Canada Safety
      • Hockey Canada "Speak Out"

    Growing up in Brooks, Alberta Byron played a wide variety of sports including hockey, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, golf, badminton, volleyball, tennis and squash. Eventually Byron chose hockey and played Midget AAA for the Medicine Hat Tigers. One of Byron’s greatest athletic accomplishments was having his baseball team win Provincials while he was in Grade 9, 11 and 12. Byron currently resides in McKenzie Towne where he enjoys playing golf, listening to country music and camping. The proudest moment for Byron so far in his life is when he completed his University Degree.

  • Shane Lust – Coach

    Shane’s coaching philosophy is to develop and improve the relationships he has with both the student athletes and staff he works with. His goal is to constantly strive to be an exceptional role model, thus guiding those he works with to be better individuals both on and off the ice.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Assistant General Manager - Perfect Turf Synthetic Grass
    • Professional Hockey Player - 1 year USA, 2 years in France, 2 years in the UK
    • Fort McMurray Oil Barons - AJHL - Southern Alberta Regional Scout
    • Assistant Coach - NE Northstars Midget AAA
    Education:
    • Business Administration Diploma - Finance and Marketing - SAIT Polytechnic

    Shane was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He grew up playing hockey in the NW quadrant before playing for the Calgary Royals of the AJHL. Deciding on staying in Calgary to attend College, Shane went on to have a lustrous 4-year playing career with the SAIT Trojans Men’s Hockey Team. After graduating from SAIT, Shane decided to play professional hockey for 5 years both in the United States and in Europe. Shane currently lives in NW Calgary with his girlfriend Dani. A fun fact about Shane is he loves to travel. He’s currently been to 16 different countries!

  • Tom Durnie – Coach

    Tom is a coach whose goal is to help facilitate the development of each student athlete he works with both on and off of the ice. Tom focuses on the development of character through positive teaching practices. He believes this is the best way to maximize potential with those he works with.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Teacher - Father James Whelihan School - CSSD
      • Hockey Canada Skills Academy
    • Lead Instructor for Hockey Alberta Skills Summer Camp
    Education:
    • BEd - University of Calgary
    • BA - English - University of Alabama-Huntsville
    • Coach Certfication:
      • Coach Development
      • Clinic Facilitator - Hockey Alberta

    Tom was born in Drumheller, Alberta but grew up in Calgary and played for the SW Royals before spending 2 years in the AJHL with the Canmore Eagles. After this Junior career Tom accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Alabama-Huntsville, a Division 1 NCAA program. While he was playing for the Chargers he was awarded the Scholastic Athlete of the Year in 2012. Tom is multi talented as he was trained as a classical singer for most of his childhood and won a provincial championship at the age of 11. Tom currently lives in Calgary with his wife Ashley and their son Noah (2) and daughter Vada (1).

  • Tyler Helfrich – Coach

    Tyler’s coaching philosophy revolves around building relationships with each individual by getting to know them on a personal level. Tyler takes pride on his ability to adapt his method of delivery to suite each individual he works with. His ability to effectively communicate in a positive and motivating way allows those he works with to reach their full potential.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Salesman - Oil and Gas Industry - Reform Energy Services
    • Scout - Fort McMurray Oil Barons - AJHL
    • Bantam AA Royals
    Education:
    • Bsc - Business and Management - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
      • Minor in Sport Psychology
    • Coach Certification:
      • Checking Skills
      • Safety
      • Respect in Sport

    Tyler was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He went on to play for both the Calgary Royals and Fort McMurray Oil Barons in the AJHL, as well as the Prince George Spruce Kings in the BCHL. After Junior Tyler accepted a NCAA Division 1 scholarship from RPI. After graduating from RPI Tyler decided to play in the ECHL in the Anaheim Ducks farm system. Tyler currently lives in Calgary with his wife Ashley. A fun fact about Tyler is he puts hot sauce on everything!

  • Dan Joerissen – Coach

    Dan is a coach who believes that hockey is life. His experience in the game has taught him that hockey is the greatest team sport in the world and is a terrific way to build confidence and shape character in the players who participate. As a family man and professional, Dan’s core values are integrity and professionalism. Dan has always had a passion for coaching hockey and he is a strong believer in continuous learning and improvement. As a skill development coach, Dan strives to create a safe, thoughtful, logical and respectful environment in order to optimize player development. With this environment combined with positive coaches who are relentlessly encouraging, amazing things can happen!

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Engineer – Oil and Gas Industry
    • Coaching:
      • 8 years coaching in Girls Hockey Calgary both as a Head Coach and Assistant Coach
      • Director: Spring Female 3-on- 3 Skills Program
      • Assistant Coach: Global Springbank Morning Academy
      • Player Development Consultant: AJFHL Junior A Chaos
    Education:
    • BSc. – Geomatics Engineering – University of Calgary
    • Coach Certification:
      • Coach Level 1
      • Coach Level 2
      • Speak Out
      • Respect in Sport
      • Hockey Canada Safety Program
    • Coach Clinics:
      • Individual Skills and Tactics
      • Bench Management
      • Shooting and Scoring
      • Developing Defensemen

    Dan grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan and fell in love with hockey, baseball and golf at a young age. He’s still an active participant in these sports today. In Saskatchewan Dan played hockey all the way up to Junior B, which he played while beginning his Engineering Degree at the University of Regina. Dan then decided to move to Calgary where he attended the University of Calgary to compete his degree. Dan currently resides in Calgary.

    Dan has two great girls Taylor and Halle who both happen to be hockey players. Besides being most proud of his daughters, Dan is proud of the relationships he has developed with all the athletes and coaches he’s come across over the years. If a player approaches him years later and thanks him for the experience he helped create, he believes he’s done a great thing!

  • Carson Brown – Coach

    Carson is a coach who believes coaches are lifelong learners who care about kids. When Carson coaches he attempts to create a competitive environment for the team while building off of short and long term goals for the individuals. In his experience the best teams or programs he’s been part of become a family.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Pipeline Integrity – Alberta & Saskatchewan – 2013-2016
    • Diavik Diamond Mine – Northwest Territories – 2016
    • Calgary Buffalo Hockey Association (CBHA):
      • Assistant Coach – Bantam AA Wranglers
      • Head Coach – Bantam AA Wranglers
    Education:
    • Bachelor of Business Administration – Mount Royal University
    • Coaching Development 1

    Carson grew up in Calgary, Alberta and played hockey, baseball, volleyball and badminton growing up. As he got older he decided to focus on hockey where he played Bantam AAA, Minor Midget AAA and Midget AAA for the Calgary Buffaloes. Following his minor hockey career he played for both the Canmore Eagles and Calgary Canucks in the AJHL.

    Carson is the youngest of 3 brothers. His proudest moment was winning the 2017 Calgary City Championship with the Bantam AA Wranglers.

  • Rob Godfrey – Manager of STIX Business  Development
  • Paul Bradley – Manager of STIX Operations
  • Adam Redmond – Manager of Springbank Sports Academy
  • Jay Langager – FSD Sports Academy Liaison - EOJHS
  • David Addison – Head Coach & Head of Goaltending
  • Scott Fukami – Associate Coach & Head of Skills and Tactics
  • Kath Surbey – Associate Coach & Head of Female Hockey
  • Todd Ford – Goalie Coach
  • Brittany Kirkham – Goalie Coach
  • Ken Plaquin – Coach
  • Mark Gray – Coach
  • Chris Herperger – Coach
  • Chris Leinweber – Coach
  • Sean Kibyuk – Coach
  • Byron Bonora – Coach
  • Shane Lust – Coach
  • Tom Durnie – Coach
  • Tyler Helfrich – Coach
  • Dan Joerissen – Coach
  • Carson Brown – Coach

Golf Coaches

James Fehr – Golf Coach

James Fehr – Golf Coach

Leif Hanson – Golf Coach

Leif Hanson – Golf Coach

  • James Fehr – Golf Coach
  • Leif Hanson – Golf Coach
  • James Fehr – Golf Coach

    James believes that his coaching practices arms golfers with foundational knowledge, the ability to self-assess, and the insight to continuously improve. Beyond shaping the swing and overlearning basic golf strokes, James encourages players to observe themselves and accurately critique and interpret their performance during practice game play and competition.

    James develops a golfers motion so that their swing embodies power, speed, accuracy and touch, which results in effective distance direction and consistency off the tee and into the green. James teaches a short game that allows players to recover and score.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Over 20 years experience as a PGA of Canada Class A Golf Professional
    • School Based Sports Program 2006-2014
    • Coached Professionals and top area amateurs
    • Mentored by world renowned instructors
    Education:
    • Bachelor of Arts Degree - University of Calgary

    James’ students have distinguished themselves locally, nationally and internationally. Student athletes have qualified and competed in the Callaway World Junior tournament (San Diego, CA) on six occasions. They have won the Alberta PGA Junior Masters, CN Future Links Championships, CJGA, MJT and FCWT events (United States). They have also regularly earned a roster spot on Alberta Golf Junior Boys and Girls provincial teams and have been selected to represent Alberta in both the Western and Canada Summer Games.

    James’ athletes have been rewarded for their competitive efforts in junior golf events. A number of them achieved academic/athletic scholarships and roster spots on men’s and women’s College/University golf teams in Canada and the United States.

    • Devin Crisanti (UBC Okanagan/University of Alberta)
    • Dave Durbeniuk (Irvine Valley College)
    • Rhys Tosczak (Southwestern Oklahoma State/Ava Maria University)
    • Jordan Traa (University of Massachusetts)
    • Sierra Robotham (University of New Brunswick)
    • Chris Durbeniuk (Johnson and Wales University)
    • Jennifer Ha (Kent State)
    • Christie Lin (Bradley University)
    • Travis Miller (University of Hawaii Pacific/Ave Maria University)
    • Brady Lee (University of Hawaii Pacific/University of Victoria)
    • Sydney MacDonald (South Dakota State University) *
    • Emmett Oh (University of Huston) *
    • Carolyn Lee (UBC Okanagan) *
    • JP Holliday (University of Wittenberg) *
    • Brayden Brown (Arkansas State/Simon Fraser University) *
    • Ella Williams (Central Connecticut State University) *
    • Derek Roach (Valdosta State) *
    • Sabrine Garrison (Minnesota State) *
    • Jaclyn Lee (Ohio State) *
    • Brendan MacDougall (High Point University) *

    *Active student athletes currently enrolled and participating in post-secondary athletics at accredited institutions.

  • Leif Hanson – Golf Coach

    Leif believes his coaching style lets his students take ownership of their own growth by giving them the fundamentals to excel with their golf swing. Although he believes repetition is very valuable, he employs the method of practice like you play because players should practice all situations that might arise on the golf course. Leif also enjoys the business aspect of golf and hopes he can mold Global student athletes to one day become PGA of Canada Professionals.

    Work and Coaching Experience:

    • Over 10 years as a PGA of Canada Professional
    • Worked in the golf industry for over 20 years
    • Mentored by both PGA of Alberta and PGA of Canada Teaching Professionals

    Education:

    • Business Administration Diploma – Lethbridge College
    • TCCP levels 1-4
    • NCCP level 1

    Leif is originally from Claresholm, Alberta where he grew up playing hockey, golf and baseball. He has had the privilege to work at courses like Kananaskis Country GC, Paradise Canyon GR, Earl Grey GC and now River Spirit GC. He currently resides in Airdrie with his wife Julie and his three kids, Charlie (19), Ashling (5) and Cael (2).

  • James Fehr – Golf Coach
  • Leif Hanson – Golf Coach

Fitness and Performance Coaches

Michael Souster – M.Sc., B.Kin (Hon)

Michael Souster – M.Sc., B.Kin (Hon)

James Phillips – B.Kin (Hon), CSCS

James Phillips – B.Kin (Hon), CSCS

Rob Gray – BKin, CSCS

Rob Gray – BKin, CSCS

Brett Bartman – B.Kin

Brett Bartman – B.Kin

Beatrice Mikkola – B.Kin (Honours)

Beatrice Mikkola – B.Kin (Honours)

Lorie Pulliam – Mental Performance Coach

Lorie Pulliam – Mental Performance Coach

  • Michael Souster – M.Sc., B.Kin (Hon)
  • James Phillips – B.Kin (Hon), CSCS
  • Rob Gray – BKin, CSCS
  • Brett Bartman – B.Kin
  • Beatrice Mikkola – B.Kin (Honours)
  • Lorie Pulliam – Mental Performance Coach
  • Michael Souster – M.Sc., B.Kin (Hon)

    With a background in national level athletics and exercise physiology, Peak Power Director and Co-founder Michael Souster primarily works with power sport athletes. His expertise in Olympic Weightlifting, powerlifting, hockey training, running mechanics and plyometrics provide Michael with the foundation to design and deliver advanced and comprehensive training programs for any athlete.

    After completing his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, Michael obtained his Masters of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alberta. As a former varsity and national level sprinter, Michael combines his knowledge of sport science with his own experience as an athlete. Michael has worked with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, as well as hockey players from all levels (bantam to professional), helping them to reach their full potential through a variety of physical preparation methods. The majority of Michael’s time in the summer is focused on preparing athletes for the upcoming hockey and alpine skiing season.

    Michael has held the position of Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for SAIT for the past 20 years. During that time, Michael has helped SAIT Varsity athletes and teams in winning 87 Alberta College Athletic Conference (ACAC) championships and CCAA medals and championships.

  • James Phillips – B.Kin (Hon), CSCS

    James is a former CIS football player and University of Windsor graduate. While earning his Bachelor of Kinesiology degree, he served as an intern with the U of W Football team as a strength coach and currently serves as an Offensive Line Coach with the Crescent Heights High School Cowboys and the Midget NE Broncos in Calgary, AB.

    James’ initial role with Peak Power was as an intern during the summer of 2013. Upon the completion of his internship, he was offered a full time position with Peak as a strength and conditioning coach. Since being hired, James has become a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and a NCCP 'Trained' Olympic Weightlifting Coach. He has also completed Precision Nutrition’s Level 1 Sports Nutrition certification.

  • Rob Gray – BKin, CSCS

    Rob is originally from Vancouver, BC. He attended the University of British Columbia where he completed his Bachelor of Kinesiology degree, specializing in high performance strength and conditioning and coaching.

    He is a NCCP 'Certified' Olympic Weightlifting Coach (level 2 technical, 3 theory) and a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

    Rob has over 15 years of experience coaching and training Olympic Weightlifting. He competed and medaled in numerous Western Canadian Championships and two National Championships. He also worked with the Canadian Bobsleigh Team in a variety of roles for the better part of 10 years. Rob was a Canadian National Team athlete who competed at two World Championships winning the Canadian National Championships in 4man Bobsleigh in 2009.

    He has conducted Olympic Weightlifting clinics with a variety of athletes and teams including volleyball, rugby, football and baseball. He has also coached numerous athletes in their preparation for the Olympics in bobsleigh, skeleton, track cycling and Olympic weightlifting.

  • Brett Bartman – B.Kin

    Brett was born and raised in Medicine Hat, AB where he grew up playing hockey and a variety of other sports. After graduating from high school, he went on to play 3 seasons in the WHL for the Spokane Chiefs where he was apart of the 2008 WHL Championship and Memorial Cup winning team.

    After completing his WHL eligibility, he chose to attend the University of Calgary to play for the Dinos Men's Hockey team. He played 4 seasons for the Dinos and was named captain in his final year. While at the U of C, he earned his Bachelor of Kinesiology degree with a major in Leadership in Pedagogy and Coaching.

    After graduating from the U of C, Brett chose to pursue a professional hockey career, moving to Europe to play one season for the Gap Raptors in the Ligue Magnus (France). He was fortunate to be apart of another championship team, winning the Ligue Magnus Championship with the Raptors in 2015.

  • Beatrice Mikkola – B.Kin (Honours)

    Beatrice grew up in Mississauga, Ontario where she was highly involved in a variety of sports as well as theatre programs. Her sport of choice was gymnastics, which she grew up coaching, earning her Level 1 Artistic as well as her Level 1 and 2 Trampoline coaching certifications while she gathered over 13 years of coaching experience.

    In 2014, she graduated from Guelph-Humber University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology and a Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion. She then completed her Kinesiologist Examination and is now a member of the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario.

    In the Fall of 2016, she moved to Calgary to work at Peak Power as an intern. Upon the completion of her internship, she was offered a full time position as a Strength and Conditioning Coach.

  • Lorie Pulliam – Mental Performance Coach

    about themselves as an individual and as team member. As coaches we can support and facilitate and guide, but ultimately when the athlete makes quality decisions for themselves we have done our job. Lorie is a coach who advocates that mental toughness is consistency under all conditions. Lorie’s role in Global is to help education young student athletes about how they can train their brain to allow them be the best they can be.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Founder/President - Optimal Athletics 1980-2016
    Education:
    • BPE - Kinesiology - University of Calgary
    • MSc - Sports Science/Applied Neuroscience - University of Alberta
    • Coach Certification:
      • NCCP Level 2 Tennis
      • NCCP Level 3 Gymnastics
      • NCCP Level 1-2 Sailing
      • AFLCA Trainer of Trainers

    For Lorie, sports have been the fabric of her life, both as a performer and also as a coach and instructor at the University level. Lorie has a deep appreciation for all sports and has been successful in helping both teams and individuals improve their performance across Canada. Lorie has used her scientific background to map out areas in the brain that effect focus, concentration, organization and consistency. She uses evidence-based information to support non-cognitive skills such as internal belief, emotional triggers, self-awareness, and respect inventories with the ultimate goal of helping athletes perform during pressure situations.

    Lorie growing up was trained as a provincial athlete in both gymnastics and tennis. Lorie currently lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband Greg and they have 2 children, Adam (23) and Sarah (21). In her spare time, Lorie enjoys fly fishing in both Alberta and British Columbia.

  • Michael Souster – M.Sc., B.Kin (Hon)
  • James Phillips – B.Kin (Hon), CSCS
  • Rob Gray – BKin, CSCS
  • Brett Bartman – B.Kin
  • Beatrice Mikkola – B.Kin (Honours)
  • Lorie Pulliam – Mental Performance Coach

Matrix Medical Team

Dr. Jim Thorne – Sport Physician

Dr. Jim Thorne – Sport Physician

Dr. Ian Auld – Sport Physician

Dr. Ian Auld – Sport Physician

Dr. Alex H.C. Wong – Sport Physician

Dr. Alex H.C. Wong – Sport Physician

Dr. David Manning – Sport Physician

Dr. David Manning – Sport Physician

Dr. Laura Bennion – Sport Physician

Dr. Laura Bennion – Sport Physician

Dr. Neil Cooper – Sport Physician

Dr. Neil Cooper – Sport Physician

Dr. Alin Cristurean – Sport Physician

Dr. Alin Cristurean – Sport Physician

Dr. Brett Hollowell – Sport Physician

Dr. Brett Hollowell – Sport Physician

Dr. Marcus Robinson – Sport Physician

Dr. Marcus Robinson – Sport Physician

Dr. Trevor Trinh – Sport Physician

Dr. Trevor Trinh – Sport Physician

Dr. Ian Lo – Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Ian Lo – Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Ryan Martin – Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Ryan Martin – Orthopedic Surgeon

Lisa Hoffart – Physiotherapist

Lisa Hoffart – Physiotherapist

Wendy Kobelka – Physiotherapist

Wendy Kobelka – Physiotherapist

Sandi Seto – Physiotherapist

Sandi Seto – Physiotherapist

Tashina Van Vlack – Physiotherapist

Tashina Van Vlack – Physiotherapist

Carla Reimer – Certified Orthotist

Carla Reimer – Certified Orthotist

  • Dr. Jim Thorne – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Ian Auld – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Alex H.C. Wong – Sport Physician
  • Dr. David Manning – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Laura Bennion – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Neil Cooper – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Alin Cristurean – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Brett Hollowell – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Marcus Robinson – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Trevor Trinh – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Ian Lo – Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Dr. Ryan Martin – Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Lisa Hoffart – Physiotherapist
  • Wendy Kobelka – Physiotherapist
  • Sandi Seto – Physiotherapist
  • Tashina Van Vlack – Physiotherapist
  • Carla Reimer – Certified Orthotist
  • Dr. Jim Thorne – Sport Physician

    Dr. Jim Thorne earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1978 and his medical degree in 1982, both from University of Alberta. He has been a primary care family physician for 30 years. He obtained his CASEM Diploma in Sport Medicine in 1995. He has had a long-time interest in Sport Medicine covering several sports events and doing Sport Medicine consultations since 1998.

    He has a clinical interest in acute sport medicine injuries, Chronic Sport related injuries and the non-surgical management of Osteoarthritis.

    He has been on the medical staff for Team Canada Hockey since 1995, The Calgary Stampeders Football Club since 1998, and the Calgary Flames Hockey Club since 2003.

    With Hockey Canada, he has had the privilege of being the Team Doctor for the last 4 Olympics, starting in 2002. Salt Lake was the first gold medal in 50 years, 2010 was a home win in dramatic fashion and he was also in Sochi covering another Gold medal performance for the first Gold on big ice outside of North America. He has also covered 10 World Championships, The 2004 World Cup of Hockey, 1 World Juniors, 13 Spengler Cups and many other Hockey Canada events.

    With the Calgary Flames he was able to cover and enjoy the 2004 Stanley Cup run all the way to a Game 7 in the Final, and he continues to be cover all home games.

    With the Calgary Stampeders football club, he has been to 5 Grey Cups and enjoying wins in 3 of them. He attends to the team both at home and on the road.

    In the past, he has also covered the Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club from 1995-2003, The Calgary Cannons AAA Baseball Club from 1991-2001. He has also covered Olympic sports at the World Cup level in Speed Skating, Bobsleigh, Luge and Skelton, Freestyle Skiing and Badminton

    He is a born and raised Calgarian and is married with one daughter. He continues to enjoy many activities such as Hockey, Badminton and Fitness. He is an outdoors pursuit enthusiast who particularly enjoys hiking, biking and skiing.

  • Dr. Ian Auld – Sport Physician

    Dr. Auld earned an honours Kinesiology degree from the University of Victoria in 1995, and then studied medicine at the University of British Columbia, graduating in 1999.

    A family medicine residency brought Dr. Auld out to Calgary where he graduated in 2001. He has been working in the field of sport and exercise medicine for the last 15 years and is presently the head team physician for the Calgary Flames, a position he has held since the 2015-16 season.

    In the past Dr. Auld has served as a team physician for 12 years with the Calgary Stampeders, Calgary Hitmen, Calgary Roughnecks and Hockey Canada’s men’s and junior programs. With Hockey Canada he has been on the staff of 7 world championship teams (World Juniors 2005, 06, 09, 14), Men’s (2004, 2007) and World Cup Champions in 2016. He also served as the team physician for Canada’s National Alpine Ski team in 2014-15 and National Men's Water Polo team in 2009-12. Dr. Auld is married with two children and is a competitive cyclist in his spare time, previously winning Canadian National Masters titles in Mountain biking and Cyclocross in 2012 and 2013.

    In Addition to elite team physician coverage, Dr. Auld is a committed sport and exercise medicine physician that takes pride in helping patents remain active and healthy throughout their life. A strong belief in exercise as medicine drives his daily clinical practice. He is very proud to be a part of the talented, dedicated team at the Matrix Sports Institute.

  • Dr. Alex H.C. Wong – Sport Physician

    Dr. Alex Wong is a Sports Physician and Family Physician and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. He is the Medical Site Leader at the Carewest Sarcee transition care / rehabilitation unit for medical and post-surgical patients. His interests are preventative health, chronic disease management and promotion of a healthy and active lifestyle.

    He completed his BSc Pharm degree (1995) and Hospital Pharmacy Residency (1996) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He practiced as a clinical oncology/palliative care pharmacist in Richmond, BC. He then went back to obtain his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at UBC (2003), his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Calgary (2005) and Master of Public Health (MPH) at Harvard University (2015). He received the CASEM Diploma in Sport Medicine in 2008 and IOC Diploma of Sports Nutrition in 2009.

    With 10 years in clinical practice, he has served in different areas of primary care (including urban family practice, transition care/rehabilitation medicine, rural family medicine/emergency medicine, nutrition management, venous disease management, and sports medicine), helping him understand different aspects of illnesses and their management. He has created multiple clinical programs in Calgary including the Shoulder Care Centre and Metabolic Clinic for Schizophrenic Patients. He has also previously assisted in the Arthroplasty Screening Program at the Alberta Hip and Knee Clinic. He has published medical photo diagnoses and articles in multiple medical journals, including the American Family Physician. He is the creator of the Vayalux exercise DVD series: Vayalux Knee Exercise Program and Vayalux Shoulder Exercise Program. He has also provided medical coverage for a variety of sports, including speedskating and ice hockey, at the local, national, international, and professional levels.

    He is married and is a father of two. He enjoys karate, archery, skiing, and playing with his kids!

  • Dr. David Manning – Sport Physician

    Dr. David Manning obtained an Honours BSc. in Human Biology from the University of Toronto in 2003 before attending medical school at the University of Calgary (2003-2006). In 2008, he completed residency training in Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Between 2008-2012, he split his time between Vancouver and rural communities all over B.C., Alberta and Nunavut, where he worked doing short-term “locum” contracts providing clinic, hospital and emergency department coverage.

    In 2013, Dr. Manning completed a fellowship in Sports and Exercise Medicine at the University of Alberta, Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic. In April 2014, Dr. Manning moved back home to Calgary to join Matrix MSK.

    He is a member of the Canadian College of Family Physicians and the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine and has his Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine. He holds active medical licenses in Alberta, B.C. and Nunavut Territory.

    This past year he has done work as a team physician with Hockey Canada and Taekwondo Canada and he also provides medical care for the Calgary Stampeders and Calgary Flames. He has clinical interests in acute sports injury, concussion research and management, and team/event medical coverage. In addition to his work in medicine, Dr. Manning owns and operates a fly-fishing guiding company (Westerlea Fly Fishing) and plays men’s league hockey.

  • Dr. Laura Bennion – Sport Physician

    I completed my undergraduate degree (journalism major) from the Northeastern University in Boston, then it was back home to Vancouver and the University of British Columbia for medical school. Finally, I completed my family medicine residency at the University of Calgary. I played varsity hockey at both Northeastern and UBC. My experience playing hockey and many other sports – and the injuries that come with that experience – serves me well in my sports medicine practice.

    I’ve worked for 13 years in family practice, 11 years in low risk obstetrics, and eight years in sports medicine. I teach family medicine residents and international medical graduates. I am the team doctor for the Calgary Inferno women’s hockey team work with Hockey Canada’s elite women’s hockey program.

    I believe firmly in the concept of “Exercise is Medicine,” – the idea that many chronic conditions can be prevented and treated with physical activity. I am interested in seeing people of all ages who are interested in becoming more active, as well as those who are active and have either an acute or a chronic injury that is affecting their function. Similarly, I am interested in how pregnant women respond to the musculoskeletal changes in their bodies during and after pregnancy, and helping them to recover their pre-pregnancy fitness, or better.

    The stories of our patients’ lives continue to inspire me. Every person’s experience is different, every person’s challenges are unique. Finding personalized approaches to these challenges keeps my job fresh and interesting.

    Matrix Musculoskeletal Clinic is a collegial group of like-minded clinicians who create a supportive and progressive working environment and provide patients with the latest in musculoskeletal care. I am excited about the possibilities we have at Matrix to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Calgarians. When I’m not at work, I like to spend time with my family, play hockey, and ride my bike.

  • Dr. Neil Cooper – Sport Physician

    Dr. Neil Cooper is a Pediatrician and Sports Medicine Physician, one of only a handful in the country. He graduated from University of Calgary Medical School in 1990 and completed pediatric residency at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in 1994. Since 1994 he has had an active practice in Pediatrics in Calgary. Dr. Cooper’s involvement in playing and coaching football caused him to explore and then study sports medicine and he completed his Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine in 2007.

    He is the team physician for the Calgary Colts Junior Football team and has covered multiple other sports events. He has traveled extensively as the team physician with Samaritan’s purse providing medical care (and shoe box gifts) in several third world countries.

    He has had a long involvement with the Child Abuse Service at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and currently works as a consulting pediatrician at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre.

    Dr. Cooper is also Medical Director and Vice President for Dreams Take Flight, a National charity that takes about 135 challenged children from Calgary on a one day adventure of a lifetime to Disneyland each fall. (yyc.dreamstakeflight.ca)

    Dr. Cooper is very involved in the politics of medicine. He is a board member of the Alberta Medical Association and sits on and chairs several committees.

    Dr. Cooper is married and has 3 grown children. Vacation time will usually find him under water on some tropical island.

  • Dr. Alin Cristurean – Sport Physician

    Dr. Cristurean (MD, CCFP(SEM), Dip. Sport Med.) obtained his medical training at the University of Calgary and McGill University.

    Outside of Matrix MSK, he works with the Mount Royal Cougars and Hockey Canada. He has also assisted with the Calgary Roughnecks, Calgary Hitmen, ISU Speed Skating World Cup, Cirque du Soleil, Montreal Alouettes, and Montreal Canadiens.

    He enjoys working with patients of all ages, and treating anything from acute joint or muscle injuries, to concussions, to osteoarthritis. He has a special interest in soccer, tennis, hockey, and weight lifting. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family.

  • Dr. Brett Hollowell – Sport Physician

    Dr. Brett Hollowell obtained an Honours B.Sc. in Medical Science from the University of Western Ontario in 2007 and an M.Sc. in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University in 2009. He then completed his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Calgary in 2013.

    In 2015, Dr. Hollowell completed his family medicine residency in rural Alberta and received his certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (C.C.F.P). The following year, he pursued a fellowship in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Center. Dr. Hollowell achieved his Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) in 2016.

    Throughout his residency training and fellowship, Dr. Hollowell provided medical care to the University of Calgary Dinos (Hockey, Football, Wrestling and Rugby teams), Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL), and Speed Skating Canada. In addition, he has assisted with medical care for the Calgary Stampeders, Calgary Hitmen, and Hockey Canada and looks forward to continued work with amateur and professional sporting teams in the future. Outside of medicine, Dr. Hollowell enjoys recreational hockey, fly fishing, golfing, skiing, and spending time with his family in the mountains.

  • Dr. Marcus Robinson – Sport Physician

    Dr. Marcus Robinson is a former engineer and a current Sport Medicine Physician practicing in Calgary, Canada. He earned his first degree in Materials Engineering from the University of British Columbia before working as a design engineer for IBIS Cycles in Santa Rosa, California. Following that, he shifted his focus to the aerospace industry working on projects for the Boeing Company and NASA.

    Dr. Robinson then pursued a Master’s Degree in Biomechanics and Biomechanical Engineering and worked in biomechanics labs in Vancouver and in Hong Kong. Upon returning to Canada, Dr. Robinson was able to transfer his skills in motion capture to the entertainment industry. He was the motion capture studio lead for several animated movies and video games including Barbie: the Princess and the Pauper, Stuart Little 3, and Tony Hawk.

    Dr. Robinson completed Medical School at UBC, his residency in Family Medicine in Calgary, and a fellowship in Sport and Exercise Medicine in Calgary. As a Sport Medicine Physician, he is the Chief Medical Officer for the Calgary Roughnecks (2014 - present), Team Physician for the Calgary Stampeders (2015 - present), and Team Physician for the Calgary Hitmen (2015 - present). He has also been part of the core medical team for multi-sport games including the PanAm Games (Toronto 2015), FISU World University Games (Taiwan 2017, Korea 2015, China 2011), and Canada Games (Prince George 2015, Sherbrooke 2013).

    In his spare time, Dr. Robinson enjoys crate digging for records to add to his collection of 60’s soul records, wearing out his granny gear on mountain passes, and exploring the city 42.2 km at a time.

  • Dr. Trevor Trinh – Sport Physician

    Dr. Trevor Trinh obtained an Honours degree in Cellular Molecular and Microbial Biology at the University of Calgary and later completed his Medical School training at the University of Alberta. He returned home to Calgary to complete his Family Medicine Residency and Sports and Exercise Medicine Fellowship Programs. He currently practices as a Family Doctor at the University of Calgary and is the Sports Medicine Physician for varsity level athletes at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University. For sporting event medical coverage, he has provided medical care for CIS Varsity Football, Hockey, Rugby, National /Can West Wrestling, National and Worlds for Short and Long track Speedskating, the Calgary Hitmen WHL hockey, Cirque Du Soleil performers in Amaluna and Kurios and the 2014 Ironman World Championships.

    Outside of work, Dr Trinh enjoys weight training, martial arts, dragon boating, volleyball, hiking and spending time with his family.

  • Dr. Ian Lo – Orthopedic Surgeon

    Dr. Lo received his medical degree and Orthopaedic surgical residency from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada. After completing his surgical residency, Dr. Lo spent two years as a clinician scientist of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research studying soft tissue healing at the University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. Dr Lo then began his sub-specialization in the treatment of shoulder conditions studying under Dr. Stephen Burkhart (University of Texas, San Antonio, TX) and Dr Evan Flatow (Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY).

    Since returning to Calgary, Dr. Lo has dedicated his practice solely to the treatment of shoulder conditions and has helped improved the quality of life of thousands of patients across Canada. He is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery, at the University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. Dr. Lo specializes in the arthroscopic treatment of shoulder conditions and has pioneered several arthroscopic shoulder procedures. He holds multiple patents for several arthroscopy and shoulder-related products.

    Dr. Lo lectures nationally and internationally and has presented or published hundreds of papers. He has served on the committees of several distinguished organizations including the Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Canadian Orthopaedic Association. Dr Lo has twice been awarded the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon’s Neer Award, the organization’s highest distinction for shoulder research and is a recipient of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association Founder’s Medal. He co-authored “A Cowboy’s Guide To Advanced Shoulder Arthroscopy”, which was recognized for its ingenuity by the British Medical Association and is now considered a classic text. Dr Lo continues to serve as a shoulder consultant to the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and as a judge for International Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness (INBF).

    When he is not working Dr. Lo spends most of his free time with his wife and four children. He enjoys skiing, snowboarding, fitness and mixed martial arts training.

  • Dr. Ryan Martin – Orthopedic Surgeon

    Dr. Martin received his medical degree from the University of Ottawa. He later went on to complete his Orthopedic surgical residency at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary (Calgary, AB). After completing his surgical residency, he began his sub-specialization. He completed his Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery - Cornell University (New York, NY) and his Sport Medicine and Arthroscopy Fellowship at the University of Toronto (Toronto, ON).

    Since returning to Calgary, Dr. Martin has taken up practice centered out of the Foothills Medical Centre. While running a busy Level 1 trauma practice he has focused on the arthroscopic treatment of traumatic knee conditions involving fractures as well as cartilage and ligament injuries.

    Dr. Martin travels nationally and internationally to lecture and present his research. He serves on several committees including the Trauma representative for the University of Calgary Orthopedic Surgery Residency Training Committee, Co-Chair of the Canadian Orthopedic Residency Forum and Co-lead of the bulk Allograft Cartilage Transplantation Program. He also serves as an Orthopedic Surgeon for the Calgary Stampeders Football Club.

    When his is not working Dr. Martin spends most of his time with his wife and son. He enjoys skiing, mountain biking, playing hockey and painting.

  • Lisa Hoffart – Physiotherapist

    Lisa became a physiotherapist twenty years ago because maintaining an active lifestyle is a key component of a complete life. That spirit continues to drive her practice today.

    Lisa believes that people are entitled to a straight forward and honest experience that not only helps them recover from problems they might be experiencing but puts them in a position to be better performers and more in control of their health. While aspects of treatment can sometimes be challenging, Lisa believes that they should always be a positive experience in a supportive and engaging atmosphere.

    Lisa has always been engaged with high performance sport – from her own history as a varsity athlete, through her extensive work with athletes competing in world class, amateur, and professional sports ranging from baseball to wrestling and most everything in between. She has worked with lacrosse teams at world championships and provided treatment for the Calgary Roughnecks professional lacrosse team for over ten years.

    In addition to her Physiotherapy degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Lisa has a degree in Kinesiology and has acquired advanced designations in the areas of biomechanics, manual and manipulative therapy, radiology and needling. This gives her a full repertoire of tools and approaches to help her clients with a keen eye towards understanding what works and what just wastes everybody’s time.

  • Wendy Kobelka – Physiotherapist

    Wendy Kobelka, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia. She is a member in good standing with the Alberta College of Physical Therapists. Wendy has 15 years experience in treating active individuals with a variety of ailments. She is certified in Spinal Manipulation, Acupuncture and Gunn IMS.

    With her skill set, Wendy is confident treating a variety areas; low back pain, shoulder pain and dysfunction and whiplash disorders to name a few. She also has a special interest in chronic/neuropathic pain. Wendy has worked with all levels of athletes from the recreational athlete to Olympians. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the team.

  • Sandi Seto – Physiotherapist

    Sandi is a graduate from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Her extensive ongoing educational studies include Medical Acupuncture and Manual Therapy. She has a Certification in Acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute as well as a Diploma in Intermediate (Part A) Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy through the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists.

    Sandi has 30 years of clinical experience specializing in orthopaedics (musculoskeletal) and sport-related injuries. She believes in implementing a comprehensive integrated approach for treatment of musculoskeletal conditions such as manual therapy, acupuncture, functional & sport specific exercises, spinal stabilization, modalities, and taping to help her diverse clientele reach their specific goals.

    Sandi’s interest in promoting health and wellness, and background as a ballet teacher and fitness instructor, has also led her to become a Certified Advanced Mat Stott Pilates Instructor, teaching many different types of classes and special populations such as Multi-level Mat Pilates, Pilates for Runners, Pilates for Golfers, Exercises and Back care, and Hip and Knee osteoarthritis exercise classes.

    She has also pursued specialized training in Ergonomics, and enjoys consulting to different companies on Office Ergonomics to help those with problems such as neck, back, shoulders, elbows and/or wrist issues.

    Sandi leads an active lifestyle and enjoys hiking, cycling, and tennis. She is an avid runner and passionate about trail running. She has raced from the 10k to the ultra-marathon distances. She has also enjoyed co-leading trail running and snowshoeing clinics. Sandi credits her first marathon experience in Dublin, Ireland, in support of the Arthritis Society in 2002, as inspiration to promote an active and healthy lifestyle. She enjoys volunteering for many local road races including the Calgary Marathon, and 5 Peaks Trail Running series.

  • Tashina Van Vlack – Physiotherapist

    Tashina completed her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia in 2012. Prior to, she completed a Bachelor of Science of Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick, where she was a member of the women’s varsity basketball team.

    Since graduating Tashina has worked hard to further her knowledge and skills to help maximize her patient’s recovery. She is currently in the process of completing additional certifications in manual therapy and has completed her Acupuncture and Functional Dry Needling (IMS) certification. Always looking for a challenge and opportunity to learn, Tashina enjoys working closely with patients to set goals and redefine perceptions of injury, pain, and disability.

    While Tashina’s focus has been to treat orthopaedic injuries, she has also been working at the University of Calgary for the Sport Injury Research Centre doing baseline concussion testing. She aims to empower her patients through self-management techniques and specific exercise prescription. In her spare time, Tashina loves to run, bike, hike, and do yoga.

  • Carla Reimer – Certified Orthotist

    Carla always tells her friends and family that she has the best job in the world. She's excited to get up every morning to go to work and finds it very rewarding to make positive changes in her patients’ lives. She enjoys helping people reach their goals and even exceed their expectations.

    "It can be as simple as reducing pain or as challenging as renewing a paraplegic's ability to stand and walk," she says.

    She believes it's important to make personal connections with her patients so they feel comfortable coming back and believes orthotic treatment is a lifetime commitment which will always evolve and improve over time.

    Carla has been a member of the Banff Sports Medicine team since 2009 where she provides orthotic treatment for patients in the Bow Valley and Southern Alberta areas.

    She's part of a pilot project team of Sport Medicine Physicians and Physiotherapists who are developing the process for conservative treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee, offering monthly clinics for patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis.

    Carla also participates in a Run IQ clinic to help treat runners who have been injured. She works with a team that includes a sports medicine physician, a physiotherapist and a running coach to create synchronized treatment plans to help injured athletes regain their pre-injury running level.

    Education:

    • University of Winnipeg BA in Physical Activity and Sports Science (Athletic Therapy) 2000
    • BCIT Prosthetics and Orthotics 2004
  • Dr. Jim Thorne – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Ian Auld – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Alex H.C. Wong – Sport Physician
  • Dr. David Manning – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Laura Bennion – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Neil Cooper – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Alin Cristurean – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Brett Hollowell – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Marcus Robinson – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Trevor Trinh – Sport Physician
  • Dr. Ian Lo – Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Dr. Ryan Martin – Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Lisa Hoffart – Physiotherapist
  • Wendy Kobelka – Physiotherapist
  • Sandi Seto – Physiotherapist
  • Tashina Van Vlack – Physiotherapist
  • Carla Reimer – Certified Orthotist

Thought Leaders

John O'Sullivan – Changing the Game Project

John O'Sullivan – Changing the Game Project

Jessica Renney – MindfulAthletics

Jessica Renney – MindfulAthletics

Paula McQuaid – MindfulAthletics

Paula McQuaid – MindfulAthletics

Darcy Hulston – Business Advisor

Darcy Hulston – Business Advisor

  • John O'Sullivan – Changing the Game Project
  • Jessica Renney – MindfulAthletics
  • Paula McQuaid – MindfulAthletics
  • Darcy Hulston – Business Advisor
  • John O'Sullivan – Changing the Game Project

    John O’Sullivan is a National Best Selling Author and TED Talk Presenter. John’s “Changing the Game Project”, has achieved Global Attention is is re-defining families journey in Youth Sport. John speaks around the world and has established himself as the Global Leader in this space. John is married and has two wonderful children and makes Bend Oregon his home.

  • Jessica Renney – MindfulAthletics

    Jessica believes providing youth with a safe and secure therapeutic space promotes personal authenticity and confidence in and out of sport. Jessica pays specific attention to the development of an athlete’s mental health as research suggests it is as important as ones physical health when working to maximize individual human potential.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Co-Founder, Individual Therapist & Group Facillitator –MindfulAthletics
    • Individual Therapist & Group Facilitator- Healthy Relationships Program, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
    • Individual and Group Therapist -Boys and Girls Club of Vancouver
    • Urgent Mental Health Psychotherapist – Vancouver Island Health Authority
    Education:
    • Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology- University of Victoria
    • A Professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
    • Bachelor of Arts- University of Lethbridge

    Jessica is originally from Trail, BC and played a variety of competitive sports as a young person. In addition, Jessica’s father Tom Renney coached in the NHL for over 13 years and currently serves as the President and CEO of Hockey Canada. Jessica works hard to maintain a meaningful and connected relationship with her fiancé, son and daughter.

  • Paula McQuaid – MindfulAthletics

    Paula is someone who believes in the importance of allowing young people and athletes the chance to discuss and explore their mental well-being. Whereby providing them the opportunity to de-clutter the mind and live to the best of their ability in both life and in sport.

    Work & Coaching Experience:
    • Co-Founder, Individual Therapist & Group Facillitator –MindfulAthletics
    • Individual Therapist- Men’s Counselling Services, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
    • Individual & Group Facilitator- Healthy Relationships Program, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
    • Women’s U-18 Selection Camp and the National Development Camp Mental Skills Consultant -Hockey Canada
    Education:
    • Master of Counselling - Gonzaga University
    • Professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
    • Bachelor of Arts/Criminolgy– St. Mary’s University
    • Bachelor of Arts/Psychology – University of Prince Edward Island

    Paula is a proud Easterner who grew up in Charlottetown, PEI where she played a variety of competitive sports including soccer and rugby. Paula is up for any new opportunities that enter her life and she is most proud of the personal relationships she has with the people in her life

  • Darcy Hulston – Business Advisor

    Darcy Hulston brings more than 25 years of financial industry experience to his role as President & CEO of Canoe Financial, currently one of Canada’s fastest growing independent mutual fund companies. Darcy has hired, managed and mentored over 500 industry professionals, conducted more than 1,000 public presentations, and has consistently built outstanding teams. A recognized industry expert, he has appeared on BNN and CBC and is frequently sought out for career and business advice.

    Darcy was a key architect of Canoe’s business plan and strategy, and leverages his expertise in organizational behavior and executive leadership in directing its execution.

    Darcy was first registered to sell securities in October of 1987. Since then, he has been a Registered Representative, a Branch Manager, a Wholesaler and a Head of Sales. Darcy studied organizational behaviour at the University of Alberta and received a BBA from Athabasca University with a major in Organizational Behaviour. He is a graduate of the SIFMA program at the Wharton School in Philadelphia, a graduate level program focusing on executive leadership.

    Born on a mixed farm outside of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Darcy fully appreciates the values of hard work, integrity and community involvement. He currently sits on the board of the Canadian Cancer Society and has been involved in Canadian Minor Hockey as a division coordinator, disciplinary liaise and served on several hockey boards. Darcy resides in Calgary with his wife and three children.

  • John O'Sullivan – Changing the Game Project
  • Jessica Renney – MindfulAthletics
  • Paula McQuaid – MindfulAthletics
  • Darcy Hulston – Business Advisor

School Partners

  • Laurie Johnston - Principal - Bert Church High School
  • Garry Bell - Principal - George McDougall High School
  • Todd Kiernan - Principal - WH Croxford High School
  • Jeff Chalmers - Principal - Springbank Community High School
  • Vince Hunter - Principal - Foothills Composite High School
  • Leah Kingston – Principal - Ecole Okotoks Junior High School
  • Mike Fredrich - Vice Principal - Springbank Community High School
  • Jeff Mason - Vice Principal - Foothills Composite High School
  • Jason Crellin - Teacher Liaison - Springbank Community High School
  • Iaon Matthews - Teacher Liaison - Springbank Community High School
  • Shane Martell - Teacher Liaison - Springbank Community High School