Brain Fitness Training – Level Two

Presented by Jill Hewlett

In this invaluable continuation of the Level One course, you’ll build on what you learned, exploring variations on activities and movements. Discover the rest of the Brain Gym® menu and activities that can be used in the fitness studio, gym, classroom, workplace, and daily life. Delve into the details of your unique learning and life perspective profile to build on your strengths and support your weaker areas. Maximize your understanding of the triune brain model and the three dimensions of brain development. You’ll leave with improved goal-setting and focusing techniques to communicate more effectively and make better choices.

4 FIS, 4 PTS, 4 HWL

Upcoming Dates


Sunday November 25th, 2018. (687) 9am-5pmMember Rate: $149

Non-Member Rate: $247 – includes one year canfitpro membership

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Common Medical Conditions & Exercise Prescription for the Older Adult

Presented by Ona McDonald

As Canadians live longer, they face medical issues that can profoundly affect their quality of life. These conditions are naturally accompanied by limitations and contraindications to exercise. Older adult specialists have many ways to encourage their clients to exercise and participate in the activities of daily living within their scope of ability and without inflaming their medical problems. In this full day workshop learn more about the common conditions, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, knee and hip replacements (before and after), spinal conditions, shoulder and elbow pain. We will discuss exercises, modifications and programming for the older adult living with one or more of these medical conditions.


Upcoming Dates


Saturday December 8, 2018 (663)

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Regular Member: $129

Regular Non-Member: $227*

*includes one-year canfitpro membership

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Falls Prevention & Balance Training

Presented by Ona McDonald

Falls can happen to anyone, but for those over the age of 65, falls are a leading cause of injury. Mobility, stability, strength & functional movement are essential to performing the activities of daily living. We will investigate both intrinsic & extrinsic factors that may contribute to falls & suggest strategies to reduce these risks. Different commonly used tools & equipment will be examined, reviewed & incorporated to enhance training & exercise modules to work with different clients & group classes. Balance & falls prevention is for everyone!


Upcoming Dates


Saturday November 24, 2018 (662)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Regular Member: $79

Regular Non-Member: $177*

*includes one-year canfitpro membership

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Oh ,Those Aching Knees and Hips! Pre- and Post-Knee and Hip Replacement

Presented by Ona McDonald

Achy knees? Sore hips? Are you or your clients awaiting new bionic ones? Or maybe you’re trying to avoid ever needing the installation of new joints? We’ll review exercise suggestions and contraindications for these very important mobility regions of the body. This session will examine the pre-surgery options, the recovery phases, and suggestions for rehabilitation training.


Upcoming Dates


Saturday November 17, 2018 (660)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Regular Member: $79

Regular Non Member: $177*

*includes one year canfitpromembership

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Thai Yoga Stretching for Exercise Professionals Part 2

Presented by Debra Dumont and Melissa Tremblay, from Navina ® Thai Yoga Therapy.

Building on concepts and techniques learned in Part 1, this session will focus more on mobility and function than flexibility alone. We’ll refine previously learned skills, explore them in greater depth, and incorporate elements of massage into Thai stretching sessions. New stretches and variations on existing techniques will allow you to expand your repertoire and select the most appropriate Thai yoga postures for each individual client.


Pre-requisite: Thai Yoga Stretching for Exercise Professionals (Part 1).
Visit Navina for more information.

Upcoming Dates


Sunday November 18th, 2018 (684)


Early Bird Member Rate: $131
Early Bird Non Member Rate: $229

Regular Member: $153
Regular Non Member: $251*

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The Big Os- Osteoarthritis & Osteoporosis

Presented by Ona McDonald

Do you, or does someone you know, have osteoarthritis or osteoporosis? Both? We’ll examine these two very common conditions, their differences, the risk factors, the symptoms, and the limitations displayed. Exercises can be used as an effective non-drug treatment plan to reduce pain and improve daily living. We’ll review the contraindicated exercises and explore safer ways to manage physical distress, joint restrictions, and how to maintain function.


Upcoming Dates


Saturday November 24, 2018 (661)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Regular Member: $79

Regular Non Member: $177*

*includes one year canfitpro membership


canfitpro Academy
Level 2 – 225 Select Ave
Toronto, ON
M1X 0B5

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The registration desk will be located outside of the canfitpro Academy, located on the second floor of the canfitpro office.


All Academy cancellations must be received in writing Cancellations received more than 60 days prior to the published start date of the event will not incur a cancellation penalty. Cancellations received between 60 and five (5) days prior to the published start date of the event will be charged an administration fee of 15% of the total conference registration fee (plus applicable taxes). No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than five days prior to the published start date of the event. No refunds or credits will be given for no-shows, partially used registrations, on-site registrations or membership fees.


Academy session handouts will be available online one (1) week prior and 30 days after the conference. Handouts will be listed by session number and name, and will be subject to availability (as submitted by presenter). Please remember to print your session handouts and bring them on-site or view them on your tablet or smart phone.


Without the equipment provided by our sponsors, the variety of sessions available to you would be limited. Please help us ensure the integrity of our conference and our relationship with our sponsors by respecting their property. Theft costs everyone. If you are found taking equipment that does not belong to you, you will be removed from the Academy and your canfitpro membership and certification(s) will be revoked.


For the safety and consideration of all concerned, particularly your child’s, children and babies are not allowed into the Academy events at any time. This includes babies in strollers. This is also necessary to maintain the educational atmosphere of the sessions.


Photography, video, and audio taping are not permitted in any session. Delegates found violating this rule will be expelled from the session without refund.


While we recognize that deodorant is necessary (especially after an intense workout!), please limit the use of scented products.


Please note that our Academy events are not wheelchair accessible – there is no elevator to the second floor. If you require assistance accessing our second floor please contact our conference department so that we can determine how best to accommodate your requirements. Please see canfitpro’s Accessible Customer Service Policy at….


From Downtown Toronto
• North on Don Valley Parkway
• Take 401 East
• Exit Markham Road
• Turn Left onto Markham Road North
• Turn Right onto Select Avenue


Free parking is available at the Academy.


Adult Cash fair is $3.00 per trip – exact change is required. Please contact the TTC for the most accurate route information


  • Travelodge Toronto East
    20 Milner Business Court, Scarborough ON 416-299-9500 (6.1 KM)
  • Hilton Toronto/ Markham Suites Conferences Centre and Spa
    8500 Warden Ave, Markham ON 905-470-8500 (11.4KM)
  • Holiday Inn Express
    50 Eastgate Drive, Scarborough ON 416-439-9666 (16.8km)


There is no food storage or kitchen at The ACADEMY. Below is a list of nearby restaurants.

• Mr Greek Express – 6015 Steeles East (Walmart / Lowes Plaza)
• Subway Sandwiches – 6005 Steeles East (inside Lowes) Tim Horton’s
• Tim Horton’s – 5975 Steeles Ave East
• Tim Horton’s – 5551 Finch Ave East
• Starbucks – 3740 Midland Ave
• Starbucks – 70 Copper Creek Dr
• Starbucks – 41 Milner Ave #2

Useful tip! Did you know your fees may be tax deductible? Consult your tax advisor for details.

Suaad Ghadban

She is a leading fitness and health expert. She is well-known for her personal and unique approach to fitness that draws its inspiration from her extensive background in dance, gymnastics and circus training. Suaad is a former World Dance and Sports Aerobic Champion, and she holds a College degree in Sports and Leisure and a B.A. & Sc. in Therapeutic recreation. With 15 years of teaching experience and 22 years of training under her belt, Suaad has created a very fun, effective ballet inspired booty program called Hot Booty Ballet.

Jill Hewlett

Jill Hewlett is a nationally recognized Speaker, Author, TV Wellness Authority and Brain Fitness Expert. She has the skillful capacity to draw out the natural leadership in individuals and organizations to support them in reducing stress and achieving greater levels of efficiency, balance and success.

For a decade Jill hosted and produced Wellness TV segments seen by hundreds of thousands of viewers. Thirteen years ago, Jill began a Women’s Wellness Circle in York Region that has grown into multiple locations that she mentors across southern Ontario.

Author of “Common Sense…Uncommonly Practiced” and “Uncommon Sense…Put Into Practise”, Jill has a passion for making life change and improvements accessible for all who want it.

The essence of her message: everyone can build a Fit Brain & a Fit Life!

Lorne Opler

As a personal trainer for 15 years, and a master’s level health educator for 10, Lorne has combined his passion for exercise and nutrition with an interest in health and fitness promotion for special populations. A freelance writer and public speaker with Toastmaster’s International, he currently works as an independent personal trainer specializing in senior fitness, low back rehab, and fitness for chronic disease management and prevention

Ona McDonald

Ona is presently involved in healthy, active living pursuits both in the fitness industry and in the educational system. She has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years and is presently a PRO Trainer for Can-Fit-Pro in four disciplines. She currently works with the Toronto District School Board as a consultant in health and physical education and with Ontario Physical and Health Education Association as a Master Trainer for teachers

Stephen de Wit

A board-certified sexologist, Stephen started as a sexual health counsellor and now travels internationally speaking about sexual empowerment. As an educator, coach, and consultant, he believes that people should live a sexually empowered life free from guilt, shame, and fear. Stephen is featured regularly in national newspapers and on TV providing relevant, thought-provoking sex education and information, helping people take an honest look at their sex lives and transform what isn’t working.

Interested in presenting at the canfitpro Academy?
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Note: Session handouts are subject to availability (as submitted in advance by presenter). We will keep posting additional handouts if received from presenters.

Some presenters choose to bring paper copies of their handouts directly to their sessions.

Please remember to print the available handouts and bring them with you on-site.



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Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST

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