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Meet The Staff

  • Andrea Savard

    Owner/Head Boxing Trainer
    CLICK HERE TO GET TO KNOW COACH ANDREA

    Certifications: Level 2 Boxing Coach (CABA); CrossFit Level 1; CrossFit Nutrition; CrossFit Running & Endurance; CrossFit Kids; CrossFit Striking; trained in mobility and movement mechanics through "The Movement Fix", advanced DB training through Dumbbell Mission.

    Important stuff: CEO of FirePower Training Inc. Andrea leads the FirePower team in all areas including strategic planning and partnerships. She is also a small business mentor, Dale Carnegie CIT, and public speaker.
    Co-founder of Canadian Firefighter Appreciation Day charity event supporting Canadian Fallen FireFighters Foundation;

    Stuff you might not know
    : Nominated for RBC Canadian Entrepreneur Award 2015; Multi-year Milton Chamber of Commerce "Business of the Year' winner; Mom of 14-year-old twins. She is a former corporate marketing executive and consultant to Waterloo Police Service on project management using six-sigma methodologies.
    Andrea was a competitive boxer, reaching national level with Team Ontario. Also a track & field decathlete, international equestrian rider, and fox hunter.

    To contact Andrea, email andrea@reebokcrossfitfirepower.com
  • Annie Gordon

    Assistant Head Coach / Director of Personal Training

    CLICK HERE TO GET TO KNOW COACH ANNIE

    Certifications: Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR) Practitioner. CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Kids, trained in mobility/movement through "The Movement Fix", advanced DB training through Dumbbell Mission.

    Important stuff: Annie leads coaching development and training for all RCFP coaching staff and interns. She is also a member of the FP Management Team. She is a former member of RCFP’s international competitive team for 5+ years.

    Stuff you might not know: Annie holds an MBA in International Economics and Finance. She is a former national level equestrian rider living on her family farm in rural Milton/Burlington.

    She has a full CrossFit gym on her farm, holds RCFP's StrongMan competitions with Coach Mitch. Together they brew Milton’s best maple syrup and grows award-winning veggies in her garden!

    To contact Annie, email annie@reebokcrossfitfirepower.com

  • Brian Kay

    CrossFit Coach / Striking Coach / Strength Specialist

    Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Striking, CrossFit Defense, advanced DB training through Dumbbell Mission.

    Important stuff: , Brian (BK) is one of the first coaches on FP staff since 2008. He is FirePower’s strength training & strongman guru. He also is an expert on fitness and aging, as well as maintaining health through injury.⁠

    Brian has run both Toronto 1/2 and full marathon but his true love is trail running. He is also trained in Muay Thai and is a nutrition guru.

    Stuff you might not know: ⁠Brian is a Staff Sergeant with Toronto Police Service (34 years). He is former Junior middleweight Mr. Nova Scotia at 17yrs old. Now, at 53 years old and still super fit, Brian continues to coach & mentors others to maintain a lifelong love of health, fitness and nutrition.⁠ He is a recent grandfather to cute little Kaia, and will be retiring from policing in the near future after a decorated career (more time for training!)

    To contact Brian, email info@reebokcrossfitfirepower.com



  • Dan Albergaria

    CrossFit Coach / 911 Fitness Specialist

    Certifications:
    CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Kids, 3m coaching certified, advanced DB training through Dumbbell Mission.

    Important stuff: Dan has been a member of FirePower's Coaching Team since 2008 shortly after the gym began. He has a specialty in helping people seeking a career in police or fire preparing for the fitness testing. Dan's in-depth knowledge, experience and patience with athletes in rehab or significant deconditioned-state helps them make a successful return to fitness.

    Dan coaches CrossFit & Ignite Classes and is just an all-round awesome guy!

    Stuff you might not know: Dan is a full time Toronto Firefighter with 20 years of service. He's a former competitive amateur tennis player and coach, ran the Toronto Marathon and ran a shelter for homeless youth in Rexdale. He lives in Milton with his 2 boys.

    To contact Dan email info@reebokcrossfitfirepower.com



  • George Savard

    Owner/Head Trainer
    CLICK HERE TO GET TO KNOW COACH GEO

    Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 & Level 2; CrossFit Olympic Lifting; CrossFit Running & Endurance; CrossFit Kids; CrossFit Striking; CrossFit Gymnastics; Level 1 Boxing (CABA); trained in mobility and movement mechanics through "The Movement Fix", advanced DB training through the Dumbbell Movement.

    Important stuff: Olympic Lifting specialty; Head coach of FirePower's International Competitive CrossFit team - qualified for Canada East Regionals 2011 thru 2015; Co-founder of Canadian Firefighter Appreciation Day charity event supporting Canadian Fallen FireFighters Foundation.

    Stuff you might not know: He’s a giant at 6'8". Former offensive lineman with Ottawa Roughriders CFL team, invited to try out for 13 NFL teams; George also won a bronze medal in boxing at the World Police & Fire Games in Barcelona, 2003.
    He is a 20-year veteran with Toronto Fire Services, and lives in Milton with Andrea & their 14-year-old twins and has a not-so-secret love of 80's ballads.

    Email george@reebokcrossfitfirepower.com for training, special programs or fire-related.
  • Jen Young

    CrossFit & Nutrition Coach

    CLICK HERE TO GET TO KNOW COACH JEN

    Certifications: CrossFit Level 2, Pendlay Level 1 Weightlifting Seminar, NCCP Level 1 - Figure Skating, advanced DB training through Dumbbell Mission.

    Important stuff: Nickname is “Turtle”- a self-imposed name based on how slow she was in workouts when she first started. She is now a top level athlete and former member of RCFP's Competitive team.
    Coach Jen is also a member of the FirePower Nutrition team, helping athletes find balance and accountability with their health and fitness.

    Jenn coaches various classes, personal training, and current lead of “Barbell Betty’s” women’s only lifting program.

    Stuff you might not know: Jenny was born and raised in Sioux Lookout, ON. She is a full-time member of the Vaughn Fire Department, and she is a former competitive figure skater/coach and owner/shower of Quarter horses.

    To contact Jen email turtle@reebokcrossfitfirepower.com


  • Joyce Findlay

    Boxing Coach

    Certifications: Level 3 Boxing Official (Referee), Level 3 Boxing Coach (CABA), CrossFit Level 1, advanced DB training through Dumbbell Mission.

    Important stuff: 2008 Provincial champion & National bronze medalist in Boxing. She has completed a half marathon, the Tough Mudder and a try-a tri.

    Joyce coaches boxing classes, private trainings, and is a member of FirePower's Administrative team.

    Stuff you might not know: A graduate of York University with a BSc in Kinesiology and Health Sciences who worked as a personal trainer before switching to Disability Insurance. She has many secret talents including making balloon animals and sewing.

    To contact Joyce email joyce@reebokcrossfitfirepower.com





  • Justin Darbyson-Billingham

    Boxing Coach / CrossFit Striking Coach

    Certifications:
    CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Striking, CrossFit Defense, Level 1 Wrestling, Level 1 Boxing, CrossFit Kettlebell, advanced DB training through Dumbbell Mission.

    Important stuff: Justin holds a Provincial Title/National silver medalist in wrestling, and is a former MMA competitor. He is currently active in kettlebell competitions, pursuing a national ranking.

    He coaches Boxing, Ignite, CrossFit Striking, and is available for private sessions in defensive training or fitness training.

    Stuff you might not know: 2010 champion of World Team Trials and Hungarian World Open for Grappling.

    He is a cartoon artist working on broadcast productions such as Arthur, The Magic School Bus, and more. He lives in Milton with his wife Aislinn (also a boxing coach) and their new baby girl Penny.

    To contact Justin email info@reebokcrossfitfirepower.com



  • Kim Turley-Smith

    Crossfit Coach

    Certifications:
    CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Striking

    Important stuff: Kim has been part of the FirePower coaching staff since 2008. Leading the growth and development of the CrossFIt Foundations program, Kim has a keen passion for helping new people find a new life journey through CrossFit. She teaches CrossFit, Ignite, specialty programs and is experienced in half and full marathons, triathlons, and half irons.

    Stuff you might not know: Kim is a mom of 3 teenagers and lives in Milton with her husband Randy. In 2010, Kim initiated the first CrossFit Camp for FirePower members, and grew it into the wildly successful "Fall Fit Women's Weekend".

    She is an inspirational speaker (available for hire!), an entrepreneur and has always wanted to be a mascot!!

    To contact Kim email info@reebokcrossfitfirepower.com



  • Kingsley Alexander

    Boxing Coach / Youth Special Needs Coach

    Certifications: Level 1 Boxing, CrossFit L1, CrossFit Kids, advanced DB training through Dumbbell Mission.

    Important stuff: Kingsley is a decorated boxing athlete including 2015 Presidents Cup Award, 2016 Canadian Olympic Qualifiers Silver Medalist, 2016 Provincial Champion, 2016 National Champion, Youth Nationals Silver Medalist 2010, Canadian Winter Games Silver Medalist 2011 and many more!

    He coaches boxing classes, personal trainings, FirePower Varsity, and various programs with FirePower Kids.

    Stuff you might not know: Former Triple A hockey player. He has a gift for working with young athletes including special needs/autistic/LD children.

    To contact Kingsley email info@crossfitfirepower.com

  • Kristine Kazias

    Front Desk Assistant

    Important Stuff: Kristine has been a member of FirePower's admin team since 2016 after starting her CrossFit journey here in 2014. She is a yearly FireFighter Appreciation Day committee member and can often be seen as scorekeeper during in-house competitions.

    Stuff you might not know: She has a deep-rooted passion for the arts and spent 10+ years in management positions within the non-profit sector of the Film & Television Industry, helping to support and foster the careers of Canadian storytellers.
  • Jodi Nieuwendyk

    Front Desk / Executive Assistant

    Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Kids

    Important Stuff: She has a BSc in Kinesiology; she is a certified teacher with teachables in Biology and Physical Education; she is a FirePower Kids CrossFit Coach

    Stuff You Might Not Know: She has completed several half marathons and is currently working to complete a triathlon (if only she could get over her fear of biking on the road!)

    Email Jodi for anything Front Desk related


  • Shane Lloyd

    CrossFit Coach

    Certifications:
    CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Weightlifting, advanced DB training through Dumbbell Mission.

    Important stuff: Shane coaches CrossFit, Ignite, CrossFit Foundations, and personal training. Shane specializes in Olympic lifting, leads FirePower barbell club and is FP's OCR expert. He's run adventure races & 1/2 marathons and is a member of RCFP's competitive team.

    Stuff you might not know: Shane is a former rugby, baseball & soccer player. He met his wife when he was 2 days old, and she's been his training partner for over 12 years. He is also a closet nerd & gamer and a auto-cad designer. He designed the entire layout for the current FirePower facility. Shane lives in Milton with his wife Julia and their 2 children.

    To contact Shane, email Shane@reebokcrossfitfirepower.com

  • Maria Rueda

    Varsity Coach / Corporate Wellness

    Certifications: Level 1 CrossFit, CrossFit Kids

    Important stuff: Maria joined CrossFit in 2012 expecting to find a place to workout and instead found a community and second home.

    Maria is a CrossFit kids coach with FirePower Kids, and a FirePower Varsity coach as well. She is completing Food and Nutrition studies at Humber College and combines her knowledge of CrossFit and training with teaching individuals the importance of healthy eating.

    Stuff you might not know: A self-professed millennial, Maria loves social media and runs an Instagram blog herself dedicated to her love of nutrition. When she's not thumbing through her newsfeed, you'll find her upside down in a handstand or twisted into a yoga pose.

    To contact Maria email info@reebokcrossfitfirepower.com


  • Ashley Booth

    Bio coming soon
  • Jordan Plourde

    Bio coming soon
  • Ryan Devries

    CrossFit & Nutrition Coach


    Certifications: Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR) Practitioner; CrossFit Level 1; trained in mobility and movement mechanics through "The Movement Fix", advanced DB training through Dumbbell Mission

    Important stuff: With years of self-education and personal experience, Ryan is a senior member of the FirePower Nutrition team. His clients see significant improvement in over health and weight loss when following his guidance. In addition, his expertise in mobility and core strength development is second to none.

    Ryan coaches CrossFit, Ignite and Varsity classes, as well as CrossFit Foundations athletes and specialty programs.

    Stuff you might not know: Ryan coaches Milton District's Improv team which won the Canadian Improv Games in 2012 when he was a member. An avid outdoorsman and rider, Ryan has been riding since age 10 and holds his Equestrian Canada Rider Level 4. He has a BBA in International Business and previously has worked in Retail and Corporate in the banking industry.
  • Seanna Swayne

    CrossFit Coach

    Certifications: Level 1 CrossFit, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Aerobic Capacity, CrossFit Weightlifting, advanced DB training through Dumbbell Mission.

    Important Stuff: Seanna officially joined the FirePower team in 2019. She coaches classes, foundations, and personal training. She also competes on behalf of FirePower at events such as BeachWOD, Wodapalooza, and the CanEast Games.

    Stuff you might not know: Seanna played rugby at the University of Guelph, and coached the women's rugby team at Ohio State University in '04-'05. She is a certified veterinarian and owns a successful mobile small animal surgery practice. She is also a former competitive downhill ski racer!
  • Tonya Link

    Operations Manager / CrossFit Coach

    Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Weightlifting, trained in mobility/movement through "The Movement Fix", and advanced DB training through Dumbbell Mission.

    Important stuff: Tonya heads up the FirePower Operations after transitioning from the corporate world. Her experience is extensive and she is leading operations, facility management, administrative team and supporting sales & marketing.
    She also coaches CrossFit and Ignite classes as well as CrossFit Foundations and specialty programs.

    Stuff you might not know: Tonya has been a FirePower athlete for a decade. She has spent years developing her Olympic lifting and CrossFit skills under Coach Geo and the rest of the team. She lives in Milton with her CrossFitting husband Roland and their 2 children Jakob and Erika who are also FirePower athletes.

    To contact Tonya email tonya@reebokcrossfitfirepower.com

  • Vanessa Slack

    FirePower Care team

    Certifications: Master of Theological Studies

    Important stuff: We all need someone to walk beside us as we travel life's path and navigate the inevitable bumps in the road. Vanessa offers meaning-filled conversation can help bring clarity and comfort in times of grief or during distress.
    She is available to contact confidentially by email by members at any time. You may even randomly find a message in your inbox from her if you are having a tough time personally, with family or work.

    Stuff you might not know: She holds a certification in Bereavement Education. She is also furthering her skills in spiritual care through a Clinical Pastoral Education program at Hamilton Health Services. Vaness is married, the mother of 3 sons and loves to sing. She gigs locally (as well as on the gym floor) and is incredible!

    Email Vanessa privately anytime at care@teamfirepower.ca
  • Yvonne Takacs

    Bio coming soon