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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 17-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

  • Amanda Gervais

    Bio coming soon
  • 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



  • Carmen Alexander-Nash

    Bio coming soon
  • Chris Jones

    Bio coming soon
  • Courtney Plewes

    Bio coming soon
  • 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



  • Deana Ghesquiere

    CFL1
    CF Gymnastics
    CF Weightlifting
    CF Games Masters Athlete

    International competitive figure skating background, synchro-skating.
    Coaching CrossFit for two years.
  • 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


  • Elizabeth MacDonald

    Coach Elizabeth is a seasoned CrossFit athlete with over 8+ years experience. She has represented Team FirePower at local and provincial CrossFit competitions and was nationally ranked in the 2018 CrossFit Open for her age group. Her sports background includes Competitive Dance, Swimming, Skiing, CrossFit, Weight lifting, and Powerlifting. Outside of the gym, she holds her Bronze Star/Bronze Cross Lifeguard courses, Emergency First Aid 'B' certification and plans on entering the medical field upon graduating from school.

    As a graduate from the FirePower Kids Coach in Training Program, Elizabeth coaches FPK CrossFit classes, specialty programs, she is also available for personal training.
  • Jerry Fraelic

    Coach Jerry has been a CrossFitter for over 7 years. You can regularly see him working out at FirePower in the wee hours of the morning during the 5:30 am class! He has also been involved in sports playing hockey, ultimate frisbee and golf! Jerry has been a high school teacher for 19 years so he knows teenagers! He holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Education.

    Coach Jerry is a Level 2 certified CrossFit Coach and holds a CrossFit Kids certification.
  • Jodi Nieuwendyk

    Youth Fitness and Development Training Head Coach

    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!)


  • Jordan Plourde

    Certifications: Two-Brain Coaching – First Degree Coach Certificate, CanFitPro Personal Training Specialist, Human Kinetics Foam Rolling Certificate

    Important Stuff: Jordan began his fitness journey like most at a regular gym with a focus in hypertrophy training. With years of experience and self-education he decided to take the next steps in becoming a certified Personal Trainer with a focus in functional strength and mobility.
    Today he has graduated through the FirePower Intern program to become a full time member of the coaching & markering team.

    Stuff You Might Not Know: An undergraduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a BA and a Post Graduate Certificate from George Brown College in Sport & Event Marketing. He also owns and operates a DJ business under the name "J-Kutti", performing multiple nights a week in Waterloo. He is an avid snowboarder and street-mountain biker and a big fan of the Raptors. You can usually find him somewhere on the gym floor performing mobility movements.

  • 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



  • Maria Rueda

    Certifications: Level 1 CrossFit, CrossFit Kids, Certified Nutritionist

    Important stuff:

    Maria is a certified CrossFit Coach, Nutritionist, and member of the FirePower Youth Fitness & Development team. She combines her knowledge and passion of CrossFit and training with teaching individuals the importance of good nutrition habits. Her nutrition approach considers emotional and physical health, sleep, stress and other lifestyle factors to create sustainable health changes that helping move individuals toward their goals.

    Maria has helped clients with weight loss, improving athletic performance, gaining muscle, and developing a mindful eating practice to create a healthier relationship with food.

    Stuff you might not know:

    Before CrossFit, Maria participated in competitive swimming, gymnastics and cross-country running. She is an avid tennis player and also loves yoga. A member of the St. John’s Ambulance Therapy dog program, Maria volunteers with her dog Rocky at high schools around Milton during Mental Health Awareness week.

    To contact Maria email info@reebokcrossfitfirepower.com


  • 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!
  • Shane Lloyd

    CrossFit Coach

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

    Important stuff: Shane coaches CrossFit, CrossFit Foundations, and personal training. Shane specializes in Olympic lifting, leads FirePower barbell club and is FP's OCR expert. He works with several stunt performers working on roles for both TV and Film. 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 15 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@teamfirepower.com

  • Brian Koekebakker

    CrossFit Coach / CrossFit Foundations Trainer

    CLICK HERE TO GET TO KNOW COACH BRIAN (Jr)

    Certifications: CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Kids, trained in mobility/movement through "The Movement Fix", advanced DB Training through Dumbbell MIssion.

    Important stuff: Nickname is “Junior”. Brian is a full time FirePower coach of CrossFit, Ignite, CrossFit Foundations, Varsity, and personal training for all levels of athletes. He has a gymnastics specialty and is a member of RCFP's competitive team.

    Stuff you might not know: Former competitive basketball and rugby. Brian was a basketball player and coach for most of his life before finding CrossFit as his true passion. He is a new dad to baby Maeve and learning to balance fatherhood, competitive level training, work & life. We think he's great at it all!

    To contact Brian Jr, email briankoe@reebokcrossfitfirepower.com


  • Tammy Valliere

    Bio coming soon
  • 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@teamfirepower.com

  • Yvonne Takacs

    Bio coming soon