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Brianne Theisen-Eaton grew up in Humboldt, Saskatchewan and is a retired Canadian track and field athlete who competed in the heptathlon and women's pentathlon. She won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games and holds the Canadian record for both the heptathlon and indoor pentathlon. She is a 3-time World Championship silver medalist, the reigning Commonwealth Games Champion in the heptathlon, and World Indoor Champion in the pentathlon. She now lives in San Francisco with her husband where she works with a startup in the health and wellness space, and is going to school for Holistic Nutrition and Functional Medicine.
Former Professional Volleyball Player
Dallas Randolph (Keeshig) Soonias is a former professional volleyball player. He was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on April 25, 1984. However, he grew up in Red Deer, Alberta. He is registered in Cape Crocker reserve in Ontario.
In the last few year he has asst. coached the Men’s University of Calgary, and Sait Trojans Volleyball teams. This summer he was Head Coach of Team Cold Garden, as they took the championship of the first professional volleyball league in Canada.
He is a featured Neechie Gear Role Model who has excelled in volleyball. He played his college ball for Red Deer College and then for the UofA Golden Bears winning three national gold medals and a silver in his 4 years.
In 2004, Dallas became a member of the Canadian Senior Men’s Volleyball Team. Since then he has competed in hundreds of matches wearing the Maple Leaf and competed with the team in all major tournaments and competitions. In total he spent 15 years representing Canada.
Dallas is proud to be the first Aboriginal Canadian male to represent Canada at the highest level of his sport and feels honored and blessed that the game he loves has taken him to all the corners of the planet. He always keeps in mind when he puts on the jersey, he’s not just representing Canada, but also the First Nations peoples.
Brittany Hudak is a Canadian cross-country skier and biathlete from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She has been on the National ski team since 2015 and competed for Canada the last 5 years. After her first Paralympic debut in Sochi in 2014, she moved to Canmore, AB. to train with the National Team. In 2015 Brittany was the overall World-Cup winner and most recently took home a bronze medal at her second Paralympic Games in PyeongChang in 2018. Outside of sport Brittany is a mentor for Classroom Champions and is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Social Work.
|Trent Stellingwerff (PhD)
Since 2011, Dr. Trent Stellingwerff serves as the Director of Performance Solutions / Innovation & Research at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (Victoria, Canada). In this role, he directs 15 different major research projects across different sport performance discipline areas, with 6 PhD to Master's students involved. He is also the Director of Sport Science & Sports Medicine for Athletics Canada. His primary sport and research focuses is via his physiology and nutrition expertise primarily to Canada's National track and field team. Prior to this, Trent was a senior scientist in Performance Nutrition for PowerBar at the Nestle Research Center (Lausanne Switzerland). Trent has more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications in the areas of exercise physiology, skeletal muscle metabolism and performance nutrition and supplementation. Furthermore, he has co-authored 7 book-chapters focusing on the role that nutrition can play in supporting elite athlete performance. In 2010 Trent was a lead author and presenter for the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Consensus Meeting in Nutrition. Over the years, Trent has attended 3 Olympic Games, 4 Commonwealth Games and 5 World Championships.
|David Paskevich (PhD)|
Dr. Dave Paskevich is the Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, and holds a Doctorate in Kinesiology (Sport Psychology) from the University of Waterloo. Dr. Paskevich's interests center upon the integration of the science-practitioner model, bringing the science of sport psychology into practical/applied settings, particularly in regard to the mental skills, emotional management and effective coping required for 'performance consistency' and 'performance on demand' competitions. Dave has worked with Canadian athletes at a number of Olympic Games, including Salt Lake 2002; Torino, 2006; Beijing, 2008; Vancouver, 2010; Sochi 2014, and PyeongChang 2018. He is currently the Mental Performance Coach for Freestyle Canada (mogul team) and the Canadian Water Ski Team. Dave also works with professional and other high performance athletes in a variety of sports including hockey, football, soccer, lacrosse, golf, volleyball, and rodeo. Dave has been involved in a number of sports as an athlete and coach.
|Paddy McCluskey (PhD)|
Dr. Paddy McCluskey was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and moved to Victoria in 1987 to compete for the University of Victoria's varsity cross country running and track program. He was a three time member of the senior men's Canadian Cross Country Running Team. While in Victoria, he completed a BSc in Human Performance and an MSc in Exercise Physiology at the University of Victoria before completing his degree in Medicine in 2005 (UBC). He did his post-graduate family medicine training Victoria and a 1 year fellowship in Sport and Exercise Medicine, completing his Diploma in Sport Medicine in 2008. He has since worked as a Sport and Exercise Medicine physician in Victoria, BC. Currently he is the Chief Medical Officer for the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and works as the Medical Lead for Athletics Canada's western hub in Victoria and Triathlon Canada. He works with Rowing Canada's Victoria training centre and has been the Medical Director of the Victoria Marathon since 2007.
|Kati Pasanen (PT, MSc, PhD)|
Kati Pasanen PT, MSc, PhD is an Assistant Professor, SIPRC, Faculty of Kinesiology, at the University of Calgary. Her PhD in Injury prevention (2009) is from the Medical School, University of Tampere, Finland. Before moving to Calgary, she worked as a Research and Development Manager at the Research Center of Sports Medicine, UKK Institute, Tampere, Finland. The focus of Dr. Pasanen's research is the identification of sports injury risk factors and evaluation of sports injury prevention strategies. Her main research area is related to team ball sport injuries, especially knee- and ankle injuries. She is a member the Finnish Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, and she has served as a coach for many ice hockey and floorball teams over twenty years. She has playing experience at top national level in ice hockey, rink ball and floorball.
Lisa Hoffart - M.C., M.A., CCC, R. Psych (Provisional)
Lisa is the staff Mental Performance Consultant for the Saskatchewan Sport Medicine and Science Council. She is also a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association. Lisa has contributed to Team Saskatchewan's performances at the all the Canada Games from 2013 onwards. She is also an advisor with Game Plan, Canada's national athlete wellness program. The program focuses on health, education, career opportunities, skill development, and networking, both during an athlete's high-performance career and beyond. Lisa was also part of the team that developed the innovative Mental Fitness for Long-Term Athlete Development, an in-depth document that examines mental health and athlete career transitions from every angle.
Heather Hynes - (MSc, RD)
Heather is a Registered Dietitian and the Staff Sport Nutrition consultant with the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Sport Centre- Saskatchewan. She has been working with the Council since May 2002. Heather completed her undergraduate degree in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition and then completed her Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology from the U of S. She has worked with numerous provincial teams, as well as athletes at the national and international level. Heather was the sport nutrition lead with Own the Podium from 2011 to 2013. She has been a member of three Canada Games teams, as an athlete, a manager and mission staff for Saskatchewan. From the fall of 2007 to July 2016, she was a doping control officer with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. Heather was part of the VANOC anti-doping team in Whistler for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Leah Ferguson (PhD)
Leah Ferguson is a Métis Assistant Professor in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan, and is also a mental training consultant with the Sport Medicine & Science Council of Saskatchewan. Her sport psychology research is provincially and nationally funded to explore Indigenous and non-Indigenous athletes' sport experiences, and to identify and understand resources to facilitate flourishing in sport.
Kyle McDonald (MSc)
Kyle McDonald is the owner of Competitive Will Performance Consulting. Through 15 plus years involved in competitive sport, along with his academic background in the fields of sport psychology and leadership (PhD Candidate), Kyle has developed a strategic outlook on mental training and the high performance needs of individuals and organizations. Kyle resides in Regina, SK with his wife Lisa, daughter Piper and dog Augusta.
Tom Graham (PhD)
Tom Graham received his B.A. (Psychology) from the University of Manitoba, his M.S. (Sport and Recreation Management) from the University of Idaho and his PhD (Health and Exercise Psychology) from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). Tom was a member of the 1976 Canadian Olympic volleyball team and a member of two Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national champions while playing volleyball at the University of Manitoba. Tom was chosen CIS and Canadian Volleyball Association (CVA) Coach of the Year in 1987. Currently, he is a Research Facilitator in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the U of S. Tom resides in Saskatoon and coaches age-class club volleyball and runs along the riverbank as often as he can.
Hazem Hussein (PhD)
Hazem has a PhD in Sports Physiology and a Post doctorate in Molecular Exercise Physiology. His specialization is in System Biology and Biotechnology where he has extensive academic experience as a Professional academic lecturing with over 25 years of experience. When it comes to sport, Hazem has his Senior Swim Coach certifications in Canada, UK and USA and is Chartered Professional Coach and Master Coach Developer. Currently he is the head coach of the Prince Albert Sharks Swim Club.
Al Bodnarchuk (RMT, SMT(C), BSPE, B.Ed)
Al has worked as a Sport Massage Therapist for 24 years. He has worked at four Summer Olympics, one Winter Olympics and one Paralympics as a Sport Massage Therapist. He instructs workshops in sport massage and recovery techniques for athletes, coaches and students.
Ryan Flett (PhD)
Ryan Flett completed his B.Sc. in Kinesiology before attending the University of Florida, Gainesville for his Masters. From 2001-2005, Ryan was the Canada Games Service Coordinator and Mental Trainer for the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan (SMSCS). Ryan went on to earn his PhD from Michigan State. He has worked with coaches and athletes from rural Michigan and West Virginia to inner-city Detroit and Pittsburgh at the community, club, school, and university levels - including nearly a hundred NCAA athletes and coaches in many sports, including Football, Hockey, and men's Basketball. Over the past 17 years, he has worked with over 40 different sports, and provided over 15,000 hours as a consultant. In his spare time, Ryan has also coached a variety of sports for more than 20 years. He now resides in Saskatoon and is also a mental training consultant with the SMSCS.