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Ian Schnarr
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Ian Schnarr is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Director of Performance at Redline Conditioning in Kitchener, ON. His goal is to maximize athletic performance within his athletes and clients through an evidence-based, hands on approach. He possesses over 5 years experience working with athletes of various sports, ranging from current NHL players and prospects, to Olympians and Olympic hopefuls, to OHL and Division 1 standouts, to youth athletes looking to make the jump to the next level. Ian also founded and launched a successful Adult Performance Program, which now boasts a robust community of general population clientele looking to improve their strength, athleticism and overall health. He understands the various levels of individualization that are needed for success in a wide variety of clientele. Ian is the founder of the Build to Perform platform. His intent for the platform is to provide a 'one stop shop' for reliable health and performance based content, and in the process clear up some of the often misconstrued and misguided information present in the health and wellness industry.
Nick Hannah
Registered Physiotherapist
Nick Hannah is a physiotherapist practicing in London, Ontario CA. His aim is to educate the public about common myths and misconceptions in healthcare, exercise in rehabilitative sciences. He hopes you will use the information he shares to become better informed, educated and science literate to hold health professionals to greater standards of care. Nick is a self proclaimed skeptic in his field; questioning the ‘why’ behind his own provisions of care. He works hard to ensure his patients receive the highest quality of evidence informed treatment. You’ll find that his writing is peppered with sarcastic humor, so you’ll just have to deal with it. It’s who he is.
Kevin Valcke
Registered Physiotherapist
Kevin Valcke is a physiotherapist working at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Clinic at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, BC. He has a personal background in baseball, football, basketball and golf. He has completed his post-graduate Sport Physiotherapy Fellowship at UBC, which has instilled a collaborative and evidence-based approach to rehabilitation and performance. He works with recreational, varsity, professional and national-level athletes in both rehab and performance domains. Specifically, Kevin has experience working on-field/court with the Canadian Field Hockey and Basketball teams in both training and major games competition, as well as with the UBC Men’s Basketball team and with BC Rugby.
Nicole Westlund Stewart
Nicole Westlund Stewart completed her PhD in sport psychology at Western University in 2016. Her research focused on the use of imagery training to improve athletic performance. Nicole has over 5 years of Mental Coaching experience and has worked with recreational to international-level athletes from a variety of sports, including curling, hockey, figure skating, and rowing. Nicole understands the unique demands of being a high-performance athlete as she has curled competitively for over 15 years and has experience competing at the national level. She is currently preparing to compete at the 2018 Canadian Olympic Trials for both women’s and mixed doubles curling.
Jason Vaillancourt
Registered Physiotherapist
Jason Vaillancourt is a Registered Physiotherapist practicing in London, Ontario, Canada. He has a personal background in hockey, soccer, and track & field. Prior to becoming a Physiotherapist he worked as a student trainer with Laurentian University’s Cross-Country Running and Track team while completing his Kinesiology degree. Now, as a Physiotherapist, he helps instruct clinical skills sessions within Western’s Physical Therapy program, as well volunteers as part of the medical staff with Western University’s Track & Field team. He is also a provincial soccer referee and officiates at the pro-am and university level. Jason is passionate about evidence-informed care, collaboration between health care professionals, and bridging the gap between injury rehab and strength & conditioning. He has a keen interest in runners, jumpers, and cyclists, as well as those with chronic or persistent pain problems.
Dr. Austin “Wade” Wilson
Mental Performance Consultant and Lecturer
Dr. Austin “Wade” Wilson is a Mental Performance Consultant and Lecturer in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. Wade became a member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association in 2008 and has since been providing athletes and coaches level and maintain success. Wade strives to empower athletes and coaches to develop the connection between the mind and body to inspire confidence and motivation for athletes to reach their optimal performance and goals. Wade currently works with a variety of Canadian Inter-University Sport varsity athletes, high performance elite youth and amateur athletes, and coaches, in both individual, and team settings. Wade also provides support, advice and suggestions for parents of elite youth athletes. Wade has founded his own private business: Wilson & Associates Mental Performance Consulting, and has provided field supervision for people interested in becoming recognized mental training consultants through the CSPA. Wade received his PhD in Recreation and Leisure Studies in 2015 from the University of Waterloo, completed his Maters in Human Kinetics with a focus in Applied Sport Psychology from the University of Windsor in 2007, and earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sport Psychology from Laurentian University in 2005. Wade is also a trained Child and Youth Worker, earning an Advanced Diploma from Loyalist College in 2009. Wade has experience and participated competitively in a number of sports, ranging from Wrestling & Rugby to Figure Skating & Ballroom/Latin Dance. Wade's main sport of interest was Ice-Hockey where he played at the Jr.C, Jr.A, and Varsity Level as a goaltender. Wade currently teaches courses focusing on the sociology of sport, sociology of physical activity, the sociology of health, activity, & well-being, and applied sport psychology. In his spare time to relax and recharge, Wade likes to go for walks with his rescue Greyhound “Willa”.
Charles Fitzsimmons
Specialization in Psychology
Charles has been competing in golf and hockey for most of his life. He is also a general sporting enthusiast following any major sporting event. He still competes at the international level of individual golf. He has competed in numerous provincial, national and international competitions highlighted by representing Canada at the 2008 World University Golf Championships in South Africa and the 2017 International Championship of Amateurs in Peru. He also helped the Western University Men’s Golf Team to win the 2010, 2012, and 2013 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Championships while also winning the individual title in 2009. He is an 8 time OUA All-Star and helped the Western team to compete at 11 straight National Championships. Before coming to Western University in Canada, Charles spent three years playing golf in the USA (two at the International Junior Golf Academy and one pursuing an NCAA Division II Scholarship at Clarion University). His education at Western includes a B.A. (Hons) Specialization in Psychology with a minor in Astronomy, a M.A. in Sport Psychology with a Specialization in Coaching and he is currently a PhD Candidate in Sport Psychology. His Master’s research compared professional and amateur golfers’ statistical performance and his Ph.D dissertation focuses on how athletes use humour. Charles is the mental coach for clients such as the London Knights, Fanshawe College and Golf Ontario. He has also worked with numerous individual athletes and teams in a wide range of sports. It is his ability to relate to the challenges of competitive athletes and his passion for helping clients to achieve their goals in sport and life that makes Charles a mental coach that athletes love to work with.