Meet The Team

GEORGE SAVARD

Owner / Head Coach

Certifications: CrossFit 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 Dumbbell Mission.

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 15 year old twins and has a not-so-secret love of 80's love ballads

ANDREA SAVARD

Owner / GM / Coach

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1;  CrossFit Running & Endurance; CrossFit Kids; CrossFit Striking; CrossFit Nutrition, Level 2 Boxing (CABA) ; 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"; mom of 15-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, coach, and fox-hunter.

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 the operations, facility management, administrative team and supporting sales & marketing. She also coaches CrossFit as well as CrossFit Foundations and specialty programs.

Stuff you might not know: Tonya has been a FirePower athlete for over 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.

ANNIE GORDON

Assistant Head Coach / Dir. of Personal Training

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 and Director of Personal Training.

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.

JODI NIEUWENDYK

Head Coach, Youth Fitness & Development

Certifications: Brand X Youth Coach, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Physical Education, Bachelor of Education in Physical Education and Biology, Special Education Specialist

Important stuff: Jodi leads coaching development and training for all firepower youth coaching staff and programming for our youth athletes. She has been coaching for six years with FirePower Youth Fitness and Development and has been a FirePower member for eight years. Jodi has a passion for helping your form positive relationships with physical activity and health!

Stuff you might not know: Jodi is a full-time high school special education teacher here in Milton. She is currently completing her masters of education at Laurier. When she's not at school or the gym, Jodi is usually out hiking with her dog, Steve.

SHANE LLOYD

CrossFit Coach / Specialty Programs

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

Important stuff:  Shane coaches CrossFit, CrossFit Foundations, 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 an 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.

JORDAN PLOURDE

CrossFit Coach / Marketing Coordinator / Youth Fitness & Development Coach

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, Two-Brain Coaching – First Degree Coach Certificate, CrossFit - Spot The Flaw, CrossFit - Scaling, CanFitPro Personal Training Specialist, Human Kinetics Prenatal & Postpartum Exercise Design Certificate, 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.

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 moniker "J-Kutti", performing multiple nights a week in Waterloo. He is an avid snowboarder, street-mountain biker and a big fan of the Raptors. Pro-level clementine peeler.

MARIA RUEDA

CrossFit Coach / Nutrition Coach / Youth Fitness & Development Coach

Certifications: CrossFit L1, CrossFit Kids, Certified Nutritionist, and member of the FirePower Youth Fitness & Development team.

Important Stuff: Maria holds a Diploma in Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle Promotion (with Honours) from Humber College. 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. She helps clients with weight loss, improving athletic performance, gaining muscle, and creating 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.

RYAN DEVRIES

CrossFit 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:  Ryan coaches group classes, private training and specialty programs. In addition, his expertise in mobility and core strength development is second to none.

Stuff you might not know: Ryan is a full time Fire Fighter with Hamilton Fire. 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.

DAN MCCARTHY

CrossFit Coach

Certifications: CrossFit L3, USA Weightlifting L2, USA Track and Field L1, USA Triathlon L1, Pose Running Technique Specialist, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Endurance, Concept 2 Rowing, Kettlebell Concepts L1, Lon Kilgore Courses: “Endurance and Multi Element Fitness”, “Anthropometry and Anatomy”, “Fitness Physiology”.

Important Stuff: Founder and owner of Crow Hill CrossFit in Brooklyn NY from 2012 - 2019, Member of CrossFit Endurance certification staff, CF Games Judge 2014 - 2016, Taylor Swift SUPERFAN

Stuff You Might Not Know: Dan lived in New York City for 15 years, during which time he pursued a career as a jazz musician, bartended for ten years, and ran Crow Hill CrossFit in Brooklyn, NY for six years. He is certified in Wine Education and taught wine classes in Brooklyn for five years. In 2019 he returned to Canada to get his Masters in Music Composition at York University. Dan lives in Milton with his wife Jenn and toddler Rohen, and is a technical recruiter for Shopify by day.

DEANA GHESQUIERE

CrossFit Coach

Certifications: NCCP Level One Figure Skating, Power Skating Coach, CrossFit L1, CrossFit Gymnastics L1, CrossFit Weightlifting-Burgenger Strength L1, Attendee at Ben Burgeron's Fall Camp, Honors Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Diploma in Dental Hygiene.

Important Stuff: Deana’s sport and fitness journey started when she was very young and has been a constant since.  At 2 she started figure skating which became her dominant sport growing up while participating in many other competitive sports. After having children, she started long distance running. Deana completed the Toronto Marathon in 2011. She has been CrossFitting the past 9 years. Deana has worked with Annie Gordon who helped her qualify for both the Atlas Sanctional and CanWest in 2020.

Things you May not Know: With figure skating as her base, she competed around the world winning many medals in Canada and internationally.  This was predominantly in the Synchronized Skating area. She competed until the birth of her first son in 1999 at the age of 29.  She lives in Georgetown with her husband Mike and has two boys Blake and Garret. CrossFit is her passion as well as travel.


JENNIFER YOUNG

CrossFit Coach / 911 Fitness Specialist / Client Success Manager

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 Regional CF Games Competitive team.

Coach Jen also is the FirePower Client Success Manager, as well as our 911 Fitness Specialist.

Jen 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 Vaughan Firefighter and former competitive figure skater/coach and owner/shower of Quarter horses.

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 group classes, private training and specialty programs.

Stuff you might not know:  Dan is a full time Toronto Firefighter with over 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.

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, an original member of the FP coaching staff since 2008, is FirePower’s strength training guru. He leads the Strength Training specialty program and teaches various classes and personal training. 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 (30 years). He is former Junior middleweight Mr. Nova Scotia @ 17yrs old!  Now, over 50 years old, Brian is the fittest and strongest version of himself, and mentors others to maintain a lifelong love of health, fitness and nutrition.

JUSTIN DARBYSON-BILLINGHAM

Boxing & CrossFit Striking Coach

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Striking, CrossFit Defense, CrossFit Kettlebell, Level 1 Wrestling, Level 1 Boxing, 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, & 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.

JOYCE FINDLAY

Boxing Coach / Front Desk Manager

Certifications: Level 3 Boxing Official (Referee), Level 3 Boxing Coach (CABA), CrossFit Level 1, advanced DB training through Dumbbell Mission.  Joyce has also completed a program of study in American Sign Language (ASL) at Seneca College.

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.

JERRY FRAELIC

Youth Fitness & Development Coach

Certifications: Level 2 CrossFit Coach, CrossFit Kids certification.

Important Stuff: Coach Jerry is a full time high school teacher for 20 years specializing in physical education. He is CrossFit athlete for the past 8+ years and is a staple at the 5:30am classes.

Jerry has been part of the FirePower Youth coaching team for the past 5 years. He brings a strong knowledge of technical coaching, a passion for hard work and an engaging connection with young athletes.

Stuff you might not Know: Jerry enjoys playing hockey, ultimate frisbee and golf. He holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Education.


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 class, and 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" and beyond!

She is an inspirational speaker, an entrepreneur and has always wanted to be a mascot!!

VANESSA SLACK

FirePower Care Team

Certifications:  Master of Theological Studies - University of Toronto, 2015; B. Ed - McGill University, 1994; Bio.A. - University of Waterloo/St. Jerome's College, 1993; Certificate in Bereavement Education - University of Toronto, 2017; Clinical Pastoral Education - Wilfrid Laurier University, 2020. Koru Mindfullness; A.S.I.S.T. for Suicide Prevention.

Important stuff:
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 at anytime. 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 Sciences. Vanessa is married, the mother of 3 sons and loves to sing - she gigs locally (as well as on the gym floor) and is incredible!

MATT MUNRO

Clinic Director, Physiomed Milton

Certifications:  Bsc, Kinesology

Important stuff:
Matt is the Clinic Director of Physiomed Milton, located at the FirePower Campus. He works with all levels of clients from beginner to elite focusing on ensuring prehab and rehab clients find their way back to active exercise again.

Clients work with Matt and his team on injury prevention, muscle activation and strength development, proper movement patterns, mobility and more. The clinic also offers physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment.

Book your complimentary assessment today!

Stuff you might not know:
"Mobility Matt" is a former member of the FirePower's International Competitive CrossFit Team. He lives in Waterloo with his wife Nicky and their 2 kids.

ROSIE & REMY

Greeters

Certifications: Smart Dogs K9 Training Obedience

Important stuff:
Please note if you do not care for dogs, we will secure them in an office while you are here. Simply ask a coach or front desk assistant for help!

Stuff you might not know:
Rosie (the size of a cat) licks kettlebells and your shins. Remy announces her arrival every day with a barking tour of the gym until everyone knows she is in the house.

People doing the post-wod sprawl or floor-level mobility people may get a visit with a scratch request.