Exercise Leadership Summit 2023

April 22nd, 2023

9:00am to 4:00pm

at MSVU in Halifax

Click HERE to register

Location & Price:

Mount St. Vincent University is located at 166 Bedford Highway, Halifax.

The Summit is held in the Roasria Student Centre. We will meet on the 1st floor in The Rook (campus pub) for the start of the day & in between sessions. Please see the MSVU campus map for the building location (#19 on the map).

The full day Summit fee is $100. This includes the morning coffee as well as lunch (soup & salad). There is a space for food requirements (allergies, cultural requirements, etc) on the registration page.

Discounts will be available for NSFA members & we offer half-day & early-bird pricing. Please see the registration page for all fee options.


There are 2 simultaneous sessions offered for each of the A, B, and C time slots - you will make your selection of sessions on the registration form (see link above).

Active sessions will be held in the MSVU fitness classroom on the 1st floor.

Lecture sessions will be held in the Don MacNeil room on the 4th floor.

NSFA volunteers will be on hand all day to help you find these rooms.

The D time slot is a key note address for all to attend together and will take place in The Rook.

9:00am - Coffee & Introductions

9:30am - Session A

10:45am - break

11:00am - Session B

12:15pm Lunch & Annual General Meeting

1:30pm - Session C

2:45pm - break

3:00pm - Session D - Keynote Session with Laurie Di Giulio

There is also an option for a 1st Aid & CPR re-cert at 4:30pm presented by the Lifesaving Society.


NSFA members will automatically be credited with 1 CEC per session as well as 1 CEC for the Annual General Meeting. 

Non-NSFA attendees can request a letter of attendance for other fitness or professional organizations to be awarded CECs based on that organizations crediting policy.


Session A - Greg Simmons & Amanda Maillet 

Session B - NS Rainbow Action Project & Karen Bradley

Session C - Sara Adams & Ashley Lushman

Session D - Keynote Presenter Lauri Di Giulio

Laurie Di Giulio

Laurie has been an RMT for over 20 years; has owned & worked in multidisciplinary settings, & acted as both faculty & administration at massage therapy colleges. She coordinates and leads study groups for healthcare professionals, presents at conferences, and develops & delivers her own continuing education courses. Laurie believes in lifelong learning, and is currently completing a degree in adult education.

Laurie is presenting: How We Move - The Science of Movement Workshop

In this workshop, participants will explore the anatomy & physiology of movement by investigating the mechanisms of muscle contraction, the role of joint/ligament position sense, and the ways in which we can optimize execution of movement drills. We will explore movement from the perspective of sensory input fueling motor output, including the influence of jaw and tongue position, vibration sensation and environmental factors on how we move. Participants should be prepared to experiment with some movement, as this will be a combination of lecture and break out movement sessions.

Greg Simmons

Greg has developed an extensive knowledge of effective & efficient training and business practices in fitness, wellness and recreation over the past 30 years. He is passionate about helping individuals and businesses improve their performance and achieve their objectives.

Greg is presenting: Many Changes to Fitness and Wellness Industry & More

Learn what has shifted over the past few years and where Services, Consumer Priorities, Equipment, Facility Design and Operations seem to be headed in 2023 and beyond. Based on a rigorous analysis of current market data, industry surveys, and predictions for the fitness and wellness industry.

Karen Bradley, MA, CMA, RSMT

Karen is a dance/movement therapist who works with people with Parkinsons, is a dance educator and movement analyst researching dance and expressive and social neuroscience.

Karen is presenting: Enhance Through Dance - a dance/movement therapy class

She will share the methods and efficacy of the work she has been using to address symptoms of Parkinsons and related challenges of aging, online & in her in-person classes in Musquodoboit Harbour.

Karen's session is sponsored by Dance Nova Scotia.

Amanda Maillet

Amanda has been teaching fitness classes since 1995 and is currently teaching Step Aerobics, Full Body Toning, HIIT, Circuit Training and Tabata. She teaches at Mariners on Main in Yarmouth.

Amanda is presenting: Quad Step Aerobics

Step aerobics with a twist! Sets of four steps are placed together (like a plus sign +) and each person moves from step to step. Moves are choreographed with upbeat music, guaranteed to make you sweat! Don’t forget your water!! 

*NOTE: due to limited space & equipment, this session is limited to 24 participants.

Ashley Lushman
Ashley has been teaching group fitness and yoga classes for 17 years. She is NSFA certified in GEL, MBL and WT. With an extensive background in Ballet, she completed her Ballet & Stage Teacher Training Diploma in 2011 and taught as certified Russian Ballet Teacher for 10 years. Currently, Ashley is teaching Fit4Life and Yoga at the Canada Games Centre. She is also a Mentor Coach for Sportball Atlantic. Ashley has recently taken on the Social Media Coordinator Position for the NSFA.

Ashley is presenting: Barre Strength Master Class

This ballet-inspired fitness class incorporates dance movements and yoga postures to challenge your muscular endurance while building strength and flexibility. You do not have to have a background in dance to join in on the fun. Come learn some new movements to add to your repertoire!

Sara Adams

Sara is a bilingual educator with more than 15 years' experience teaching sciences, Yoga, Art and Dance, among other courses. Sara has a passion for health and wellness, particularly using the arts as a form of expression and therapy. Sara is currently studying Expressive Arts Therapy in Cambridge, Massachusetts and she resides in Middleton, NS with her husband and two children.

Sara is presenting: Minfulness in the Studio

Mindfulness combats stress and in doing so, a whole host of physical and mental health issues. Come learn some ways you can integrate more mindfulness into your studio classes and enjoy some mindfulness exercises for yourself in the process. A brief overview of mindfulness and how it’s helpful will also be given to help you share the benefits with your clients.

NS Rainbow Action Project

NSRAP seeks equity, justice, and human rights for 2SLGBTQIA+ people in Nova Scotia. Broadening public knowledge is key to achieve this mandate. They provide an overview of ways leaders in the exercise industry can cultivate an inclusive, respectful, and equitable space for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Presenters are Tynan Rhea Bamberger & Danielle Cable.

Tynan Rhea Bramberger is a non-binary sex therapist with German and Slovak ancestry. Tynan is a recent addition to the NSRAP board.

Danielle Cable is a young lawyer, the Secretary of the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project and Chair of the Board's Law Reform & Advocacy Committee.

NS RAP is presenting: Queering Exercise Leadership - A SOGIESC Workshop

The aim of this session is for participants to develop awareness of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) & deepen their understanding of the issues that members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities face within fitness, well-being, and health. 


The Enhance Through Dance session is sponsored by Dance Nova Scotia.

The door prizes are provided by Human Kinetics Canada.

To become a sponsor for ELS23, please email Terri at terri@nsfitness.ca for a package.

The Nova Scotia Fitness Association is a non-profit organization.

We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people.  

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