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Announcement: OSHF Board of Directors

May 16, 2017

The 2017 online vote for OSHF Director(s)-at-Large closed on May 5th.  OSHF congratulates the election winners: Andrew Barr and Brian Fehst.  Andrew and Brian will join the OSHF Board of Directors in July, alongside current Board member Nicholas Stone, who is entering the position of Chair-Elect via an acclamation victory.  Read the professional profiles of the successful candidates below.

A sincere thanks is extended to exiting Director-at-Large Christopher Connolly of Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Chris was an exceptional asset to OSHF during his years of service and his contributions will be truly missed.  
Andrew Barr

Andrew is an Exercise Physiologist and Strength and Conditioning Coach with over 10 years’ experience working in high performance, chronic disease management, and community settings. Andrew graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2008, and from York University with a Masters of Fitness Science in 2012. He has worked as the strength and conditioning coach for the varsity basketball teams at McGill University and Champlain College, as a personal trainer, and after graduation from York, as the Lifestyle Coach and General Manager at DeerFields Clinic in Toronto. Andrew recently started two businesses, one that provides health and fitness coaching to the general public, and another that specializes in strength and conditioning for basketball players. He believes that quality health and fitness practices are essential to a sustainable health care future for Canada, and is eager to contribute and help OSHF achieve its mission.

Brian Fehst
Brian is a Registered Kinesiologist, CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist, and a firm believer in the importance of translating high-quality research into applied best practices. He earned a degree in Biology from Mount Allison University and his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan. Brian currently holds the position of Coordinator, Individual Conditioning at the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph, where he provides information and support to a diverse community of individuals working towards a variety of health and performance goals. He is a strong proponent of evidence-based exercise prescription across the physical activity spectrum, from inpatient health care to community outreach and wellness initiatives. As a long-time member, Brian believes that OSHF can continue to play a vital role in educating, connecting, and advocating for physical activity and health professionals in Ontario, and looks forward to furthering the organization’s success.

Nicholas Stone

Nick Stone followed his heart and moved from New Zealand to Canada in 2008. He studied a Bachelor's degree in Sport & Recreation, followed by a Masters degree in Health Science, majoring in Sport & Exercise Science from AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand. Nick has experience working as a strength and conditioning coach for the New Zealand Academy of Sport as well in adult education teaching at Fleming College in Ontario, where he is currently employed. Nick has served as a Director-at-Large for the OSHF since 2012. Nick focuses his own training on the sport of powerlifting, where he competes on a regular basis. 


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