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National standards for fitness professionals
on the horizon

September 1, 2006

On Friday August 25, 2006, at the Can-Fit-Pro Toronto 2006 International Fitness and Club Business Conference and Trade Show, a panel made up of representatives of fitness certification organizations and commercial and not-for-profit fitness facilities convened to discuss the need for national standards for fitness professionals.

With the health and safety of Canadians in mind, all participants recognized the need to work toward the development of standards which would then be incorporated into fitness certification programs across the country. The panellists agreed that an inclusive, collaborative process must be undertaken to ensure the needs of all fitness industry stakeholder groups are met, including consumers who are at times confused by trying to navigate between certifications.

"While we are disappointed that some of the stakeholder groups we invited to attend the discussion declined, we are optimistic about the progress that was made with the groups who did participate and by those in the audience who attended and look forward to future meetings." - StÉphane Cova, Can-Fit-Pro Certification Director.

The group agreed to continue the discussion at a future date and location to be determined.

The panellists for the session included:
Patricia Clark, Executive Director, Canadian Fitness Matters
Susan Lee, President, Canadian Professional Trainers Network
Tia Wintre, Program Coordinator, Parks and Recreation Ontario
David Hardy, President, Fitness Industry Canada
StÉphane Cova, Certification Director, Can-Fit-Pro

Can-Fit-Pro was established in 1993 to serve as a voice for all Canadian fitness professionals. Since then Can-Fit-Pro has grown to become the largest provider of education in the Canadian fitness industry with over
13,000 members regularly influencing over 1,000,000 Canadians. Can-Fit-Pro offers a comprehensive membership, education workshops, certification opportunities and continuing education events across Canada.


For further information please contact
StÉphane Cova, Certification Director
Can-Fit-Pro (Canadian Fitness Professionals Inc.), www.canfitpro.com
110-255 Consumers Road, Toronto, ON M2J 1R4
steph@canfitpro.com, 416-493-3515, x227 or 1-800-667-5622, x227

Toronto, Ontario, , Canada         Tel:
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