Canada’s Top Fitness Instructors 2023 – Panel Judges

Thank you to our expert panelists for helping us select this year’s featured instructors

2023 Panel Judges

Michael Legat, San Diego, California.
Marketing Media Director at American Council on Exercise

Michael Legat is the Marketing Media Director at American Council on Exercise. He has over twenty years of experience in advertising and media strategy at both agencies and technology firms. In 2018, Michael and his wife opened their own gym with a specialty in obstacle course race training, and his passion for fitness and wellness led him to ACE, where he has focused on bringing their mission to a larger audience and navigating the many transformations within the industry. He lives in San Diego, California.

Graham Longwell, Toronto, ON
Publisher of FitBizWeekly

Graham Longwell is the former publisher of the print trade magazine Fitness Business Canada, which was distributed to gyms and fitness facilities across Canada from 2000-2019. Graham has worked with multiple industry partners including canfitpro, Fitness Industry Canada, IHRSA and many equipment and service suppliers to help engage, inform and inspire the Canadian fitness industry. In early 2020, he launched FitBizWeekly, a weekly E-newsletter and website directed to owners, managers and fitness professionals of gyms, studios and health clubs across Canada. To keep active, he divides his time on the squash court and the local CrossFit studio.

Stacie Mistysyn, Whitby, ON
Founder of Stronger With Stacie

Stacie Mistysyn is a personal fitness specialist, healthy-eating & wellness coach and most recently, a menopause fitness specialist, well known for her roll on the classic Degrassi series. During her award-winning run as Caitlin Ryan, she secretly struggled with disordered eating and severe anxiety. After the show ended, fitness became an organic and crucial part of her life as a means of coping and helping others. She is the founder of Stronger with Stacie coaching and fitness programs and continues to advocate for both physical and mental health.

Scott Salling, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Founder of F.I.T. Academy

Scott Salling is former multi-sport athlete and has been a certified personal trainer and strength coach since 2009, accruing over 10,000 hours of client and personal training experience over the last 13 years. He is the founder of F.I.T. Academy in Port Coquitlam, B.C., which is a business model designed specifically to enhance and develop the careers of dedicated fitness professionals. Scott is a three-time IMPACT Magazine’s Canada’s Top Fitness Trainer, as well as a recipient of IMPACT’s Business Resilience Awards 2022 for individual leadership.

More 2023 Features
Canada’s Top Fitness Instructors – British Columbia
Canada’s Top Fitness Instructors – Alberta
Canada’s Top Fitness Instructors – East

Read This Story in Our 2023 Inspiration Issue
Read about our 2023 Canada’s Top Fitness Instructors – our top 30 from across Canada! How to Train Smarter in 2023, Yoga Nidra for What Ails You, Racing the World’s Highest Ultramarathon, our favourite plant-based recipes and more!