Trainer Bios

MacEwan University Sport and Wellness has certified Exercise Specialists with the highest credentials, giving you valuable, high-quality, professional service as you reach your lifestyle and fitness goals.

Our Trainers possess:

  • University degrees in physical education and sport studies.
  • Certifications with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiologists as Certified Exercise Physiologists or as Certified Personal Trainers.
  • Medical Exercise Specialist designation-an internationally recognized certification for fitness professionals working with special populations and post-rehabilitation clients

Personal Training Benefits

Whether you want some expert advice or a motivational program tailored to your fitness goals, our personal trainers are here to provide the help you need. As nationally certified exercise specialists, our trainers are qualified to provide sport specific, post-rehabilitative or special condition programs (inclusive but not limited to arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart condition programs and soft tissue injuries). Our experienced trainers have helped others reach their goals in:

  • Weight management
  • Everyday life and performance goals
  • Health or simply feeling good goals
  • Increased bone and muscular strength
  • Improved cardiovascular function
  • Enhanced metabolism and energy levels 
  • Decreased negative stress levels
  • Fitness-plateau breakthroughs
  • Superior overall quality of life

Call 780-497-5693 to schedule your session or to speak with a personal trainer.

Meet our Personal Trainers

Alex Tonsi- BPE , CSCS and NCCP Level 1 Weightlifting (Theory)

Specialization at MacEwan University: Strength and Conditioning for athletes

Type of Clientele: People looking to increase athletic performance, general public wanting to increase quality of life

Activities & Recreation outside of work: Olympic Weightlifting, Golf, and spending time with friends and family.

Fun Fact: Worked as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for The Edmonton Eskimos for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.


Specialization at MacEwan: TRX group Fitness, Group Fitness Training, Social Media

Type of Clientele: anyone who wants to learn what to do in the Fitness Centre and people trying to get buff

Activities and Recreation outside of work: music, video games, psychology, long walks on the beach.

Fun Fact: “I once choreographed a dance to Gettin' Jiggy With It in Grade 4 for a school project, and after that, my teacher banned dance choreographies for school projects”

Anita DeBoer- BPE, CSEP-CEP

Specialization at MacEwan University: Older Adult classes, Group Fitness classes

Type of Clientele: Older adult and chronic disease

Activities & Recreation outside of work: be a busy mom!

Fun Fact: I bring the best snacks to all the staff inservices!

Cindy Hunt- CSEP CPT, AFLCA Group Fitness Instructor, AFLCA Aquatic Exercise Instructor

Specialization at MacEwan University: Pre and Post Natal Fitness, Older Adults, dance and choreography, Step.

Type of Clientele: Active Older Adults

Activities & Recreation outside of work: Dance, Swimming, mountain biking and watersliding (on hot days!)

“I appreciate the variety that MacEwan offers. I get to exercise while I work!”

Erin Wright- BKin, CSEP CEP, MSc PH

Specialization at MacEwan University: A little bit of everything

Type of Clientele: Everyone from older adult to kids to high performance athletes.

Activities & Recreation outside of work: Hiking and recreation sports
“I enjoy connecting with the people at MacEwan and building relationships. I like helping people reaching the goals they set out to accomplish.”

Fun Fact: Minnesota Vikings are my jam

James Linthorne- BPE, CSEP CEP

Specialization at MacEwan University: Endurance Training, Functional Training, Sport Specific Training

Type of Clientele: Endurance athletes and marathoners, general population.

Activities & Recreation outside of work: Being a Dad, Running, Reading, Being Outdoors and Looking for my next cup of Coffee

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."  ~Lou Holtz

Jenni Varughese- BPE, CSEP-CEP

Specialization at MacEwan University: Programmer, Women-focused Groups, PASS program

Type of Clientele: rehabilitation and chronic disease clients

Activities & Recreation outside of work: golf, yoga, new fitness classes, volunteering in the community, wine drinking, puppy-loving.

“I like interacting and contributing to health and wellness goals as well as motivating people.”

Jeremy Potter- BKin, CSEP CPT, CSCS, NCCP Weightlifting 1

Specialization at MacEwan University: Olympic Lifting, strength and conditioning, sport specific programming

Type of Clientele: Weekend Warriors, athletes and general public

Activities & Recreation outside of work: volleyball, weightlifting, golf, and working for a wedding planner as part of my “softer side”

“I enjoy the variety in my job and the people that I meet”

Kyle Babiuk- BScKin, CSEP CEP

Specialization at MacEwan University: Occupational testing

Type of Clientele: Everyone from chronic disease to high performance athletes

Activities & Recreation outside of work: cyclo-cross, flag football, volleyball, Olympic Lifting

“I like witnessing the progress that people make in their programs”

Kyle Dunlop- BKin, CSCS, CSEP CEP

Specialization at MacEwan University: Athletics

Type of Clientele: General population and varsity athletes

Activities & Recreation outside of work: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, running

Fun Fact: “I like meeting new people and being involved with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at MacEwan. I bring the best lunches out of everyone on staff. I enjoy cooking and writing nutrition blogs”

Morgan- BSc Kin, CSEP-CPT

In a Few Words:
Dependable, Encouraging and Approachable

Ideal Clients:
• Individuals who have recognized that they want to make healthy changes to their lifestyle. With this new motivation I am there to provide accountability, support and guidance towards achieving your specific health and wellness goals.
• People who are new to the fitness centre and want to build up the confidence to tackle the gym on their own.
• All individuals who have fallen into a fitness rut and are looking for new ways to challenge themselves.

"If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got"

Terra Giggey- BPE, CEP, MES, NCCP Level 1 Triathlon & Swim Coach

Specialization at MacEwan University: Triathlon group and triathlon training

Type of Clientele: High Performance athletes and endurance athletes

Activities & Recreation outside of work: Ironmans and Endurance Training, sport nutrition & fueling

Fun Fact: “My job is my passion.”