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Corinna Coffin is a registered sports dietician, nutrition coach and hybrid athlete on a mission to help others realize their true potential and lead healthier lives through nutrition & fitness. Corinna’s interest in nutrition first began as a personal pursuit to improve her own health and performance as a multisport athlete at Virginia Tech. There she competed on the university’s club lacrosse and triathlon teams and received dual degrees in Nutrition, Food & Exercise and Spanish. After graduating, Corinna competed professionally in the sport of obstacle course racing for several years before pursuing a master’s degree in sports nutrition at the University of Utah and becoming a licensed dietitian.  Corinna’s affinity for sport and competition has remained steadfast over the last 8 years (and counting!). During this time, she has podiumed at over 40 races including the Spartan Race World Championships and Obstacle Course Racing World Championships, she has competed at the CrossFit Games, won the Tough Mudder X Championships and Spartan Stadion Series and took second at the 2020 and 2021 Spartan Games. More recently, Corinna has been pursuing a new fitness venture called The Tactical Games, which is a combination of shooting and fitness. Corinna owns her own remote coaching practice, RD Athlete Nutrition LLC and currently resides in Louisiana with her husband, Taylor. Corinna's Coaching Website Corinna's Instagram Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Ted Kalil is the chair of Nordiq Canada and a strong ally to females in sport. Ted’s love for the outdoors started at age 9 attending Camp Nominingue in the Laurentians (with ties to the legendary Jackrabbit Johannsen, who effectively introduced nordic skiing to North America). It was there, in cedar canvas canoes built onsite at the camp, that his passion for paddling first began. One of his favourite quotes is Camp Nominingue’s motto, which is from Henry David Thoreau’s book, Walden, and it reads, “Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventure. Let the noon find thee by other lakes, and the night overtake thee everywhere at home." As a father to 3 daughters, Ted has a passion for supporting women in sport. He served for years on the board of Fast & Female, Chandra Crawford’s not-for-profit, and moved over to the Nordiq Canada board where he now serves as the Chair since 2021. Ted has also been participating in the Canadian Ski Marathon every year since 2018, including twice completing the Coureur de Bois Bronze (160km ski). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dr. Joanna Young is an environmental educator with over a decade of experience leading backcountry expeditions for youth. She is the Director of Alaska Programs for Inspiring Girls Expeditions and a co-founder of the Girls on Ice Alaska program, which are unique, tuition-free expeditions for high school girls and gender-expansive youth that combine science, art, and outdoor exploration. Joanna is also an expert in glaciology who studies how Alaska’s glaciers are losing mass in climate change, and how that impacts communities downstream. Altogether, Joanna's work has the unifying goal of using research and education as vehicles for social justice and inclusion towards environmental sustainability. Links: (Personal) (Research) (Inspiring Girls Expeditions) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Michael Bennett is a ski and cycling enthusiast, and owner of Euro-Sports in Ottawa, ON. Michael founded Euro-Sports in 2004, after spending his youth working in outdoor stores in Huntsville and Ottawa, and his parent’s ski shop in Muskoka. Euro-Sports is “your Multi-Sport Lifestyle Shop” where every staff member fully indulges in the outdoor lifestyle. From cycling and trail running in the summer, to cross-country skiing, ski-mo and running in the winter months, they have you covered for all seasons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Nomades du Parc was created by Jacob and Vincent, two lovers of the Outaouais region who decided to settle in the heart of Chelsea, at the entrance to Gatineau Park, to offer you the rental of bikes and paddle board (SUP) by integrating guided experiences. You will only need one visit to see that the community is at the heart of this new adventure! The NDP team offers you a community facility with a terrace, a self-service bike repair station and a cleaning station that will make your bike shine throughout the park! Finally, Nomades du Parc hopes to bring together all the outdoor enthusiasts who will pass through the Outaouais. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Raised in northern Alberta, near Fort McMurray, Tracy Little grew up hunting and foraging with her forester father, first because it was practical — why spend money at the grocery store when there’s perfectly good food growing and available right beside you? Later, the she developed an appreciation for food that tells a story about the place it comes from. That passion for hyper-local food that evokes a multi-sensory experience is the driving force behind Sauvage, her restaurant in the mountain town of Canmore Alberta. Sauvage Chefs vs Wild Canada's Great Kitchen Party Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Molly Hurford is a writer in love with all things cycling, running, nutrition and movement-related. When not outside, she’s writing about being outside and healthy habits of athletes. She created The Consummate Athlete weekly podcast, website and book, Becoming A Consummate Athlete with her husband, cycling coach Peter Glassford.  Molly is a little obsessed with getting people—especially women—psyched on adventure and being outside. That's why she created the Shred Girls, a young adult fiction series and online community focused on getting girls excited about bikes. Additionally, she’s the author of multiple nonfiction books and writes regularly for publications including Bicycling magazine +Outside. She regularly hosts talks and runs clinics for cyclists and teaches yoga online and IRL… And in her spare time, the former Ironman triathlete and cyclist now spends time racing ultra-runs on trails or can be found out hiking with her mini-dachshund DW. Check out The Consummate Athlete website. Find out more on Shred Girls. Molly's Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Lawrence Colsell and Alister Gardner are the co-founder and co-owner of Xact Nutrition. Xact Nutrition started with one simple idea: surely it’s possible to make a better-tasting alternative to an energy gel.  Their foody passion love of outdoor sports led them to create products that work great and taste great, starting in 2012 handing out XACT ENERGY fruit bars at a wind-swept mountain top feed station. Lawrence grew up in Bristol, UK, settling in Montreal and heads up marketing and product development, with a passion for mountains and cooking. Alister is from England, and now lives in Bromont Quebec, is a competitive runner, and has represented Canada in Mountain Running, has run his own speciality run store, and recently earned a diploma in sport nutrition. Check out their website: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dave believes the natural world is one of our most powerful teachers and mentors. Dave co-founded Forest Play in 2011 with the goal of facilitating programs that connect people to nature, others and themselves.  Forest Play is grounded in the learning philosophies of Coyote Mentoring and Forest Schools and inspired by the understanding that stories, wilderness skills and sensory experiences in nature can help children and adults be more creative, resilient and emotionally intelligent. Dave also facilitates nature-based leadership programs for the Banff Centre and the Pacific Centre for Leadership and leads adult workshops for teachers and educators in Forest Play and nature - connection mentoring.  He has a Master's Degree in Recreation Management, is an accredited Master Interpretive Guide a Wilderness First Responder and proud father of two wonderful daughters (ages 11 & 13). Coyote’s Guide: Child and Nature Alliance Canada/Forest School Canada: Wilderness Awareness School: Wisdom of the Earth (Salt Spring) and the Pine Project (Toronto) (these are really Canada’s versions of Wilderness Awareness School): David Sobel: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dr. Melissa Lem is a Vancouver family physician who also works in rural and northern communities within Canada. Director of PaRx (Park Prescriptions), Canada’s national nature prescription program powered by the BC Parks Foundation, and President-Elect of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, she is an internationally recognized expert on the nature-health connection. Just a few of Dr. Lem’s highlights include, she was the inaugural winner of University College’s Young Alumni of Influence Award at the University of Toronto, a 2020 Joule Innovation grant recipient from the Canadian Medical Association, a 2021 World Parks Week Ambassador. We covered: What is Park Prescriptions? The biggest links between nature and its healing benefits. What counts as “nature time”? What would you recommend to the general population for getting outside? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Shortly after completing her PhD in Ecology at the University of Calgary, Dr. Hilary Young was thrilled to find work at the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) that blends her passion for the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her background in ecology and conservation biology. Now, as Alberta program director for Y2Y, Hilary and her team work with governments and dozens of partners to protect key wildlife habitats along the western margin of the province. Their focus on headwaters regions, wildlife corridors, and highway crossings ensures that wide-ranging species like grizzly bears, wolves, and elk can move between and beyond protected areas. Central to Y2Y’s work is an equity- and justice-oriented lens so that the organization’s efforts benefit both nature and people along the Rocky Mountain front. Hilary and her family spend much of their free time hiking, cycling, skiing and breathing deeply in the mountains. Yellowstone to Yukon Website Kawartha Land Trust Cumberland Forest Other sites that are great for understanding how to recreate in a low-impact, wildlife-aware way are: and Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Ariane Cantin, Ph.D., is a scientist, teacher, and outdoor enthusiast. She started her career as a biologist focused on aquatic ecology, studying freshwater ecosystems and fisheries. She now works as an instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary where she teaches ecology courses. Her connection with the outdoors guides both her research interests and her teaching approach. She encourages students to be curious about nature to help them develop their own research projects and their identity as scientists. She spends most of her spare time outside, hiking, paddling, and backcountry skiing. We talked about: 1) Teaching ecology at the University of Calgary, and her speciality in aquatic ecology. 2) Equity, diversity and inclusion in the outdoors. 3) How her connection with nature has motivated her to become a biologist. Here’s the link to the Mountains 101 course from University of Alberta: This is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), they offer other courses of this type including a great one on Indigenous Canada: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Alexis Ashworth founded Root in Nature because of a long-time love of plants and gardening, and an appreciation of their therapeutic benefits. On the weekends she can be found in her fruit and vegetable gardens, growing food for her husband to cook and two young daughters to enjoy. Alexis spent 11 years as CEO of Habitat for Humanity in Ottawa and Halifax. She holds a BComm in Finance, an MBA in International Development Management, and is a member of the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association. She chairs the Canadian Garden Council’s Therapeutic Garden Invitations Task Force. A passion for horticulture grew through volunteer engagements with Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). She has lived and worked internationally, including Habitat for Humanity build projects in El Salvador and Ethiopia. In her spare time Alexis enjoys staying active through tennis, cycling and yoga. We talked about: 1) Root in Nature’s mission to bring the healing power of nature and plants to the community through horticultural therapy, nature-based programs and employee well-being. 2) Bringing more plants into your workplace and life. 3) Virtual and in-person workshops you can join. Root in Nature Website Root in Nature Instagram Root in Nature Facebook Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Stephen Bierbrier is a community fitness & wellness jedi. A government lawyer, father of 3 teenagers and Brooks Running ambassador, Stephen has carved out a whole lot of personal happiness over the last 8 years by giving back to the Ottawa-Gatineau community by creating free outdoor events and showcasing them too on his Ottawa Free Fitness platforms. Though Stephen is most proud of his children, his 4th child – the free fitness stuff – is definitely high up there. You can find him outdoors every month helping lead the Arboretum Hill Club (Friday 6:29am), Mill Street Milers (Run Hoppy!), Sunrise Trails (rise and shine) and Happiness Habits 613 Mindfulness Hikes (nature rocks). In between all of this, Stephen can be found trail running in Gatineau Park and the NCC Greenbelt. We talked about: 1) How to be a leader in community fitness and inspire others. 2) The most rewarding part of seeing others get outdoors and form connections. 3) How you can start a club in your community. Links: Ottawa Free Fitness Instagram - Ottawa Free Fitness Facebook - Stephen's personal Instagram - Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Ray Zahab is a Canadian Explorer, ultra distance runner and Founder of non-profit impossible2Possible. A recent recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross of Canada, Ray is an Explorer in Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In 2015 Canadian Geographic recognized Ray as one of Canada’s Top Explorers. He has ran 17,000+km across the world’s deserts, and unsupported expeditions in some of the coldest places on the planet. Ray calls the capital region home where you can see him training, playing and exploring in his own backyard. We talked about… Living and playing in the National Capital Region Arctic vs Desert expeditions Transitioning from “pack-a-day smoker” to explorer Training with his family Bringing youth on adventures with Impossible2Possible Ray's Website: impossible2Possible: Kapik1: Instagram: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Emily Rodger is a former elite athlete, avid fly fisher, and Certified Executive Coach. Raised in New Brunswick, Canada along with her three sisters, sports were not part of Emily’s life until well into adulthood. After working as a dental hygienist, she decided to pursue her passion for triathlon and cycling. Some of Emily’s notable career moments include a 2x UCI GranFondo World Championship, Canadian Masters National Time Trial Championship, and 70.3 Ironman world qualifier. But along with her success in cycling/triathlon, came more than a few hardships. These life-altering events made her a stronger, more resilient, more grounded, and more grateful athlete/person. She has taken a step back from racing at the professional level to pursue all the things that truly bring her joy. We talked about: Transitioning from dental hygienist to elite athlete 2 x life-altering bike crashes Living with long-term brain injury symptoms Her documentary and upcoming doc on CBC Her new adventures in trail running Website: Instagram: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Vickie Lanthier (aka GirlGoneGood®) is a storyteller, adventurer, and 14 year military veteran. She works as an IT consultant by day, completed an Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2020, and runs GirlGoneGood® in her spare time. GirlGoneGood® is a main resource for trails, trail safety and inspiration for those who explore in Eastern Ontario. As a frequent wanderer and avid day hiker with over 20 yrs experience, Vickie’s resources are meant for you to experience the benefits of nature to its fullest, while engaging in safe and responsible recreation. We talked about: How her “wanderer” spirit started with her mom Where to find resources for exploring in Eastern Ontario Info for new hikers Trail safety and protecting nature Website: Instagram: Facebook: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Katheryn is a trail runner, endurance athlete and coach in the Ottawa- Gatineau region. Originally from the west coast of Newfoundland, Katheryn has spent many years exploring backcountry trails and coastlines, building a love for climbing and technical terrain. A recent highlight of her trail running career has been winning Quebec Mega Trail 50km in 2021 and making her first Canadian National team for Trail Running. Katheryn is a road and trail running coach with M2M, coaching athletes locally in the Ottawa region, and remotely from all over the country. She co-leads a local, year round trail running group, Ottawa Trail Crew X M2M with her partner, Nat. Outside of running, she can be found working as a Sports Massage Therapist and hanging out with her cat, Mr. Buchans. We talked about:  Going to the Boston Marathon as a coach Growing up on the west coast of Newfoundland Winning the Quebec Megatrail Moving from triathlon to trail running Follow Katheryn on Instagram: Mile2Marathon: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Professor Emeritus Gordon Walker studies leisure, including this important question: "Is nature needed as a basic psychological need?" Gordon has his Master of Science in Leisure Studies (Arizona State University) and PHD in Forestry in Natural Resource Recreation (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University). He has published over 90 refereed research articles and co-authored or co-edited three books including: A Social Psychology of Leisure. Much of this work involved individuals living in East Asia as well as those who emigrated from this area to North America.  In retirement, Gordon’s goal has been to follow Michel de Montaigne’s advice and “…to live at more leisure and at one’s ease”. He loves being outside and being on the water on his canoe. Please enjoy my chat with Gordon Walker. Gordon and I chat about: Is nature needed as a basic psychological need? How social factors (gender, ethnicity, race, culture, social class, etc) affect our connection to nature How we can be more welcoming to others and bring people into the the outdoor space Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Lindsay Webster began obstacle racing in 2014, jumping in head first with her first race being the 2014 Spartan Race World Championships in Killington, Vermont. She became a full-time professional athlete 2 years later winning multiple titles as a Spartan World Champion and OCR World Champion. Lindsay recently started competing in trail running and Skyrunning, taking home 1st place at the US SkyRunning Championships. She is thrilled to be representing Canada as her home country, she enjoys the Canadian winters with lots of cross-country skiing with her malamute, Suunto. When Lindsay isn’t training she spends time on her hobbies of small farming, photography, camping and baking from her home in Sutton, Quebec. We covered: Her recent multiple medals at the Gatineau Loppet How we met on a mountain in Quebec Her love and support for other female athletes Her new adventures in Skyrunning  Follow Lindsay's journey here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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