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Our Management Team

Helen Vanderburg
Co-owner and Technical Director
Helen is the founder of Heavens Fitness now The ACADEMY powered by Heavens since 1982. The cornerstone is and always has been to provide professional, accredited fitness and unique programming to the Calgary fitness community. She is an internationally renowned fitness educator, instructor, and trainers of trainers. Helen has been recognized as Canada’s top fitness educator and 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by Canada’s most recognized professional fitness industry associations CanFitPro, and IDEA Program Director, Fitness Presenter of the Year and Top Global Industry Contributor. She heads the fitness programming, personal training team, instructor training and leading edge class delivery that Heavens Fitness and The ACADEMY have gained global recognitions for innovation and excellence. 

Elaine Arthur
Co-owner and Business Development

Elaine’s education and business expertise has guided Heavens Fitness Ltd. through significant growth from the expansion of the original Heavens Fitness Club to the addition of the Group Fitness Programs and Facility Management for the Fountain Park Health Club, the Calgary Jewish Community Center, Canadian Pacific Railway, Devon Energy, the Glencoe Club, the City of Calgary, Harvard Management: ATCO Group of Companies: ATCO Park and ACI/ACII, the Platinum Club: Hines Canada, Aspen Properties: the Palliser Square Fitness Center and the &fitness Centre, and ARC Resources Ltd. Elaine’s 36 years of expertise in fitness business management and operations have given Heavens Fitness Ltd. the reputation of being one of the well-run businesses in Canada by the Canadian Business Magazine.  

Lisa Kingston
Business/ Program Manager
Lisa has been an enthusiastic member of the Calgary fitness community for the past 40 years and our Heavens community for over 36 years (she was a member prior to joining the team in 1988). With experience as an entrepreneur, manager, and instructor, she brings passion and energy to her role as Business/Program Manager and maintains the integrity of the Heavens Fitness Ltd. brand of quality instruction, personal training, and custom service. Lisa’ brings strong fitness foundations and management skills to her everyday experiences allowing continued growth and constant learning for herself and all around. 

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