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Our 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.

Elaine Arthur
Co-owner and Business Development
Elaine has over 35 years of experience in managing and operating fitness facilities including our numerous corporate health and wellness contracts.

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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