Brenna is a licensed chiropractor and corrective exercise specialist whose most recent adventures saw her working as a lead clinician and rehabilitation specialist for the Chinese Olympic Committee and the Chinese National Rowing Team. Embedded in the training environment took her through the 2019/2021 Rowing World Cup seasons and to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where her Men’s Double Scull athletes won the 2019 World Championship and an Olympic Bronze respectively. During her time in China, she was also a clinical supervisor for the Chinese National Canoe and Kayak teams and help provide rehabilitative strength training to multiple World Record and two-time Olympic Gold medalist weightlifter Shi Zhiyong. Brenna graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from St. Francis Xavier University in which time she worked as a student athletic therapist for the university’s football team. In 2015 she completed her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and her Contemporary Medical Acupuncture certificate from McMaster University, after which she worked in clinical practice for three years. In 2018 she graduated with her Master of Science in Sports Medicine from the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon, which saw her work event and field coverage for USA Track and Field and US Figure Skating, and Jamaica-Bickle Track and Field.
Ben was an academic All-Canadian football player at Bishop's University, and was awarded the Strathcona honour for graduating with the highest academic standing of all Bishop's Varsity athletes. After University, Ben moved to the Yukon where he worked with Environment Yukon, and coached athletes part-time. After passing the Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist exam in 2017, Ben left YTG to take a training camp position with the Ottawa Redblacks in the CFL as an assistant strength coach. Soon after, Ben worked out of the Canadian Strength Institute in Ottawa, training NHL, CFL, OHL and Olympic athletes. Ben later returned to the Yukon to start Northern Strength Academy, and has helped guide top Yukon athletes, including Dylan Cozens of the Buffalo Sabres alongside other Amateur athletes, Olympians and Olympic hopefuls. Ben has earned credentials as a Movement and Mobility Specialist, in Reflexive Performance Reset, the Art of Breath and more.
Currently, Ben is remotely studying his Masters in Strength & Conditioning out of Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia.
Jeremy was an all Canadian and National Player of the year during his high school career on Vancouver Island, for the Ladysmith 49ers. During that time Jeremy also played hockey, and was drafted to the WHL’s Calgary Hit Men who later traded him to the Swift Current Broncos. Upon completing high school Jeremy received a full NCAA division 1 athletic scholarship to Eastern Washington University to play basketball. Jeremy competed at EWU for 5 years winning multiple conference championships, including 1 trip to the NCAA Tournament (March Madness). Jeremy was then able to continue his basketball career and play professionally for 8 season in Europe, Asia and North America. During his career he has been trained by qualified strength and conditioning coaches from all over the world. Helping to enable a successful career that lead to multiple championships in Finland, Germany, Romania, and Thailand that included many personal awards and achievements.
Jeremy Retired from basketball in 2013 and moved to the Yukon and began work for the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation as the Manager of Education and Recreation. During his time in Old Crow, Jeremy gained a better understanding of the North and our Yukon communities. After spending 3 years in Old Crow Jeremy accepted a position with Sport Yukon as the Yukon Physical Literacy Coordinator. This position travelled to all Yukon communities to promote active living, sport, and implement the Yukon Physical literacy Curriculum.
Jeremy then made the transition into strength and conditioning coaching and passed his CSCS exam in 2018 to join Ben Mcpherson as the co-owner of Northern Strength Academy where he has been coaching and mentoring through his personal experience professional, collegiate, national and international athletes from the Yukon Territory
Ian is a 4x Reckless Raven winner, 3 sport university athlete in Nordic Skiing, Cross Country and Water Polo.
As an elite ultra athlete Ian has won ultra running races including the 50 mile Reckless Raven, second in the Yukon River Quest, won the Klondike Road Relay and the Kluane Chilkat Bike Relay.
Chris is a strength and conditioning coach that has worked in the field for over 10 year’s . Chris has a human kinetics degree and education degree and finishing up a master of science in sport administration. Chris has worked with various level and age athletes and works full time as the head instructor of the sport school at FH Collins secondary along with many other teams and athletes in the Yukon and North Vancouver BC. Chris is a certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS), certified nutrition specialist, certified high school strength and conditioning coach (iyca), certified Olympic weight lifting coach, certified program design specialist and certified speed and agility coach. Chris is passionate about basketball as a former cis women’s basketball player for St. Francis Xavier university.
Tristan graduated from the University of Toronto in 2019. After graduating he shortly moved back to his hometown of Whitehorse, where he wanted to give back to the Heart of Riverdale Community Centre working as the “Breaking” program instructor for two years. Raised in the Yukon, Tristan discovered his passion for movement at a young age in a style of dance known as “breaking” and has had the opportunity to travel and compete internationally with his crew Groundwork Sessions. Tristan continued to apply his learnings from school to his daily life and practice in dance and strength training - appreciating the multi-faceted approach to the science of the human body and physical activity. After meeting Ben and Jeremy from Northern Strength Academy in August 2020 and shadowing their work through 2021, Tristan began taking the necessary steps towards his career in strength and conditioning. Recently awarded the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in November 2021; Tristan also started his sole proprietorship “Tireless Training” as a strength and conditioning coach. Receiving ongoing mentorship and guidance from Northern Strength Academy’s coaches and their experiences, Tristan feels fortunate to be able to work and learn alongside them in his practice as a professional. Coaching local athletes, teams, and personal training, continuing to develop his skills and knowledge. Tristan is now studying for the Corrective Exercise Specialist certification by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Kiki is a former competitive track and field athlete. Growing up in Quebec, she competed for 9 years, and participated twice in the Penn Relays, the oldest and largest Track & Field competition in the United States. She competed throughout North America where she won multiple medals as a sprinter.
Her passion for sports and performance brought her to study Kinesiology at the University of Sherbrooke. After University, Kiki had the opportunity to coach national-level track and field athletes. Kiki later entered a post graduate certificate program in Therapeutic Exercise, to become a kinesiologist and kinesiotherapist, specializing in therapeutic exercise and musculoskeletal conditions.
She has also acquired certifications in athletic taping, Méthode Mézières, (Sport Massage) running analysis, self-massage techniques, and more.
Kiki uses a holistic approach to assess her clients’ tension, injuries, imbalances, posture and gait. She then combines massage techniques, soft-tissue mobilization, trigger points, tension reduction techniques and stretches in her rehabilitative treatment. After providing treatment, Kiki prescribes therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises for her clients.
Kiki is currently specializing in Sport Massage, Olympic lifting and gate analysis at NSA, Reach out to book something with her today!
Maria is a certified ACE personal trainer with a wealth of experience and training credentials in TRX, Agatsu Kettlebell and Trigger point that makes her a superb group training instructor. Welcome Maria!