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Management bios

Lindsay Merrithew

Lindsay G. Merrithew

President & CEO

Lindsay G. Merrithew is the driving force behind the growth of Merrithew and its premium fitness brands: STOTT PILATES®, ZEN•GA®, CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training, Total Barre® and Halo® Training. He has been instrumental in designing, producing and marketing the company’s extensive equipment and video lines and is a member of Ontario’s prestigious Innovators Alliance for elite entrepreneurs. Lindsay was nominated twice for Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award and is a five-time recipient of PROFIT Magazine’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies award.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Performing Arts in New York City.

Moira Merrithew

Moira Merrithew

Executive Director, Education

Moira Merrithew, together with President and CEO of Merrithew, Lindsay G. Merrithew, has spent over two decades promoting the benefits of responsible exercise through their branded programming. Together with her team, they ensure all programming is aligned with current scientific and biomechanical research. In addition to overseeing the Education Department, Moira is a content creator and featured performer in the extensive DVD series. A published author and media personality, she presents at numerous fitness industry events all over the globe. After an accomplished career as principal dancer with the City Ballet of Toronto and the Atlantic Ballet Company, Moira Merrithew went on to retrain and certify as a Pilates instructor under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska at the original studio founded by the late Joseph H. Pilates.

Tony Baylis

Tony Baylis

Chief Operating Officer

Tony Baylis joined Merrithew in January 2002, bringing 17 years of professional business experience in various senior roles within the entertainment industry. Most recently he held the position of President, Balmur Corus Music Inc. and also executive produced award-winning television specials for broadcast in Canada and the United States.

Today he takes a leadership role in helping guide the company's strategic plans through its domestic and international growth. Thus far, he has been instrumental in structuring the company's operations and management resources and systems; overseeing all business affairs; executive producing the company's newest video lines – and aggressively pursuing and analyzing new business opportunities.

Tony has a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours Finance, from Dalhousie University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Viral Bhat

Viral Bhatt

Vice President, Operations

Viral was appointed Vice-President in 2012 and provides leadership for all product design, engineering and manufacturing along with procurement growth. He continues to oversee a staff of 45 across metal fabrication, upholstery, carpentry, assembly and shipping/receiving departments. Viral has also been instrumental in the development of an MRP (Material Resource Planning) system and has assisted in the research, design, development and production of the Merrithew Equipment line.

Prior to joining Merrithew in 1996, Viral was Director of Production for BASQ International, a Montreal-based company specializing in packaging design and manufacturing for major packaged goods companies. Before emigrating from India to Canada, he was a practicing mechanical engineer with GSFC, one of the country's largest fertilizer and chemical companies.

Viral holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from India's Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University.

Beth Gibbs-Bartel

Beth Gibbs-Bartel

Vice President, Commercial & Retail Sales

Beth Gibbs-Bartel plays a leadership role in overseeing Merrithew’s domestic and international sales growth of commercial equipment and studio and retail accessories. On the Commercial side, this is achieved through a network of international Commercial Distributor Partners and Re-sellers as well as a Business Development team that handles direct Commercial sales opportunities globally. On the Retail side, the company sells to a number of international Retail partners and on the company’s own e-commerce channel, www.merrithew.com/shop.

Beth was a Senior Vice-President with KOCH Entertainment Inc. prior to joining Merrithew in 2004. KOCH Entertainment was the largest independent distributor of music and videos in Canada where she was responsible for overseeing sales and marketing for KOCH Vision, the company’s video division.

Beth is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French. She also has a Certificate in International Conversational French.

Lesley Hopps

Lesley Hopps

Vice President, Education

Lesley Hopps joined Merrithew in 2006 and is responsible for leading the education team.

Lesley and her team are responsible for developing educational content for Merrithew’s branded fitness programs, the coordination and execution of training worldwide through our Licensed Training Centers, Host Centers and the Toronto Corporate Training Center, fostering the growth and development of our of Instructor Trainers and providing support to our student and instructor community.

Lesley holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor, a Certificate in Corporate Communications from Humber College and has completed the Queen’s University Executive Program.

Dave Munro

Dave Munro

Vice President, Finance

Dave joined Merrithew in 2018, bringing 20 years’ relevant experience in both operational and corporate finance roles.

Dave is a CPA, CA by training beginning his professional career at PwC after which he transitioned into industry and has spent the majority of his career working for GTA based industry leaders (Celestica and Cinram).

A seasoned finance leader, Dave brings a diverse set of experiences managing and leading change during periods of growth, acquisitions, reorganizations, profit optimization, and more.

Dave enjoys working closely with operating teams, providing strong leadership while challenging the status quo to continuously improve while enhancing financial reporting leveraging information technology and incorporating critical operating metrics to help guide the business forward. Dave has a BA, Economics from Western University, and a Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University.

Cindy Sun

Cindy Sun

Sr. Director, Strategic Sourcing and China Business Development

As a member of the Merrithew Senior Management team, Cindy brought to the company over 20 years of extensive background in strategic marketing, international business development and global strategic sourcing. Cindy has contributed to the company’s product portfolio expansion through effective international sourcing strategy and execution since she joined the company in early 2011. She plays a leadership role in planning and executing the company’s aggressive business development strategy in China through establishing the right partnerships.

Prior to joining Merrithew, Cindy was a management consultant in Go-to-market strategy and Global Strategic Sourcing and is a subject matter expert in doing business with China and in international sourcing. She was a featured speaker at the 3rd Canada China Business Forum in “Doing Business in China” in 2009 to 400 business leaders of both countries. Prior to joining Merrithew, Cindy held senior executive positions at Genesis Worldwide Inc., PharmEng Technology Inc. and before that, she had served in national business leadership capacity in strategic marketing with Philips and Glaxo (GSK) in China.

Cindy holds an MBA in Marketing from ESLSCA, France and a BA from Sichuan International Studies University in English, China.

Jason Nip

Jason Nip

Director, Product Development & Design

Jason Nip joined Merrithew in 2014 with over 15 years of experience in industrial design. As the Director of Product Development and Design, he is responsible for overseeing the design direction of retail equipment and products. His goal is to continue to develop cohesive brand and product offerings that focus on health and wellness and to drive innovation at Merrithew.

Jason started his design career in 2002 at Umbra ltd. designing various products for the home as well as working overseas directly with manufacturers. With experience that includes prototyping, product design, manufacturing, packaging and development, he is able to combine these skills with his personal interests in martial arts, sports, exercise, and well-being at Merrithew.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Applied Technology, Industrial Design from Humber College in Toronto.

Kristen Gill

Kristen J. Gill, CMP

Director, Event Marketing & Strategic Partnerships

Kristen Gill joined Merrithew in 2006 and is responsible for the sponsorships, partnerships and events in which the company participates and produces. As part of the marketing team, she plays an integral role in working with current, and seeking out new strategic partnerships within the health and fitness industry, as well as managing the event marketing and logistics components that come with both our internal and external events.

Kristen brings over 20 years event management experience within the health and fitness industry where she worked with organizations such as the International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and the Mid-Atlantic Club Management Association (MACMA) managing annual conventions and trade shows and working with exhibitors and sponsors alike.

Kristen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and is an active member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) as well as the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and holds the Certified Meeting Professional designation through the Convention Industry Council.

Dan Olsson

Dan Olsson

Director, Digital Technology

As the Director of Digital Technology, Dan is responsible for discovering and guiding how the usage of new and existing technologies can be leveraged to best serve the business now, and into the future. Dan calls upon his many years of software development experience including management and leadership roles to plan and deliver solutions that matter. With the IT department reporting to Dan, their aggregate bench strength spans infrastructure to multi-discipline development technologies. These varying skills have allowed his team to successfully implement new systems, digital processes and technologies company-wide with minimal downtime.

Having attended Niagara College and obtained an advanced Computer Programmer Analyst Diploma, Dan finds that people can be the most fascinating aspect to a solution. Given this interest, Dan has attended Schulich School of Business to learn more about the practices of Mindful Management and how it applies to his role as Director of Digital Technology.

Yaga Kielb

Yaga Kielb

Creative Director

Yaga joined Merrithew in 2019. She brought over 10 years of experience in the digital creative space. Throughout this time she has worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from bridging physical and digital spaces, mobile apps, desktop, responsive web and digital CRM to branding, print and motion design.

Both her commercial and personal work have been recognized internationally at award shows (W3, WMA, Awwwards) and in magazines (multiple feature in the "Advanced Photoshop" and "Imagine FX"). Her artwork has been used as matte backgrounds in documentary movies as well as book and music album covers. She also held two gallery exhibitions in 2010 and 2012.

Yaga worked on projects for: Aldo, Boston Pizza, Canadian Tire, Chrysler, Cineplex, Delta Hotels & Resorts, Dodge, Guess, Harley Davidson, Home Depot, Hyundai Canada, Jeep, Marc Ecko, Miller Coors, Ontario Lottery and Gaming, Porsche, Royal Bank of Canada, Second Cup and Timex.

Yaga holds Masters of Arts degree from University of Warsaw and a Diploma in Graphic Design from Humber College.

She is also a certified fitness instructor and a personal trainer by Can Fit Pro and soon to be a holder of a diploma in Holistic Nutrition from Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.