Coaches


Fitquest Coaches are trusted by individuals and sports teams alike to help achieve their individual goals.

Our team has extensive education and experience in Strength & Conditioning coaching. This would include Sports Performance Training, Personal coaching and Exercise Rehabilitation. We are here to motivate, educate, and empower our clients. These clients include professional and amateur athletes/teams as well as many “sport active clientele”.



Chris Schwarz B.Sc. Kin. R.Kin

Founder and Director of Performance


With over 20 years’ experience coaching and rehabilitating elite professional and amateur athletes, Chris is one of the most sought after strength and conditioning coaches in the country.

Highlights of Chris’ experience and education include:

  • Ottawa Senators current NHL head strength and conditioning coach
  • New York Islanders former NHL head strength and conditioning coach
  • Ottawa 67s former head strength and conditioning coach
  • Over 20 years’ training and rehabilitating athletes from the NHL, OHL, NCAA, CFL, CIS, and National Team
  • Over 15 years’ experience working clinically as an exercise therapist
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Dalhousie
  • Registered Kinesiologist and Member of the Ontario Kinesiology Authority (OKA)
  • Former Division 1 Professional Volleyball Player in France and Belgium & CIS Men’s Volleyball ‘All-Canadian’

Rob Mouland B.Sc. Kin, R.Kin, CSCS

Kanata Location
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Personal Coach


Rob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and is a registered kinesiologist. He also earned a diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services. Since 2011 Rob has been the Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach for the Ottawa Senators.  His passion for working with all levels of athletes and enhancing their strength and athleticism is proven in the people he trains and their results.  Rob also has a passion for working with individuals looking to recover from injury or to become their best self.

Alex Vaduva B.Sc., CSCS

Ottawa Athletic Club (OAC) Location
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Personal Coach


Alex graduated with Honours from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). With extensive knowledge and experience working in sport performance and rehabilitation, Alex has had the opportunity to work with amateur athletes (CIS, NCAA, CHL) and professional athletes (NHL, AHL). He has worked with the Volleyball Canada Center of Excellence (Ottawa location), Dalhousie University Men’s Volleyball Team, and is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Canadian International Hockey Academy. Alex’s passion, knowledge, and attention to detail has helped many athletes build their confidence to reach their goals and be successful in their sport.

Aaron Gartner B.Sc. (hon), CSCS

Kanata Location
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Personal Coach


Aaron graduated from University of Waterloo’s Bachelor of Science (Hon) program and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  He also obtained his corrective exercise specialization through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Among many sports, Aaron played competitive hockey in central Ontario for many years prior to university. Currently, he works with professional and amateur athletes and specializes in sports performance and rehabilitative training methods. He has experience collaborating with doctors, athletic therapists and physiotherapists in order to help all clients reach their training and rehabilitative needs.

Samantha Batchelor B. Sc. Human Kinetics

Kanata Location
Ottawa Athletic Club (OAC) Location

Strength and Conditioning Coach
Personal Coach


Sam graduated with Honours from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science, specializing in Human Kinetics. Sam has extensive knowledge and experience working with athletes of all ages, sports, and levels, including the amateur level (CIS, NCAA, OHL, PWHL) and professional level (AHL, NHL), as well as being a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Canadian International Hockey Academy (CIH). Sam is the head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Ottawa Lady Senators of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL). She also has experience working alongside physiotherapists, athletic therapists, and sports medicine doctors. Sam has a passion for teaching her athletes and clients to develop and master their athletic, physical, and mental skills in order to achieve their personal and professional goals. As an athlete herself, Sam takes significant pride in assisting her athletes
and clients achieve their optimal performance state.

Jeremy Benoit B. Sc. Kin

Kanata Location

Strength and Conditioning Coach
Personal Coach


Andrea Beausoleil R. Kin. C Ped (C)

Kanata Location
Exercise and Reconditioning Coach


Andrea graduated with Bachelors of Arts – Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. She started working in the pedorthic field at the Ottawa Sport and Health Centre as well as working at the Ottawa Sports Performance Centre as a certified strength and conditioning coach. She enjoys using her knowledge and experience from her kinesiology background in her pedorthic work and finds great interest in the link between muscle imbalances, body alignment, and injury. Andrea continues her work as a registered kinesiologist for Fitquest, as well as providing pedorthic services for the Sport Medicine Centre.

Nicole Wray Hon. BSc Human Kinetics, M.HK(candidate)

Kanata & Carleton Place Locations
Ottawa Athletic Club (OAC) Location

Strength and Conditioning Coach
Personal Coach


Nicole graduated with high distinction from the University of Ottawa, where she received an Honours Bachelor of Human Kinetics. She is currently a Master Candidate at the University of Ottawa. Her research specializes in the development of coaching expertise and the psychology of knowledge acquisition. Nicole is planning to obtain her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Over the past 6 years Nicole has had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients and athletes, and is driven by a desire to help athletes of all ages and abilities reach their highest potential. She believes in the importance of a balance between the mind and the body, and focuses on meeting the individual needs of each person through a science-based approach to training.


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