CSPA Professional Members: Alberta

Kimberley Amirault-Ryan, PhD

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Owner, DrKimberleyAmirault.com Consulting

Biography: Speaker & Performance Consultant to Olympians, NHL, and NBA

Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan has worked in professional sport since 2001 becoming the first and only woman to be the Performance Consultant with the New York Rangers, New York Knicks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers.

She has worked at 5 Olympic Games with the Gold Medal winning teams of the Women's Hockey Team, Cross Country Ski Team, and Speedskating Team. The Canadian Olympic Committee appointed her as the Lead of Sport Psychology for the entire Olympic team for the 2010 Vancouver, 2012 London and 2014 Sochi Olympics.

For her groundbreaking work she has received awards such as the Globe and Mail's Top Power 50 List and WXN Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Companies worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies VISA, General Mills and Royal Dutch Shell have hired her to help motivate them to lead under pressure and achieve sustained high performance.

Language(s): English

location. Calgary, AB

website. www.DrKimberleyAmirault.com

twitter. @DrKAmirault

Matthew Bain, PhD Candidate

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Instructor, GPRC-Psychology Department

Biography: Matthew is a Registered Provisional Psychologist & Mental Performance Consultant and has been working with Local, Provincial, National, and Olympic level athletes for many years. Matthew has been a Mental Performance Consultant with Team Alberta during the Western Canada and Canada Summer Games teams. His expertise reaches across both team and individual sport performances. Consulting with coaches and administrators to design and implement a motivational culture consistent with the demands of the level of sport has been an area of growth in recent years. Matt also works as a sessional instructor in the Psychology department with the Grande Prairie Regional College. He continues to work toward the completion of his PhD with a focus on motivation and personality.

Language(s): English

location. Grande Prairie, AB

email. matt.bain@mmbcounselling.com

phone. 780-505-2590

website. www.mmbcounselling.com

twitter. @sportpsych_matt

Susan Cockle, MA

Registered Psychologist

Professional Affiliations: Owner C4Success, Private Practice Vickery & Cockle

Biography: Susan has more than two decades of experience counselling young adults, youth and children through a myriad of psychological challenges, especially anxiety, burnout/depression, trauma and life transitions. She has a BA Special, in Psychology, from the University of Alberta, a Masters in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and is accredited in sport psychology (CSPA) and play therapy (APT).

Susan works with athletes of all ages and levels, from children in community sports, through to elite athletes preparing for the Olympic Games. During the Beijing-London Olympic quadrennial Susan worked with Canadian athletes competing in sprints, long jump and hurdles, and for the London-Rio Olympic quadrennial she worked with the Canada Senior Women's Basketball team. Susan herself was a multi-sport athlete competing regionally in volleyball, netball, field hockey and athletics.

Additional training/certifications/workshops: Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Self-Regulation Therapy training (trauma and injury recovery counselling), Registered Play Therapy - Supervisor, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training, Mindfulness.

Language(s): English

location. Edmonton, AB

phone. 780 436-5005

website. www.c4success.ca

twitter. @c4_success

Janice Derpak

Mental Performance Consultant

location. Canmore, AB

email. jan@performancepathways.ca

Clare Fewster, MC

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Consultant, Canadian Sport Institute Calgary

Biography: Clare Fewster has been a Mental Performance Consultant in Calgary for over 15 years. Through her experience working with athletes of all ages and levels Clare has gained extensive knowledge and insights into what it takes to perform at the highest level. Clare has had the great opportunity to work with athletes, coaches, and professionals from the recreational to national levels, supporting athletes at Canada Winter Games, World Cups, and Olympics. Through her affiliation with Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, Alberta Sport Development Centre and the National Sport School Clare has worked with a wide variety of sports including curling, equestrian, golf, hockey, speedskating, hockey, swimming, gymnastics, figure skating, alpine skiing, soccer and many others.

Clare’s goal is to provide athletes, coaches, and teams with the tools and support necessary to enhance mental fitness strategies, performance on demand, personal growth, self awareness, teamwork, and ultimately to help individuals in their quest to achieve personal excellence. By developing strategies, and new ways to interpret and understand the surroundings, an individual can positively change how he or she perceives, approaches, and handles the environment, interactions with others, and performance.

Additional training/certifications/workshops: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)

Language(s): English

location. Calgary, AB

email. clarew@telusplanet.net

phone. 403-542-2353

twitter. @clarefewster

Perri Ford, MA

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Owner, Bell Lap Mental Performance Coaching

Biography: Perri Ford is a Mental Performance Consultant with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA). She holds an MA in Sport Psychology and a BSci in Exercise Science. Perri is the owner of Bell Lap Mental Performance Coaching. She works with individual athletes competing in a variety of sports (equestrian, gymnastics, volleyball, hockey, track and field, rowing, etc.), and also runs customized workshops for corporate groups, athletes/parents in youth sport, and elite teams.

In addition to her work with private clients, Perri is also passionate about advocating for women and girls in sport. Her academic research and personal journey have lead to the development of a program that focuses on the diverse challenges and celebrations that come with being a female athlete. She works with the UofC Dinos development camps, and is a mentor for the GOAL (Girls Only Athlete & Leadership) program through Winsport.

Perri draws on years of personal experience at the elite level in track and field, but also believes in the power of her clients' unique stories and experiences. She understands the intricacies of the physiological and psychological components of sport, and has a deep and lasting connection to the athlete experience.

Language(s): English

location. Calgary, AB

email. perri@belllapmpc.com

phone. 403-923-5241

website. www.belllapmpc.com

facebook. facebook.com/belllapmpc

Alayne Hing, MSc

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Owner, Elite Edge; Consultant, Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary

Biography:  Alayne is dedicated to work with both individual athletes and teams to help them reach their peak performance with confidence. Her focus is on diversity, inclusion and equity through sport. Alayne’s professional development often centers around supporting marginalized communities (BIPOC, varying levels of socioeconomic status, LGBTQI2S+, persons living with disability, etc), and she is committed to continuing to both volunteer and work within diverse populations.


Alayne Hing founded Elite Edge in 2006 after graduating with an M.Sc. in Sport/Performance Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. Alayne is a Mental Performance Consultant who is a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA), the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and is the North American Representative for the European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology (ENYSSP). Alayne is also currently affiliated with the Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary. 


Her clients include individual Olympians and national teams, various professional athletes, Speed Skating Canada, NHL, Cross Country Canada, Biathlon Canada, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, Climbing Escalade Canada, Canada Winter & Summer Games, PGA, and CIS athletes.

Additional training/certifications/workshops: Critical Incident Stress Management, Mental Health First Aid, Crisis Intervention, EMDR

Language(s): English

location. Calgary, AB

email. info@Elite-Edge.ca

website. www.Elite-Edge.ca

twitter. @_Elite_Edge_

linkedin. linkedin.com/in/alaynehing

facebook. @EliteEdgePerformanceConsulting

Joshua Hoetmer, MA

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Centre Coordinator/Consultant, Alberta Sport Development Centre SW; Consultant, Vauxhall Academy of Baseball; Consultant, Hockey Canada; Consultant, Private Practice


Biography: Joshua Hoetmer has been working with athletes since completing an undergrad at the University of Lethbridge. During that time, he was was a member of the Emotion and Performance Lab and examined stress and coping in athletes transitioning into a high school sport academy. While completing a Masters in Counselling Psychology, Joshua continued to work with athletes as the Program Facilitator/Mental Performance Consultant for the Alberta Sport Development Centre SW. Eventually, Joshua was promoted to the Centre Coordinator role, overseeing centre operations while continuing to deliver Mental Performance Consulting services to athletes involved with the ASDC SW.


Aside from his work with the Alberta Sport Development Centre SW, Joshua provides private consulting services to athletes and a variety of organizations. Examples include the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball, Team Alberta - Canada Winter Games, Hockey Canada, Hockey Alberta, and University of Lethbridge Women's Hockey.


Joshua enjoys working with athletes and coaches in helping them develop perspective and mental skills that improve performance, enjoyment of sport, and life skills. He is also a proud recipient of the 2017 Canadian Sport Psychology Association Young Professional of the Year Award.


Additional training/certifications/workshops: Dynamic Edge Certified Sports Vision Trainer, Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health First Aid - For Adults Who Work with Youth, Kids Have Stress Too, Add Heart Facilitator - Heartmath Institute, ImPACT Basics Workshop, National Coaching Certification Program

Language(s): English


location. Lethbridge, AB

email. joshua@hoetmermpc.com

phone. 403-892-9888

website. hoetmermpc.com/

linkedin. linkedin.com/in/joshuahoetmer

facebook. facebook.com/hoetmermpc

Marek Komar, MMSc

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Founder/Consultant, Flow Performance; Sport Psychology Consultant, Pivotal Physiotherapy

Biography: Marek seeks to understand one fundamental question: What is holding you back from performing at your best? From his own experiences as a high level competitive athlete he understood that for him, it was mental toughness. This has led him to study the complex inner workings of the mind, completing a Kinesiology degree specializing in Sports Performance from the University of Alberta, earning a Master of Medical Science specializing in Sport Psychology from Lund University (Sweden), as well as a Master of Sport Science in Diagnostics and Intervention from Leipzig University (Germany). As a sport psychology consultant he works with junior, amateur, and elite athletes and teams striving to improve their mental performance. His goal is to guide people in forming a healthy, confident, and happy individual ready to perform at their potential. Marek is interested in a variety of performance and non-performance issues, ranging from effective team communication, life transitions, or finding flow in individual performance. When he is not annoying his clients with "Yoda" quotes, he enjoys staying competitive and healthy playing soccer, rock climbing, and trail running.

Additional training/certifications/workshops: IIntroduction to Competition and Part A & B Multi Sport Theory certification with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP); Mindfulness for Well-Being and Peak Performance Course (Monash University)

Language(s): English, Polish

location. Edmonton, AB

email. marek@flowperformancepsych.com

phone. 780-668-6529

website. www.flowperformancepsych.com

twitter. @FlowPerf

linkedin. ca.linkedin.com/in/marekkomar

facebook. www.facebook.com/flowperf

Karen MacNeill, PhD

Registered Psychologist

Professional Affiliations: Owner, MacNeill Performance Consulting; MPC, Canadian Sport Institute Calgary; Psychologist, Copeman Healthcare Center


Biography:  Dr. Karen MacNeill has the unique experience of having both competed and consulted on the World Stage. She is a registered psychologist and performance consultant with over 18 years of experience helping Olympians, organizations and business leaders consistently bring their best in high pressure situations. She has worked with athletes competing at the last 5 Olympic Winter Games, mentally preparing Olympians to Gold medal performances. Karen applied her expertise in her capacity as manager of sport psychology services for VANOC medical team at the 2010 Olympic Games. Most recently, she was the Lead Mental Health Counsellor for the Canadian Olympic Team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea.


Karen takes lessons learned from consulting with the Worlds best and applies it to her Performance Consulting Business having fulfilled contracts with Copeman Healthcare Centre, Compete to Create (a performance and culture Accelerant Company founded by Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and Dr. Michael Gervais) and multiple fortune 500 companies to name a few. Karen is also an established facilitator and speaker, delivering multiple presentations to fortune 500 companies and providing the keynote speech to aspiring leaders at the Young Women of Influence event.


Additional training/certifications/workshops: Mindfulness teacher training; EMDR


Language(s): English


location. Calgary, AB

email. karen.mac@shaw.ca

linkedin. linkedin.com/in/karenmacneill

twitter. @DrKMacNeill

David Paskevich, PhD

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary; Consultant, Canadian Sport Institute


Biography:  Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, and holds a PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. Interests center upon the integration of the science-practitioner model, bringing the science of sport psychology into practical/applied settings. His research combines a variety of areas within the realm of sport (using both quantitative & qualitative methodology), and examines important theoretical and practical questions related to athletes, coaches, and officials (e.g., mental toughness, stress, coping and emotion, & group dynamics). Research goals are to examine and understand the psychological preparation of athletes and coaches, and their ability to deal or cope with stressors experienced during practice & competition. The aim of this research is to understand how the athletes & coaches perceive the contribution of their various psychological skills, identifiable stressors, and coping effectiveness related to their actual performance. He has worked with Canadian athletes at numerous Olympic Games, (i.e., 2002; 2006; 2008; 2010; 2014, & 2018). He is currently a MPC for Speed Skating Canada and the Canadian Water Ski Team. Dave has also worked with professional (CFL, NHL, & NLL) and other high performance athletes in a variety of sports.



Language(s): English


location. Calgary, AB

email. dpaskevi@ucalgary.ca

phone. 403-220-3434

linkedin. https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-dave-paskevich-3a380412/


Derek Robinson, MEd

Registered Psychologist

Professional Affiliations: Owner, Robinson Psychological Services; Contracted Psychologist at The Practice Calgary (thepracticecalgary.com); Registered Psychologist, College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP); Professional Member, Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA); MPC, Canadian Sport Centre Calgary (CSIC)


Biography: Derek Robinson, M.Ed., is a registered psychologist and has worked/consulted as a mental performance consultant with the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary since 2003. He has worked with many professional, Olympic, National, and development teams and worked the last 4 Olympic Winter Games (2018, 2014, 2010, 2006). The opportunity to work with Speed Skating Canada, Alpine Canada, Hockey Canada, Ski Cross Canada, Red Deer Rebels (WHL), and many other sports. has greatly contributed to his knowledge, expertise and understanding of what it takes to win at the elite level.


Derek played hockey in the BCJHL and at the University of Lethbridge (CIAU), later conducting his Graduate research focusing on Junior “A” Hockey.


Derek strongly believes in the value of the right mindset, specific mental preparation, execution and debriefing habits. As well as the importance of team, continuous learning, distraction control, and purposeful simulation to best prepare elite athletes to perform on demand.


Additional training/certifications/workshops: Decades of Experience in Olympic Preparation Workshops, Olympic Excellence Series; Mental Performance Consulting Online; Mindfulness training, Clinical Psychology Training in various topics. Mental Health First Aid; The SPIN Summits; Hypnosis for Peak Performance; MBTI Stress Management Master Class; (AAASP), etc. 

Language(s): English


location. Calgary, AB

email. drobinson@csicalgary.ca; derekrobi@icloud.com

phone. 403-835-3339

website. thepracticecalgary.com

twitter. @derekrobi

linkedin. https://www.linkedin.com/in/derek-robinson-5a96203b

Lisa Rogerson, PhD

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Private Consulting, Lecturer University of Alberta, Lecturer University of Macewan

Biography: Lisa Rogerson holds a doctoral degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Alberta and a Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Manitoba. Lisa has been teaching undergraduate courses in the Faculties of Psychology, Physical Education and Recreation, and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University for Alberta and Macewan University for 15 years.

Lisa is a member in good standing with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and AASP (Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, USA) as accredited Sport Psychology/Mental Training consultant. Lisa works with National (Olympic)/Jr. National Sport Programs, Professional athletes in Golf, Hockey and Volleyball, Special Olympics, Varsity sports, as well as Provincial/Club level sports. In this capacity Lisa works closely with the Canadian Sport Institutes across Canada to ensure best practices and leading edge techniques are applied. Additionally, Lisa has been a member of Team Alberta mission staff for Canada Winter Games and Western Canada Games in a mental training capacity.

Language(s): English

location. Edmonton, AB

email. lisar@ualberta.ca

Kara Stelfox, MA

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Associate Trainer, Third Factor Inc.


Biography: Kara is a mental performance consultant and also a certified exercise physiologist with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP). A former competitive athlete in wrestling, kayaking, and several other sports, Kara now offers mental skills and biofeedback training for performance enhancement in sport, business, and the performing arts.

Sports in which Kara has worked include hockey, Olympic freestyle wrestling, sprint kayaking, ringette, squash, soccer, equestrian, synchronized swimming, and Olympic lifting, and her clients have ranged from the youth provincial to the World Cup and Olympic levels.

Overall, Kara’s aim is to help her clients gain an edge by improving their self-awareness and facilitating the improvement of skills such as focus, emotion management (e.g., performance anxiety), effective debriefing, motivation, and dealing with setbacks. Kara believes that the best performances are achieved by consciously connecting with each step of the performance process, and her primary objective is to help her clients live closer to their potential every day!


Additional training/certifications/workshops: Biofeedback practitioner (trained through Biofeedback Foundation of Europe-BFE during Master's degree), completed teacher-training at Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic during the "Foundations of Mindfulness Interventions & the M4 Program" course, CSEP-CEP (Certified Exercise Physiologist)


Language(s): English, French


location. Calgary, AB

email. kara.stelfox@thirdfactor.com

phone. 403-875-1959

website. https://www.thirdfactor.com/team/kara-stelfox/

linkedin. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kara-stelfox/ 

twitter. @StelfoxKara

Frank van den Berg, MSc

Mental Performance Consultant

Professional Affiliations: Director Mental Performance, Canadian Sport Institute Calgary; Owner/Consultant, Mental Training & coaching Centre, Calgary

Biography: Frank van den Berg graduated in 1995 from the University in Groningen, The Netherlands, with Master's degrees in developmental psychology and sport psychology. He has worked as a sport psychologist and mental performance consultant with numerous national and developmental team athletes, teams and coaches in The Netherlands and in Canada: speed skating, figure skating, triathlon, volleyball, soccer, field hockey, gymnastics, basketball, baseball, diving, tennis, synchronized swimming, target shooting, hockey, bobsleigh, skeleton, alpine skiing, and Special Olympics.

Frank's works is aimed at optimizing preparedness and performance of athletes, teams and their coaches, and help them meet performance demands in training and competition. His expertise includes include mental training & coaching, psychometric assessment, biofeedback training, eye movement desensitization & reprocessing (EMDR), teambuilding, coach support & education, and psychological first aid/crisis intervention in sport. He’s had the opportunity to provide mental performance support before, during and after the 2002, 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Frank fulfills the role of Director Mental Performance for the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary.

Additional training/certifications/workshops: Qualified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Interpreter; Qualified Test of Attentional & Interpersonal Styles (TAIS) Interpreter; Psychometric Assessment; Biofeedback & Neurofeedback Practitioner; Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Practitioner; Crisis Intervention in Sport


Language(s): English, Dutch, German

location. Calgary, AB

email. fvdberg@csicalgary.ca / info@mentaltcc.ca

phone. 403-473-5603

website. www.csicalgary.ca  /  www.mentaltcc.ca

twitter. @DrKAmirault

Penny Werthner, PhD

Mental Performance Consultant

Biography: Penny Werthner, PhD, has been consulting with athletes and coaches since 1985, working within the sports of Athletics, Canoe/Kayak, Rowing, Diving, Women’s Water Polo, Freestyle Ski, Speed Skating, Curling, Women’s Hockey and Women’s Soccer over the span of many World Championships and 13 summer and winter Olympic Games (from 1988 winter Olympic Games in Calgary to the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang).


Werthner is a former Olympic athlete in Athletics (representing Canada at the 1976 Summer Olympics in the 1,500m and the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, if Canada had not boycotted the Games). She won bronze medals in the 800m at the 1971 Pan American Games and 1979 Pan American Games, and the 1500m at the 1978 Commonwealth Games. She was a member of Canada’s national Athletics team from 1970-1980. 


Werthner is also currently the Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Her research is in the area of lifelong learning, particularly in the areas of high-performance coaches, leadership, women and sport, and the use of heart rate variability biofeedback and neurofeedback for optimal performance. 

Language(s): English

location. Calgary, AB

email. werthner@ucalgary.ca

phone. 403-390-6883

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