CTSC ensures all our coaches have the required training and certifications to deliver exceptional training to our members. All coaches are certified by Skate Canada and together bring years of experience in competitive skating, professional/show skating and coaching.
- Brad HopkinsSkating DirectorBrad HopkinsSkating DirectorCoaching: 30 years CTSC Coach: 1 year
Certifications: Level 2/NCCP | Level 3
Brad Hopkins is a widely respected coach with over 30 years experience instructing all disciplines and levels, beginner to competitive. Brad competed internationally in ice dance and he was a Canadian National Skating Team member. He is also an accomplished choreographer, creating programs for tours, film and television productions.
“I’ve been a skater for over 40 years and I still love the way it feels to glide around the rink. I am always happy to be on the ice helping others improve their skills and enjoy an activity. I believe positivity, perseverance, and practice are important steps to improvement on the ice.”
- Aina ArroAina ArroCoaching: 16 years CTSC Coach: 13 years
Certification: Level 2/NCCP | Level 3/Singles
Aina skated professionally for more than a decade in skating specials and internationally touring shows, including Ice Capades, Holiday On Ice, Innovations On Ice, Grease On Ice (Disney On Ice), and Ice Stars Hollywood Revue. She holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Dance from York University and achieved the Skate Canada Gold Tests in Free Skate, Dance and Interpretive.
"I enjoy helping skaters achieve new skills and I relish seeing the excitement that the creative aspects of the sport can inspire."
- Barbara BasarBarbara BasarCoaching: 4 years CTSC Coach: 4 years
Certification: Primary STARSkate Certified
Barbara competed in Novice competitive singles and has achieved Gold Tests in the three main disciplines of figure skating (freeskate, skills and dance). Her interest in figure skating lies in the exploration of body movement, proper alignment and artistry on the ice; Helping skaters attain strong technical basics along with discovering skating’s creative charm. Off the ice Barbara is involved the design world, she holds a bachelor’s degree in fashion design from Ryerson University.
“Keep on gliding and smiling.”
- Jo-Anne BorlaseJo-Anne BorlaseCoaching: 15 years | CTSC Coach: 1.5 years
Certification: Level 2/NCCP
Jo-Anne was the 1990 Canadian Senior Ice Dance Champion and was ranked 7th at the 1990 World Figure Skating Championships. She has a long history of National and International competitive training, experience and past accomplishments, and has achieved her Diamond Dance, Gold Free Dance and Gold Skills Tests.
“I aspire to help my skaters reach their goals and build on their skills, creativity and self-expression that will not only benefit them on the ice, but also in other aspects of life. More importantly, I aim to encourage an enjoyable experience and a love for this sport.”
- Sawyer BuchananSawyer BuchananBio coming soon.
- Sharon ClarkSharon ClarkBio coming soon.
- Olivia ComptonOlivia ComptonBio coming soon.
- Rebecca GraceRebecca GraceBio coming soon.
- Lisa JonesLisa JonesCoaching: 16 years CTSC Coach: 2 years
Certifications: Level 1 Certified | Level 2/Technical Dance | Level 3/General Subjects | Certified Regional Coach | In-Training Provincial & National Coach | Skate Canada CanPower Certified
Lisa is a gold medallist in Dance and has been competing since she was a youth. She was a member of the University of Toronto varsity figure skating team for 4 years and participates as a recreational hockey player.
"Skating can be a lifelong activity for everyone - aim to be the best you can be whatever your skating goals are."
- Beverley MonsegueBeverley MonsegueCoaching: 23 years CTSC Coach: 2 years
Certification: Level 1/NCCP | Level 2/Theory
Beverley became a coach in her final year of skating and has taught coast to coast across Canada. She enjoys passing on her love and joy of skating to skaters of all ages and levels.
“It is gratifying to see skaters improve so quickly and confidently.”
- Whitney NelsenWhitney NelsenCoaching: 7 years CTSC Coach: 7 years
Certification: Level 1/NCCP | Level 2 trained | CanPower certified
Whitney has a lifetime of skating experience. Starting from age 2, her skating career includes 4 plus years of professional show experience with Disney On Ice and Karen Kresge Ice Productions, Novice Competitive, and gold level status in Free Skating, Skating Skills, Dance and Interpretive Skating.
“My philosophy is that skating should be fun. If you are having fun, learning is enhanced, fitness is improved, and a passion develops. After 30 years in the sport, I still have a love for skating and want to inspire and motivate others.”
- Jules NolanJules NolanBio coming soon.
- Allison ProudfootAllison ProudfootBio coming soon.
- Leonard RoseLeonard RoseCoaching: 31 years CTSC Coach: 31 years
Certification: Level 1/NCCP | Level 2/Practical & Technical Certified
Leonard has competed in both singles and ice dancing. He teaches both private and group lessons and is the first CTSC coach to have CTSC students pass their Gold Tests in Ice Dancing & Skills. Leonard also works as a Registered Nurse for the past 35 years.
"Positive encouragement and praise is my coaching style. Today's world can be a stressful environment and the ice rink should not be that place as well. I wish for all people learning to skate, whether it is hockey, speed skating or figure skating; to feel and know the fulfillment that ice sports can bring to one's life. There is no question that skating and coaching has enhanced the quality of my life and I hope that ice skating can do that for you too."
- Kelley TiralongoKelley TiralongoCoaching: 25 years CTSC Coach: 12 years
Certification: Level 2/NCCP | Level 3/Theory
Kelley has competed in both singles and ice dancing. She achieved Gold Tests in the three main disciplines of figure skating (free skate, dance and skills). Kelley holds a Kinesiology degree including studies in biomechanics (the law of mechanics as applied to human movement) and sport psychology.
"I enjoy applying my experience and skill in many different ways on and off the ice. But most of all, I love the long term relationships with the kids I teach and how we leverage this experience to better prepare them for life."
- Jessica WyantJessica WyantBio coming soon.