Meet the  Team

Irene Richardson

BSc. Carleton University

Certified Nordic Walking Master Instructor

Nordixx Distributor (purchase Nordic Poles and smovey at events or online)

Certified Seniors' Fitness Instructor (Western University) Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging

Kino Quebec ViActive Instructor

Diploma in Personal and Sports Nutrition

Certified smovey Master Instructor

Founder of Nordic Fitness Canada

CPR and First Aid

Co-founder and Director, BiR Consulting Inc.   

Wife, Mom, Grandma to 6 beautiful grandkids!

Irene understands the importance of wellness and fitness to help ensure we live a healthy and happy life.

Nordic Fitness Canada

Former Olympian Gernot Faderbauer is partnering with  Nordixx Pole Walking Canada

During the rowing off-season, former Olympian and three-time World Rowing Champion Gernot Faderbauer would run up mountains using his Nordic poles to stay in peak physical condition.

 Now, the Austrian world-class athlete is partnering with Nordixx Pole Walking Canada, a leader in bringing Nordic pole walking to North America.

 Born and Raised in Vienna, Austria Gernot has spent most of his life in fitness and athletic training. His favorite sport growing up was rowing and was determined to become a World Champion and Olympic athlete.

 With hard work and determination Gernot became 3 x World Champion in 1993, 1994 & 1995 and competed in the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

 “I have known for years that Nordic pole walking is one of the best ways to get and stay in shape. I am now partnering with Nordixx Pole Walking Canada because I’m impressed with its dedication to its customers and its integrity,”  Faderbauer said.

 Gernot is the founder of the Canadian Nordic Walking Academy, a full time fitness Instructor with over 18 years of experience in Coaching and 32 years in Athletics. He is looking forward to teaching people how to not only Nordic pole Walk but become a Nordic Pole walking/running fitness specialist/enthusiast.

“Nordixx Pole Walking Canada is proud to partner with someone of Mr. Faderbauers stature and credentials. Nordixx continues to show their dedication to educating and building strong Nordic Walking programs for people of all ages and fitness levels”. Says GM and Co-Founder Greg Bellamy 

Anyone can become a Nordic Pole Walker and instantly experience outstanding health and fitness benefits. Individuals interested in learning more about this low impact exercise.


Irene Richardson

 Certified Nordic Walking Master Instructor

Irene was certified by Dr. Klaus Schwanbeck from Nordixx Canada/Nordic Pole Walking Canada in 2012. Irene is a Master instructor.  She plans, organizes and delivers  North Pole Walking presentations, courses and groups walks.

Irene also provides Instructor courses and helps the Group Leaders, Certified Instructors and Distributors to build a successfully wellness business.

Gernot Faderbauer

Ann Marie Diotte Certified Nordic Walking Instructor  Certified smovey Instructor    Certified Seniors' Fitness Instructor

Dianne Hendrick Certified Nordic Walking Instructor

Ginette Paré Certified Nordic Walking Instructor

Valerie Pelso Certified Nordic Walking Instructor

Ashley Hill Certified Nordic Walking Instructor

Sandra Nye Saunders Certified Nordic Walking Instructor

Nordixx Instructors are eligible for 4.0 CEC from Canfitpro and the Ontario Fitness Council (OFC).

Nordic Walking in Ottawa with Irene Richardson