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BlackToe Staff Profiles

Mike & Maya Anderson  - Owners, BlackToe Running Inc.

Mike Anderson, MBA

Mike is half of the dynamic married team of Mike and Maya (often referred to as "M&M" by those who know them...).  A banker until 2013 when the running business became his full-time passion, Mike is backed by an MBA and 17 years experience with two major Canadian financial institutions. He spent 10 years as a commercial lender and 7 years as a senior project leader in risk management.  An energetic and committed team leader, he has successfully designed, launched and managed major global initiatives. 

Mike is an avid runner who has completed numerous races, including well over ten marathons. He is well connected within the running community, and is the familiar face you will encounter almost every day at the store and at BlackToe Group Runs. 

Maya Anderson, P.Eng

Maya, the other half of "M&M", has been a runner in some form or another since her years in high school track & field.  Along with Mike, Maya has always had the desire to work for herself, and to be her own boss.  Maya has over 25 years combined experience in the fields of engineering, procurement and logistics.  In order to work full-time on BlackToe Running, Maya left her "day" job a year ago, where she lead the procurement and logistics teams at IMAX Corporation. Her work there included participation in global projects for ground-breaking product innovations. Maya has held previous positions with industry-leaders Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Bombardier Aerospace and MCW Consultants. 

Maya has competed in five half-marathons and looks forward to one day completing her first Full Marathon, with the support of the BlackToe Race Team.  Most days you can catch Maya at the store, just taking care of business!

 

Lisa-Marie Bianchi, Team Lead

Lisa-Marie is Team Lead at BlackToe Running...the Go-To person acting on behalf of Mike and Maya!  She can be found working diligently at the store 5 days a week.  Lisa, a dedicated runner, and one of our own BlackToe Race Team members, also trains Clients in strength and conditioning during her off-time.  Well versed in our Motion Quest Bio-Mechanical Analysis, Lisa can offer all our customers great advice on running shoes, as well as all running gear.... she will even throw in some tips on proper exercise to help you with your running!   Always ready with a big smile, you will leave BlackToe Running feeling like you've made a good friend and wanting to come back to see her!

 

Ewan Scallion, Part-Time Sales Associate

Ewan is a mid-distance runner coming from a family of highly competitive athletes.  Since graduating from Queen's, he's started to compete in road and trail races, with his favourite trails being the scenic and ones less travelled.  "If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat!  Just get on."

Galan Yousuf, Part-Time Sales Associate 

While not working at BlackToe Running, Galan is busy as part of the University of Toronto, Varsity Blues Cross Country and Track And Field Teams.  Running provides a real escape for Galan, who particularly loves to run races of 10km and under.   But having said that, he one day hopes to run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon!  Galan loves the feeling of pushing yourself to the point during a race, where you second guess whether you will be able to finish...  Favourite quote by Steve Prefontaine:  "The best pace is a suicide pace, and today feels like a good day to die."


 

Jackie Dupuis, Coach - BlackToe Race Team

Jackie has toed the line for 13 marathons including 5 Boston's and 1 on inline skates (her fastest yet!).  If a marathon isn't hard enough, she has been known to put a wee swim and bike ride in front, resulting in the completion of 6 Ironman races.  As Coach, Jackie's role also includes that of team coordinator, cheerleader and co-conspirator in endurance crimes.  Her success in all this is due to her sense of humour, an accumulation of 12 years of coaching experience and a Registered Kinesiologist designation.  Outside of coaching and staying fit, she can be found hanging with her very supportive husband and family.

Nina Sieh, Coach - BlackToe Run Club

Runner and triathlete, Nina has competed in countless races ranging from road, track, cross-country, swim meets, and triathlons, gaining success along the way - even representing Team Canada on the world stage!  She's currently pursuing her Masters in Kinesiology and Health Science doing research in rehab and fitness training adaptations, as well as working as a neuro-rehab therapist.  As a Coach at BlackToe, she brings her educational backgound, experience as a competitive runner, passion and positivity, to build a community that inspires awesomeness in each other!  Her hope is to foster a team that allows runners to recognize their potential.