August Trips & Events: Canada & Iceland!

August Trips & Events: Canada & Iceland! 900 525 Hans Muench

CanFitPro – 16-17 August 2019.

David Patchell-Evans, President of the GoodLife Fitness chain, who promotes career development for women in his organisation. The CanFitPro event had an entire preconference day focused on women of influence in the health and fitness sector. Maureen (Mo) Hagan leads CanFitPro, which also runs REPS Canada, a registry of almost 30.000 exercise professionals. The national launch of Prescription for Exercise was also announced at the Canadian Forum there, an initiative that makes sense as 80% of Canadians do not meet the weekly recommendation of at least 150 minutes of exercise.

Canadian Forum Podiumsdiskussion

Presenter und Communications Consultant Casey Conrad

Eleiko Stand

Hans with French Fitness Owner and Instructor Nathalie McComb

Hans with Mastermind Presenter Todd Durkin

Hans with Paula Comfort, Yvonne Camus und Tony Caparotta

Mo Hagan, CFP Direktor, on stage with David Patchell-Evans

Myobuddy Massage Stand

Slide Data in Personal Fitness


Toronto: My Mom’s birthday, Cottage life, Rogers Cup, Baseball and Canadian Football

Traditionally I visit Toronto in August, combining my mother’s birthday (turned 93 on August 4th) with the Rogers Cup tennis tournament, a trip to my brother’s cottage and the CanFitPro event. This year I added a stop in Reykjavik, Iceland on my way home, leaving the morning that German chancellor Angela Merkel arrived there for meetings with the heads of state of the Nordic countries. The timing was particularly of note given the Greenland purchase attempt by US President Donald Trump.

Health is precious, and I exercised with my mom many mornings, also played tennis on the courts behind her back yard with several of my family.

Breakfast with my mother

Our Family Reunion in Canada

My mother and kids Julian and Felicia in front of the home I grew up in

R&R at the cottage offered a myriad of recreational activities including water skiing, kajaking, push boat, fishing, horsehoes and even bowling on one rainy day provided ample opportunities to recharge my batteries.

Cottage life

Grilling with older brothers Rolf and Guff

With family at cottage on Horseshoe Lake

The Poutine craze continues in Toronto (I have also seen this french-fry based dish, which originated in Quebec, also in my current home of Winterthur), as well as wings and beer with friends, has become a standard part of my stay where I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s.

CN Tower and Roy Thompson Concert Hall

Toronto Skyline

Toronto street food truck

How do you like your Poutine?

In the week of CanFitPro, the largest fitness event in Canada, I also took in professional sports matches going on: the Toronto Blue Jays (baseball) and the Toronto Argonauts (Canadian football) were in town, both teams lost but the atmosphere was infectious.

CFL Game

With family at Canadian Football game


Reykjavik, Iceland: one day stopover on my way back

Several friends and family have visited Iceland before, this was my first time there, and it will not be my last, as there was not enough time to explore the splendor of this magical land which leads several categories such as standard of living and happiness.

Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik

Cultural Ceenter Reykjavik

Reykjavik harbour


Back to work with meetings in Germany & Switzerland

Upon my return from my 19 day trip I got back in the swing immediately, with a meeting with the leaders of Akademie für Sport und Gesundheit in Radolfzell one day after my return.

Academy for Sport und Gesundheit Radolfzell

The Zurich PR Society summer event took place on August 22nd, and it always offers a great opportunity for networking and to enjoy the weather in the city.

Great location for an event: in the beer garden

Zurich PR Society banner

Zurich PR Society event location by lake and Limmat river


An outlook into the coming months:

Coming Up in September:

  • 3.9. BodyMedia Innovation Days (Leipzig) event
  • 9.12.09. lecturing in the MBA programme in Köln for the German University (Marketing focus with new case studies)
  • Meetings with clients in Berlin and Amsterdam

October Events:

  • 1.10. Hamburg BodyMedia Innovation Days;
  • 3-4.10. Fitnation conference, Amsterdam;
  • 14.-17.10. IHRSA European Congress Dublin


Till next time!