We aren’t shy about it. We want to be the best. Our drive comes from deeply rooted family values and a strong desire to create a healthier future for all Canadians. We have a passion to provide superior education and the highest performance poles to help you, "Walk Your Way to Better Health".


We are focused on increasing mobility and function for every age, ability and fitness level. Through our educational programs and uniquely designed poles, our mission is to help people realize that their full potential is not only achievable but also sustainable, by doing exactly what their body was designed to do – move.


We envision a healthy future founded on prevention. We envision achieving physical and mental well-being by being active. We envision a future of feeling good, from the inside out.
Now we ask you, "Why wait?"
The future begins today.

Urban Poling is proud to be an awarding winning and 100% women-owned and operated Canadian company. Incorporated in 2005, it was one of the first companies to bring Urban Poling (generic name is Nordic walking) to Canada! Today as an international education centre & distributor, our high performance Urban and ACTIVATOR poles are found in 700+ stores and have been adopted as a therapy & fitness tool by more than 5000 graduates of our training programs including, diverse healthcare professionals and fitness instructors.


We are committed to helping people change their lives for the better and become healthier versions of themselves, no matter what their age or stage of life. It starts with a single step. Let us help you make it.

Mandy & Diana

Co-directors Mandy Shintani and Diana Oliver are women at different stages of life with very different professional backgrounds, yet they share a dream – to help others realize the many benefits Urban Poling has given to them.

Mandy Shintani

Mandy is an occupational therapist, gerontologist and the founder of Urban Poling. Her mission is to inspire all Canadians toward active living and wellness through innovative pole designs and education.  As an avid proponent of life long fitness, she has experienced herself how Urban Poling fuels a healthy and fun lifestyle that includes, using poles with other exhilarating activities such as snowshoeing, hiking and adventure travel, which she is passionate about.  As a therapist, her design of our patented ACTIVATOR Poles was rooted in her desire to create a tool that would revolutionize mobility and rehabilitation programs.  She is an international presenter and is considered to be one of the leading experts on this activity.  She was a finalist at the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards in the category of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Diana Oliver

Diana is a dynamic business professional with an extensive background in marketing, sales and fitness. She has a passion for promoting the many health benefits of Urban Poling, which stems from her personal experience. Diana combined Urban Poling with other positive lifestyle choices to regain a healthy weight and improve her cardiovascular health following two strenuous pregnancies. Her positive recovery has instilled a drive to help change the face of health care in Canada.  In 2012 she became a certified Urban Poling instructor and taught classes in her own Pilates business.  In 2014, she became co-owner of Urban Poling.

Our Team

Ambassadors & Master Trainers

Meet our enthusiastic team!

Mandy Johnson

CanMore, AB

  • BA – Physical Education 
  • Diploma – Adult Education
  • OCC Certified Hike Leader
  • International speaker on walking, walkability, active transportation
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer & Ambassador (AB)

Louise Hickey

Collingwood, ON

  • BA – Physical Education 
  • Retired College Professor – Health Sciences
    • Certified Exercise Physiologist
    • Urban Poling Master Trainer 

Lisa Dykeman PT

Dartmouth, NS

  • MA – Physiotherapy
  • BA – Kinesiology 
  • Former competitive gymnast & coach
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer 

Peter Vavougios

Montreal, QC

BSc – Physiotherapy
  • Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer & Ambassador (QC)

Jessica Lewgood

EStevan, SK

  • MA – Kinesiology 
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • Owner of KinFit Family Health & Wellness
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer & Ambassador (SK)

Sue Yackulic

Edmonton, AB

  • MA – Adult Education
  • Award winning Master’s level Runner
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer

Faith Julien

Brampton, ON

  • BA – Health & Physical Education (candidate)
  • Dip – Fitness & Health Promotion 
  • OCC Certified Hike Leader
  • Ambassador

Jon Schultz

UrbanDale, Ohio

  • BSc – Physiotherapy
  • Owner – Optimum Performance
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer & Licensee – Ohio 

Rosie Sears

Hamilton, ON

  • PhD Candidate
  • BSc – Physiotherapy
    Owner DVR Consulting  & Speaker  
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer


Nina Munthe-LePage

Ottawa, ON

  • Certified Nutrition Educator
  • Can Fit Pro certified Personal Trainer
  • Heart Wise Instructor
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer & Ambassador

Jackie Murdoch

Toronto, on

  • Retired Project Manager Professional 
  • Certified personal trainer, fitness instructor, older adult specialist  
  • Bone Fit Trained
  • Ambassador  

Kari Galasso

Kingston, Ontario

  • BA/BPHE 
  • CCAA Seniors Fitness Instructor
  • CanFitPro Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Trainer Health for Life Medical Clinic
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer & Ambassador

Kimberly Willison


  • BA – Recreation Therapy
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer


Susan Yungblut

Ottawa, on

  • Physiotherapist
  • Past Director – Exercise is
    Medicine Canada
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist
  • Urban Poling & ACTIVATOR
    Master Trainer

Laura Clement

durham Region, ON

  • CanFitPro Personal Trainer
  • CanFitPro – Active Aging Certificate
  • CanFitPro – Healthy Back Certificate
  • Canadian Yoga Alliance Instructor
  • Ambassador

Sarah Merkel

Stratford, ON

  • MA – Health Promotion
  • Master Trainer CCAA
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer

Sunhan Anderson

Toronto, on

  • Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
  • Dip  – Advanced Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy (candidate)
  • LVST BIG & PWR! Moves & Rocky Steady Boxing
  • Urban Poling Master Trainer

Sarah Lord

Fredericton, NB

  • PhD – Diabetes Reserach
  • Speaker & Educator
  • Owner of Maritime Outdoor & Tourism Adventures
  • Master Trainer Urban Poling and Ambassador (NB) 

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