Speaking Engagements

Urban Poling professional speaking engagements are available for conferences, events, webinars, and in-services.  Topics can be tailored to specific audience interests or can be more general awareness on the benefits of Nordic walking,

In-service: $150 to 500 for one hour
Courses:  $500 – 1000
Conference Presentation: $500 – 700
*Plus applicable travel costs.


▼ Mandy Shintani, OT - Developer of the ACTIVATOR Poles

Mandy specializes in introducing healthcare professionals to a new mobility tool, ACTIVATOR poles, for rehab and for conditions affecting balance and mobility. Her presentations include research based evidence, the benefits as they relate to specific conditions as well as a practical component on the technique.


Mandy has been an occupational therapist for 30 years and has her Master’s Degree in Gerontology. Twelve years ago she developed the ACTIVATOR poles (patent pending) and technique specifically for rehabilitation which are now being prescribed extensively instead of canes, crutches and walkers (when appropriate) in hospitals and clinics across Canada and also internationally. She co-developed national instructor and rehabilitation courses on Nordic walking and is the co-owner of Urban Poling Inc.

Recent Speaking Engagements

200 years of Parkinson’s Disease – Newcastle Australia
Neurology Special Interest Group for Physiotherapists – Melbourne Australia
Western Canada – PD (peritoneal dialysis) days – Vancouver, BC
Active Living with Stroke Rehabilitation – webinar – Canada wide
Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in-service – London, UK
National Fall Prevention Conference – Toronto, Canada


Urban Poling which has been featured 400 times in the media. Mandy has been interviewed by the Globe and Mail, CBC, Toronto Sun and Zoomer Magazine.


Finalist for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


▼ Barb Gormley - Urban Poling Director of Education

Barb Gormley is the director of education for Urban Poling Inc. She presents at educational events across the country introducing people to the amazing benefits of urban poling. Barb is also a long-time personal trainer and group exercise instructor. When she’s not working with personal training clients or leading urban poling classes and seminars, you’ll find her at her stand-up desk writing health and fitness articles for publications such as Chatelaine, Fitness Business Canada and the Toronto Star and for organizations such as the Diabetes Canada and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Contact Barb at www.barbgormley.com.

Maintaining Proper Posture

Poles assist in maintaining proper posture but at times you may find yourself leaning forward.  Remember to keep your spine erect, tummy tucked in, eyes forward, chin tucked and shoulders relaxed. And just one more thing to remember, have fun with it!
Barb Gormley, Director of Education

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