Team

Intensive workshop for performers and athletes in Toronto

Motivational Speakers, Q & A Panelists and Session Leaders for CONTACT & CONTACT Youth.


Owner - Director

Mercedez De Castro

Mercedez De Castro

Mercedez was a casting director, actor, gymnastics and fitness instructor and is now a performance coach with over 20 years combined experience in the sports and entertainment Industry. She has made it her business to coach, audition and match talented performers with intriguing roles for CBC, NBC, Global, The Food Network, HGTV, Bravo! and beyond. Mercedez has cast for National and International TV shows, media projects and development pitches and knows how to help you prepare and shine for your moments in the spotlight. She will help you make 'contact' with your audience and with the lens!

I know what it feels like to be a coach, an actor, and a casting director. I will help you “pop” on camera and deliver powerful performances!
— Mercedez

Co-Creator

Andre Agate

Andre Agate

Andre is a former NCAA Football player and has been a CSCS Certified Training Specialist and an International Model for over 15 years. As a personal strength and lifestyle coach, he has used his industry insight to help prepare others for modeling and performing opportunities. He's no stranger to the long hours and dedication that goes into getting and maintaining relationships in fitness and entertainment. Andre Agate is the co-creator of The Battle Bar, Sledbarrow and the CrossBell. His training sessions are designed to challenge and inspire you to be a better you.

Being a successful athlete and performer requires discipline. Let me show you how to tap into your core strength.
— Andre

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
SESSION LEADERS & PANELISTS

Susan Antai

Theresa Albert

Nutrition Consultant

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Heidi Allen

Heidi Allen

TV Producer

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JERALD BEZENER

Susan Antal

TSN Sports Director

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Anthony (Steve) Bewl

Actor / Model / Athlete
Musician / Yogi
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Martin Reader

Jerald Bezener

Actor / Model Photographer

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Teri Ritter

Melani Chong

Model / CEO
Cosmetic Scientist

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Ken Rodger

Kristina Ejem

Owner/Manager
Boxing Coach

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Alex Stines

Kevin Gonsalves

Social Media
Consultant

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Ron Leach

Director/Producer
Casting Director

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Kevin Perez

Elite Athlete / Boxing Coach

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Martin Reader

Olympian/Co-founder, Strive Life

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Teri Ritter

Talent Agent

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Ken Rodger

Agency Producer

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Melissa-Jane (MJ) Shaw

Actor/Dir/Producer
Choreo/Voice/Fitness
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Alex Stines

Athlete/Performer
Stunt

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Jim Van Horne

TV Director
Sports Announcer

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MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKERS

Scotty Cook

Scotty Cook
Stunt Performer / Actor and "The Contactor"

15 years experience as an ACTRA Toronto Stunt Performer and Actor. Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts graduate, studying Radio & Television Arts at Ryerson University, and actively involved in the Toronto Film and Television Industry.

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Jacqueline Walters
Athlete and "The Contactor"

4-Time National Kickboxing Champion. 2011 BBPA Woman of Honour Award for achievements and accomplishments that have paved the path for others in the community.

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THE CONTACT SQUAD

Kik Di Nino

Kik Di Nino

Producer / Photographer

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Dave Di Nino

Dave Di Nino

Tech Specialist / Camera Op

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Jennifer Mercer

Jennifer Mercer

Production Manager /
Dance Studio Owner

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Heidi Mole

Heidi Mole

Comedian / Casting Associate

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Melanie Tanz

Casting Director

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Stay tuned to this page as we continue to announce our new team!