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Kicking up a storm in Burnaby

Kicking up a storm in Burnaby Kix 4 Chix Fitness, a non-competitive kickboxing program for women, is coming to the Lower Mainland.
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Aim high: Kix for Chix Fitness, a noncompetitive fitness program for women, is opening on Canada Way in Burnaby.

Kicking up a storm in Burnaby

Kix 4 Chix Fitness, a non-competitive kickboxing program for women, is coming to the Lower Mainland.

Owner Nicole Neuert told the NOW she has studios in Kamloops and Williams Lake, but the Burnaby studio will be the first Lower Mainland location for the franchise.

Neuert, who has been kickboxing for 14 years, opened Kix 4 Chix Fitness in 2007.

“The best part about this program besides getting into shape and losing weight is that it’s fun,” she wrote in an email to the NOW.

She is planning to open the studio at 5097 Canada Way in the beginning of February.

For more information, go to or email Neuert.

Burnaby business catering to canines

Edmonds is going to the dogs … and cats.

Brigette Mayer, a New Westminster resident, is celebrating the grand opening of her new pet supply shop at 101-7655 Edmonds St. this month.

Mutt & Moggy will offer Canadian-made food and treats for cats and dogs, as well as pet supplies such as leashes, holistic supplements and more, according to the store’s Facebook page.

Professional dog trainer and behavioural consultant Niki Perry will be at the grand opening on Jan. 25 to answer questions about dog-related concerns and to introduce a line of holistic and homeopathic remedies for dogs and cats, Riva’s Remedies, according to the event page.

The store is open on the grand opening day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

IWG appoints new president

Darryl Jacobs was appointed as president of International Water-Guard Industries Inc. on Monday, according to a press release from the company.

The previous president, Bruce MacCoubrey, plans to help with the transition and continue to serve on the board of directors, the release stated.

International Water-Guard Industries is a Canadian aerospace company.

Jacobs has been in the industry for 20 years and was founder and president of FLYHT Inc. in Calgary, the release added, as well as senior vice-president of marketing and business development with TASS Inc.

Recently, Jacobs provided technical assistance to the aviation industry through Inter-Action Enterprises in B.C., according to the release.

How to get into healthcare

For those looking to make a career change, or start a career, it can be difficult to know what training to pursue.

To that end, the Burnaby Public Library is sponsoring a free healthcare professions training fair next month, which will be presented by Burnaby Community and Continuing Education.

The fair will provide information on programs for medical office assistants, health-care assistants, reflexologists and dental office administrators, according to the posting on the library’s website.

The free training fair takes place at the Bob Prittie Metrotown library branch on Feb. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Those interested should register in advance by calling the library’s reference desk at 604-436-5400 or by registering online.

For more information, go to

Kal Tire hosts job fair next month

Looking for work in the automotive industry? Kal Tire is holding a job fair next month and is hiring for its Burnaby and New Westminster stores. 

They’re primarily looking for candidates for the management trainee program, according to team recruitment lead Alex Murdoch, though they’re also looking for automotive technicians.

First-year apprentices and up are welcome to apply, he said.

Management trainees should have an exceptional customer service background, be physically fit, have management experience and a passion for sales (as well as sales experience), Murdoch said.

Those interested in applying should bring their resumé to the job fair at the Executive Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre, 405 North Rd., in Coquitlam on Feb. 4 and 5.

Saying goodbye to the biz beat

This will be one of my last Movers & Shakers columns with the NOW for 2014, as I’ll be heading off on maternity leave at the end of January.

It has been a privilege to share the stories of local businesses and to inform you, the readers, of what’s going on in the business community.

And don’t worry – I plan to leave you in capable hands.

Keep an eye out for our new business reporter, who will be taking over the beat come February.

Best wishes for a fantastic 2014.

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