Get to know the OPEX North Shore Team and learn what motivates our coaches. Our coaches have mastered the delivery of Personalized Fitness coaching through the OPEX Fitness Education System. OPEX coaches are career coaches committed to ongoing study and practical experience, they are equipped with the knowledge to thoroughly assess their clients and design complete fitness programs, to include nourishment and lifestyle.


Meet Shayan Vaghayenegar

owner & head coach

Meet the coach who brought OPEX to the North Shore…

It was through Shayan’s own personal fitness journey, a journey that started as an insecure overweight teenager, which allowed him to grow and succeed as a coach. The confidence and drive that Shayan demonstrates today stems from the strength he acquired, emotionally and physically, from the coaches that gave him the tools and guidance he needed at an important time in his life. Shayan’s passion for athletics began early in high school with wrestling and rugby. Out of high school he competed in triathlons, half marathons and a marathon. It wasn’t until he started Crossfit that he understood the importance of functional fitness.

Shayan’s coaching philosophy is to set a client up for success by focusing on their goals and providing individualized programs which encompass fitness, nutrition and lifestyle coaching. He is a firm believer that surrounding yourself with people who inspire, motivate and empower is the key to success and that coaching is not confined to what happens inside the gym.

His training programs are purposeful and incorporate movements that are necessary and common in your daily activities or specific sport. Shayan’s coaching and educational background speaks volumes to his passion for continual learning. After completing his Human Kinetics Diploma, he completed his NCCP Level 1 Olympic Lifting Certification and OPEX CCP. Shayan’s most impactful learning experience has been through his most recent mentorship with James FitzGerald, OPEX Founder and Jim Crowell, OPEX CEO.

Shayan is excited to be the first to bring the OPEX experience to British Columbia and to help more people be the best versions of themselves.

You can contact Shayan at


Meet Cam



Straight from Ireland!

Welcome to Vancouver Cameron Rickerby! Cameron has a BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science; he also completed a 3 month Strength & Conditioning internship with Ulster Rugby before opening a crossfit gym back in Ireland (Crossfit Sligo) in 2014. He is currently in the process of completing his OPEX CCP. Cameron fully bought in to the Opex method of individual program design and feels this service can provide clients with a program that aligns with there life and needs.

In addition to coaching, Cameron also has an interest in competing within the sport of crossfit. Some of the recent competitions he has competed in are the Functional  Fitness World Championships 2017 (Representing: Ireland), European Championships 2017, Irish Throwdown 2015 and Titanic Games 2013. He took 1st place at the Titanic Games, minor detail (amazing!).

You can contact Cameron at


Meet Sammy Morrison


OPEX North Shore’s Newest Addition!

Sammy has a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia and is a long lover of physical fitness and sports. She competed in various competitive sports in high school, her favourites being field hockey, track and field, and rugby. Strength training came more in university where she found a true passion for weight lifting and the overall gym atmosphere. She became certified via CSEP for personal training in 2017 where she came to love helping others achieve their fitness goals. 

A firm believer in learning through others, she herself was coached at OPEX North Shore to improve her own coaching. Enjoying the experience so much, she became certified as an OPEX coach in order to help others along with their fitness journeys in a more invidualized fashion. Sammy is excited to explore the OPEX method alongside her clients.

You can contact Sammy at