The Canadian Society of The Alexander Technique


What We Do

The Canadian Society of Teachers of the F.M Alexander Technique (CANSTAT) is a volunteer run Canadian not-for-profit corporation that leads efforts to support the Alexander Technique across Canada.


First founded in 1981, CANSTAT maintains Canadian standards for Alexander Technique teacher training, membership, and practice. In addition, CANSTAT fosters affiliation with similar Alexander Technique credentialing bodies worldwide; promotes public awareness, understanding, and access to the Alexander Technique; and furthers Alexander Technique research and professional development.  CANSTAT is an educational, nonsectarian, nondiscriminatory organization incorporated in Canada as a not-for-profit corporation.

Our Mission

To support the Alexander Technique to become a continuously developing, healthy profession. One recognized as a modern, educational, practical approach that enhances health and well-being in everyday life; an essential aspect of artistic training and performance across Canada;  and a source for further discovery of the cognitive-neurophysiological workings and embodiment of human potential.

Executive Council and Board of Directors

The executive Council of CANSTAT is a volunteer board that oversees all operation and acts as it's official board of directors:

President and Co-director: Gabriella Minnes Brandes

Secretary and Co-director: Heather Walker

Treasurer and Co-director: Mark Vasak

Committees and Representatives

CANSTAT volunteer committees and representatives are an essential support that further the foundation and reach of the Alexander Technique in Canada and beyond. (In alphabetical order)

Professional Conduct Committee
Heather Campbell, Johanna Godliman, and Marta Hunter

Teacher Training Committee
Brigitte Caron, Elaine Kopeman, Gabriella Minnes Brandes, and Marta Hunter

Professional Development Representative:
Helene Bellemare

Public Relations Representative
Alison Taylor

Insurance/ RES Representative
Hélène Bellemare, and Sarah Russell

Technology Representative
Mark Vasak

Alexander Technique Affiliated Societies (ATAS) Representative
Mark Vasak

Special Thanks...

CANSTAT has a rich history of volunteers.  Although many are not recognized here due to loss of historical documentation, the following people deserve special thanks for service to CANSTAT and the Alexander Technique in Canada:

(*In alphabetical order)
(*Please check back soon, this list is being updated!)

Bob Schweitzer, David Owen, Elaine Kopman, Emily Sun, Gabriella Minnes Brandes, Gary Labovitz, Heather Campbell, Howard Bockner, Johanna Godliman, Lawrence Smith, Malcolm Balk, Marta Hunter, Mei Lee, Nancy Sicsic, Pat Daniels, Paula Althouse, Simon Ghiberti, Steven Glassman, Wilma Mosmans, and many more...