Leanna is a 4th year doctoral candidate in the Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She has the privilege of being mentored under the tutelage of the renowned Dr. Paul Oh and Dr. Dina Brooks. Her current research endeavors to optimize exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation for women with heart disease, and this work will hopefully propel Leanna one step further towards her career aspirations of becoming a Clinician/Scientist. While she is not conducting her own research studies, or working part-time as the Program Research Coordinator at the University Health Network’s Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program, you can probably find Leanna swimming, biking, running, or lifting. She is also a Canadian ITU (International Triathlon Union) short course triathlete who races internationally, representing Canada, and she was named to the inaugural Major League Triathlon Series in 2016. Despite being hit hard with a plethora of life’s adversity in 2017, Leanna is thrilled to have returned to racing in 2018, and is looking forward to building on that momentum into the 2019 race season. Her highlights from last season were racing on the mountainous island of Tobago, and earning a top-10 finish in the Pan American Games Test event in Lima, Peru. She plans to race in the early season Continental Cups in Florida and Barbados in March and April, and then continue racing on the circuit as much as possible into the summer months as she also prepares to defend her dissertation. Her ultimate motivation is to continue to strive for personal excellence and growth in all arenas of her life, and to inspire others to pursue their dreams and passions, irrespective of any odds that stand against them and to embrace the irreplaceable journey along the way.