Nominated for the award: Sports and Fitness
Company: Yoga4 Brazilian Jiujitsu
Position: Certified Yoga Instructor
Biography: Canadian Blue Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athlete, coach and certified Yoga instructor. Born and raised in France, Florence Sophia started her athletic journey at the age of 6 as a gymnast. Throughout her childhood she practiced various sports such as tennis, dance, and martial arts. Her athletic path doesn’t end there, she enjoys challenge and completed the Scotiabank Waterfront half marathon and the RBC 15K Race for the Kids. She has practiced the discipline of yoga for the past fifteen years and has dedicated her time and passion to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) for the last four years. Each year she competes at various BJJ tournaments and won numerous medals. Her yoga practice led to the creation of a unique discipline for athletes and martial artists where she blends mindfulness, joint mobility and yoga movements. When she looks back, she was inspired by many “world-class” athletes and authors. Her attributes include being highly competitive and disciplined. She has exceptional perseverance and strives to push her limits with competitive trainings and mindfulness meditation. Her qualities carry over in her professional experience. Florence Sophia has 15 + years of experience managing client relationships including 9 years in the financial industry. She demonstrated a track record as a strategic leader, partner and collaborator. She is committed to furthering her professional development through continuing education and completed her Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation. She is a Level 2 Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Candidate. Always interested in giving back to the community, she volunteered on various committees and boards of organizations (such as Women in Capital Markets, Epilepsy Ontario and Women in Leadership). Florence Sophia is currently working on writing her first book where she depicts her personal life’s story blended with the art of yoga for martial artists. She is determined and passionate to inspire women and younger generations to achieve greatness in their life.