Alien In-Line was started in 1994 by four ice speed skaters that used in-line skating as a summer training method and had passion for teaching. In-line skating was booming across North America and everyone desired to learn how to do this exciting novel sport that offered a fun new way to move on wheels. At that time, Alien taught in some of Calgary's health clubs and fitness centres with its main clientele being recreational, fitness programs, and individual lessons.
In 1995, Mark Greenwald and Pat Seltsam, two of the original four founders, incorporated the company and together purchased the first fleet of school programs skates. Shortly afterward Alien began piloting programs in Calgary schools. Over the next fifteen years, under Pat Seltsam's entrepreneurial guidance and Mark Greenwald's teaching and programming skills, Alien prospered and grew into the largest organized school skating program in North America. Today, Alien In-Line teaches kids to skate in over 250 schools in Calgary and the province of Alberta reaching over 100,000 kids annually. Alien In-Line has also done pilot programs in Salt Lake City, USA and Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Following a role with a speed skating club coaching position (Matsqui Blades) in Abbotsford, BC, Canada in 1992/1993, Mark returned to Calgary to finish his undergraduate degree and also began teaching in-line skating. He became certified as a Level I and II instructor, and eventually an Instructor Examiner for the IISA, teaching and certifying over 30 instructors in Alberta between 1999 and 2006. Mark maintains contacts in the skating industry and with the eventual successor of the IISA, Skate Instructors Association (Skate/IA).
Mark also earned his MSc. in Kinesiology in 2000 and worked at the Calgary Olympic Oval for 17 years serving in roles as a coach, Program Manager/Director of Sport, and eventual Director of the Oval through 2009. He was an architect of the very successful high performance sport model at the Olympic Oval, contributing to over 20 Olympic medals for Canada in the sports of long and short track speed skating and women's ice hockey through the 1998 to 2006 Olympic Games.
I came to Alien In-Line in 2003 as Director of Sales and by 2006 moved into the General Manager position in charge of all operations. My background dates back to acquiring my education/P.E. degree at the University of Saskatchewan. I started my teaching career in Oxbow, Sask. as the High School P.E. teacher and over the years have been involved coaching most all school sports as well community sports of hockey, basketball, soccer and speed skating. My career of 34 years included 3 years teaching, 12 years as a P.E. consultant, and 19 yeas as a school administrator. I retired in 2003 from the Red Deer Public School District # 104.
I am married to Sharon and we have three children; Jeremy, Danielle, and Megan. My interests include all sports, especially hockey, tennis, golf, basketball, football, fastball, and badminton. My greatest joy is scrambling to the peaks of mountains, as it is a great challenge and spectacular feeling when you reach the goal of standing on the top. At Alien In-Line, I hope we have the opportunity to bring in-line skating to every child in Alberta and beyond.
I have recently joined the staff of Alien Inline as an assistant to Bill Wotherspoon in the office, as well as coaching co-coordinator and instructor for on ice programs.
I come to this position with an extensive background in coaching and coaching education. From 1977-97 I was the founder and head coach of the Fredericton Speed Skating Club. Following that I was the Development Coordinator for Speed Skating at the Olympic Oval at the U of C in Calgary. I have been honoured for my work as a builder by being inducted in to the Speed Skating Canada Hall of Fame 2005, as well as the NB Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
I am married to Rod Fisher and we have two sons Christopher and Allan. Chris and his wife Amy had our first grandchild Danica, July 05, 2010.
My hobbies include running, skiing, inline skating, and attending Scottish Highland Games. I am presently training in a form of Martial Arts call Hap Ki Do (self defence) and have reached the red belt level.
Dallas Kurtz — Dallas Kurtz is from Calgary, AB and has been in-line skating for 16 years. He began teaching with Alien In-Line in 2002. Dallas's favorite skill to teach is the Touch Down which is a trick that kids can really challenge themselves with. His favorite place to skate is on the streets of Calgary, but he also enjoys Calgary's skateparks. In Dallas's spare time he enjoys even more rollerblading and playing pool. His teaching tip to remember is to always bend your knees and keep your feet together while doing the heel brake stop.
Josh Ajohn — Hi I'm Josh. I've been an instructor with alien for three great years. I enjoy teaching tremendously, especially when working with children and youth for their amazing tenacity, energy and openness. I enjoy taking pictures and writing, and soon hope to continue my education at a higher level. For the last 7 years I have committed myself to the sport of long track speed skating and hope to make the Canadian National Team. As a born again Christian my faith in God is the present factor in all areas of my life. Everything is in him, for him and through him.