Six-time World Champion gold medalist Cassie Campbell laced up her first pair of skates at the age of five, and hasn’t looked back since. She is the only captain in history, male or female, to have led Canada to two Olympic Gold Medals. Having brought the sport of women’s hockey onto the world stage, Campbell remains its most passionate, articulate, and gracious ambassador.
“[Cassie] has helped to redefine what hockey can be...and exemplified an unexpected oxymoron—sweet toughness. This was the wholesome girl next door with a mean slapshot.”— Toronto Star
Cassie Campbell remembers how inspiring it was to watch Canadians take the podium at the Olympics, after leading Canada’s women’s hockey team to their unforgettable Gold medal wins at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics. Now, she is taking to the speaker’s podium to pass along own her inspiring story, sharing lessons of leadership, teamwork, and determination.
Campbell won 21 medals with Canada’s National Women’s teams, including 17 gold medals and four silver medals. She won two Olympic gold medals (2002, Salt Lake City and 2006, Turin), and one Olympic silver medal (1998, Nagano). She is a six-time World Champion gold medallist (94, 97, 99, 00, 01, and 04) and won silver at the 05 worlds. She was Captain of Canada’s National Women’s Team from 2001 to her retirement in 2006, which made her the longest serving captain in Canadian hockey history. She was an alternate captain with Canada’s National Women’s Team from 1997–2001, receiving this honour just prior to her second World Championship appearance. Campbell’s 100 points rank her 8th all-time with Team Canada’s National Women’s program.
Campbell received the Toronto Sun ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ award, was named one of Canada’s Top 20 Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity in 2006 and 2007, was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, and was inducted into the Alberta and Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (she was the first female hockey player every inducted). She has received numerous honorary doctorate degrees, and received the ‘Order of Hockey Canada’ along with Jean Beliveau, Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, and Gordon Renwick. In 2006, Campbell made history as the first woman to do colour commentating on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. She was also the first woman to work on the NHL Network. She covers all female Hockey Canada events for TSN, gives commentary for The Score, provides guest radio work for Calgary Flames games on the FAN 960, and was a TV analyst for CTV’s 2010 Olympic women’s hockey coverage from Vancouver.
Additionally, Campbell is a tireless supporter of charitable organizations, including Ronald McDonald’s Children’s Charities (since 1997), Hockey Canada’s Chevrolet Safe & Fun Hockey program (with Bobby Orr and Mike Bossy), and CARE: an organization that places special focus on working alongside women and girls living in poverty. She is also a Special Advisor to Scotiabank for its hockey programs and properties.
Leadership Lessons from a Hockey Icon
Bold, dynamic, and passionate, Cassie Campbell draws on her accomplishments, on and off the ice, to explore the important intersections between leadership and teamwork, how to generate focus and maintain determination, and how to use internal and external sources of motivation to continue driving toward success. Campbell has tremendous impact on corporate, athletic, and youth audiences and never fails to leave them inspired to pursue their goals even through the most challenging and competitive terrain.