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The love of the game, hard work, and success unite our sports and Olympics speakers. Each of them is a living reflection of the journey that brought them to where they are today. By sharing what motivated them through tough times, they show us all how to break down barriers and achieve our ambition.

 
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Stacey Allaster

Chairman and CEO of Women's Tennis Association (2009-15)

One of Forbes’ “Most Powerful Women in Sports,” Stacey Allaster was the Chairman and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association from 2009–2015 and is now USTA Chief Executive for Professional Tennis. She b...

Jonathan Fader

Performance Psychologist | Director of Mental Conditioning for the New York Giants; Author of Life as Sport

How do pro athletes and high-performance influencers stay sharp and motivated? To Dr. Jonathan Fader, psychologist for the NY Giants, it’s all about mindfulness. A leader in sport performance psycholo...

Corey Hirsch

Former NHL Goalie & Olympic Silver Medalist | NHL Goalie Coach & TV Analyst | Outspoken Mental Health Advocate

At 22, Corey Hirsch had it all: he’d backstopped Team Canada to a silver medal and drank from the Stanley Cup. But few knew of his struggles with OCD—the mental illness that cost him his prospects (an...

R.A. Dickey

Cy Young Award-Winning Knuckleball Pitcher

“R.A. Dickey is one of the coolest athletes I've ever met,” writes New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey, “a great mixture of soul and intellect ... This is an athlete worth knowing better.” T...

Karl Subban

Leadership Speaker, Educator, and Father of NHL Star P.K. Subban

Karl Subban is a former school principal in one of Toronto’s toughest neighbourhoods, and the father of five children, including three NHL players. He’s dedicated his life to helping others reach thei...

Hayley Wickenheiser

Legendary Olympian | Renowned Motivational Speaker

Speaker Hayley Wickenheiser was Canada’s official flag-bearer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, where she won a gold medal as part of the Canadian women’s hockey team....

Jon Montgomery

Host of The Amazing Race Canada and Olympic Gold Medalist

Jon Montgomery delighted Canadians by winning Gold in Men’s Skeleton at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Now, as host of The Amazing Race Canada, he is a charming ambassador for our country’s most beautif...

Michael Landsberg

Mental Health Speaker and Host of TSN's Off the Record

Brash and witty, Michael Landsberg generates great fun during his customized and interactive talks. A seasoned on-stage pro, his talks are diverting and smart, injected with large doses of humor. Not ...

Judit Polgár

The Greatest Female Chess Player of All Time

Judit Polgár is widely recognized as the greatest female chess player of all time. At age 11, she beat her first Grandmaster. At 15, she became one, shattering Bobby Fischer’s previous record in the p...

Mark Cohon

Former Commissioner of the Canadian Football League

Mark Cohon is the former commissioner of the Canadian Football League. When he took over in 2007, the CFL was in disarray. But under his leadership, the CFL experienced a stunning turnaround. Best of ...

Christine Sinclair

Reigning and Seven-Time Canada Soccer Player of the Year

Christine Sinclair captained the Canadian women’s soccer team for the 2012 Olympics in a tumultuous journey that energized our nation. Through heartbreaks, challenges and a sense of redemption, Sincla...

Anders Ericsson

Author of Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

What makes an expert? To Anders Ericsson—the world’s foremost authority on expertise—it’s less about in-born ability than about deliberate, purposeful practice. Over decades of original research, Eric...

LZ Granderson

Senior Writer and Columnist for ESPN

LZ Granderson is a senior writer for ESPN: The Magazine—but he’s no ordinary sports columnist. Granderson is perhaps the most visible openly gay sports journalist in the nation. A candid, entertaining...

Mike Babcock

Toronto Maple Leafs Head Coach; Stanley Cup and Olympic Gold Medal Winner

Mike Babcock is the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the former head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, and the head coach of Canada’s gold medal-winning men’s Olympic hockey team. One of the most ...

Catriona Le May Doan

Olympic Gold

In any endeavour, crossing the finish line first—and repeatedly—takes incredible determination, dedication and talent. Catriona Le May Doan knows all about it. Articulate, engaging and fluently biling...

Joe Carter

Former World Series Winning Major League Baseball Player

Nobody who is a baseball fan will soon forget Joe Carter’s three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of game six of the 1993 World Series that won the Toronto Blue Jays their second consecu...

Jeff MacInnis

Leadership Speaker, Adventurer, and Bestselling Author

Jeff MacInnis is an adventurer, explorer, author, and business consultant. His diverse skills—and noteworthy athletic achievements—have informed his decade-plus career helping organizations embrace th...

Trevor Linden

President of the Vancouver Canucks and Former NHL All-Star

Known as one of the most refined players in professional hockey, former NHL All-Star and Olympian and now President of the Vancouver Canucks Trevor Linden has built his stellar reputation on his excel...

Ron MacLean

Co-Host, Coach's Corner and Host, Hometown Hockey

Speaker Ron MacLean is one of our country’s most beloved sportscasters. As the co-host of Coach’s Corner and host of new series Hometown Hockey, MacLean is arguably the game’s most eloquent ambassador...

Cassie Campbell

Captain of Canada’s Gold Medal Winning Women’s Hockey Team

Six-time World Champion gold medallist 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 l...

Michael Pinball Clemons

One of Canada's Greatest Athletes and Community Leaders

CFL legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons is an icon of sporting excellence, community leadership, and personal integrity. With boundless energy and moments of quiet introspection, he talks about teamwork ...

Brian Williams

The Dean of Canadian Sports Broadcasting

Brian Williams has been dubbed “the face of the Olympics for Canadians” and it is not difficult to see why. With thirty years of sport broadcasting experience, Williams is an ideal speaker not just fo...