Jennifer Heil


Jennifer Heil

Olympic Champion Freestyle Skier

Jennifer Heil’s vibrant spirit is evident in everything she does, whether speaking in front of a large crowd, or skiing moguls down a mountain. The winner of multiple Olympic medals and Canada’s Bobbie Rosenfeld Female Athlete of the Year (2011), Jennifer inspires audiences to dream big and never give in to limitations.

Jennifer’s skiing legacy began in 2002, when she took part in her first Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. As the youngest member of the Canadian Olympic Team, she finished fourth and took the next year “off” to begin her studies at McGill University.

Following this, she burst back into to the World Cup circuit, delivering unprecedented competition success with five overall World Cup titles, 58 World Cup podiums, four gold and two silver World Championship performances, and took Olympic gold in 2006 and Olympic silver in 2010. She was also named CanWest Media Canadian Female Athlete of the Year in 2007.

Now retired from competition, Jennifer focuses on her charitable work. She is active in supporting Plan International’s “Because I am a Girl Campaign” (donating $25,000 during the 2010 Winter Olympics to the cause, and successfully raised $1,000,000 on her own for the charity).  She also co-founded B2ten, a privately funded organization that supports Olympic athletes to attain their full potential.

Jennifer has recently joined Deloitte as part of their innovation and consulting teams, with a special interest in wellness.

Dare to Dream

Dare to Dream emphasizes the importance of “dreaming big” and never giving in to limitations. One is always faced with limitations when setting their sites high. But often our limitations are perceived. By getting creative, developing new solutions and believing, one can move closer to accomplishing their ultimate goals. Jenn views her own experience as proof positive as to what can happen when one pursues their dreams.

Managing Pressure and Expectations

Having just one opportunity every four years of less than 25 seconds to perform while having 250 million viewers watching can be summed up as “absolute – positively no room for error”. When your entire country expects you to deliver we are talking about the ultimate pressure. In three Olympics Jenn has won gold, silver and finished 4th , at Salt Lake City as the youngest Canadian to compete, by 1/100th of a point.

Becoming the Driver - how to make coming up short work for you

Fourth at the Olympics may not seem something to fret about to the general public however it is the cruelest of positions in the sport world especially when one missing a medal by 1/100th of a point as Jenn did at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Jenn took coming up short and transformed it into a mission to not only train harder for the next Winter Olympic Games but to train smarter. Whatever your profession, taking control of your goals, creating a plan for success, and working with a team to execute your plan is required for success. Jenn will share how she did it and how you can do it for your own success.