Speakers / Types: Athletes | Sports

Athlete Speakers

If there’s one thing athletes have in common, it’s the desire for success. Our sports stars share their secrets of high performance and explain that win or lose, it’s going after your goals that counts.

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Jeff Adams

Paralympian and World Champion

For Jeff Adams, a wheelchair is a vehicle for success. This five-time Paralympian and six-time World Champion in wheelchair sports is living proof that focus, determination, and spirit are the keys to achieving “gold medal” dreams. Combining his ...

Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan

Performance Consultant to the NHL, NBA and Olympians

Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan lives by her philosophy of embracing challenges and pushing boundaries to achieve your highest potential. She was the first female Performance Consultant for the New York Rangers, the New York Knicks, the Columbus Blue Jac...

Kimberley Amirault-Ryan

Rasmus Ankersen

The High Performance Anthropologist

Rasmus Ankersen has trained with the planet’s best athletes to translate their secrets of high performance into usable strategies for leaders and businesses. Known for his bestselling book The Goldmine Effect: Crack the Secrets of High Performa...

Rasmus Ankersen

Robyn Benincasa

World Champion Adventure Racer | Bestselling Author

Robyn Benincasa accepts full blame for inspiring ordinary people to do extraordinary things -like climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run their first triathlon, start their own adventure racing teams, or start their own businesses. A world champion adventure r...

Robyn Benincasa

Cheryl Bernard

Canadian Olympic Curler

At the age of 23, Cheryl Bernard started an insurance brokerage and propelled the agency to six million dollars in sales in just eleven years. At the age of 43, she helped Canada win a silver medal in curling at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Pass...

Cheryl Bernard

Alexandre Bilodeau

Two Time Gold Olympic Medalist, Freestyle Skiing

Alexandre Bilodeau wrote a page in Canadian history by becoming the first Olympian to win a gold medal on Canadian soil, and repeated his gold medal performance at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. A model of perseverance and a source of inspir...

Alexandre Bilodeau

Eric Boles

Teamwork and Leadership Authority

What better way to learn the principles of leading change, team dynamics, fearless leadership, and peak performance than as a player with the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers? Eric Boles draws on his experiences with the National Football League t...

Eric Boles

Orlando Bowen

Game Changer and Motivational Speaker

When it comes to building teams, creating momentum, and employing winning strategies, Orlando Bowen is the real deal. For the past nine years, Orlando has used storytelling, fitness activities, and cognitive exercises to teach resilience, leadership,...

Cassie Campbell-Pascall

Former Captain of the Canadian Women's Hockey Team

Cassie Campbell-Pascall laced up her first pair of skates when she was five years old. Today, she is a heroine of Canadian sport. A passionate and dynamic speaker, Campbell-Pascall draws on her accomplishments as the captain of the gold-medal winnin...

Cassie Campbell

Wendel Clark

Former Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Wendel Clark was one of the most beloved players to ever wear the Toronto Maple Leafs jersey. The former team captain, his rambunctious playing style and exceptional talent on the ice endeared him to fans. Now an ambassador for the team, his star pow...

Wendel Clark

Alexandre Despatie

Olympic Medalist | Three-Time World Champion

Alexandre Despatie is a Canadian diving sensation. A two-time Olympic medalist and the only diver to have been world champion in three World Championship categories, he is also the holder of 42 Canadian national titles. But his illustrious career was...

Josh Dueck

Paralympic Gold Medalist and Flag Bearer

Some spirits are simply unbreakable. In 2004, a harrowing freestyle skiing accident left Josh Dueck paralyzed from the waist down. While his spinal cord may have been damaged, his determination to continue in the sport he loved was not. Just five yea...

Josh Dueck

Ron Ellis

Former Toronto Maple Leaf | Mental Health Advocate

Celebrated hockey legend Ron Ellis is dedicated to increasing awareness of mental health issues. After retiring from his 15-year career as a Toronto Maple Leaf, Ellis―one of the most respected individuals to ever wear the “blue and white”―str...

Perdita Felicien

World Champion Hurdler | Two-Time Olympian

Perdita Felicien is a two-time Olympian, 10-time National Champion, two-time World silver medalist, and the only Canadian woman to win a World Championship gold medal in track and field. During her career as a 100-metre hurdler she earned numerous ho...

Perdita Felicien

Tom Flick

Former NFL Quarterback | Authority on Leadership, Leading Change and Accelerating Performance

Dynamic and highly sought-after, leadership expert Tom Flick has delivered over 3,000 presentations to a “who’s-who” list of clients that includes Microsoft, Starbucks, Google, Boeing, American Express, Amazon, NASA, Mercedes-Benz a...

Rick Hansen

Man In Motion | Champion for Accessibility and Inclusion

Rick Hansen, C.C., O.B.C., is a Canadian icon who has dedicated his life to awakening the world to the potential of people with disabilities. He is best known as the “Man In Motion” for undertaking an epic 26-month, 40,000 km journey around the w...

Rick Hansen

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 two Olympic medals, Jennifer inspires audiences when it comes to purpose, problem solvin...

Paul Henderson

The Goal of the Century

Paul Henderson became a Canadian sports legend on September 28, 1972. With 34 seconds remaining in Canada’s game against the Soviet Union, Henderson scored the winning goal and lifted Canada to victory in the “Series of the Century.” Today, Hen...

John Herdman

Head Coach, Canadian Men's Soccer Team

As Head Coach of the Canadian Women’s Soccer Team, John Herdman took a group once called a “struggling squad” to one that has captured the hearts and minds of Canadians. Under his leadership, the team won two back-to-back bronze medals at the O...

John Herdman

Kelly Hrudey

Hockey Night in Canada Analyst

In the world of professional hockey, what plays out behind closed doors is just as important as what plays out on the ice itself. Former professional goaltender, Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster and NHL on Sportnest analyst Kelly Hrudey takes a...

Kelly Hrudey

Clara Hughes

Six-Time Olympic Medalist | Mental Health Advocate

“Being a champion is not just about winning,” says six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes. Believing that actions off the track define us as much as those on it, Hughes inspires people toward success in all areas of their lives. Her candid, perso...

Clara Hughes - Photo credit Simon Baker

Dennis Hull

Humour and Hockey

Dennis Hull will readily admit to not being anything other than Bobby Hull’s brother, as long as you add that he’s the younger brother. A fourteen-year veteran of the National Hockey League―known for his powerful shot and his six select...

Alex Hutchinson

Human Performance Expert | Award-Winning Journalist | Bestselling Author

Many believe our limits are defined by physical traits, but Alex Hutchinson knows that limits only exist in our minds. An award-winning science journalist, Alex draws on his experiences as an elite long-distance runner for Canada’s national team an...

Alex Hutchinson

Dr. Peter Jensen

Authority on Coaching Leadership and Personal High Performance

With the world of Olympic level sport as a laboratory, Peter Jensen has developed a deep understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader of high performers. Combining fundamental leadership concepts with new ideas and ongoing insights from ...

Earvin “Magic” Johnson

NBA Legend | Hall of Famer | Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Earvin “Magic” Johnson has become the most powerful African-American businessman in the world. Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity on the court into the business world as C...

Earvin “Magic” Johnson NBA Speaker

Jennifer Jones

Skip of the 2014 Olympic Champion Curling Team

Jennifer Jones is Canada’s most decorated and recognizable female curler. She won an Olympic gold medal as skip of the Canadian team at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, just 18 months after having ACL surgery, and 15 months after becoming a mother ...

Jennifer Jones

Simon Keith

Inspirational Speaker | Author | Entrepreneur | Athlete | Philanthropist

Simon Keith is not just a former professional soccer player—he’s one of the longest-living organ transplant recipients in the world, having received a heart transplant in 1986 when he was just 21 years old. Remarkably, Simon went on to play compe...

Simon Keith

Sheldon Kennedy

Former NHL Player | Author of Why I Didn't Say Anything

Sheldon Kennedy skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career, but he is likely best known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey League coach with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered while a teenager under his care....

Sheldon Kennedy

Silken Laumann

Olympic Hero | Mental Health Advocate

Four-time Olympian Silken Laumann is one of Canada’s most inspirational leaders, a bestselling author, and a highly recognizable and beloved athlete. As an elite athlete, writer, and life coach, Silken has made her work reaching her own potential a...

Silken Laumann

Brodie Lawson

Host of The CFL | CFL Game Time | The Grind

What is it like to always have a front row seat at the CFL? From interviewing the league’s top players and coaches, to sharing behind-the-scenes moments with fans, Brodie Lawson holds the job that many only dream of. The host of the Canadian Footba...

Brodie Lawson

Trevor Linden

Former NHL All-Star | President of Hockey Operations, Vancouver Canucks

Former NHL All-Star and Olympian Trevor Linden is one of the most celebrated hockey players of all time. Widely respected in both the business and philanthropic worlds, Trevor’s speeches stress the importance of diplomatic leadership, and illus...

Trevor Linden

Ron MacLean

Co-Host, Hockey Night In Canada | Host, Hometown Hockey

Watching Ron MacLean has been a Canadian tradition for over twenty-five years. Known for his quick wit and encyclopedic hockey knowledge, MacLean reaches millions of homes across the country on Hockey Night in Canada and Hometown Hockey. He has inte...

Ron MacLean

Rosie MacLennan

Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Trampoline

As a child, Rosie MacLennan often tagged along to her older siblings’ trampoline lessons aching for her chance to shine. And shine she did. Now the current two-time Olympic champion and reigning Pan American Games champion in the individual tram...

Rosie MacLennan

Clint Malarchuk

Former NHL Goaltender | Mental Health Advocate

No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating, and as stress-ridden as that of an NHL hockey goaltender. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, and having your career ne...

Clint Malarchuk

Elizabeth Manley

Olympic Figure Skater and World Silver Medalist

Boasting more than 30 years in both amateur and professional figure skating, Elizabeth Manley was the first Canadian female to successfully land a triple-double combination jump in competition. She has participated in two Olympic Games (where she won...

Marnie McBean, O.C.

Three-Time Olympic Gold Medallist | Specialist in Athlete Prep and Mentoring to Olympic Teams

Marnie McBean is one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, and an expert in turning potential into performance. As a former Specialist in Olympic Athlete Preparation and Mentoring for the Canadian Olympic Committee, McBean prepared athletes emotion...

Marnie McBean

Lanny McDonald

NHL Legend | Chairman of the Board, Hockey Hall of Fame

Lanny McDonald–best known for his outstanding sixteen year hockey career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies, and the Calgary Flames–is not only an exceptional athlete, but is also a  community leader, philanthropist, and succ...

Jon Montgomery

Olympic Champion | Host, The Amazing Race Canada

Jon Montgomery captured the hearts of Canadians–and the attention of everyone–during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. After years of hard work, training and perseverance, Montgomery won a gold medal in the skeleton, securing his place in ...

Heather Moyse

Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist | Advocate For Human Achievement

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-sport athlete Heather Moyse is an ambassador, a role model, and above all, a champion. Representing Canada’s national teams in bobsleigh, rugby, and cycling, some have suggested that Heather is Canada’s be...

Heather Moyse

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry

Leadership and Performance Expert | New York Times Bestselling Author

Organizations face big challenges: whether it is an accelerated rate of change, the threat of disruption, ambitious targets, or aggressive competition. For over twenty years, JP Pawliw-Fry’s curiosity and passion for helping people manage their emo...

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry

Chantal Petitclerc

Paralympic Champion | World Record Holder

Obstacles do not get in the way of Chantal Petitclerc. The epitome of determination, perseverance, and discipline, Chantal is the most successful wheelchair racer of all time, boasting multiple medals from all three of the world’s top athletic comp...

Chantal Petitclerc

Cheryl Pounder

Gold Medal Champion

It’s always about the journey. That’s the message women’s hockey champion Cheryl Pounder seeks to instill in every audience she speaks to. Believing that learning from our successes, as well as our failures, is the key to staying on the pat...

Cheryl Pounder

Jim Ralph

Hockey & Humour

Jim Ralph is best known for his comical impersonations of famous Canadian sportscasters, including Foster Hewitt, Danny Gallivan, Dick Irvin, Bob Cole, Brian Williams and―of course―Don Cherry. A former professional hockey player, today Jim covers...

Jim Ralph

Joannie Rochette

Six-time Canadian Figure Skating Champion | Olympic Medalist

At the 2010 Winter Olympics figure skater Joannie Rochette inspired a nation when she won the bronze medal, just days after tragically losing her mother. Following her performance, she was named Canada’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies; cho...

Sébastien Sasseville

Athlete | Change Management and Sales Specialist | Author

Sébastien Sasseville inspires organizations to create and maintain performance in changing environments. An endurance athlete, his extraordinary accomplishments—which include summiting Mount Everest, completing the mythical Sahara race, and runni...

Sebastien Sasseville

Danièle Sauvageau

Former Canadian Olympic Hockey Coach

Danièle Sauvageau has done undercover narcotics work for the Montreal Urban Police, busted a squad car full of drug dealers, and even ordered a forced entry and rescue of a double agent whose life was in jeopardy. Hardly the resume you’d expect fo...

Daniele Sauvageau