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Catriona Le May Doan, O.C.

Olympic Champion Speed Skater | Olympic Broadcaster

Catriona Le May Doan
Never Give Up
Catriona Le May Doan
Never Give Up

Catriona Le May Doan was the fastest woman on ice, and the first Canadian to defend a gold medal at any Olympic games. Having held the world record in the 500 metre speed skating event for ten years, Catriona is a world champion athlete and an inspiration to every crowd she addresses. At ease speaking in both official languages, Catriona motivates audiences to dream bigger and reach farther than they ever thought possible.

Catriona’s accomplishments have earned her the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s Athlete of the Year (2002) and she is a three-time recipient of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award for Canadian Female Athlete of the Year. She has received three Honorary Degrees from the University of Calgary, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina; was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Sports Hall of Fame; and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

In 2016, Catriona joined Sport Calgary as the new Senior Director of Community Engagement and Marketing. In her role, Catriona is a champion of amateur sport in Calgary, building connections with over 400 community sport organizations, and helping support and advocate for 400,000 active amateur athletes.

Catriona is actively involved in community and charity associations including The Saskatoon Foundation Catriona Le May Doan Endowment for Children and Youth. She is a spokesperson for the SpinaBifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada, and involved with Special Olympics Canada. She was on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Organizing Committee Board and is a board member of the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary and member of the Canada Games Council. At the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Catriona was a Lead Athlete Mentor for Team Canada.

In the media, Catriona has covered five Olympic Games. She co-hosted CBC’s primetime show Countdown to Beijing; joined the CTV Olympic broadcast team for the Vancouver 2010 Games, which earned her a Gemini Award for Best Sports Analyst; and for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Catriona was co-host of the Olympic Morning Show.

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Presentations listed below include in-person and virtual keynotes, as well as workshops, fireside chats, and other presentation formats.

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  • Catriona was awesome! Great presenter, great role model, great Canadian! She was very gracious in the time she committed and spent with our group and she received three standing ovations! They loved her.

  • We recently hired Catriona Le May Doan, to speak at the Osum Science of Innovation and Sport Challenge, an event aimed at inspiring optimism and creativity in the young scientists of tomorrow. I feel compelled to write this letter to let you know how moved I was personally by her speech, and how impressed – no impressed is not the right word – totally blown away I was by her outstanding work in terms of customizing her speech to fit the event, accommodating the teachers and students throughout the day, and in general spreading joy and passion everywhere she went. Catriona is definitely the whole package. It is easy to see why she won two gold medals. She is a very, very rare calibre of person and all I can say is we got our money’s worth.

  • Thank you for helping with booking Catriona.  She was GREAT!! The group found her very inspiring and easy going it was a pleasure to have her at our meeting.

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