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 (COC), McBean prepared athletes emotionally and psychologically to ensure that they performed at the highest level. Drawing on her years of experience with the COC and as a top competitor, she leaves audiences with a recipe for success that can be applied to all endeavours.
McBean is a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and has been made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In recognition of her work, she was named Canada’s Chef de Mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In this role, she acts as a spokesperson for Team Canada and a mentor for the athletes, coaches, and staff, all with the aim to create an inclusive environment conducive to optimal performance.
Currently an ambassador for Right to Play, Fast and Female, and Plan Canada’s Because I Am a Girl initiative, McBean is actively involved in helping to promote the safety, health, and activity of Canada’s youth. She is also the author of The Power of More: How Small Steps Help Us Achieve Big Goals, which outlines how she, a three-time Olympic gold medal rower, sets and achieves goals, both in sports and in life.
McBean holds a degree in kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, as well as three honorary doctorates.