The winner of three Olympic gold medals — five medals in total — Tessa Virtue is one of the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history. She skated into the hearts of people worldwide when she became the youngest ice dance champion in Olympic history at the 2010 games alongside her on-ice partner, Scott Moir. Since retiring from skating, Virtue translates her learning and experience as a world-class, high-performance athlete to the corporate world, speaking on resiliency, teamwork, peak performance, and more.
Virtue and Moir followed up their gold-medal performance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics with a silver medal at the 2014 games and back-to-back gold medals at the 2018 games. They were the first pair of athletes to carry the Canadian flag at an Olympic opening ceremony and were also the youngest Canadians to win a gold medal at their first Olympic games. Virtue is also a three-time World Champion and has won three Four Continents Championships, eight Canadian Championships, and six Skate Canada International titles with Moir. The pair were also guest analysts for CBC during the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Virtue announced her retirement from skating in 2019 and has since earned an MBA from the Smith School of Business. She is currently working towards her Masters of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and recently joined Deloitte as an executive advisor. She is helping them develop a new approach to work that empowers individuals to feel and perform at their best, while also elevating the performance of teams, business units, and the entire organization.
A strong advocate for female empowerment, Virtue works closely with FitSpirit, an organization whose mission is to raise public awareness around the declining participation in sport among pre-teen and teenage girls. She is also the face of women’s training at Adidas Canada. In addition, Virtue is a long-time member of the Special Olympics Canada Champions Network.
In 2020, Virtue was named to the Order of Canada for her “unparalleled excellence in ice dancing and for inspiring the next generation of Canadian figure skaters.” She and Moir were also inducted to the Canada Walk of Fame in 2018.