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SPEAKERS

 2019 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Adam Sollitt

Adam has an extensive sport background with the International Ice Hockey Federation and the Alberta Sport Connection. He is currently a Coaching Consultant with the Coaches Association of Canada.

Anastasia Bucsis

Awards Banquet Host/CBC Sports

Anastasia Bucsis was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and started speed skating at the age of 4. In her 24 years as a competitive speed skater, she competed in 46 World Cups, 6…

Anna Stathakis

You Can Play/Win Sport

Anna Stathakis is Program Lead of Ice Sports at WinSport.  At WinSport, Anna’s role includes the running of the WinSport Hockey Canada League and the Skate & Hockey School. Anna is passionate about hockey…

    Blair McIntosh

    Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance

    With over 30 years of experience in the Canadian amateur sport system, Blair McIntosh is the  Director of Sport for Special Olympics Canada coming from the Sport Alliance of Ontario where he was the…

    Catherine Gosselin-Despres

    Canadian Paralympic Committee

    Catherine Gosselin-Després leads the Canadian Paralympic Committe’s (CPC) Sport Department as Executive Director, Sport. She assumed the role since November 2013. She is responsible for implementing the CPC’s strategic and operational vision in the…

    Cheryl Humphrey

    Swim Alberta

    Cheryl Humphrey joined Swim Alberta in 2012, as Executive Director following a 20-year career in both the government and non-profit sectors. Cheryl is an invested and passionate leader with experience leading organizations through systematic…

      David Legg

      Alberta Para Sport

      David Legg is Chairperson and Professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education at Mount Royal University. He is also Past President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, past Board member of the 2015…

      Dr. Stephen Norris

      Dr. Norris is the Chair of the Alberta Sport Connection Board of Directors. He is a leading performance consultant and sport scientist, currently working with a select group of international organizations engaged in the…

      Hamish Black

      You Can Play

      Hamish Black’s athlete pursuit was anything but conventional. Hamish began speed skating at the age of 25, and while this is well past when most athletes begin their completive journeys, Hamish went from rookie…

      Isabelle Cayer

      Coaching Association of Canada

      Isabelle has always loved and been involved in sport. When she was completing her university degrees at the University of Ottawa, she started teaching skating and working with the City of Ottawa in sport…

      Karyn Kibsey

      Canadian Center for Child Protection

      Karyn Kibsey is the Manager of Training and Education for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. The Canadian Centre’s goal is to reduce the incidence of missing and sexually exploited children by providing programs…

      Kate Moorhouse

      Canadian Olympic Committee

      Kate Moorhouse has extensive experience working in the areas of sport inclusion, development and promotion. She has worked and volunteered as a facilitator and coach with children and youth. Currently working as the Manager,…

        Kristen Worley

        Opening Keynote

        Kristen Worley is a world class cyclist who challenged the highest levels of international sport on science, gender and human rights…and won. Worley shines a spotlight on the need for policies to be backed…

        Mike Bell

        Calgary Inclusive Hockey Association

        Michael is passionate about diversity and inclusion and is the founder of the non-profit “Calgary Inclusive Hockey Association” and a regional ambassador for the “You Can Play” Project.  Both organizations focus on education and…

        Natalie Durand-Bush

        Canadian Center for Mental Health in Sport

        Dr. Natalie Durand-Bush works as a sport psychology professor, researcher, and practitioner in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. She is the Director of the SEWP LAB (https://www.sewplab.com/) and the…

        Rob Krepps

        University Of Alberta

        Rob has been the Head Coach of Curling Canada’s National Training Centre in Edmonton since 2007. He has been a member of the Canadian coaching staff at many international events, including the 2010 Winter…

          Rosie Cossar

          Canadian Olympic Committee

          As the team captain for rhythmic gymnastics in Canada, Rosie led her team to Canada’s first ever Olympic berth in Rhythmic Gymnastics. To this day, Rosie’s team is the only Canadian rhythmic gymnastics team…

          Stephanie Shostak

          Prism Consulting Services/You Can Play/Alberta Volleyball Officials Association

          Stephanie Shostak is a Transgender Advocate from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada who focuses on diversity, inclusion, stakeholder collaboration and engagement with a focus on the LGBTQ+ community. She is the President and CEO of Prism…

          Steve Indig

          Sport Law Strategy Group

          Steve Indig began his career with the Sport Law & Strategy Group in 2003 immediately after being called to the bar as a lawyer. Steve has had the opportunity to work with over 650…

          Tom Hinch

          University Of Alberta

          Currently a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta, Dr. Tom Hinch has drawn on his multidisciplinary background to establish a research and teaching program in the…