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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…

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…

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…

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 Shostack

    You Can Play/Alberta Volleyball Officials Association

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

    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…