Cal Botterill Lecture 2019

Professor Tony Rossi – Learning, Performing & Excelling: Understanding high performance environments as learning workplaces with unique learning cultures

This year marks 13 years since the Cal Botterill Lecture Series began at the hand of CSCM’s own Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood. The lecture series is hosted by the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba and brings in exceptional professionals in the fields of sport science, sport psychology, and more to enhance Manitoba’s sporting community.

Join us on Wednesday, October 30

This lecture will present a wide-ranging discussion of the idea of high performance environments as learning environments in the context of the workplace and will draw on his research with colleagues in Australia on Australian football, institutes and academies of sport and more recently professional rugby league.

Where: Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg

When: Wednesday, October 30 from 7-9pm

Admission: Free


About Professor Rossi, B.Ed (Hons), MSc, PhD

Tony Rossi was born, raised and educated in London, England. Post high school he spent a brief period working in the City of London as a trainee broker in the shipping market, soon realising that this was not a long-term career option. He then trained as a PE teacher at St. Luke’s College, Exeter (which later became part of the University of Exeter) in the UK and subsequently taught for 10 years in high schools punctuating this time with a Master’s degree from Washington State University in the USA in 1983. In 1991, he left teaching and the UK for Sydney, Australia, and in 1992 he moved to Queensland to work in physical education teacher education. He undertook a PhD at Deakin University, in the Australian state of Victoria part-time and graduated in 1999. After a lengthy period of time in teaching intense universities he joined the University of Queensland in Brisbane where he developed his ongoing research agenda and after 10 years joined Queensland University of Technology in the same city.

His work is mostly sociological and qualitative and he has a number of areas of interest. His research on workplaces and professional learning has been undertaken in contexts such as schools, elite level sport, and more recently in medicine and allied health. His work on teachers as health workers has been ongoing for about seven years and will conclude this year with a new book “Teachers as Health Workers” under the Routledge banner. Rossi’s work on Sport for Development has largely been undertaken in Australian Indigenous communities and has included colleagues from Canada on a major SSHRC grant. In 2018 he returned to Sydney to take up a professorial role at Western Sydney University where is the Director of Program for Health and Physical Education in the School of Health Sciences. He has ongoing family-based research on the role of fathers in family feeding with colleagues in the USA and Austria. He is about to commence a new book on Diversity and trans-locality and later this year will commence a leadership study with one of the oldest professional rugby league clubs in Australia. Dr. Rossi also has a unique Manitoba connection and a special and deep affection for Winnipeg having, as unlikely as it may seem, supervised three of its sons and University of Winnipeg graduates, all of whom were mentored by Dr. Botterill, to PhD completion (Dr. Tom Patrick in 2005, Dr. Jason Brooks in 2014, and Dr. Aman Hussain in 2017).

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About The Cal Botterill Legacy Lecture

The Cal Botterill Lecture is an annual event where we bring in a speaker to inspire and strengthen our community. The aim is for the person to share their wisdom and experience, and also to allow us an opportunity to continue to grow as a sport community.

The lecture series was established in 2007 by Director of Sport Psychology at the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba, Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, the year Dr. Cal Botterill retired from teaching at the University of Winnipeg. Throughout his career, Dr. Botterill brought professionals to share knowledge with the sport community throughout Manitoba. The annual lecture series began in order to honour and continue his tradition.

The evening includes the presentation of the Jim Henderson dedicated service award in health and performance psychology, presented to a professional with a distinguished history of service provision.

Past speakers:

  • Dr. Cristina Fink (2018 – Do I Know What I Need? Performance, Awareness and Mindfulness)
  • Dr. Wade Gilbert (2017 – Principles of Talent Development)
  • Sébastien Sasseville (2016 – Peak Performance: Aim High, Go Far)
  • Dr. Gloria Balague (2015 — Lessons from a lifetime of consulting with the world’s best athletes)
  • Chandra Crawford/Jill Officer (2014 — Sustainable High Performance)
  • Peter Jensen (2013 — The Inside Edge)
  • Marcel Lacroix (2012 — Relentless Pursuit of Excellence)
  • Paul Estabrooks/Maureen Weiss (2011 — Be Inspired)
  • Curt Tribble (2010 — Living Excellence)
  • Alex Baumann/Pierre LaFontaine (2009 — Sport Excellence Series)
  • Jennifer Botterill (2008 — Defining Moments)
  • Terry Orlick (2007 — Making a Difference)

Past award recipients:

Ms. Laura Ceccarelli (2018), Mr. Stephen Dubienski (2017), Dr. Cal Botterill (2016), Dr. Leisha Strachan (2015), Dr. Melanie Gregg (2014), Mr. Aman Hussain (2013), Mr. Scott Erickson (2012), Ms. Amanda Rach (2011), Dr. Roger Friesen (2010), Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood (2009), Mr. Jason Brooks (2008), Mr. Tom Patrick (2007).


About Dr. Cal Botterill

Cal Botterill is part of an active family. His wife, Doreen (a two-time Olympian Speed skater) is a former elementary school physical education teacher at Brock Corydon School in Winnipeg. Their daughter Jennifer (a graduate of Harvard University) is a three-time gold and silver Olympic medallist, a five-time World Champion and NCAA Champion in hockey. Their son Jason (an MBA graduate of The University of Michigan) is a three-time World Junior Champion, an NCAA Champion and the current General Manager for the Buffalo Sabres.

Striving to develop and maintain perspective played a huge role as the family grew up in Wildwood Park (Winnipeg, MB), traveled and explored the world’s opportunities. Cal has been part of Canadian Teams at eight different Olympic Games and has consulted for five NHL teams (including the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers). Cal has received teaching excellence awards at both the University of Winnipeg and the University of Calgary.

Cal has enjoyed opportunities to contribute to medicine, business, health, education, emergency professions, performing arts and the media. He has championed interactive learning via technology and maintained a strong interest in global and personal issues. As the author of hundreds of articles, books, videos and presentations, Cal has helped popularize health and performance psychology. Nature, family and professional colleagues play a huge role in his perspective.


Jim Henderson Dedicated Service Award

The delivery of sport psychology services in the Province of Manitoba has a distinguished history of professionals. In order to begin to honour this legacy, and to recognize the invaluable contributions of the service providers, CSCM and SportPsych Manitoba have collaborated to present an annual dedicated service award in honour of Mr. Jim Henderson.

Nomination Process

A call for nominations will be sent out each year. Nominations for 2017 will be due next fall. The recipient will be notified of the selection and recognized for their accomplishment at the annual Cal Botterill Legacy lecture. Download the nomination form

Selection Process

A committee including Mr. Jim Henderson, Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood, Dr. Cal Botterill, the past award winner and one ad hoc member will select the recipient of the Dedicated Service Award.

Recipient Information

The recipient will receive a small token of appreciation, and their name will be engraved on a large plaque that will be on display in the CSCM resource library.

The recipient will also be asked to contribute an applied piece for distribution in the Sport Psychology Manitoba newsletter and the CSCM website. This information will also be forwarded to coaches and athletes via listserv and/or email. This piece will be created in collaboration with the selection committee and is meant to provide applied information to the athletes and coaches in the province of Manitoba.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood | Director of Sport Psychology
Phone icon204.474.7102
email iconadrienne@cscm.ca