Cal Botterill Lecture 2020

Being Human: A discussion of the key ingredients for sustainable high performance

The Great Pause has shone a light on the human behind the performance. What have we learned about humanity? And, how can we take the lessons and help people stay well and be resilient? Join alumni from the Cal Botterill lecture series for a real discussion that promises to be powerful and insightful. You will go away with new perspectives and a mindset to help you thrive during these uncertain times.

Join us on Tuesday, October 27th

Where: Zoom

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When: Tuesday, October 27th from 3-5pm CST

Admission: Free


2020 Panellists:

Dr. Cristina Fink

Cristina Fink, PhD, is a highly experienced sport psychologist with over 25 years of experience in teaching, counseling and sport administration. Counselling clients include Olympic Medalists and World Champions as well as professional and national soccer teams. She was the Sport Psychologist for several teams in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. She competed in two Olympic Games (Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992) and held the Mexican High Jump Record with a 6’4” (1.94) jump for 22 years. 

Cristina is the author of a number of published papers and books, and a keynote speaker in many national and international conferences. She was the Director of Performance Psychology for HP Sports and the Philadelphia Union. She works with INFP (International Network of Football Psychologists) where her peer group includes sport psychologists from top professional European clubs. 

Dr. Wade Gilbert

Dr. Wade Gilbert is an internationally renowned coaching consultant and sport scientist, as well as an award-winning professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fresno. His highly acclaimed book Coaching Better Every Season (2017, Human Kinetics) demonstrates the author’s special combination of steeped knowledge of studies in the field, keen understanding of the key principles resulting from that research, and adept communication and teaching skills to inform and benefit coaches, athletes, students and coach educators. Gilbert was also the lead author for the inaugural USOC Quality Coaching Framework (2018).

Gilbert has been involved in sport and coaching his entire life. His experience as a competitive multi-sport athlete and coach across a variety of sports fuels his passion for helping coaches and sport organizations enhance the quality of coaching and coach development.

Gilbert holds degrees in physical education, human kinetics, and education and has taught and studied coaching at the University of Ottawa (Canada), UCLA, and Fresno State. He has contributed to over 100 publications, including dozens of scientific articles and book chapters, and also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal.

Gilbert has conducted coaching workshops around the world spanning all competitive levels and in just about every sport imaginable.

Gilbert regularly shares his coaching insights through ‘Coach Doc’ commentaries on the Human Kinetics Coach Education website in his advisory role with the company. He also works closely with youth and Fresno State coaches locally, often testing the merits of new coaching methods and practices.

Jennifer Botterill

Jennifer Botterill was a member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team from 1997-2011 and has attended 4 Olympic Games. She is a three time Olympic Gold Medalist (2002, 2006, 2010) and an Olympic silver medalist (1998). She is a five time World Champion and was twice named the most valuable player at the World Championship tournaments.

Jennifer is a graduate of Harvard University and completed her degree with honours. She also played hockey for Harvard and is the only two time winner of the Patty Kazmaier award (given to the top player in women’s college hockey). She still holds the NCAA records for most consecutive games with a point and for most points in a hockey career.

Jennifer is a keynote speaker and works in television with CBC and TSN.

Dr. Gloria Balague 

Gloria Balague is a sport psychologist who worked with the elite athletes and teams including the Chicago Bears, USA Gymnastics and USA Track and Field. She taught at the University of Illinois, Chicago starting in 1988 and retired just a few years ago. Gloria has attended several Olympic and World Championships helping athletes with the mental game.

She says that the world’s best have two distinguishing characteristics: 1) they have a clear picture of where they are right now and 2) have an unshakeable belief in themselves and belief they can get there.

She describes the unique environment of the NFL and how this creates difficulties in helping athletes with the mental game. The NFL is the only environment where new athletes can be signed throughout the season. She also talks about her experiences as a female working in the NFL.

Other topics discussed:

  • The importance of the breath and how the breath should move all the way into your feet.
  • Her biggest failure.
  • How the best are very careful who they surround themselves with.
  • How all outcomes should be approached as feedback. Ask yourself, What did I learn from it?
  • How athletes need to see themselves as much more than just athletes.

Dr. Peter Jensen

Peter has attended nine Olympic games as a member of the Canadian Olympic team and has helped numerous athletes achieve high performance levels under intense pressure including, most recently, the gold-medal winning Women’s Hockey team. With the world of Olympic level sport as a laboratory, he has developed a deep understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader of high performers. Peter is a top-rated instructor in seven programs at Queen’s Smith School of Business including the Queen’s MBA and EMBA. He also helped design the Queen’s Executive Leadership Program.

He is the founder of Performance Coaching Inc., one of Canada’s leading corporate training firms. Fortune 500 companies in eight countries have benefited from Peter’s programs. Peter combines fundamental leadership concepts with new ideas and ongoing insights from Olympic coaches and corporate leaders. He distills diverse approaches and brings practical clarity to effective leadership skills by sharing their tangible application in the business world.

Peter has written three books: The Inside Edge, Ignite the Third Factor and, most recently, Thriving in a 24-7 World—a compelling look at how everyone can use the skills of energy management to enhance personal resilience under pressure. His work has been featured on ABC, CBS, CBC, CTV and in a wide array of print media in North America and Europe. Peter’s clients include Nexen, Syncrude, Labatt, Hydro One, CCMD, RCMP, GE Capital, Maclean’s and Royal Bank.

As a speaker, Peter has the power to invigorate audiences through his compelling use of humour, personal experiences and concrete, actionable content. And, as a ‘developer of people’ his strength is in creating environments where people learn and grow. Peter’s wealth of personal experiences in both the corporate and sports arenas allow him to communicate high-level concepts in an extremely accessible way through anecdotes, metaphors and true stories.

Michelle Sawatzky-Koop

Michelle grew up in Steinbach, Manitoba where she attended the Steinbach Regional Secondary School and graduated in 1988. She led her volleyball team to the 1987 “AA”Provincial Championship. The starting setter on the 1989 Canada Summer Games Bronze Medalist Team, she was recruited to play with the University of Manitoba Lady Bisons from 1988 to 1993. At the University of Manitoba she was the starting setter as they won the National Championship in 1990, ’91 and ’92. Throughout her University career she garnered many personal awards – she was named CIAU Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992. In 1993, she was named the University of Manitoba Female Athlete of the year.

Internationally, Michelle was a member of the Junior National team in 1990 and also of two World Student Games teams in 1991 and 1992. May of 1993 marked the start of Michelle’s career as a member of the Senior National Team. In 1995, she was part of the bronze medal finish at the Pan American Games in Argentina. March of 1996 the team qualified for the Olympic Games and in July of that same year, the team finished 9th at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Volleyball is not the only facet of Michelle’s life. Music is certainly the other side of things. Michelle began to study music at the age of 4 and studied piano and voice for many year. She graduated from the University of Manitoba School of Music in 1993 with a Bachelor of Music Piano Performance. In 1992 and 1993, she participated in the National Music Competition and also in 1993, completed a 12-concert solo piano tour of Western Canada. As a member of the National Youth Choir in 1992 and 1993, she performed throughout Canada and at the World Symposium of Choirs.

Since the Olympics, Michelle has been a motivational speaker and has shared her story across Canada. Hers is a story of overcoming obstacles and persevering “no matter what” to reach her dream. Michelle relate’s her inspiring story of growing up in Canada and against the odds achieving her dream of making it to the Olympics on the Canadian National Team. She was constantly being underestimated by coaches and team members because her relatively short stature as a volleyball player. But her love of the game and her determination to practice,train,and work hard toward her dream allowed her to navigate the obstacles and opportunities she faced. Michelle’s accomplishments speak of the heart of a true champion.

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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 afternoon 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:

  • Professor Tony Rossi (2019 – Learning, Performing & Excelling: Understanding high performance environments as learning workplaces with unique learning cultures)
  • 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:

Michelle Sawatzky-Koop (2019), 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 2021 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 icon204.229.4390
email iconadrienne@cscm.ca