Jennifer is a keynote speaker, and peak performance coach. She is the CEO and president of two companies – Excel in in Life Inc and Journey to Excel Inc. Jennifer has worked int the keynote speaking industry for over 15 years and is driven to help others to reach their potential.
In 2020, Leah made history as the first woman to call play-by-play for an NHL game on Sportsnet. The landmark broadcast received national acclaim for Leah and the network as the game was called by an all-female broadcast team.
Venla is the head coach for the female U17 prep team at Okanagan Hockey Academy. She formerly worked as an on-ice instructor for the Jets Hockey Development and was the assistant coach for the University of Manitoba Bisons in Winnipeg.
Allison Sandmeyer-Graves is the CEO of Canadian Women & Sport—the leading voice and authority on women and sport in Canada. By harnessing leading research, guiding policy and practice, and partnering on solutions, Canadian Women & Sport helps drive better sport through gender equity.
Chandra is a three-time Olympian in Cross-Country Skiing and is the founder and CEO of Fast and Female. Fast and Female is an organization dedicated to empowerment through sport which strives to get girls aged 9 to 19 hooked on an athletic lifestyle.
Gabriela (Gaby) Estrada is incredibly passionate – a strong advocate for girls and women in sport, physical activity and recreation. She strongly believes in taking an intersectional approach to programs and policies impacting girls’ and women’s participation, ensuring proper representation of marginalized communities.
Leah Ferguson was born in Newfoundland, raised in small town northern BC, did most her high performance career in Calgary, AB but now resides in Winnipeg, MB where she did her last quadrennial in the sport of wrestling.
Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood has been the Director of Sport Psychology at the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba since 2007. She served as the psychology lead for Own the Podium for many years, in addition to the Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association.
The Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba acknowledges that our offices are situated on Treaty 1 Land, the original lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Ojibway-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
The Treaties made on these territories are respected by all those who work at CSCM. We acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past that were made. In a spirit of collaboration and reconciliation, we dedicate ourselves to continually move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities for ongoing education and learning.
We understand that acknowledging this truth, though important, is only a small part in cultivating the strong relationships we strive to build and maintain with Indigenous communities. We continue to work towards this, with particular attention being paid to the sport specific calls to action #87-91 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
We recognize we are not the first to live on this land, and thank these Nations for allowing us access to their land and water.