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Champions Chats: The Success of a Nation
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Canada isn’t the only one celebrating 150 this year

Last spring, we hosted the inaugural Champion Chats fundraiser raising nearly $180,000 to benefit underpriviledged communities across Alberta. As of the end of 2016, Classroom Champions provided mentorship to 135 classrooms across the province, and for 2017 we want you to celebrate with us as we reach the 150 classroom mark this year! This inspirational event will support Alberta students and teachers through Classroom Champions programming in our most underserved schools.

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About the Panel

Champion Chats is an engaging panel discussion that brings together world-class athletes and achievers to share their stories of perseverance and success. Our champions this year are recognized worldwide for their contribution to sport and to Canada. These are individuals who have each leveraged their own record-breaking success not only to inspire and enable fellow athletes but also to make a difference to Canadian kids and communities through their outstanding charitable work.

  • Donovan Bailey, Olympic gold medal sprinter

  • Kaillie Humphries, two-time Olympic gold medal bobsledder

  • Kevin Lowe, Vice-chairman of the Oilers, six-time Stanley Cup winner, and architect of the 2002 Team Canada gold medal hockey team

  • Cassie Campbell, three-time Olympic medalist and broadcaster

     

Cassie Campbell

A household name across Canada, Cassie Campbell’s sports record in ice hockey is unsurpassed—she is the only captain, male or female, to have led Canada to two Olympic gold medals (2002 - Salt Lake City and 2006 - Turin, Italy) on top of winning an Olympic silver medal (1998 - Nagano, Japan); 21 medals with Canada’s National Women’s teams (17 gold, 4 silver); and six World Champion gold medals. She was the first female hockey player inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2016, she became a member of the Order of Canada.

Cassie Campbell currently works as a TV analyst for TSN’s women’s hockey coverage and for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. She also provides guest radio work for Calgary Flames games on the Fan 960. She was the first woman to do colour commenting on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and to work on the NHL Network. In 2014, she won the CWHL Humanitarian of the Year Award for her work on behalf of, among others, Ronald McDonald’s Children’s Charities; Hockey Canada’s Chevrolet Safe & Fun Hockey program; and CARE, an organization that places special focus on empowering women and girls to escape poverty.

Kaillie Humphries

Canadian bobsledder Kaillie Humphries has a track record of amazing firsts. Her win at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi made her the first female bobsledder to successfully defend her Olympic title won at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where she and brakeman Heather Moyse became the first Canadian women to win Olympic bobsleigh gold. In 2016, Humphries became the first woman to drive an all-female team against men in a four-person World Cup bobsleigh race. In 2014, she and U.S. bobsledder Elana Meyers-Taylor were the first women to pilot mixed-gender teams in the first ever international four-man bobsleigh competition to allow women to compete with and against men.

Kaillie Humphries is a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Lou Marsh Award, given annually to Canada’s top athlete. She is affiliated with three main causes, the “I’ve Been Bullied” campaign, Right to Play, and the Special Olympics. She is also a Canadian Jumpstart Charities ambassador.

Kevin Lowe

Throughout his long career as a professional hockey player, coach, executive, and now vice-chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group, Kevin Lowe has been instrumental in bringing outstanding success to ice hockey teams like the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Rangers. He is the winner of six Stanley Cups and a seven-time all-star. He has repeatedly brought his expertise to Team Canada, helping them secure international success as gold medallists at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah; the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia; and the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Lowe was also a member of Team Canada’s management team that put together the gold medal winning roster for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

In 1990 Kevin Lowe was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community. He is also a recipient of the Budweiser/NHL Man of the Year Award, 1989-90, which is presented to the player “recognized in the local community as a positive role model through his conduct on and off the ice. This includes involvement with local youth groups, charities and causes, as well as recognition among his peers and fans as a player who extols sportsmanlike qualities while maximizing his efforts toward improving his play and that of his team.”

Donovan Bailey

A giant in the world of track and field, Donovan Bailey set a world record time in 1996 in the 50m that continues to stand today and has only been tied once (Maurice Greene in 1999). In the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Bailey won the 100m competition in a record-breaking time of 9.84 seconds and also took home gold in the 4x100 relay. His Olympic record stood until 2008 and he remains the Canadian record holder in the 100m, tied with Bruny Surin.  

A two-time member of the Canadian Hall of Fame, inducted as an individual in 2004 and as a member of the 1996 relay team in 2008, Bailey was presented in 1996 with the Lou Marsh Trophy given annually to Canada's best athlete. Since his retirement from active competition, he has worked as a sports commentator and has started a sports clinic and an amateur athlete promotion company, DBX Sport Management, based in Oakville, Ontario.