SPEAKERS

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Keynote Speaker
Jocelyne Larocque

2x Canada Women's Hockey Team Olympic Gold Medallist & 1x Silver Olympic Medallist

Jocelyne, a native from Brantford, Ontario is no stranger in the sports world on the International stage. Jocelyne also has four gold and four silver medals from the Four Nations Cup dating back to her first appearance with the senior team in 2008. She began competing internationally with the under-22 national team in 2007, winning three gold medals at the Nations Cup over several years with the development squad. In her Olympic debut at Sochi 2014, she was Canada’s top scorer on defence with one goal and one assist, helping the team capture its fourth straight gold medal. She was named assistant captain and registered one assist at PyeongChang 2018 as Canada came away with the silver medal following a shootout loss to Team USA. Jocelyne has been a member of Canada’s National Women’s Team since 2008. She made her IIHF Women’s World Championship debut in 2011 and has since won two gold, five silver and one bronze. At the 2021 World Championship, she had her highest scoring tournament yet with four points. She assisted on both the game-tying and overtime goals in the gold medal game against the United States. More recently, she became a two-time Olympic gold medalist at the 2022 Beijing Olympics. She continues to be a leader for women in sport on and off the ice. She is the Co-owner of Stoke Strength and Conditioning and she has been awarded multiple awards such as the Manitoba Indigenous Female Athlete of the decade, 2018 Tom Longboat Female Award & TSN Hockey's All-Time Women's Team Canada.

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Keynote Speaker
Joyce Slipp

 Captain & Starting Point Guard for Canada's First-Ever Women's Olympic Basketball Team (1976)

Joyce, a native from Gunningsville, New Brunswick, was a member of the Canadian National Women's Basketball team from 1969-76. She was also captain and starting point guard of Canada's first-ever Women's Olympic Basketball team in Montréal, 1976. She is a former UNB student-athlete in field hockey and basketball while completing two bachelor degrees. She was a lecturer in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation and head coach of field hockey and basketball. In 1990 she became a Sport Consultant with the Province of New Brunswick but after five years she returned to her love of coaching and once again took up the reigns as head basketball coach for the Varsity Reds women's program. It was on her return to UNB that she also took on the role as Assistant Athletic Director. Joyce was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1999, and the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. As a coach at UNB she led her basketball teams to three Atlantic Championships and her field hockey teams to eight Atlantic Championships. She was recognized by her field hockey peers as CIS Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1989 and in 1992 the field hockey rookie of the year award was named in her honour as the Joyce Slipp Rookie of the Year Award. Joyce and husband Dick continue to live in the Fredericton area and she continues to volunteer in the community.

Women in Leadership Panel

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Stacey Killam

Erin Love

Brianna McQuillan

Christine Powers-Tomsons

Certified Mindset Coach, Founder of "The Mindset Teacher Coaching"

National Program Manager for Canadian Parks and Recreation Association

Current University of Ottawa Master of Human Kinetics Specialization in Sport Management Student

Sport and Recreation Consultant, Province of NB & She Is Active NB Co-Chair

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Moderator
Alina Cress

Government of New Brunswick Wellness Specialist

Gender & Racial Equity in Sport Panel

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Sarah Hilworth

Toni Francis

Dano Thorne

Katie Miyazaki

UNB Women's Hockey Head Coach

Supervising Producer for Entertainment Tonight Canada

Lead, head coach & founder for the Native Indian Football Association (NIFA)

INclusion INcorporated Collaborator, Wheelchair Basketball Athlete

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Moderator
Savanna Hamilton

Host & Producer at Maple Leap Sports and Entertainment

Unsung Heroes Panel

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Erin Crossland

Natasha McLaughlin-Chiasson

Carole Poirier

Michelle Denley

Sports Dietitian for the NHL & UNB Men's Hockey Team 

Team Physiotherapist for the U18AAA Moncton Flyers Hockey Team

Mental Performance Student Consultant for the UNB Women's Soccer & Volleyball Teams

UNB Counsellor

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Moderator
Anna Lee LeBlanc

UNB Women in Sport Co-Chair & UNB Soccer and Basketball Teams Student Sports Nutritionist