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Date of birth: November 10, 1994
Hometown: Markham, ON
Since his breakout season in 2015, Andre De Grasse has quickly become one of Canada’s most prominent athletes. In 2015 alone, Andre won double bronze medals at his first IAAF World Championships (bronze in 100m and 4x100 relay), double gold at the Pan Am Games in Toronto (100m and 200m events) and on May 17, he had become the first Canadian since Bruny Surin in 1999 to run a sub-10 second 100m, recording a personal best of 9.97 seconds to win the Pac-12 Championship. By June 2015, Andre was making headlines across Canada and the United States when he won the 100m and 200m in a span of 45 minutes at the NCAA Championships. Most recently, Andre’s athleticism has continued to excel with astonishing speeds, having competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where he made history as the first Canadian sprinter to win three medals in a single Olympics; winning 2 bronze medals for the 100m event and the 4x100m relay, and a silver medal for the 200m event. His success at the 2016 Olympics lead to his winning of the 2016 Lionel Conacher Award as the Canadian Press’ Male Athlete of the Year.
Date of birth: November 12, 1992
Hometown: Guelph, ON
At seventeen Joanna made her mark on the world stage in 2010 when she won the bronze medal at the ITU World Junior Championships and then two years later as a bronze medalist at the 2012 ITU Under 23 World Championships. In 2014 Brown achieved her best ITU WTS result with her 17th place in Auckland, along with finishing second at the Canadian championships. Joanna Brown has battled a number of injuries from falls and crashes but was still able to compete for Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto finishing 13th. Now fully healthy and inspired by accomplished triathletes, Joanna has a number of lofty goals herself: to be a full-time contender on the ITU World Championship Series and to win an Olympic medal for Canada. Along with being a driven athlete, Joanna is also a dedicated student working towards a degree in Commerce at the University in Guelph.
Event: Women’s Hockey
Date of birth: October 17, 1990
Hometown: Scarborough, ON
From organized hockey in Ontario and then Ohio State University, Natalie developed her scoring touch while earning a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and splitting time with Canada’s national team. A true power forward with incredible speed and strength, Natalie holds the all-time OSU goal-scoring record, was named a 2012 NCAA All-American and was a Patty Kazmaier finalist for the top player in NCAA Division 1. Drafted into the burgeoning CWHL in 2012 by her hometown team, the Toronto Furies, Natalie refocused on her big goals – winning the CWHL’s Clarkson Cup and capturing gold for Canada in Sochi 2014. Her breakthrough came in the semi-final against Switzerland when she scored two goals, and the eventual game winner, in a 3-1 victory that sent Canada to the now-part-of-hockey-history final against the USA. Returning home with an Olympic gold medal, Natalie laced up for the CWHL’s Championship scoring the only goal in the shootout to become the first woman to win both the Clarkson Cup and the Olympics in the same year. You may also recognize Natalie from The Amazing Race Canada, where she joined teammate and two-time Olympic Champion Meaghan Mikkelson in a round-the-world adventure, ending in 2nd place. Natalie is currently captain of the Toronto Furies, as well as their highest scoring forward of the 2015-2016 season.
Event: Short Track Speed Skating
Date of Birth: December 18, 1986
Hometown: Lévis, QC
Known for his lightning speed and intelligent strategy, François has added considerable depth to the team that won the Team Relay at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in one of the most dramatic and lively Canadian sport events in history. The younger Hamelin brother has come into his own by adding one really important piece to his growing resume – Olympic Champion. His notable results – including an impressive fifth place finish in the 1000m at the 2010 Olympics and a 2010 World Championship silver medal in the 500m – prove that he’s a podium threat in the individual distances as well. Most recently, Francois won his first-ever gold medal in an individual World Cup event in the men’s 500m in Japan in December, 2015.
Date of birth: August 23, 1991
Hometown: Laval, QC
After capturing a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, Jennifer Abel continues to experience much success on the international scene. In 2014, she won gold and silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, as well as a bronze medal at the World Cup. With her partner Pamela Ware, she also took home two silver medals from these two competitions. Jennifer won 19 international medals in 2015 alone, including a brilliant gold medal at the Pan Am Games and a silver medal at the FINA World Championships. After competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics and placing a near-podium finish in both the solo and synchro 3m springboard events, Jennifer remains hopeful and determined, continuing to train and work hard for the future.
Date of birth: September 24, 1990
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Jonelle Filigno is an Olympic Bronze Medalist for the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team. Jonelle has been a member of Team Canada since 2008 when she made her debut at the age of 17. Her resume already includes representing Canada in two Summer Olympic Games (2008,2012) and two World Cups (2011, 2015) all before her 25th birthday. Her current tally for Team Canada is 71 international caps and 11 goals. Jonelle grew up in Mississauga, Ontario and attended Rutgers University where she holds the school’s all-time scoring record for game winning goals. She currently plays professionally for Sky Blue FC in the NWSL. Jonelle is currently training once again to represent Team Canada in the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
Event: Short Track Speed Skating
Date of Birth: April 14, 1984
Charles came into the Vancouver Olympics looking for an Olympic gold medal on home ice against his wildly popular American rival, Apolo Ohno. For the first 14 days of the Olympics, Charles Hamelin was still waiting for the hardware to back up his bold prediction. On the final Friday evening of the Games, Charles claimed his moment. Then, less than 30-minutes later, he did it again. First, in a dramatic men’s 500m, Charles edged Apolo at the line. Then, he skated with his brother François and the rest of the Canadian Relay Team to win again, becoming the only Canadian athlete to claim two gold medals on home ice. It was a race that even the Prime Minister called the most exciting event of the Olympics. Most recently, Charles raced to another gold medal in the 1,000m at the World Championships in Seoul, March 2016 and later that year, he was named Male Short Track Athlete of the Year by Speed Skating Canada. Next up, he’ll be continuing his fast-track to success in 2017, competing in both the ISU World Championships and World Cup.
Date of Birth: May 14, 1965
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Curt has loved cycling since he first rode a bike without training wheels at the age of five, though cycling was not his first exposure to competitive sport. It was during a tryout for an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team he realized he would rather pursue a full-time cycling career. Two short years later, Curt found himself at the 1984 Olympic Games with a silver medal around his neck.
Although Curt retired from cycling after the 1996 Olympics and a well-decorated career, he has continued to make fun and valuable contributions to the world of cycling. He attended the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games as a colour commentator in cycling for CBC Sports, and contributes to a number of charities with a special affinity toward Special Olympics Canada and Right to Play. Curt is a motivational speaker and mentor, and was recently selected to be the chef de mission for the Toronto 2015 Canadian Pan American Team.
Curt’s career Highlights:
1996 Olympic Games – Bronze Medal Match Sprint
1990 Commonwealth Games – Silver Match Sprint
1994 Common wealth Games – Silver Match Sprint
1992 Olympic Games – Bronze Medal Match Sprint
1984 Olympic Games – Silver Medal 1000 Meter Time Trial
1987 Pan American Games – Gold 1000 Meter Time Trial
1987 Pan American Games - Bronze Match Sprint
Matt Hallat has been a familiar face around PwC's Vancouver offices as a motivational public speaker representing the para-athlete community and Alpine Canada Alpin.
Matt Hallat has been a familiar face around PwC's Vancouver offices as a motivational public speaker representing the para-athlete community and Alpine Canada Alpin. Matt had his right leg amputated due to bone cancer when he was five years old and began skiing a year later at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver. Participating in local races and national races as a teen, he made it on the National Team when he was just 18 and has never looked back. Since then Matt has competed in two Paralympic Winter Games (including Vancouver) and over 100 World Cup Races. Matt completes with the PwC logo firmly affixed to the front of his ski helmet.
For Canada's sweethearts, Olympic Gold was a childhood dream come true.
For Canada's sweethearts, Olympic Gold was a childhood dream come true. The pair started skating together in 1997, when Tessa was seven and Scott was nine. This is a remarkable run for the sport, where partnerships are forever being made and unmade by coaches on the hunt for the perfect pairing.
It's been quite the ride for Canada's golden duo, as they missed most of the 2008-2009 season. It makes their victory, following a near-flawless skate at the Games, even more remarkable as they became the youngest ice dance gold medalists in history, and the first North Americans to win the event in its 30-year Olympic history. Most recently, Scott and Tessa announced that they will return to competition for the 2016-2017 season.