Team PwC

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Created in 2011, Team PwC is comprised of high-performing Canadian athletes who embody PwC’s values of teamwork, excellence and leadership.  Chosen through firm-wide collaboration, Team PwC supports a variety of firm priorities.

Andre De Grasse

Event:
Athletics
Date of birth:
November 10, 1994
Hometown:
Markham, ON

Andre De Grasse is Canada’s rising sprint star after a breakout season in 2015 was highlighted by his double bronze medal performance at his first IAAF World Championships (bronze in 100m and 4x100m relay) making him Canada’s first world medalist in the event since 1999. At the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Andre swept the 100m and 200m events winning gold. Andre has made headlines across Canada and the United States when he won the 100m and 200m in a span of 45 minutes at the NCAA Championships in June 2015. 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. Other highlights for 2015 included: breaking the Canadian 200m record (20.03 seconds), second in the 100m and fourth in the 200m at the 2014 Canadian Championships; double medalist at the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships (silver in 100m, bronze in 200m, being crowned Canadian junior champion in both). After competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Andre will return to the University of Southern California this fall to complete his undergraduate degree in sociology.

Ryan Cochrane

Event: Swimming
Date of birth: October 29, 1988
Hometown: Victoria, BC

Seven-time Canadian swimmer of the year and two-time Olympic medalist, Ryan Cochrane is striving to add the elusive Olympic gold in Rio to his collection of silver and bronze medals. Ryan is the Canadian record holder in the 400m, 800m and 1500m Freestyle, and a two-time Olympic Medalist.  The 1,500m is his signature event that suits his lean 6’3” size — a gruelling race of thirty lengths of the pool that the world’s top swimmers finish in just under 15 minutes.  Ryan continues to be Canada’s top performer heading towards Rio -- winning medals for Canada at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Pan Pacific Championships and finishing the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games with two gold, one bronze, followed by two more medals at the 2015 World Championships in Russia.  Ryan shows no sign of letting up and continuing his gruelling training program with his sights set firmly on a gold medal in Rio.

Jennifer Abel

Event:
Diving
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. Next stop will be the Olympic Games in Rio!

Joanna Brown

Event:
Triathlon
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.

Jonelle Filigno

Event:
Soccer
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.

Carol Huynh

Event:
Wrestling
Date of birth: November 16, 1980
Hometown: Calgary, AB

Over her great career Carol Huynh was an eleven-time Canadian Champion. In 2013 Carol was inducted into the World Wrestling (FILA) Hall of Fame as a two-time Olympic champion, a two-time Pan American champion, a Commonwealth champion and a four-time medallist at the world championships — Along with being a key part of the group that lobbied the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to keep her sport on the Olympic program after the IOC planned to remove it as of 2020. Carol was part of a six-member team that pleaded wrestling’s case in a presentation to the IOC in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Most recently Carol was named Assistant Chef De Mission for Team Canada at the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympic Games by Chef de mission Jean-Luc Brassard.

Natalie Spooner

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.

Charles Hamelin

Event:
Short Track Speed Skating
Date of Birth: April 14, 1984
Hometown: Lévis, QC
 

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.

Francois Hamelin

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.

Curt Harnett

Event:
Cycling
Date of Birth: May 14, 1965
Hometown: Toronto, ON

Team PwC Alumni

Matt Hallat

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.

Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir

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.
 

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.