What do fire walking, creating a bomb scare and being picked up by Sir Richard Branson have in common? Lorraine Zander. That’s her life: challenges, crazy days and unforgettable moments! As an entrepreneur, speaker and fun-seeker, she has become a master storyteller with a lifetime worth of do’s and don’ts (and yes…creating a bomb scare is one of her don’ts).
Lorie Kane is among Canada’s premier female golfers. Born in 1964 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in an athletic family. Lorie was a multi-sport athlete for much of her career at the Acadia University of Nova Scotia. She excelled at both hockey and golf, though it was the latter that ultimately proved to be her true calling.
Kyle Shewfelt achieved his ultimate goal on Sunday, August 22, 2004 in Athens, Greece when he captured Canada’s first-ever Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics with his Gold medal performance in the floor exercise. In 2006 Kyle won multiple Commonwealth Games medals, a bronze medal and best ever sixth-place team finish at the World Championships and a silver medal at the prestigious World Cup Finals.
A native of Ottawa, Kristina started skating when she was 11 because she wanted to distinguish herself from her ski-crazed family. Good news for Canada. Twenty-years later, in 2007-08, she produced a season to remember collecting World Cup medals culminating in her first of three overall titles in the 1500m, a World All-round Championship bronze medal, and an historic five-medal performance at the World Single Distance Championships including gold in the 3000m.
Keith Boag is a Canadian senior journalist with CBC Television. He works with The National as the chief political correspondent, CBC News: Sunday and other current affairs programs as chief political correspondent based in Ottawa. He began covering national politics 20 years ago and has covered six federal elections. The 2008-09 Liberal leadership convention will be his eleventh national party leadership campaign.
The audience at Pacific Coliseum, all of Canada, and skating fans all over the world held their breaths as six-time Canadian Ladies Champion Joannie Rochette took the ice for the ladies short program at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Two days earlier her mother, Thérèse, had died of a sudden heart attack. Knowing her mother’s dream was to see her win an Olympic medal, Rochette made the difficult decision to compete.
Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist, has won all three of Canada’s leading literary prizes — the Governor-General’s award for non-fiction book writing, the National Magazine Award for political writing, and the National Newspaper Award for column writing (twice). He has also won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism. In January, 2000, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.
After a successful career as a consultant and a senior manager, Jasmin Bergeron has given more than 1000 keynote conferences and seminars to organizations in 12 countries around the world. He is a professor of marketing at the Business School of the University of Montreal. Jasmin has authored/co-authored four books, 10 scientific researches, 20 case studies, and more than 100 newspaper articles for publications including the Wall Street Journal.
Jamie Gruman earned his Ph.D. in the Applied Social Psychology Program at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, where he specialized in organizational psychology. He is currently a Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the University of Guelph, and is the founding Chair of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association. His research and writing have been reported by media outlets around the globe. In Canada, he has been featured and quoted in print and online in magazines such as MoneySense, Canadian Business, Canadian Living, and Chatelaine, trade journals such as HR Professional and Public Sector Digest, and newspapers in every major Canadian city. He has appeared on CTV’s Canada AM, Global News, Report on Business Television, CBC’s The National, and has been syndicated on CBC radio. Dr. Gruman has consulted and delivered seminars for Fortune 500 corporations, public, and not-for-profit organizations including General Motors, Departments and Agencies of the Government of Canada, and the Children’s Wish Foundation.
In his hometown of Wrightsville, Georgia, Walker played football and basketball and competed in track and field. He scored a record-breaking 85 touchdowns and led the football and track teams to state championships. Meanwhile, he maintained an A average, was valedictorian and became the nation’s most sought-after player.