Jennifer Botterill

Virtual Keynote Speaker

Olympic Gold Medalist

Virtual Keynote SpeakerJennifer Botterill, Sports motivation speaker, Olympic champion
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Jennifer Botterill is one of Canada’s most successful athletes. A member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team for 14 years, she is a three-time Olympic champion, CEO of two companies, and an in-demand NHL analyst in both Canada and the US, regularly appearing on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. When she is not sharing her knowledge and expertise of sport on air, she is empowering others to pursue excellence as an engaging keynote speaker and peak performance coach.

A graduate of Harvard University, Botterill is the only two-time winner of the Patty Kazmaier award, which honours the top player in women’s college hockey. Botterill debuted for the national team in 1997 and was named to the first ever Canadian Olympic women’s hockey roster in 1998. Throughout her collegiate career and beyond, Botterill amassed 17 gold medals for Canada. She is a four-time Olympic medalist (with three gold medals), a five-time World Champion, and was named MVP of the World Championships twice.

Botterill is the only NHL analyst to appear on national networks in both Canada and the US. She kicked off her broadcast career in 2011 covering the Women’s World Championships for TSN. Since then, she has worked with MSG Network, providing analysis for the New York Islanders; with CBC on Hockey Night in Canada and as part of their Olympic broadcast team; and Sportsnet, joining their Hometown Hockey, Wednesday Night Hockey, Hockey Central, and Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts. She is also a part of the highly anticipated broadcast team for Turner Sports’ NHL on TNT coverage for the 2021-2022 season, and was part of NBC’s first-ever all-women NHL broadcast team in 2020.

In addition, Botterill is the CEO of Excel in Life Inc. and Journey to Excel Inc., where she continues her pursuit of excellence while inspiring and coaching others. She also sits on the board of directors for CCM Hockey and is an ambassador with Right to Play.

Botterill was awarded the Order of Manitoba in 2006 in recognition of her commitment to giving back to her community. She frequently works with charity organizations, including Special Olympics, KidSport, Children’s Wish Foundation, SickKids Hospital, Can Fund, Hockey Canada Foundation, and the Canadian Cancer Society.

Speakers Like Jennifer Botterill

Speaking Topics

Why Not You? How to Excel in Business and Life

Sharing the tools and techniques developed throughout her career, Botterill shows audiences how to reach new levels of excellence, both personally and professionally. She discusses the critical importance of time management and setting high standards, while distilling strategies to help audiences prepare for and achieve their goals.

From a no-regrets approach of “never having to say I wish I would have,” to asking yourself “why not you?” when considering the opportunities success can bring, Jennifer encourages those around her to strive for a new standard of excellence in everything they do.


Sustainable High Performance

Jennifer Botterill shows audiences how to approach life with a new standard of high performance, and shares strategies on how to not only make it to the next level, but to excel when you get there.

Audiences will leave with the tools needed to facilitate sustainable high performance in a variety of settings, along with actionable strategies on how to perform at this high level on a consistent, daily basis.


Resiliency: Thriving in a Changing Environment

The path that we face isn’t always what we may have imagined. In this keynote, Jennifer Botterill addresses the benefits of adapting to change and demonstrates how we can learn to shift our perspective to make the most of our environment.


"I frequently entertain some of my most valuable and important clients at fundraising events for the Canadian Olympic Foundation, and have been fortunate enough to watch and listen to Jennifer first-hand as a keynote speaker at some of these events.

"Notwithstanding how high the bar is set for Jennifer given her athletic and educational accomplishments, and her reputation as a motivational speaker, Jennifer always exceeds expectations.  She has a captivating on-stage presence and that special ability to instantly connect with her audience.  Her messages about hard work, dedication, positive attitude, and mental clarity and focus to reach goals and overcome obstacles resonate deeply with the audience, and in ways that allow audience members to tailor those messages to personal experiences and challenges.  Jennifer’s one of a kind and would make any event memorable." - Blaney McMurty LLP

“'Inspiring' 'Captivating' 'Dynamic'

"These were the words used to describe Olympian Jennifer Botterill after her speech to over 300 surgeons at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society
of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. You could have heard a pin drop in the room as the Canadian women’s hockey star delivered a talk on perseverance, teamwork, and following your dreams. Afterwards, the long lineup of people wanting an autograph or photo with Jennifer and her Olympic medals seemed to last forever and serves as a testament to her riveting speech and powerful impact on the audience.

“When she spoke of the joy that she felt when she saw her teammates receive their gold medals after the Olympic hockey final game, I understood what it meant to be part of a real team and to lift up those around you so we can all perform at our best.

"She is an accomplished speaker who graciously connects with an audience and delivers a message of teamwork, effort, and dedication. Jennifer, thank you for being a part of our meeting and inspiring our group to work together and go ‘faster, higher, stronger’." - Canadian Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

"THANK YOU for the amazing job you did.  I have received so many over the top positive comments on your speech – it was truly inspirational.  We all agreed you nailed the balance between sport and business and your stories really left a mark.  We have seen a lot of speakers, and yours was one of the best I have ever seen.  Below is some of the feedback we heard.

"Really connected with our people – came across as a real person"
"Very genuine and authentic – the real deal"
"Great at tying her themes and stories of success to the business community"
"Great command of the stage and the audience"
"Was able to go with the flow"
"Very generous with her time – stayed and talked to everyone" 
- Deloitte

"Our teachers and principals thoroughly enjoyed Jennifer’s inspiring message. She is very down to earth and humble, and emphasizes the power of dreaming big, setting goals and perseverance.  Her key points resonated with the audience, including how to deal with pressure and finding time for yourself.  Jennifer was extremely gracious and giving of her time and attention to everyone who wanted to speak with her.  We would highly recommend this speaker to any audience." - Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

"She is one of Canada’s greatest female hockey players of all time, an accomplished professional speaker and communicator and best of all one of the
most pleasant and genuine people you could ever possibly be associated with." - Sr. Vice President, M&M Meat Shops Inc.

"Jennifer was amazing yesterday. Her speech was very moving (it actually brought a number of employees to tears). She is extremely graceful and very accommodating." - Communications Specialist, CAA

"Jennifer’s positive energy and enthusiasm was contagious. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to launch our sales meeting. Her story was a beautiful source of inspiration and national pride, which set a positive tone for our meeting. Our group appreciated the mix of video and storytelling along with the chance to view Jennifer’s medals." - Director, Sustainability Strategy, Interfaceflor

"Decorated athlete, Harvard Graduate, Community Leader… Jennifer Botterill is an example to us all of what can be achieved through perseverance, commitment and a big heart." - RBC

"Jennifer was amazing! She was engaging, a great story teller, and her message was extremely well aligned to our event. We could tell she took the time to understand who we are as an organization and drew parallels so well on how we can all find balance and strive for excellence in our everyday." - Canadian Medical Protective Association