The RBC Olympians program hires both Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes as community ambassadors who bring Olympic messages of excellence and leadership to Canadian communities.
Athletes are provided with the opportunity to gain valuable skills that will help them prepare for life after sport, while also receiving much-needed funding to help them realize their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.
|Name||Download Athlete Bio||Sport|
|Marc Kennedy||Athlete Bio||Curling|
|Carla MacLeod||Athlete Bio||Ice Hockey|
|Brady Leman||Athlete Bio||Freestyle Skiing - Ski Cross|
|Kristina Groves||Athlete Bio||Long Track Speed Skating|
|Joshua Riker-Fox||Athlete Bio||Modern Pentathlon|
|Bobbi-Jo Slusar||Athlete Bio||Ice Hockey|
|Viviane Forest||Athlete Bio||Paralympic Alpine Skiing|
|Rosalind Groenewoud||Athlete Bio||Freestyle Skiing - Halfpipe|
|Scott Frandsen||Athlete Bio||Rowing|
|Trevor Hirschfield||Athlete Bio||Wheelchair Rugby|
|Darcy Marquardt||Athlete Bio||Rowing|
|Douglas Vandor||Athlete Bio||Rowing|
|Will Dean||Athlete Bio||Rowing|
|Colin Mathieson||Athlete Bio||Wheelchair Racing|
|Jill Officer||Athlete Bio||Curling|
|Ben Russell||Athlete Bio||Canoe - Sprint|
|Adam Lancia||Athlete Bio||Wheelchair Basketball|
|Una Lounder||Athlete Bio||Kayak|
|Brad Jacobs||Athlete Bio||Curling|
|Robbi Weldon||Athlete Bio||Para-Cycling|
|Derek O'Farrell||Athlete Bio||Rowing|
|Cody Sorensen||Athlete Bio||Bobsleigh|
|Ashley Lynn Brzozowicz||Athlete Bio||Rowing|
|Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir||Athlete Bio||Figure Skating|
|Patrick Chan||Athlete Bio||Figure Skating|
|Jennifer Botterill||Athlete Bio||Ice Hockey|
|Jayna Hefford||Athlete Bio||Ice Hockey|
|Martha McCabe||Athlete Bio||Swimming|
|Brian Price||Athlete Bio||Rowing|
|Jason Burnett||Athlete Bio||Trampoline|
|Heather Hamilton||Athlete Bio||Athletics - Pole Vault|
|Kevin Rempel||Athlete Bio||Sledge Hockey|
|Greg Westlake||Athlete Bio||Sledge Hockey|
|Becky Kellar-Duke||Athlete Bio||Ice Hockey|
|Mark Oldershaw||Athlete Bio||Canoe - Sprint|
|Christian Redmann||Athlete Bio||Beach Volleyball|
|Mikaël Kingsbury||Athlete Bio||Freestyle Skiing - Moguls|
|Caroline Ouellette||Athlete Bio||Ice Hockey|
|François Coulombe-Fortier||Athlete Bio||Taekwondo|
|Benoit St-Amand||Athlete Bio||Sledge Hockey|
|Hugues Fournel||Athlete Bio||Kayak - Sprint|
|Marie-Claude Molnar||Athlete Bio||Para-Cycling|
|Caroline Calve||Athlete Bio||Snowboard - Alpine|
|Benoît Huot||Athlete Bio||Paralympic Swimming|
|Jillian Gallays||Athlete Bio||Wrestling|
|Miranda Biletski||Athlete Bio||Wheelchair Rugby|
Marc began curling at the age of 6. Marc’s favorite moment as an athlete was standing on the podium, singing the National anthem with his teammates after winning the Olympic Gold Medal in Vancouver at the 2010 Olympic Games.
Carla’s six years on the Canadian National Women’s Ice Hockey Team have been filled with highlights, including winning a gold medal at the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games as well as becoming a World Champion in 2007. Retiring from hockey in 2010, Carla is now an assistant coach for the Japanese Olympic Women's Hockey Team.
Brady knows what it takes to overcome obstacles in sport. He successfully returned from 3 broken legs, including a heartbreaking injury the day before competing at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, to win his first World Cup back from injury. Since then he has consistently been the top-ranked Canadian male on the Ski Cross World Cup, highlighted by two Gold medals, including a win on Canadian soil in 2012 at Blue Mountain in Collingwood, Ontario.
A native of Ottawa, Kristina started skating when she was 11 and continued in the sport for 23 years — 12 of which were spent on the Canadian National Team. Throughout her career, Kristina captured an impressive number of World Cup, Olympic and World Championship medals. Kristina retired from speed skating in 2011, and is now a graduate student at the University of Calgary studying Sustainable Energy Development. Kristina also works for CBC as a speed skating analyst alongside Steve Armitage, and is a passionate supporter and active athlete ambassador for Right to Play.
Joshua’s most memorable athletic moments include standing on the podium at the 2007 Pan American Games and competing at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Joshua set precedents in Canadian pentathlon by reaching the World Cup Final and achieving a number of top 20 World Cup results. Today he continues to train and has also assumed organizational roles to further the sport. Josh has a passion for travel, reading and learning.
Bobbi-Jo Slusar started playing hockey at a very young age. The sport became her passion when she first stepped onto the ice at age three. Bobbi-Jo recently retired after playing with Canadian National Women’s Hockey team for nearly 10 years. Bobbi-Jo has a degree in Sociology and a Bachelors of Education (Master of Teaching) degree, and loves nothing more than sharing her story with youth of all ages.
Viviane is a true inspiration. She is the first Canadian female athlete to win a gold medal at both the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games. Viviane’s favourite moment of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games was being at the start gate in Whistler and hearing the roar of the crowd cheering for her at the finish line at the base of the mountain.
Roz has been a leading competitor in women’s halfpipe skiing since becoming Canada’s National Halfpipe Champion at the age of 15. Since becoming part of the “unofficial” Canadian halfpipe ski team in 2007-2008, Roz has made Canada proud by continuously reaching the podium at all major halfpipe events, including the X Games, Dew Tour, and AFP and FIS World Championships. 2014 will see halfpipe skiing debut as an Olympic sport, and Roz has already secured early qualification for the opportunity to represent Canada on the Olympic Team in Sochi.
Scott is a three-time Olympian and three time Collegiate National Champion rower from British Columbia. He has won three World Cup gold medals and a silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Frandsen continually demonstrates hard work and determination. His motto: “If you want something and are willing to work for it, anything is possible.”
Trevor’s favourite moment as an athlete was during the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. He looked up in the crowd to find his family and they all shared a moment while the Bronze medal was placed around Trevor’s neck. Trevor continues to compete for Team Canada in Wheelchair Rugby and was recently named team Captain in 2013. Outside of Rugby he works towards his Marketing Degree and improving his culinary skills. Trevor lists the Detroit Redwings and Oakland Athletics as his favourite sports teams.
As a 3-time Olympian, Darcy has several favorite moments: the awe-inspiring Athens Games in the birth place of the Olympics, meeting her future husband, Canadian Olympic swimmer Richard Hortness, at the Beijing Closing Ceremonies, or sharing the spotlight with her teammates as they rowed to Olympic silver in London 2012. She officially retired from competition in April, 2013 and is passionate about giving back to her community, especially speaking to school-aged children about going after their dreams.
Douglas feels honoured to have been able to represent his country around the world for so many years. There is nothing more special for a rower than to look over and see the maple leaf on the oars as one pushes off from the dock and starts rowing towards the start line. In his spare time, Douglas likes to write children’s books and cook. He also started an annual 10k run in his hometown of Ormstown, Quebec which raises money for kids’ sport programs in the community.
Will’s favourite moment as an athlete was winning the B final at the 2011 World Championships and qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games. While training in hopes to compete for Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Will teaches workshops on healthy eating and mentors young up and coming athletes. In his spare time he raises organic chickens and loves gardening.
Colin Mathieson is an 18 year veteran on the Canadian Paralympic Athletics Team. Having trained in Quebec from 2007-2012, Colin is excited to be back living and training in his hometown of Winnipeg and being coached by Alex Gardiner. For the past 8 years Colin has routinely found himself ranked in the top 8 internationally in the individual events and a medal hopeful as a member of the 4x400m relay. Colin is actively pursuing his Bachelor of Social Work degree and plans to work within the sporting community utilizing both his education and his experience as a high performance athlete.
Jill has a long list of accomplishments and therefore a long list of memories in the sport of curling, but one of her fondest memories is when 4,000 Canadian fans spontaneously began to sing O’Canada toward the end of the gold-medal game of the World Championships in 2008 in anticipation of her team, Team Canada, winning the World title. Jill now hopes to continue making memories by winning the right to represent Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Ben grew up around the sport of Sprint Canoe in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where he still lives and trains. In addition to winning bronze medals at the 2007 Pan American Games and the 2013 World Championships, Ben lists competing at his first World Championship in 2009 in front of family and friends on Lake Banook, Dartmouth as a highlight of his career. Ben now has his sights set firmly on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where he hopes to win gold in the C2 1000m.
Adam's favourite moment as an athlete was winning his first Paralympic medal in Athens in 2004. Having spent four years playing professionally in Europe, he is now exploring a new role as a player-coach in Halifax and being on the Nova Scotia Canada Games wheelchair basketball staff. A Toronto native, Adam lists the Blue Jays and Raptors as his favourite sports teams. Adam also enjoys fishing in the summer at his parents’ cottage.
Una’s favorite moment as an athlete was hearing the crowd cheer during her races at the 2009 Senior World Championships in her hometown of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Knowing that her family, friends, and club mates were there to watch her on her home lake was a special moment for her. Una loves being around the lake and spending time at her canoe club, Senobe Aquatic Club. She is an aspiring Olympian and has her sights set on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Brad’s favourite moment as an athlete was taking the walk down the empty sheet of ice after winning the 2013 Tim Horton’s Brier. This is the walk he had seen so many other curling teams take after winning big championships and would choke-up in hopes of being able to take their place one day with his teammates. This is a moment that Brad says be will fight to re-live in every curling season for the rest of his career.
2012 was a monumental year for Robbi as she won Gold in the 80 km Tandem Road Cycling Race at the London Paralympic Summer Games. Two-time World Champion on the bike, Robbi has also raced in Cross Country Skiing for Canada since 2006, ranked 3rd in the World in 2008 and competed for Canada in the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games. Competing with only 6% vision, Robbi doesn't let this slow her down. She continues to keep her sights on Gold over the next quadrennial to Rio 2016. Robbi also hopes to compete at the Toronto 2015 Pan American/Para pan American Games.
After a 7 year career on the Canadian National Rowing Team, Derek’s countless hours of training culminated at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He will never forget walking onto the Olympic Stadium for the closing ceremonies. Nor will he forget the hard work and great friendships that helped him get there. Now retired from competition, Derek coaches rowing at a local high school in Ottawa.
Cody is a 5-year veteran of the National bobsleigh program, Cody has been a member of the Canada 1 crew for the past three seasons. Cody was recruited to bobsleigh from the sport of track and field. A provincial high-school hurdle champion, Cody eventually captured three individual national medals in the 60m hurdles and led the University of Guelph Gryphons to their first ever men’s and women’s national titles. A two-time all-Canadian, Cody graduated with a B.Comm degree in Economics and Finance.
In 2010, Cody was named the Ontario Male Athlete of the Year. His father, Ole Sorensen, is a former Canadian Olympic wrestler who wrestled in the Munich Olympics in 1972.
Ashley's favourite Olympic moment was getting to celebrate with her family after winning a silver medal with her team at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Her best race memory is of her first place finish at a 2010 World Cup in Bled, Slovenia in a pair. Though a rower, Ashley enjoys watching and following fellow Canadian athletes especially in cycling, paddling and track.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir caught the World’s attention in 2006 when they became the first Canadian Ice Dancers to win the Junior World Championships. Since then, the pair has consistently placed among the top of the pack at International competitions, including a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Games, and gold at the 2010 & 2012 World Figure Skating Championships. Virtue and Moir are also four-time Canadian National Champions, winning in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. At the 2009 Skate Canada International, the pair received the first 10.0 awarded in dance in international competition. The pair have skated together since 1997, and are known for their intricate footwork and innovative lifts.
As many young Canadians do, Patrick wanted to play hockey from an early age. Patrick was enrolled in Figure Skating classes to teach him how to skate; the rest is history. Since becoming a member of the Canadian National Team, Patrick is the reigning three-time World Champion and involved with a number of organizations including the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Adopt-an-Athlete Program; an ambassador for the Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Canada; Right to Play Canada; ThinkFirst; and is an Ambassador for the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.
Jennifer was the youngest member of the 1998 Canadian Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, bringing home the silver medal. At the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Jennifer earned gold medals and successfully defended those titles most recently at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. A Harvard graduate, Jennifer is also a five-time World Champion and a two-time winner of the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top player in NCAA women’s ice hockey.
Jayna returned from each Olympic Games she attended with a medal around her neck — silver from the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games, gold from the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games, gold from the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games and most recently gold at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Over the course of her 13-year tenure on Canada’s National Women’s Ice Hockey Team, Jayna has won seven World Championship titles.
Martha grew up in a sports-loving, athletic family that paved the way to competitive sport for her. After high school she moved to Vancouver to study Kinesiology at UBC and train with Hungarian breaststroke specialist coach Jozsef Nagy. Martha claimed her first international medal at the 2011 World Championships. In 2012 Martha placed 5th in the Olympic final, just shy of her goal of a podium finish. She is now training hard in hopes to compete for Canada at the Rio 2016 Olympics. She loves to travel, hang out with friends and spend time up at her parents’ cottage on Stoney Lake.
Brian’s favourite moment as an athlete was crossing the finish line at the London 2012 Olympic Games, receiving the silver medal around his neck then looking up into the crowd to see his wife with their two young daughters. His dream had been accomplished for a second time. Brian was one of the key links of continued success throughout his tenure on the National Rowing Team from 1998-2012. Now retired, Brian lives with his young family in Orangeville, Ontario.
Jason has been a member of the Canadian National Team for 10 years, and has the honour of competing at two Olympic Games, winning the silver medal in Beijing in 2008 and placing 8th at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Jason is an athlete ambassador for SpringFree Trampoline, the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, and the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Hailing from Mississauga, ON, Heather has had many successes in her pole vaulting career, including winning the 2013 Canadian National Championships, the 2013 Canadian Track League, and a bronze medal at the 2013 Francophone Games.
Kevin’s story is all about hard work and perseverance, which culminated in winning three gold medals since joining the men’s national sledge hockey team. Kevin’s goals include winning a gold medal for Canada at the World Championships and at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Kevin has a passion for public speaking, and once he retires from competition, he plans to write a book about his experiences, both on and off the ice.
An offensive star for Canada’s National Ice Sledge Hockey Team, Greg has had a playing career filled with highlights, including winning a gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, and winning 2 World Championships.
Becky is a graduate of Brown University (Arts Bachelor) and Wilfrid Laurier University (MBA). She was inducted into the Brown Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and was named to Wilfrid Laurier’s 100 Alumni of Achievement. She is married with two sons. Becky’s favourite Olympic moment was standing on the ice with her teammates and her sons receiving the gold medal at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.
Mark is a third generation Olympian and the 5th member of his family to compete at the Olympic Games. His grandfather Bert, uncles Dean and Reed, and father Scott all competed in the sport of Canoe/Kayak, but Mark is the first of the family to win a medal. He is currently training hard to get back on the podium at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While he loves wearing the maple leaf on his chest, Mark lists paddling and volunteer coaching at his local Burloak Canoe Club as some of his favourite things to do.
Christian has spent 4 years on the Beach Volleyball World Tour and three years on the Challenger and Satellite Tour before that. Some of his athletic accomplishments to date include winning a silver medal at the 2006 Liechtenstein Challenger Event, placing ninth at the 2009 FIVB World Championships and placing fifth at the 2009 FIVB Moscow Grand Slam. Christian won the 2011 Canadian Beach Volleyball Championships and has been the top Canadian player on the World Tour for the past 4 seasons.
Mikaël has been a member of the Canadian Freestyle ski team for the last four years and is a new member of the RBC Olympian team. He is the 2013 World Champion in Moguls and won the Crystal Globe award in both 2012 and 2013 as the overall World Cup Champion in moguls. In 2010, Mikael was named FIS Rookie of the Year on the World Cup circuit. In his relatively short career he has an impressive total of 30 World Cup podiums including 16 gold medals.
Caroline’s favourite moment was winning Gold at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on home soil in Vancouver, and has her sights set on re-living that experience at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Caroline is an athlete ambassador for Right To Play and an advocate for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. She is the 2013 Recipient of the Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Award given each year to a player that has made a significant contribution to female hockey both on and off the ice and that demonstrates strong community involvement and dedication to all aspects of the game.
The most intense experience of Francois’s porting career was the qualification process for the Olympic Games. He took part in one stressful competition after another before earning his ticket to the London 2012 Olympic Games. He enjoys sharing his passion with the next generation of athletes; he trains and coaches young people who wish to pursue the sport competitively. His interests include golfing and participating in outdoor activities.
Benoit has been with the Canadian National Sledge Hockey Team since September of 2004. Some of his highlights include winning a gold medal at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, finishing in fourth place at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and winning two World Championships in 2008 and 2013. A Montreal native, Benoit loves the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Canadiens.
Son of an Olympian father, Hugues was inspired by his family to pursue his wildest dreams. Since then his passion and dedication to his sport, combined with power and technique have allowed him to achieve his goals at a provincial and national level, and make his Olympic dream a reality at the London 2012 Games. Hugues earned a 7th place finish in London, and looks forward to competing for Canada once again at the Olympics in Rio in 2016.
Hugues is currently a student in communication at Uqam and ProMédia in Montreal. His ultimate goal is to promote physical activity and to motivate and inspire people to believe that it is always possible to achieve their dreams.
The London Games, where she won a bronze medal in the road time trial event, marked Marie-Claude's first Paralympic Games experience. Marie-Claude wants to continue setting national records in the C4 Women's category, being a leader in the team, promoting the sport itself and providing support to young people participating in a sporting activity. In her spare time, Marie-Claude enjoys being among family and friends. She also spends time volunteering for a cycling development centre and training to be a coach.
Caroline’s athletic career started at the late age of 22 when she picked up a new sport and decided to start competing in Alpine snowboarding. After growing up on skis, alpine snowboarding felt natural to her. Caroline was inspired by watching the Torino 2006 Olympic Games and in 2010, her dream of becoming an Olympian came true in Vancouver at the Olympic Winter Games. Caroline is now preparing for her second Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. She is excited to live the Olympic experience once again and is looking forward to put all her hard work to the ultimate test.
Benoît Huot’s athletic dreams came true when he participated in the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. He has competed in swimming events at four Paralympic Games and brought home nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals. He was nominated flag bearer for Canada in the closing ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Jillian’s favorite moment as an athlete was in 2005 when she went to Japan for her first international training camp; this camp was an eye-opening event where she started to see her Olympic dream becoming a reality. Throughout her career, Jillian has become a 4-time National Champion, and won multiple medals in international competitions. At a young age, Jillian was diagnosed with dyslexia. This challenge helped define her as a strong, determined, hard working and humble person. Her learning disability only made her more determined to fight harder for the things she wanted in life, it taught her to never feel sorry for herself, never give in, and Never Give Up.
Miranda’s most memorable moment as an athlete was the first time she competed for Canada on the international stage in 2009. Her goal is to compete for Canada at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. In her spare time, she volunteers mentoring peers and youth with spinal cord injuries and enjoys being outdoors with her dogs. Miranda continues to pursue her education and hopes to graduate with a degree in Kinesiology.