Keynote Speakers

APCO Canada is pleased to present world-class keynote speakers at our 2017 Conference in Windsor that will enlighten and engage attendees. Complementing our educational sessions, these keynote speakers will ensure you leave the event inspired.

Opening Keynote: Jennifer Botterill

Jennifer Botterill is one of Canada’s most successful athletes, achieving Olympic glory on numerous occasions. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and an Olympic silver medalist with the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team, and responsible for the assist that won gold at the 2010 Olympic Games. In 2014, she acted as a sports commentator for the CBC at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Embracing the chance to connect with audiences, Jennifer shares many of the valuable lessons she learned on the way to becoming a champion.

Jennifer is the only two-time winner of the Patty Kazmaier award, given to the top player in NCAA hockey. She has won five World Championships with Team Canada, and was twice named the most valuable player of the World Championship tournament. She is also a honours graduate of Harvard University, where she played hockey and became the only two-time winner of the Patty Kazmaier Award, given to the the top player in the women’s college league.

Jennifer has also worked as a studio analyst for TSN, a hockey specialist with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, and as a guest on TSN’s Off the Record. She is also a co-host of Hometown Hockey with Ron MacLean.

Currently, Jennifer is an Athlete Ambassador with the International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation.  She is an active ambassador for Right to Play and Eat Smart Ontario, and also works with the Special Olympics, Kidsport, Children’s Wish Foundation, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, CanFund, Ladies First Hockey Foundation, and Canadian Cancer Society.

Jennifer’s father is a recognized sports psychologist, her mother competed in two Olympic Games as a speedskater, and her brother is the assistant general manager for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Closing Keynote: Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons

CFL legend Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons an icon of sporting excellence, community leadership, and personal integrity. With boundless energy and moments of quiet introspection, he talks about teamwork and the potential each of us has to achieve anything we set our minds to. Good-natured and unabashedly emotional, he shows you how to put your heart into everything you do.

Michael “Pinball” Clemons is an icon of sporting excellence, community leadership and personal integrity. Considered one of the best athletes Canada has ever known, his real legacy may well lie with the thousands of people he has inspired, both on and off the field. Clemons stands only 5 feet 6 inches; he weighs 170 pounds. Despite this—because of this—he led a spectacular CFL career, obliterating records, and winning Grey Cups with the Toronto Argonauts, as both a player and their head coach. (When you win as a coach, he has said, it’s like winning 42 times at once.)

Clemons was also the Argos’ CEO, and is now their vice chair. Away from the game, Michael “Pinball” Clemons has an undying commitment to community—especially to youth—that is simply unparalleled. He lends his name and time to countless high-profile causes, including the Argos’ Stop the Violence campaign, which encourages the active participation of communities, schools and government in educating youth and curbing increasing gun violence.