Keynote Speaker: Caroline Ouellette

Keynote Speaker: Caroline Ouellette

Caroline Ouellette is one of Canada’s National Women’s Team’s longest-standing members, having played in over 200 games representing Team Canada. Ouellette has served in four Olympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City 2002, Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010, and Sochi 2014), winning gold at every appearance!

Not only is Ouellette a phenomenal athlete, she is also pushing for change and opening up opportunities for women both nationally and internationally. Ouellette founded the Caroline Ouellette Girls Hockey Celebration, which annually hosts girls from 6 to 12 years of age. The event was a first of its kind, allowing not only teams but individual players who could be placed on a team created for the tournament. This gave many girls the chance to have their first experience in female hockey. The event also allowed girls who have never played hockey to join the Try Hockey program and play with Olympians and members of the Montreal Les Canadiennes.

Ouellette also has knowledge in policing and women’s studies. She graduated from the National Police Academy in Quebec in 2000 and received her degree in Criminology and Women’s Studies from University of Minnesota Duluth in 2005.

Ouellette was the 2014 recipient of the YMCA Women of Distinction Award, the 2013 recipient of the Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Award, was nominated for the 2013 CWHL Humanitarian Award, and has accomplished numerous other achievements in athletics.

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