Game Plan is delivered by a team of experts located all across Canada in the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network who draw from their knowledge of high performance sport, career development, transition planning and goal-setting to provide athletes with the support they need to perform at their best.
Game Plan Advisor & Director Stakeholder relationsCSI Calgary firstname.lastname@example.org
In her role as the Director of Stakeholder Relations at CSI Calgary, Cara has been providing career, education and transition support to athletes living and training in Alberta since 2006.
As a fresh graduate from Concordia with a BA in Recreation and Leisure, Cara started her career as an intern working with the Canadian Olympic Committee during the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games. This experience ignited her passion for sport and brought her to all corners of the globe including Torino in 2006, Vancouver in 2010, and most recently, to the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games as a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee Mission Team.
A former basketball and ringette player, Cara understands the demands of high performance sport and genuinely loves helping athletes work through the life challenges of competing in high performance sport. By cultivating goal-oriented relationships with athletes, Cara specializes in the kind of support and guidance they need to address the side of a life they might otherwise put off until their sport careers are over. Her personal touch and dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed either. In fact, many of the athletes she’s helped aren’t shy about expressing their sincere appreciation – which is great because knowing she’s making a difference is why Cara truly loves doing what she does.
Marketing & Communication ManagerGame Plan email@example.com
Elise Marcotte, M.Sc
Two-time Olympian Élise Marcotte made her Olympic debut at Beijing 2008 with a fourth place finish in the team event. She recorded two more near-podium results at London 2012, finishing fourth in both the duet competition with partner Marie-Pier Boudreau Gagnon, as well as in the team event. Marcotte was a double gold medallist at the Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games, in team and in duet. Marcotte previously competed at the Rio 2007 Pan Am Games, winning silver in the team event. Marcotte is a two-time bronze medallist at the FINA World Championship in 2009 and 2011.
Fluently bilingual, Marcotte holds an undergraduate degree in marketing from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) that she completed between Beijing and London Olympics and a Masters in Marketing from HEC Montréal, completed in a record of under 16 months. Upon retirement from the National Team in 2012, she was Vice-President, Marketing at a start-up company, Mission Graduation, and launched Synchro Academy. It was there that Marcotte started an initiative that allowed
Olympians to give back through a series of seminars nationaly and internationaly. Elise is a certified NCCP coach in the Competition-Development context for synchronized swimming, she is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Coaching Association of Canada. Marcotte was the Deputy Chef de Mission for Team Canada at the Pan American Games in Toronto in 2015 beside Curt Harnett. She is an instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary in Marketing and worked in communications and sponsorship in different sport bodies.
Elise is excited to help Game Plan’s brand and resources to be world-class.
Game Plan Advisor & Manager athlete servicesINS Québec firstname.lastname@example.org
Geneviève joined the support team for the INS Québec performance in 2014. Her role is to support and guide the 500 athletes served by INS Québec in their sports, academic and personal life. She has been involved in swimming, one of her biggest passions, for the past 25 years. Geneviève was part of the national team for eight years and holds a number of Canadian records. She burst on the international stage at the Commonwealth Games in 2006, taking home a bronze medal for the 50-metre butterfly. In 2008, she fulfilled her Olympic dream by swimming the 200-metre freestyle as well as the relays in the “Water Cube” in Beijing. Nonetheless, there was not a repeat performance of her Olympic exploits in 2012 because cancer forced her to retire early and unexpectedly.
Since then, she has completed a Bachelor’s degree at Université de Montréal and has training as a swimming coach. She confesses that having coached the Carabins at Université de Montréal for two season helped her in her transition. In 2015, Geneviève was part of the mission team for the Pan Am Games in Toronto to support athletes in reaching their sports goals. Having taken part in the development of an innovative internship programme for athletes, Relève Active, Geneviève believes she has made a difference in the lives of Quebec athletes. She is sharing her transition period with the athletes and is encouraging them to be prepared for all situations. Her difficult transition motivated her to develop tools and services for the athletes of today and tomorrow.
Game Plan National ManagerCanadian Olympic Committee email@example.com
Jeremiah Brown is a heavyweight rower who won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games with his teammates in the men’s eight. A former university football player, Jeremiah suffered a shoulder injury and decided to cross over to rowing after earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University in 2007. He spent two years balancing rowing with a full-time job as an analyst in commercial banking before joining the men’s national team in 2011 and helping propel his team to medals at World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic events.
After retiring from rowing in 2014, Jeremiah spent time studying jazz drumming at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, writing a book (which, it turns out, is almost as hard as getting to the Olympics), coaching his son’s hockey team and resuming contract work in commercial banking.
Jeremiah will be the first to admit that his transition out of sport was mentally, emotionally, and physically challenging and he is passionate about supporting Canada’s best athletes both while active and during their transition out of competitive sport. Jeremiah joined the Canadian Olympic Committee as Manager of Athlete Wellness in April, 2015 and transitioned into the role of Game Plan National Manager in 2016.
Game Plan AdvisorCSC Saskatchewan firstname.lastname@example.org
Jody Burnett, Ph.D
- PhD. Educational Psychology – University of Regina
- Registered Doctoral Psychologist (Provisional)
- Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) status with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
- Consultant for the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan
- Mentored under Dr. Cal Botterill, world renowned Sport Psychologist
Dr. Jody Burnett is a Registered Doctoral Psychologist (Provisional) who has been providing service to the general public as well as elite athletes for the past 10 years. Jody pursued both her academic and professional career in Regina and has successfully established her own consulting firm specializing in high performance training, counselling and research/evaluation.
Jody has experience working with individuals and teams at the regional, provincial and national level. Her therapeutic background has allowed athletes and other high performers (police, physicians, surgeons) to access supportive performance enhancement services that aid in the development of goal creation, focusing techniques, stress management, communication, recovery, confidence and resiliency. The adoption of these tools and techniques have helped clients to excel in sport, in health and in life.
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Lisa Hoffart (On Maternity Leave), MA
Based in Regina, Lisa is a Mental Performance Consultant for the Saskatchewan Sport Medicine and Science Council. In this role, Lisa has contributed to Team Saskatchewan’s performances at the Canada Summer Games in 2011 and 2013, the Canada Western Summer Games in 2011 and will continue in this role for the Canada Winter Games and Western Summer Games in 2015. Other career highlights include being part of the team that developed the innovative Mental Fitness for Long-Term Athlete Development Open a new tab page, an in-depth document that examines mental health and athlete career transitions from every angle.
She holds a Master of Arts in Human Kinetics specializing in Sport Psychology from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Counselling specializing in Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University. Her education has enabled Lisa to further develop her holistic approach to helping athletes not only in a performance domain, but also in everyday life.
But make no mistake – finding a healthy balance in life isn’t just something Lisa teaches. It’s something she lives. Throughout her extensive studies, she competed at the varsity level as a distance runner in track and field and cross country. She continues to train and compete, racing in distances from 5km to half marathons.
Game Plan AdvisorINS Québec firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie-Pier knows the importance of career transition in the life of an athlete. While she was transitioning from the role of high performance athlete to the professional world, she felt the need to give back to others by supporting athletes in their career transition and into their integration process to the professional world. Being herself a former member of the National Speed Canoe-kayak Team for eight consecutive years, it was clear to her that she wanted to participate in the preparation of the after-career of many athletes. Naturally curious and committed, she thrives to learn more about the different types of services offered to athletes in schools as well as on a professional level around the world so that our Canadian athletes can benefit from it. While completing her Bachelor of Orientation from Laval University, Marie-Pier has worked in the field of employability and recruitment. Following her graduation in the fall of 2016, she started acting as a consultant in educational and vocational information at La Fondation de l’Athlète d’Excellence du Québec. In order to further support the athletes in their transition process, she is now completing her graduate studies in Career Development at the University of Sherbrooke to be able to act as a guidance counselor.
Athlete Services Manager & Game Plan AdvisorCSC Atlantic Meaghan@cscatlantic.ca
Meaghan Donahue Wies, MBA
Since 2012, Meaghan has been providing essential support services to New Brunswick’s athletes and coaches in her role as Athlete and Coach Services Coordinator, ensuring they have the necessary sport science and medicine support, as well as career and transitional services, to help them achieve at the highest level. Based in Fredericton, NB, she is also the Game Plan lead for Atlantic Canada.
A graduate of the University of New Brunswick, Meaghan holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in sport and recreation management, as well as a Bachelor degree in psychology from St. Thomas University, and she is thrilled to be combining these two passions in her work with athletes on career planning, development, and transition. She is also currently pursuing further training and certification as a Career Development Practitioner.
A competitive figure skater growing up, Meaghan recognizes the importance of balance and maintaining ties to her athlete identity, and now stays active playing softball and football, running, and obstacle course racing.
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Natalie O’Leary, M.Sc.
After spending 13 years as a competitive short track speed skater and 7 years as a competitive soccer player, Natalie is no stranger to the world of high performance sport. She’s also no stranger to the world of athlete career transitions. With a master’s degree in Athletic Counselling as well as several years of field and firsthand experience, Natalie brings a winning combination of personal passion and professional expertise to Game Plan.
Natalie’s (non-sport) career highlights thus far include her time as an Academic Coordinator at Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts, where she helped student-athletes develop and enhance the skills necessary for academic, athletic and personal growth. As well, she was the Athletic Counsellor at Springfield College in Springfield Massachusetts, where she specialized in performance enhancement, goal setting, stress management, focus and mental preparation.
Building on those specializations, Natalie’s “Game Plan” goal is to help educate athletes on the athletic performance benefits of career exploration while in sport. By encouraging a proactive approach to this crucial form of development, athletes working with Natalie have an opportunity to reduce outside distractions and concerns regarding “life after sport” and experience an increase in confidence regarding transitions within and beyond sport.
Game Plan AdvisorCSI Ontario firstname.lastname@example.org
Rolf Wagschal, Ph.D
During his time as a national team athlete, Rolf represented Canada at the 1999 World University Games and 2002 World Sailing Championships among other international events. After he retired from competition, he carried on with his education, earning a Masters in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Argosy University/Phoenix in 2004 and a PhD in Kinesiology with a Behavioural Science (Sport & Exercise Psychology) concentration from Temple University in 2010.
As Rolf recalls, his transition away from sport was relatively smooth but he’s seen the challenges many athletes face during career transitions, and the consequent effects on their overall well-being – both positive and negative. Which is one of the reasons this former national team sailor finds working in this particular area of psychology immensely rewarding – i.e. he can help athletes achieve positive outcomes during and beyond their sporting careers.
His years of experience working as an educator, mental performance consultant, volunteer hockey coach and Athlete Career Transition Advisor at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, have fortified him with the skills necessary to provide athletes with expert-based support needed to plan and manage their non-sport commitments without compromising their sporting performance. This includes working with athletes not just from a performance enhancing perspective, but also from a life skills management perspective.
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Sophie Brassard, MA
Sophie is a Career Counsellor who has been supporting the career development and transition needs of athletes at the Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec) since 2011. Sophie also works as a guidance counselor for Fondation de l’Athlete d’Excellence to help student athletes combine sport with their studies. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières as well as a Master’s Degree in Guidance Counselling from the Université de Sherbrooke, where she focused her thesis on the identity changes of transitioning athletes. A former competitive gymnast at the club and university levels, Sophie saw firsthand all the personal and professional challenges her fellow teammates faced during their transition away from sport. She also saw how little access to career transition resources and guidance these fellow athletes had back then, which inspired her to make this area her life’s work.
Sophie is currently completing her PhD on the subject of sport transition. She is widely recognized for her expertise in this field and has presented talks on the topic at a number of provincial and national conferences, including the Forum Équipe Québec, Alliance Sport-Études, and the Fédération de Gymnastique du Québec. And finally, if Sophie looks familiar, that’s because she was featured as the resident counselling expert on two episodes of Télé-Québec’s “Life after Sport”, and on the documentary Sport Partum.
Game Plan Advisor & Manager athlete servicesCSC Manitoba firstname.lastname@example.org
As the Athlete Services & Development Manager at the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba, Stephanie works to ensure the Centre’s long-term sustainability so it can continue to assist Manitoba’s athletes on their sport journeys.
Stephanie’s education includes a Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development from the University of Manitoba.
She also shares a passion for sport and coaching, bringing more than a decade of experience as a lifeguard, instructor and swim coach, more than two decades of rowing and close to three decades of cross-country skiing. Her journey as a rower includes four seasons racing for the University of Manitoba.
Through Stephanie’s involvement in sport as a coach, athlete, and administrator, she uses her experience and intricate understanding of the sporting world to take a holistic approach to servicing athletes in Manitoba.
While still only in her first year at the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba, Stephanie’s vision for the Centre is ambitious and aimed at supporting athletes in all areas of life. She wishes to provide more resources for athletes in many areas, including assistance with everything from media training to proper eating and healthy living. She also wishes to provide ways for each athlete to alleviate financial and emotional stress throughout their sport journeys and beyond
Stephanie believes an open discourse and two-way communication is key in providing each athlete with what they require to achieve their potential, both on the field of play and in their lives outside sport.