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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.
For more information on Game Plan, feel free to reach out directly to the advisor that corresponds to your region!
Game Plan Advisor & Director Stakeholder relationsCSI Calgary email@example.com
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.
7 February 2018
Yes, these sessions are only offered in Toronto and not in Calgary. I realize that is not super convenient. However,…
Marketing & Communication ManagerGame Plan firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
20 June 2017
It can be hard to ask someone you admire for advice. As an athlete, I’ve always known this – it’s…
Game Plan AdvisorCSC Saskatchewan email@example.com
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 serves as Game Plan Advisor to Saskatechewan athletes on a part-time basis
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.
Game Plan AdvisorCSI Pacific firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Dowling, M.Sc.
Laura is passionate about helping people discover who they are and their purpose during and beyond life in sport. She believes that everyone is uniquely wired, and when we can articulate our personal values and talents, we can positively move forward as our best authentic self.
She is joining the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific & the Game Plan team with a wealth of experience in educating leaders with how their minds work and the powerful impact of what an intentional thought life can cause. On a journey since 2012, after her own transition out of playing high performance sport, she has been living in Swaziland as a mental performance consultant and personal development coach in the business, NGO and sporting sectors. Her successes in this field are fueled by seeing people and teams transform their thinking, and what a clear and compelling purpose and vision can do for an acceleration of growth.
Sport has always been a part of Laura’s life, having played or been involved in field hockey across the globe for nearly 28 years, from provincial to national, to University and club hockey, to then leading a board of a national association. She enjoys keeping active and is looking for her next adventure after recently summiting Mt Kilimanjaro!
- BA in Sociology & Psychology (UBC, Canada), Masters of Science in Population Health (University of Ulster, UK), StrengthsFinder Gallup Coach, Investment in Excellence Facilitator. Currently pursuing International Coach Federation credentials.
She believes in a holistic approach to well-being and know that if athletes &and coaches can utilize the programs of Game Plan they can go confidently in the directions of their goals.
Game Plan AdvisorCSC Saskatchewan email@example.com
Lisa Hoffart, 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. Based in Regina, Lisa is a Mental Performance Consultant for the Saskatchewan Sport Medicine and Science Council, and serves as a part-time Game Plan Advisor for Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan
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
A national and international level athlete, Lu Bonnet represented Canada at the 2004 World University Badminton Championships.
Lu has a great deal of high-performance sport knowledge and experience. Before joining the Institut national du sport du Québec in September 2017 as an Athlete Aervices Advisor, he served as an Athlete Marketing Consultant with the Canadian Olympic Committee. He was also involved in athlete development through coordination of the Canadian Fencing Federation’s high-performance program as well as in training badminton players from two university teams: the Université de Montréal’s Carabins and the UQAM’s Citadins.
Committed to providing athletes with the best environment and the best resources possible on a daily basis to maximize their chances of reaching new heights in all aspects of their lives, Lu is very excited about his duties as a Game Plan Advisor.
Game Plan AdvisorINS Québec email@example.com
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 their integration process to the professional world.
As a former member of the National Speed Canoe-kayak Team for eight consecutive years, Marie-Pier knew she wanted to support athletes in their post-sport career planning. Naturally curious and committed, she thrives in learning more about the different types of services offered to athletes in schools as well as on a professional level around the world for the benefit of Canada’s athletes.
While completing her Bachelor of Administration from Laval University, Marie-Pier worked in the field of employability and recruitment. Following her graduation in the fall of 2016, she began consulting in educational and vocational information at La Fondation de l’Athlète d’Excellence du Québec (FAEQ). 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.
Through a partnership with the Institut National du Sport du Quebec, FAEQ works closely with Game Plan to serve Quebec-based carded national team athletes.
12 December 2017
Plan study time in your schedule. Take notice of your competition schedule as soon as possible to spot possible conflicts.…
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.
Athlete Services ManagerCSC Saskatchewan firstname.lastname@example.org
Manager of Athlete Services for the Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, she has worked in Saskatchewan’s amateur sport system since 2001. Current responsibilities include facilitating leadership workshops, administration of Para sport and athlete financial support programs in addition to the management of the Game Plan program in Saskatchewan.
Game Plan AdvisorCSI Ontario email@example.com
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.
15 November 2017
So we’ve spent a lot of time discussing who you might be, and what it is that you want. Great.…
Game Plan AdvisorINS Québec firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 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. She 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 “Ma vie après le sport”.
5 December 2017
“Stay focused, practice visualization techniques, envision your routine every night before going to bed, watch videos and analyze movements…”…
Game Plan Advisor & Manager athlete servicesCSC Manitoba email@example.com
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.
Game Plan National ManagerCanadian Olympic Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas has a diverse background in marketing and communications and has worked for many of Canada’s largest and most respected publications as a writer and/or editor. He has also worked as a communication consultant for music festivals, businesses and sport organizations.
As a respected leader in the Canadian sport system he has worked for a decade to make the national team athlete journey as safe, fair and healthy as possible, first as a volunteer and recently as a leader of athlete focused organizations.
With his role as interim executive director of AthletesCAN, he helped develop athlete leaders and advocated for athlete funding and athlete rights. Now, as national manager of Game Plan, Canada’s total athlete wellness program, he is proud to be supporting a team of Game Plan advisors as they help Canada’s athletes develop, not just as high performing athletes, but also as well-rounded individuals.
As a sprint canoe athlete, he represented Canada for 15 years and medalled at every international event that features sprint canoeing. His career culminated with an Olympic bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics. He is proud to be giving back to his sport as vice-president of CanoeKayak Canada. In his spare time, he occasionally works as a wilderness canoe guide and enjoys disappearing into Canada’s backcountry.
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.