WickFest 2020 Hangout Speakers

When: Saturday, November 28th and Sunday, November 29th

Times: Starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. each day.

Each session is 30 minutes followed by a brief break to get set for the next hangout.

Where: ZOOM

Link is sent to individuals who are registered
(additional information below bios)

Angela James

Olympian, Hockey Hall of Famer, Senior Sports Coordinator at Seneca College

Angela James

Angela James needed just five games at the first ever IIHF Women’s World Championship to announce herself to the world. She hit nearly every opponent in her path. She scored 11 times. She and her 13 points led Canada, clad in their pink and white jerseys, to a gold medal. (Source: Kristina Rutherford: Sportsnet, Big Reads). She is considered the first superstar of modern women's hockey, James has been honoured by numerous halls of fame. She was one of the first three women inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008 and one of the first two inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010. She was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Tessa Bonhomme

Olympic Gold Medalist and TSN Sports Reporter

Tessa Bonhomme

Tessa Bonhomme is a former Professional Canadian ice hockey player and is a television sports reporter for TSN. She was an Olympic gold medallist as a member of the Canadian national women's hockey team and played for the Toronto Furies in the Canadian Women's Hockey League.


Retired NHLer and Ambassador, Vancouver Canucks

Dave Babych

Dave is a retired defenceman who played 19 seasons in the NHL. He is currently an an ambassador the Vancouver Canucks. He played in two NHL All-Star Games and played for the Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings.

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Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Tessa Virtue

Tessa Virtue is a retired Canadian ice dancer. With ice dance partner Scott Moir, she is the 2010 Olympic champion, the 2018 Olympic champion, the 2014 Olympic silver medalist, a three-time World champion (2010, 2012, 2017), a three-time Four Continents champion (2008, 2012, 2017), the 2016–17 Grand Prix Final champion, an eight-time Canadian National champion (2008–2010, 2012–2014, 2017–2018), and the 2006 World Junior champion. Virtue and Moir are also the 2018 Olympic gold medalists in the team event and the 2014 Olympic silver medalists in the team event. They are the most decorated Canadian ice dance team of all time and the most decorated Olympic figure skaters of all time.

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RockOn Founder and World Champion Multi-Sport Athlete

Dr. Syl Corbett, DC, PhD

Syl found athletics to be the staple in her life. It was her undying passion and the fuel she thrived on. Syl has never relented and is forever driven by her belief in boundless human potential, especially through athletics. Syl was involved in many sports growing up, but gravitated towards the freedom of solo pursuits. She competed on the World Cup and in numerous World Championships in triathlon, duathlon, mountain running, snowshoeing, marathons, etc. Syl shares her passion and knowledge as a private consultant to many professional athletes in hockey, running, triathlon, cycling, speed skating, and halfpipe skiing.

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NHL Analyst and Consultant

Darryl Belfry

NHL Player Development Author, Analyst and Consultant. Working with top young NHL players. Pioneered a career in the NHL centered on skill training to game transfer. Belfry is credited with accelerating the development of many current and rising National Hockey League stars including Patrick Kane, John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Noah Hanifin. He was also paramount during Hayley Wickenheiser’s career.


4-time Olympic Gold Medalist and WickFest Founder

Hayley Wickenheiser

Hayley is the founder of The Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival. She is a 4-time Olympic Gold Medalist, public speaker, author and is currently in her final year of medical school.

Tricia Smith

President, Canadian Olympic Committee

Tricia Smith

Tricia Smith, a lawyer and businesswoman based in Vancouver, has had a successful multifaceted career in sport. A four-time Olympian in rowing, Smith captured a silver medal at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games, seven world championship medals as well as a gold medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. Tricia Smith has been the president of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) since 2015 and was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2016


Olympian, IOC

Charmaine Crooks

Charmaine is Canada’s first female five time Olympian in athletics.
Just a year after taking up running seriously, she was selected for the 1980 Olympic team, but was unable to compete when Canada joined the American led boycott of the Games in Moscow. Four years later, she finally stepped on an Olympic track and was a member of the 4x400m relay team that won silver at Los Angeles 1984 and was the flagbearer in 1996. From 2000 to 2004 she was a full voting member of the IOC and became a founding member of the IOC Ethics Committee. She was also on the founding Executive Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency and has served on the Executive Board of Right to Play International. In 2006, she received the IOC Women and Sport Award.

Anthony Wolfe

Exercise Scientist

Anthony Wolfe, MS

Anthony is an exercise scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute’s satellite laboratory at the Baylor, Scott, and White Sports Performance Center in Frisco, Texas. His interests lie in exercise physiology, sports nutrition, and human performance and recovery in team sports. Anthony earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Hamline University where he competed in NCAA ice hockey while finding an interest in research. He then moved on the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin where he obtained his Master’s Degree under the guidance of Edward Coyle, PhD

Natalie Spooner 2

Olympic Gold Medalist & TV Personality

natalie Spooner

Natalie has become one of Canada’s most loved female hockey players and Gold medalists as she has easily gone between the ice and Canadian TV screens as a presence on The Amazing Race, a contestant on Battle of the Blades and now a judge on the same show. She was recently ranked 6th on SportsNet’s Most Powerful Women In Hockey list and is a powerhouse both on the ice and off.

Cammi Granato

Olympic Medalist, Hockey Hall of Famer and Scout for The Seattle Kraken

Cammi Granato

Cammi was a part of the history-making Team USA that took the gold-medal from the Canadian team in a shocking upset win in the 1998 Olympic debut for women’s hockey. Cammi took on the role of broadcaster and colour commentator for the NHL before starting Golden Dreams for Children Foundation, which is an organization dedicated to providing supports for special needs children. Today she is a Scout for the NHL expansion team, The Seattle Kraken among many other business pursuits.

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NHL Skating Development Consultant and World Champion Figure Skater

Barb Underhill

Barb Underhill is a Canadian former pair skater. With partner Paul Martini, she is the 1984 World champion, the 1979–1983 Canadian national champion, and the 1978 World Junior champion. They represented Canada at the 1980 Winter Olympics, where they placed 9th, and at the 1984 Winter Olympics, where they placed 7th. In 2009, she was named to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Since retiring, Underhill has worked as a skating coach for ice hockey players.

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Paralympic Gold Medalist

Benoit Huot

Benoit Huot CM CQ is a Canadian Paralympic swimmer, who has won nine Paralympic Games gold medals for Canada, primarily in the freestyle and butterfly strokes.

Hailing from Longueuil, Quebec, Huot was born with club feet, started swimming competitively at age 10 at the CAMO Natation club, where he is trained by Benoit Lebrun. In the beginning he competed alongside able-bodied swimmers and competed at two Quebec Games, earning silver in 1997.

Skylar Park

Taekwando, Future Olympian

Skylar Park

Skylar Park is a Canadian taekwondo athlete who has stood on the podium at 8 of the last 11 international taekwando events representing Canada. She won the gold medal at the 2018 Pan American Taekwondo Championships and has qualified to represent Canada at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Sixteen members of Taylor’s family are black belts. Now that’s not a family to mess with!

Sami Jo Small

Olympic Gold Medalist, Author and Public Speaker

Sami Jo Small

Small is a three-time Olympian, and five-time world champion goalie for the Canadian national women’s ice hockey team. She is a professional speaker and author and was one of the founders of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.
Her book, titled "The Role I Played: Canada’s Greatest Olympic Hockey Team"
was released this past Fall.


Throughout her career, Hayley has made some pretty awesome connections. You never know who might pop into your session 😎

sara scientist

Senior Scientist

Sara Oikawa, PhD.

Sara is a Senior Scientist at the GSSI satellite lab at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Sara earned her Honours Bachelor of Science Kinesiology, Masters of Science in Kinesiology, and her Ph.D. in Kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Sara’s Masters focused on resistance training-load
mediated muscle hypertrophy in trained young adults. Her Ph.D. work focused on dietary protein quality and alterations in protein metabolism, specifically muscle protein synthesis, in both inactivity and resistance training models. In her spare time, Sara enjoys travelling, hiking, cooking, and watching Toronto-based sports teams.

Additional Information

- Exact schedule to be released.
- Each attendee will be able to attend up to 8 hangout sessions + Group hangouts with Hayley within the weekend.
- Descriptions of the hangouts to be released soon.
- Most presenters will do 2 hangouts, so if you miss one due to a schedule conflict, you should be able to catch another.
- Each registrant will be required to have an individual email address in order to access the Zoom.
-You will be asked the week of the 23rd to identify your preferred sessions.
-There will be lots of room for people in all hangouts