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ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 

July 9, 2021

7:00 pm
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1:00 am
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Opening Ceremony & Social Trivia Night

Join us as we kick-off the 2021 PowerHockey Canada Summit with welcome remarks from our PowerHockey Canada team and special guests along with some exciting announcements! Following our Opening Ceremony, join us for a fun, social evening where your knowledge of trivia will be put to the test. The night will bring the powerhockey and parasport community together and you’ll get your chance to win some exciting prizes!

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FEATURING

Meghan Hines

Vice President & Player, PowerHockey Canada
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As a para-athlete for over 20 years, Meghan has a wealth of experience to draw on. She has participated in Track3 skiing, horseback riding, figure skating, and powerhockey, both recreationally and competitively. Her involvement with parasports has positively impacted her at a personal level as well as in her career as a Human Resources professional. Meghan’s leadership qualities and passion for powerhockey ultimately led her to competing internationally, representing Canada at the 2019 Australian Powerchair Hockey Club Championships and 2018 IWAS World Championship, as well as becoming a co-founder and Vice President of PowerHockey Canada.

As a para-athlete for over 20 years, Meghan has a wealth of experience to draw on. She has participated in Track3 skiing, horseback riding, figure skating, and powerhockey, both recreationally and competitively. Her involvement with parasports has positively impacted her at a personal level as well as in her career as a Human Resources professional. Meghan’s leadership qualities and passion for powerhockey ultimately led her to competing internationally, representing Canada at the 2019 Australian Powerchair Hockey Club Championships and 2018 IWAS World Championship, as well as becoming a co-founder and Vice President of PowerHockey Canada.

Paul Desaulniers

President & Former Player, PowerHockey Canada
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Paul began playing powerhockey in 1998 and for 19 years competed both locally, nationally, and internationally, winning several championships along the way. Paul has been involved with the management side of the sport since 2011 and has also been coaching since retirement with his local league. As co-founder and manager of PowerHockey Canada, he is committed to the sport’s development long-term. Driven by his passion for powerhockey and experiences in the sport, he strives to carry that forward for future generations of Canadian para-athletes.

Paul began playing powerhockey in 1998 and for 19 years competed both locally, nationally, and internationally, winning several championships along the way. Paul has been involved with the management side of the sport since 2011 and has also been coaching since retirement with his local league. As co-founder and manager of PowerHockey Canada, he is committed to the sport’s development long-term. Driven by his passion for powerhockey and experiences in the sport, he strives to carry that forward for future generations of Canadian para-athletes.

Karen O'Neill

CEO, Canadian Paralympic Committee
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A well-respected senior executive in Canada’s sport community with extensive experience in several leadership roles, Karen O’Neill has been the CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee since June 2013.

Under Karen’s guidance, CPC has grown immensely over the past several years. The organization has increased in size and scope across all areas, advancing Para sport in Canada while galvanizing its reputation as a leader nationally and internationally.

A conscientious and tireless advocate for creating an inclusive sport environment, Karen sits on a number of groups where she shares her voice and experience and works to better the sport community in this country, including the True Sport Foundation, which supports values based sport, the Canadian Sport Policy (CSP) Renewal Working Group, and the Universal Code of Conduct to prevent and address maltreatment in sport (UCCMS) Leadership Group. She has also been a leading voice for safe sport in Canada. Internationally, she is member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Women in Sport committee. In 2018, she was named Sports Media Canada’s Executive of the Year following Canada’s most successful Paralympic Winter Games yet in PyeongChang.

Prior to joining CPC, she served as CEO of Field Hockey Canada from 2009 to 2013 and as Chief Operating Officer of the Rick Hansen Foundation from 2004 to 2009, where she oversaw a period of rapid growth and innovation. She also was CEO of Commonwealth Games Canada from 1997 to 2004, leading the strategy for the Kuala Lumpur 1998 and Manchester 2002 Games.

She also served as director general of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association from 1989 to 1992 and chef de mission of the Canadian Paralympic Team for Atlanta 1996. Originally from Halifax, she holds a master’s degree in education from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Concordia University.

Elder Blu

Metis Nation of Ontario
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Blu’s family is from Big River Saskatchewan, Star Blanket Reserve and Bra’dor Lake, Eskasoni First Nations, Cape Breton Nova Scotia, and the Red River. Blu grew up with their grandmother and learned about traditional medicines, learning healing methods and care of the sick. Their grandmother also shared her knowledge of the great teachings.

Blu is currently working at Seneca College as an Elder on campus providing traditional teachings and one-to-one counselling.

Blu spent 2.5 years working for the National Inquiry for Murdered and Missing Women as a Grandmother to Commissioner Brian Eyelfson and sits on the Grandmother Circle.

Blu sits on the Thunder Women Healing Lodge as a Director of the Board.

Blu also sits as the Ontario representative for Metis people with 2 Spirits In Motion Board.

Blu also provides ceremony, teaching, and counselling for 2 Spirit People of the First Nations, in Toronto.

Blu was also the national caucus representative for the Toronto Urban Aboriginal strategies for five years working with the community of Toronto and the government. They are also a graduate of DeVry Institute of Technology receiving their business software micro-computer architecture and A+ certification.

Blu's gifts include: Traditional teachings, giving traditional spirit names, hand drumming, song writer, creative writings, and full moon conductor. Pipe ceremonies and sweat lodge ceremonies and Traditional counselling.

Blu is a 2 spirit person, a mother of 3, a grandmother of 3, a sun dancer, and a pipe carrier.

Kirk Ashman

Director & Player, PowerHockey Toronto
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Kirk’s involvement in powerhockey began in 1994. As a veteran player he is able to offer his years of experience at various levels of play coupled with a mentorship perspective for younger para-athletes. Leading by example and having a “team-first” mentality has been an integral part of his success both on the floor and in his professional career in the financial services sector. Kirk recently represented PowerHockey Canada at the 2019 Australian Powerchair Hockey Club Championship.

Kirk’s involvement in powerhockey began in 1994. As a veteran player he is able to offer his years of experience at various levels of play coupled with a mentorship perspective for younger para-athletes. Leading by example and having a “team-first” mentality has been an integral part of his success both on the floor and in his professional career in the financial services sector. Kirk recently represented PowerHockey Canada at the 2019 Australian Powerchair Hockey Club Championship.

Dan Di Poce

Player, PowerHockey Toronto
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Dan began playing powerhockey in 2013. Since then, he has played competitively for both the Toronto Rock as well as the Toronto Toros. He was also honoured to represent Canada at the Australian Powerchair Hockey Club Championships in 2019. Dan is an avid writer and a sports enthusiast, who has also participated in Track3 skiing, horseback riding and sledge hockey. He prides himself on being a devoted teammate and brings a competitive edge to any sporting environment.

Dan began playing powerhockey in 2013. Since then, he has played competitively for both the Toronto Rock as well as the Toronto Toros. He was also honoured to represent Canada at the Australian Powerchair Hockey Club Championships in 2019. Dan is an avid writer and a sports enthusiast, who has also participated in Track3 skiing, horseback riding and sledge hockey. He prides himself on being a devoted teammate and brings a competitive edge to any sporting environment.

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