— Team Canada


Team Canada Olympic Lab in partnership with lululemon Beijing Edition page


the spark


the flame


the inferno


The fire that burns within us ignites a spark in others—to aim higher, think bigger, and realize their full potential. We carry our flame with pride and purpose. The examples we set and the stories we create are our legacy, as we burn brightly and show up fiercely as our truest selves.

1 spark

Set the spark

We unite as Team Canada to create the spark that will light the flame that never goes out. We ignite inspiration by sharing our stories, learning from each other, and creating bonds that will carry us to Beijing and beyond.

2 flame

Feed the flame

We fan the flames of potential with preparation so that we can burn brighter than ever. Armed with knowledge and clarity about the road ahead, our high-functioning team will be ready and equipped for every aspect of the Olympic experience.

3 inferno

Ignite the inferno

We let the embers of our Olympic dreams grow to become an inferno of determination. Fuelled by purpose and driven by the searing heat of belief, our athletes emerge as Team Canada—ready to deliver and take their performance to new heights.


  • Thursday, September 23, 2021
    The times are listed in Mountain Time (MST)
  • 11h30 — Participants log in
  • 12h — Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • 12h05 — Ignite Talk

    with Harry Julmice, lululemon Ambassador

  • 12h10 — Performing in Chaos

    with Dr.Andy Walshe & Jurgen Heitmann

  • 13h10 — Sweat

    with Ryan Leier, lululemon Ambassador

  • 13h25 — Break
  • 13h35 — Ignite Talk

    with Kim Katrin, lululemon Ambassador

  • 13h40 — Beijing Outlook

    A Fireside chat with David Shoemaker and two-time Olympic medalist Carol Huynh

  • 14h25 — Extended Break
  • 15h15 — Ignite Talk

    with Samantha Gash, lululemon Ambassador

  • 15h20 — Games Insight: Lessons from Tokyo 2020

    with Dr. Penny Werthner

  • 16h20 — Break
  • 16h30 — Sweat

    with Ryan Leier, lululemon Ambassador

  • 16h45 — Growth Mindset

    with Dr.Andy Walshe & Jurgen Heitmann

  • 17h15 — Musical Performance
  • 17h45 — Chief Sport Officer Remarks

    with Eric Myles

  • 17h50 — Chef du Mission Address & Closing Remarks

    with two-time Olympic champion Catriona Le May Doan

  • 18h00 — End of the Event
  • 18h00 — Optional: Marketplace

    with Athlete Marketing, Commercial Affairs & Partnerships, and Game Plan


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Catriona Le May Doan made four Olympic appearances in long track speed skating, including at Salt Lake City 2002 where she etched her name in the history books as the first Canadian athlete to successfully defend an Olympic gold medal in an individual event.

Le May Doan extended her impressive Olympic resume as part of the broadcast team at five Olympic Games, earning a Gemini for Best Sports Analyst for her speed skating work at Vancouver 2010. No stranger to mentorship, she was named Lead Athlete Mentor for Team Canada at PyeongChang 2018.

Between her vast experience in the world of sport, her integrity and the way she consistently lives the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship, we are all extremely fortunate and excited to have Catriona as Chef for Beijing 2022.

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Andy is a globally recognized leader and expert in the field of elite human performance, his experience runs the gamut of human performance - the research and training of all aspects of human performance for individuals, teams and large organizations in sport, culture, military, and business settings. His work to demystify talent has led him on a mission to hack human performance, and to share his learnings for the betterment of society. He is currently a co-Founder and Partner with Liminal Collective and consults directly with numerous institutions including the Armed Forces, Fortune 500 companies, technology companies, artists, and athletes worldwide.

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Jurgen has always been serving in organizations that are constantly exploring the edges of human potential and pushing boundaries. Serving over three decades in Special Operations, he built and led teams in global counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations. Jurgen is currently a co-Founder with Liminal Collective enabling others to explore the edges of human potential and team optimization. He is also the Director of Performance for Arena Labs which accelerates high performance in medicine.

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With over 20 years of experience in the sports industry, David Shoemaker is an accomplished global sports executive and a trusted name in the worlds of sports, business and law. David joined the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) in January 2019 after being named Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General.

David oversees the broad scope of operations of the Olympic Movement in Canada including national sport development programs, Team Canada preparation, Olympic bids and events, as well as the commercial and marketing arms of the organization. He works closely with the 55 national sport federations to provide the tools and support they need to develop the next generation of Olympians.

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Known for her incredible career on the mat, two-time Olympian Carol Huynh is Canada’s first Olympic gold medallist in women’s wrestling. She has remained passionate about sport since last competing for Team Canada, taking on everything from being an assistant Chef de Mission at Rio 2016 to coaching young wrestlers to becoming an Olympic broadcaster. In both of her Olympic appearances, Huynh climbed the podium. During her first Olympic Games at Beijing 2008, the Hazelton, B.C.-born daughter of ethnic Chinese refugees from Vietnam, produced a memorable moment as she stood atop the podium and tears flowed during the playing of O Canada.

After retiring from competitive wrestling, Huynh began coaching the junior program at the Calgary Dinos Wrestling Club. Since 2015, Huynh has been Wrestling Canada’s Next Gen coach based in Calgary. She mainly works with these junior athletes at tournaments and training camps, so the pandemic has created many new obstacles to overcome when connecting with young athletes. She is currently completing her advanced coaching diploma as well as working towards becoming a certified mental performance consultant. She also has a 3 and 7 year old at home she has to keep up with!

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Dr. Penny Werthner, PhD, became the Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology in 2012. She is one of Canada’s most distinguished consultants in the field of sport psychology. She has served as a sport psychology consultant for Canada's national and Olympic teams since 1985. She is one of the founding members of Canadian Women and Sport (formerly Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport) and has been named one of the Top 20 Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity by Canadian Women and Sport.

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Eric Myles is the Chief Sport Officer at the Canadian Olympic Committee. In this role, he is responsible for the Games, Sport System relations in Canada and International Relations for Sport. He actively engages and collaborates with active and alumni Olympians.

Eric brings a wealth of invaluable experience in the sport, education and health industry. This includes 12 years as Co-Founder and Executive Director of Québec en Forme, an organization that mobilizes people from across Québec to engage in active living and healthy eating, an essential component of the development of the province’s youth.

In addition to his work with Québec en Forme, Eric spent 18 years in various roles with l’Académie les Estacades, including Director of the programme Sport-études. He also helped found the Complexe sportif Alphonse-Desjardins in Trois-Rivières, Quebec.

Eric has an extensive background in canoe/kayak sprint, having competed and coached internationally.

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Matt Hughes

Hands down the greatest Canadian steeplechaser of all time, Matthew Hughes literally leaps over hurdles higher than a kitchen table and through awkward water jumps as if they were barely there, and he does it all on an exhausted set of legs over 3,000 metres. Come to think of it, not once has he fallen during a competitive race.

Leading up to 2020, Hughes admits it has been a bumpy few years. Simply put, he had fallen out of love with running. It had become a job, a chore. He was going through the motions and had lost the fire to compete. He made the difficult decision to leave the Bowerman Track Club, and to return home to train with Dave Reid in Toronto with the hopes of finding happiness and joy once again.

In his 2nd Olympic Games in Tokyo, Matthew Hughes set a new standard for Canadian steeplechasers. His sixth-place finish in the men’s 3,000-metre steeplechase final is the best-ever placing for a Canadian in the event. “I’m content with that … happy too. You look at the way my season started and, mentally and physically, I wasn’t in a great spot,” said Hughes. “Overall, I can’t be disappointed with that.”

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Brendon Rodney

Brendon Rodney is a two-time Olympic bronze medallist in the 4x100m relay. In his Olympic debut at Rio 2016, he ran the third leg of the 4x100m relay that broke a 20-year-old national record to win bronze. He also competed in the 200m after winning the event at the 2016 Canadian Championships where he set a personal best time of 19.96 seconds, becoming just the second Canadian to run sub-20 seconds.

At Tokyo 2020, he again ran the third leg of the 4x100m relay in both the first round and final to earn a second straight Olympic medal in the event. He also raced individually in the 200m.

Rodney had previously won the national 200m title in 2014, when he also made his senior international debut with Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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Glenroy Gilbert

Glenroy Gilbert is a two-sport and five-time Olympian, competing in athletics at Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 & Sydney 2000, as well as bobsleigh at Lillehammer 1994. Gilbert captured gold when he teamed with Donovan Bailey, Bruny Surin, Robert Esmie and alternate Carlton Chambers to form the world’s fastest 4×100-metre relay team. He is also a proud member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

After retiring as an athlete in 2001, Gilbert worked with CBC Radio as a community reporter, researching people in the Ottawa area who had compelling stories to tell. But he didn’t leave the track behind for long.

As a coach, Gilbert’s recent accomplishments are impressive, he led the men’s 4x100-metre relay team to a bronze medal at the 2015 IAAF World Championships and at the 2016 Olympic Games. Also in Rio, he led the women’s 4x400-metre relay team to a fourth-place finish, and the women’s 4x100-metre relay team to a seventh-place finish. From 2006 to 2014 he was Athletics Canada’s lead relay coach, in 2014-2015 he worked with the Canadian Paralympic Committee in the position of Senior Coordinator, High Performance and Games Enhancements. As a coach, he has attended four Olympic Games and seven World Championships.

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Passionate and inspirational, Ryan Leier brings a creative energy to every class he teaches, whether in his own One Yoga studios or as an ambassador of yoga to communities around the world. With a distinct expression of ancient traditions that touches his students’ hearts, Ryan’s commitment to honouring his teachers leads him to be equally devoted to continuing his studies as he is to teaching.

Ryan is primarily a student of the Krishamacharya yoga lineage and received teachings directly from the Master, Sri BKS Iyengar. Registered as an E-RYT 500, RCYT, the highest designation with the Yoga Alliance, Ryan also trains with the extraordinary teachers Father Joe Pereira (Iyengar Yoga), Baron Baptiste, Danny Paradise, Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane (Maya Yoga), and Srivatsa Ramaswami (Vinyasa Krama).

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Kim Katrin is an internationally acclaimed award winning educator, consultant & social entrepreneur. Recognized as one of The Root's' Young Feminists to Watch', celebrated as Canada’s National Youth Role Model.

Since 2012, Kim has spoken on equity and social entrepreneurship at institutions across Canada and the US both on and offline to millions. From Ivy League institutions including Princeton, Stanford & Dartmouth to Canadian schools like McGill, UBC & Mount Allison. Kim has opened for the cultural scholar Cornel West at the University of California, delivered the keynote address at Historically Black Colleges's Morehouse & Spelman and was a beloved speaker at LUSH headquarters. Collaborating with brands like Makeup Forever, Squarespace & Lululemon she has worked both internally and externally to innovate around inclusion.

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Whether Sam was tackling a 379 kilometre run across Australia’s Simpson Desert, completing South Africa’s 1968 kilometre Freedom Trail in 32 days, or covering a 76 day and 3,253 kilometre run from the west to the east of India, she has used her ability to run over long distances to create change.

Through these events, Sam has raised awareness around female empowerment and access to education programs, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars to support them.

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Harry is a creative, a social entrepreneur, a community facilitator, and a youth mentor. He is also the co-founder of Never Was Average, a production company that encompasses a multitude of community-based arts and cultural projects. His true calling in life is to lead, serve, and inspire his community by any means necessary.

Harry leverages the power of self-transformation, mindset and community empowerment to build bridges. Via mentorship and mindful conversations, he believes learning is not a linear process and that knowledge and purpose can be delivered via community. He uses his insatiable appetite for social change to forge new paths of masculinity.


The Lab is where Canada’s most elite high-performers unite as one team, under the microscope of the Olympic Games. Over the course of the event we meet to collaborate and focus intently on Games-specific preparation and planning among Olympic experts and marquee speakers.
More than 250 Team Canada Olympic-hopefuls will be in attendance. This edition includes athletes, coaches, and team leaders.
If you were invited to the Team Canada Olympic Lab, it is because Team Canada and your team believe in you and your potential to qualify for the upcoming Olympic Games. Many participants in attendance will learn of their qualification just a few months prior to the Games. If you have been invited, you are meant to be there!

At the Lab, we will reflect on strategies to prepare and perform in this unique Olympic environment. To help us prepare, we would like to know what is your biggest challenge for Beijing 2022? Prepare to be engaged and willing to actively participate virtually.

We will be using Zoom. Make sure your video, audio and internet connection are working for the best experience.

Yes, a recording will be available after the event. Please contact events@olympic.ca.

The Lab showcases inspiring individuals who are meant to challenge our way of thinking and inspire. A list of speakers is available on the event website here.

All Beijing resources will be available on the Lab website here.

Please contact us at events@olympic.ca so we can identify the location of the package.