CKC Alumni Karen Furneaux Celebrates International Women’s Day With Launch Of Motivational Book for Youth

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CKC Alumni Karen Furneaux Celebrates International Women’s Day With Launch Of Motivational Book for Youth

February 26, 2018

On Thursday, March 8, Canoe Kayak Canada Alumni, Karen Furneaux, will launch her book Strong Beauty: Power Up The Champion Within at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

Furneaux, a Sprint Kayak Alumni of Waverley, Nova Scotia, is a two-time World Champion, three-time Olympian and an inductee in the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. She is a professional speaker and President of I Promise Performance, Inc., a company that offers wellness programming and leadership training.

“I wrote Strong Beauty to help young women hone their own success,” said Furneaux. “I want to inspire them in finding their unique power and their very best!”, she added.

The Olympian’s desire to inspire and guide young women is very strong. Karen Furneaux is also planning on moving this book forward by doing a tour with it: “the more young women I can reach, the better it is! I want to spread the word, share my experiences and make a difference in young women’s lives”.

Strong Beauty is filled with strategy, story and powerful practices. On March 8th, Furneaux will speak about her book alongside Hall of Fame CEO, Bruce Rainnie, who will emcee the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring youth to the launch to meet Furneaux, who was recently named #11 on the Hall of Fame’s list of the Top 15 Nova Scotia athletes of all time.

Books will be sold at the launch for $20 each, with $5 from every sale going to support the Hall of Fame’s Future Hall of Famers education program, for which Furneaux has been a long-time presenter and ambassador. You will also be able to buy Strong Beauty on the CKC Online Store soon!

The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame is located above the box office in the Scotiabank Centre at 1800 Argyle Street, Suite 446.

To get more information about Strong Beauty: Power Up The Champion Withinvisit the book’s website at
Find out about Karen Furneaux’ corporate training programs and speaking availability at


For more informations:

Karen Furneaux
I Promise Performance, Inc.

Katie Tanner
Museum and Communications Coordinator
Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame
(902) 404-3343

Joannie Verret
Communications Coordinator
Canoe Kayak Canada
(418) 271 3785


Canoe Kayak Canada
Seven Canoe Kayak Canada athletes join RBC Olympians Program

TORONTO, ONTARIO (JANUARY 17, 2018) – RBC recently announced 57 elite Canadian athletes as 2018 RBC Olympians. Among these athletes are seven canoe/kayak athletes, including Olympic bronze medalist Mark Oldershaw and two-time Olympian Michael Tayler.

Athlete Club Discipline
Mark Oldershaw Burloak Canoe Club Men’s canoe, sprint
Michael Tayler Ottawa River Runners Men’s kayak, slalom
Hannah MacIntosh Senobe Canoe Club Women’s canoe, sprint
Mark James Senobe Canoe Club Men’s canoe, sprint
Marshall Hughes Cheema Aquatic Club Men’s kayak, sprint
Alex Scott Maskwa Aquatic Club Men’s kayak, sprint
James Lavallee Toba Canoe Club Men’s kayak, sprint

The RBC Olympian program is a national initiative that offers top athletes the opportunity to focus on training and competing while receiving much-needed financial support. The athletes serve as community ambassadors, attending hundreds of community and charitable appearances and bringing the Olympic message of teamwork, excellence and leadership to communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

In addition, RBC Olympians have access to flexible work opportunities that provide practical job skills and experiences – helping them succeed both on and off the water. Since 2002, over 250 current and retired Olympic and Paralympic athletes have participated in the program, with some becoming full-time RBC employees.


About RBC
Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We have approximately 81,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 35 other countries. For more information, please visit‎

RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities. For more information please see:

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For more information, please contact:

Hannah Vaughan
Public Relations Coordinator
RBC Atlantic

Joannie Verret
Communication Coordinator
Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada
Canoe Kayak Canada Recognizes Coaches at the 2017 Annual Summit

Canoe Kayak Canada 2017 Awards Presentations

OTTAWA (November 22, 2017) – This past weekend, Canoe Kayak Canada honoured a number of coaches from different disciplines during the 2017 Annual Summit in Ottawa, ON. We are proud to name the coaches who won the performance, development, dedication, leadership and recognition awards of the 2017 edition.

CKC Development Award
The CKC Development Award is presented annually to a coach that has demonstrated their abilities at developing a club or the sport through creating a new program such as aboriginal paddling or PaddleALL, successfully increasing club memberships in a new or specific program, shown improvements in performance at a provincial or national level or demonstrates concerns for the all –round development of the athlete.

Scott Brunskill Regina Marathon Canoe Club


Coach Developer Award
The Coach Developer Award is presented to a coach who goes above and beyond their regular coaching duties, for the development and advancement of Canoe Kayak, while demonstrating a positive image of coaching, is a member of national or provincial committee, is involved in coach education training and outreach programs for other clubs.

Mathieu Pelletier Club de canoë-kayak de Trois-Rivières


Fair Play Award
The Fair Play Award is presented to recognize an act of fair play by an athlete or team during the year, up to and including the Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships.

Jeff Houser ADCKC


Petro Canada Sport Leadership Awards
These awards are to recognize coaches whose athletes have excelled at world championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games. These recipients are some of Canada’s most outstanding national team coaches who have dedicated their time and efforts to ensuring that athletes reach their potential on an international stage.

Name Province Athlete
Mathieu Pelletier Québec Laurence Vincent-Lapointe
Jan Kruk Nova Scotia Katie Vincent


Coach Recognition Awards 
These awards are presented to coaches who have coached an athlete or crew to a gold medal at the Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships or coached an athlete who has been nominated to a national team (Senior World Championships, Junior World Championships, Carded Athlete, or National Development Team)

Name Club Event
Sebastien Bettez Trois Rivières Sprint
Alina Carranco Rideau Sprint
Nathan Desmarais Sherbrooke Sprint
Erin Donovan Cheema Sprint
Eric Ellery Balmy Beach Sprint
Leah Hewitt Cheema Sprint
Rob Baert Senobe Sprint
Tamas Buday Jr Pointe Claire Sprint
Tamas Buday Sr Mississauga Sprint
Chris Chaisson MicMac Sprint
Alina Carranco Rideau Sprint
Andres Carranco Rideau Sprint
Diana Deek Rideau Sprint
Mary Ellery Balmy Beach Sprint
Edgar Garza Calgary Sprint
Hunter George Burloak Sprint
Luc Grenier Lac Beauport Sprint
Andrzej Gronomicz Saskatoon Sprint
Cheyanne Farquharson Rideau Sprint
Wade Farquharson Rideau Sprint
Joel Hazzan Ottawa River Sprint
Anna Hetzler Cheema Sprint
Jeff Houser ADCKC Sprint
Conrad Hutter Rideau Sprint
Kyle Jeffrey Mississauga Sprint
Frédéric Jobin Canada Sprint
Toshko Kalpakov Banook Sprint
Mike Kerrivan Cheema Sprint
Csom Latorovzki ADCKC Sprint
Chris MacPherson Sack-a-wa Sprint
Peter Martinek Balmy Beach Sprint
Adam Mayo Cascade Sprint
Kevin McIntyre Balmy Beach Sprint
Éric Mihalovic Pointe Claire Sprint
Adam Oldershaw Burloak Sprint
Scott Oldershaw Burloak Sprint
Mathieu Pelletier Trois-Rivières Sprint
Jonathan Pike Maskwa Sprint
Mike Robinson Wascana Sprint
Rob Sargant Burloak Sprint
Helen Savin Richmond Hill Sprint
Pat Lester Carleton Place Sprint
Jerome Seremak Manitoba Sprint
Doug Tutty Mississauga Sprint
Greg Redman British Columbia Ocean Race
Gergely Lanci Sudbury Canoe Club Canoe Polo
Jason Allen Edmonton Whitewater Paddlers Cano Polo
Brad Cameron National Women’s Polo Team Canoe Polo
Stephen Gale National Women’s Polo Team Canoe Polo
Florence Maheu Kayak Valleyfield Slalom
Marc-Antoine Dubois Kayak Valleyfield Slalom
Brendan Curson CanoeKayak Saskatchewan Slalom
Mike Holroyd Alberta Slalom CanoeKayak Slalom
Louis-Philippe Legare Valleyfield Centre d’Excellence Slalom
Michal Staniszewski Canada Slalom
Anthony Colin Whitewater Ontario Slalom
Dave Lewis Nova Scotia Marathon
Chris Near Ontario Marathon
Mike Vincent Saskatchewan Marathon
Chris Nicholson British Columbia Marathon
Canoe Kayak Canada
Canoe Kayak Canada Welcomes Four (4) Members to the Board of Directors

OTTAWA, ON (November 6, 2017) – Canoe Kayak Canada is pleased to welcome four (4) members to its Board of Directors following its annual election. Tom Hall and Madeleine Hall return to the Board after being voted in by the Paddling Association members as Members at large, Kristopher Archibald has been newly appointed by the Marathon Council as one of their Board representatives and Pierre-Luc Laliberté will be joining the Board for the coming year after being appointed by the Board as Athlete Representative.

Peter Giles remains as CKC President for another year and the Board elected Tom Hall as Vice-President and Harold Van Winssen as Treasurer.

As Vice-President, Tom Hall moves into a Board leadership role after serving three years as Chair of the Athlete’s Committee. Tom had a distinguished career as a canoe athlete having won a bronze medal in the C1 1000m at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.

Marathon Representative Kristofer Archibald has been a long-standing member of the marathon community in Nova Scotia. As a second-generation canoer racer, Kris is an accomplished racer as well as coach, leading the wave in creating new innovative race opportunities for all interested paddlers in his area. More recently, after earning his PhD in Canadian Environmental History, Kris has accepted a position at St Mary’s University as an instructor.

As Athlete’s Representative, Pierre-Luc Laliberté will also take on the role of Chair of CKC’s Athlete Committee. Pierre-Luc is recently retired from competition and had a successful career as a national team canoe athlete.

The Board will round out its full membership following the election of the Sprint Racing Council’s new Commodore at the upcoming election of Members on November 18th, 2017.



Peter Giles – Paddling Association Member – President

Tom Hall – Paddling Association Member – Vice President

Harold Van Winssen – Chair White Water Council – Treasurer

Julie Crepeau-Boisvert – White Water Council Representative

Madeline Hall – Paddling Association Member

Chris Helyar – Paddling Association Member

Fiona Vincent – Chair Marathon Council

Kristofer Archibald – Marathon Representative

Pierre-Luc Laliberte – Athlete Representative

Sean Cannon – Sprint Racing Council Representative

Commodore Sprint Racing Council – TBD



About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada. Canoe Kayak Canada has been one of Canada’s top performing summer sports having won an impressive count of 24 Olympic medals. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization which includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.



For more information:

Joannie Verret
Communications Coordinator
418 271 3785

Canoe Kayak Canada
2 Coaching Leaders from Canoe Kayak Canada to be celebrated at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala

CALGARY, ALBERTA (November 3, 2017) – Canada’s most deserving and influential coaches and sports administrators will be honoured this evening at the 2017 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala.

Among the 61 nominations, we are proud to announce that the class of 2017 award recipients includes:

Nova Scotia
Jan Kruk, ChPC: Canoe Kayak Canada
Athlete: Katie Vincent

Mathieu Pelletier : Canoe Kayak Canada
Athlete : Laurence Vincent-Lapointe

Hosted by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) at the Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire, the Gala recognizes those who live out the values and competencies of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and the positive impact they have within the Canadian sport community. More information on the deserving winners is posted on the Awards & Recognition page of the CAC’s website, Please follow #SLS17 for photos of the evening.

“We are all inspired by the coaches and coach developers who ignite change and encourage growth for our athletes within an ever-changing landscape,” said Lorraine Lafrenière, Chief Executive Officer of the CAC. “It takes leadership to bring out the best in our coaches and athletes, and the Coaching Association of Canada is thrilled to recognize this year’s award winners and the impact they’ve had within the Canadian sport community.”

Attending for the first time this evening is the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.

“Coaches don’t have the chance to step on the podium and live the glory attached to it, even though they have also invested much of their time and energy. Tonight, I am very proud to support the Coaching Association of Canada in its efforts to recognize the dedication of coaches who allow our Canadian athletes to grow,” said the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. “Coaches have an impact not just on athletes’ performances—the mark they leave on the sport community and the history of sport in Canada testifies to a commitment to sport and this country that deserves to be widely acknowledged tonight, and all year long.”


About the Coaching Association of Canada
The Coaching Association of Canada unites stakeholders and partners in its commitment to raising the skills and stature of coaches, and ultimately expanding their reach and influence. Through programs, such as the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), the CAC empowers coaches with knowledge and skills, promotes ethics, fosters positive attitudes, builds competence, and increases the credibility and recognition of coaches. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Suncor
Suncor Energy is Canada’s leading integrated energy company. Suncor’s operations include oil sands development and upgrading, offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. A member of Dow Jones Sustainability indexes, FTSE4Good and CDP, Suncor is working to responsibly develop petroleum resources while also growing a renewable energy portfolio. Suncor is listed on the UN Global Compact 100 stock index and the Corporate Knights’ Global 100. Suncor’s common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.

Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, operates almost 1,500 retail stations and 280 Petro-Pass wholesale locations nationwide. Petro-Canada’s retail loyalty program, Petro-Points™, provides Canadians with the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards. Petro-Canada is proud to be a National Partner of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees, supporting Canadian athletes, coaches and their families for more than 25 years. For more information, visit


About Investors Group 
IGM Financial Inc. is one of Canada’s premier personal financial services companies, and one of the country’s largest managers and distributors of mutual funds and other managed asset products, with over $139 billion in total assets under management. Its activities are carried out principally through Investors Group’s network of Consultants located across Canada, Mackenzie Financial Corporation’s network of third-party financial advisors and Investment Planning Counsel’s network of financial planners dedicated to serving the needs of their clients.


About Canoe Kayak Canada
Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.




For more information :
Joannie Verret
Communications Coordinator 
(418) 271-3785

For more information, pictures or videos of the recipients, please contact:
Michel Hachey
Manager, Communications
Coaching Association of Canada
613-235-5000, ext. 2382
613-858-0242 (Nov. 1-5)

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