CP Women’s Leadership Summit

August 21, 2018   •   Hotel Saskatchewan   •   10:00am – 3:00pm


The inaugural CP Women’s Leadership Summit is geared towards empowering women in the workplace, providing a platform for networking, and giving back to the community. Golf Canada is proud to host our CP Women’s Leadership Summit as a celebration of women as business leaders, influencers and community champions. Our goal is to facilitate social and business relationships by providing opportunities to interact with like-minded professional women. Gather your colleagues and friends and purchase your table of eight for $1,500 today!

What’s Included:

  • Q&A Power Panel Featuring Female Business Leaders
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Three Course Lunch
  • Networking & Photo Opportunities with Business Leaders
  • Charity Activity
  • CP Women’s Open Gift Package including Tournament Access
  • Women Inspiring Women …& cocktails!

Keynote Speaker

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Hayley Wickenheiser
Olympic Champion

Hayley Wickenheiser is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world. As a decorated Olympian, she has led her team to four gold and one silver medal as well as being named the tournaments’ most valuable player in both 2002 and 2006. For the 2014 Sochi Olympics Hayley was selected to be the flag bearer for the Canadian Olympic team in the Opening Ceremonies. During those same Olympics it was announced that she had been elected to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes Commission. As part of the Canadian Women’s National Team since age 15, Hayley has won innumerable national, regional and world championships.

Off the ice, Hayley’s achievements include:  Sports Illustrated number 20 of 25 Toughest Athletes in the World, a two-time finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation Team Athlete of The Year, twice named among the Globe and Mail’s “Power 50” influencers in sport, and named among QMI Agency’s top 10 “Greatest Female Athletes in the History of Sports.” In 2011, Hayley was appointed to the Order of Canada “for her achievements as an athlete and for her contributions to the growth of women’s hockey.”  And, most recently she was inducted to Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Wickenheiser’s passion for sport is matched by her desire to give back to the community in her work with organizations such as JumpStart, KidSport, Project North, Right to Play , Ovarian Cancer Canada and many others. In 2007, she travelled to Rwanda with a team of Canadian Olympic athletes for Right to Play, an athlete-driven, global organization using the transformative power of play to educate and empower children and youth. In 2011, she returned to Africa on a similar goodwill mission to Ghana.

Hayley was born in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan and is a proud mom to her son Noah. She is currently working on her Masters, running a study that is researching the connection between  physical activity and the neurology of autistic youth.

Featured Guests



Evanka Osmak
Co-Anchor, Sportsnet Central

Evanka Osmak, co-anchor of the weekday prime time slot of Sportsnet Central, joined the Sportsnet team on April Fool’s Day 2007.

Evanka initially pursued a career in civil engineering after earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Degree from Queens University. Once she earned her civil engineering degree, she did what most engineers do…she switched careers to become a television broadcaster! Returning to school, Evanka attended Seneca College at York University where she earned a Radio and Television Broadcasting diploma and later landed a position with JACK-FM in Orillia, ON as a news announcer. Moving onto KYMA-TV (NBC) in Yuma, Arizona a year later, Evanka worked for two years as a Morning Show host before returning to Ontario in 2007 when she stepped in front of the sports television camera and signed on with Sportsnet.

Evanka’s career highlights with Sportsnet include covering the 2016 and 2011 Rogers Cup and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. When not covering the latest sports stories on-air, she is a member on the Special Olympics Ontario board, acts as an ambassador for Golf Fore the Cure alongside Golf Canada and is a committee member of the Sports Media Canada Luncheon.

Evanka lives in Toronto with her husband, Adam and son, George.


Shannon Cole

Shannon Cole
Senior Director, Brand Marketing at RBC

Shannon is proud to lead the global sponsorship portfolio at RBC, overseeing Enterprise-lead initiatives such as the Olympics/amateur sports, golf, music, TIFF, Race for the Kids, as well as sponsorship strategy for the bank.

She is a respected leader, known for her inclusive, collaborative approach, creating world class marketing programs and campaigns through these partnerships.

Prior to RBC, Shannon spent 11 years at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, initially in a sales function, before transitioning to the global partnerships department, leading a team of sports marketing professionals.

Shannon completed her undergraduate degree in Advertising at the University of Nebraska where she was a four-year member of the women’s soccer team, earning both All-American and Academic All-American accolades. She spent time on both the Canadian National team and the U-20 National team, highlighted by the 1999 Pan-Am Games.

The Calgary native also holds a Masters degree in Sport Management from the University of Montana – Billings.


Joan Hardy
Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Grain and Fertilizer, CP

Joan Hardy became Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Grain and Fertilizer at Canadian Pacific in March 2018.

Hardy joined CP after 12 years at Richardson International, Canada’s largest agri-business and a global leader in agriculture and food processing, where she served as Vice-President, Transportation. There she was responsible for rail, marine and truck transportation as well as sales contract management and administration across Richardson’s North American network. Prior to joining Richardson International, Hardy spent 21 years at Canadian National, where she held various roles, including Operations Superintendent, Assistant Vice-President, Sales and Senior Director in CN’s customer service centre.

Hardy recently started her term as Chair of the Board of Trustees for United Way Winnipeg.  She is also a volunteer and past board member with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

Hardy holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba. She is located in Winnipeg, the home of key grain shippers, where she is well positioned to further CP’s goal of sustainable, profitable growth.


Lesley Hawkins
General Manager at adidas Golf, Canada

Lesley Hawkins is the General Manager of adidas Golf Canada. Her love for the game of golf started at a young age caddying for her father, and has grown into a career that has spanned 28 years in the golf industry. After working the summers during university in the pro shop at a local golf course in Montreal, Lesley started her career in Customer Service at Cobra Golf. She moved into marketing when the company was purchased by Acushnet and led the national marketing efforts for Titleist and FootJoy. When the company consolidated their head office functions in Toronto, she moved  into a newly created role as Brand Manager for FootJoy. After many years of driving the footwear and glove business, Lesley led the introduction of full line apparel in Canada for FootJoy. In 2013, she moved to adidas Golf to become the Brand Director, and with the recent sale of TaylorMade, Lesley became the General Manager, leading a newly expanded team of associates.

While working through the ranks of a very male-dominated industry, Lesley has gained the respect of leaders on both sides of the border with her enthusiasm and “think differently” attitude. She has become a strong leader and mentor for the next generation of trailblazers. Lesley is passionate about the game of golf, both as a player and as a business leader.

Lesley was born in Scotland and grew up in Indonesia, the Philippines, Scotland and Montreal. Lesley holds a degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from McGill University. She currently lives in the GTA with her husband Mark, and her teenage kids, Callum and Fiona.


Lorie Kane
LPGA Tour Professional & CP Ambassador

LPGA Tour professional Lorie Kane has triumphed on the golf course, represented Canada and is recognized as a leader for the sport. Since her rookie year on the LPGA Tour in 1996, Lorie Kane has won nearly $7 million in career earnings. In that time, she’s recorded four LPGA Tour victories and 99 top-ten finishes, including eight in majors. In 1998, she won the Heather Farr Player Award, given by the LPGA Tour to the golfer who demonstrates determination, perseverance and spirit through hard work, dedication and love of the game. In 2000 she won the William and Mousie Powell Award given by the LPGA Tour to the golfer whose behavior and deeds best exemplifies the spirit, ideals and values of the LPGA. In 2006 she became a member of the Order of Canada. Prior to turning pro in 1993, Kane represented Canada as a member of the Canadian International Team from 1989 to 1992. She was also a member of the 1991 Canadian Commonwealth Team and the 1992 Canadian World Amateur Team. As a CP Ambassador, she embodies our ongoing support of women’s golf through the CP Women’s Open and helps advocate and elevate the CP Has Heart charitable campaign that raises money and awareness for heart health.

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Dr. Andrea Lavoie
Interventional cardiologist, Saskatchewan Health Authority

Dr. Andrea Lavoie is an Interventional cardiologist for the Saskatchewan Health Authority in Regina, SK and Assistant professor of medicine with the University of Saskatchewan.  Dr. Lavoie is trained in Saskatoon, Halifax, Calgary and Cleveland at the Medical School at the University of Saskatchewan, through her Residency at Dalhousie University (Internal Medicine and Cardiology), and through Fellowships at the University of Calgary and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

She is trained in percutaneous coronary interventions (angioplasty) with special interests in coronary artery disease, intracoronary imaging, heart failure and women’s heart disease.  Dr. Lavoie is the Medical director of Regina’s Coronary Care Unit and Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, Director of the Saskatchewan Cardiac Care Network, and Co-director of the Prairie Vascular Research Network.  Her research at the Prairie Vascular Research Network is in coronary artery disease including spontaneous coronary dissection and microvascular dysfunction, heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation and new technologies in cardiology including.

For additional information, please contact Mary Beth McKenna at 1-800-263-0009 x 209 or mmckenna@golfcanada.ca.