Ottawa, ON (November 9, 2018)– Canada’s most deserving and influential coaches and sports leaders will be honoured this evening at the2018 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala. The class of 2018 award recipients include Skate Canada’s Manon Perron, Freestyle Alberta’s Rob Kober, NCCP Coach Developer and Mentor Greg Henhawk, and Tennis Canada.

Hosted by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) in partnership with Petro-Canada at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, 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.

“Every year, coaches and leaders in the Canadian sport system foster growth and innovation in their communities,” says Lorraine Lafrenière, Chief Executive Officer of the CAC. “Inspiring athletes to perform at their best — both on and off the field — is because these leaders are positive role models and supporters in the many facets of values-based leadership. The Coaching Association of Canada is proud to recognize these leaders for the positive impact their influence has on Canadian athletes and participants.”

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, also praises the contributions coaches make in communities across the country.

“To be recognized for the time I’ve dedicated to coaching is a huge honour. It’s incredible that I’ve been able to turn my passion for coaching into a 39-year career,” says Perron. “Coaching has been the most rewarding experience, and I’ve also been given the opportunity to be a coach mentor and work with high-performance athletes through Skate Canada. When I think of where I am today, I have so many people to thank. I would particularly like to recognize Skate Canada and Patinage Québec for helping me make my dreams a reality. Lastly, I want to thank everyone who believed in me.”


Jack Donohue “Coach of the Year” Award

The Jack Donohue “Coach of the Year” Award is presented to a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) for their outstanding contributions as one of Canada’s top coaches. The award recognizes a coach’s dedication to the profession of coaching, commitment to continual improvement, and the successful performances of his or her athletes during the past competitive season.

Rob Kober, ChPC – Freestyle Alberta (Penticton, BC)

“As a testament to Rob’s 25-year coaching career, we can look to the past three Olympic Games where Canada has performed outstandingly in Men’s Moguls,“ says Lafrenière. “This year, we’re happy to present Rob Kober with the Jack Donohue Award, especially since Rob has chosen to play an even bigger role in the athlete development system by taking on the head coach position of the Alberta Mogul Team”. “A coach’s greatest reward is to see athletes learn, improve, and excel,” says the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport. “I would like to thank the Coaching Association of Canada for recognizing the outstanding work of these incredible mentors, whose leadership and dedication contribute to every athlete’s success in sport and in life.”




Geoff Gowan Award

The Geoff Gowan Award was created by the Coaching Association of Canada in 1996 and recognizes lifetime contributions to coaching development. It is awarded to coaches who have presented a positive public image of coaching and who have enhanced the role of the coach with the Canadian public. The award resides at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary, Alberta.

Manon Perron, ChPC– Skate Canada (Boucherville, QC)

“For almost 40 years, Manon has demonstrated an inspirational dedication to her career in professional coaching,” says Paul Carson, Chair of the CAC Board of Directors. “Manon has not only demonstrated a commitment to coach education and mentorship in Canada, but a commitment to her athletes. She helps athletes develop holistically by encouraging them to balance sport, social, and educational needs. We’re honoured to present Manon with the Geoff Gowan Award.” 

“There are so many great Canadian coaches that deserve this award, and I feel very honoured and very fortunate to be singled out,” says Rob Kober. “Having my career recognized like this means a lot to me. I have been incredibly fortunate to have a supportive family. I would like to thank my parents, my kids, my wife and all of my coaching mentors, particularly Peter Judge, Bobby Aldighieri, and Dave Paskevich. Coaching has been an incredibly rewarding career to this point, and that has everything to do with the athletes I have had the privilege of working with. I can’t thank them enough for placing their trust in me.”


IG Wealth Management National NCCP Coach Developer Award

This award recognizes an outstanding individual who has gone above and beyond to inspire and develop NCCP coaches in their community. In 2018, IG Wealth Management presented ten Community NCCP Coach Developer Awards, while one national winner will be recognized this evening.

Greg Henhawk – Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Centre of Ontario (Six Nations of the Grand River, ON)

“Greg has been a positive coaching figure in his community for more than 40 years and has been teaching coach education for 31 years. He’s been involved in the NCCP since 1980 as a participant, learning facilitator, master coach developer, and project advisor,” says Trevor Krahn, Director, Sponsorship & Community Engagement at IG Wealth Management. “We’re honoured to present the IG Wealth Management National NCCP Coach Developer Award to him this year.”

“I am very proud to be recognized for my somewhat ‘outside the box’ delivery style in the courses and workshops that I teach. I like to root my delivery in the holistic model of life predicated by my Mohawk culture,” says Greg Henhawk. “As with all cultures, I believe that the present and past voices of the people contain great wisdom. I am proud to share the wisdom of my Indigenous ancestors and I try to teach in a way that illustrates and honours the voice of my people. I have lots of people to thank, but I would particularly like to recognize my community in the Six Nations of the Grand River, as I truly think that the strength of a person lies in the people that surround them. Until I one day join the spirit world, I hope to keep learning from the people I have met and who I have yet to meet. As much as I am a teacher and a coach, I am forever a lifetime learner.


Sheila Robertson Award

The Sheila Robertson Award recognizes the outstanding contributions to coach education, recognition, and professional development by a National Sport Organization (NSO) or Multisport Service Organization (MSO). It is awarded to an NSO or MSO that consistently demonstrates its value of coaching through its organizational mandate and communications activities throughout the year to its internal and external audiences. 

Tennis Canada

“Tennis Canada is very proud to receive this award and to be recognized by the Coaching Association of Canada for our work in coaching development,” says Ari Novik, Senior Director of Tennis Development at Tennis Canada. “Tennis Canada has been committed to coaching development for many years and has provided substantial resources to this area, so we greatly appreciate both the recognition and the excellent partnership that we have formed with the CAC over the years. Finally, I want to acknowledge my team at Tennis Canada – Marie-France Mercier, Jocelyn Robichaud, Joan Leung, Ryan Borczon, and Scott Milnthorp.”


Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards

These prestigious awards recognize coaches whose athletes have excelled at World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the Special Olympics World Games. Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, has honoured close to 1,200 coaches since 1986 with a Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award.

The 44 deserving coaches are:



Bart Schouten, ChPC: Speed Skating Canada         

Athlete: Ted-Jan Bloemen


John Jaques, ChPC: Cross Country Canada           

Athletes: Brittany Hudak, Collin Cameron, and Mark Arendz


Jules Owchar: Curling Canada         

Athletes: Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant, and Geoff Walker


Les Gramantik, ChPC: Athletics Canada      

Athlete: Damian Warner


Philippe Abbott: Cycling Canada        

Athlete: Mike Sametz


Robin McKeever, ChPC: Cross Country Canada     

Athletes: Brian McKeever, Emily Young, Mark Arendz, and Natalie Wilkie   


Ravi Walia, ChPC: Skate Canada     

Athletes: Kaetlyn Osmond and Patrick Chan


Stanley Hayer: Alpine Canada Alpin  

Athletes: Brady Leman, Kelsey Serwaa, and Brittany Phelan


Toben Sutherland: Freestyle Canada

Athlete: Alex Beaulieu-Marchand       



British Columbia

Dave McKay, ChPC: Wrestling Canada Lutte           

Athlete: Justina Di Stasio


Dave Thompson: Rowing Canada Aviron     

Athletes: Lisa Roman, Kristin Bauder, Nicole Hare, Hillary Janssens, Christine Roper, Susanne

Grainger, Jennifer Martins, Rebecca Zimmerman, and Kristen Kit  


Rob Kober, ChPC: Freestyle Canada

Athlete: Mikaël Kingsbury


Steve Bush: Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada

Athletes: Team Canada Water Ski  


Trennon Paynter, ChPC: Freestyle Canada

Athlete: Cassie Sharpe          




Jeff Stoughton: Curling Canada         

Athletes: John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes      



Nova Scotia

David Kikuchi, ChPC: Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique

Athlete: Elsabeth Black          


Jan Kruk, ChPC: Canoe Kayak Canada       

Athletes: Katie Vincent and Laurence Vincent-Lapointe


Mark Smith, ChPC: Softball Canada  

Athletes: Women’s National Team     




Andrew (Drew) Ross: Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada   

Athletes: Neilly Ross and Jason McClintock


Brian Orser: Skate Canada   

Athlete: Gabrielle Daleman    


Derrick Campbell, ChPC: Speed Skating Canada    

Athlete: Charles Hamelin, Samuel Girard, Charle Cournoyer, and Pascal Dion       


Elliot Catton, ChPC: Canada Snowboard      

Athlete: Sébastien Toutant, Mark McMorris, Max Parrot, and Laurie Blouin


Lee Barkell, ChPC: Skate Canada    

Athlete: Gabrielle Daleman


Matt Rini: Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada           

Athlete: Whitney McClintock


Marty Calder, ChPC: Wrestling Canada Lutte           

Athlete: Michelle Fazzari        


Michelle Darvill, ChPC: Rowing Canada Aviron        

Athletes: Lisa Roman, Kristin Bauder, Nicole Hare, Hillary Janssens, Christine Roper, Susanne

Grainger, Jennifer Martins, Rebecca Zimmerman, and Kristen Kit  


Wendy Morgan, ChPC: Curling Canada        

Athletes: Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Dawn McEwen, and Jill Officer    




Bruno Marcotte, ChPC: Skate Canada         

Athletes: Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford


Eric Van den Eynde: Cycling Canada

Athlete: Shelley Gautier         


Frédéric Blackburn, ChPC: Speed Skating Canada 

Athletes: Valerie Maltais, Marianne St-Gelais, Kasandra Bradette, and Kim Boutin 


Guillaume Plourde: Cycling Canada  

Athlete: Tristen Chernove


Jean-Sébastien Labrie, ChPC: Alpine Canada Alpin

Athletes: Alana Ramsay, Alexis Guimond, Kurt Oatway, Mac Maroux, and Mollie Jepsen


Karina Kosko, ChPC: Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique    

Athlete: Sophiane Métho        


Marie-France Dubreuil, ChPC: Skate Canada          

Athletes: Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue           


Mathieu Pelletier: Canoe Kayak Canada       

Athlete: Laurence Vincent-Lapointe   


Maxime Hénault: Canada Snowboard           

Athletes: Max Parrot, Laurie Blouin, and Sébastien Toutant


Michel Hamelin, ChPC: Freestyle Canada

Athlete: Justine Dufour-Lapointe       


Patrice Lauzon: Skate Canada          

Athletes: Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue           


Rino Langelier, ChPC: Racquetball Canada  

Athlete: Samuel Murray         


Sébastien Travers: Cycling Canada 

Athletes: Ross Wilson and Alex Hyndman


Tyrel Rose, ChPC: Canadian Tenpin Federation      

Athlete: Francois Lavoie        




Adam Burwell: Canada Snowboard   

Athlete: Mark McMorris         


Loren Prentice: Racquetball Canada 

Athlete: Tim Landeryou          


Wayne Kiel, ChPC: Curling Canada  

Athletes: Mark Ideson, Ina Forrest, Dennis Thiessen, Marie Wright, and Jamie Anseeuw

More information on the deserving winners is posted on theAwards & Recognitionpage of the CAC’s website, Please follow #SLS18on Twitter and Instagram for photos of the evening. The CAC wishes to thank Globe Awards & Promotions, the official provider of gala prizing and trophies handed out this evening.

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