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Cheryl Pounder

Gold Medal Champion, Women's Olympic Hockey


It’s always about the journey. That’s the message women’s hockey champion Cheryl Pounder seeks to instill in every audience she speaks to. Believing that learning from our successes, as well as our failures, is the key to staying on the path toward excellence, Cheryl shows audiences that true achievement is found on the way to winning gold. +

Cheryl played on six of Canada’s World Championship Hockey Teams, where she was named an All-Star Defense-man in 2005. She was also voted the Top Defense-man at the 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007 Canadian National Hockey Championships. Her greatest career accomplishments are her two Olympic gold medals from the Salt Lake City and Torino Olympic Games.

Currently, Cheryl appears TSN as a colour commentary analyst, having broadcast at both the 2015 World Championships and 2014 Olympic Winter Games. She is also a current board member for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, the premier professionally-run women’s hockey league in the world.

As a speaker, Cheryl’s audiences have included Tim Hortons, CIBC, RBC, TD, Scotia Bank, Investors Group, Dairy Farmers, Alcatel, TransUnion, Schneider’s, Proctor and Gamble, Ontario Dentists Association, OPP, Toronto District School Board,  and the City of Toronto, to name a few.

As a mother of two young daughters, Cheryl recognizes the importance of engaging youth. She is an ambassador with Fitspirit, a non-profit organization that encourages young females to get active, make healthy choices, and engage in their lives. --


Cheryl Pounder's Speaking Presentations:

Cheryl is a passionate and invigorating speaker who believes that individuals and teams must be 'inspired by their journey'. Each journey provides a remarkable opportunity to learn from success/failures, adapt to change, and persevere thru adversity. Excellence is a process. This process requires commitment, leadership, teamwork, focus, determination and the willingness to take 'self- inventory'. We must be accountable for our actions and fully prepare every day. Are you prepared?

Pursuit of Excellence
First, we must have a vision/dream. The importance for both the individual and team to challenge each other from within. Focus, determination, respect and perseverance are integral in believing and achieving. It's always about the journey.

Courage to Overcome Adversity
Adversity builds character and teaches us about ourselves and our teammates. We have a choice to learn from our failures. We must face our fears and put ourselves 'out there' if we want the opportunity to be successful. Have you given yourself the best opportunity to be successful?

Leadership & Teamwork
Who shows up every day ready to compete, even when it isn't easy? Can we work together? Do we respect and have the ability to help one another? This is where we learn about ourselves and our teammates. We must make a conscious choice to 'share information' and help one another.

Growing for Gold
I learned that the topics; excellence, focus, determination, teamwork and courage allow us to grow as individuals and teammates. During the process or 'journey' we have the ability to learn about ourselves (if we pay attention). We must grow throughout the journey, we must learn from our failures and successes if we want to reach our vision/dream.

Breaking Down Barriers to Mental Health
Cheryl shares her journey as a female athlete in a male dominated sport. She breaks down the barriers within her own environment and reflects on the impact others have had on her career. She addresses the power of positivity, inclusivity and the strength of the human spirit. Are you a bystander? Cheryl helps find the courage to stand up and face the elephant in the room. We must join the conversation and start talking about our own personal secrets. Recognizing the role of support, Cheryl reminds audiences that everyone has someone. Respecting individual differences, audiences are reminded that we must take care of ourselves and take care of each other.

Cheryl is available to host your next event. Cheryl is a passionate personality with an ability to connect with her audience. Cheryl also co-emcees with teammate Becky Kellar. The dynamic duo use past experiences to engage their audience and have fun!

Cheryl Pounder is represented by K&M Productions. For more information, Cheryl Pounder's speaking schedule, fees & booking Cheryl Pounder as your conference speaker, contact us.

What Clients are Saying

Cheryl was amazing! She connected with the guests, had her photo taken, let guests hold her medals, and her presentation was perfect. She integrated her story with our work and at the end, she had a standing ovation. Cheryl is a lovely person and an outstanding presenter. Her love for presenting and her passion for her story and her caring for others comes through loud and clear.

–Halton Healthcare Services


Cheryl was amazing! She connected with the guests, had her photo taken, let guests hold her medals, and her presentation was perfect. She integrated her story with our work and at the end, she had a standing ovation. Cheryl is a lovely person and an outstanding presenter. Her love for presenting and her passion for her story and her caring for others comes through loud and clear.

–Halton Healthcare Services

Your enthusiasm, professionalism, and ebullient style was evident not only to our staff, but to the delegates.

–Diversified Business Communications

Cheryl was absolutely PHENOMENAL this weekend. Her presentation was interactive, inspiring and targeted very well to the group of students that was there. She was funny, engaging, incredibly approachable and a very positive person to have with us. She also spent 1 on 1 time with several of us before her presentation, and graciously allowed people to take picture with her afterwards. All in all, she was an absolutely incredible speaker and I would ask her to come back and speak in a heartbeat.

–University of Guelph

Your presentation was not only inspirational but a great lesson on setting goals, focus and overcoming adversity. Your enthusiasm shines through and your hope is contagious. The feedback we have received thus far is that this was one of the best Senior Leadership Days we've experienced in quite some time. You had a direct part in the day and should take credit and be proud of the success. We truly are "Growing from our Strengths.

–Mark's Work Warehouse

When I challenged you to incorporate health and wellness, motivation, planning and link it to Campbell's, I was unsure whether you could "pull it off". Within minutes of your presentation, I knew we were all in for a surprise. Your ability to clearly articulate while emotionally touching the room was felt by all. Combined with the many positive comments following your session, I would have no hesitation recommending you to anyone interested in a 'down to earth' motivational experience. You certainly touched our team and left a lasting impression.

–Campbell Soup Company Ltd.

In a day and age where presentations seem all to plentiful it has become more challenging to find unique and intimate experiences that truly can inspire the pursuit of a dream, a tear and a laugh, and help us each understand what it means to represent something even bigger than we each are and the path to get there. I have had the privilege of seeing Cheryl present to different audiences, from young kids to accomplished professionals, and her level of inspiration and audience engagement is that special touch that is otherwise a missing ingredient for so many. Cheryl represents not only an elite level of accomplished athleticism and winning but at her core message, a heart-felt reminder to us all on the importance of the pursuit and belief in a dream, a vision and to battle through obstacles to achieve it. The medals were earned and her character and integrity of message is natural. Each presentation has ended in a standing ovation with tears throughout. Cheryl's is a unique story of someone that achieved excellence built from a dream as a child; had that world taken away from her and had to find a way to battle back to that level of success through nothing short of a commitment to work hard and sacrifice. Cheryl's message, and perhaps even more so, she individually, will inspire your heart and your own visions.

–Grote Industries Canada



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