espnW Summit Canada presented by Canadian Tire


The espnW Summit Presented by Canadian Tire took place in Canada for the first time on May 12th. Global industry leaders, influencers, and disrupters came together in the heart of Toronto for this immersive one-day Summit to push boundaries, spark action, and effect change. It was a day full of engaging discussion and reflection into the advancements and opportunities for women in sport, leadership and business.

& Speakers

Building on The espnW: Women + Sports Summit’s 14 years of inspiration, education, and impact, The espnW Summit Canada welcomed an international list of powerhouse delegates and speakers. Business leaders, athletes, and change-makers from across the world of sport took to the stage on May 12th.

Thank you to our incredible speakers!

Host & Speakers

Sarah Spain - HostespnW and ESPN TV Personality and Writer, ESPN
Keia Clarke Chief Executive Officer, New York Liberty
Stacey AllasterChief Executive, Professional Tennis and US Tournament Director, United States Tennis Association
Laurie KepronSenior Vice President, Integrated Marketing, NHL and President WISE Toronto
Lindsay Kagawa Colas Executive Vice President, Talent + The Collective, Wasserman
Jess Smith Head of Revenue, Angel City Football Club
Neda TabatabaieSenior Vice President, Business Analytics & Technology, San Jose Sharks
Thayer Lavielle Executive Vice President, The Collective, Wasserman
Meghan ChaykaCo-Founder and CEO, Stathletes
Sarah NurseOlympic and 2X World Champion, Team Canada 
Karolina Wisniewska8 x Paralympic Medalist, Alpine Skiing, Athlete Mentor, and Co-Chef de Mission: 2023 Santiago ParaPanAm Games & 2024 Paris Paralympic Games
Cathy EngelbertCommissioner, WNBA
Natalie AchonwaTeam Canada Olympian and WNBA Power Forward, Minnesota Lynx
Rachel BradySports Reporter, The Globe and Mail
Don MayoGlobal Managing Partner, IMI International
Laura GentileExecutive Vice President, Commercial Marketing, Disney Networks & ESPN
Andrea Shaw Founder & Managing Partner, TTG Canada
Kate Beirness - ModeratorHost, TSN, Raptors, and CFL | Founder, Her Mark Canada
Jacquie RyanCEO, Canadian Olympic Foundation | Chief Brand and Commercial Officer, Canadian Olympic Committee
Shireen AhmedSenior Contributor, CBC Sports
Kayla Grey - ModeratorHost, The Shift, TSN
Ellen HyslopCo-Founder and Head of Content, The Gist
Jennifer Hedger - ModeratorAnchor, TSN
Diana MathesonCo-Founder and CEO, Project 8
Kara Wagland - Moderator Anchor, TSN
Tesla BeardSenior Manager, Content Strategy (Programming), TSN
Lisa NortonHead, High Net Worth Wealth Management, RBC


Through a compelling series of keynotes, intimate interviews, panel discussions, and mind-stimulating movement, the Summit addressed a wide range of topics designed to be engaging, inspirational, and fun.

Hosted at Toronto's beautiful Evergreen Brick Works, the Summit mixed impactful content with sports and wellness activities creating opportunities to connect, collaborate, and create in an era of rapid evolution and exciting change.

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May 12th

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Morning Wellness Fuelled by Gatorade Fit (Advanced Sign Up Required)
45 minutes
Registration and Breakfast
60 Minutes
espnW Summit Canada Welcome and OpeningSpeakers: Sarah Spain, Andrea Shaw, Laura Gentile
15 minutes
Champions of Change with Canadian TireSpeakers: Kim Saunders, Canadian Tire Corporation

Single-speaker talks featuring industry leaders in Canada making a tangible change for women in sport.

10 minutes
Panelist Session 1 – Women at the Helm ​Moderator: Sarah SpainSpeakers: Laurie Kepron, Stacey Allaster, Jess Smith

A conversation with leading executives in sport and business highlighting the power women have to grow the industry.

45 minutes
Panelist Session 2 – The Role of Data ​in Creating an Equitable Experience Moderator: Sarah SpainSpeakers: Neda Tabatabaie, Meghan Chayka, Don Mayo

A discussion on how the role of data and technology is redefining the fan experience, creating universally accessible spaces, and debunking common myths proving what is fact and what is fiction.

45 minutes
Fireside Chat with Cathy Engelbert ​Moderator: Kate BeirnessSpeakers: Cathy Engelbert

Cathy Engelbert discusses the road to becoming the WNBA's first Commissioner, learnings in leadership, and the leagues future in Canada.

30 minutes
Lunch Presented by Canadian Olympic Committee
60 Minutes
Panelist Session 3 – The Power of Intentional Investment ​Moderator: Jennifer HedgerSpeakers: Keia Clarke, Jacquie Ryan, and Lisa Norton

A conversation on the business case and benefits of investing in women's sport and what is being done intentionally to create a new model that recognizes current value and long-term potential.

45 Minutes
Champions of Change with Marsha-Gaye KnightSpeakers: Marsha-Gaye Knight, Black in Sport Business

Single-speaker talks featuring industry leaders in Canada making a tangible change for women in sport.

10 Minutes
Fireside Chat 2 with Lindsay Kagawa Colas ​Presented By RBCModerator: Thayer LavielleSpeakers: Lindsay Kagawa Colas

Representing some of the worlds best female athletes, this one-on-one discussion provides an inside look at how Lindsay Kagawa Colas is changing the game for her players and what it means to be an"agent of change" in the industry.

30 Minutes
Refreshment and Movement Break​
50 Minutes
Panelist Session 4 – The Role of Media in Changing the GameModerator: Kara WaglandSpeakers: Rachel Brady, Ellen Hyslop, Shireen Ahmed, and Tesla Beard

A focus on how different media channels can work together to move the needle, tell the right stories, and support the growth of women's sport.

40 Minutes
Champions of Change with Canadian Women & SportSpeakers: Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, Canadian Women in Sport

Single-speaker talks featuring industry leaders in Canada making a tangible change for women in sport.

10 Minutes
Panelist Session 5 – World Class AthletesModerator: Kayla GreySpeakers: Sarah Nurse, Natalie Achonwa, Diana Matheson, and Karolina Wisniewska

A conversation about the power of the athlete voice in creating a more equitable space and sustainable model and future for women’s sport.

40 Minutes
Closing Remarks ​Speakers: Sarah Spain, Andrea Shaw
15 Minutes
Cocktail Reception presented by IMI
90 Minutes
How much does the summit cost? keyboard_arrow_down

The total registration fee is $650 plus tax. This includes a day filled with immersive discussions, inspiring keynote speakers and holistic wellness. You'll also enjoy a deliciously healthy breakfast and lunch, along with an evening reception to continue the connections and conversations. Oh and don't forget an awesome, premium swag bag!

Is there a group ticket rate?keyboard_arrow_down

Yes, if you have a group of 5 or more people, please reach out to to learn about group pricing.

What is the cancellation/refund policy? keyboard_arrow_down

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you experience extenuating circumstances and are no longer able to attend, please email

Where will espnW Summit Canada be held?keyboard_arrow_down

The espnW Summit Canada will take place at Evergreen Brick Works, nestled in the heart of Toronto's ravine system and surrounded by nature. We can't wait to bring the Summit to life at one of Toronto's most sought after and sustainable venues.

What is the format of the Summit? keyboard_arrow_down

The schedule will include keynote speakers and presentations, work sessions and interactive panel discussions, as well as wellness activities and an evening reception. Our day's programming will run from approximately 9am-5:30pm with a reception in the evening and an optional morning activity before registration.

Who is attending? keyboard_arrow_down

People like you! Global industry leaders, influencers, and disrupters in the women in sport, leadership, and business sector. 

What is the dress code? keyboard_arrow_down

The dress code for the Summit is casual, not business casual but truly casual. We want you to feel comfortable, so wear whatever that means to you. If that’s jeans, we love it. If it’s leggings, go for it!  

What should I bring? keyboard_arrow_down

Bring your ideas, your energy, and your enthusiasm!

Which airport should I fly into? keyboard_arrow_down

You have two options for airports, you can fly into Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) which is just outside Toronto’s downtown core, in Mississauga, or you can fly into Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport that is in the heart of downtown. The commute is shorter from Billy Bishop, but the airline and flight options are more limited.  

What’s the weather like in Toronto in May? keyboard_arrow_down

The Summit will be during the spring in Toronto which is typically mild, with temperatures averaging highs of 18°C and lows of 10°C at night. However, you should be prepared for a wide range of weather – such as rain, sun, clouds, and possibly snow! Best to check the weather leading up to the Summit as weather can be unpredictable and pack a rain jacket just in case. 



Evergreen Brick Works, Suite 300
550 Bayview Ave
Toronto, ON, M4W 3X8

Nestled in the heart of Toronto's ravine system and surrounded by lush nature, Evergreen Brick Works offered a stunning retreat for The espnW Summit Canada.

Evergreen Brick Works

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