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Canada Basketball – TORONTO, ON (December 2, 2016) – Nineteen coaches, technical leaders, and performance analysts from across the country will participate in the 4thannual Women’s High Performance Technical Summit at Humber Lakeshore, in Toronto, from December 6th – 9th.
“We’re now in the beginning of a new Olympic cycle and it’s important to take this time to reflect on the past four years and set our cultural and technical direction for the next quad.  The overall goal is performance on demand and consistent podium performance at the Olympic Games,” said Denise Dignard, Director, Women’s High Performance.
As a key investment in professional development, coaches from all levels of women’s high performance will be in attendance. The summit has been fundamental to growing the depth and scope of the coaching pool to a world-class level, using the program’s Gold Medal Model.
“Developing world-class Canadian coaches is one of our goals. We’re proud to have 13 U Sport coaches involved at this year’s summit, as they are an integral part of our coaching and technical leadership team,” added Dignard.
The summit will be led by women’s high performance program technical staff members, including:

  • Mike MacKay, Performance Manager 
  • Steve Baur, Performance Analyst and Senior National Team Assistant Coach 
  • Agnes Borg, Manager Youth Player Development 
National Team Head Coach, Lisa Thomaidis and Assistant Coach Baur will share lessons learned from the team’s 2016 Olympic preparation and performance.
A full list of attendees can be found below. 
Sunny Ahluwalia DWNT Performance Analyst Surrey, BC N/A
Steve Baur SWNT Assistant Coach/WHP Performance Analyst Wolfville, NS Canada Basketball
Michele Belanger DWNT Assistant Coach Mississauga, ON University of Toronto
Agnes Borg Manager Youth Player Development Toronto, ON Canada Basketball & Ontario Basketball
Albena Branzova-Dimitrova WHP Pool Coach Montreal, QC UQAM
Carly Clarke U18/19 Head Coach Halifax, NS Ryerson University
Nick DeAdder U18/19  Performance Analyst Canning, NS Acadia University
Andre Desjardins WHP Pool Coach Gloucester, ON Louis Riel SS
Jodi Gram WHP Pool Coach Markham, ON Bill Crothers SS
Michele Hynes WHP Pool Coach / Performance Analyst Winnipeg, MB University of Manitoba
Fabian McKenzie DWNT Head Coach Glace Bay, NS Cape Breton University
Nate McKibbon WHP Pool Coach Dundas, ON Mount Royal University
Claire Meadows U18/19  Assistant Coach Brantford, ON UBC Okanagan
Ryan Nguyen Performance Analyst Markham, ON N/A
Dani Sinclair WHP Pool Coach Victoria, BC University of Victoria
Jeff Speedy DWNT Assistant Coach Fredericton, NB University of New Brunswick
Ryan Thorne U18/19  Assistant Coach Montreal, QC McGill University
Lisa Thomaidis SWNT Head Coach Saskatoon, SK University of Saskatchewan
Chantal Vallee WHP Pool Coach Windsor, ON University of Windsor



For more information, contact:
Bailey Williams, bwilliams@basketball.ca, 647.460.7976