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Speed Skating Canada– Ottawa, August 15, 2018 – Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicole Espenant to the position of Manager, Marketing, Communications and Partnerships.

Nicole Espenant will play a critical role in achieving Speed Skating Canada’s strategic business priorities as they relate to raising the profile of SSC, the sport of speed skating, its athletes and domestic and international events. She will provide leadership and management of the marketing, communications, partnerships and events areas in order to ensure alignment from clubs through to high performance.

Combining her passion for helping others with her background in marketing and communications, Nicole Espenant has built a career helping non-profit organizations achieve their business goals. She served as Marketing and Communications Officer, then Manager, from 2014 to 2017 at United Way Centraide Canada. In this role, she gained extensive experience in increasing brand awareness and engagement while working hand-in-hand with partners, media and colleagues across the country. Immediately prior to joining SSC, Nicole Espenant served as a strategic advisor to senior leadership at NAV CANADA, heading a collaborative process aimed at guiding teams through communications planning decisions.

“I am truly honoured to be joining the Speed Skating Canada team”, said Nicole Espenant, who holds a Master of International Business degree from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph. “This role combines my passion for Canadian sport with my communications background, both of which I am thrilled to contribute to the success of such a great organization. Integrating myself into the speed skating community across the country will be a top priority for me and I am eager to begin working with the committed staff, volunteers, athletes, coaches and officials to bring Speed Skating Canada to new heights.”

“We are very excited to welcome Nicole to the Speed Skating Canada team”, said SSC’s Chief Executive Officer, Susan Auch. “The hiring of this position is the first step in fulfilling our commitment to enhance our organization’s goals and align them with those of our members. Nicole’s experience working with non-profit organizations combined with her ability to grow and maintain strong partner relations makes her the perfect addition to SSC’s team looking forward to the 2022 Beijing quadrennial.”

Nicole Espenant will begin her new role on August 20, 2018, and can be reached at

About Speed Skating Canada

Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, SSC is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial associations. Speed Skating Canada is committed to Challenge and Inspire Canada to Thrive through the power of Speed Skating. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

Speed Skating Canada would like to thank its sponsors: 

Premium partner: Intact Insurance

Funding partners: Government of Canada (Sport Canada), Own The Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee

Official On-Ice High Performance Apparel: Li-Ning

Official Suppliers: Auclair, USANA

Official Technical Equipment Supplier: Nagano Skate

Sport Development Partners: Winsport Canada, Calgary’s Olympic Oval, University of Calgary, Institut national du sport du Québec, Government of Quebec, Canadian Sport Institute-Calgary, City of Montreal, Quebec City, Excellence sportive Québec-Lévis

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For information:
Patrick Godbout
Lead, Communications & Media Relations
Speed Skating Canada
Phone: 514 213-9897