Special Guest Moderator of The Athletes Panel

scott russell, CBC sports

 Scott Russell  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Room Location

Twitter & Instagram:  @cbcscottrussell

about scott

Our three days of virtual sessions kicks off with our "Athletes Panel" hosted by award-winning broadcaster Scott Russell. A CBC Sports veteran of more than 25 years, Scott is a Canadian Screen Award and Gemini Award-winning broadcaster and acclaimed author. He brings vast experience, passion and knowledge to his role as one of the hosts of CBC Sports' Road To The Olympic Games. Scott's unparalleled enthusiasm for amateur sport shines through in every aspect of his work for the network.

Join us for an informative and entertaining discussion with accomplished OFSAA and Olympic athletes Phylicia George, Derek Drouin and Cassie Campbell-Pascall.


Scott attended Victoria Park Secondary School in North York and played volleyball (junior) and basketball (bantam, junior and senior). In his graduating year, Scott was captain and MVP of his senior basketball team. He also taught high school for three years at West Hill Secondary School in Owen Sound. There, he coached junior boys volleyball and basketball. Scott was also an assistant coach of the senior girls West Hill Raiders basketball team. 

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 Phylicia George  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Room Location

Twitter & Instagram:   @phyliciageorge


Phylicia George became a dual season Olympian at PyeongChang 2018, making her Olympic debut as a bobsledder after competing in track and field at London 2012 and Rio 2016. In South Korea, she and pilot Kaillie Humphries captured bronze in the bobsleigh for Phylicia’s first Olympic medal.

Returning to the Olympic Games at Rio 2016 after overcoming leg injuries and enduring a lengthy rehab, the Scarborough native once again made it to the 100m hurdles final. She also helped the 4x100m relay team advance to the final. Phylicia placed 8th and 6th in the 100m hurdles in the 2016 and 2012 Olympics, respectively.

high school background

Phylicia attended Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy High School in Markham, ON. 

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nick foligno
captain, columbus blue jackets

 Nick Foligno  5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Room Location

about nick

Nick Foligno has been the captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the past five seasons. He became the franchise's sixth captain on May 20, 2015. The Sudbury native was originally a 2006 first-round selection, 28th overall, of the Ottawa Senators where he went on to play his first five seasons.

Nick's first career goal came against Montreal's Carey Price on October 18, 2007 and he was a captain at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game while representing the Blue Jackets.

Nick, 32, has 196 goals, 270 assists and 466 points in 908 career NHL games. He's the son of Mike Foligno, who played in the NHL for 15 seasons.


Nick attended Lockerby Composite High School in Sudbury. His contract with the Wolves of the OHL at the time prevented him from playing high school sports. 

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 Cassie Campbell-Pascall 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Room Location

Twitter: @CassieCampbell
Instagram:  @cassiecampbell77


Cassie Campbell-Pascall is a household name in women’s hockey, and a role model to aspiring players and TV broadcasters. She is a six-time World Champion gold medallist, in addition to winning one silver medal. She was captain of Canada’s National Women’s Team from 2001 to her retirement in 2006, making her the longest-serving captain in Canadian hockey history. 

Cassie won 21 medals with Canada’s National Women’s teams, including 17 gold medals and four silver medals, and is the only captain, male or female, to lead Canada to two Olympic gold medals (Salt Lake City 2002 and Turin 2006), preceded by a silver medal at the Olympic Winter Games Nagano 1998. 

A three-time Olympic medallist, Cassie draws on her extensive experience and passion for the sport in her current role as a hockey analyst on CBC's Hockey Night In Canada. The native of Richmond Hill, ON is a trailblazer for women covering the sport, as she was the first woman to do colour-commentating on Hockey Night in Canada.

Cassie has served as a broadcast commentator for three Olympic Games.

1997: City of Brampton Sports Hall of Fame
2007: Canada Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
2008: A community centre is named her in Brampton, Ontario - The Cassie Campbell Community Centre
2012: Order of Hockey In Canada
2012: Ontario Sports Hall of Fame Member
2014: CWHL Humanitarian of the Year Award
2016: Member of the Order of Canada


Born in Richmond Hill, Cassie attended high school at North Park Secondary School in Brampton. In 1991, she was a member of the school's Peel Champion Girls Basketball team and was named Peel's Most Valuable Player in the north division. Cassie is an alumni of the University of Guelph. 

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 Derek Drouin 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Room Location

Twitter & Instagram: @derekdrouin10

About derek

Derek is the reigning Olympic Gold Medallist in the high jump and has competed at the past two Summer Olympics. Derek, 30, claimed bronze at the 2012 Olympics in London, then bested that to win high jump Gold for Canada at the 2016 Games jumping 2.38m, just short of the Olympic record of 2.39. He's the first Canadian to win high jump Olympic Gold since 1932.

Drouin emerged as a world-class athlete in 2012 with his bronze showing in London. The following year he repeated the same podium spot at the World Championships in Moscow before embarking on a three-year unbeaten streak of major championship success by striking gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2015 Pan American Games and World Championships and, of course, the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

Derek is on the comeback trail with his sights set on the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. In addition to tearing his left achilles tendon in 2017 and his right achilles in 2019, Derek had surgery for a disc-replacement in his neck in August 2018.


Derek attended St. Patrick's High School in Sarnia. In 2006, Derek cleared 1.86m for OFSAA's junior high jump gold medal. He later jumped 2.03m to claim the senior title in 2008. He also competed in hurdles among other events.

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 Sarah Wells 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Room Location

Twitter: @SarahWells400mh
Instagram: @sarahwells400mh


Olympian Sarah Wells, is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. As an Olympic semi-finalist and Pan Am Games silver medallist in the 400m hurdles, Sarah’s reputation was built through overcoming challenges and not letting her circumstances define her outcome. Fans of "The Amazing Race" TV show may recognize Sarah from her participation on the program.

During Sarah’s pursuit to excellence, she was fortunate to achieve the pinnacle of her sport, the Olympic Games. But potentially more importantly, she had to learn to deal with heartbreaking defeat and unforeseen challenges.

This equipped Sarah with the knowledge and tools on how to build and foster resilience. It has now become her mission to share that story and those tactics so she can help others overcome the obstacles they’re facing. Sarah knows that sometimes we can feel like our circumstances have to define our outcomes, sometimes we can think the obstacles we see are so indestructible they seem like brick walls, and sometimes we don’t even see our own potential or the opportunity beyond it. But Sarah plans to change that. In her session We're All In A Race, Sarah will equip you with the tools to both build and apply resilience, especially in times of uncertainty. You'll certainly want to listen-up when this Olympic semi-finalist and Pan Am Games silver medallist takes the virtual stage.


Sarah, a native of Markham, attended Unionville High School. She is a three-time OFSAA gold medallist in the 300 & 400 metre hurdles and a one-time gold medallist in the 100 metre hurdles. Her high school trophy case also includes silver and bronze medals.

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