Hockey Canada Chair, The Hon. Hugh L. Fraser, Among Highlighted Speakers at The Carnegie Initiative 2nd Annual Summit

Hockey Canada Chair, The Hon. Hugh L. Fraser, Among Highlighted Speakers at The Carnegie Initiative 2nd Annual Summit in Toronto, January 20-22, 2023

Panelists from across hockey will discuss creating change and fostering growth in the sport

(Toronto, Ontario and Boston, Mass. January 4, 2023) –  The Carnegie Initiative proudly announces its slate of panelists and speakers for The CI Summit’s Saturday, Jan. 21 event at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Newly elected Hockey Canada Chair, The Hon. Hugh L. Fraser, along with NHL Senior Executive Vice President Kimberly Davis will kick off the day’s Catalyst Conversations with fellow panelists speaking to change in the sport. Three of seven Herb Carnegie Trailblazer Award recipients will appear on panels throughout the event, which will be emceed by former NHL star, and current Sportsnet and Turner Sports analyst Anson Carter. Grassroots hockey leaders will speak on accelerating the pace of making the game inclusive, including Hockey 4 Youth Founder Moezine Hasham. 

The CI’s Co-Founders Bernice Carnegie and Bryant McBride will provide the keynote on the work in continuing Herb Carnegie’s legacy. The CI’s inaugural grant recipients, Dr. Nicole Melton (UMass-Amherst) and Dr. Richard Norman (Toronto Metropolitan University) will present an update on their academic research. Following a special announcement by Indigenous Hockey leaders and allies about “The Spirit Project,” the Women in Hockey Catalyst Conversation with Hockey Canada Board Member and Little Native Hockey League Founder Marian Jacko will conclude the day.

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The CI Summit 2023 


Catalyst Conversation I: Creating Sustainable ChangeKimberly Davis, NHL Senior Executive Vice President; The Hon. Hugh L. Fraser, Hockey Canada Chair; Daniel Larson, Team Trans Ice Hockey Founder; Ajay Rai, GTHL Player.
Moderator: Donnovan Bennett, Sportsnet

Catalyst Conversation II: Grassroots Reality: Where and how is hockey really becoming inclusive and how do we speed it up?Marco DiBuono, Canadian Tire Jumpstart President; Moezine Hasham*, Hockey 4 Youth Founder and Executive Director; Brock McGillis*, LBGTQ+ Advocate; Anthony Stewart, Hockey Equality Chairman and Retired NHL Player.
Moderator: Mari Horita, Seattle Kraken Senior Vice President, Social Impact & Government Relations

Keynote: Herb is in the Hall! Take us behind the scenes and what’s next – A Fireside Chat with The CI’s Co-Founders Bernice Carnegie and Bryant McBride
Hosted by: Kenneth L. Shropshire, Wharton Sports Business Initiative Director

Catalyst Conversation III: Doing The Work – The CI’s Grant Recipients report on their winning proposals and the work ahead of them and others in the academic arena: Grant Recipients: Dr. Richard Norman, Toronto Metropolitan University; Dr. Nicole Melton and Dr. Ted Fay UMass-Amerst; Katie Cheesbrough and Samantha Rogers, Relate Social Capital – “The CI Index”

The Spirit Project: Special Announcement

Catalyst Conversation IV: Women in Hockey – The Path to Sustainable Growth – Sponsored by Air Canada – Marian Jacko, Hockey Canada Board Member and Little Native Hockey League President; Zarmina Nekzai*, The Hockey Girls of Kabul Founder; Dr. Courtney Szto, Queen’s University Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology
Moderator: Shireen Ahmed, CBC Sports Senior Contributor

*Recipient – Herb Carnegie Trailblazer Award, Presented by Canadian Tire




MISSION: Work to ensure that hockey is inclusive, supportive and welcoming to all. The Carnegie Initiative (The CI), named in honor of legendary hockey player and social justice pioneer Herb Carnegie, was created to ensure opportunity and access to hockey everywhere. Co-founded by Bernice Carnegie and Bryant McBride, and in conjunction with leading academic institutions, The CI aims to accelerate the work started by Herb Carnegie more than 50 years ago to make hockey more diverse and inclusive.

In short, with the help of our partners and supporters, The CI aims to change the culture of hockey.

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