Cheryl Pounder

Cheryl Pounder

2 x Olympic Gold Medalist, Motivational Speaker, Broadcaster, Co-Host Her Mark Podcast

Cheryl Pounder

Cheryl Pounder has played on six of Canada’s World Championship Hockey teams and was named an All-Star Defenseman in 2005. She was also voted the top defenseman at the 2002, 2004, 2005 (MVP) and 2007 Canadian Women’s Hockey National Championships. Her greatest career accomplishments are her two Olympic gold medals from the Salt Lake City and Torino Olympic Games.

Cheryl believes it’s always about the journey! That’s the message she shares with every audience and that along the way, change is inevitable. Embracing change and getting outside of our comfort zones is the only path to excellence. Learning from both failures and successes allows us to “Grow for Gold” as true achievement is found in the details. It takes commitment, vision, leadership, teamwork and dedication not just some days but every day!

Currently, Cheryl is working as a colour commentary analyst on TSN. Her most recent work included the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, 2014 Olympic Winter Games and 2013 Women’s World Hockey Championships. She is a board member for the Ladies’ First Hockey Foundation and Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

As a mother of two daughters, Cheryl has recognized the importance of engaging youth. She is working with Fitspirit, a non-profit organization encouraging young females to ‘get active’ and make healthy lifestyle choices.

Please contact us for more information or to book Cheryl Pounder for your next event.

  1. Pursuit of Excellence “Growing for Gold” Self-Awareness, Leadership and Teamwork

    How does one grow and get gold, no matter their situation?

    Cheryl’s enlightening keynote is interactive, engaging and entertaining. She discusses the importance of building a vision while focusing on participation vs engagement and the importance of seizing every opportunity.

    Cheryl also focuses on the character dimensions of leadership, the importance of collaboration and how one individual can affect and impact the culture and mission of a group. By sharing information, understanding the importance of Inclusivity and recognizing value, we build culture and efficiency.

    “|Growing for Gold” involves trusting the process, tough conversations and clarity of the common goal.

    Thinking differently is essential to excellence.

  2. Pursuit of Excellence: “Breaking the Barriers” The Courage to Overcome Adversity

    How do you take what cards life has dealt you and turn them into a win?

    Cheryl discusses adversity as it applied to her journey and how being ‘abnormal’ and taking chances helped her succeed in a world where many believed she couldn’t.

    Finding strength in vulnerability and having the courage to embrace change, leads to incredible opportunities. Cheryl takes you on a journey, discussing how she developed resiliency and how she has overcome her personal fear of failure in order to break barriers and prove to herself and others that she has what it takes to win.

  3. Pursuit of Excellence: “End the Stigma” Understanding Mental Health

    Can you recognize the signs of mental illness?

    Are you doing what you need to do to take care of your own mental wellness? Cheryl talks about the pressures of leadership, being in the public eye and the importance of taking care of your own mental wellness in order to reach your goals and lead a fulfilling life.

    She also talks about the importance of encouraging your team and those around you to put mental wellness on their list of personal goals.

  4. Pursuit of Excellence: “Women in Leadership” The importance of finding your voice, rising up and collaborating

    As a professional hockey player and sports broadcaster, Cheryl Pounder will share her journey as a female in a male-dominated community. She discusses the courage needed to find your voice and how to find the strength to ‘stand on top of your story’. She will reinforce the importance of joining the conversation and how women can rise up to any challenge in any circumstance. She encourages the audience to talk about their own personal barriers while recognizing their role within a community. Cheryl also talks about the need for collaboration as women in leadership and how teamwork really does make the dream work.

  5. Cheryl Pounder - Host/Emcee

    Cheryl brings her high energy and effervescent personality to each and every event, large or small. With her warmth and friendliness, Cheryl immediately makes guests feel like they have a new friend. For fundraising events, Cheryl encourages giving and supports the cause with personal stories. With galas and award presentations, Cheryl is professional, yet down to earth. There’s never a dull moment with Cheryl. With her experience as a sports commentator, radio host and keynote speaker, Cheryl keeps the energy moving while focusing on the goal of the event she’s at.

As Master of Ceremonies, Cheryl was the heart and soul of the Awards Gala for the Canadian women’s Hockey league. Articulate, engaging and funny, she connects with audiences by discussing her own experiences as an athlete, friend and mother. Whenever she speaks, she conveys in a clear and compelling way why she is--and always will be--a champion.
Brenda Andress
Commissioner of CWHL
In a day and age where presentations seem all too plentiful, it has become more challenging to find unique and intimate experiences that truly can inspire the pursuit of a dream, a tear and a laugh, and help us each understand what it means to represent something even bigger than we each are and the path to get there. I have had the privilege of seeing Cheryl present to different audiences, from young kids to accomplished professionals, and her level of inspiration and audience engagement is that special touch that is otherwise a missing ingredient for so many. Cheryl represents not only an elite level of accomplished athleticism and winning but at her core message, a heart-felt reminder to us all on the importance of the pursuit and belief in a dream, a vision and to battle through obstacles to achieve it. The medals were earned and her character and integrity of message is natural. Each presentation has ended in a standing ovation with tears throughout. Cheryl’s is a unique story of someone who achieved excellence built from a dream as a child; had that world taken away from her and had to find a way to battle back to that level of success through nothing short of a commitment to work hard and sacrifice. Cheryl’s message, and perhaps even more so, Cheryl as an individual, will inspire your heart and your own visions.
Brad Morris
Past Chairman of AIA (Automotive Association of Canada) and General Manager, Grote Industries Canada

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