(July 9, 2021) TORONTO – Today, Friday, July 9th, marks the Opening Ceremony of the 2021 PowerHockey Canada Summit presented by Coinsquare and Amylior. This three-day, 100% virtual and free event will have opportunities for the para-athletes, their families, friends, and anybody interested in parasport to connect, and participate in a series of live sessions, entertainment, and so much more.

The inaugural theme of #PowerToBecome will explore exactly what ‘Becoming’ can mean to each individual person. “The weekend will bring together various perspectives and inspire each attendee to find their power to become a better version of themselves.” says Paul Desaulniers, President of PowerHockey Canada and a former player for 19 seasons. “Whether it’s the power to become a better para-athlete, more self-aware, more inclusive, more connected, or more involved, our goal is for each individual to leave feeling like they have achieved a better understanding of what it means to them, and the tools needed to do so.”

Attendees can enjoy a variety of sessions: Diversity and Inclusion in Parasport featuring an esteemed panel of guests including Minister Carla Qualtrough (Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Government of Canada) Elisabeth Walker-Young (Paralympian and DEI Educator) Andrea Carey (Chief INclusion Officer, INclusion Incorporated) and Richard Peter (Paralympic Gold Medalist), a live version of PowerHockey Canada’s podcast, Inside the Crease hosted by Matt Vocino who will be joined by Claire Buchanan (Assistant Captain, Women’s Para Hockey of Canada); and Powerchair Optimization for Sport and Daily Life, presented by Motion, along with many others.

The Summit will also feature social evenings providing an opportunity for attendees to connect and enjoy with their friends, family, and others from around the world, including Friday’s Social Trivia Night and Saturday’s Entertainment Night featuring a variety of entertainers from around the world with performances from award-winning Australian recording artist John Butler, iconic Juno-winning Nova Scotian Joel Plaskett, award-winning sketch comedian and all-round funny-man Jon Blair, as well as some great up-and-coming Canadian artists.

“Our team at PowerHockey Canada has worked hard to ensure there’s something for everyone who attends,” remarks Meghan Hines, Vice President of PowerHockey Canada and current player for over 20 years.

Additional information and registration for the 2021 PowerHockey Canada Summit via www.phcanadasummit.com.

Learn more about PowerHockey Canada: https://www.powerhockeycanada.com

Media enquiries contact: media@powerhockeycanada.com.


PowerHockey Canada is a national parasport organization that is focused on the growth and development of powerhockey nationwide. Established in 2018, PowerHockey Canada is recognized as a Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association. Through this designation it works to achieve its goals and objectives of developing, funding, promoting, and operating powerhockey activities, programs and facilities for the purposes of governing, advancing and promoting the sport in Canada.

From the grassroots level to high performance play, PowerHockey Canada is committed to excellence for all para-athletes from coast-to-coast. Its player-oriented Board of Directors finds ways to engage with all Canadians, demonstrating the abilities of the para-athletes and showing that success and excellence is not limited by ability. Click remove click remove features image