Willie – The Making of a Corporate Athlete or How Courage and Resilience Transcend the Sport

Chartered Professional Accountants, Equality Diversity Inclusion, Hot Docs for Continuing Professional Education, Lawyers, Live Program, Professionalism

DESIGNED FOR

Lawyers, Accountants and Business Professionnals

CPE/CPD CREDITS

1.5 Hour Professionalism & 1 Hour EDI Professionalism

If there is one quality that lawyers and business professionals seek for themselves and their employees, it is sustained high performance in the face of ever-increasing pressure in this rapidly-changing world. This program will teach professionals about their capacity to build, grow and rebuild from adversity. The program features as a case study the Hot Docs documentary film Willie which tells the story of Willie O’Ree who, in the midst of America’s tumultuous birth of the civil rights movement, became the first black player to skate in a National Hockey League game. The case study will be followed by a panel which will discuss “the making of a corporate athlete”— or how professionals can reframe themselves as corporate athletes to increase their resilience and mental focus on leadership and wellness-work-life balance principles that high-performer athletes need to embrace to become extraordinary.

CPE/CPD INFORMATION

The overall objective of this course is to present to lawyers how reframing themselves as corporate athletes can help increase their resilience and mental focus on leadership and wellness-work-life balance principles that high-performer athletes need to embrace to do their work and perform. The second overall objective is also to promote the principles of diversity and inclusion by presenting the remarkable story of Willie O’Ree as NHL’s first Black player and his recent Hall of Fame induction. The program’s learning objectives are as follow:

  • Gain a fundamental understanding of the importance of resilience and mental toughness for physical well-being and mental well-being to achieve high performance;
  • Demystify resilience and mental toughness through the fundamental importance of understanding self-care;
  • Gain a fundamental understanding of the importance of mindfulness and meditation for physical well-being and mental well-being;
  • Gain a capacity to build, grow and rebuild from adversity – understanding “the making of a corporate athlete”—how reframing ourselves as corporate athletes can help increase our resilience and mental focus on leadership and wellness-work-life balance principles that high-performer athletes need to embrace to become extraordinary;
  • Discuss realistic ways for legal and business professionals to improve their happiness and work/life balance – discussing realistic ways to improve leadership and wellness-work-life balance principles that high-performer corporate athletes and organizations need to embrace to become extraordinary;
  • Gain an inspirational appreciation for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) through the case study (film) and panel discussion which will focus on resilience leadership and mental toughness in the face of racism and discrimination. The documentary shows how in the midst of the American civil rights movement, Willie O’Ree became the first Black player to skate in the NHL. An inspiration to many, the remarkable story of this recent Hall of Fame inductee’s courage and resilience in the face of racism transcends the sport – featuring the value of diversity and inclusion.

CPD / CPE ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

This program is an accredited and/or is an eligible learning activity for the following professionals.

CHARTERED FINANCIAL ANALYSTS (CFA): Information will be available shortly

CHARTERED PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS (CPA): This program qualifies as an accredited and/or eligible learning activity for Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA). It is recommended that you visit your professional organization’s website to ensure participation in this activity will fulfill your CPE/CPD requirements.

LAWYERS (ONTARIO): This program contains 1 hour and 30 minutes of Professionalism Content and 1 hour of EDI Professionalism Content accredited by the Law Society of Ontario.

OTHER CANADIAN LAW SOCITIES: This program may be an eligible CPD activity for lawyers in other Canadian provinces and territories.

This program may be eligible towards CPE/CPD requirements for other professionals. It is recommended that you visit your professional organization’s website to ensure participation in this activity will fulfill your CPE/CPD requirements.

ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY CASE STUDY

In the midst of America’s tumultuous fight to end Jim Crow and the birth of the civil rights movement, Willie – the descendant of escaped slaves – became the first black player to skate in a National Hockey League game. He was blind in one eye – an extraordinary secret that only his sister knew, and played 45 games in the NHL. Willie provides historical context and depth to O’Ree’s incredible journey. The film is a testament to the resilience and determination of a man empowered by his family’s legacy, and the people he has inspired along the way.

WELCOME REMARKS BY:

Lori Anne Thomas (LLB)

Lori Anne Thomas (LLB)

President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL).

Since 2015, Lori has been a sole practitioner in her Toronto firm Thomas Defence, practicing criminal and Law Society regulatory defence. She is a Criminal Law Program Instructor for the Ryerson University Law Practice Program.

Stéphane A. MonPremier (B.A., LL.B)

Stéphane A. MonPremier (B.A., LL.B)

President of the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL)

Stéphane A. MonPremier graduated magna cum laude from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology. He then went on to Law School at the University of Ottawa (French Common Law Program), where he graduated Cum Laude in 2000.

POST-SCREENING DISCUSSION SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS

Garrick Apollon (LLB, JD, LLM, LLCM)

Garrick Apollon (LLB, JD, LLM, LLCM)

Lawyer and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law and MBA program at the University of Ottawa, Member of the Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies at the Brain and Mind Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa

Garrick Apollon is a practicing corporate lawyer and the only legal scholar who is a Member of the Academy for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies at the University of Ottawa. He believes in the promotion of the principles of wellness, work/life balance and mindfulness for lawyers and he is the mind behind the research and development of this course. Garrick is also a documentary filmmaker and a Fellow at Hot Docs for Continuing Professional Education. An active legal scholar, Garrick has seven publications in leading peer-reviewed American law journals in the fields of corporate governance and ethics, negotiation and dispute resolution. Garrick has taught organizational behaviour (corporate psychology) for more than 5 years in the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) at the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management. He has also studied organizational behaviour for lawyers at Penn Law with the internationally renowned Professor Adam Grant from the Wharton School. He is a former varsity athlete and played football for the Rouge & Or at Université Laval. Garrick is past-Fellow of the FILM Initiative at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University.

Alison Crosthwait

Alison Crosthwait

CFA, RP, CTP, Dipl, Registered psychotherapist, Author, and Blogger

A former capital markets trader, working for companies such as Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, Alison came to the world of therapy through a personal journey, which led to both a career and life change. Throughout her adult life, inner work has been of increasing importance to Alison. She engages deeply in therapy, meditation, and somatic practices to continue her exploration and her healing. She feels strongly that all healing practitioners must continue to actively engage with their own journeys while they work with others on theirs. Alison believes that therapy is much more than a health care treatment option, it is a way of life which she explores each week in her blog writing about psychotherapy and change.

Orlando Da Silva

Orlando Da Silva

Former Bencher Law Society of Ontario (national champion for mental health)

Orlando Da Silva is the former President of the Ontario Bar Association, former Bencher with the Law Society of Ontario, a Law Society Medalist, and has an exemplary career in law. As president of the Ontario Bar Association, Orlando Da Silva became one of the most respected national mental health champion advocates for the legal profession after opening up about his personal struggle with depression. Mr. Da Silva has recently been appointed as the Chief Administrator of the Administrative Tribunal Support Service of Canada (effective October 27, 2019).

Jill Perry

Jill Perry

Coach, Boxing Canada

Jill received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University in 1996. She worked high-tech for 18 years covering everything from software to semiconductors. Jill’s corporate career was cut short by a cancer diagnosis in 2012. Prior to retiring, she was the Senior Manager of Marketing at a global reverse engineering firm. Her business experience exposed her to everything from managing stressful situations to communicating ideas across many cultures, but most importantly it taught her the value of having open and honest relationships.  

Jill became involved with boxing in 1996 by mere chance, and it changed her life. She took to the sport immediately. Jill started competing at a late age and defied the odds by winning two Canadian Championships. She was inspired to give back to her sport and took her first coaching course in 2003; she is currently completing her Masters of Coaching and Technical Leadership at the University of British Columbia. Jill is the Head Coach at the Beaver Boxing Club in Ottawa and she is also part of Boxing Canada’s high performance coaching pool.

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upcoming screening

October 15, 2019
@6:30 pm
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y3