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Chantal Petitclerc


Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Paralympic Champion & Canada's Chef de Mission for the Rio Paralympic Games 2016

Chantal Petitclerc is the most successful wheelchair racer of all time, boasting multiple medals from all three of the world’s top athletic competitions: The Olympic and Paralympic Games, the World Championships, and the Commonwealth Games. Canada’s Lou Marsh Trophy winner for Athlete of the Year (2008) and a Companion of the Order of Canada, Chantal tells her incredible story to show others that challenges are simply a starting point for success. In 2016, Petitclerc was named to the Senate of Canada; she sits as an Independent senator, part of the Independent Senators Group.

Keynote Speeches

Determination, Perseverance, Discipline: Enhancing your Natural Advantage

Together on the Podium: Recognizing that Personal Success is the Outcome of Team Effort

Together on the Podium: Recognizing that Personal Success is the Outcome of Team Effort

Audience reviews:

  • Ms. Petitclerc exemplifies perseverance and excellence-two qualities that attracted Alcan to become associated with her. In the past three years, Chantal has had the opportunity to meet thousands of Alcan employees across Canada and around the world. We know how much she is appreciated and how proud our employees are to be associated with such a great athlete and such an extraordinary person.

    - Vice President, Alcan Primary Metal Group
  • Your personal story of courage and determination intently engaged every person in the audience. As is most likely the case wherever you go, you captured the hearts of all the government employees who were present at this event. Your enlightening spirit was the perfect finishing touch in making the day a success.

    - Natural Resources Canada
  • Chantal is so knowledgeable and so down-to-earth, she was a big hit with participants – they could not stop talking about how great she was!

    - Principal, Finance, Management and Reporting, CPA Canada

Speaker Biography

The Honourable Chantal Petitclerc is not only an internationally renowned athlete, but also a compassionate person. When she was 13 years old, she lost the use of her legs in an accident. While Petitclerc was developing her skills as a wheelchair athlete, she pursued her studies, first in social sciences at the CEGEP de Sainte-Foy and then in history at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She overcame adversity and many obstacles to become a proven leader in the sports world. Her gold medals in the Paralympic Games, Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games, the various awards and accolades she has received, and her appointment as Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the Rio Paralympic Games are all markers of her success.

Her many achievements and her personal journey have also made her an in-demand public speaker, recognized across Canada. She has been the spokesperson for Défi sportif AlterGo for 17 years, and is an ambassador for the international organization Right to Play. A tireless advocate for the contributions people with disabilities have made to our society, she plays a definitive role in building a more inclusive society. Her example inspires people to overcome their obstacles and achieve their full potential.

Through her experiences, Senator Petitclerc has also learned a lot about the particular characteristics of various communities, as well as how decisions are made at the national level. As someone who has functional limitations herself, she has a good understanding of the needs of various minority communities and would like to ensure their voices are heard. The Senator is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Knight of the Order of Quebec. She received the Lou Marsh Trophy for Canadian Athlete of the Year and was inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame. She has also received four honorary doctorates. In addition, Senator Petitclerc sits on various committees and boards of directors, where she provides her dynamic and unique perspective.