Location: Delta Hotel Toronto Airport & Conference Centre in Toronto
Theme: Connected by Complexity & Design
April 6, 2019 – Pre-Conference Workshops (optional)
April 7 – 9, 2019 – National Leaders Conference
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Jason Dorland

Healthy High Performance School
Jason was born into a rowing family. His grandfather, father and older brothers all rowed at a high level. Jason spent his high school years rowing at Ridley College before continuing his passion in university. Once on the National Team, he set his sights on the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.

As defending Olympic Champions, the Canadian men’s eight were expected to defend that title or at the very least medal. They didn’t. Instead, they finished dead last in the final.

Much was made of that performance. The Canadian press held nothing back in their assessment of the young Canadian crew and their coach. Jason was unprepared for the feedback that filled national and local papers. It would prove his last race for Canada.

Decades later, Jason defines that experience and the troubled years that followed as the greatest gift he ever received. “It changed everything for me. Up until that moment, I was all about the prize. Now, I get it—how we travel our life’s journey is more important than where that journey leads us.”

Jason helped start an organic food business in 1996 in Vancouver after earning his degree in Graphic Design from The Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. He then returned to university where he received his degree in Education before entering the teaching profession where he taught high school for fifteen years.

For ten of those fifteen years, he coached rowing—winning 12 International Championships, setting a Canadian course record time and becoming the first coach to win the prestigious Calder Cleland Memorial Trophy at the Canadian High School Championships with crews from two different schools.

Jason is also the author of two critically acclaimed books; Chariots and Horses and Pulling Together. For more info—click here.