Viviane Forest is the first Canadian female athlete to win Gold medals in both Summer and winter Olympic or Paralympic Games. She is a Triple Gold Medal Paralympian from 2000, 2004 and 2010. Her story is stunning and captivating. Her recent five medal podium finish at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games had her collecting over 25% of Canada’s medals. Her tenacious determination and commitment to her dreams create a humorous and intense story, sure to inspire.
With Blinding Speed and No Fear!
In her first year of ski racing in 2007, with used equipment and duct tape, Viviane Forest won 13 of 14 races on the NorAm race circuit. This speed demon was just getting warmed up. Viviane is available for motivational speaking, special appearances, and sports demos.
Viviane has 4% vision. Viviane races with a sighted guide who skis no more than 4 meters in front of her. Via 2 way radios and verbal cues this dynamic duo charges down international alpine race courses, around gates and glacial terrain. They has been clocked at over 115 km/hour!
In 2009 Viviane earned 20 podium finishes out of 23 races. She won the prestigious Overall Crystal Globe for the best performance on the World Cup Tour in her category. She also earned 3 Crystal Globes in Downhill, Super Combined, and Giant Slalom. She holds the current Super Combined World Championship Title.
Viviane appeals to many organizations because of her charm and ability to speak authoritatively in both French and English. The challenges of ski racing are very different from the life lessons she has learned growing up with decreasing vision and a learning disability. Her dedication and pursuit of excellence create a very inspiring and motivating story that she is willing to share with you and your organisation.
Motivational Speaker and Role Model
Between training and competing, Viviane is an inspiring public speaker at corporate and community events. Her presentations are genuine, strong, and they motivate people to be active and reach for their goals and dreams. In the past ten years, she has spoken to approximately 10,000 people across Canada.
She frequently speaks at corporate gatherings and often accepts speaking engagements for public events or fundraisers. She has experience speaking to small groups like a classroom or board meeting and large conference gatherings in convention centres.
- Motivate / Inspire
- Believe in Yourself
- The Journey of a 3 Time Paralympic Champion
- Overcoming Adversity
- Goal Setting
- Public Appearances, Autographs, Photo Opps
To Hire Viviane Forest
Please contact Carrie for more information and to book Viviane for your next school or organisation event.
Viviane is one of The Enbridge Famous 5 Speakers in a national series to promote leadership of women. They bring in speakers who are exceptional or have done exceptional things. It was a great opportunity for women to connect with inspirational speakers. A facilitator helps people connect their lives with messages from the speakers. YouTube has The Famous 5 video link and will play automatically if you cannot use the below player.
Viviane Forest will be the keynote speakers and Emcee with Jaye Milley (Para-Cyclist) at the JLT Golf Tournament raising funds for the Canadian Paralympic Committee, benefiting Paralympic athletes in Canada.
A new four-year partnership between the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) Canada began June 24, 2011, with national sport organizations benefiting immediately from risk-management tools created for hosting sport competitions.
Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) Canada is a leading risk management, insurance and employee benefits specialty brokerage firm based in Calgary, Alberta.
"JLT is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable sports insurance brokers in the world," said Paul Murphy, JLT Canada, President & CEO. "The company delivers specialized risk management and insurance solutions to professional and amateur sports teams, associations, and groups in over 30 countries. We are very proud and excited to announce our association with the Canadian Paralympic Committee." See the press release here
Viviane inspires so many people with her achievements in sport and interesting story as a visually impaired high performance athlete.
She is part of a volunteer panel of visually impaired role models for the Vision Resource Center - North.
Cours et activités destinés aux 50 ans et plus
JEUDI (11H15 À 12H00)
Campus Saint-Jean, Université de l’Alberta
Viviane will be the keynote speaker at the PLAN Edmonton annual gala.
Event Name: 2011 PLAN Edmonton Gala Fundraiser, Friday May 6, Chateau Lacomb, Edmonton
The Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) Edmonton is a non-profit charitable organization with a core mission to assist families with a relative with a disability to plan for the future of their relative. We are a family directed organization that supports families through future planning consultations, information sessions and the development of a social network for their family member.
Event & Ticket Contact: Meloney Patterson-Gillan, Plan Edmonton
Phone: 780-488-2422, Fax: 780-451-6709