Canadian Sport Institute Pacific Announces 2023 Athlete Advance with Focus on Safe Sport – Canadian Sport Institute Pacific – News Block

VICTORIA, BC (February 23, 2023) – Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI Pacific) is proud to announce the dates for its flagship event for BC’s high performance athletes, Athlete Advance 2023. In operation for over ten years, the Athlete Advance is designed to educate and inspire British Columbia’s current and future Olympic, Paralympic and World Championship athletes in their pursuit of podium performances.

The Advance is a one-day event, free to all athletes registered with the Canadian Sport Institute and PacificSport. Attendees can boost their sports careers by participating in interactive workshops and seminars presented by world leading experts in high performance sports.

Key information:

Date: Saturday, March 25, 9:30am-4pm
Location: Vancouver Sheraton Airport Hotel (7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC)
Issue: Redefining the culture of safe sport

CSI Pacific is excited to have the Athlete Advance return to an in-person format for the first time since 2020. This year’s Advance will be powered by generous contributions from viaSport and Game Plan. We thank these organizations for their contribution to supporting BC athletes, coaches and high performance sport. We are delighted to partner with them to provide this valuable workshop for BC athletes.

With a keynote address by Allison Forsyth, COO of ITP Sport, as well as workshops hosted by Allison, Candice Drouin and Andrea Wooles, CSI Pacific is proud to present this Athlete Advance under the theme Redefining the culture of safe sport, a critical issue in modern sport.

Athletes who wish to register to attend can do so here.

For more information, including for any organization wishing to help support this valuable event, please visit

Speaker Biographies:

allison forsyth

Passionate. Useful. Proactive. Allison embodies these three words every day and in every Safe Sport interaction. As ITP Sport’s COO, Allison is fueling her passion to change the system and change a culture motivated by her own victimization of sexual abuse in the Canadian sports system. A two-time Olympian, eight-time Canadian Champion, and one of the top 15 highest-ranked athletes in the world for nearly a decade, Allison is an athlete, advocate, and change-maker. Her corporate experience in business operations, systemic and crisis communication, and change management rounds out her expertise in making ITP the leading agency in changing the landscape of safe sport. Allison started at Safe Sport in the most authentic way, as a survivor of sexual abuse in the sports system. Years of trauma were healed by years of advocacy and implementation of safeguarding programs at the national level. Now, Allison thrives on bringing the real conversation to organizations and their participants. Her main focus at ITP is awareness and education, as her first-hand experience is unparalleled in this space. She’s raw and real and she’s changing sports culture for the better.

andrea lanas

Andrea’s core belief is that sport should be a positive experience for everyone involved in it, and she is working hard in her role as Safe Sport Manager at viaSport to help make that happen. She is a physiologist and support services manager who has worked in sport for more than 20 years, both in Canada and internationally, including three Olympic Games. She is also an Organizational Coach specializing in sports organizations and athlete transitions to sport. Her unique mix of experiences has given her a wealth of perspectives and experiences in both positive and toxic sports environments. She is excited to work on simple and practical ways to create safe and positive environments for everyone at all levels of the sport.

Candice Drouin

Hailing from Banff, Alberta, Candice Drouin has spent most of her life on the mountain, be it competing in skiing and snowboarding, training, or shredding powder. She is now living on Vancouver Island, supporting summer and winter athletes in her Game Plan role.

Candice’s experience as an athlete and coach, along with her education, gives her the tools she needs to help athletes plan for their lives outside of sport. Candice has a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Education in Coaching Studies from the University of Victoria. She currently also completed a certificate in academic counseling and career guidance from the University of Calgary. One of Candice’s goals is to be chosen to be part of the mission staff for the next Olympic or Paralympic Games in Paris!

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About the Canadian Pacific Institute of Sport

Offering world-class Olympic and Paralympic training environments in Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific ( is committed to Powering Performance. inspiring excellence. Working with national sports organizations and driven by our national and provincial partners such as Sport Canada, viaSport, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Canadian Coaches Association, we are driven by our mantra of Collaborate. Attend. Innovate. Carry out.

Our team of experts in sports science, sports medicine, training and life services provide cutting-edge programs and services to athletes and coaches to ensure they have every advantage to win medals for Canada. More information:

Media Contacts:

Noah Wheelock, General Manager, Business Operations
Canadian Institute of Pacific Sport
Telephone: 250.220.2534

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