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Location: Edmonton, Alberta

Reputation: National

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Viviane Forest is a Triple Gold Medal Paralympian of 2000, 2004 and 2010. Viviane is one of Canada’s most decorated Paralympic athletes. After a nine year career as a member of the national Goalball team, she now competes for Canada in Para-Alpine skiing. She has seven Paralympic medals from three different Paralympic Games.

Viviane was born in Montréal, Quebec but now calls Edmonton, Alberta home. She has been in competitive sports since the age of four. Viviane played hockey and ringette, participated in karate, judo, track and field, cycling and provincial level swimming. The one thing that differentiates Viviane from other athletes is that she has only 4% of normal vision. Yet she excels at the highest possible levels.

Viviane races down the ski slopes, with her guide, at speeds over 100 km/hr. They use a two-way radio system, trust and confidence to prevail on the slopes of the world.

At the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, Viviane won medals in all five alpine race disciplines: a Gold in the prestigious Downhill, three Silvers in Super-G, Slalom and Super Combined and a Bronze in Giant Slalom. With two Paralympic gold medals won in Goalball at the Sydney 2000 and the Athens 2004 Paralympic Summer Games, Viviane has become one of a few female high performance athletes in the world to win gold medals in both summer and winter Paralympic or Olympic Games.

Recently Viviane was recognized nationally for her sport accomplishments:
• Canadian Paralympic Committee inaugural Debut Award, and
• Alpine Canada TELUS Award of Excellence Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.

In addition to her sport accomplishments, Viviane is recognized by the community as a leader and role model. She is the recipient of the Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence (October 2010), and The Global Woman of Vision (May 2010).

Viviane’s 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 while injured. Her tenacious determination and commitment to her dreams create a humorous and intense story, sure to inspire.


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 in Quebec and Alberta. She is frequent presenter to corporate gatherings and often accepts speaking engagements for public events or fundraisers. She has experience speaking to small groups like a classroom or large conference gatherings as a keynote. Viviane’s keynote address,
Failure is Not an Option appeals to many organizations because of her charm and ability to speak authoritatively in both French and English. Viviane can also facilitate team building sessions.

More Information: 1.866.420.3338 (toll-free in Canada) email: info@speakersalberta.com
What a Standing Ovation looks like:
Thank you for joining us at our 2010 Annual Conference as a keynote presenter. Your presentation was engaging and entertaining, and I know that our members will truly benefit from your inspirational story.”
Megan Archibald
Manager, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement,
Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia
"Viviane, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to share your incredible experiences with our athletes and many of your teammates - it really hit home for a lot of them and we look forward to working with you in future initiatives! The sport system would surely benefit from more athletes like you!”
AthletesCAN, Athlete Forum 2010 Committee
“J’ai eu le plaisir de travailler avec Viviane Forest au sein du Conseil d’administration de l’Association sportive des aveugles du Québec (ASAQ). J’attire votre attention sur l’engagement de Madame Forest. Elle a été conférencière-initiatrice dans la communauté ainsi que dans des écoles à l’intention de groupes d’élèves de niveaux primaire et secondaire. Elle a fait de la représentation lors d’événements tels que
« Vision Extrême », la semaine de la canne blanche et le Congrès de la Fédération des éducateurs et éducatrices physiques enseignants du Québec (FÉÉPEQ). L’École Jacques-Ouellette lui a décerné un prix en juin 2001, lors de son retour des paralympiques de Sydney et depuis le prix Viviane Forest est décerné annuellement à l'École Jacques-Ouellette pour souligner la persévérance d'un jeune étudiant du niveau primaire et secondaire. Sa détermination, son dynamisme font de cette athlète une excellente ambassadrice du sport au Canada.
Robert Deschênes, Président
Association Sportive des Aveugles du Québec
“It has also been my experience that Viviane is driven to experience excellence, not only in her sport but also in her personal life. I believe she is unstoppable when she decides what she wants. It is for these reasons that I have asked Viviane to address a large group of my colleagues on what it takes to achieve such a high level of success in a relatively short period of time. As a Canadian, I am extremely proud to know her based on the quality of her character, her stellar attitude and her strength & determination. She is a great example of being Canadian.”
Deborah Cantin, Marketing Director
World Financial Group
"Edmonton West has had Viviane Forest out to speak to our club in November 2010. She is an amazing speaker considering she has only been speaking English for a couple of years. Her presentation is touching and humorous, definitely worthwhile."
Edmonton West Rotary Club
“Over 750 francophone, Albertan youth were raving about Viviane. After her keynote address she cranked out two team building sessions using the sport of Goalball. “Merci beaucoup Viviane pour votre excellent travail au RaJe 2010 “
Annie Falardeau,
Directrice générale/Executive Director,
Fédération du sport francophone de l’Alberta
More Information: 1.866.420.3338 (toll-free in Canada) email: info@speakersalberta.com
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