Athlete Advance

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

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

Key Information:

Date: Saturday, March 25th, 9:30am-4pm
Location: Vancouver Sheraton Airport Hotel [7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC]
Theme: Redefining Safe Sport Culture

CSI Pacific is excited that the Athlete Advance is returning 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 athletes, coaches, and high-performance sport in BC. We are thrilled to collaborate with them to provide this valuable workshop for BC athletes.

With a keynote from Allison Forsyth, COO of ITP Sport, as well as breakout workshops operated by Allison, Candice Drouin, and Andrea Wooles, CSI Pacific is proud to present this Athlete Advance under the theme of Redefining Safe Sport Culture, a critical topic in modern sport.

Athletes looking to register to attend can do so here.

To find out more, including for any organizations wishing to help support this valuable event, visit


Speaker Bios:

Allison Forsyth

Passionate. Purposeful. Proactive. Allison embodies these three words each day and in every Safe Sport interaction. As the COO of ITP Sport, Allison is driving her passion for changing the system and shifting a culture motivated by her own sexual abuse victimization in the Canadian sport system. A two-time Olympian, 8-time Canadian Champion and a top 15 world ranked athlete for nearly a decade, Allison is an athlete, advocate, and change maker. Her corporate background in business operations, systemic and crisis communication, and change management rounds out her experiential expertise to make ITP the leading agency for changing the Safe Sport landscape. Allison started in Safe Sport in the most authentic way, as a survivor of sexual abuse in the sport system. Years of trauma was healed by years of advocacy and National level safeguard programming implementation. Now Allison thrives in bringing the real conversation to organizations and their participants. Her top focus at ITP is awareness and education as her first – hand expertise is unparalleled in this space. She is raw and real and is shifting the sport culture for the better.

Andrea Wooles

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


Candice Drouin

Hailing from Banff, Alberta, Candice Drouin has spent the majority of her life on the mountain either competing in skiing and snowboarding, coaching or shredding powder. She now finds herself living on Vancouver Island, supporting both summer and winter athletes in her Game Plan role.

Candice’s experience as an athlete and coach, alongside her education gives her the tools she needs to help athletes plan out their lives outside of sport. Candice holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University and a Masters of Education in Coaching Studies from the University of Victoria. She is also currently completed a certificate in academic advising and career counselling form 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 in Paris!


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About Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

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 sport organizations and fuelled by our national and provincial partners such as Sport Canada, viaSport, Own the Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaches Association of Canada, we are driven by our mantra to Collaborate. Serve. Innovate. Perform.

Our team of sport science, sport medicine, coaching & life services experts provide leading-edge programs and services to athletes and coaches to ensure they have every advantage to win medals for Canada. Learn more:


Media Contacts:

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