Sami Jo Small

Sami Jo Small

Toronto, Ontario
Gold Medal-Winning Goalie with the Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team
Sami Jo Small is a multi-sport athlete, a three-time Olympian, and a five-time world champion goalie for the Canadian national women’s ice hockey team. Sami Jo Small uses storytelling to exemplify many aspects of developing more successful teams & leave the audience with concrete ways to support the people & the teams around them through her message.
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Teamwork
  • Business Growth
  • Athletes & Sports
  • Career Development
  • Certified Speaking Professionals (CSP)
  • Conference
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Funny & Comedy
  • Healthcare
  • Inspirational


Sami Jo has been speaking professionally since she started with the National Team in 1997. When many of her teammates shied away from the microphone, Sami Jo was quick to share stories about the team. She has honed her message about teamwork after more than 20 years in the industry using stories from one of Canada’s most successful teams, the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team. A team then won 4 straight Olympic Gold medals over 20 years. She delves into the personalities on the team and her thoughts on what makes strong teammates and ultimately successful as a team. With her learnings, she has shown audiences all over the world that,

“In life, you don’t always get to choose the role you play, but you always get to choose how you play it.”

Sami Jo has earned the highest designation as a speaking professional, the CSP (Certified Speaking professional) of which there are only just over 500 worldwide and only a handful of former athletes. She began her career as a 13-year-old winning her local Manitoba French-speaking contest, the “Concours D’Art Oratoire” giving a speech on Manon Rhéaume, the first women to play in the NHL. Sami Jo won despite having broken a tooth in half that morning playing sports in the gym. She parlayed that into a role as school president, then class valedictorian, always loving to be at the front of the room.

Her career really began in the industry after earning her degree from Stanford University in the Mechanical Engineer school while focusing on product design. Despite an engineering degree in Silicon Valley in the 90’s, Sami choose to move to Toronto to become a full-time hockey player. She supplemented her hockey income (very little) by doing speaking events and the rest is history.

She’s been speaking professionally for more than 20 years, serving on the board of the Canadian Association of professional speakers and mentoring other Olympic athletes as they transition into the business of speaking.



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Sami Jo Small Topic Presentations

playing the role

  • Keynote Presentation
  • Focuses on helping you help the individuals in the crowd be motivated and inspired to help those around them. She’ll help your group become a better “team”, whether that’s in the workplace, at home or in relationships, and inspire the group to want to work harder for a common goal.

it's not about the medal

  • Keynote Presentation
  • Sami Jo uses storytelling to point out to audiences a way to develop additional eminent groups and leaves participants with concrete ways in which to support the individuals and also the surrounding groups.

    In usually dynamic business environments, she’ll show audiences a way to keep the course and the way to target the large image while still taking care of details. Through distinctive stories of perseverance and drive, she encourages audiences not solely to search out recommendations from others but to additionally share their data and experience as mentors.

    Sami Jo can share stories from her life to demonstrate that we have a tendency to all have a price in numerous alternative ways and area unit all capable of tributary and finding value.

dynamic duo

  • Keynote Presentation
  • Sami Jo is married to one of Canada’s most successful Paralympians, Billy Bridges. He just recently returned from his 6th Paralympic Games in Beijing.

    Speaking together, they offer a unique take on teamwork sharing different perspectives on the same goals. As the all time leader in points in all the world in the sport of sledge hockey, Billy adds a unique perspective. Growing up with Spina Bifida and being in a wheelchair has meant he has had to overcome many obstacles in pursuit of his goals.

teamwork and change

  • Keynote Presentation
  • Through her keynote address, Sami Jo focuses on helping the individuals in the crowd to be motivated and inspired to help those around them. She’ll show your group how to become a better “team”, whether that’s in the workplace, at home, or in relationships. She’ll also  inspire your team to want to work harder for a common goal.

    This keynote is great for groups from all industries; Sami Jo has experience working with many diverse groups over her speaking career.


Sami Jo Small kicked off our seminar with an energetic and inspirational keynote on how to beat the odds and achieve success despite adversity. Her remarks could not have been more tailored to our seminar’s theme, and our clients were thoroughly engaged and motivated during her speech. Sami Jo was very professional on and off the stage with our clients, partners and colleagues.


Global Principal Consultant
Dams and Waterpower Hatch

We kicked off our multi-day company offsite with Sami Jo Small’s terrific keynote speech, and days later the team was still talking about how inspired and moved they were by her story. Sami Jo’s message put everyone in the right frame of mind to tackle goals as a team, and her warmth and down-to-earth attitude set the tone for a positive, productive meeting.


Head of Content & Publishing
Canada Travelzoo

Sami Jo was awesome and exceeded our expectations. She is very real, compassionate, delightful and inspirational. You could feel the buzz in the room following her keynote address.


Community Development Coordinator
North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation

The power of belonging to a team really shone through as Sami Jo shared her life challenges. I’ve seen a lot of speakers and few compared with what she delivered. The speech was well constructed and Sami Jo connected with the audience during her delivery. I was most impressed by her vulnerability and sharing of the not-so-glamorous struggle in making a decision to put the needs of the team ahead of her own. Sami Jo moved me to tears through her authenticity. The message was powerful. I recommend Sami Jo Small as a professional keynote speaker.


Life is Sales

We were honoured to have Sami Jo and Billy join us as our special guest speakers during our annual national dealer tour. Their stories on how to keep fighting through adversity and reaching your goals were very touching and made everyone remember the power of resilience. Their professionalism and going the extra step to sign autographs and speak with our teams, right until the last guest had left, was something that I’ll never forget. I would recommend all corporations looking to re-invigorate the spirit or cultures of their organizations have Sami Jo and Billy speak – their words will truly make a difference.


Senior Manager, Marketing and Sales
Nissan Canada Finance

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