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Kyle is a Canadian hockey executive who is currently serving as the General Manager of NHL side, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Prior to his transition to General Manager, Kyle held the role as Assistant GM, whilst also operating as the General Manager of the Toronto Marlies, the Leafs AHL affiliate. Kyle was hired as Assistant General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014, at the age of 28, and at the age of 32, becomes one of the youngest General Managers in NHL history.
Former Program Manager
Dr. Amy Kruse is the Chief Scientific Officer of the Platypus Institute. Before joining the Platypus Institute, she served as the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cubic Global Defense, where she oversaw the company’s research and development (R&D) programs. Prior to her work at Cubic, Amy served as a government civilian program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where she created and oversaw the Agency’s first performance-oriented neuroscience program. Her efforts at DARPA generated scientific breakthroughs in areas including augmented cognition, accelerated learning, cognitive enhancement, team neurodynamics, and brain stimulation.
Senior Artistic Director
As protector of the creative concept, it is Pierre Parisien’s responsibility to ensure that the artistic creation of Cirque du Soleil resident shows under his authority stay true to their form. Before joining Cirque du Soleil in 1994, he worked as a director, artistic director, stage manager, production manager and coach for different theatre companies. In 2005 to 2011, Pierre was promoted to Senior Artistic Director for the Resident Shows of Cirque du Soleil. He actually works with many performers, as well as the artistic, coaching and medical staff to preserve the creativity and artistic integrity for which Cirque du Soleil is known.
Christophe is the Executive Chef of the world famous Joël Robuchon restaurant based in Las Vegas. Alongside the accolade of 3 Michelin Stars, the restaurant has also been the recipient of the AAA Five Diamond Award and Forbes Five Star. Christophe first joined Joël Robuchon as a Sous Chef where he remained in the role for four years, becoming one of the leaders in the kitchen as he trained the next generation of cooks in the kitchen. In 2014, Christophe left the kitchen to become Chef de Cuisine at the James Beard award winning restaurant SAGE. Within a year, he returned to Joël Robuchon as Chef de Cuisine, a move predetermined to position him as the Executive Chef of the celebrated restaurant only a few short months later, at the ripe age of 27.
Jay holds the position of Director of Sports Performance and Head Athletic Trainer for the Vegas Golden Knights. In his directorship role, Jay oversees the governance, practices, orientations and quality assurance related to player healthcare and performance management services. Jay came to the Golden Knights with 17 years of experience working with international athletes and international coaches.
In his role with Cirque du Soleil, as the Director of Performance Medicine, Jay held the responsibility to oversee the care, prevention, and rehabilitation services for over 1300 athletes and 45 staff. Before becoming a sports medicine professional Jay was an active duty member of the United States Air Force where he was the recipient of the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the National Defence Service Medal.
Vice President of Performance
Duncan has over 20 years of experience working with elite professional and Olympic athletes. Prior to joining the UFC, he was the Director of Performance Science at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Before residing in the US, Duncan was a Technical Lead for Strength & Conditioning at the English Institute of Sport. He has worked three full Olympic cycles, and has been the national lead for strength and conditioning to both Great Britain Basketball and more recently Great Britain Taekwondo’s Olympic program. For 3 seasons he served as the Head of Strength & Conditioning at Newcastle United Football Club. French has authored or co-authored 60 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and seven book chapters.
Veronique currently operates within the mental performance team at Cirque du Soleil, where she supports artists to optimise their performance and ensure their wellbeing. Additionally, she is an associate researcher at the National Circus School in Montreal, working on several social innovation projects.
A large focus of Veronique’s research concentrates on the effects of creativity enhancement on motor performance and psychological adaptation, and she has designed a program to stimulate creativity combining movement improvisation, creative problem-solving and collective ideations with organisations around the world such as Cricket Australia and NXT WWE.
Author - The Ego is The Enemy
Ryan is a world-renowned writer and media strategist. At the age of 19, he dropped out of college to apprentice under Robert Greene (author of The 48 Laws of Power) before going on to become the Director of Marketing for American Apparel. Through his own creative agency Brass Check, he has advised clients like Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as many prominent bestselling authors. He has authored seven books, including The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic and most recently Conspiracy. The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy in particular have been incredibly popular with world-class coaches and athletes.
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