The Carnegie Initiative Summit
Jan. 17-18, 2022
The HUB and TD Garden, Boston, MA

The Carnegie Initiative proudly announces its first-ever conference will be held on January 17-18, 2022 to bring together thought leaders committed to changing the culture of hockey. The event will be hosted by The HUB and TD Garden andsupported by the Canadian Consulate in Boston and other sponsors/partners. The two-day event will feature speakers and panelists from academia, media, the corporate world, grassroots and pro sports, discussing all aspects of inclusion in growing the game of hockey. The event will be also be livestreamed across the globe to maximize its impact. Monday night will feature a keynote address and the awarding of The CI’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Tuesday will feature expert panels and networking opportunities that highlight inclusion. The event will culminate on January 18, 2022, the 64th anniversary of Willie O’Ree’s first game in the NHL and will feature the retirement of Willie’s jersey by the Boston Bruins – only the seventh player to be so honored.


MISSION: Work to ensure that hockey is inclusive, supportive and welcoming to all.

The Carnegie Initiative (The CI), named in honor of legendary hockey player and social justice pioneer Herb Carnegie, was created to ensure opportunity and access to hockey everywhere. Co-founded by Bernice Carnegie and Bryant McBride, and in conjunction with leading academic institutions, The CI aims to accelerate the work started by Herb Carnegie more than 50 years ago to make hockey more diverse and inclusive.

In short, with the help of our partners and supporters, The CI aims to change the culture of hockey.


Day 1 - January 17

  • (9:00am - 4:00pm) - Attendees arrive in Boston and register for Conference and check in to the citizenM hotel at The HUB
  • (5:00pm - 6:00pm) - Cocktail Hour and Late Registration
  • (6:15pm) - Dinner at The HUB (Big Night Live)
  • (7:00pm) - Willie O’Ree receives 1st Annual Friends of the CI Lifetime Achievement Award
  • (7:20pm) - Keynote Speaker Intro
  • (7:20 - 8:00pm) Keynote Speech from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of "How to be an Antiracist"
  • (8:00pm-10:00pm) - Live musical performance at Big Night Live (performer(s) TBD)

Day 2 - January 18

  • (8:00am) - Bernice Carnegie and Bryant McBride opening remarks
  • (8:15am -9:15am) - Education Panel - "Hockey's Social and Emotional learning (SEL) Potential”
  • (9:15am - 9:30am) - Break
  • (9:30am - 10:30am) - Media Panel - "See it-Be It”
  • (10:30am - 11:15am) - Networking Exchange
  • (11:30am - 12:30pm) - The Disabled Hockey Journey - "The Biggest Minority”
  • (12:30pm - 1:15pm) - Lunch
  • (1:15pm -2:15pm) - The Indigenous Hockey Journey - "Looking Back and Forward"
  • (2:30pm - 3:30pm) - The LGBQT+ Hockey Journey - "Hockey as the Safest Space”
  • (3:30pm - 3:45pm) - Break
  • (3:45 pm - 4:45pm) The Future of Hockey Lab - “A Tactical and Activation Deep Dive”
  • (4:45pm - 5:15pm) - Action Items/Measurable Next Steps

Conclude Day Session

  • (6:15pm) - Dinner at Big Night Live
  • (7:30pm) - In seats for Willie O’Ree’s Jersey retirement
  • (7:30pm -10:00pm) Bruins vs. Hurricanes