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 and supported by the Canadian Consulate in Boston and other sponsors/partners. The two-day event will feature speakers and panellists 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

  • 11:00am - 5:00pm - Attendees arrive in Boston and check in for The Summit at the ArcLight Theater at The Hub
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm - Cocktail Hour Big Night Live at The HUB
  • 6:15pm - Dinner at 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"

Day 2 - January 18

Livestream:Tuesday’s panel discussions will be livestreamed free of charge. Registration is required:

  • 7:30am - Check In Begins at ArcLight Theater at The HUB
  • 8:00am - Bernice Carnegie and Bryant McBride opening remarks
  • 8:15am -9:15am - Education Panel - "Hockey's Social and Emotional learning (SEL) Potential”
    Moderator: Sheldon Kennedy, Respect Group
    Dr. Mikki Allen, Tennessee State Univeristy; Dr. Julie Hackett, Lexington Public Schools; Moezine Hasham, Hockey4Youth; Chi-Yin Tse, Oakland Ice Center; Jamea Zuberi, Toronto District School Board
  • 9:15am - 9:30am - Break
  • 9:30am - 10:30am - Media Panel - "See it-Be It”
    Moderator: Shireen Ahmed, Burn It All Down
    Erica Ayala, Firebird Media; Donnovan Bennett, Sportsnet; Anson Carter, Turner; Kwame Mason, "Soul On Ice;" Harnarayan Singh, Sportsnet; Tyler Tumminia, Premier Hockey Federation
  • 10:30am - 11:00am - Networking Exchange
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm - The Disabled Hockey Journey - "The Biggest Minority”
    Moderator: Josh Pauls, US National Sled Hockey Team
    Mark DeMontis, Canadian Blind Hockey Association; Chanel Keenan, Seattle Kraken; Glenn Merry, Move United; Jen O'Brien, American Special Hockey Association; Karina Villegas, Space Coast Blast
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
  • 1:00pm -2:00pm - The Indigenous Hockey Journey - "Looking Back and Forward"
    Moderator: Dr. Robert Henry, University of Saskatchewan
    Jordyn Bear, Rochester Institute of Technology; Kyla Bear, Rochester Insititute of Technology; Brent Dodginghorse, Tsuut'ina Nation; Shayla Manitowabi-Huebner, Univeristy of Texas at Arlington; Ted Nolan, 3NOLANS
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm - The LGBTQ+ Hockey Journey - "Hockey as the Safest Space”
    Moderator: Dre Barone, Hockey Referee
    Angela James, Toronto Six; Dr. Cheryl MacDonald, Saint Mary's University; Brock McGillis, Advocate & Retired Pro Player; Jessica Platt, Former Pro Player PWHPA & CWHL, Transgender Athlete
  • 3:00pm - 3:15pm - Break
  • 3:15 pm - 4:15pm The Future of Hockey Lab - “A Tactical and Activation Deep Dive”
    Moderator: Professor Stephen Greyser, Harvard Business School
    Dr. Marco Di Buono, Canadian Tire Jumpstart; Mary-Kay Messier, Bauer; Angela Ruggiero, Sports Innovation Lab; Carolyn Townsend, Future of Hockey Lab; Amy Walsh, Future of Hockey Lab
  • 4:15-4:30 - Closing Remarks

Conclude Day Session

  • 6:30pm - In seats for Willie O’Ree’s Jersey retirement
  • 7:00pm -10:00pm Bruins vs. Hurricanes