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LANGLEY, British Columbia – Best-selling author Joshua Medcalf, who wrote the much-celebrated book Chop Wood Carry Water, will be the keynote speaker at the Leadership Superconference, Oct. 19, at the Langley Events Centre. The Leadership Superconference, presented by ShootHire, is hosted by the Trinity Western University Spartans and Basketball BC. Registration will be open soon.


“After receiving such positive feedback from people who attended the conference last year, we are excited to be bringing in another lineup of speakers who have proven to be great leaders in their respective fields,” said TWU Athletic Director Jeff Gamache. “I am confident that those who choose to attend will be both inspired and equipped to lead their business, school or team to new heights.”

Medcalf has written four books and is the founder of Train2BClutch, which is an organization that focuses on “mentorship and consulting for people and businesses committed to maximizing their potential.” He works with high-end companies and brands in “leadership, innovation, management and mindset.” Medcalf has worked on mental conditioning with the legendary University of North Carolina women’s soccer team – a program that has earned 22 national championships – and is currently the Director of Mental Training for both the UCLA women’s basketball team and the University of Oregon women’s golf team.

Beyond Chop Wood Carry Water, Medcalf has also authored Pound the Stone and Hustle, and co-authored Burn Your Goals.

Along with Medcalf, this year’s Leadership Superconference has an impressive list of breakout speakers, including two Olympians, a 13-year NBA veteran, a national team volleyball player and three key leaders from two world-renowned NGOs.

“Whether you are a teacher, a coach or a business leader, this conference will provide fresh ideas and you’ll come away with new ways of getting the very best from those you lead,” Gamache said.

Adam Kreek is an Olympic gold medallist in rowing (2008 in Beijing) who is a Management Consultant, Entrepreneur and Executive Coach at KreekSpeak Business Solutions. He has taught employees at a variety of upper echelon companies, including Microsoft, General Electric, Mercedes-Benz and Shell.

Lizanne Murphy is a Canadian Olympian in women’s basketball, competing in both 2012 in London and 2016 in Rio. She won a gold medal at the Pan American Games in 2015 in Toronto and was a key member of Canada’s women’s basketball team for the better part of the last decade. She is currently an ambassador with the RBC Olympian program, working alongside women and aboriginal youth.

Richard Taylor is the founder of The Wellspring Foundation, which is working to provide transformational education for children in Central and Eastern Africa.

Kendall and Bev Kauffeldt work as the African Directors for Samaritan’s Purse. They were in West Africa in 2014 helping on the front lines during the outbreak of Ebola.

Giselle Krueger is a former member of Canada’s women’s volleyball team and is the founder of The Winner Will, which helps student-athletes achieve their potential.

Matt Chapdelaine is a former professional football player with the BC Lions who is the founder of MPWR, which is a “multi-facetted training company that caters to developing, post-secondary, and elite athletes as well as fitness fanatics,” while also developing “mental and cognitive training, character building, and mentorship programs.”

Natalie Boyd is a former Spartans women’s soccer player and is a successful realtor in the Lower Mainland with Royal LePage West R.E.S.

Saralyn Stel is a former Spartans women’s volleyball player and is the founder of Eighteen Two Sport Ministries.

The event will also host a basketball panel, featuring Joe Enevoldson, who is the Director of Male High Performance for Basketball BC, and Ed Lefurgy, who is the coach of Semiahmoo Secondary’s senior boys team. The panel, which will discuss best practices within men’s and women’s basketball, will also include TWU Spartans coaches.

The Leadership Superconference will also includes TWU coaches Ben Josephson (men’s volleyball), Cheryl Jean-Paul (women’s basketball) and Andrew Evans (rugby).