Jane Roos on Power List 2009’s Top 30

January 14, 2009jane_roos_top30_new
James Christie
Globe and Mail

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They’re not all Canadians, but they wield enormous power and influence in much of what you see, hear or cheer for in Canadian sport.  Keep your eyes on these individuals in the next 12 to 15 months- from the Winter Games to TV, these folks are makring their mark.

How It Works
In the past, The Globe and Mail published the annual Power List in December to recognize the most prominent sports personalities and issues of that year. For this edition, we have tweaked the parameters and decided to move publication to January. The list now distinguishes people who, by their accomplishments or positions attained during the preceding year, have the power to influence Canadian sport in the next 12 to 15 months. In addition, we expanded the roster to 30 people from 25. Sports reporter James Christie wrote the accompanying blurbs, with input from Globe and Mail staffers Stephen Brunt, Eric Duhatschek, Allan Maki, Matthew Sekeres, Beverley Smith, Jeff Blair, William Houston, Tim Wharnsby, David Shoalts and others.

Tom Maloney, Sports Editor

Top 30 of 2009

1.  John Furlong
2.  Keith Pelley
3.  Larry Tanenbaum
4.  Gary Bettman
5.  Jim Balsillie
6.  Mark Cohon
7.  Cathy Priestner Allinger
8.  Phil King
9.  Phil Lind
10. Steve Yzerman
11. Bob Nicholson
12. Jarome Iginla
13. Nancy Greene
14. Clara Hughes
15. Paul Kelly
16. J.P. Barry/Pat Brisson
17. Bill Daly
18. Jennifer Heil
19. Eric Lamaze
20. Brian Burke
21. Mike Gillis
22. David Braley
23. Georges St. Pierre
24. Don Cherry
25. Roger Jackson
26. Dave Branch
27. Paul Beeston
28. George Gillett
29. Jane Roos
30. Patrick Chan

Jane Roos
Former heptathlete and fundraiser for financially struggling athletes on the Olympic journey. She ticks off the Canadian Olympic Committee because she’s selling the Olympic sizzle without official use of the actual word or rings. She has attracted donations of up to $1-million (from Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk). Some of the $8-million Roos has distributed over the past decade has gone to Olympic champion kayaker Adam van Koeverden, wrestler Daniel Igali and the men’s rowing eight.

Testimonials from Athletes
“Hello! I would like to offer a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Jane for this well deserved recognition. She has put the importance of supporting Canadian amateur athletes back into mainstream dialogue and has raised millions for all of us! As a prominent Canadian woman she remains an inspiration to all of us on how to give back to sport and support our athletes in achieving their goals. I am forever grateful for the funding I have received through the Canadian Athletes Now Fund as it has facilitated my attendance to training camps and competitions for the past two years. Two thumbs way up!! Take care!”
– Jillian D’Alessio, Canoe/Kayak, 2004 Canadian Olympian

“Being able to win double gold in Beijing is a direct result of the CAN Fund and the dedication and commitment to amateur athletes by Jane Roos! Jane you truly are a Canadian Champion in more ways than one.”
– Michelle Stilwell, Athletics 100m and 200m

“Just want to congratulate Jane on this huge accomplishment. CAN Fund has helped me with my Olympic journey towards Beijing and came at times when I was forced to steal cereal from the Hotel to eat dinner during my World Championships. THANKS JANE!”
– Oliver Bone, Sailing