|CAN Fund Founder
Jane was a promising track athlete before a devastating car accident ended her athletic career at age 19. Jane turned this life lesson into helping Canadian athletes and started the Canadian Athletes Now Fund, a not-for-profit organization. As a former athlete herself, Jane saw a need. In order for Canada’s elite athletes to compete on the world stage, they must have money to pay for proper training, coaching, nutrition and living expenses.
At the 2006 Olympic Games, Jane was honoured with the Live Olympic Award. This is an international Award given to only 20 people. For the past seven years, Jane has been recognized by CAAWS as one of the most Influential Women in Sport. The Globe & Mail selected Jane as one of the Most Influential People in Sport and at the 36th Canadian Sports Awards; Jane was the recipient of the Leadership in Sports Award. Jane was recognized by WXN as a Top 100 Women in Canada.
In January 2010, knowing a Gold medal has never been won on Canadian soil, CAN Fund launched the Sprott Gold Metal Celebration. For every GOLD medal won by a Canadian athlete, $100,000 would be donated by Sprott Asset Management and the Sprott Foundation to CAN Fund to support athletes training for London 2012. CAN Fund has directly supported 80% of the Canadian athletes who have competed at the Games in Athens to the PyeongChang Games and to date has raised over $40 million dollars.
Jane is also a very successful artist, selling her paintings globally and she has created numerous commission paintings for corporate Canada and many charities. Every year Jane selects 10 charities to donate her paintings to, so they can raise funds for their organizations. Owner of the Jane Roos Gallery, in downtown Toronto, Jane exhibits her paintings and other Canadian artists.
Turning 50 Jane launched Random Acts of Magic, which takes Random Acts of Kindness to an entire new level of community, impact and collaboration.
There is no straight line with Jane; all of her varied experiences have shaped her unique perspective as an entrepreneur, artist, speaker and human being. She lives in Toronto with her husband Conrad and two daughters Ruby and Georgia. Lots of magic!