Andre De Grasse

Olympic Champion, Author, Philanthropist and Investor

With six Olympic medals, Andre De Grasse is the most decorated male Olympian in Canadian history. Andre captured medals in all three sprint events at both the 2016 Rio Olympics and again five years later at the Tokyo Olympics. He’s the reigning Olympic Champion in the 200m.

Andre first made a name for himself in the spring of 2015 after winning gold in the 100m and 200m at the NCAA Championships. The next month, he sprinted to victory in the 100 and 200m events in his own backyard at the Toronto Pan Am Games. He capped off the magical season competing in his first World Championships where he took home bronze medals in the 100m and 4x100m relay.

His resilience and resourcefulness have helped Andre persevere through injury and illness at different points in his career. Just a few weeks after contracting COVID and being forced out of his individual events, Andre anchored the Canadian men’s 4x100m relay team to the 2022 World Championship title.

Off the track, Andre is a proud father raising three children with his partner Nia Ali, who was the 2019 World Champion in the 100m hurdles and a 2016 Olympic silver medalist. The speedy couple met at the University of Southern California and live and train together in Florida. In addition to his responsibility as a family man, Andre seeks to inspire and empower youth through the work of the Andre De Grasse Family Foundation and as a children’s author. He’s the Honorary Co-Chair of Kids Help Phone’s $300 million Feel Out Loud campaign.

On October 17th, Andre’s new book IGNITE: Unlock the hidden potential within – will be published and with the launch of ADG Ignite Ventures, Andre will leverage the power of his personal brand, along with his network and resources to empower Canadian entrepreneurs looking to compete on the world stage.


tuesday – 06:15pm Main Stage

Time Icon 20 mins

Location Icon Meridian Hall - Main Stage

What it Takes to Succeed

In sport and in business, there’s no shortage of ambition. Andre and John sit down to talk about the road from inspiration to success. From operating with a plan, to optimizing your network, and being unwavering in the pursuit of your goals. This deep dive into the strategy behind success will help you craft a competitive mindset and ensure you are on your way to your future aspirations.