NHL’s First Inuk Player, Author of All the Way
Jordin Tootoo played for the Brandon Wheat Kings before being chosen by the Nashville Predators to become the first Inuk NHL player, and the first raised in Nunavut. He went on to play with Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks, banking 161 points in 723 games. An Indigenous athletic trailblazer and leader, Jordin has long understood his responsibility as a role model. His memoir All the Way: My Life on Ice brings an uplifting message, and he is committed to his work through Team Tootoo Foundation, founded in honour of his late brother Terence. Jordin was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for promoting healthy living in Nunavut, and for encouraging conversations about difficult topics like addiction and suicide.
Award-Winning Film & TV Actor, Stage & Screen Director
Lorne Cardinal is best known for his work on CTV’s Corner Gas, playing Sgt. Davis Quinton. Previous stage credits include The Last Wife (ATP), G.G Award-winning, Where the Blood Mixes, and Thunderstick (Theatre Network, Persephone Theatre, Western Canada Theatre). Recent television and film credits include When Calls the Heart, Bad Seed, Trouble with Christmas, and Tin Star. His voice work can also be heard on Corner Gas Animated (Comedy Network), and Molly of Denali (PBS). Lorne is also a Director of the stage and screen.