The Canadian Olympic Committee launched the Olympic Excellence Series (OES) initiative in advance of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Canada’s first-ever OES was in 2005, when 100 Olympic hopefuls and coaches assembled in Lake Louise, Alta.

The primary goal of OES is to prepare athletes and staff for podium success by providing practical skills and strategies for the upcoming Olympic or Olympic Winter Games. The secondary objective is to inspire and motivate athletes, coaches, team leaders and media attachés, leaving everyone with greater sense of confidence and drive in their quest for the podium.

To achieve these objectives, each OES brings potential medallists together with a high-profile group of successful Olympians and other guest speakers for a weekend of inspiration, motivation and team building. It includes workshops and seminars to help ready Olympic hopefuls for the intense atmosphere of Olympic competition.

Attendance at the OES is by invitation only. The COC works with National Sport Federations to compile a list of invitees, which include athletes in the top-five in the world, those who demonstrate the ability to be in the top-five at the next Olympic Games, Olympic coaches, sport leaders and technical directors, integrated support team leaders, media communication managers, Olympic mission staff, and specialists.