Jim Kyte

Jim Kyte

Keynote - Dean, Algonquin College

Overview of Keynote Address:

Jim shares real NHL and personal experiences with the audience motivating them towards maximizing their individual potential and being effective team players at work, home or play.


As the first-round draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 1982, Jim Kyte enjoyed a 17-year professional hockey career. The Ottawa native is the first legally deaf player to ever play in the NHL and was twice nominated for the NHL’s Masterston Trophy. Jim has been awarded many honours for his community service and was nominated for the NHL’s King Clancy Memorial Trophy while playing for the Jets.

After sustaining a career-ending injury in an auto accident, Jim retired from hockey in the summer of 1998 and is an active member of the Ottawa Senators Alumni.

Today, with a rich and varied background in professional sport, hospitality, event management, and education, Jim leads a dynamic faculty and staff as the Dean of Algonquin College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism, and Culinary Arts.

He was the Co-Director of the Volunteer Division for the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships in Ottawa – a gold medal experience on and off the ice.

Lunch and Keynote Speaker – Jim Kyte

Matheson Hall

Jim Kyte: A Story of Perseverance: From the NHL to the World of Academia