TONY HOUSE was born in Ottawa, Ontario, was an Ontario high school All-Star with the St. Pius X High School and attended his first National Team training camp at the age of 18. Tony played and starred at the University of Manitoba, winning two GPAC championships and was a two-time Honourable Mention GPAC All-Star. For his efforts, Tony received an invitation to tryout for the 1988 Seoul Olympics team.
After his playing career, Tony focused his attention on broadcasting, coaching and founding the Rautins-House Basketball Schools across Canada which just celebrated its 25th year of operation. House has been a featured basketball analyst on Rogers TV, Rogers Sportsnet, TSN 1200 and Nextsportstar. He has coached a number of successful high school programs (St. Paul High School, St. Pius X High School, Nepean High School and Sacred Heart High School), most recently winning an Ottawa City Championship and AAAA OFSAA birth with Sacred Heart High School in 2011. Tony has also been involved with the Ottawa Guardsmen and has been instrumental with graduating countless number of players to university basketball.
House currently coaches the U17 Ottawa Elite Capitals , one of the top teams in the country and successfully operates the Rautins-House Basketball Schools through the Ottawa Catholic School Board Continuing Education where it is one of the main programs.
For the past 17 years Tony has coordinated and run the National Capital High School Basketball Classic, highlighting the top players in the city in grade 9 to 12.
LEO RAUTINS was born in Toronto, Ontario and is arguably one of he most prominent names in Canadian basketball. He was a star in high school for St. Michael's College School in Toronto and while there, Rautins would make his debut with the Canadian National Team as a 16 year old which is still the youngest player to achieve this honor.
Recruited by over 100 NCAA schools, Leo would attend the University of Minnesota for one year before transferring to Syracuse University. As a member of the Syracuse Orangemen he would be the first player ever to record a triple-double in Big East play, accomplishing the feat twice in the span of a month during his senior year. He was named All Big East third team and Honorable Mention All American that year.
Rautins was the first Canadian ever drafted in the first round of the NBA draft, going 17th overall to the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983. Hampered by knee problems, he would play 32 games in the NBA in 2 years with the Sixers and Atlanta Hawks.
Upon retirement, Leo became a basketball commentator, most notably with the NBA's Toronto Raptors TV network. He is a member of Canada's Basketball Hall of Fame and was named Head Coach of the Canadian National Team in February 2005. He resigned from that position in 2011 and currently co-owns the Rautins-House Basketball School which is celebrating its 25th year and is the largest basketball camp in the Ottawa region.
MILT PALACIO was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and attended Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California. Milt played varsity basketball from 1991 to 1995 where he was runner-up MVP in 1995 to NBA All-Star Paul Pierce. He went on to Midland Junior College where he would earn a full scholarship to attend Colorado State University.
Milt would go undrafted in 1999 after his senior year but earned a spot on the Vancouver Grizzlies as a free agent. He went on to have a successful career from 1999-2006 playing for the Grizzlies, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz. One of Milt's most notable achievements as a player as scoring a buzzer beater for the Celtics, stealing an inbound pass and hitting a near impossible 30 ft. off balance shot. Basketball writers immediately dubbed him "Miracle Milt" which still sticks today.
Milt continued to play professionally in all the top leagues in Greece, Spain, Russia, Lithuania and Israel. He retired in 2012 and currently is the Assistant Coach of the University of Idaho's Men's Basketball Team.
DAVE SMART was born in Kingston, Ontario and was a standout shooting guard with both Nepean High School and Woodroffe High School. He attended Queens University and Carleton University and played for 3 years with the Queens Golden Gaels where he set the all-time school record for number of points per game and set the record for the most points in a single game. He was selected as an OUA All-Star in all three years he played with the Gaels. Dave coached extensively at the high school and club levels during and after university. He founded the Ottawa Guardsmen program and coached Nepean High School to an Ottawa City Championship and OFSAA birth.
After graduating, Dave was hired as an Assistant Coach at Carleton University in 1997 and became Head Coach in 1999. To date, Smart's coaching accomplishments are unrivaled in Canada. He has gone on to guide the Carleton Ravens to five consecutive National Championships in 2003-07 and then another five in the next seven years. The tenth title would break the tie with UVIC for the most championships won in Canadian university basketball history.
Dave Smart has earned eight National Coach of the Year honors while winning over 92% of his games against CIS opponents. He is also currently the Assistant Coach of the Senior Canadian Men's National Team under Jay Triano.
PEGGY TAILLON is the President and CEO of the Bruyère Foundation sharing a passion for its important mission and a deep respect for its rich past and many accomplishments. Integrity, diversity and inclusiveness are hallmarks of her leadership. She is also Senior Executive for External Development and Public Relations.
A passionate advocate for equality and social justice, Peggy brings this passion to her many philanthropic pursuits leading two charities and two private companies all grounded in giving back and doing good. Peggy has served in senior leadership roles in large complex organizations, worked with government departments at all levels to modernize services for marginalized citizens. She led the Charter Challenge to Save the Long Form Census, she led Mental Health Reform in Ontario and most recently led the effort to bring Supervised Injection Sites to Ottawa.
In 2008, Peggy founded the HERA Mission of Canada, a Foundation that supports women leading development projects that empower widows and children in Western Kenya. Peggy honors the community where her son Devlin was born through this work. She is the recipient of CTV Amazing People Award 2012 for this work and for changing adoption laws in Kenya that enabled her to bring her son Devlin home to Canada. Most recently, CTV’s W5 profiled her journey in Kenya in The Love of a Child which aired on March 2014 – on International Women’s Day. Over 1.2 million viewers across Canada and beyond tuned in or watched online. She was recently honored with Ontario’s Leading Women, Leading Girls Award. Peggy loves her hoops, she is cofounder of 3on3 in the 613 and the Urban Jam, largest 3on3 basketball tournament in Ottawa.