The year 2012 was a breakthrough for Todd Bergen-Henengouwen, not only in volunteerism, but on the basketball courts as a captain of the Bears varsity basketball team. In 2012, Todd was a cog on a Bears team that shocked Canada, pushing its way through the Canada West Conference playoffs en route to a berth in the CIS Championships. In the first two games of the championship, the team was dominant, and they were stopped only by Carleton in the title match.
A leader on the court, Todd brings a calm and reassuring presence into his volunteerism, where he serves as President of the University Athletics Board, the university’s advocate for varsity athletes. During his presidency, he has built on the accomplishments of his predecessor (another top 100 recipient!) while creating a more inclusive atmosphere amongst Bears and Pandas athletes of different sports. Among the many contributions of Todd’s UAB are trips to the Stollery Children’s Hospital, Bike for Aids and Read in Week.
On top of the Top 100 spot, Todd was also named the 2013 Ken Shields Student-Athlete Award recipient, given annually to the most exemplary Canada West basketball student-athlete. On the court, in the classroom, in the boardroom and in schools across Edmonton, Todd’s presence goes unnoticed by no-one. He is the ideal student-athlete, an example for youth to look up to.