Winnipeg · Canada
Venla Hovi is a Finnish retired ice hockey forward living in Winnipeg. Venla played with the Finnish national team and won bronze medals at the 2010 and 2018 Winter Olympic Games and at the 2008, 2009, and 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championships, and a silver medal at the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship. Hovi has served as an on-ice instructor with True North, the Winnipeg Jets’ hockey development program and coaches at the University of Manitoba. Venla grew up in a society where driving a car is not seen as desirable, and faced struggles with the lifestyle in Canada. She has an academic background in teaching English as a second language a passion for transportation issues and will be joining ModeShift as host of Stick in the Middle at IRCOM.