Coaching Association of Canada
Alberta Women in Sport Leadership

The Alberta Women in Sport Leadership Impact Program seeks to increase gender equity and leadership diversity in Alberta sport organizations by building more inclusive programs and creating more opportunities for women to develop their sport leadership skills. 

Co-directed by the CAC and Alberta Sport Connection, the program supports those who make a difference for women in their sport organizations in order to have a positive impact on the lives of girls and women in their communities. Its projects increase leadership diversity through policy and practices, and by increasing the size of the pool of female coaches, athletes, volunteers, board members, and officials.

The participating individuals and organizations listed below represent a community of practice. They receive support from a leadership mentor, develop or enhance leadership and technological skills, access professional development, and receive a grant to support individual projects. 

Program Mentors

  • Adam Sollitt, Coaching Association of Canada, Coaching Consultant 
  • Isabelle Cayer, Coaching Association of Canada, Senior Coaching Consultant, Women in Coaching 
  • Cari Din, PhD, University of Calgary Faculty of Kinesiology, CSI Calgary 
  • Shawnee Harle, Winning Matters 
  • Jackie Tittley, Coaching Association of Canada, Coaching Consultant
  • Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada

Project Leads

  • Jessica Ferguson, The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement, University of Alberta 
    • Project: Women/girls access to physical activity due to disability
  • Jennifer Cliff, Alberta Alpine Ski Association 
    • Project: Female Coach Mentorship
  • Lori Brough, Wapiti Nordic Bike Club 
    • Project: Female leadership/coaches for mountain bike program
  • Laura Filipow, Spirit North 
    • Project: Female leadership in First Nations Communities through sport/cross-country skiing
  • Kendall Newell, Hockey Alberta 
    • Project: Female coach mentorship
  • Jasen Pratt, Karate Alberta 
    • Project: Female coach certification
  • Bronwen Harvey, Ringette Alberta 
    • Project: Female head coaches
  • Ella Mayer, InMotion Network 
    • Project: Participation of New Canadian girls/women in sport, Culturally competent coaches
  • Trina Radcliffe, Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference 
    • Project Focus: Female coach mentorship in college
  • Lisa Grant, Alberta Lacrosse Association 
    • Project Focus: Female coach development
  • Carmen Charron, Alberta Soccer Association 
    • Project: Female leadership, Officials/Coach Developers
  • Chandra Crawford, Fast & Female 
    • Project: Reach on impact of F&F programs
  • The program officially began in October 2017 and will conclude in April 2020.

National Conversation on Gender Equality

Three representatives from the project will also be participating in the Gender Equality Network Canada (GENC), a pan-Canadian network of female leaders that will meet five times over the course of the three-year project to share results.

These representatives are Isabelle Cayer, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion; Carmen Charron, Program Manager, Alberta Soccer Association; and Shawnee Harle, Winning Matters.

The CAC is grateful for the support of Status of Women Canada for this project.

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