Coaching Association of Canada

Canadian Journal Women in Coaching

Introduced in 2000, the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching provides timely, accurate, targeted information to aid in creating a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches – in Canada and around the world.

Latest issue:

Navigating a Minefield: Allyship in Women's Coaching

  • July 2021, Vol. 21, No. 3

Allyship is an Oxford University Word of the Year 2020 yet its roots date back to 2003 and the scholarly writing of author, educator, and researcher Christopher Earley. Put simply, it is the “ability to connect with people from different backgrounds”. Some call it “active support for the rights of a minority or marginalized group without being a member of it. As recently as February 2021, an article in the Harvard Business Review described allyship as “a strategic mechanism used by individuals to become collaborators, accomplices, and co-conspirators who fight injustice and promote equity in the workplace through supportive personal relationships and public acts of sponsorship and advocacy (Male Allyship Is About Paying Attention (

Whether the preferred definition of the allyship ideology is simple or complex, because it applies to those who are marginalized, allyship is particularly relevant within the sport context as it applies to women in the coaching profession. As author Amanda Schweinbenz articulates, women coaches must have allies if they are ever to break through the barriers, visible and invisible, that impede their progression in the profession. Her article is a timely and pertinent contribution to this perennial discussion. – Sheila Robertson, Journal editor

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Journal Personnel


Coaching Association of Canada

Editorial Board


Dr. Diane Culver, University of Ottawa

Research Members

Andréa J. Woodburn, Laval University
Dr. Gretchen Kerr, University of Toronto
Dr. Cari Din, University of Calgary

Author and Editor

Sheila Robertson

CAC Staff Resource

Andrea Johnson, Project Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion

Ad Hoc

Dr. Dru Marshall, University of Calgary
Nancy Lee, Broadcast Sports Journalist and Producer
Rose Mercier, Maverick Consulting
Dr. Penny Werthner, University of Calgary

Coaching Representative

Sheilagh Croxon

Member at Large

Claire Carver Dias, Clearday Communications

Call for Abstracts

The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching welcomes submission of abstracts from both new and previously published authors for Journal publications.

Abstracts that address the topic of women in coaching, as well as other general thematic areas of interest pertaining to female coach development and education will be considered. All applications should include a 100-word description of the article and a CV of the author. 

Submission Guidelines

For more information, please contact Sheila Robertson, Editor.

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