Coaching Association of Canada


Canadian Journal of 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.

Black Women Coaches: Building Skills and Community Through Mentorship

© 2018 Coaching Association of Canada, ISSN 1496-1539 
July 2022, Vol. 22, No. 3

In reaction to growing rejection of our inequitable and exclusionary world for one that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive, a significant societal development must be the vitality of Black women’s leadership as it expands into most sectors of Canadian life. However, little progress has been made in reforming the predominantly White, male-privileged world of coaching. While most women coaches experience inequities, as documented many times in the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching, it is even more so for Black women who aspire to succeed in the profession.

The Black Female Coach Mentorship Program (BFCMP), described here in moving detail by Janelle Joseph, is an essential first step to reversing the exclusion all too frequently experienced by Black women for whom a coaching career is often beyond reach. As one mentee said: “I have never had any hope of being a full-time coach … It's not even, you know, reasonable to dream of that because there just are no opportunities.” Formal mentorship as reflected in the BFCMP is an essential component to reversing an intolerable situation. - Sheila Robertson, Journal Editor

The views expressed in the articles of the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching are those of the authors and do not reflect the policies of the Coaching Association of Canada.

Read more

We found 88 result(s)

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.

Looking to coach a specific sport?