Coaching Association of Canada

Gender-based Violence Project




As part of its Preventing Gender-Based Violence – The Health Perspective program, which supports Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is providing funding to the Coaching Association of Canada to build the capacity of coaches and other sport system stakeholders to prevent and address gender based violence in sport.

Coaches influence in the lives of youth is well-documented. Coaches are in a unique position to step in and stop parts of sport culture that may contribute to unhealthy relationship behaviour. This project will develop, implement and evaluate an educational program, available in English and French, to assist coaches in recognizing, preventing and addressing gender-based violence and teen dating violence, and to promote healthy relationships in and through sport.

Online educational resources and a toolkit will support coaches across Canada to address issues such as bystander empowerment, men and boys as allies in the prevention of violence, and locker room gender-based violence. The resources and tools will be shared with Canada’s National Sport and Multisport Service Organizations to complement efforts to address abuse, harassment and discrimination in sport.

Task Force Members

  • Isabelle Cayer, Project Lead, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, CAC
  • Dr. Gretchen Kerr and Dr. Ashley Stirling, Project Research Team, University of Toronto
  • Saheed Khan, Former High Performance Athlete, Athletics Canada
  • Manon Landry Ouellette, Executive Director, Coach New Brunswick
  • Ilan Yampolsky, Director of Safe Sport and Integrity, Tennis Canada
  • Laura McPhie, Specialist, Sport for Development, Right to Play
  • Stephanie Talsma, Program Director, Canadian Women & Sport
  • Mike Thompson, ChPC, National Coach, Entraîneur-chef, High Performance Centre - Québec, Swimming Canada
  • Kathy Brook, ChPC, Huron Secondary School Teacher, NCCP Master Coach Developer
  • Kerrie Isaac, Executive Director, Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan
  • Kristine Cassie, Executive Director, Chinook Sexual Assault Centre
  • Dr. Ivan Joseph, Vice-Provost, Student Affairs, Dalhousie University
  • Wayne Parro, ChPC, Senior Coaching Consultant, eLearning, Coaching Association of Canada, Master Coach Developer

Please contact Andrea Johnson for more information