Coaching Association of Canada

Alberta Women in Sport Leadership Impact Program

The Coaching Association of Canada and Alberta Sport Connection have joined forces to offer Alberta based sport organizations an opportunity to be part of a movement to shape the future of sport in the province of Alberta.

The Alberta Women in Sport Leadership Impact Program aims to increase gender equity and leadership diversity in sport organizations in Alberta. Through building more inclusive programs by creating more opportunities for women within sport programs, the program will support leadership skills and capacity through regular meetings and professional development with community mentors in planning and delivery of unique leadership impact projects with each of the participating organizations.

The program strives to support organizational representatives who will make a difference for women in their organizations and have a positive impact in the lives of girls and women in their communities. These projects are focused on increasing leadership diversity through policy, practices, increasing the pool of female coaches, athletes, volunteers, board members and/or officials.

Program Vision: To enable sport organizations to increase women’s leadership capacity. 
Program MissionTo support the development of female leaders in sport. 
Program PurposeTo create positive development experiences for female sport leaders through expert mentorship and developing a Community of Practice.

The following sport organizations have been selected to create a community of practice, 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 bik 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
  • Caleigh Shaw, Ringette Alberta
    • Project: Female head coaches
  • Sarah Meyer, 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.