Coaching Association of Canada

Sydney Millar

Consultant, Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS)

Topic: Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Strategies to Disrupt the Status Quo

Many organizations have identified gender equity as a priority, but struggle to know where to start or what to do next. This panel presentation will feature representatives from national and provincial/territorial sport organizations who will share their experiences with “disruptive innovation” to enhance programs, influence organizational culture, and advance significant and lasting change for women and girls in their sport. To support leaders and organizations in taking action, discussion will explore panelists’ efforts, impacts, challenges and learnings related to a range of topics, from participation and training environments, coaching approaches, the recruitment and retention of female leadership, to organizational culture and leadership.

Sydney Millar is a recognized expert on gender equity, with more than 15 years of experience in Canada’s sport and physical activity sector. Sydney has travelled across Canada providing mentorship and support to individuals and organizations to support the active engagement of girls and women as athletes and leaders. On behalf of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), Sydney has led numerous national and provincial initiatives, and authored a number of significant publications, including co-authoring CAAWS’ LTAD resource Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors. Sydney has a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from McMaster University and a Master of Arts degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. She lives in Chelsea QC, and takes full advantage of local hiking, cycling, kayaking and skiing opportunities with her husband.