Coaching Association of Canada

Zoe Robinson

  • Canadian Ski Patrol - CPA, CMA

Zoe Robinson has worked in the Canadian sport and the not-for-profit industry for nearly 30 years, serving in a variety of management positions including 14 years with Freestyle Canada, and currently works as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Ski Patrol. Zoe has served a variety of roles within the Canadian sports system including Co-Chair of the Winter Sport Caucus, member of the Canadian Olympic Committee Finance and Audit Committee, and as a member on the Federal Provincial and Territorial Working Committee on Concussions.

Zoe is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Certified Management Accountant legacy designation, a graduate of Queen’s University (Bachelor of Arts – Music History) in Kingston Ontario and attended the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education program at the University of Toronto. She specializes in working with boards of directors and executives to improve governance, strategy development, and financial management and is a member of the Governance Professionals of Canada.

Zoe came out as a transgender woman in November 2018 and currently lives in Vancouver, BC.

Accepting Diversity without Question
Breakout 1B

Known as Bruce throughout her career in the sport industry, Zoe made the decision to come out as a transgendered woman in November 2018, shortly after starting her role as President and CEO of the Canadian Ski Patrol. Fear and uncertainty clouded the decision-making process but could not outweigh symptoms of gender dysphonia that had caused a lifetime of mental health struggles. In this session, Zoe will share the personal story of her decision to transition and key learnings from her experience over the past 12 months. She will highlight the strength and resilience it takes be authentic and true to yourself, to seek expressions of support and disregard hostility, and to overcome fears in order to lead by example. Canadian Ski Patrol colleagues will join the conversation to illustrate the importance of creating accepting, open-minded and safe spaces for both individuals and organizations faced with personal and professional challenges.