Our Team

Chief Executive Officer

Allison Sandmeyer-Graves

Allison Sandmeyer-Graves is an experienced non-profit leader with a passion for social innovation that challenges the status quo. As CEO of Canadian Women & Sport, Allison is committed to achieving gender equity in society through the power of sport. She works extensively with organizations, governments and leaders to build knowledge, change attitudes, and develop capacity to create an equitable and inclusive Canadian sport and physical activity system. Previously, Allison spent a decade as a senior leader in a global youth empowerment organization where she helped to rapidly scale the organization’s impact around the world. Allison lives by the motto that our greatest potential lives just outside our comfort zone.

Programs Team

Stephanie Talsma – Program Director

Stephanie started her career as a physical education teacher in Inukjuak [pronounced Inuk-jew-ak], a remote Inuit community in Northern Quebec. After five years there, she returned to school to obtain her Masters in Physical and Health Education from McGill University. She subsequently worked with Physical and Health Education Canada, culminating with a role as the Director of Knowledge Mobilization and Innovation. At Canadian Women & Sport, Stephanie leads the strategic design, implementation and measurement of programs to drive systemic change with the aim of creating an equitable and inclusive sport system. In her spare time, Stephanie is an avid participant in sport and looks forward to being physically active with her daughter in the years to come. 

Terri Temelini – Program Manager

As a Program Manager for Canadian Women & Sport, Terri oversees a variety of projects and events including the Women and Leadership program and the WISE Fund grant program. Prior to her role with Canadian Women & Sport, Terri graduated with honours from the International Development Post-Graduate program at Humber College, with a keen interest in sport for development.

Terri has been involved in dance since the age of 3, in various capacities which led to performing and teaching opportunities both at home and abroad. She pursued this career path and graduated with an honours BFA from Ryerson in the Dance program. She is excited to be a part of this period of growth and transformation at Canadian Women & Sport.

Holly Abraham – Program Manager

Holly has held leadership roles in sport at the provincial, national and international levels and appreciates the opportunity to contribute and learn through collaboration with sport leaders and influencers. Her previous experiences include being the CEO of Gymnastics Ontario, VP of a technical committee, international official and developer of the Coaches Academy for the International Gymnastics Federation, Learning Facilitator for NCCP and Senior Manager of Sport for TO2015 Pan Am Parapan Am Games.  Holly has also been an Adjunct Professor at Humber College in the Sport Management Program and is a member of the Sport Management program advisory committee.  Holly is currently an elected member of Commonwealth Games Canada and is inspired by leaders who exemplify the values of integrity, respect, and excellence. She is a safe sport advocate and passionate about gender equity and equality. 

Jenny Lim – Program Coordinator

Jenny Lim is a recent arrival from Auckland, NZ where her career in sport and recreation began at a sports institute starting at the age of 16 years. Graduating with a Sport and Exercise Science degree from the University of Auckland, she worked at a Regional Sports Trust in a variety of roles, including health promotion, community sport delivery, funding administration, project management and strategic leadership. During her time there, she held a number of advisory and board positions with schools, universities, community and NSOs, sharing her perspective as a woman in sport and leadership. Jenny is a Program Coordinator at Canadian Women & Sport, where she applies her diverse skills in the development and execution of programs such as Gender Equity Audits, Action Plans and Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+).

Vanessa Wallace – Program Coordinator

With her experience in grassroots advocacy, event management, high-performance sport, and sport for development, Vanessa brings a diverse background in community engagement to Canadian Women & Sport. Vanessa supports the development and execution of the organization’s core projects and events including the Women and Leadership program and the WISE Fund grant program.

In 2015, Vanessa’s career interest in sport as a means of social justice started when she became an Ambassador for You Can Play leading workshops for youth on how to identify and address casual homophobia in sport. Vanessa passes along her knowledge from playing basketball at the University of Toronto teaching life-skills through sport at MLSE LaunchPad.

Marketing and Communications Team

Alex Grey – Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications

Alex’s professional experience includes building some of the world’s most beloved brands at two of the world’s largest advertising agencies, working in sales and marketing at CTV on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and helping to improve consumer’s lives by managing brands such as Coppertone, ALEVE, and Flintstones. His passion is understanding consumers and building breakthrough communication that motivates consumers to act.

A big sports fan, you can find Alex happiest when coaching his eight-year-old daughter’s and five-year-old son’s softball teams.  He is excited to continue to advance the organization’s mission of creating an inclusive sport and physical activity system.

Greer Gemin – Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Greer has pitched, developed, and marketed multimedia content for organizations such as the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the Women’s Development Centre in Kandy, Sri Lanka. She graduated from Carleton University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Journalism and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is also the volunteer Marketing and Design coordinator for Girls and Women in Motion: Built to Move, an organization that provides affordable and accessible physical activity programming for girls and women in the East Scarborough, Malvern, and Durham regions. 

A long-time artistic swimmer and coach, Greer is indebted to a strong community of women leaders. She is invested in finding ways that sport, storytelling, and community-building can intersect to create a more equitable world.