Board of Directors Call for Nominations

Canadian Women & Sport, formerly the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), is looking for dynamic and skilled leaders to join our Board of Directors. Canadian Women & Sport is seeking nominations for individuals to fill six positions to be elected to the Canadian Women & Sport Board of Directors at a Special Meeting of the Members on April 30, 2021.

Canadian Women & Sport is a Multisport Service Organization that partners with sport organizations, governments, and leaders to build better sport through gender equity. We’re experts on systemic change and strive to build a stronger, more equitable sport system for girls and women and for all Canadians.

Canadian Women & Sport champions women and girls in every arena, from the field of play to the boardroom. By challenging the status quo, we’re dedicated to working towards a sport system that creates the conditions for girls and women to thrive as leaders in sport and in their communities.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: February 1, 2021

The current Canadian Women & Sport board consists of:

  • Nathalie Cook, Chair
  • Tanya Mruck, Vice-Chair
  • Althea Arsenault, Director-at-Large
  • Bill Cooper, Director-at-Large
  • Deidra Dionne, Director-at-Large
  • Rochelle Grayson, Director-at-Large
  • Leanne Nicolle, Director-at-Large
  • Rebecca Shanks, Director-at-Large
  • Camille Wallace, Director-at-Large

The following terms end as of April 30, 2021:

  1. Chair, Nathalie Cook (end of board service)
  2. Vice-Chair, Tanya Mruck (incumbent)
  3. Director-at-Large, Althea Arsenault (incumbent)
  4. Director-at-Large, Bill Cooper (incumbent)
  5. Director-at-Large, Deidra Dionne (incumbent)
  6. Director-at-Large, Rochelle Grayson (end of board service)
  7. Director-at-Large, Leanne Nicolle (end of board service)

The Nominations Committee is seeking candidates for five Director-at-Large positions, as well as Chair and Vice-Chair, with any combination of the following prioritized competencies:

  • Sport system knowledge, with preference for Provincial/Territorial and/or local sport leadership experience
  • Finance and/or Accounting background
  • Strategic and/or innovative leadership with national corporate or non-profit organizations
  • Revenue generation linked to organizational sustainability
  • Marketing experience
  • Federal government relations experience

Candidates will also be reviewed for potential committee participation.

Additional preferences:

  • Bilingual (French – English)
  • Geographical representation across Canada, with particular interest in Quebec, the Prairies, and Northern Canada (Territories).
  • Preference will be given to individuals from the following groups, as per our  commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion:
    • Indigenous peoples (First Nations – includes Status, Treaty or Non-Status, Métis and Inuit)
    • Visible minorities (includes people (other than Indigenous) who are non-white regardless of place of birth)
    • Individuals with a disability
    • LGBTQI2S+ individuals
    • Individuals who are not women are encouraged to apply

Term Limits and Responsibilities:

Board terms are for two years with a maximum of three consecutive terms. The April 30, 2021 election is a postponement of the September 2020 election. As such, Directors elected at the April 30, 2021 election will serve for a shortened term, ending at the Annual General Meeting in September 2022. All terms thereafter will revert to the standard two years, per the bylaws.

Meetings are held quarterly including two video conference calls and two in-person meetings (virtual until restrictions are lifted), typically during working hours. All expenses to participate in meetings are covered by the organization.

Board member responsibilities include:

  • Guidance and leadership to the CEO and staff as they implement the strategic and operational plans;
  • Chair of or participation in committees such as the revenue generation, marketing and communications, nominating, governance, and finance committees;
  • Reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings;
  • Approving annual budget and audit reports;
  • Contributing to the CEO annual evaluation;
  • Representing Canadian Women & Sport to stakeholders and acting as an ambassador to the organization.


Individuals of any gender who are 18 years of age or older, have the power under law to contract, who are not an employee or paid contractor of Canadian Women & Sport, and have an interest/passion for creating participation and leadership opportunities for girls and women in sport and physical activity may be nominated.


  • October 1, 2020: Call for Candidates
  • February 1, 2021: Close of Call for Candidates
  • April 8, 2021: Confirmed nominations provided to the Canadian Women & Sport Membership
  • April 23-29, 2021: Voting by the Membership
  • April 30, 2021: Newly elected Directors introduced at a Special Meeting of the Members

If you meet these requirements, offer our desired key competencies, and are interested in contributing your expertise to our dynamic and growing organization, please submit your interest at to the attention of Rebecca Shanks, Chair, Canadian Women & Sport Nominations Committee.

Inquiries for additional information about the Canadian Women & Sport Board of Directors should be directed to Allison Sandmeyer-Graves at

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